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200 Years of Sligo Gaol

September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Sligo Goal Conference
Bicentenary Conference

Between its impressive list of famous inmates including Michael Collins, Michael Davitt and Jack Doyle, are the countless poignant human stories of the ordinary prisoners, many of whom were transported to the penal colonies in Australia and subsequently shared in world changing events through settlement in these far flung lands. The diaspora of Sligo Gaol is far reaching and generations can trace their history to Sligo Gaol.
A diverse selection of topics, ranging from the Spike Island Excavations to Dark Tourism, centering on Ireland’s historic prisons will be discussed by leading experts in the field of crime and punishment in 19th and 20th century Ireland. Speakers include Dr Richard McMahon; Dr Ciara Breathnach; Tim Carey; Dr Geraldine Curtin; Dr Barra O’ Donnabhain; Dr Laura McAtackney  & Dr Gillian O’Brien.

One of the key elements of the Conference will be a panel discussion exploring the options for the future of Sligo Gaol.  Contributors will include Sligo County Council CEO Ciarán Hayes,  Sligo Heritage Officer Siobhan Ryan, Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager Eva Costello, Dark tourism specialist Dr. Gillian O’Brien and representatives from other historic gaols across Ireland.

Kindly funded by The Heritage Council


September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am
September 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm


Clayton Hotel Sligo
Clarion Road, F91 N8EF Sligo
Sligo, F91 N8EF IE
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