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04/01/2018 -

Library Card Honours Sligo Historian






A new special commemorative library card to Sligo historian Colonel William Gregory Wood-Martin was launched at the library just before Christmas.

The card was specially commissioned by the County Librarian Donal Tinney to mark the 100 year anniversary of the death of the famous Sligo author, historian and archaeologist and features a Map of Sligo from his book, “Sligo and the Enniskilleners”.

Wood-Martin was born in 1847 in the midst of the Great Famine, but he was son of James Wood and Anne Martin, making him heir to two large Sligo estates – Woodville and Cleveragh.  Educated in Europe, he served in the Brisith Army, first in Northern Ireland and then in Sligo.  He was appointed High Sheriff of Sligo in 1877 and joined the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland.  He published several books on Irish History including the aforementioned “Sligo and the Enniskilleners” in 1880 and in 1882 “History of Sligo, County and Town”.  He also published several books on Irish monuments and on pagan archaeology. He died on November 16, 1917 at his Cleveragh Estate.

 

Pictured at the launch of the commemorative library card at the Sligo County Museum, from left to right, Sam Moore, IT Sligo Archaeology Department (Organiser of Cromlechs, Crannógs and Cures, the W.G. Wood-Martin conference), Councillor Cathaoirleach Seamus Kilgannon, Richard Wood-Martin, great grandson of author Colonel William Gregory Wood-Martin (1847-1917), County Librarian Donal Tinney and Museum Attendant, Ms. Angela McGurrin.
Pictured at the launch of the commemorative library card at the Sligo County Museum, from left to right, Sam Moore, IT Sligo Archaeology Department (Organiser of Cromlechs, Crannógs and Cures, the W.G. Wood-Martin conference), Councillor Cathaoirleach Seamus Kilgannon, Richard Wood-Martin, great grandson of author Colonel William Gregory Wood-Martin (1847-1917), County Librarian Donal Tinney and Museum Attendant, Ms. Angela McGurrin.

 


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