Updated: 29/01/18 : 12:01:44
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Sligo talking to itself, through photos

A SLIGO Facebook site suggests the old maxim “a photo is worth one thousand words” might be an understatement.

Without question the most popular local page these days is that of Sligo Heritage and History Group.

By the hour it is publishing new photos of bygone eras in Sligo and surroundings. See link below.

By the minute these are drawing comment and lots of additional info, overall the makings of an excellent social history of Sligo.

Many of the photos come from private collections and have been seldom seen.

Five Star

Recent photos range show a queue outside Star Records in the Tesco Arcade for tickets to see Neil Diamond shows in Ireland.

Another photo last night recalled days long before ‘Tesco’ arrived, when the Sligo town supermarket was known as ‘Five Star.’

Other photos show football teams galore, famous soldiers and newspaper sellers of Sligo, past Mayors and politicians, school classes from every recent decade.

Also there are old shopfronts, old streets, the last Town Crier, local showband stars and the ‘P 7 T’ phone box (once) adjacent to the statue of Lady Erin. 

There are also happy groups at dinner dances, contrasted with poignant private pictures of family members, living and deceased.

Locals admit to spending hours on the site. Not just locals either; yesterday saw a click-in and comment from Brisbane, Australia.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605357269662532/about/