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About Friends of Sligo Gaol


Friends of Sligo Gaol are a nonprofit community group of volunteers with a keen interest in Sligo Gaol and

its place in the history and heritage of Co. Sligo.


The aim of the group is to provide community support for the conservation of Sligo Gaol, and to 

promote greater understanding and public awareness of its history and heritage. We also aim to 

work towards the eventual opening of the Gaol to the public.



The Friends of Sligo Gaol are an independent, volunteer body committed to working in partnership with Sligo County Council, and other stakeholders, in achieving these aims and supporting the ongoing conservation work of the Gaol building complex.  In addition, we are committed to improving interpretation of the Gaol and its role in local and national history, the collecting and 

maintaining of archival materials, and to increasing visitor access to the Gaol complex.


In support of these aims, the Friends of Sligo Gaol propose to:


  • Maintain a dedicated Website and Facebook page for Sligo Gaol.

  • Promote the ongoing conservation of the Gaol and plans for future works.

  • Collect and maintain personal reminisces, material, and objects relating to the Gaol and its history.

  • Research and publish a history of Sligo Gaol.

  • Organise educational programmes to enhance public understanding of the Gaol, including lectures, talks and exhibitions. 

  • Work with local officials to develop and erect interpretive panels explaining the history of the Gaol. 

  • Source material and funding support for conservation work on the Gaol.

  • Liaise with other heritage groups in the County and nationally, and with educational bodies interested in Sligo’s heritage in pursuit of these aims.

  • Work towards the eventual opening of the Gaol to the public.



The 2022/23 Officers are: 


Chairperson:       Tamlyn McHugh
Secretary:           Ciaran Davis

Treasurer:           Dan Scannell
PRO:                  Brian McHugh

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