Sunday 9th September:
Michael Collins Commemoration
Marking 100 years since Michael Collins incarceration in Sligo Gaol
Unveiling of specially commissioned portrait of Michael Collins by local artist Emma Stroude, artist in residence for Friends of Sligo Gaol.
Relative of Michael Collins to be present for the unveiling.
Times for tours to be allocated on Saturday morning at registration for the conference. Tours for ticket holders only.
April 1918 - Michael Collins goes go Sligo Gaol
Along with being the 200th anniversary of the opening of Sligo Gaol, 2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of Michael Collins imprisonment there.
He was incarcerated in the Gaol in April 1918 after making a speech against conscription in Longford. During his three week incarceration he wrote a prison diary, in which he remarked on the conditions he experienced in the gaol.
Our guided tours of the gaol will bring his prison story to life.
Conference ticket holders will get to take a tour of the gaol on Sunday morning. Tour times will be allocated upon registration for the Conference on Saturday morning.
Remembering Michael Collins’ Imprisonment in Sligo Gaol 1918
12pm Sligo Gaol
Lecture by Phelim Brady – ‘Michael Collins’s Jail Journal, 2 - 21 April 1918’
Portrait of Collins by Artist Emma Stroude
A specially commissioned charcoal portrait of Michael Collins by renowned local artist Emma Stroude will be unveiled by Mary Clare O’Malley, Grandniece of Michael Collins,.
The portrait will be presented to the people of Sligo for display. It will act as a permanent reminder and talking point of the historical relevance of his time in Sligo Gaol.
Emma is the current Resident Artist with Friends of Sligo Gaol. Ireland's history and the Atlantic coastline influence the two diverse themes which run parallel in her practice. Emma Stroude was chosen on the strength of her previous work in relation to the women of 1916 ‘At Home with the Easter Widows'.
Kindly funded by Sligo County Council & The Creative Ireland Programme 2017 to 2022.
Michael Collins in Sligo Gaol
What can we say about this performance by Craig de Faoite as Michael Collins in Sligo Gaol?
Wow is a good start. Totally blown away. Collins was incarcerated in the Gaol in April 1918 after making a speech against conscription in Longford.
During his three week incarceration he wrote a prison diary, in which he remarked on the conditions he experienced in the gaol.
The tours were part of our Michael Collins commemoration day and was funded by Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022 and Sligo County Council Community & Economic Development