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Special gaol evening in Hawk’s Well 


Wednesday September 23


A special evening on Sligo Gaol entitled ‘The Way We Were’ will be hosted by the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

The Friends of Sligo Gaol will have an information stand in the Hawk’s Well on the night. And a member of the group, Dan Scannell, a former governor of Castlerea prison, will be one of the speakers.

The Hawk’s Well event will enable the audience to discover Sligo gaol stories of past lives; which vary from heart-breaking to audacious. These will include details of public executions, pillorying and transportation and a Gaol escape that made headlines across much of the world.

The main speaker will be renowned historian and writer Michael Farry. A native of Killoran, near Coolaney, Michael now lives in County Meath.  Siobhan Ryan, Heritage Officer with Sligo County Council will speak about the heritage of Sligo Gaol.

There will be gaol related exhibitions in the foyer from 6.30pm. And there will be an opportunity to chat with representatives from the Friends of Sligo Gaol group.

The first speaker will be on stage at 7.30pm with the evening finishing up at 9.15pm after a questions and answers session with the panel chaired by Sligo’s Columb McBride.


The event  is supported by the  Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre, Sligo County Council Community & Voluntary Sector Scheme.Tickets are €8 and are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre on 071 916 1518.

Exhibitions in Foyer by Sligo Genealogy Service, Friends Of Sligo Gaol, Sligo County Council Heritage Office from 6.30 pm with items from the Gaol on display.




7:30pm    -   Siobhan Ryan - Sligo Gaol Built Heritage


7:45pm     -  Dan Scannell - Former Director of Castlerea Prison 8:00pm                              


Interval   -   chance to visit exhibitions


8:15pm    -  Main Speaker Historian Michael Farry


8:45pm    -   Q&A with Siobhan Ryan, Dan Scanlon, Michael Farry Chaired by M.C.


9:15pm    -   Close


For further information contact Maeve McGowan, Marketing Manager, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, 071 916 1518

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