Isn’t it amazing what you see in Sligo? Today I was walking along by the river and saw this wonderful garment!! I’m bemused as to who would wear these but whatever floats your boat. I posted this on Facebook and got a lot of comments including one friend telling me I could make a top out of them!
I was out and about during the week and found this old house. There are so many houses and cottages like this all over Ireland, it’s a real shame they’ve just been left when there are so many people homeless.
I was exploring during the week and came across this cottage with no doors, no windows and half the roof missing. Curiosity got the better of me so I had a look inside.
Today the dog woke up bright and early and as it was a bank holiday here in Ireland we headed off for a long walk. We walked up to Cappagh School House which is located in Coolaney, Co. Sligo. The school was built in 1868 and cost £300.
I couldn’t find an awful lot of information about it on the internet but did find some on Michael Farry’s book Killoran which has quite a lot of info about Coolaney. It’s hard to believe that this one room had 144 children enrolled, although usually only around 44 turned up as school wasn’t compulsory.
We were out test driving Gilbert (the car) yesterday….long story, don’t ask!..but if you have a spare car can you donate it to me please? Anyway we found this old house, I done what I always vow not to do and left the house without a camera or a phone so I had to borrow Andy’s mobile phone, pics aren’t as good as I’d like but not bad considering.
It’s such a shame when you think of the amount of animals abandoned and abused that really need help, yet this place is sitting idle. Who owns it now? The last I heard the SSPCA has been disbanded. Could the property be sold and the money shared between the local charities who help animals?
This is what I read on the SSPCA website:
In 1966 Annie Finnegan passed away, leaving £274,000 IR to the Society to continue its work of educating dog and cat owners to neuter and spay their animals, and to provide a shelter for the care and eventual rehoming of many animals which would otherwise suffer neglect and possible cruelty.
In December 2000 a 10 acre property was purchased at Coolaney, about 12 miles from Sligo town in Co. Sligo. During the ensuing 4 years the property has been fully fenced, some of the land drained, farm buildings erected and the small farmhouse restored. A family of orphaned mallard ducklings even led to the digging of a pond! Known as The Annie Finnegan Animal Shelter, it is a delightful site which we hope will become a place of refuge and sanctuary for animals and helpers alike.
All that remains now are empty buildings and the odd water bowl, very sad. This is the front page of the SSPCA website which has been like this for years.
The old sign on the gate reads that the place is being renovated but this has been here for years and it’s so old now it’s very hard to read. It’s heartbreaking when you think Annie Finnegan left this money for the care of animals yet this beautiful property is just abandoned just like the animals.
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Yesterday I had the privilege of being invited to join Wild West Irish Tours for a day. I’m always interested in following them on Facebook and seeing where they have been and what they have seen. They take their visitors to see the ‘hidden Ireland’, which I always find fascinating. I had never been to Inishmurray so when Michael from Wild West Irish Tours asked me if I’d like to join them I jumped at the chance.
We met up at the statue at the top of the page which is located in Rosses Point, Sligo. The statue is called ‘Waiting on the shore’ and is dedicated as a memorial to the Rosses Point men who lost their lives at sea.
We met Daryl from Ewing’s Sligo Boat Charters and he took us to Inishmurray Island. We got to see some wonderful sites along the way.
The first was the ‘Metal Man’. Daryl told us he is the only man in Rosses Point never to have told a lie. There are only two of these in Ireland. The other one is in Waterford. Is it bad that I think he looks like Elvis?
Daryl took us along side a seal colony which I thought was wonderful. So nice to see the seals up close. They are lovely creatures. Anyway after me thinking how wonderful the boat trip was we turned a corner and the sea got very choppy. I don’t think I will ever make a sailor! I was delighted when we reached the island, I felt so bad I was tempted to swim part of the way!
Michael from Wild West Irish Tours is the man in the Coast Guard top. The other people are all visitors from America. It was lovely to meet them all and have a chat. I had only ever talked to Michael on Facebook so it was great to talk to him in person.
It’s very sad to see these former homes left to decay and fall down. It made me think about the families that would have lived there and although I’m sure there was a great community spirit it must have been very bleak at times especially in the Winter when the wind and sea would have battered the island.
Above are the remains of an early Irish monastic settlement. St Molaise founded a monastery here in the 6th Century which was attacked by Vikings in 807. Remains of the 4.6 metres high by up to 3 metres thick wall can be seen enclosing the settlement which still contains some of the ecclesiastical buildings such as a stone-roofed oratory, two churches, a clochan, a bee-hive hut and other engraved slabs of stone such as what are rumoured to be “cursing stones”.
I had a wander around the island on my own and it really was magical. You could almost hear the voices of the ghosts that had long departed. Although in reality it was only the seagulls crying but after a while they do sound like people.
The statue above was in The Womens Church, were only the women of the island are buried. It’s well worth having a look at this map of the island. I’m also in the process of reading Island Voices by Joe McGowan of Sligo Heritage. It’s a very interesting book with some wonderful photographs.
I thought it was very sad to see the last inhabited house on the island. The family have painted their names on their house. Dan Brady was the last person to leave the island, he emigrated to the U. S. in November 1948.
The only creature I saw apart from the birds was this lovely rabbit. Isn’t it amazing that the rabbits have the whole island to themselves. After a lovely few hours Daryl and the boat returned to pick us up. He had taken some other people to fish…whatever they caught they took home for their dinner. I was dreading the journey back and to be honest it was as bad (if not worse) than I expected so sadly that’s my first and last trip to Inishmurray Island.
As always I took way too many photos. You can see them here. A big thank you to Michael and all on the Wild West Irish Tours for including me on their trip and also to Daryl from Ewing’s Sea Angling and Boat Charters.
We took some more photos and had a look around the place. I really can’t begin to describe how I felt looking at the apartments. It really sent shivers down my spine, the destruction that has been done to them.
It definitely is not run of the mill.
There are more photos on flickr.
I was looking at Flickr the other day and found some great images of our derelict nation which led me to the blog. It really is interesting and there are some great images on it. It makes you wonder why some people leave their homes with family photographs in them or tea towels still hanging up to dry. It’s sad really.
I took the photo above. It was up for sale a while ago. I don’t know if it’s been sold since, it needs a lot of work but I think it would be a lovely home. There are so many houses just left to rot and it’s a shame. I’d love to know the stories they could tell.