History of Coolaney in 15 Objects

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A talk by MICHAEL FARRY 25 May 2013 On the occasion of the reopening of Coolaney Community Centre

1. Rathbarran food vessel and axe c. 1,500BC National Museum

2. Miniature of Cormac O'Hara, Coolaney c. 1590. O'Hara Family, Annaghmore

3. Map of Coolaney 1716 O’Hara Papers, National Library

4. Engraving of Meemlough Castle The Antiquities of Ireland, Francis Grose, London, 1791

5. Ordnance Survey map of Coolaney 1836, Ordnance Survey

6. Drawing of Coolaney old bridge by Raymond Piper. Hayward, This is Ireland, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon (London, 1953)

7. Wanted notice 1838-40 National Archives

8. Relief Application Form, 1847 Kate P. Thompson, Knockadoo House National Archives

9. Letter from Motherwell, Coolaney about elections 1852, O’Hara Papers

11. Railway warning sign c.1895

13. Coleman account book 1902-1924

15. Peter Cawley 1855-1930 Drawing, 1912 Roscommon Herald

10. Schools amalgamation brochure 1972

12. Coolaney brick c.1907

14. Charles Mackenzie, Coolaney court clerk

Census 1911

MICHAEL FARRY was born in Carrowloughan, Coolaney in 1947. He was educated at Rockfield N.S. and St Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen. He is a retired primary teacher. He published Killoran and Coolaney: A Local History in 1985 and Sligo 1914-1921: A Chronicle of Conflict in 1992. His Aftermath of Revolution: Sligo 1921-23 was published by UCD Press in 2000 and Four Courts Press published his Sligo: The Irish Revolution, 1912– 23 in 2012. His first poetry collection Asking for Directions was published by Doghouse Books in 2012. mfarry47@eircom.net

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Ordnance Survey Sheet 54 – Coolaney Michael Farry We spread it out one inch to the mile, one shilling, four flat colours, hills hatched in cosy browns. I watched the world turning from inside these edges, the receiving centre of its pulses dropping in by newsprint, aerial, from Antarctica, Budapest, Katanga, Boston. I remember things that never happened there, things that did. I loved the crunch of iron wheel rims on gravel roads and the intimate breath of steam trains. All halted, only here on heavy paper shod wheels turn on still unmetalled roads, heavy engines glide towards terminals, faithful, regular. But now the mist spreads, obliterates all land marks, hills, hollows, walls and boundaries, and I fold up my countryside in faded maroon covers, stow it, useless and drive slowly to the half-lit village. I park, get out, a stranger like yourself. Published in Imagination & Place: Cartography (Kansas, USA, 2013)

Copyright Michael Farry 2013

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