History - Michael Farry

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I have a chapter on the Sligo experience of the Irish Revolution in Cork University Press's just published Atlas of the Irish Revolution edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil and Mike Murphy.

"Written by the leading historians, geographers and literary scholars of the Irish revolutionary period, this work, with its authoritative texts, superb photographs, informative maps and its reproduction of key documents, promises to be the outstanding publication of the ‘decade of commemorations'."

To see some sample pages from the publication go to  this page.

Irish Times
review by Diarmaid Ferriter.


Michael Farry researched the history of his native parish of Killoran, Co. Sligo and published “Killoran and Coolaney – A Local History” in 1985. This book is out of print but a pdf is available on this site. Follow the link on the drop down menu under History to the left.

He researched the history of the War of Independence in Co. Sligo and published “A Chronicle of Conflict: Sligo 1914-1921” in 1992. This is also out of print but follow the link to the left for more information.

He researched the civil war in Co. Sligo as a doctoral thesis in Trinity College, Dublin 1995-1999. This was published by UCD Press in 2000 as “The Aftermath of Revolution - Sligo 1921-23”.

His book, "Sligo 1912-1923 The Irish Revolution", was published by Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2012 as the first volume in The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 series (Mary Ann Lyons & Daithí Ó Corráin, series editors).


Two articles by Michael Farry based on poems about the war published in Sligo newspapers in 1915 have appeared in local history journals: “Old Erin’s sons are fighting now On Belgium’s gory plain”  in The Corran Herald 48, 2015/2016, and War Poems in Sligo Newspapers 1915, in The Spark, North-West Local History and Arts Review, Issue 28, 2015.

Michael Farry has an article in the 2014 issue of The Corran Herald. The article deals with the meeting, and subsequent short correspondence, of two south Sligo men and the Irish-American activist, Joseph McGarrity, at the Teeling Monument, Collooney on Garland Sunday 30 July 1911 while McGarrity was on a motoring tour as part of his honeymoon.

The Corran Herald is published annually by Ballymote Heritage Group and should be available from the group and in Sligo bookshops.

This article is also included in the first issue of
the E-journal, Reading Ireland: The Little Magazine, USA.

The 2013 issue of the The Corran Herald can now be read online and has an article by Michael Farry on another interesting south Sligo meeting, between an IRA commandant, Michael Marren, and the O/C of British troops in Sligo, Major E.S.C. Grune, which occurred in May 1921.


"Sligo Jail 1912-1923" at the Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, on 23 September 2015 as part of an evening devoted to Sligo Jail. A video of the talk is among those featured on the website of The Friends of Sligo Jail.

"War Poets and War Poetry" in the Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo on 11 November  2014.

"The Transition from the Irish Parliamentary Party to Sinn Féin" at the Sligo Field Club conference "Sligo in Transition 1914-1921" on Saturday, 18 October.

United Left, Sligo, March: "The Irish Revolution and the Labour Movement in Sligo 1912-1923"

Coolaney Community Centre, May. On the occasion of the reopening of the refurbished Centre. "A History of Coolaney in 15 Objects". Link to a digital copy of the illustrated handout

Yeats Society Sligo, October "Sligo 1913".

Sligo Field Club, February. "From Parliamentary Party to Sinn Féin-Sligo 1914-1918"
Ballymote Heritage Weekend, August. "Lawlessness Prevails Everywhere - South Sligo 1918-1921"

Séan MacDiarmada Summer School. "Challenging Authorities in County Sligo 1914-1918 - Sinn Féin and the Irish Parliamentary Party"

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