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Digital Collections

Online Map Collection

In 2006 Sligo County Library commissioned digital cartographer, Mr. Rainer Kosbi, to create an interactive map website, which would be of great interest to teachers, students, archaeologists and anyone interested in the history of Sligo. This enabled users to explore, without charge and from their own home, every town-land in the county as it appeared before Famine times and to discover the existence and explanation of any antiquities in that townland.

For this purpose each sheet of the Library’s 1837 Ordnance Survey County Sligo maps was sent to Dublin to be painstakingly restored and digitised. Afterward, all the county’s townland names and sites of archaeological interest were listed and amalgamated into an extremely user-friendly database.

In 2009 Sligo Library decided to update this system, adding the newly digitized unique 1659 Downs Survey Maps of County Sligo to our 1837 O.S Collection. The name given to this newly integrated maps system is Mapbrowser. Once again developed by Rainer Kosbi, it is an alternative to the old SVG maps system. MapBrowser will run in the majority of browsers using Adobe's Flash Player on Windows and Apple Mac personal computers.

View this online Map Database, with an introductory page explaining the various functionality.
 

Ask About Ireland

Sligo County Library with funding from the Library Council and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government as part of the Cultural Heritage Project undertook the digitisation of 3 different collections under the headings, Irish Writers, Big Houses of Ireland and Physical Landscape. These digital collections are available on www.askaboutireland.ie. They are

  • Eva Gore Booth
  • Lissadell House
  • The Wakeman Drawings

painting of Markree Castle

Also available on AskAboutIreland are The Irish Times Digital Archive and The Griffith Valuation.

This provides online access free of charge for internet users within public libraries and schools in Ireland.

This was the first land valuation in Ireland and it lists every landholder and householder for every county in Ireland in the mid 1800s.It is important because there are very few Census or other records available for 19th century Ireland. So for anyone who wants to trace their great, great grandparents and find out where they lived, it is the best source of information available.

In 2005 An Chomhairle Leabharlanna asked Sligo Library to take part in a cooperative project with the Department of Education on a new curriculum for primary schools. With an increased emphasis on a local element in the teaching of History and Geography we were asked to prepare a familiar, child-friendly AV treatment of aspects of Sligo’s geography and a personal, local AV example of Sligo’s history. Using our Local Studies material we stressed the changes between Sligo of the photographed 19th century and the Sligo of today in History. Choosing Countess Markievicz and again using our own material, we personalised the story of a local 1916 heroine and champion of human rights.

1837 Ordnance Survey Maps

In 2006 Sligo County Library commissioned digital cartographer, Mr. Rainer Kosbi, to create an interactive map website, which would be of great interest to teachers, students, archaeologists and anyone interested in the history of Sligo. This enables users to explore, without charge and from their own home, every town-land in the county as it appeared before Famine times and to discover the existence and explanation of any antiquities in that townland. For this purpose each sheet of the Library’s 1837 Ordnance Survey County Sligo maps was sent to Dublin to be painstakingly restored and digitised. Then all the county’s townland names and sites of archaeological interest were listed and amalgamated into an extremely user-friendly database which will open up the past with today’s most up to date technology. To use the site, users simply and click on this link.

Kilgannon's 1906 Almanac for North Connaught 1906 including Sligo Directory

Volume 1

 Volume 2

 

 

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