News from the Past - First World War Exhibition 2014

NFTP - image 2 - LRThe exhibition “News from the Past”, commemorating the people of Sligo’s Involvement in World War 1 is currently running at the Sligo County Museum and is set to continue until the beginning of September 2014.   

The exhibition gives the opportunity to visitors to view newspapers from the period, photos, letters, medals and other memorabilia from World War 1.   For the first time the names of all the Sligo people that died in World War 1, including their address, rank, unit, place and date of death is on display. 

A book of condolences to their memory is open thus giving members of the public an opportunity to pay tribute to the people from Sligo that lost their lives in the war.

The exhibition is a fine tribute to the people of Sligo and contains some never before seen memorabilia such as:

  • the Military Cross awarded to Captain John Ritty (23.6.1916) plus campaign medals
  • an original German Pickelhuabe Prussian Officers leather helmet
  • an original German military helmet
  • an original French military helmet
  • an original English military officers trench cap with insignia from the Intelligence Corp.
  • an original English military officers trench-coat
  • an original English military jerkin as used by the personnel for carrying four 'live' artillery shells
  • a replica Webley revolver plus handbook for use
  • a replica Lee-Enfield rifle
  • an original English artillery wood saw with scabbard plus an original trench wire cutters as used in the trenches
  • the last Will and Testament of Captain Thomas Crofton
  • the original Roll of Honor from Henry Lyons shop, O'Connell Street, Sligo
  • a number of original glass negatives from the Kilgannon studios
  • Eighteen exhibition panels featuring;
    • the names of the 550 Sligo men and 1 woman killed in combat
    • the insignia badges of all 18 Irish Regiments which served in the British army during WW1
    • stories of Sligo men from different backgrounds who fought during WW1
    • the role played by the women of Sligo during WW1
    • over 100+ newspaper clippings of articles relating to Sligo during WW1
    • numerous photographs, some from private collections
    • original postcards
    • original personal papers
    • original artillery shells
    • a multi media presentation of the Foley Collection


The Sligo County Museum is located on Stephen Street, Sligo.  The opening times are as follows:

May-September: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.50pm Tuesday to Saturday

Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Admission is free.