The Chairperson of the Carrick-on-Shannon and District Historical Society, John Feely, travelled to Aughnasheelin Community Centre on August 4th last to chair a talk “From the Diamond to the Hall” delivered by Aughnasheelin native and former Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year, Brendan Harvey.
Following the talk ‘Archives 100’, a book in the form of a year by year diary of events in the south Leitrim area, was launched by Mr Feely.
There are a number of interesting articles and happenings recorded from the Carrick-on-Shannon area in the book. It may surprise people to know that race meetings were held in Carrick-on-Shannon in the early part of the last century, and at a time when the county was being described as on the brink of bankruptcy, people were staggered by the animated scenes and by the crowds converging on Carrick-on-Shannon for the Lincoln Handicap. Around the same time the county men had very definite ideas about the qualifications they looked for in perspective wives, read about their requirements in this area in ‘Archives 100’.
Those of us from the Society who travelled with John to Aughnasheelin had a most enjoyable evening. We were treated to a wonderful talk and equally wonderful hospitality.‘Archives 100’ is now available in Mulvey’s, The Reading Room and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.