Sligo: The Irish Revolution 1912-
This is the first in a series of county histories of this period edited by Mary Ann Lyons, professor of history, NUIM and Daithí Ó Corráin, lecturer in history at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, DCU.
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Michael Farry's study is admirably sourced, a balanced and sober assessment of revolutionary politics and violence in his native county, Barry McLoughlin, Books Ireland (2013).
Michael Farry's first collection of poetry, Asking for Directions, was published in May 2012 by Doghouse Books, Tralee and can be purchased online on the publisher's website.
This is a collection of precise language, never excitable but drenched in images that allow you to see the places and people of these stories, often quirky and sharp. There is humour in poems such as ‘British Museum’ and ‘Convoy Driving Eastward, and exasperation in ‘At the V & A’. A world well-
Michael Farry was born in Coolaney, Co. Sligo in 1947. He attended Rockfield National School and St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen. He trained as a primary teacher in St Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 1966-
He served as a teacher in the following schools:
From 1999 he was seconded as an ICT Advisor to Navan Education Centre.
He retired from teaching in September 2008.
He is married and has four children. He lives in Trim, Co. Meath.
He obtained a BA in University College Dublin in 1970 in Irish, English and Archaeology and was awarded a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin in 1999 for a thesis on the civil war in Co. Sligo.
He researched the history of his native parish of Killoran, Co. Sligo and published “Killoran and Coolaney – A Local History” in 1985.
He researched the history of the War of Independence in Co. Sligo and published “A Chronicle of Conflict: Sligo 1914-
He researched the civil war in Co. Sligo as a doctoral thesis in Trinity College, Dublin 1995-
His book on Sligo 1912-
He has been writing poetry since 2004 and has had a collection published by Doghouse Books. He has been published in magazines and has won and been shortlisted in a number of poetry competitions. He is a founder member of Boyne Writers Group.
He was a founder member of Trim Athletic Club and won a silver and two bronze medals in National Athletics Championships.
His collection of stamps and covers on the theme of Ernest Shackleton was displayed at the Shackleton Autumn School in Athy Heritage Centre in 2005.
He is interested in the history of the Vikings in Ireland and set up but no longer maintains a Viking Network Ireland website.
He is interested in the music of Bob Dylan and set up but no longer updates a Bob Dylan website.