Once again I was able to take advantage of the kind invitation from Sligo Chamber of Commerce to join their tour of the Carrowmore Tombs and the Folk Park in Riverstown. This time the weather was not so kind to us and we left Sligo in a chill wind and under threatening skies but looking forward to the experience.
We left Sligo and headed for the Bricklieve Mountains and Carrowmore taking the scenic North West Trail. The roads are winding and narrow but well worth the trouble, with Knocknarea, the Ox and Bricklieve mountains. Lough Gill with Beezies and Church islands and Tobernalt all to be seen en route. Arriving at Carrowmore, we were greeted warmly and Linda, our guide, took us to the passage tombs. Climbing up the meadow to the tombs, the wind was picking up and rain began to fall but our intrepid guide plotted our course and we stayed ahead of the showers almost to the end of the tour. Linda, as well as being an ace shower dodger, was a really interesting guide and I wish I could remember all she told us, but, next time.
Next stop Riverstown Folk Park. Before we set out on the tour, we were treated to coffee and scones in the Millview Coffee Shop which helped to get rid of the chill of the Carrowmore wind. Set in the heart of the County, the Folk Park is truly an experience of rural and cultural heritage, a village within a village, with shop fronts, a cottage, a farmyard with animals, fowl and a bashful donkey, a working forge; Millview House, still in its original state, a craft centre, a school house and a main street.
The Museum has registers and photographs from ions ago, always a fascinating rummage even when you don’t know anyone in them. Riverstown was the place of the Summer holidays for all my childhood, so I may be slightly biased in its favour, but it is a wonderful place. The Folk Park began as a community project and now hosts all kinds of events, for example, Past Vintage Days, Santatown, Summer Panto and a Family Fun Day. You get a sense that the townsfolk are very proud of their creation and rightly so. The Park has appeal for all age groups and is easy to get around and there is something for everyone, a great place to spend a day.
Once again, thank you to Sligo Chamber of Commercefor inviting us,to Sligo Leader Partnership for providing the funds, to Joan for minding us yet again, to Debbie McNair from Discovery Tours for organising everything for us and to Joe for driving us and for sharing with us his knowledge of a county he clearly has great affection for.
– Anne Bucknell