Outdoor Museum for Sligo Showgrounds

Outdoor Museum for Sligo Showgrounds

Outdoor Museum for Sligo Showgrounds Pictured at the announcement of Peace IV funding for Sligo Rovers outdoor Museum were Front row Left-Right Dorothy Clarke, Director of Services; Vincent Nally, Project Team; Councillor Sinead Maguire, Chair of LCDC; Councillor Martin Baker, Cathaoirleach Sligo County Council; Councillor Chris MacManus; Dr. Jennifer Van Aswegan, LCDC; Margaret McConnell, Senior Executive Officer; Back row Left-Right Martin McAndrew and Karen Gallagher, Peace Programme; Aisling Smyth, Administrative Officer; Chris Gonley, Sligo Leader; Michael Kirby, PPN; Mary Brodie, MSLETB; Michael Moran, Project Team; Sean Tempany; Finbar Filan; Hugh MacConville; Elizabeth King (all PPN); Aidan Doyle, Sligo Chamber; John Reilly, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office

Sligo Rovers Heritage Group has received funding under the Peace IV Programme for the development of an outdoor museum at Sligo Showgrounds.

The design of the facility will see the erection of 90 display panels corresponding with the club’s 90 year history.  Building on the very popular photo display erected by Vincent Nally, the facility will be largely located at the rear of the Treacy Avenue Stand, although a number will be placed at locations throughout the ground.

Diverse History

In spite of our remote location on Europe’s western frontier, throughout its history Sligo Rovers has attracted players, managers and committee volunteers from all over the world, people of all denominations, ethnicity and cultures.  The museum will provide a visual focal point to illustrate our welcoming, multi-national tradition, and will highlight the diverse make up of the club throughout its history.

Calling on Supporters

In keeping with the objectives of the Peace Programme, and to reflect the club's multi cultural tradition, many of the display discs will showcase this important element of our history.  The club is calling on its Members and supporters to help with suggestions for the information panels, whether an iconic figure; stand-out memory, special achievement, an individual or team success.

Please email suggestions/ideas to showgroundsmuseum@sligorovers.com 

Deadline: 1st February 2019

The results will be published on the club’s website and in local media.

Final decision rests with Sligo Rovers Heritage Group/Project Team.

It is intended that the facility will be completed towards the end of the 2019 season.

Further information

Details of the outdoor museum project are available on the Sligo Rovers website www.sligorovers.com and Sligo Rovers Heritage Group Facebook page.


Background to Peace Programme

The PEACE IV Programme is a unique cross-border initiative, financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).  It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.  In addition to supporting peace and reconciliation, the ERDF also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

Sligo has been involved in the PEACE Programme since 1995 as one of the designated Border Counties and through the new PEACE IV Programme continues to promote greater levels of peace and reconciliation.