The #ForgottenIrish of Co. Sligo

The latest #ForgottenIrish story looking at Co. Sligo is now available on Storify. It is the sixth county to be examined, joining  CorkKerryDonegal, Galway and Cavan, with Dublin to follow shortly. Storify also has a piece looking at Civil War Pensioners in Ireland. If you would like to read the Sligo Storify you can do so by clicking here.


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Categories: Digital Arts and Humanities, Sligo

Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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3 Comments on “The #ForgottenIrish of Co. Sligo”

  1. mhkane
    January 7, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    Captain Edward P.. Doherty’s family was from County Sligo. However he was born in Canada East. During the chase for JW Booth after Lincoln’s assasination, Doherty was the only commissioned officer present when Booth was killed. In the 1870’s arumor swept the South that Booth was not killed at Garrett’s farm but had escaped to Texas where he lived quietly. A n enterprising reporter tracked Doherty down in New Orleans. Doherty said the rumor was untrue. He had sewn Booth into blankets before taking him back to D.C. That night a surgeon who had removed a growth from Booth’s neck and Doherty confirmed that it was indeed Booth. Doherty had seen Booth in a tavern several months before. He knew the face well. Doherty is buried in Arlington National cemetery.

    The officers of the 16th Cavalry gave Doherty a new sword and belt for his efforts. Doherty was a captain in the 16th NY Cavalry and also a captain in the Fenian Brotherhood.


    • January 8, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for this- great info as ever! I should have included him in the this actually. There is a memorial to him and his family at their original home in Sligo that I keep meaning to visit.

      Kind Regards,


  2. October 8, 2015 at 10:17 am #


    Do you have a source for that info on the reporter tracking Doherty down in New Orleans?

    Would like to look it up. Edward Paul Doherty was my great-great-great uncle.


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