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Artists: Séamus Dunbar in collaboration with Manorhamilton District and Historical Society

Title of Exhibition: The Sligo Leitrim Train – A Unique Railway

SL&NCR Exhibiton, The Sligo Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway

Date: Friday 25th August.

Statement: To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closing of the Sligo Leitrim and North Counties Railway artist Seamus Dunbar joined forces with the Manorhamilton and District Historical Society and rail enthusiasts from the region in presenting an exhibition of historical memorabilia from the times of the railway. The line ran from Sligo through Manorhamilton over the border to Enniskillen and on to Belfast and mainland UK. The exhibition is both an historical appreciation of the struggles to keep the railway going up until its closure in 1957 and an evaluation of the present and future uses and advantages the railway presents today. Stories, machines, technology, objects and photos from the past are juxtaposed with more contemporary readings and interventions such as the endeavours of the SL&NCR Rail to Trail Working Group, whose project to develop a walking and cycling trail will see the old railway once again providing a link between North Leitrim and the wider world.



Artist Statement: Séamus Dunbar
Manorhamilton artist Séamus Dunbar became intimately acquainted with the route of the Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway when he followed the line on foot from Enniskillen to Ballysodare as an Artist’s Walk when completing a Masters Degree at Ulster University in 2013.  An Arts Council funded Professional Development Residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre in 2016-17 allowed him to revisit the subject by working with Manorhamilton and District Historical Society to curate an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the closure of the line.

The Manorhamilton & District Historical Society.
Since its rejuvenation in 2013, the aim of the society has been to focus attention on our rich heritage and to research, collect and record, for present and future generations, the history of our area. Towards this aim, lectures on a wide variety of historical and archaeological themes, by local and visiting speakers, have been organised. Exhibitions are of special interest and bring together past, present and future residents of the town in projects that are developed in collaboration and with the support of Leitrim Sculpture Centre.