Hazelwood Heritage Society has been working on a project to research and record the history of competitive rowing on Lough Gill, 1840 to 1900. This was carried out May 2015 to December 2015 by Paul Allen our researcher, working through the archives and old newspaper records etc. Interestingly he has discovered that there were regattas on Lough Gill as far back as 1846.The material gathered will eventually be edited and compiled into a C D/DVD.
Another phase of the project is to collect and record the oral history associated with rowing on the Lake. There is a rich heritage and much interest associated with rowing in the area, and each community around the Lake had its own rowing club. The town clubs and firms generally rowed from the Riverside.We would be interested to hear from anybody who has memorabilia, photos, stories, or any information related to rowing, particularly 1900 to 2000. Please contact Paul or phone Beatrice 087 7701603This project is Phase 1 of the overall project, and we are grateful to the Community grant scheme at Sligo County Council for financial support to make the project possible.