STANDING ROOM ONLY AT HAZELWOOD HERITAGE SOCIETY AGMThere was a large turnout for the recent Annual General Meeting of Hazelwood Heritage Society, the first AGM since the announced purchase of Sligo’s historic Hazelwood House by its new owners.The Annual General Meeting of Hazelwood Heritage Society, the first AGM following the recent purchase of Hazelwood House, was held on Tuesday, 24th March 2015 in Calry St. Joseph’s Hall. Speaking to a full house, Chairperson Beatrice Macdonald presented her Report of the Society’s recent activities especially its substantial efforts to increase awareness of the At Risk condition of Hazelwood House and secure the future of this historic property. Highlights of the Report included the Society’s involvement in the Hidden Histories and Open Door projects, organising of a Wynne family reunion as part of the Gathering initiative, a Sligo IT tourism student survey project, establishment of an Advisory Group including local and national experts, Yeats Day activities, and considerable lobbying and consultative work with all stakeholders and interested parties concerned with Hazelwood House.The Chairperson welcomed Sue Raethorne, one of the new owners of Hazelwood, and Ollie Alcorn, the owners’ representative, to the meeting wishing them well with their plans for the conservation and development of the property. The Chairperson also expressed the Society’s appreciation for the support and assistance provided to the organisation in recent years, and singled out members of the Committee: Tam Macdonald, Irene Allen, Wendy Lyons, Kate Bell and Michael Kirby, and Advisory Group members Alan Moran, Brendan McCormack and Senator Susan O’Keefe for their considerable contributions in support of the Society’s aims and objectives. The presentation of Reports was followed by an interesting and informative talk about the history of Annagh, the name by which the Hazelwood area was previously know, which was presented by architect and historian Wendy Lyons. The talk focused on the history and complicated ownership of the Hazelwood lands prior to the arrival of the Wynne family in the early 18th century. Following the talk Sue Raethorne gave a short presentation to the attendees about the new owners’ plans for the future of Hazelwood. The AGM concluded shortly thereafter followed by refreshments.