Michael Quirke - The well known Sligo Woodcarver

Michael Quirke is well known in Sligo Town and also by numerous people throughout the world who have visited his quaint little shop here in Wine Street.

Michael came originally from “Down South of the country” to put it in his own words, coming to Sligo Town as a young lad, he became a butcher in 1957 in these very premises.

However, in 1970 his butchers shop took on a dual role, as Michael also started carving figures out of wood, and sold these as well as selling meat.

This dual arrangement continued until 1988 when the butchers side of the business was dropped and the carving became full-time.

Michael, who has certainly got the gift of the gab, carves figures from Irish mythology and local people such as the world renowned poet W.B. Yeats.

Now turn around and look across the road at Henry Lyons ShopThe Henry Lyons Department Store

This substantial and well-known Sligo landmark has operated from these premises since 1878.

This fine building, still retaining its original, attractive leaded lights, mosaic tiles and its distinctive traditional shop front, is of special importance because family-operated individualistic department stores are rapidly disappearing throughout Ireland.

Now cross Wine Street and walk up Quay Street, as far as the large building on the right hand side, Sligo Town Hall

Click here to read about: Sligo Town Hall.

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