Robert Smyllie, the editor and proprietor of this newspaper, had spent almost twenty years on the staff of the Sligo Independent.
The Sligo Times was a generally brighter publication than Sligo's other unionist newspaper the Sligo Independent which Smyllie called ‘our staid contemporary’. It contained photographs, a womans' page, and a chess column.
Its progress was hampered by its inability to secure printing contracts from public bodies in the county and it continually complained about this.
The newspaper was unionist and anti-
Robert Smylie, editor, was elected to Sligo Corporation in 1911 and was the only non-
In early 1914. the paper collapsed and Smyllie left Sligo to take up a position with the Belfast News-
Robert Smyllie in the 1901 Census; in the 1911 Census.
Poems included in the Sligo Times 1912.
The following poems represent well the various types of poetry published in Sligo local newspapers. There are some recognisably non-
The local author, D.C. Devine sent his solution to the newspaper's chess problem in verse in January and his acrostic elegy for a fellow resident of Tubbercurry was included in her obituary in March.
Local politics and events are represented by three poems. Peter's Psalm is the most overtly political of these, making fun of the agrarian campaign of the UIL. The one on Tobercurry Waterworks may also have a political agenda, as part of the Unionist argument against Home Rule was the inability of nationalist-
Peter's Psalm of Patriotism
The Mouse Hunt
The Power of Love
In Memoriam -
Lily of the Valley
Votes for Women
The Girl of Glenavoo
Shall I ever see thee, Erin
A Boy's Promise
You Remember Eileen
What Ha' Ye Done?
Live Within your Means
Is It Nothing to You