The Tide is Coming - A Book of Coney Island in Sligo Bay

As the title of this book suggests, the rhythm of the tides has, for centuries, dictated the rhythm of life on Coney Island. During his lifetime, Islander John McGowan called out the warning ‘The tide is coming!’ hundreds of times, ensuring that visitors could cross safely before the guts at either side closed the Strand passage and made an island of his shores.

Of all those who once lived there, the McGowan family became synonymous with Coney Island. In the transcribed interviews that form part of this book, the voice of John McGowan, Island elder, illuminates eight decades of Island life in the place his ancestors have inhabited since 1789, and possibly even earlier than that.


By Maura Gilligan