Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Ballymote (Irish: Baile an Mhóta) is a growing market town in south County Sligo, Ireland. It is a historic town, with Ballymote Castle, built by Richard de Burgh, dating from 1300. The Book of Ballymote was compiled in this castle in the 15th century and gives the key to the Ogham inscriptions, the ancient Irish system of linear writing, which can be seen on many standing stones in the country.
Brother Walfrid the founder of Glasgow Celtic Football Club, Michael Corcoran and Brigadier General of the 69th Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War were both from the Ballymote area. The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg unveiled Ireland's national monument to the The 69th Infantry Regiment (aka The Fighting 69th) and Michael Corcoran in Ballymote on 22 August 2006.
Ballymote is a popular angling centre boasting some of the finest coarse angling in Ireland. The caves of Kesh a few miles away are worth a visit.