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County Sligo

There's a stylish confidence to Sligo which belies its compact area as one of Ireland's smallest counties. Perhaps it's because they know that their place and their way of life have been immortalised through association with two of the outstanding creative talents of modern Ireland, W.B.Yeats and his painter brother Jack. The former's fame seems beyond question, while the latter's star was never higher than it is today.

The town and the county have many associations with Yeats, but few are more remarkable than Lissadell House, the former home of the Gore-Booths. Best known as the family of  Constance Gore-Booth - who as Countess Markievicz was much involved with the Easter Rising of 1916 – the Gore-Booths were extraordinary people in several generations, and the sale in 2003 of Lissadell – which is now open to the public – was a timely reminder of this, and of Sligo’s unique qualities.

But whatever the reason for Sligo's special quality, there's certainly something about it that encourages repeat visits. The town itself is big enough to be reassuring, yet small enough to be comfortable. And the countryside about Sligo town also has lasting appeal. Mankind has been living here with enthusiasm for a very long time indeed, for in recent years it has been demonstrated that some of County Sligo's ancient monuments are amongst the oldest in northwest Europe. Lakes abound, the mountains are magnificent, and there are tumbling rivers a-plenty.

Yet if you wish to get away from the bustle of the regular tourist haunts, Sligo can look after your needs in this as well, for the western part of the county down through the Ox Mountains towards Mayo is an uncrowded region of wide vistas and clear roads.

Local Attractions and Information

Carrowmore Largest Megalithic Cemetry in Ireland 071 9161534

Drumcliff Drumcliffe Church & Visitor Centre (Yeats) 071 9144956

Drumcliff Lissadell House 071 9163150

Inniscrone Seaweed Bath House 096 36238

Lissadell House, nr Drumcliff 071 9163150

Lough Gill Waterbus Cruises 071 9164266

Sligo Discover Sligo Tours 071 9147488

Sligo Model Arts & Niland Gallery 071 9141405

Sligo Abbey (13thC Dominican Friary) 071 9146406

Sligo Sligo Airport, Strandhill 071 9168280

Sligo Sligo Art Gallery 071 9145847

Sligo Tourism Information 071 9161201

Sligo Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge 071 9142693

Strandhill Seaweed Baths, Maritime House 071 9168686


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Enniscrone Golf Club
Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
Course Type: Links
Enniscrone is one of those links that you can recommend to your friends and visitors without any fear that they will come away disappointed. With rugged dunes unchanged since time began, a bracing wind, clear sky, one of the most beautiful beache ...

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Temple House - Self Catering Sligo - Gardeners Cottage
Temple House - Gardener's Cottage
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Gardener’s Cottage The Gardener’s Cottage is a lovely Victorian two storey holiday rental house set amidst the idyllic surroundings of Temple House estate. It comprises 4 spacious bedrooms, with one downstairs, and 2 bathrooms ( 1 ...

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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - Carrowmore County Sligo Ireland
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Carrowmore, Co. Sligo
The largest - and amongst the oldest - cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland consisting of monuments that range from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visib ...

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Temple House
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
One of Ireland’s most unspoilt old houses, this is a Georgian mansion on 1,200 acres of farm and woodland, overlooking the original lakeside castle which was built by the Knights Templar in 1200 A.D. Civil Ceremonies or blessings are po ...

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