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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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Co Sligo Golf Clubhouse
County Sligo Golf Club
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Course Type: Links
County Sligo Golf Club is one of the oldest and best known links courses in Ireland. It was founded in 1894 is situated at Rosses Point, a seaside village eight kilometres (5 miles) north west of Sligo town. The links are set out on one of th ...

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The Schoolhouse at Annaghmore
Collooney, Co. Sligo
Set on the Annaghmore Estate, this charming rural schoolhouse features distinctively Tudor Revival decorative elements.  Built in the 1860’s as a school for the estate tenant’s children, it is an attractive rural building picture ...

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Tourist Attractions

Eagles Flying - Ballymote County Sligo Ireland
Eagles Flying
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Situated amid the beautiful landscape of North-West Ireland is Eagles Flying, the largest Centre for Birds of Prey and Owls in Ireland. Join them for the fantastic and memorable experience of majestic raptors soaring over one of the most lovely l ...

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo
Sligo, Co. Sligo
This relatively new hotel is not especially attractive from the road but, once inside the door, it’s a different story as it has a lovely light and appealing atmosphere, a huge welcoming flower arrangement in the large foyer, and staff who ...

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