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Sligo is located in the north west of the country in the province of Connacht. The county shares boundaries with Leitrim, Roscommon and Mayo. County Sligo has a population of 61,000 with around 18,000 living within the confines of the main town of the region, Sligo town. This attractive town has recently been totally revamped and sympathetically modernised where necessary. There are two large new shopping centres called Quayside and Johnston’s Court and many luxurious recently-opened hotels. Sligo town is also home to the Sligo Institute of Technology. The area now has good road and rail links, and Sligo Airport is just 5 miles from the main town in nearby Strandhill. Sligo has always had a powerful voice via local journalism with the Sligo Champion newspaper, founded in 1836, still going strong. This publication now vies for attention alongside the Sligo Post and the Sligo Weekender. Holiday Home Sligo

 
The county has had its share of turbulent historic conflicts. The locals can regale you with tales of invasions, uprisings and even glorious defeats after Sligo men have stood and fought to protect their lands through centuries of general hardship. Some of these stories were converted into traditional Irish jigs, reels and airs which are still proudly played by the county’s talented musicians. Towns such as Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane and Gurteen all have popular pubs where traditional music and dance is perfected on at least a weekly basis. Tubbercurry, Sligo’s second largest town, also has a tradition for the theatrical arts and recent successes have included their own feature length action film, an original musical production which has toured overseas and regular stage plays. Much of the landsape of Sligo features in the poetry of W.B.Yeats (The Stolen Child, The Fiddler of Dooney) and the poet is buried, as he wished in Drumcliffe, north of Sligo town. There is an annual Yeats Summer School which attracts writers and students from all over the world, but many other visitors enjoy the insights the poet has given into the landscape. For lovers of traditional music, the more remote southern part of the county has given rise to a strong fiddle tradition, while in recent years the bands, Dervish and Westlife, from Sligo town, have become internationally famous.

 

Knocknarea Mountain
Knocknarea mountain is 4 miles west of Sligo on a peninsula. It is just over 1000ft and can be climbed in 20 to 40 minutes. The summit offers a magnificent panorama of the indented coast and holds a massive cairn, which is reputed to be the grave of the ancient Celtic warrior Queen Maedbh (pronounced May-v). As the cairn is estimated to weigh 40,000 tons it has never been excavated. Climbers are now requested not to climb on the cairn or to use the stones from the cairn due to much damage in recent years. An old local tradition has it that a climber should bring a stone from the bottom of the mountain and place it on the cairn on the top. Failure to do so, according to the legend, will result in your dreams being haunted by the Queen Maeve herself!  Holiday Home Rental Sligo

 

Coney Island
Coney Island, (Leave Sligo town by the Strandhill Road (R292), about 4 kilometres on the right, watch for small finger signpost.). Said to have given its name to its better known namesake in New York City. In Irish it translates as Oilean na gCoiníní (Island of the Rabbits, Coinín means rabbit). If you're feeling adventurous, and the tide is out, you can drive across the strand to the island. Do check with locals regarding tide times, as almost every year tourists (and locals) get stuck in the sand.

 

 

Lissadell House and Gardens
Lissadell House and Gardens are located 7km north of Sligo Town on the Bundoran Road. Home of the Gore Booth family from 1834 -2003, Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Countess Constance Markievicz and her poet sister, Eva Gore Booth, and is immortalised in the poetry of William Butler Yeats, who wrote:

The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the South
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle

The House and Gardens are situated on the Atlantic coast, and are surrounded by over 400 acres of land, including formal gardens, and wild woodland. Since it was purchased by Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy in 2003, the House and Gardens have undergone extensive restoration. The House itself has a large collection of paintings and literature by George ‘AE’ Russell, Jack Yeats, WB Yeats, Eva Gore Booth, and contemporary Artists and authors, all on view. Public access to the House is expanded with new Garden and China Rooms, and a new Yeats’ Room now also open to the public. The restored hidden Gardens are also now open to the public, with daily access to the 2.5 acre Walled Victorian Kitchen Garden, and the 2 acre Seashore Alpine Rockery Garden. The servants quarters in the basement have also been restored. Large Tearooms, and Garden Shop, where garden produce is sold directly to visitors, are also open in the newly restored Coachhouse complex, which also houses the Lissadell Exhibition Hall, presently showing the Countess Markievicz exhibition, with rarely seen memorabilia.

 

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the countrys oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage houses an exhibition relating to the site. Access to the tombs may be difficult for people with disabilities. Visitors are advised to wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Sligo Holiday Cottages

 

Sligo Abbey
Known locally as the 'Abbey' this abbey survives from the medieval days. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and was accidentally burnt down in 1414, when a candle left carelessly in the building set it on fire, and it was further damaged during the 1641 rebellion. Legend says that worshippers saved the Abbey's silver bell which was thrown into Lough Gill and only those free from sin can hear it peal.
The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloisters and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. Access to site through Visitor Centre. Restricted access to site for visitors with disabilities.

 

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
The largest and one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe. Over 60 tombs have been located by archaeologists, the oldest pre - dates Newgrange by 700 years and is older than the pyramids. A restored cottage houses a small exhibition relating to the site. Restricted access to the centre for visitors with disabilities ( tombs are inaccessible for visitors with disabilities ) Visitors are advised to wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain.

 

Hazelwood Sculpture Trail Sligo
Only 3km from Sligo town at half Moon Bay on the shores of Lough Gill is the Hazelwood Demense. Well known locally for its forest trails where you will find a unique series of outdoor sculptures from Irish and International artists, a quiet picnic area and beautiful lakeside views.
The demense is located on an area between Lough Gill and the Garavogue River. The nature trail forms a loop of about 3km with two shorter alternatives available. All are clearly marked and begin and end at the car park. Hazelwood House was built for Lieutenant General Owen Wynne in 1724 and was designed by the architect R Cassells who was also responsible for buildings such as Leinster House and Powerscourt.

 

Sligo Folk Park
Sligo Folk Park is located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, Co Sligo. This community based attraction gives a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century. Set in the grounds of Millview House, Sligo Folk Park has a wonderful museum and exhibition hall where visitors can see one of Ireland's finest collections of rural history and agricultural artefacts. The village street, traditional cottage, forge and the restored Millview House are just some of the attractions to visit. After browsing around relax and enjoy refreshments at the restaurant. A trip down memory lane for all the family. Irish Holiday Cottages
 

 

Knocknashee
An exciting archaeological discovery in recent years was the identification of a hillfort at Knocknashee during an archaeological survery of county Sligo by the OPW in 1988. Knocknashee means Hill of the Faries. It is a massive 700m long and 320m wide. The site is located on a spectacular limestone table top plateau commanding a widespread view over the north Connacht plain. The area enclosed by the two earth and stone ramparts in 53 acres. The inner rampart skirts the edge of the plateau following the contour and is obscured somewhat by a modern stone wall built on top of it. The rampart now have a maximum height of 1.5m and a width of 3.8m and are associated with interrupted rock cut ditches from which they are built.

 

Castlebaldwin House
This consists of a small two storey L-plan house built in the 17th century, and has few defensive features. The house is constructed of mortared roughly cut sandstone blocks. The rectangular main block, 10m long by 6m wide, has two high gables, which survive with rectangular chimneystacks intact. There are two fireplaces in the north west wall one at ground level and one on the upper story. There is also a fireplace on upper storey of south east wall. There are loops flanking the fireplaces and one in the projection originally containing the stairs. Outside the house there are remnants of a small, square enclosure or outhouse, touching the north west wall. Carved on a stone near the base of the wall on the south east angle of the house are figures.

 

Enniscrone
Enniscrone is a popular west coast seaside resort in Killala Bay. It proudly boasts 3km of unspoilt Blue Flag category beach, 2 surfing schools and challenging waves to suit, and for the health-conscious, traditional Seaweed Baths. The Ox Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this coastline.

 

Towns and Villages in County Sligo
Other places steeped in local history in Sligo and always worth further investigation include Ballisadare, Ballymote, Charlestown-Bellahy (on the Mayo border), Cliffony, Collooney, Coolaney, Curry, Easky, Grange, Mullaghmore, Riverstown and Rosses Point (within Sligo town’s natural harbour).
 
 

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