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Sligo Travel Guide
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Sligo (Irish: Sligeach) is the county town of County Sligo. It is the second biggest urban area in the province of Connacht. It is on the Garavogue River.
It is a nice area for fishing and relaxing. Lough Gill is close to the town. It is between the Ox Mountains and the Dartry Mountains.
Top Things to See and Do
Sligo Abbey or the Dominican Friary is a ruined abbey. It was originally built in 1253 by the order of Maurice Fitzgerald, the Baron of Offaly. Destroyed in 1414 by a fire, further devastated during the Tyrone War in 1595 and once more in 1641 during the Ulster Uprising, Lord Palmerston restored the Abbey somewhat in the 1850s. It is open to the public.
Great Famine Memorial on the Quays: More than 30,000 people emigrated to America through Sligo.
Clarion Hotel, formerly St. Columba´s Lunatic Asylum, was built in 1847 in an Elizabethan style.
Lough Gill Brewery is just the remains of a brewery that lasted over a 100 years, forced out of business by Guinness in the 1960s.
Ben Bulben: a mountain which W. B. Yeats often wrote about. It is said to be the resting place of Diarmuid and Grainne, famous from Celtic Mythology. Knocknarea Mountain, located 3 miles west of the town, on the Cuil Irra Peninsula, is famous for the Neolithic stone cairn on the summit. The cairn is supposed to be the resting place of Queen Maeve of Connacht, that is according to local folklore.
Drumcliffe Graveyard: memorial of poet, William Butler Yeats.
Inis Murray: St. Molaise founded a Christian Monastery here in the 6th century. It lies four miles of the Sligo coast. It is known for its state of preservation as an early Christian site and for its wild scenery and as a wildlife sanctuary. Please keep this area clean and tidy.
Sligo Folk Park
Lisadell House:Home of Constance Gore Booth, better known in Irish history as Countess Markiewicz
Strandhill is a great place for windsurfing. It also has a pebble or stone beach.
Carrowmore: megalithic dolmens and passage tombs which predate the pyramids of Egypt.
Nearby cities/suburbs: Sligo Airport 8km from Sligo, near Strandhill.
Sean McDiarmada Train Station - Services to Dublin
Buses run to Dublin, Derry via Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Galway, Ballina, Athlone, Westport via Castlebar and Belfast via Enniskillen.
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