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Sligo Visitor information

History, mythology, music, art, and poetry along with clear lakes, rivers, and dramatic mountains all await visitors to this remote part of Ireland. 

Sligo is also home for W.B. Yeats. Ireland's most famous poet was born here and immortalized the county in his poems, particularly "That old grey mansion". 

On Sligo's Stephen Street, on the north side of the River Garavogue, is the County Museum and adjoining art gallery. The County Museum, located in the old rectory, contains material on the history of the region and mementos of W.B. Yeats, including first editions of his works, letters, and family photographs. 

Just under five kilometers from Sligo, the spectacular Bronze Age graveyard contains 60 graves. Although many have been destroyed and others damaged over the centuries, together they comprise the largest collection of megaliths in Ireland. Most are a mixture of passage graves and dolmens, the oldest dating from between 3000 and 2500 BC.

There are many other nature spots to visit across the county, such as the Devil’s Chimney, a beautiful waterfall which only flows during the sustained wet weather. Flowing through Sligo is the river Garavogue which originates from the freshwater lake a couple of miles away, providing beautiful scenery all year around. And last but not least, the Benbulbin is a large flat-topped rock formation and is a protected site for its beautiful nature.

Travel

Sligo has got a rather small city centre, so it will be easy to get around, however the main attractions are located outside of town. You can also select to travel by bus, some bus companies are servicing all the main towns and also cities close to Sligo. It will be easier to travel with a car and visit all the county sites that way. 

You can of course take a car ferry from Britain or France which will take you to the following towns : Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Belfast and Larne. 

Sligo Mac Diarmada station, also known as Sligo railway station, is a mainline railway station which serves Sligo, which provides trains from Dublin and other main cities across the country. 

History of Sligo

Sligo is a coastal seaport town and is the county town of Sligo in Northern Ireland. The county of Sligo is very famous for its many historical sites, but also for its interesting and spiritual history. 

The county of Sligo was powered by religion and also a stop for many pilgrims going the Saint Patrick’s way, the Croagh Patrick mountain located an hour and half away by car from Sligo. 

But in the very center of town of Sligo, the 12th century Dominican friary also known as the Sligo Abbey still remains. Destroyed by a fire and wars throughout the centuries, the friars moved out, but in the 1850s the Abbey was restored and is now open to the public. The enigmatic friary contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.

Outside of Sligo is the Banada Abbey, and according to the legend, a man named Parthalon discovered the place 300 years after the flood.  From the nine rivers in the whole country there were fish in only one of them. The Moy river, meandering through its beautiful setting of woods and fertile land, flows through Banada. 

Throughout six hundred years of recorded history, Banada has been the home of feudal lords, monks, a monastery, a convent, an educational institution and a peace garden.

And do not forget the legendary Holy Well at Tobernault, which is an age old pilgrimage site. In olden times the Druids would come and celebrate mass here when people were forbidden to congregate. There is a legend that says the well’s waters have healing power for ailments of the eye and the head. 

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