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Sligo Town

Sligo is the vibrant heart of the North West of Ireland and the biggest town in the region. Built on the banks of the Garavogue River it connects Lough Gill to the Atlantic Ocean and boasts the magnificent backdrop of Benbulben Mountain.

Sligo Town

Renowned for its history, culture and magical mythology Sligo is the vibrant heart of the north-west. Incredible mountains form a stunning backdrop to the town, including Benbulben which oversees the Atlantics roar and King Mountains.

Sligo is believed to have been built on Ptolomy's ancient town of Nagnata on the banks of the Garavogue River and there is strong evidence to suggest there was a human settlement here for several thousand years. It got its name from the Irish word Sligeach, which translates to Shelly River, a name inspired by the abundance of shellfish found in the waters surrounding the town.

Sligo has over 5,000 recorded archaeological sites, the largest of which is the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. It boasts a strong connection with one of Ireland's most famous literary figures, poet William Butler Yeats, whose family came from Sligo. His works reflect the county's scenic landscape and sense of place. Yeats is buried in Drumcliffe Graveyard and to the west of Sligo Town the mythical Queen Maeve is said to be buried beneath the large stone cairn atop Knocknarea mountain.

Sligo town is well known as the "shopping capital of the North-West" with four shopping centres and retail parks with a mix of indigenous shops and well-known multi-national outlets.

The Sligo Walking Trail will bring you to historical buildings including the 13th Century Abbey, Sligo Cathedral and the WB Yeats memorial building.

The town has a great nightlife and a number of buzzing bars are situated near the rivers bank! Sligo is also a festival town with events celebrating Yeats, music, food and the arts.

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