Like most of Ireland’s coastal towns, Sligo was established as a settlement by the Vikings in the Middle Ages. The town’s one remnant of medieval times is the ruins of the Dominican Friary, known as Sligo Abbey founded in 1252.
Sligo is very much a working town, laid out around the attractive tree lined banks of the River Garavogue. Sligo is the largest town in the North West of Ireland. One of Ireland’s most famous personalities must have been the poet, William Butler Yeats whose family came from Sligo, and whom inspired the young poet in many of his future works, drawn spiritually from the county’s scenic landscape and sense of place.
The town’s cultural attractions; the Sligo County Museum, the Model Arts & Niland Gallery and Sligo Art Gallery are dominated by the Yeats family. At night Sligo has a number of lively traditional bars some with live traditional music.
Within the attractive surrounding countryside of County Sligo are the extensive Neolithic burial sites at Knocknarea, Carrowmore and Carrowkeel, leading modern theorists to believe that Sligo could have been the cradle of Irish civilisation. The beaches around the county are very popular with Surfing enthusiasts