William Butler Yeats is so closely associated with Sligo in his poetry, that it is surprising to realise that he never actually lived in Sligo.
Sligo, capital of the Northwest region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns. Sligo offers a unique destination with the dramatic backdrop of Benbulben, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands, with unsurpassed leisure activities and state-of-the-art business facilities, few places can compete as a destination for leisure or business.
From water sports and golf to seaweed baths and horse riding or even some leisurely fishing, the county has so much to offer you whatever your interests may be. From the myths and legends of ancient Ireland to the poetry of Yeats and the music of Coleman, Westlife and Dervish, Sligo’s cultural and literary heritage is world famous and still actively celebrated.
The Model is an important contemporary arts centre of national standing with a significant collection of Jack B Yeats’s work.
There’s also a vibrant theatre tradition found in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, one of the oldest regional theatres in the country, and the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, a professional ensemble based at The Factory Performance Space.
The ancient county is filled with over 5,000 archaeological sites including the massive megalithic grave complex at Carrowkeel. Many of the walking routes incorporate sites of archaeological and historical significance.
Restaurants offer an extensive range of local seafood as well as speciality dishes accompanied by refreshing ales and fine wines.
The Sligo Races is a dramatic sight with Benbulben as a backdrop, and south Sligo is renowned for its traditional music.
Sligo hosts a wealth of Festivals and Events throughout the year.
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