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W.B. Yeats Statue

This original, unusual statue of Ireland's national poet William Butler Yeats was unveiled by his son in 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the writer's death.

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Carrowmore Megalithic Burial Ground

More than 200 megalithic monuments once stood on this site, located to the west of Sligo Town. Both man and nature have destroyed many of the passage tombs and dolmens over the years, but today there are still about 40 burial sites to be explored in this ancient cemetery, spread out over roughly 40 acres of land. Carrowmore is both the oldest and largest burial ground in Ireland, dating back to prehistoric times.

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Lissadell House

Sir Robert Gore-Booth built this unique and beautiful neoclassical mansion in the 1830s. Fashioned from Ballisodore limestone, and located 7km to the northwest of Sligo just off the N4, Lissadell House had remained a family homestead until 2003, when it was sold privately. W.B. Yeats was a regular visitor, and was friendly with two of the Gore-Booth sisters; indeed, he preserved the women and their home in a poem entitled In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markievicz. One sister – Constance – later married and became the Countess Markievicz, famous for her role in the Easter Rising of 1916.

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Sligo Abbey

Built in 1253 by Maurice FitzGerald, Sligo abbey is the only remaining authentic medieval building in Sligo Town. Originally housed Dominican monks, it was heavily damaged by fire in 1414. The abbey was reconstructed afterward only to be destroyed again in 1642, by the army of Sir Fredrick Hamilton. The Dominican Friars remained in the abbey until 1760, when they built to the Holy Cross Friary in Sligo's High Street, where they remain to this day.

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Sligo County Museum and Library

Sligo Library is housed in a former Gothic Revival church, designed and built in 1851 by Belfast firm Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon. Previously the home of Sligo's Independent Church, which had been founded by Scottish and English evangelicals, the building was converted to the Sligo Library in 1954. The adjoining minister's house, built in 1867, became the Sligo County Museum in 1955. The main attraction of this enjoyable museum of local history and art, is the Yeats Memorial Room. It displays many of the poet’s personal items, such as letters, photographs, and the flag used to cover his coffin when he was buried nearby at Drumcliff.

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The Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo

The Yeats Memorial Building, is a distinctive redbrick Victorian building in the centre of Sligo Town, overlooking the River Garavogue. The Yeats building is dedicated to celebrating the life and work of the national poet of Ireland William Butler Yeats. Located at the west end of the Hyde Park Bridge, the building also serves as the headquarters of the Yeats Society. Today, the Yeats building houses a permanent displays of photographs, known as Yeats Photographic Exhibition. 

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Sligo Town

Sligo Town sits in a scenic valley between Benbulben and Knocknarea mountains. The River Garavogue runs through its centre, taking only a few kilometers to emerge from nearby Lough Gill to enter the sea at Sligo Bay. Indeed, the town gets its name from the Irish Sligeach, meaning "Shelly Bay / River". While there are no shells now, there is water everywhere, and there are fine beaches, lakes and waterfalls nearby. It is the largest town in the region, and lends its name to the surrounding County Sligo. Sligo Town’s attractive centre affords expansive river views, and scenic Benbulben Mountain, with its flat top and appearance that evolves along with the changing light of the day provides an interesting backdrop.

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Rosses Point

Rosses Point is a beautiful maritime village and holiday resort, that boasts two adjoining blue-flag beaches. Located about 5 miles / 8 km from Sligo town, the charming village is a popular with locals, particularly families with children, due to its twin beaches.  For most of the year, the beaches are pleasantly uncrowded -- only on very warm summer days, which occur unpredictably in Ireland, do large numbers gather, but even on these days, there is always plenty of space on the beaches for all. At any time of year, Rosses Point is a pleasant spot to visit due to its natural beauty. Early evenings offer the best views, when sunset is occurring over the Atlantic, with the magnificent backdrop of Sligo town's two main hills. Benbulben, a table-top mountain, overlooks the beach on one side. In the other direction can be seen Knocknarea -- a smaller, more round hill where, according to local legend, ancient Celt Queen Maeve is buried. The tradition is that everyone who walks to the top carries a stone, and place it on top of the stone burial cairn.

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