Sligo town is the capital of County Sligo, located in the North West of the Republic of Ireland and is the gateway to the North West and Northern Ireland.
The word "Sligo" comes from the Irish word "Sligeach" which means “place of shells”.
Sligo has seven beaches all within 10 km of the town.
The beaches are as follows:
Sligo is one of the nine counties located on the rugged and breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way
Sligo also has two large mountains over looking the town called Benbulbin and Knocknarea. Benbulbin is said to look similar to Table Mountain in South Africa while Knocknarea is easily identified by the stone cairn on top which is said to be the buried site of Queen Maeve, warrior queen of Connacht.
Along with beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking mountains, Sligo also has numerous lakes and rivers brimming with fish. Lough Gill is closest to Sligo town and was made famous by W.B Yeats in the poem called "Lake Isle of Innisfree", Innisfree is a small island on the lake.
The Garavogue River flows from Lough Gill and winds through Sligo, the river has a large estuary with a shipping channel capable of taking ships weighing up to 10,000 tonnes. Saint Patrick is said to have blessed the Garavogue so that it would produce salmon all year round for the locals.
Today the Garavogue is the focal point of great nights out and is a beautiful asset to Sligo town.
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