Sligo Tour in Ireland Travel
Sligo With one of the greatest concentration of megalithic monuments in Ireland, Sligo boasts a landscape as rich in lore as it is in beauty . Sacked by the Vikings at the beginning of the ninth century, Sligo came to prominence once again in 1235, when the de Burgo invasion overthrew the local chieftains. The land was granted to Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord of Naas - who founded a castle and friary there in the years that followed. Now destroyed, the castle once stood on what is currently Castle Street. During the Great Famine, Sligo's population fell dramatically by a third through either death or emigration. By the end of the last century though, the town experienced a significant turn around, becoming a busy centre and hub of activity.

The most celebrated of all of Ireland's poets, W.B Yeats was born in Dublin - his mother, however, was from Sligo, where he spent a lot of time as a child. Yeats visited Sligo frequently - periods which led to the inspiration of the poet in many of his future works, drawing spiritually from the county's scenic landscape and sense of place.

A litany of places and monuments pay homage to Yeats in the town of Sligo, and indeed in the areas surrounding it. At Drumcliffe, by the foot of Benbulben, where the poet is buried, a memorial stone complex has been built incorporating an audio-visual presentation about the poet, complimented with a craft and coffee shop. A sculptural portrayal of Yeats stands on Stephen Street, in Sligo town, inscribed with lines from the poets works, many relating to the 1916 Rising.
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