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Sligo town guide

The name Sligo literally means "the place of shells" - the town's pre-historic residents had a huge appetite for shellfish and their remains can be found all over the area. Up in the north west of the island of Ireland, Sligo has easy access to the delightful Donegal countryside.

It is an attractive town with some good restaurants and bars, theatres and art galleries. Sligo was the birthplace of W. B. Yeates, one of Ireland's greatest poets. Here you can visit the Yeates building and his grave at Drumcliff churchyard.

Sligo's scenic coast has many excellent surfing beaches and there are dramatic coastal seascapes not far away. For the enthusiast there are many delightful golf courses in the area.

In Sligo itself, the Abbey merits a visit. Founded in the thirteenth century, it has Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture and a fifteenth century high altar.

Very near to Sloigo is the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, the largest and one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe. Here you will find over sixty tombs, the oldest of them, older than the Pyramids of Egypt.

Still on an archaeological theme, if you venture further, perhaps by hire car, Ceide Fields Visitor Centre and Site in next-door County Mayo, is the most extensive Stone Age site in the world. Here are found more ancient tombs, dating from 3,000BC, and other items of interest.

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