The milk tasted funny, the back-roads induced car-sickness, it rained or was about to. My grandmother attempted to teach us a poem with tricky Irish words: William Butler Yeats, she said. Sligo became the one constant in our lives. The wild, glaciated land gripped our imaginations. Yeats, born in Dublin years ago this year, spent his childhood summers with Sligo relatives and he carried the force of it within him all his life. They were fairly underwhelmed by its appearance. But they understood the concept of a peg on which to hang your creativity. But Innisfree sounds better. Every now and then, McGoldrick recited some poetry.
The Lough Gill system consists of the river Bonet that flows into the eastern end of the lake and the River Garavogue which drains the lake to the west near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woodlands, such as Slish Wood, Dooney Rock, and Hazelwood all of which contain popular nature trails and viewing points along the lake.
The wooded hills of Slieve Killery and Slieve Daean dominate the south shore.
This page is about the four types of monument found in Ireland. Text and photographs by Martin Byrne, an artist, musician and tour guide around the megaliths of County Sligo.
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History[ edit ] An ancient poem in the Dinnsenchus Lore of Places tells how the baskets in the name refer to the wicker frames of a fleet of boats that was once made here. An ancient battle was fought here in A. Colmcille founded a monastery in Drumcliff in about The monastery was of such importance that it gave its name to the territory of Cairbre Drom Cliabh in which it resides.
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Off the beaten track Sligo, Ireland is a thriving city of with a culture of adventure, food and the arts. Disclaimer — my family lives in Sligo, which has changed so much in the years since we first moved there in — I remember my first impression of Sligo as a grey town, nearly 20 years ago now. Sligo has changed its tune however to become a vibrant hub of creative community, young creative people with vision are choosing to base themselves there. Much excellent vinyl gets played at Vinyl Culture, with a nice rota of guest djs to keep things interesting.
Craft beer is the beverage of choice in Ireland at the moment, with microbreweries popping up all over White Hag is the local Sligo beer. Two excellent pubs for your next visit to Sligo. The real Coney Island The next morning, to shake off the cobwebs, we ride our bikes out to Coney Island. Not that Coney Island! This Coney Island lies in Sligo Bay and, just to make things interesting, is only reachable at certain times of the day when the tide is out.
I asked around for good advice: Coney at one time in the late s had a population of around A big mug of tea and a blaa sausage-sandwich hit the spot.
A major literary event each year in Sligo is the Yeats International Summer School, which includes readings, lectures and performances of WB Yeats work. Benbulben Towering over the vistas of much of the County Sligo country side is Benbulben Mountain, an unusual flat top mountain formed during the Ice age. Anyone wanting to climb Benbulben is advised to stick to the south face of the mountain as the north is much more dangerous and difficult due to high winds and steeper climbs.
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Dr Deirdre Mongan, the lead author of the report and a research officer at the HRB, said young drinkers, aged , have the most harmful habits in the country. The quantity they drink and the pattern of their drinking is putting them at increased health risk at a young age, and later in life, according to the study. The HRB called for increases in the price of alcohol as any budget increases in excise duty between and led to a visible dip in drinking. Under the bill, alcohol labels would have to include a link to a public health website and include information on calories in pubs and off-licences.
Alcohol advertising would also be banned near schools, playgrounds, and at bus and train stations. A broadcasting watershed is also planned. Advocacy spokesman Conor Cullen said excessive drinking has harmed the victims of drink-fuelled assaults, drink-driving collisions, and children who are suffering due to excessive parental drinking.
Aclare At the foot of the Ox mountains, the unspoiled scenery and the friendly nature of the local community here is remarkably refreshing. It comes to life during the Mayfly season when the game anglers appreciate the excellent fishing in the lough. The small castle was built at the end of the 16th century to protect the pass through the Curlew mountains. Ballisodare This village, at the mouth of the Owenmore River, takes its name from the nearby falls and rapids.
Situated on the main Dublin road it is a popular traditional music venue, while nearby are some interesting monastic ruins dating from the medieval period.
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It is located on the northern point of the lake, about 1 km east of the river Uinshin, and 5 km north east of Carrowkeel. In both location and mythology Heapstown bears many similarities to Newgrange in the Boyne Valley. Irish Megalithic monuments There are four main types of megalithic monument to be found in Ireland. These are chambered cairns also known as passage tombs or passage graves with perhaps – in the country.
Court cairns , court tombs , about , dolmens portal tombs or cromleacs , some examples and wedges , again around monuments. A fifth type or category are unclassified monuments of which there are at least There is a sixth much smaller group, called Linkardstown cists, which are not very common. Photomontage from the excavation of Circle 26 at Carrowmore in County Sligo. These structures are found in most European countries with large and well preserved concentrations found in France and Ireland.
The board also publishes jointly with OSNI a series of 1: A highly detailed survey of the whole of Ireland would be extremely useful for the British government, both as a key element in the process of levying local taxes based on land valuations and for military planning. Both the maps and surveying were executed to a high degree of engineering excellence available at the time using triangulation and with the help of tools developed for the project, most notably the strong “limelight”.
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Large old metal mooring buoys dating back to located at the Coastal Way in Rosses Point Sligo Ireland Rosses Point, County Sligo Ireland Yeats Country A beautiful day at Rosses Point in Sligo with Ben Bulben in the background.
Slow travel is actually our preferred way of seeing a place, not having too much planned and being able to just go with the flow and take it all in. Sligo is one of those lesser-known, hidden gem destinations in Ireland. With a rugged landscape full of natural wonders from mountains to seaside views that was breathtaking enough to inspire artists like poet W.
You can actually see ruins from the original estate in the long tree and pasture lined driveway leading up to Coopershill House. The entire experience is out of a romantic Hollywood film. Filled with antiques and furniture passed down from generation to generation the house is immaculate and restored beautifully. There is even one bathroom that has what most of been one of the first bathtub showers.
There were many different nozzles that you would really need to have someone who knows what they are doing help you draw a bath. Since the house only has 8 rooms for guests you quickly become friendly with other guests. One couple we met comes to Coopershill annually and actually told us about her experience using the antique tub.
Upland Walks Sligo has a varied natural landscape with spectacular limestone mountains such as Benbulben and Benwiskin that form part of the Dartry range in the North of the County while the south west of the county is dominated by the Ox mountain range which are composed on a mixture of ancient rocks — gneiss, schist and granite. This wild area of uplands is covered largely with blanket bog and is home to the Sligo Way walking route among others.
Yeats, including the iconic Lake Isle of Innisfree.
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It has now become a tourist destination and shopping experience alike. This curving, elegant thoroughfare is the main shopping street of Cork city. It is now mainly pedestrianised which makes it an interesting and vibrant street to walk down. Located 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.
The Castle grounds sprawl out for over 60 acres of parklands which include avenues, gardens, arboretums and waterways.