Sligo [ slaɪɡoʊ ] ( Irish: Sligeach [ ɕl ɪɟəx ʲ ] ) is the capital of the Irish county of Sligo County and is located on Garavogue River in the province of Connaught. The Irish name means " place of shells ", as the coast of Sligo was known for its rich deposits of shellfish ( Culleenamore Middens ). The city has 17,547 inhabitants ( 2011).

Sligo is the largest city in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland and a transport hub, among other things, to Northern Ireland and the County Donegal. She is also a bishopric of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Elphin.



Worth seeing are among other Calry Church and Sligo Cathedral, but especially the ruins of Sligo Abbey, which was built by Maurice Fitz Gerald, founder of the city. Sligo is at the periphery surrounded by two of the most famous literary mountains in Ireland, Ben bulbs and the Knock area, a table mountain with the grave mounds of the mythical Queen Medb. At the foot of Knock Area is located Carrowmore megalithic necropolis with dolmens and passage graves.


The town has a small airport with only regional importance in beach Hill.

Sligo has about 150 pubs and is the main shopping town of County Sligo and Leitrim.


Sligo is home to three times the Irish Football Champions and Cup Winners Sligo Rovers, who currently plays in the Irish League.


In Sligo there are three local newspapers. The Sligo Weekender appears Tuesdays, while The Sligo Champion and the Sligo Post published on Wednesday. There is also a local radio station, Ocean FM. The studios are located in Collooney ( County Sligo), Donegal and Manorhamilton ( County Leitrim ). Ocean FM broadcasts in the counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

Sligo in pictures

The choir of Sligo Abbey

Monument to the Famine

The Courthouse

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Sligo Borough Council

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Sligo Post Office ( 1996)


Sligo maintains partnerships with the following cities:

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Dave Kennedy ( born 1953 ), former Irish race car driver
  • James Duffy (1890-1915), Canadian athlete ( marathon runners )
  • Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Shane Filan, members of the band Westlife
  • Marian Harkin ( born 1953 ), Irish politician and since 2004 a member of the European Parliament
  • Dave Kennedy ( born 1953 ), former race car driver
  • Ray MacSharry ( born 1938 ), Commissioner
  • Paul McGee (born 1954 ), football coach
  • Pauline McLynn (born 1962 ), actress and writer
  • Red Morris, 4th Baron Killanin ( b. 1947 ), film producer
  • Mark Scanlon ( born 1980 ), cyclist