|density||1,507.9 Ew. / km²|
|Telephone code||+353 / 71|
Sligo at dusk
Sligo [ ˈslaɪɡoʊ ] ( Irish : Sligeach [ ˈɕlʲɪɟəx ]) is the capital of the Irish county of County Sligo and is located on the Garavogue River in Connaught Province . The Irish name means “place of the mussels”, as the coast off Sligo was known for its abundance of shellfish ( Culleenamore Middens ). The city has 17,547 inhabitants (as of 2011).
Sligo is the largest city in the north-west of the Republic of Ireland and a transport hub, including to Northern Ireland and County Donegal . It is also the bishopric of the Roman Catholic diocese of Elphin .
Worth seeing include Calry Church and Sligo Cathedral, but especially the ruins of Sligo Abbey , which was built by Maurice Fitz Gerald, the city's founder. Sligo is bordered on the periphery by two of Ireland's most literary mountains, Ben Bulben , a table mountain, and the Knocknarea with the burial mound of the mythical Queen Medb . At the foot of the Knocknarea is Carrowmore , a megalithic necropolis with dolmens and passage graves .
Sligo has around 150 pubs and is the central shopping town for Counties Sligo and Leitrim .
There are three local newspapers in Sligo. The Sligo Weekender comes out on Tuesdays, while The Sligo Champion and Sligo Post come out on Wednesdays. 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 to Donegal , Leitrim and Sligo Counties .
Sligo in pictures
Statue of Yeats in front of a bench
Sligo has partnerships with the following cities:
- Crozon , Brittany , France
- Kempten (Allgäu) , Bavaria , Germany (since 1990)
- Illapel , Choapa Province, Chile
- Tallahassee , Florida , USA
- Everett , Washington , USA
sons and daughters of the town
- James Duffy (1890-1915), Canadian athlete (marathon runner)
- Sean Fallon (1922-2013), football player and coach
- Marian Harkin (* 1953), Irish politician and member of the European Parliament since 2004
- Dave Kennedy (* 1953), former racing car driver
- Ray MacSharry (* 1938), EU Commissioner
- Paul McGee (born 1954), soccer player and coach
- Pauline McLynn (* 1962), actress and writer
- Red Morris, 4th Baron Killanin (born 1947), film producer
- Mark Scanlon (* 1980), racing cyclist
- Kian Egan (* 1980), Mark Feehily and Shane Filan (* 1979), members of the band Westlife
- Official Homepage (English)