About Sligo



Sligo - The North West

Sligo is the 12th largest city in Ireland and 2nd largest in the West. A vibrant city, packed with history, a plethora of attractive historic buildings, exciting nightlife, a vast range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, Sligo is the perfect student destination. Nestled between the majestic Benbulben Mountain, ancient Knocknarea Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Sligo is one of the most scenic places in Ireland. 

Adventure Centre

Local activities include kayaking, mountain walking, surfing, golf, horse riding and during the summer months there are many different types of summer schools, agricultural shows, food, music and cultural festivals to choose from.

WB Yeats

Probably the most famous name associated with Sligo is the Nobel Prize Winning poet William Butler Yeats. WB Yeats was born in Dublin but spent most of his school holidays in Sligo, inspiring him to write some of his finest works. Lissadell House just outside the town has been restored to its former glory and this is where Yeats used to visit Eva and Constance Gore-Booth. Constance went on to become Countess Markievicz, an Easter 1916 heroine, and the first woman elected to the British House of Commons. 

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan the writer, poet, artist, musician and comedian had strong Sligo connections. Spike’s Irish Father Leo Milligan was born around the corner from Milligan Court at No5 Holborn Street where he lived with Spike’s Grandfather Sergeant William Milligan of the Sligo Artillery. A plaque at No5 Holborn Street was unveiled in The Milligan family’s honour in 2005. 


Here are some links to Sligo websites that we hope you find useful: