affectionately known as Yeats Country, is nestled on the north
west seaboard of Ireland on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Derived from the Irish "Sligeach", Sligo covers an area of some
690 square miles and is home to over 55,800 residents.
Nobel Prize winning
Irish poet William Butler Yeats immortalized the County with
his writings on his childhood years in his beloved Sligo. Described
by Yeats as the land of heart's desire bears witness to the
great beauty of the Sligo landscape and the warmth of its people.
The literary tradition continues today with the Sligo Arts Festival
and a full programme of cultural events throughout the year.
Traditional Irish music can be found in many of Sligo's charming
pubs and taverns.
Visitors to County Sligo can discover a rich concentration of
archaeological and burial sites of the megalithic age. Carrowmore
, west of Sligo town is one of the oldest Stone Age cemeteries
in Europe. Knocknarea mountain is home to the outstanding tomb
of the legendary Queen Meabh. Other evidence of early settlements
in County Sligo can be found on Inishmurray Island and at Drumcliffe.
Sligo's distinctive countryside of mountains, lakes and beaches
offer a range of activities for all tastes including golf, fishing,
horse riding, cruising, walking, sailing, swimming and surfing.
Dominated by the loaf shaped Benbulben mountain, County Sligo
remains an unspoiled pocket of Ireland.
towns and cities of the county are:-
Sligo town is
the capital of the county. Other significant townships are Tubbercurry,
Ballymote, Grange, Collooney and Enniscrone.
Please see the town
guides for further information.
The North West
of Ireland is noted for its precision engineering. County Sligo
offers a skilled labour force for tool making and design through
the Regional College in Sligo town which specializes in several
engineering disciplines. Multinationals to make their home in
Sligo include Saehan Media from South Korea, the German company,
Bruss GMBH and Abbot Laboratories from the US.
Sligo town has a strong retail sector and is the principle services
centre for the county. With a population evenly distributed
across the county, Sligo has a steady beef production and dairy
industry along with small farm holdings countywide. Cross border
initiatives are promoted through Chamberlink and the Council's
|Helpful contact details for business enquiries
Sligo County Enterprise Board
tel: (353) (0) 71 70548
|Sligo Chamber of Commerce
||Tel: (353) (0) 71 61274
|Enterprise Ireland Regional
||Tel: (353) (0) 71 61219
|IDA Ireland Regional
||Tel: (353) (0) 71 61311
Tel: (353) (0)91 735900
Irish Trade Board
Tel: (353) (0)91 756600
(353) (0) 71 41138
|Sources of finance applicable to business start
up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as
Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
|National Irish Bank:
|| Tel: (353) (0)1
|Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):
|| Tel: (353) (0)1
|Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:
|| contact any
|Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund
||Tel: (353) (0)1 478
|The Dept. of
Enterprise, Trade and Employment:|
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661
4444; www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and
very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment
in Ireland, including a business start up information pack
which is superbly put together and includes everything from
planning, funding, locating, employing people and development
|Travel (see also town
is served by several major trunk roads to and from Belfast,
Dublin, Galway and Limerick. Bus Eireann operates an efficient
service across the county with links to the rest of Ireland.
Belfast and Dublin Airports are the principle international
airports closest to Sligo. The county has its own domestic airport
at Strandhill with flights daily to Dublin. A mainline train
serves Sligo via Boyle, Ballymote and Collooney. The nearest
seaports are Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Larne.
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