Sligo is a beautiful county that is rich in history and culture dating back to stone-age times. The importance of its history is demonstrated with many ancient sites located throughout the county including megalithic passage tombs and various stone cairns. Sligo town has a high density of archaeological sites in Ireland and is the perfect spot for anyone interested in the history and culture of Ireland.
Not only that, Sligo was the spot where the famous W.B Yeats spent many of his childhood holidays. W.B Yeats is an Irish poet and one of the most significant figures in Irish literature, winning a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, a replica of which can be found in the Sligo County Museum. W.B. Yeats famous brother, Jack B Yeats was an Irish artist who painted pictures predominantly of the West of Ireland and most significantly Sligo; a county which had a huge bearing on the lifetime works of both Irish talents. The Sligo County Museum houses many artefacts and paintings from both brothers and is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the arts in Ireland.
Ireland’s history is often surrounded with mass emigration during periods of hardship on the Emerald Isle. This has allowed for a large diaspora all over the world, many of which would hail from Sligo originally. The Culkins Emigration Museum depicts the hardships associated with a time in Ireland when the only hope was to move away from family and everything you know in search of a better life. It’s a must see for anyone interested in learning more about the mindsets of those forced to travel to faraway lands with little hope of ever returning.
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