If you’re planning to visit Ireland, you definitely want to explore Sligo! Sligo is a town jam-packed with heritage, landmarks, and culture, coming down as early as the Neolithic age, to the origins of the Bell-Beaker people, to the bad break of antiquity.
Sligo is also recognized as Yeat’s country since many sites are cited in his works and known to have inspired Yeats originally. In this article, we are going to present our top 5 picks for the finest historical spots in Sligo.
TOBERNALT HOLY WELL
This little, surrounded structure dating back to the finest part of a century is called as the Tobernalt-an Anglicisation meaning quite literally “Well in The Cliff”– Holy Well has long performed as both a refuge from religious persecution, a haven for historians and a congregation for prayer. Holding shrines, Stations of the Cross and Rosary Stones that run parallel to a flowing river, the Tobernalt Holy Well is curled up into the cliffside like a tangled carving.
WB YEATS GRAVE, DRUMCLIFF
Yeats is popular globally. He’s a controversial Irish poet and ex-minister, who was born in County Dublin. If you’re into literary series, Sligo is the place to explore that for. Yeat’s grave is preserved safely and properly in the churchyard and marked by a headstone with the engraving, “cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, and pass by.” Additionally, you’ll find in his grave some remains of a round tower, a scripture cross with biblical sense, a magnificent church with Yeat’s free handouts and a lovely gift shop.
This waterfall measures up to 15-meter and is situated in a most charming area, 11 km north of Sligo town, beside the Glencar Lake. It lies on the border of counties Sligo and Leitrim and naturally flows into the lake. Primarily, the waterfall was named ‘srut i n-agaid an aeir’, interpreted as ‘the stream against the air’. The waterfall’s assertion to fame came when it was mentioned in Yeats’ poem “Stolen Child.” The fans of this poet love to visit the lake and the area to discover Yeats place of inspiration along with many other sites in the Sligo area.
This house is considered as one of the most historic homes of Ireland and was a place of residence to the Gore-Booth family. Constance Goore-Booth continued to become the well-known Irish Nationalist. The famous W.B. Yeats commemorated Lissadell in the opening lines of his poem in the memory of both ladies. Currently, it was extended to the public after a long legal conflict that was won by the house owners. The house still stands today as what it was back then, with some ornaments that relate to the country’s political over-turn and the works of art from that area. It also holds events and unlocked as a museum outside of the events, although on a seasonal basis.
DIARMUID AND GRAINNE’S CAVE
Of course, historical sites won’t be complete if you don’t visit some caves! However, this is interesting because it’s nestled above the cliffs of Annacunna, which faces away from the prominent Gleniff Horseshoe, which is among one of the highest caves in all the Island. Although it may be a hard climb, once you get to the top, the view is really to die for.
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