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Sligo is a county in the province of Connacht, in the Republic of Ireland. It has a rugged Atlantic coastline and boarders with counties Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim.
It is home to a megalithic cemetery at Carrowmore. It is thought that the Tombs found on this site may be from as early as 5400BC, though this date is somewhat controversial. Unfortunately quarrying has destroyed much of the landscape of this area, however, there are still about 40 passage tombs and dolmans in the surroundings.
Sligo is the largest town in the northwest of Ireland (there are moves to have it given city status) and is the county town of Sligo. It lies at the mouth of the River Garavogue, between Lough Gill and the Atlantic Ocean. The town first rose to prominence in the 13th century, under the Anglo-Normans. All that remains from this time are the ruins of a Norman castle and those of a Dominican friary. The shape of the town today owes much to its development during the late 18th and 19th centuries. During the latter overseas trading led to further expansion and urbanisation of the town.
Sligo is synonymous with the name Yeats, the landscape from Sligo Bay to Leitrim provided inspiration for both W.B. Yeats, one of the most famous names in Irish Literature, and his brother, Jack B. Teats, one of the country's most celebrated painters. They both spent an amount of their childhood growing up in Sligo and are world-renowned for their work. W.B. is buried in the county, in Drumcliff churchyard. Sligo town is home to the Yeats Memorial Building, which houses the Yeats Society.