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Sligo Abbey, Sligo

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Historic Site
Sligo Abbey, a ruined abbey in Sligo, Ireland, (officially called the Dominican Friary of Sligo) was originally built in 1253 by the order of Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. It was destroyed in 1414 by a fire, ravaged during the Nine Years' War in 1595 and once more in 1641 during the Ulster Uprising. The friars moved out in the 18th century, but Lord Palmerston restored the Abbey in the 1850s. Currently, it is open to the public.It appears in two short stories by William Butler Yeats: The Crucifixion of the Outcast, set in the Middle Ages, and The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows describing its destruction in 1641.
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  • Tried to visit this site on 1St April 2017 only to find it closed. Apparently it only opens between 6th April and October. Do people not visit Sligo outside these dates or do the locals feel the richn...  more »
  • Really fascinating. Make sure you read the paper they give you carefully - it explains why the ceiling arches are so low.  more »
  • Very interesting buildings with Bram Stoker stories from his Sligo born mother of the Cholera epidemic.Great tour guides when open.  more »
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  • One of the most complete monastic/religious ruins, it is well worth a visit. It is a friary, rather than an abbey. Now ssomewhat 'squashed' in with the town, the development of Sligo has somewhat engulfed the surviving remains. The name is from the Irish Mainistir Shligigh and was built in 1253 by Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. The site initially is almost too much for the eyes, containing Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures, coffin lids, and screens as well as the best preserved cloister I have ever seen, the site also lays claim to have the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. The site was busier than many that one can visit, although it still retained a personal feel
  • lovely place to go to pass an hour. very peaceful. €4 adult €10 family. don't bring the buggy though. if you have a baby sling this is the spot for it.
  • Great place to tour to get a sense of the religious history of the area. Will only take 5-10 minutes, so the 4 EUR entry fee may be a little high, but would still recommend nonetheless.
  • Beautiful place
  • Good for a quick visit, only takes a few minutes to explore it.