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Sligo Abbey, Sligo

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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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Where to stay in Sligo

The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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  • This is a remarkably well-preserved site with beautiful flourishes. It also features a good mix of different time periods, including some of the older, Romanesque construction and great examples of go...  more »
  • From the 13th, Sligo Abbey is an interesting attraction in Sligo. I did a self guide visit, it doesn't take more then 1 hour. Totally worth the visit!  more »
  • Another great site of OPW! Sligo Abbey is a must seen in Sligo. You can visit on your own or there are guided tours several times a day.  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. I was very pleased with the tour. I learned a few new pieces of information.
  • Got there too late to go inside (and they closed early, too) but even from outside the wall, it looks pretty cool. Wish we could've learned more.
  • I pass by this all the time. It's a lovely place to see, and very interesting too.
  • It was Saturday, but it was closed. Anyway this is a beautiful place that can be seen from the causeway.
  • Very beautiful and historical.