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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  • It's closed, there should be a notice online on town's tourist information that the attraction is currently closed! The fence is all around it and there's nothing much what to see from the street near...  more »
  • Our group was lucky enough to have a guided tour through Sligo Abbey. Our guide was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of the Abbey as he led through the site. There were several uniq...  more »
  • Went to see the abbey. Only when we arrived did we find out it was closed. No notice placed and do not know for how long, could be until spring. Reason why I could only give it 1 star. From the outsid...  more »
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  • We had a very pleasant university student lead the walking tour of the abbey grounds. Great history and period architecture. Most interesting revelation during the tour was that the reason some of the doors look so "short" is because the ground level was raised up considerably as a result of burring so many who died during the famine on the grounds.
  • Absolute amazing insight into old sligo. It's a must see for all visitors
  • A beautiful and sacret place.
  • Beautiful spot. Sadly we arrived to late to visit the ruins, but you can still enjoy them from outside.
  • We didn't get inside as the weather was not too good ... We could see it from outside and looks good
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