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Sligo Abbey, Sligo

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • Historical. Very old. Beautifully constructed. Peaceful, instructive way to spend just over an hour. Unable to stay longer on this visit. Would return. Recommend. 
  • Lovely wandering around these ruins, with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. In the Visitor Centre they have a book listing all the graves and I may have just found the wife of a great uncle (se...  read more »
  • We enjoyed wandering around the Dominican abbey and exploring the remains of the well preserved cloister and the 15th century high altar. Would have been better to have a guide to provide us with all ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Good for a quick visit, only takes a few minutes to explore it.
  • Really nice place for a quick visit!
  • Good
  • Beautiful place.
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