- County Sligo
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Motto: Land of Heart's Desire Country Ireland Province Connacht Dáil Éireann Sligo-North Leitrim EU Parliament North-West County seat Sligo Government – Type County Council Area – Total 1,837 km2 (709.3 sq mi) Area rank 22nd Population (2011) 65,270 – Rank 26th Car plates SO Website sligococo.ie
County Sligo (Irish: Contae Shligigh) is a county in Ireland. It is located in the Border Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the town of Sligo. Sligo County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 65,270 according to the 2011 census. An archaeological recovery suggests the county may have been one of the earliest places of human settlement in Ireland.
Geography and political subdivisions
Sligo is the 22nd largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 26th largest in terms of population. It is the fourth largest of Connacht's 5 counties in size and third largest in terms of population.
Towns and villages
- Dromore West
- Rosses Point
Local government and politics
Sligo County Council is the governing body for the county. It is divided into five Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) Ballymote, Dromore, Sligo-Drumcliffe, Sligo-Strandhill and Tubbercurry. There are 25 members elected to Sligo County Council.
Sligo is part of the Sligo-North Leitrim constituency and has three representatives (TD's) in Dáil Éireann, Tony McLoughlin (FG), John Perry (FG) and Michael Colreavy (SF). It also has two representatives to Seanad Éireann, Marc MacSharry and Geraldine Feeney.
The county was formed in 1585. Its boundaries broadly reflect the contemporary Ó Conchobhair Sligigh lordship of Irish: Íochtar Connacht (Lower Connacht). The megalithic cemetery of Carrowmore is located in County Sligo. It forms part of a huge complex of Stone Age remains connecting Carrowkeel in South Sligo to the Ox Mountains, to the Cuil Irra Peninsula, where Queen Maeve's tomb dominates the skyline from the crest of Knocknarea Mountain.
The poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) spent much of his childhood in northern Sligo and the county's landscapes (particularly the Isle of Innisfree, in Lough Gill) were the inspiration for much of his poetry. Yeats said, "the place that has really influenced my life most is Sligo." He is buried in North County Sligo, "Under Ben Bulben", in Drumcliffe.
County Sligo has a long history of traditional music. The south of the county is particularly noted with such musical luminaries as James Morrison, Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, Fred Finn , Peter Horan, Joe O'Dowd, Jim Donoghue, Martin Wynne, Oisín Mac Diarmada (of Téada), tin-whistle player Carmel Gunning and the band Dervish. The county has many traditional music festivals and one of the most well known is the Queen Maeve International Summer School, a traditional Irish Music summer school of music and dance which is held annually in August in Sligo Town. On the more contemporary music scene there are Westlife, Tabby Callaghan and The Conway Sisters who are from Sligo. Strandhill, about 9 km west of Sligo, hosts the Strandhill Guitar Festival  each year, featuring a wide variety of guitar music and musicians.
- Ambrosio O'Higgins – Spanish colonial administrator.
- Brother Walfrid – founder of Celtic FC.
- Chris O'Dowd – actor.
- Constance Markievicz – revolutionary Irish nationalist.
- George Stokes – mathematician, physicist.
- Lola Montez – dancer, actress.
- Marian Harkin – MEP.
- Martin Savage – Irish republican.
- Mary O'Hara – singer.
- Neil Jordan – film director.
- Ray McSharry – former Tánaiste.
- Tommy Fleming – singer.
- Westlife – pop band.
- William Butler Yeats – poet.
Historical populations Year Pop. ±% 1659 6,877 — 1821 146,229 +2026.3% 1831 171,765 +17.5% 1841 180,886 +5.3% 1851 128,515 −29.0% 1861 124,845 −2.9% 1871 115,493 −7.5% 1881 111,578 −3.4% 1891 98,013 −12.2% 1901 84,083 −14.2% 1911 79,045 −6.0% 1926 71,388 −9.7% 1936 67,447 −5.5% 1946 62,375 −7.5% 1951 60,513 −3.0% 1956 56,850 −6.1% 1961 53,561 −5.8% 1966 51,263 −4.3% 1971 50,275 −1.9% 1979 54,610 +8.6% 1981 55,474 +1.6% 1986 56,046 +1.0% 1991 54,756 −2.3% 1996 55,821 +1.9% 2002 58,200 +4.3% 2006 60,894 +4.6% 2011 65,270 +7.2% 
- List of abbeys and priories in the Republic of Ireland (County Sligo)
- List of Sligo people
- Sligo GAA
- Sligo Rovers F.C.
- High Sheriff of Sligo
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- Collection of Sligo Landscape Photographs
- Sligo County Council
- Sligo Borough Council
- Map of Sligo
- County Sligo travel guide from Wikitravel
- History of Sligo, County and Town By William Gregory Wood-Martin
- Song, "Beautiful Sligo" sung by Michael McGloin,YouTube Video, with images.
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