Cosmopolitan yet singular, ancient yet forward-thinking, Sligo enjoys its much-deserved status as the cultural capital of the northwest of Ireland. The county’s rich literary and cultural heritage, which stretches back to ancient times, is an energising force for the citizens of Sligo, as well as a wonderful showcase for visitors from around the globe.
The famous medieval manuscripts the Book of Ballymote, the Great Book of Lecan, and the Yellow Book of Lecan were written in Sligo, and so central to the identity of the county is its literary legacy that the county crest even features an open book with Celtic cross and red rose. Folk heroine Queen Maeve is reputed to be entombed here, and among Sligo’s famous creatives past and present are poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats, musical luminaries James Morrison, Westlife and The Conway Sisters, and artist Jack Butler Yeats.
Among Sligo’s famous creatives past and present are poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats, musical luminaries James Morrison, Westlife and The Conway Sisters, and artist Jack Butler Yeats.
Since obtaining the title of European Capital of Volunteering in 2017, Sligo’s contributions to the Creative Ireland programme, centred around the themes of identity, culture and citizenship, continue to highlight an exemplary approach to creative access for all its citizens, and help to secure this rich heritage for generations to come.
To find out more read the County Sligo Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022