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County Sligo
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County Sligo

County Sligo
Area: 1,836 kmē
Capital: Sligo
Code: SO
Population: 58,200 (2002)
Province: Connacht

Sligo (Sligeach in Irish) is a county in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. Area: 1,836 kmē (709 square miles). The name Sligeach means "an area abounding in shells".

The poet and Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) spent much of his childhood in northern Sligo and the county's landscapes (particularly the Isle of Inisfree, in Lough Gill) were the inspiration for much of his poetry. Yeats said, "the place that has really influenced my life most is Sligo."

Sligo Town (population: 19,735) is home to the Institute of Technology, Sligo.


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