County Sligo

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County Sligo (Irish: Contae Shligigh) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Connacht. It was named after the town of Sligo (Irish: Sligeach) which is the anglisation of the Irish Sligeach meaning Place of the Shells. The population of the county is 60,894 according to the 2006 census.[2] Sligo is the 22nd largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 26th largest in terms of population.[3] It is the fourth largest of Connacht's 5 counties in size and third largest in terms of population.

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Local government

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, Eamon Scanlon, John Perry and Jimmy Devins. It also has two representatives to Seanad Éireann Marc MacSharry and Gearldine Feeney.

Culture

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.

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