Located in the West of Ireland, Sligo, which means "abounding in shells" in Gaelic was once a major port city. Sligo has a rich ancient heritage seeped with stories of Celtic folklore from the High Kings of Connacht, to Neolithic passageways and Megalithic tombs. Sligo has developed in the past number of years, with investment in the infrastructure, economic developments and increased tourism and is now referred to as the "Gateway City" with it being the second largest city in the West and the 12th largest in Ireland.
Sligo has lots to offer the business / leisure traveller. From contemporary to traditional theatres and arts centre, to guided walking and cycling tours. For those looking for adventure, Sligo is situated on "The Wild Atlantic Way" and the beaches are second to none for surfing, fishing, or boating. If you are looking for some "down-time", Sligo boast some of the best golf courses in Ireland or soak your cares away with a sea weed bath with local harvested Atlantic sea weed.
Sligo has long been referred to as "Yeats County" due to the affiliation Sligo has with Poet and Writer, WB Yeats. It is his writing about the beautiful scenery of Sligo that inspired him to call Sligo "The Land of Heart's Desire". From the breath taking Benbulben Mountain heading the north to the rugged Ox Mountains towards the South; from the stone cairn that marks the grave of Queen Maeve on the Knocknarea Mountain to the nearby coastal villages of Stranhill and Rosses point on the wild Atlantic; it is the a natural scenery that is stunning and unspoiled.
"The Lake Isle of Innisfree" was a great inspiration for Yeats, which is a small inhabited island of Lough Gill. And it is on the shore of Lough Gill, where St. Angela's College is located - one of the most peaceful and scenic locations that a college campus could be set amongst. When you visit this campus and this city it is clear as to why Yeats ascribes Sligo as "The Land of Hearts Desire"." The lake isle is visible from the conference venue at St. Angela’s College.