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  • Construct37
    Whittier, CA755 contributions
    Queen Maeve's Grave may be found after about an hour long hike up Knocknarea. If you start on the rugby club side of the mountain the path take a picturesque tour through some trees while you balance on a raised wooden walkway. I nearly gave up a couple of times but the sense of accomplishment is certainly worth it. The views from the top are spectacular. Queen Maeve's Grave is a huge pile of stones and while not structurally impressive, I can't image the investment in manhours it took to erect.
    Written 29 November 2022
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  • Isaac B
    Ballynahinch, UK392 contributions
    Highly scenic spot, with access to a really nice beach walk.
    A few pub/ restaurants nearby, along with the main hotel, so a handy place for a lunch break.
    Written 22 October 2022
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  • Ann C
    Nashville, TN2,932 contributions
    Sligo Abbey was founded in 1253 as a Dominican abbey.

    It was impressive.

    We were the only ones there, we took our time and explored all of the nooks and crannies. You can still see many carvings, both Renaissance and Gothic tomb sculptures, a 15C high alter and a well preserved cloister.

    A lovely spot.
    Written 4 November 2022
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  • Belfast local
    Belfast, UK84 contributions
    Great free parking and a pub within walking distance across a busy main road.
    Good free access to the site , walking a short distance over a rough path.
    Decent appearance as per pictures posted previously within a well maintained site.
    Worth visiting if passing but 15 mins should be the max stay to see all that there is to see
    Written 12 July 2021
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  • james
    Oderzo, Italy2 contributions
    I was in Sligo for one month, the first week I was there I visited the Model and I found it fascinating. Recently they opened two other exhibitions and of course I had to go back and see them so I visited The Model one more time. The two new exhibitions are amazing and the cafè there is lovely. The staff is polite and very helpful. The building is completely accessible, with automated doors, a lift and corridors wide enough for wheelchairs.
    Written 14 July 2022
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  • Kwaherimama
    Winchester, MA24 contributions
    Clare was friendly, competent and supportive in our search for our relatives. We provided very little information and she gave good advice for us novices along with her email for future contact.
    Written 13 September 2019
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  • london057
    Dublin, OH431 contributions
    First of all it is very medieval castles. Second the views are lovely. Third felt like you were in King William I kingdom. Lastly, I could go back here.
    Written 21 November 2022
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  • froggy724
    Hudson, WI167 contributions
    Worth the stop, it will move you deeply. The graveyard for children brought tears. such a beautiful stop.
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • Maggi713
    Baltimore, MD11,849 contributions
    Further on down the road, we came upon Dead Man’s Point. We were in awe of the statue of a woman with outstretched arms and wanted to know more. In researching, we found out that it was created by sculptor Niall Bruton and pays tribute to the men who sailed the seas off the west coast of Ireland, and to the women who waited at home and prayed for their safe return. It is called “Waiting on the Shore.” Look closely and you can see that her face shows her anguish and sorrow. The statue overlooks the Sligo Bay and is close to the base of the local lifeboat rescue service. The views are just spectacular from here.
    Written 26 May 2019
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  • waterbath
    Singapore, Singapore70 contributions
    It’s a highly historical site. Our guide mentioned that despite it being an friary built hundreds of years ago. There are still people laid to rest here. So definitely be respectful of the area. He also pointed out the stairs going up to the second floor of the friary, which was reaaaaally cool.

    There are small stone rooms within the friary and one, with a little statue of Mother Mary in it.
    Written 19 June 2018
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  • Sheila fowler S
    Seattle, WA205 contributions
    This was a surprise. Heapstown Cairn is really in a field behind a home. It is a hidden gem and our group had it to ourselves the entire time we were there. Trees, herbs and cairns. I highly recommend a stop here.
    Written 28 October 2015
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    Sligo, Ireland364 contributions
    The Green Fort is located at Forthill overlooking Sligo and the Sligo harbour area. In ancient times following the arrival of the first settlers in Ireland this fortification was a regular ringed fort which was used by the early settlers to protect livestock and crops as well as the family who lived there from human mauraders and wild animals such as wolves.

    Prior to the Williamite wars in Ireland (1688 to 1691) perhaps as far back as 1620 the ring fort was converted into the current structure which can be seen today which is a star-shaped fort.

    The construction materials were sods hence the name Green Fort to differentiate it from the Stone Fort which was located on the site of the present civil building of the Town Hall.

    The Sod Fort would have been the name used for the Green Fort as to differentiate it from the Stone Fort that used to be where the town hall now stands.

    The fort was used to defend the town from the northern side and the harbour also. In 1690 the Fort was repaired and the Jacobite leader, Col Teague O'Reagan, a Cork man decided to abandon the stone Fort and strengthen the defences of the Green Fort.

    In mid 1691 the Williamites attacked Sligo with a force of about 10,000. A long a hard battle was fought and eventually a surrender was negotiated on the basis that the defenders would be unharmed. Following the Williamite wars the fort was abandoned.

    Although the fort is of great historical importance some of the land on which the fort stands was turned into housing by the Town Council and while housing is important so is the historical heritage. Visitors to the Green Fort are amazed by the scenic views. The harbour, Knocknarea mountain, Benbulben Mand the Dartry mountains, Glencar as well as Sligo town itself can be seen from the top.

    The approaches to the fort are a bit steep but the climb is worth the slight effort. As the fort is a grassy structure it would be useful to wear wellington boots or gum boots or some similar footwear.
    Written 18 February 2016
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  • maeve d
    Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
    Couldn't get to see it, hotel that it is in the grounds of is closed (July 2022) and maps brought my up a tiny lane and stopped at a gate which said no trespassing which was disappointing
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • dughall
    Holmfirth, UK593 contributions
    Wandering through the extensive dune network beyond Strand Hill, you find yourself in an impressive amphitheatre, flanked by the impressive slopes of high dunes. The Middens themselves have a distinct air of ancient history.
    Keep an eye out for rare orchids as you make your way back through the sandy dunes.
    Written 1 August 2016
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  • Kerry M
    10 contributions
    Rain and fog made it difficult to view, however it also lent a mystical element as the clouds came and went. We did have a rainbow moment too.
    Written 4 September 2017
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