The Northwest Sights

Sligo County Museum

  • Stephen St. Map It
  • Sligo Town

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

The showpiece of this museum is its Yeats Hall, which houses a collection of W. B. Yeats's writings from 1889 to 1936, various editions of his plays and prose, the Nobel Prize medal awarded to him in 1923, and the Irish tricolor (flag) that draped his coffin when he was buried at nearby Drumcliff. W. B. Yeats's letters to James Stephens and Oliver St. John Gogarty offer insight into Yeats's obsessive love for Sligo, the landscape of his poetic imagination. In 2014, after Sligo Borough Council was dissolved, two solid silver maces which were used to accompany the mayor during public ceremonies, were presented to the museum. Now on display in a glass cabinet, they bear the Irish hallmark for the years 1702–03 and depict the emblems of Ireland (harp), England (rose), Scotland (thistle), and France (fleur-de-lis).

Sight Information

Address:

Stephen St., Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland

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Phone:

071-911–1850

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • May–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 9:30–12:30 and 2–4:45; Oct.–Apr., Tues.–Sat. 9:30–12:30

Published 08/11/2015

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