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Sligo Abbey

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

A massive stone complex famed for its medieval tomb sculptures, Sligo Abbey is the town's only existing relic of the Middle Ages. Maurice FitzGerald erected the structure for the Dominicans in 1253. After a fire in 1414, it was extensively rebuilt, only to be destroyed again by Cromwell's Puritans under the command of Sir Frederick Hamilton, in 1642. Today the abbey consists of a ruined nave, aisle, transept, and tower. Some fine stonework remains, especially in the 15th-century cloisters. In the cloister east ambulatory, you'll find a love knot which is said to represent the bond between earthly and spiritual love. Local custom holds that it is a wishing stone so be sure to touch it and make a wish as you pass. The visitor center is the base for guided tours, which are included with admission.

Sight Information


Abbey St., Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland



Sight Details:

  • €4
  • Closed Nov.–Mar.

Published 01/10/2017


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