Let’s Live in Sligo

Sligo is a hidden gem in the North West. By combining the hustle of a major town with the stunning natural beauty of a scenic coast, Sligo really has the best of both worlds. When you add in a high–performing third level college, a local airport and excellent travel links with the rest of Ireland, you can see why Sligo is one of the top choices for tourists and businesses alike. The chance to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle mixed with everything a large town has to offer means Sligo simply has so much!

Where to work?

While strong in all industry sectors, engineering, technology and life sciences contribute a great deal to this buoyant county. Although fast becoming a hub for young startups, many well known brands have also set up facilities in Sligo like Abbott, AbbVie, Stiefel (a GSK company), LotusWorks, Amcor, Hospira, Equinoxe, Litec Moulding, Bruss, Overstock and Elanco to name but a few.

As a mecca for those escaping the city, Sligo is also home to many creative freelancers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sligo Town

County Statistics

Based on data from the CSO Census of Population in 2016, the Western Development Commission has published an Info-graph showing some key statistics for Sligo.

Well Connected?

As the largest urban centre in the North West, Sligo has a solid infrastructure in place. It has its own airport, as well as a direct rail line to Ireland’s capital city and the N4 provides a direct road route connecting Sligo and Dublin.

Why Live Here?

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  • “I love living in Sligo. We came for a holiday in 1990, having never been to Sligo before and fell in love with the place so moved over the following year. Sligo has the most beautiful scenery and something for everyone from festivals and forests, rivers and relaxation, fantastic food and culture, activities and adventures and so much more.” – Val Robus
  • “Sligo is the hidden gem of the NW. It’s not one thing that makes Sligo the perfect base for any new business, young family or outdoor enthusiast. With one the best coastlines in the world for waves, miles of sandy beaches, endless mountains, inland lakes, hikes, trails and all within 20m minutes of the town centre the main draw for me is that fact that less than half an hour after you finish work you can be surfing, kayaking, SUPing, hiking or biking.” – Allan Mulrooney
  • “There is no doubt in my mind that Sligo is the only place in Ireland I would wish to live. Where I live is as beautiful a location as there is on this planet, add to this the fantastic community living and working here and, in my mind, there is no where else I would rather be.” – David O’Hara, SUP for All

Great Communities?


  • “Strandhill is a great micro-community – an entity all unto itself with the fabulous Shells Café, Strandhill People’s market, The Draft House, surf culture and rugged beach line. Mullaghmore is also an absolute gem with a wild coastline around the back of Mullaghmore and golden sandy beach with harbour at the front & Eithne’s Restaurant to provide excellent seafood & other cuisine.” – Tara McGowan.
  • “I live about a mile on the Ballina side of Dromore West village. There are many positive aspects including being able to walk or run anywhere, nice neighbours and a good community spirit. There’s such a wonderful and varied landscape. The coast is dotted with little roads to explore, each with its own stories. Go the other way into the mountains and there are vast bogs in the Ox mountains and the beautiful Lough Easkey.” – Steve Rogers.
  • “I live in Rosses Point sandwiched between Ben bulben and Knocknarea and with the most beautiful beaches long stretches of golden sand and clear blue sea sometimes it’s hard to see where the sea end and the sky starts we also have a beautiful links golf course and a great lively yacht club boasting many fleets of sailors. We have great pubs and restaurants basically – it’s a little piece of heaven on earth.” – Claire Ronan.
  • “We live in Rathcormac, with a view out the backyard of Kings Mountain and Benbulben. The view is what attracted us to the place, having moved here from Australia in June 2014. We bought the house sight unseen, based on the views alone. I am not a religious person, but there is something spiritual about the Dartry Mountain ranges… they really are something special.” Fiona Timoney
  • “Grange and North Sligo in general are happening little places. Mullaghmore is a picturesque seaside town with amazing walks and views of the Atlantic. It’s paradise.” Barry Mottershead.

Hang Out At:shells cafe

  • The Strandhill People’s Market from 11-4 on Sundays is a great place to meet a friend for a coffee, sample some of the best local cuisine around and see for yourself the abundance of local talent.
  • The Model is a great spot for virtual working – a bright and airy atrium space with good coffee & reliable wifi. They also do great Family Days. Plenty of room for kids to run around.
  • Shells Café for yum food and seafood.
  • Pudding Row Café in Easkey for excellent food in West Sligo.
  • Best Ice-Cream? Fabios and Mammy Johnsons.
  • Sligo’s best independent bookshop, Liber, is on O’Connell St

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Insider Tips:

  • “Co. Sligo Surf Club have some great initiatives for kids including ‘Hour of Power’.” – Allan Mulrooney.
  • “Sweat Beat Cafe does the best coffee in Co.Sligo.” – Barry Mottershead.
  • “Sligo made White Hag Craft Ale is just excellent.” – David O’Hara.
  • “The Draft House in Strandhill have enclosed kennels so you can go for a walk on the beach with your dog, then stop in for lunch and keep your dog safe in a kennel.” – Lisa Cannon.
  • “Eala Bhan have launched a wonderful healthy kids menu.” – Val Robus.

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This article is in no way comprehensive. If you have suggestions on how to improve it, please tell us.

Thanks To Our Contributors:

Brian Caliendo, Donagh Oates, Tara McGowan, Deirdre Kennedy, Steve Rogers, Shona Heffernan, Lisa Cannon, Fiona Timoney, Deirdre McGowan, Barry Mottershead, David O’Hara, Val Robus, Claire Ronan, Allan Mulrooney.

Image Credits:

Mullaghmore Head aerial photo Raymond Fogarty

Strandhill aerial photo Seán Mullery Photographry

Sligo – at a glance

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  • Main Towns

    Tubbercurry, Strandhill, Ballymote, Enniscrone.

  • Local Airport


  • Local Third-level Education Institute or University


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In November 2014, Sligo company StoryLab created a supplement for the Irish Independent which profiles Sligo’s leading entrepreneurs, creatives and startups in a special report ‘Sligo x Northwest’.

If you’re thinking of setting up or expanding your business in County Sligo, you can get in touch directly with Sligo County Council who would be only too happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Tel: +353 71 914 4779

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