CARROWMORE, regardedasoneofthefourmajorpassagetombcomplexesinthecountry.This fascinating congregation of neothlitic tombsis also among the oldestusedpassagetombs,theearliestdepositionsapproximately 3700 BC. In terms of the number of monuments, it is also one of the largest complexes of megalithic tombs in Ireland. Fortunately thirty monuments still survive. There may have been more monuments in the complex originally, but some fell victim to quarrying and field clearances from the 18thto 20thcenturies.They are the focal point of a prehistoric ritual landscape which is dominated by the mountain of Knocknarea to the west with the great cairn of Miosgán Médhbh on top. To the east is Carns Hill with two large cairns overlooking Lough Gill, and along the eastern boundary of the peninsula the Ballygawley Mountains have four passage tombs at their peaks.Gabriel Beranger visited the site in 1779 and illustrated some of the monuments. These drawings are a valuable record of the state of Carrowmore at the time, showing some monuments now destroyed or damaged. Early unrecorded antiquarian digs disturbed the Carrowmore tombs, such as conducted by local landlord Rodger Walker in the 19th century. Walker kept poor records of his activities, and it has been said that his excavations were more in the line of treasure hunting. Some of the material recovered is now at Alnwick castle in Northumberland, England
Map for Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs (Irish: An Cheathrú Mhór, meaning Great Quarter)
Sligo’s PastPlaces & PeopleA selection of archaeological, historical, cultural and evironmental gems that the Sligo County has in abundance. As well as a few of Sligo’s most eminent historical figures
Hazelwood House was built by architect Richard Castle for Owen Wynne, this exquisite, but progressively brutalised house superbly located in mature woodland on the banks of the Garavoge River, is one of County Sligo's most neglected treasures. It is a splendid and imposing example of the Palladian-style. It now stands in its own 70 acre grounds, surrounded by woodland on the north shore Lough Gill, and along the Garravogue in County of Sligo, Access is from the Dromahair road. The original estate of 15,000 acres comprised woodland, rivers and lakes, arable land, grazing, mountains and bog land. This stretched from Dunee and Rockwood mountains south of Lough Gill to Benbulben and Glencar Mountain in the North, and eastwards from the north bank of the River Garravogue nearly to Manorhamilton, in Co. Leitrim.The house is a large Palladian mansion designed by the German architect Richard Cassells in 1722, nearly 900 years ago. In its day it was a leading example of a new architectural style, and today is still a very important Georgian building.Lt. Col Owen Wynne, whose forefathers came from Wales after the Cromwellian times, built the house. The Palladian model consists of a Central four storey block with a curved passageway at each of the two front corners, each leading to a smaller square building at the end. There was very decorative plasterwork and coving inside the house, with vaulted ceiling, circles of foliage and the doorcase with fluted Ionic pilasters. An impressive stone staircase leads to the front door, as well as outside terracing down to the lawn at the back. Follies in the immediate wooded area, created employment originally, and were later enjoyed by the ladies as they strolled through the woods. Wealthy landowners in other parts of Ireland copied and adapted this style for their own estates. The Wynne family owned extensive lands including a large estate centred around Lurganboy near Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim. Generations of the Wynne family lived in succession in the house. The house now stands empty and in need of not just restoration, but to have the roofs made watertight. The remains of the Saehan plastics factory covers the site of the original walled garden. The local and very active ‘Hazelwood Heritage Society’ is rigorously directed towards the preservation, restoration and upkeep of Hazelwood House and its environs, ensuring it remains a recreational and cultural asset for the wider community. They have website dedicated to the protection and care of Hazelwood House and Hazelwood Forest. Please click (above) their logo to visit their site.
Lissadell House is a neo-classical Greek revivalist style country house, located in County Sligo, Ireland. The house was built between 1830 to 1835, and inhabited from 1833 onwards, for Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (1784-1835) by London architect Francis Goodwin. In 1876, Sir Robert left the house and surrounding estate to his son, Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet. It is constructed of Ballysadare limestone with finely jointed ashlar walling. An entrance front is on the north with a three-bay pedimented central projection, originally open to east and west to form porte-cochere.Prior to its sale in 2003 Lissadell was the only house in Ireland to retain its original Williams & Gibton furniture which was made especially for the house and designed to harmonise with Goodwin's architectural vision. Lissadell's was the first country house in Ireland to have an independent gas supply piped into the property.The house is located on the south shore of the Magherow peninsula in north County Sligo over looking Drumcliff bay. It is in the townland of Lissadell South, the Barony of Carbury formerly the túath of Cairbre Drom Cliabh. The house takes its name from the Irish placename Lios an Doill Uí Dálaigh or O'Dalys Court of the Blind, perhaps referring to the O Daly school of poetry that existed here in the 13th century.The estate was formed from land granted in the early 17th century to the Elizabethan soldier Sir Paul Gore for his services to the English crown during the Nine Years' War. The land was confiscated from ecclesiastical lands belonging to the monastery of Drumcliff and the Lords of Ó Conchobhair Sligigh and the Ó hAirt chiefs of the territory. The original seat of the estate was at Ardtermon castle a 17th-century fortified house several kilometres to the west. The present house replaced an earlier 18th century house closer to the shore which was demolished.The estate was once 32,000 acres but now consists of less than 500 acres, the immediate demesne of the house. The house was the childhood home of Irish revolutionary, Constance Gore-Booth, her sister the poet and suffragist, Eva Gore-Booth, and their siblings, Mabel Gore-Booth, Mordaunt Gore-Booth and Josslyn Gore-Booth. It was also the sometime holiday retreat of the world-renowned poet, William Butler Yeats.
Lough GillAttempting to describe or explain one’s thoughts on Lough Gill’s vast array of sights and splendour and its adjoining lands is a difficult challenge. W. B YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, spent his childhood in Sligo (1865 –1939), Irish poet, dramatist,wrote Innisfree (The Heathery Isle), in the lough’s south east corner.Ireland’s most illustrious poet, who loved Sligo, the county of his childhood, affectionately called it ‘The Land of Hearts Desire’, a sentiment arduous to disagree with. The county’s splendour, archaeology and folklore features prominently in his early poems, particularly the outstanding location of Lough Gill, so inspirational to his poetry, that numerous places have strong associations with the renowned Sligonian poet. Yeats was not the only eminent writer, before or since, to admire this locality, ‘…a fine river flows through the town; and towards the east, the banks of the river upwards are redolent of every s the boatman, ‘haven’t I seen meself, the smoke from the chimneys rising straight up into the air?’
BenbulbenBenbulbin, sometimes spelled Ben Bulben or Benbulben (from the Irish: Binn Ghulbain), is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, in an area sometimes called "Yeats Country". "Ben Bulben", "Benbulben", and "Benbulbin" are all anglicisations of the Irish name "Binn Ghulbain". "Binn" means "peak" or "mountain", while "Ghulbain" means beak or jaw in Irish. The literal translation is therefore "beak" or "jaw" peak. The name is also echoed in the name of the king Conall Gulban, a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages who was associated with the mountain, however, whether he was named after the mountain or the mountain after him is not clear.A snow-capped view of Benbulbin, seen from Streedagh Strand, near Grange. Benbulbin was shaped during the ice age, when Ireland was under glaciers. Originally it was a large plateau. Glaciers moving from the northeast to southwest shaped it into its present distinct formation.