William Butler Yeats. The famous poet and writer has a worldwide following and people come from all over the world to visit Sligo and the places they have read about in his work. The Yeat’s Society of Ireland is a must visit to find out more about the poet. Lissadell House is another place of interest, Yeats stayed here on many occasions. There’s the Yeats statue in the town, and in many of the cafes there are murals dedicated to the poet. There is a stunning drive around Yeats County, as Sligo is also known, and a chance to visit various locations mentioned in the poems. The Rose of Innisfree tour boat is a must for fans of William Butler, as the boat sails around the Lake Isle of Innisfree and Captain George recites poetry. There’s also Yeats Day, an annual celebration that takes place in the town.
Bram Stoker. Did you know about the Dracula connection with Sligo? Bram Stoker’s mother was born in the town and grew up there during the cholera epidemic. It’s said that the stories she told Bram of those times inspired him to write Dracula. There is a Stoker Society in Sligo and the Sligo Dracula Festival has been held on a number of occasions. There are information signs in various locations of interest throughout the town. There is also a Dracula Walking Tour where you hear more about the cholera epidemic and the destruction it caused the town, you can also see various locations associated with the Stoker family.
Spike Milligan. Another little-known fact is that Spike Milligan’s father and grandfather came from Sligo town. The Bright Side of Life Festival was held on several occasions, and celebrated all things connected to Spike, including music, comedy, art, and more. There is a plaque on the building where Spike’s family lived and there is a Spike Milligan library in the Hearts Desire Café.