That was the prospect raised by Cathaoirleach of its County Council, Tom MacSharry, on the announcement of a €three.6m Cultural Plaza for the city final week.
“Sligo’s many sights mix to border that elusive idea referred to as ‘high quality of life’,” MacSharry stated, pointing to the whole lot from its excellent surroundings to its literary heritage, historic monuments and dynamic faculties.
“Collectively ,” he stated, “they mark out Sligo as a particular place.”
Sligo Cultural Plaza, to be developed with assistance from a €2.5m funding from Fáilte Eire, will remodel a metropolis centre automotive park into an all-weather out of doors venue that goals to function each an area amenity and vacationer point of interest.
Walkers and cyclists get some excellent news too – the plaza will hyperlink with an off-road Garavogue River Path stretching so far as Lough Gill.
Ciarán Hayes, Chief Govt of Sligo Metropolis Council, Orla Carroll, Director of Product Improvement, Fáilte Eire, Councillor Tom MacSharry, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council and Minister of State Seán Canney TD on the announcement launch of the brand new Sligo Cultural Plaza.
Along with the official launch of a brand new, 27-metre Sligo Pontoon (the floating jetty opened on the Riverside Quay Wall this summer time), the funding is predicted to generate €7.7m for the area in its first 5 years.
The tasks can have a “transformative influence on Sligo city as a vacationer vacation spot”, says Orla Carroll, Director of Product Improvement at Fáilte Eire.
So what if you cannot reside in, or transfer to, this Wild Atlantic Utopia?
Why you’ll be able to pay a go to, after all.
Even a fast journey to the county provides a dose of its high quality of life, an autumn marketing campaign not too long ago launched by Sligo Tourism (sligotourism.ie) gushes.
The ‘Sligo Units Your Spirit Free’ marketing campaign urges adventurers, explorers and wellness seekers to move north-west with a poetic new video (see above).
“Sligo in Autumn is ideal for anybody searching for journey and rebalance,” it proclaims, with crisp, HD footage starting from horse trekkers underneath the gaze of Classiebawn Fort to path runners and seaside yogis on the fringe of the Atlantic.
Sligo’s tourism momentum has been constructing for a while.
Ben Bulben, from the brand new ‘Sligo Units Your Spirit Free’ marketing campaign (SligoTourism.ie)
Lately, the county has branded itself ‘Eire’s Journey Capital’, and two of 4 Irish finalists on this 12 months’s EU’s EDEN (European Vacation spot of Excellence) mission to advertise sustainable tourism are from the county.
Strandhill Neighborhood Improvement Affiliation and Journey Sligo & Northwest Wellness be a part of Sluggish Journey Leitrim and Co Meath’s Trim Tourism Community in a contest in search of the very best Well being & Effectively-Being Tourism expertise in Eire, and subsequently Europe, with the potential to develop customer numbers.
“We’re on the cusp of one thing very optimistic, and if we proceed to harness the plentiful vitality and native goodwill, there is no such thing as a restrict to what we are able to obtain,” says Ciarán Hayes, Chief Govt of Sligo Metropolis Council.
The city’s Cultural Plaza is one in every of a number of capital funding bulletins made by Fáílte Eire underneath its Grant Scheme for Massive Tourism Tasks in latest weeks – alongside contributions to a €10.2m Atlantic Museum Galway and the €5.1m Nationwide Famine Museum at Strokestown Park in Co. Roscommon.
The scheme is designed to kick-start the following era of “hero” Irish vacationer sights, driving sustainable development, income and job creation.