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So I'm writing this article as a YES voter, who has a mother, Grandmother and extended family from Sligo.

I grew up in this beautiful county, which is so rich in culture and beauty.

One of the most admired landmarks in Sligo is Ben Bulben mountain.

WB Yeats is buried beneath it, and it is a symbol of the true beauty of our country.

That was, until it was defaced with plastic, making a political statement.

A group called Sligo for Life spent the early hours of this morning erecting a sign, which refers to Ireland's upcoming referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the constitution. 

Simply stating 'NO' in large white plastic, the sign is diminishing the beauty of the mountain. 

Earlier today, Sligo County Council made a statement: "As the land where the lettering was placed is commonage, Sligo County Council has no role in this matter."

I am all for allowing both sides to have their say, but honestly, this is too bloody far. 

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Let's be honest, every girl dreams of their wedding day. 

You spend your childhood imagining your Princess dress, your dream husband and your ideal venue (mine was Disneyland back in the day, FYI). 

I'm yet to meet a person who doesn't love the idea of getting married in a beautiful castle – living like a royal for a brief moment. 

Ireland has no shortage of beautiful castles, but some are simply a cut above others. 

One castle that really just does it for me is Markree Castle, in Sligo. 

I love Sligo, so I'm super excited about this. 

 

Markree Castle from the air. Drones are fun.

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From the moment you drive through the gates of the Markree estate, you are transported to a real-life fairytale. 

Be king and queen for a day as you walk hand-in-hand through immaculate gardens and along flag-stone paths to join your loved ones in celebrating your vows.

Honestly, I'm years off a wedding, but I'd nearly book it now – and worry about finding a man later. 

The Gothic-style Castle is set in the heart of the beautiful Sligo countryside, on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.

SORRY, did we mention that they have two Irish wolfhounds? Who are basically the castle mascots! 

It is a truly authentic, relaxed and uniquely charming wedding venue, where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort. 

Also, let's just talk about the setting for a hot second – there are with mature trees, a rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin, including a boathouse and woodland walk.

Just THINK of the gorge pictures you'd get. 

Recently, the castle was the set for a film called Royally Ever After, which couldn't be more fitting for the venue. 

We had a cheeky gawk at their website, so get the low down on their wedding package – and holy heck, it is good stuff. 

You'll get exclusive use of Markree Castle and grounds for you and your guests, including of the Grand Hall and reception rooms (and boy, they are GRAND). 

A personal planner will be on hand to help and advise you on every aspect of your day, which is good to know.

When you and your bridal party arrive to the Castle, you'll be welcomed with a red carpet and a cheeky Champagne reception. Can't argue with that. 

That's actually the tip of the ice berg – they'll sort out every aspect of your day, from a dinner delicious menu to drinks receptions. 

Oh, and an important thing to note for all you single gals – the castle also offer weekend breaks (depending on availability).

You get a luxurious two night stay in the castle, as well as two evening meals and breakfast each morning. 

You can enjoy roaming the castle gardens and the antique furnished reception rooms with beautiful views of the manicured lawns and rose garden.

It is positively dreamy (I've actually been, so I know what I'm talking about).

Can we go now? 

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Gardaí have discovered €100,000 worth of ecstasy near Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.

The discovery was made last week, on October 3. 

Gardaí are appealing for the public's help following the finding of the massive amount of MDMA. 

The drugs were found around noon on the day in question by a man walking his dog. 

The drugs were bundled in a package which contained both pill and powder forms of the drugs. 

The ecstasy has a confirmed street value of €100,000.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have visited the Glenwood, Ballisadare area in the days leading up to October 3.

They ask that anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area, to contact them at Sligo Garda Station on 071 915700.

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Sligo is a county that rarely gets the credit it deserves. 

A place that is rich with history, mythology and breathtaking landscapes, it really is a great place to visit for a few days.

Not only is it the resting place of one of the world's most famous poets, but it also has great places to eat and relax. 

Whether you are planning your getaway, or have returned, here are six thing that everyone who visits Sligo will discover.

6. You can have lunch at WB Yeats’ grave

“Under bare Benbulben’s head” is the grave of famed WB Yeats. However, this is not your typical cold, sad graveyard. T

here is a wonderful little gift shop located on the grounds of the graveyard, along with a café. Get the chicken salad sandwich, fyi.

5. Lissadell house has the BEST jam in the nation

Are you a jam aficionado? WELL, get yourself to Lissadell House for afternoon tea, and experience homemade preserves that will rock your world. They are truly exceptional.

4. The seaweed baths are KING

Sligo is home to the best seaweed baths in the country. 

While the concept of getting into a bath of green sea slime is gross (we appreciate that), you will leave feeling relaxed, and with the smoothest skin you've ever had. A great way to pamper yourself.

3. You can visit fairies

Sligo is a county that is rich is ancient Irish myths and folklore. Gillighan's World is described as “Sligo’s fairy wonderland” and is nestled under the shadow of Knocknashee. 

It is a mythical park which encapsulates the world of the Irish fairy and their timeless legacy of magic and mystery. Fun for all ages we PROMISE (and there's a deadly gift shop).

2. If you climb Knocknarea, you’ll meet a queen

Knocknarea is a mountain that many people climb while visiting this glorious county. 

What most people don't realise is, that at the top of this mountain is the grave of Queen Medbh of Connacht. The tomb is unexcavated, and dates back to around 3000BC. 

1. You can camp in an airplane 

If you are looking for somewhere to stay while visiting Sligo, why not set up camp in a Boeing 747?

There is a glamping park in the Enniscrone area of Sligo that is home to some weird and wonderful options. You can sleep in a taxi rank, or in a train yard or even at a bus stop!

While not officially open yet, the quirky glamping company are taking bookings. 

Sligo… you're only fantastic.

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Sligo is a county that rarely gets the credit it deserves. 

A place that is rich with history, mythology and breathtaking landscapes, it really is a great place to visit for a few days.

Not only is it the resting place of one of the world's most famous poets, but it also has great places to eat and relax. 

Whether you are planning your getaway, or have returned, here are six thing that everyone who visits Sligo will discover…

You can have lunch at WB Yeats’ grave

“Under bare Benbulben’s head” is the grave of famed WB Yeats. However, this is not your typical cold, sad graveyard. There is a wonderful little gift shop located on the grounds of the graveyard, along with a café. Get the chicken salad sandwich, fyi.

Lissadell house has the BEST jam in the nation

Are you a jam aficionado? WELL, get yourself to Lissadell House for afternoon tea, and experience homemade preserves that will rock your world. They are truly exceptional.

The seaweed baths are KING

Sligo is home to the best seaweed baths in the country. While the concept of getting into a bath of green sea slime is gross (we appreciate that), you will leave feeling relaxed, and with the smoothest skin you've ever had. A great way to pamper yourself.

You can visit fairies

Sligo is a county that is rich is ancient Irish myths and folklore. Gillighan's World is described as “Sligo’s fairy wonderland” and is nestled under the shadow of Knocknashee. It is a mythical park which encapsulates the world of the Irish fairy and their timeless legacy of magic and mystery. Fun for all ages we PROMISE (and there's a deadly gift shop).

If you climb Knocknarea, you’ll meet a queen

Knocknarea is a mountain that many people climb while visiting this glorious county. What most people don't realise is, that at the top of this mountain is the grave of Queen Medbh of Connacht. The tomb is unexcavated, and dates back to around 3000BC. 

You can camp in an airplane 

If you are looking for somewhere to stay while visiting Sligo, why not set up camp in a Boeing 747? There is a glamping park in the Enniscrone area of Sligo that is home to some weird and wonderful options. You can sleep in a taxi rank, or in a train yard or even at a bus stop! While not officially open, the quirky glamping company are taking bookings for early 2017.

Sligo… you're only fantastic.

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Most of the country woke up to chilly conditions this morning – and it's just gotten a whole load more wintry out there too.

In fact, it's currently SNOWING in Co Donegal. 

Fermanagh and parts of Sligo are also reportedly experiencing snow showers.

However, the worst hit areas are certainly in south Donegal, with hail furthermore impacting on driving conditions. 

The likes of Rossnowlagh and Ballintra seemingly have the heaviest snow coverage on the ground.

Met Éireann reports: "Heavy blustery showers (some with hail and thunder) will continue for the rest of the day, with the showers tending to be more frequent over the western half of the country

"A cold day with highest temperatures of 7C to 9C in strong and gusty westerly winds."

Meanwhile, there will be "heavy rain" tomorrow "for much of the day". 

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Reports say Kian Egan’s stalker has moved to his hometown of Sligo.

Kian said he had not seen the individual for some time until recently: “I didn’t see her for years until I pulled up outside my house in Sligo at 1am, turned around and there she was standing there.”

The former Westlife singer spoke about receiving a letter in relation to his marriage from the women saying she: “sent me a letter saying my marriage to my wife was nothing but a ‘publicity stunt’ and for this reason she was going to stop being a fan.”

The woman obviously did not keep her promise as she has now turned up in Sligo, where Kian is originally from.

Kian’s biggest worry is for his family: “I’ve been strong enough to deal with that so far but if she ever went near my wife or child I would go straight to the Gardaí.”

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