I am very honoured to hold the position of First Citizen in my own home town of Sligo. Assuming the Office of Mayor in the midst of our Sligo 400 Celebrations provides an excellent opportunity for all citizens of Sligo to reflect on the history of our local Council and of Sligo City and it's environs in general.
Sligo has an international reputation as prime destination for cultural tourism. The area is steeped in archaeological treasures, including the megalithic tombs dating from 5,400 BC at Carrowmore to Queen Maeve’s Carn at the top of Carrowmore mountain. Our rich literary heritage is centered on Sligo’s most famous poet, WB Yeats and the famed Yeats International Summer School attracts visitors from all over the world.
Sligo is the largest urban centre and a designated 'Gateway City' in the North West under the National Spatial Strategy. It is the key centre of economic growth in the region. We have a progressive and ambitious business community working very hard to provide sustainable jobs and work through the current economic challenges facing them.
Sligo has been transformed over the past few years in terms of its parks, amenity and recreation facilities. There are outdoor trails and exercise stations, scenic walkways and nature trails, and many areas of outstanding coastal scenery within 5km of the town.
As Mayor, I look forward to working work with the elected members and Borough officials, to advance our vision for Sligo in these challenging times to ensure that Sligo develops to its full potential as the Gateway City of the North West.
Councillor David Cawley
Mayor of Sligo