Staid Abbey and Benbulben Mountain in County Sligo.

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North Sligo

More recently I have been living in the north of the county where there are remains from the neolithic such as the well preserved Creevykeel and many other megalithic monuments. Many of the buildings in the Cliffoney village were built by the twice British PM and landlord Lord Palmerston, between 1830 and 1860; Classiebawn Castle was completed some 10 years after his death.

Dear Martin, This note is long overdue. We toured Sligo last year with you, and it was amazing and wonderful. The depth of your knowledge, and your personal engagement with it made it am exceptional tour which helped us to feel the sacred quality n the land. Thank you. Do you have any suggestions for the next pilgrimage we make in Ireland? Marni
Sunset at Creevykeel.
Sunset at Creevykeel, the great megalithic monument near Cliffoney.

Megalithic Monuments

I have been giving guided tours to all types, kinds and sizes of groups for 20 years to sites across Ireland but mainly in Connaught. There is such an abundance of remains of all kinds close to Sligo, that there is generally no need for a set itinerary. Tours generally last from 9.30 to 5.30 and cost 150 euro. It is easy to pick a range of sites from different time periods or concentrate on one particular type of site. Sites such as a climb to Queen Maeve's cairn on Knocknarea require dry weather and stout footwear.

A Bord Fáilte qualified tour guide, I have also studied art and and archaeology, and more recently learned Irish traditional music, playing fiddle and banjo. My special interest is in the art and astronomical alignments of the monuments known as chambered cairns or passage graves. General and specialist tours are offered to the major Sligo sacred centres: Carrowmore, Carrowkeel, Moytura.

Thank you Martin, for sharing your art, knowledge and stories with us here in San Francisco! I found the workshops with you and Padraig to be fun and creative, your Sunday afternoon presentation was chalked full of information and I enjoyed hearing you play the banjo and recall personal experiences as well as mythological connections with the ancient places. Perhaps our group will go again to Ireland and if we're lucky you'll lead us to some of the magical spots you have told us about. I hope the rest of your trip goes well,

Sincerely, Lisa

Irish Traditional Muisc at Creevykeel, the great megalithic monument near Cliffoney.
Irish Traditional Muisc at Creevykeel, County Sligo.
The Sacred Island, Cliffoney, County Sligo, Ireland.