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Sligo

Would like similar information about Sligo as in Rick Steve’s Ireland 2020. My sister and I doing a 3-week Del-driving Ireland trip mid September focussing on Sligo for our father’s Allen ancestry.

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Welcome to the forum Lorraine.
This Sligo tourist board website might be a good place to start. There must be guidebooks on Amazon to help you find your way.
My Ireland guidebook is from 1992. The only part of Sligo we saw was the train station before heading to Donegal and the rental car office before driving south.
Enjoy your trip. Hopefully you’ll find family still there. My friend was sitting on a park bench in Donegal while I was calling ahead for that night’s B&B. She started talking to the couple next to her only to find out the lady was her third cousin from North Ireland. Small world!

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I might suggest Eden Villa, a B&B in Tubbercurry, County Sligo, owned by Peter and Mary Brennan.

Before our trip to Ireland several years ago, I had read that Peter was quite a knowledgeable person about the histories of local families. On a lark I emailed him, just to see if on the off-chance he might know anything about about my cousin. I had only first names for her and her husband, the city in which they lived (Tubbercurry). along with just the original family name (for her side, which is my grandmother's side). To my shock, he got back in touch and knew exactly who they were. He put us in touch with each other before our trip. That turned into an absolutely wonderful meeting of my cousin and her husband, who took us to see the historical family sites (including the cottage in which her mother and my grandmother were raised....I had only black/white photo of it from my childhood. So, it was totally magical meeting her, seeing the family sites, and hearing about what life was like when she was growing up.........................all because of Peter.
Of course, we stayed at Eden Villa in appreciation for his help. We found it to be a very clean B&B, delicious breakfast, and friendly innkeepers (who sometimes make magical connections for people).

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Now you've got my interest! My husband's family came from a farm near Tubbercurry. The family name was Quinn.

We were planning a trip, then "stuff happened" last year, and now with the coronavirus who knows when we will make it there.

You may already know about this organization, but if not: http://www.sligoroots.com/