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From top: Lissadell House in Ballinfull, overlooking Sligo Bay; Hazlewood House in Calry and Temple House near Ballinacarrow.

From top: Lissadell House in Ballinfull, overlooking Sligo Bay; Hazlewood House in Calry and Temple House near Ballinacarrow.

From top: Lissadell House in Ballinfull, overlooking Sligo Bay; Hazlewood House in Calry and Temple House near Ballinacarrow.

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Sligo has a number of 'Big Houses' with interesting histories.

Probably the most famous is Lissadell House

It was the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth.

Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eireann,

She later became a Minister.

Nobel priz- winning poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1893 and 1894.

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Lissadell House and estate is owned by barrister couple, Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy.

Another Big House in the county is Temple House near Ballinacarrow.

It is a classical Georgian mansion set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres. It overlooks a 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar.

Temple House has been the Perceval family home since 1665.

The present manor was redesigned in 1864.

Other examples of Big Houses in Sligo include Longford House near Beltra and Hazelwood House in Calry, which is for sale.

Markree Castle in Collooney and Coopershill near Riverstown are also fine examples of Big Houses.


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