Sligo Gaol can become “key tourism attraction”

A Sligo based community group wants to turn an old jail in the town into “key tourism attraction” for the region.

The Friends of Sligo Gaol has sought the help of consultants to carry out a feasibility study and assess the possibility of opening the 19th-century jail in Sligo town to the public.

The jail was constructed in Sligo between 1815 and 1822 and was operational until 1956.

It housed some prominent political figures, including Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Davitt and Michael Collins.

Ciaron McHugh from the Friends of Sligo Gaol, says it could be a massive boost to the area: