has always been a center for business in the region and several developments over the past twenty years have
further strengthened the area's attraction for the international business
The IDA (Industrial Development
Authority) was founded to help promote industry in Ireland. Back in
the 60's and 70's "advance" plant and factories were built across
rural Ireland and the government handed out tax breaks and
incentives to any company that would move into one of these plants
for ten years. Unfortunately, many companies did just that, and
moved out after the ten year honeymoon was over. The end result was
a network of well developed industrial estates (now referred to as
Business Parks) that were ready for business, but had few tenants.
It wasn't until the Celtic Tiger
roared across Ireland in the 1990's that the country truly benefited
from much of the infrastructure that was already in place. Today,
IDA Ireland is the primary
government agency with responsibility for the promotion of foreign
direct investment into Ireland and the development of the existing
base of overseas companies.
Formerly known as the Finisklin
Industrial Estate, today's Finisklin Business and Technology Park is
now home to a plethora of manufacturers, service companies, and other
businesses. The park has a total of 135 acres offering a range of
property solutions including factory and office premises for sale or
lease at highly competitive rates. For more information, contact the
Sligo IDA office at phone: 353 71 915 9710.
Anyone who was around in the 1970
and 80's remembers the drive from Dublin to Sligo was a time
consuming and arduous trip. The 135 mile trek often took between
three and four hours because of poor road conditions and having to
pass through numerous small villages along the way. Ireland's entry
in the the E.E.C. (now known as the E.U.) provided a wealth of funds
that were used, in the main, to improve Ireland's infrastructure.
The building of the N4 motorway,
although still not 100 percent complete, has done much to improve
the travel time between Dublin and Sligo. It now takes about 2 1/2
hours to make the journey from Dublin to Sligo and work still continues on
several stretches of the road. When finally complete, the commute from
Sligo to Dublin should be somewhere closer to a little over two hours, a huge
improvement over the past.
Located in Strandhill, Sligo's
airport was initially home to a handful of private planes in 1983.
Over the next 25 years, the airport grew to welcome over 100,000
passengers a year to the land of Yeats.
Constructed in one of the most
beautiful spots in Ireland: overlooking the sea and in the shadow of
Knocknarea, the airport has a limited runway length, but had
provided several flights a day to and from Dublin. Sadly, in 2011,
the government withdrew its financial support of the Sligo regional
airport and it no longer carries commercial flights, the last ones
left in July, 2011. So, to fly into Sligo the closest link is now
West - Knock Airport:
The opening of Knock Airport in
1986, the dream of Monsignor James Horan, finally brought the
promise of International air travel to the West of Ireland. Knock
Airport provides a wide array of international flight options and is
located only thirty eight miles from Sligo town.
The airport was built specifically
to welcome large commercial flights from overseas and has a runway
long enough to land a Boeing 747.
Sligo's Railway station was first
opened in and is located in the heart of town, just a short distance from
O'Connell Street. In 2011, there are about 8 trains a day to Sligo