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The motto of the local chamber of commerce in the Yeats County is ‘Life Is Sligo’ – which makes it pretty unique in Ireland in placing the pursuit of a happy work/life balance as a number one priority.



Minutes is the average commute


Less rental costs than the national average
Sligo Average €1,135, National Average €1,750


Full-time weekly childcare fees


Average house price €187,936

Fun fact: It takes 40 minutes to summit Knocknarea.

That sets the tone in a county where people can land a challenging career in, for example, a tech or pharma company and match it with the kind of lifestyle that could easily grace the pages of any lifestyle or adventure magazine.

With average commuting times of 22 minutes, highly affordable childcare and even cheaper accommodation costs, Sligo is a place where incomes can happily stretch much further than in most Irish counties.

It all makes this North West jewel a highly desirable destination for families and individuals in search of that special X-factor.
“It’s kind of like how I imagined Ireland used to be,” says one recent arrival. “People are very chilled and relaxed but it’s actually incredibly dynamic.”

Sligo town is nestled less than 10 kilometres from the swimming and surf spots of the Atlantic ocean and is surrounded by the mountains of Knocknarea and Benbulben. It’s an aesthetically stunning backdrop by any yardstick.

It might be one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets but Google searches of Sligo rocketed in 2020 after the BBC premiere of ‘Normal People’ – the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel which uses Sligo and its key location on the Wild Atlantic Way.

‘Normal People’ sits perfectly as an apt description for a county that has a well-skilled and increasingly international workforce – and one which, while undoubtedly hard-working, doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sligo has harnessed a special energy in recent years, thanks partly to a welcome intake of people seeking viable alternatives to Dublin and the over-heating eastern region – and those seeking a little bit more from life.

It has a buzzing start-up scene, a burgeoning tech as well as life sciences cluster and a reputation for collaboration. Even with the challenges posed by Covid-19, Sligo is well-placed to offer opportunities for remote working with firms such as eBay, Shopify and others recruiting staff on an ongoing basis.

So, let’s take a look at the key Sligo stats:

Getting a great job has never been easier in Sligo, employers such as US tech firm Overstock, life sciences giants Abbott and Abbvie, and indigenous employers such as SL Controls, Ward Automation and LotusWorks are constantly on the hunt for talented people to come to Sligo to develop their careers. Overstock VP David Kenny says: “We set the bar pretty high for recruitment – we love being able to offer that cutting-edge tech work environment and Sligo’s natural charms which allows people to enjoy life inside and outside of work.“ To see what jobs are available to suit your skills check out

Life at Sligo
Life at Co.Sligo

It’s kind of like how I imagined Ireland used to be,” says one recent arrival. “People are very chilled and relaxed but it’s actually incredibly dynamic.


According to the latest Daft Property Report for Q1, 2023, the average Irish house price was €308,497 which falls to €187,936 in Co Sligo.  This means that housing is largely affordable for most people on reasonably average incomes which means more disposable income for everything else. Renting is also affordable – according to Daft’s Rental Price Report Q1, 2023, Sligo residents can expect to fork out an average €1,135 in monthly rent in comparison to a national average of €1,750.

Sligo Aerial View
The Garavogue River, Sligo Town


There’s no denying that Ireland is an expensive place for child-minding but Sligo residents pay considerably less in fees to have their children cared for. Data collected by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in November 2019 showed average weekly full-time childcare fees of €156 in Co Sligo, compared to €246.03 in Dublin Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and €200.49 in Co Kildare. Over a month or a year, that’s quite a difference!


Horse riding on the beach in Sligo

Things to go

Sligo has become quite popular during domestic staycations over the last year – with so much on offer, we’re not surprised why. From trails and hills walks such as Benbulben Forest Walk and the Knocknarea Walk to beautiful beaches including Streedagh Beach and Strandhill – there’s something for everyone! If hikes and walks along the beach aren’t for you, then why not try some of Sligo’s brilliant coffee shops which often offer selections of homemade treats.

Commuting times

When it comes to getting to work or school in Sligo and collecting the kids at home time , it doesn’t take very long. The most recent Census figures – released in 2017 – show that commuters in Sligo had an average travel time of 22.1 minutes, compared to the 35 minutes it takes commuters in Meath and Wicklow to get to work. Sligo town to Strandhill is a 15 minute spin while Ballisodare and Rathcormac are about 10 minutes away. You will almost certainly need a car, as public transport links are more limited.


Surfing in Sligo
Surfing in Strandhill


IT Sligo became part of the new Atlantic Technological University in the West and North-West in 2022. It offers a range of online learning and a number of Arts degrees including creative writing – which is a nice nod to Sligo’s celebrated links with Nobel-winning poet WB Yeats. It also has a great mix of primary and second-level schools with little of the enrollment pressure that counties such as Dublin experience.