Live and Work in Sligo

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Sligo is an affordable county and everything from beaches, mountains and urban life is almost within touching distance. Exciting job opportunities, quality educational institutions and unlimited recreational activities combine to make Sligo an ideal setting in which to live. 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. let’s take a look at the key Sligo stats:

  • 25 Minutes is the average commute
  • 50% Less rental costs than Dublin
  • €60k Apartments in Sligo Town
  • €149k The average 3 bedroom house

Reasons to Live and Work in Sligo:


According to the latest Daft Property Report for Q1, 2020, the average Irish house price was €256,338, which falls to €149,966 in Co Sligo. And as viewers of RTE’s ‘Cheap Irish Houses’ TV show will atest, this figure can drop even lower – you can buy an apartment in town for less than €60,000. All of 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 Q4 2019 rental report, Sligo residents can expect to fork out an average €772 in monthly rent which is among the least expensive in Ireland and which compares to a national average of €1,402.

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.


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 €156.98 in Co Sligo, compared to €246.03 in Dublin

Night Life

Sligo town is a very cool place for singles and couples with plenty of classic old-school pubs such as Thomas Connollys and Hargadons. Try cocktail joints like the Bourbon Bar, enjoy a spot of wine and tapas in Knox or grab a delicious vegan meal in Sweet Beat. Rosses Point or Strandhill offer even more great choices and tastes as well as the chance to surf, walk, golf or enjoy a reinvigorating seaweed bath. A bonus, if you’re living in Sligo town, you get to stroll home along the banks of the Garavogue.

Natural attractions

On the “Surf Coast” section of the Wild Atlantic Way Sligo has been known as an Irish surfing Mecca for years. Sligo is  renowned for its world class waves and surfers flock to Strandhill, Enniscrone, Mullaghmore, Pullaheeney Harbour and Easkey. And, If surfing isn’t your thing why not sail in the calm waters of Rosses Point or walk the beach in Streedagh. Sligo is a great place for fishing, Hiking, coastal walks, horse riding, sailing, diving or a relaxed seaweed bath. Ben Bulben is Ireland’s most distinctive mountain, forming part of the county’s hiking backbone.

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