Sligo ( — ; ) is a coastal seaport and the county town of County Sligo, Ireland within the western province of Connacht. With a population of approximately 20,000 in 2014, It is both the largest urban centre and the regional capital of the northwest of Ireland. The Sligo Borough District constitutes 61% (38,581) of the county's population of (63,000).
Despite its relatively small size, Sligo is an historic, cultural, commercial, industrial, retail and service centre of regional importance. Served by established rail, port and road links, Sligo exerts a significant influence on its hinterland. Whilst not classed as a city by the Irish government, it performs the functions of a city in its region, and is referred to interchangeably as a city and a town by both inhabitants and authorities. See City status in Ireland.
Sligo is also a popular tourist destination, being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and with many literary and cultural associations.