Classiebawn Castle (Lord Mounbaten castle) which overlooks the charming resort of Mullaghmore, was built by Lord Mount Temple in 1874. The estate descended to the Mountbattens through the wife of the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, a step-daughter of the Prime Minister Lord Viscount Palmerston, who resided in the castle and who also built Mullaghmore harbour back in the mid-nineteenth century.
The castle is now privately owned and not open to the public.
County Sligo (Irish: Contae Shligigh) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Connacht. It was named after the town of Sligo (Irish: Sligeach) which is the anglization of the Irish Sligeach meaning Place of the Shells. The population of the county is 60,894 according to the 2006 census.
Sligo is the 22nd largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 25th largest in terms of population. It is the fourth largest of Connacht’s 5 counties in size and third largest in terms of population.