Why relocate to Sligo?


Sligo is a hidden gem situated on the Wild Atlantic Way. By combining the hustle and bustle of a major town with the stunning natural beauty of a scenic coast, this small county really does offer the best of both worlds. Furthermore, when you add in two high–performing third level colleges, a thriving town centre combined with excellent travel links with the rest of Ireland, you can see why Sligo is one of the top choices for tourists and businesses alike. The chance to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle mixed with everything a large town has to offer, certainly means the North West simply has it all! Have a look at the video clip to see what we mean!



Business Environment

Sligo hosts a vibrant mix of multinational and indigenous companies across a wide range of industries. It’s major employers include Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, IT Sligo, B.Braun Hospicare, Avenue Mould and Phillips Medisize. This provides employment for people in Sligo and in the wider surrounding area. For example, job announcements from Overstock, E3 Retail and LiveTiles have given the region a further boost in recent months and brought the total of new jobs in the area to almost 1000.

We here in Collins McNicholas have been chosen as the exclusive recruitment partner for both E3 Retail and LiveTiles and have launched a nationwide campaign to fill these roles. If you are interested in a career with these companies then contact our Sligo office today. For further job opportunities in the area click here.


Sligo population


Primary & Secondary Schools


Jobs announced in 2018



Family Life

Sligo is a fantastic place to raise a family, with the sea right on your doorstep. Families can still find good value whether renting or buying in the area. The CSO median house price is €118,500, which is well below the national average of €229,000. This has helped the county’s housing market to grow considerably as more and more people are looking to relocate here for lower cost of living, increased disposable income and a healthy work-life balance. Why not compare the cost of living between two cities now, using Numbeo.

The town’s educational facilities include great primary and secondary schools as well as two third level colleges, IT Sligo and St. Angela’s College. It’s a sports-obsessed town, with Sligo Rovers playing in the Airtricity League, Connacht Rugby on a wave of newfound success and strong GAA traditions. Local clubs also cover sports like golf, tennis, athletics, water sports and more.

sligo family


Area of Interest – Strandhill

If you are looking to relocate to Sligo, one of the areas you might want to consider living in is Strandhill.

From seafront houses with the crashing waves on your doorstep to hillside properties with sweeping views of the bays and mountains, Strandhill might have just what you’re looking for. Check out what properties are on offer here.

From sipping coffee in beachfront cafés to roaming the sand dunes, hills and mountains on one of Sligo’s walking trails, Strandhill has endless activities and they can all be checked out at


Sligo is truly alive and kicking and there is so much to entertain and engage you, helping you feel relaxed and refreshed. From nature to sports to arts, culture and entertainment, there’s something for everyone. Not forgetting our wonderful shops, great restaurants and our world-famous cultural heritage. We boast literary giant WB Yeats as a native and it’s fair to say the arts hold a special place in what’s known as ‘The Land of Hearts Desire’.

Sport is a way of life in Sligo and it attracts tourists from all over the world to the beaches at Strandhill, Streedagh, Easkey and Enniscrone for surfers to catch the perfect wave!

Meet Others Who Have Made the Move

Elaine Murphy

General Manager of LiveTiles Ireland, Elaine Murphy

I am spending my new-found time reinvesting in family and friends and I am so much more relaxed. I am out walking my three rescue dogs — Ruby, Gilbert and Charlie — in Hazelwood in the morning, going to Strandhill and Rosses Point and spending a lot of time in the polytunnel and garden with my son, sowing seeds and just being together.

I am really passionate about the North West and bringing businesses here. There is a huge altruistic side to LiveTiles and the founders really liked the attitude in Sligo. They enjoyed the craic here and the lifestyle.

International Innovation and Experience Analyst at LiveTiles Ireland, Alex Lustig

I’m originally from New Jersey in the US and I spent about six months working with LiveTiles in New York City before relocating to Sligo. Sligo has the nicest, friendliest people I’ve ever met and overall it was an easy move.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the food selection here —  there’s delicious Japanese, Korean, Italian and so much more to enjoy…

See Alex’s full story here.

From New York to Sligo: Alex Lustig Chose The North West

Shane McVeigh - Overstock

Senior Software Developer for Overstock Ireland, Shane McVeigh

I had thought I needed to stay in Dublin in order to progress my career but moving to Sligo has actually helped advance it further. Moving to my home town of Sligo has also afforded me more disposable income and personal time.

See Shane’s full story here.

HR Manager with Avenue – A GW Plastics Company, Sonya Connolly

We have never looked back since relocating home to Sligo where I have a challenging HR career, lovely lifestyle, and a good work-life balance.

See Sonya’s full story here.

Sonya Connolly - Avenue - GW Plastics

Matthew Kavanagh - AbbVie

Drug Product Operations Supervisor with AbbVie in Sligo, Matthew Kavanagh

Sligo is not a massive city, so I was a bit apprehensive about moving here straight out of college.

But I am really happy I made the move. There’s a great social scene and it’s easy to make friends. I started working with AbbVie on a Monday and by the Wednesday I was hiking with colleagues.

See Matt’s full story here.

Living & Working in Ireland


 Considering a move from abroad? View information on moving to work in Ireland here


Major Industries in Sligo

The Medtech Industry in Ireland

  • Employs 29,000 people
  • 18 of the top 25 largest medtech companies are in Ireland
  • Over 450 medtech companies in Ireland
  • 50% engage in R&D
  • 4,000 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN MedTech industry in Ireland Report 2018

The Biopharma Industry in Ireland

  • Employs over 28,000 people
  • All of the top 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland
  • Over 75 biopharma companies in Ireland
  • €39 billion in exports annually
  • 8,400 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN Biopharma Industry in Ireland Report 2018

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