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|— Town —|
|• Dáil Éireann||Sligo–North Leitrim|
|• Total||1.18125 km2 (0.45608 sq mi)|
|Elevation||13 m (43 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Area code(s)||+353 71|
|Irish Grid Reference||G685354|
Cranmore (from the Gaelic for Big Tree) is a large local authority housing development in Sligo, it is situated on the eastern side of Sligo town. It is the largest housing estate in the west of Ireland with 511 houses, it was built in five phases from the early seventies to 1985. There are 246 houses owned by the local authority, a further 213 houses in private ownership and 52 houses built by the housing agency, Cluid. Cranmore is made up of 15 blocks of houses or "drives" as they are known locally, including Cranmore Place, Cranmore Drive, Cranmore Villas, O'Dwyer Court, Devins Drive, Geldof Drive, McNeill Drive, Langan Drive, Racecourse View (originally Banks Drive), Carroll Drive, Benson Drive, Yeats Drive, Collery Drive, John Fallon Drive and Joe McDonnell Drive.
The estate has two main access points with entrances from the Cranmore road to the north and Cleveragh road to the south, it also has walking entrances on Cranmore Place, Joe McDonnell Drive and Collery Drive.
With approximately 494 occupied houses and a population of between 1,600 and 1,700, Cranmore is as large as county Sligo's second and third largest towns, the estate having a larger population than both Ballymote (with 1,229) and Tubbercurry (with 1,171). It has been over 30 years since the first houses were completed and in that time it has become one of the largest estates west of the Shannon.
These figures are based on the following: East Ward population (2006 Census): 5,334. Electorate [All those over the age of 18] of East Ward (2009 Register of Electors): 4,445 of which 941 are registered in Cranmore Estate.
There is a very active community based project, "Abbey Quarter Project". This projects provides resources for youth groups, maintains the green areas and the local football pitch, "Sean Fallon Park".
There has always been a small crime problem on the estate with car theft, muggings and breaking and entering the most common; this has led to the installation of 10 CCTV cameras funded by the rapid program located around the estate for crime prevention and there is often a Garda Síochána presence in the estate.
The estate has had three unsolved brutal murders in recent times including two men gunned down and the third attacked with a hatchet. Houses on the estate have been subject to gun attacks and there have been numerous drug seizures by Gardaí throughout the area's history.
The Cranmore area has two soccer pitches, Sean Fallon Park and Ray McSharry Park, which are home to local teams Abbey United, City United, City Gaels and the Sligo Leitrim League. There are also basketball and tennis courts, however these are in a dilapidated state. The area is next to the Mercy College which facilities include indoor basketball courts, running track and camogie pitch and Cranmore is located near the Sligo Racecourse and Sligo Sports Complex.
The Community Sport Development Officer has worked closely with the Cranmore Regeneration Project and the Resource House Project to develop new sport and recreation programmes for young people in the area.
Cranmore has a strong community with many clubs and projects including the Cranmore Regeneration Project which was established because of significant concerns about the estate including inadequate quality of housing stock, early school leaving, increasing levels of anti-social behaviour, lack of adequate youth, sport, childcare facilities etc.
Other groups include the Child Development Project, Cranmore Women's Group, Cranmore Youth Club, Cranmore Community Platform, Cranmore Senior Citizens Group and the Cranmore Community Playgroup.
The street names within Cranmore honour both local and national figures, who include:
- John Fallon (John Fallon Drive) who was a member of the local council and once was mayor of Sligo, his son Sean Fallon was a Celtic F.C. legend.
- William Butler Yeats (Yeats Drive) who was a famous Irish poet and spent most of his childhood in Sligo.
- Joe McDonnell (Joe McDonnell Drive) was a volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), and who died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike.
- Bob Geldof (Geldof Drive) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist who organised Live Aid and Live 8
- "Table 6 - Population and area of each Province, County, City, urban area, rural area and Electoral Division, 2002 and 2006" (PDF). Census 2006, Volume 1 - Population Classified by Area. Central Statistics Office. 2007-04-26. pp. 111–112. Retrieved 2007-10-10.