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Yeats and Sligo

W.B. Yeats

 William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the most significant figures of 20th Century literature. A poet and playwright, his work was greatly influenced by the heritage and politics of Ireland.
WB Yeats has strong association with Sligo, a lot of his writings being inspired by the surrounding country side 
Yeats called Sligo “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and it’s the beauty of the county that filled his early poetry. Ben Bulben, Irelands table top mountain that overlooks Sligo inspired the poem Under Ben Bulben. Yeats’ relationship with the mountain continues to this day as he is buried in its shadow in Drumcliff cemetery.
stunning benbulben

  yeats street for web

Celebrate Yeats Birthday in Sligo

 Sligo's annual celebration of its Nobel Laureate takes place on the poets birthday June 13th.
There’ll be poetry in abundance in church yards and pubs, there will be music, visual arts and of course the traditional cutting of a massive birthday cake in O’Connell street by “The Giant of Literature” himself, a 25ft street puppet creation by Cillian Rodgers. 
Like everything in Ireland, a birthday can last a week, and celebrations and events are abundant during Yeat's Birthday Week
If you would like to find out more about the events that are taking place click here