County Sligo was the birthplace of William Butler Yeats. A poet whose work spans several literary periods, there are many cultural heritage sites dedicated to the man and his work. Our Schoolhouse at Annaghmore would work as a perfect base to explore the county and its literary heritage.
The Yeats Society is located in Sligo town, Dooney Rock Forest Park is just outside the town or you could take a boat trip around the Lake Isle of Innisfree departing from Parke’s Castle. Picnicking in The Sally Gardens at Ballisodare is not to be missed and there is a lovely craft centre and tea rooms adjacent to Yeats’ grave at Drumcliffe. Yeats’ brother, Jack B., is one of Ireland’s most loved artists and some of the heritage centres also look at his work and influences. The Yeats International Summer School runs in Sligo town from 27 July to 8 August.
County Galway, south of Sligo and north of Clare, also has several Yeats related heritage sites such as Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park. Lady Gregory, remembered for her involvement with the Irish Literary Revival and for co-founding the Abbey Theatre with Yeats, resided in Coole Park. The famous Autograph Tree is where she encouraged writers like Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Sean O’Casey to carve their initials and is a sight to behold. You could use our Loop Head Lightkeepers’ House in County Clare as a base to explore these areas of south Galway.