Thoor Ballylee, the fifteenth-century home of W.B. Yeats and his family, has recently faced serious flooding. As with much of South Galway, recent storms and heavy rainfall have raised the water table to unusually high levels and caused rivers to burst their banks.
Thoor Ballylee was regarded by the poet and fellow Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney as perhaps the most important building in Ireland because of its association with Yeats. Since 2015 a local voluntary group, the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, has opened and run this historic building as an important visitor centre.
Unfortunately, for the second time since reopening in 2015, the tower and associated cottages and buildings have suffered yet another major flooding. The event has been extensively reported in the Irish Times and around the world.
Undaunted, this voluntary group is determined that the tower and the newly refurbished Studio at Thoor Ballylee will open again to the public for the 2020 season. Recent major investment and work at the tower cannot fully protect it from flooding but we hope it has helped to make this ambitious target achievable.
To make this happen a major clean up operation will have to take place before fully reinstating interior furnishings.
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With thanks to Colm Farrell and his horse.