Continuing our summer programme of cultural events, don’t miss your chance to attend our next concert.
Portrait of a Lady
at Thoor Ballylee
Friday 24 June at 8:00 PM
The concert features Helen Hancock (Soprano), Catriona McElhinney Grimes (Piano), and our guest Kitty Sabry (Violin).
Join us for an evening of eclectic music – from French song and German lieder to Irish song and arrangements of Irish music for solo piano.
The programme explores the voice of women and includes a song cycle by Clara Schumann, songs by Lili Boulanger and Catriona’s own arrangements of Irish music for piano solo. Irish song settings and songs by Fauré, Schubert and Mozart will also feature.
Come find us in the historic venue of Thoor Ballylee, Gort, Co. Galway where Yeats himself lived and where many powerful female voices were heard!
Today, 13 June, sees the 157th birthday of WB Yeats.
This Thursday 16 June is Bloomsday, a special event this year as 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
For Bloomsday this Thursday Thoor Ballylee celebrates with a special performance of Noramollyannalivialucia: The Muse and Mister Joyce” written by Irish poet Eamon Grennan.
Curlew Theatre Company presents
The Muse and Mister Joyce
at Yeats’s Tower, Thoor Ballylee
8pm Thursday June 2022
Admission €15. Tickets available on the door: or for bookings phone 091 631436 / 0858620935
This is a solo play for voices based on Nora Barnacle’s life, in which Joyce’s Galway wife Nora is visited by a group of people (the audience) keen for stories about Joyce, and receive some home truths. Extracts from Joyce’s works interweave with Nora’s memories as she composes a portrait of the artist’s wife as an older woman. The play is performed by Curlew Theatre Company with musical interludes by Nicola and Karina Cahill on harp and flute.
Yeats had the idea that Thoor Ballylee might work as an artistic a hub for Irish artists like James Joyce.
2022 is a literary summer season! In the run up to WB Yeats’s 157th birthday on 13 June, and Bloomsday on 16 June celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, we have special cultural events taking place at Thoor Ballylee.
3pm Sunday 12 June 2022
4pm Wandering Stars
performed by the Wild Swan Theatre Company
Our Poets Picnic is free to all young and old! It is an annual gathering of poetry lovers and all folk interested in poetry and culture, in honour of WB Yeats’s birthday. Do come along for our magnificent outdoor picnic spread, with readings of Yeats’s poems, thoughts about his life and legacy, and reflections and poems by other artistic figures.
This year the Poets Picnic is followed by a play performed by The Wild Swan Theatre company. Written by Joe Hassett and directed by Marion Cahill-Collins, this explores the intertwined lives of Yeats and Joyce and Nora Barnacle. Admission to the play which starts at 4pm inside the tower is €10 with tickets available on the door.
Cast: Claire O Donnell as Nora, Justin McDermott as Joyce, Gerry Conneely as Yeats.