@Thoor Ballylee from the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society
Our 2019 Summer Programme between April and October features music, movies, artwork, educational events, workshops, Yeats’s birthday party, local and national history, poetry readings, the launch of our new studio space, and more.
In 2019 Thoor Ballylee opens Saturday 20 April and remains open for the summer (see Visit for our opening hours). The big launch of our new studio space, The Studio @ Thoor Ballylee takes place 3pm Sunday 28th April, and features arts and crafts of all kinds.
Our outline programme of events is below, with updates as we go through the summer. Individual events and further details are also announced on our rolling blog – see News above. Sign up to follow us to receive information straight to your inbox!
Summer Calendar 2019
Mon 8 April – Sun 14 April Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway
Sat 20 April Thoor Ballylee opens
Tues 23-Wed 24 April Macbeth & Poetry lectures
Sun 28 April The Studio @ Thoor Ballylee launch
Fri 17- Sun 19 May Festival
Sun 9 June Coole Music
Thur 13 June W.B. Yeats’s Birthday Picnic
Sun 23 June Early/medieval music at Thoor
Sat 13 July Maud Gonne’s Men – lecture
Sat 17 -Tues 27 August Heritage Week events
Folk & Farm with Christy Cuniffe
2-4pm Saturday 17 August
The Story of Butter with Anna O’Donnell
2pm Wednesday 21 August
The Art of Song with Helen Hancock & Mark Keane
8pm Saturday 24 August
Fri 20 September Culture Night
Sun 29 Sept Yeats & Gregory Autumn Gathering at Thoor
October Yeats’s tower closes for the winter
Last year in 2018 events included acclaimed site-specific performances of Yeats’s The Only Jealousy of Emer, concert performances by Coole Music, a programme of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive, celebrating the life and legacy of WB Yeats’s and Lady Augusta Gregory, called ‘Local Films for Local People’, presented at Thoor Ballylee, at 3pm Thursday 12th July. For more details or updates on specific events look at our news pages for the latest.
19-26 August Heritage Week
featuring events including
25 August (Saturday) Storytelling Event
30 September (Sunday) Film screenings & Curlew Theatre Company in live performance of ‘The Loves of Lady Gregory’
6 October (Saturday) Music at Thoor Ballylee by The Songbirds
7 October (Sunday) Thoor Ballylee closes for winter
Our 2017 Summer Programme featured a wealth of events, talks, plays, readings, music, tours, and exhibitions. For details of these events view our running blog.
2016 Summer Programme
We are delighted to announce that Thoor Ballylee is open. After being affected by winter flooding, the tower remains sound, and work has finished and refitting the tower ready for the summer. Thank you for your support so far! We’ve a way to go, so here’s how you can help.
A full programme of events for 2016 follows. You might expect some fun for Yeats’s birthday weekend around 13th June, and continued opening throughout the summer.
3 June Thoor Ballylee opens
13 June Yeats’s Birthday Celebration
8 July Yeats’s Women: performance in story & song
Fri 26 August Wild Swan Theatre presents Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya (ttickets now on sale at Thoor Ballylee, Kiltartan Museum & Gort Credit Union).
Fri 16 September Culture Night presents Words Upon the Window Pane – Yeats’s one act play on film. Music by Gaillimh Theas Comhaltas, renowned fiddle player Claire Egan, & musician Eoin Neill. Free admission, refreshments.
Sun 2 October Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering hosted at Thoor Ballylee
Sat 15 October Thoor Ballylee Poetry Slam with Sarah Clancy & Poetry Ireland
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A list of last year’s events follows below.
6 February Launch of Thoor Ballylee Restoration Project
10 April Family Storytelling
21 April Cúirt International Festival of Literature @Thoor
28 April Launch of Yeats2015 Yeats day celebrations
7 May Poetry day. Yeats Poetry Workshops for Schools
31 May Yeats auction @Thoor
13 June Yeats Birthday Bash
June – December Yeats & the West exhibition NUI Galway
19 July – 1 September Yeats exhibition @ Thoor
1 August Sligo Yeats Summer School Visit
9 August In The Deep Heart’s Core – Benefit concert
18 September Culture Night: Romantic & Revolutionary Yeats
25-27 September Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering – talks, dramas, readings – with John Banville
18 October Inaugural International Yeats Society visit
21 October Lady Gregory: A Galway Life, from London Irish Theatre
27 October Harp Festival of Moons – with special guest Caitriona Yeats