Yeats auction portrait

A portrait of Yeats by Brian Gallagher features at the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society auction.

Limited edition prints of this unique artwork will be available to buy at the event which takes place on the roof of Thoor Ballyee, Co. Galway on Sunday 31 May 2015.


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The original is currently open for viewing at the

Dublin Painting and Sketching Club
 137th Annual Exhibition

open until 26th April 2015 at

The Concourse Gallery

County Hall, Dun Laoghaire

In addition to a wide selection of paintings by Clubs’ 90 members this year’s Exhibition will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of W B Yeats and include paintings inspired by his poetry.

The Exhibition is sponsored by Whyte’s and supported by an Arts Grant from Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown Co. Council Arts Office.

Yeats Auction

On Sunday May 31st 2015, Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society will hold a development fundraising evening at Thoor Ballylee Gort, Co. Galway in the former home of the world-famous poet William Butler Yeats. With shades of the Beatles on the roof at Savile Row or U2 from Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, the auction will take place from the rooftop of the tower by local Auctioneer, Colm Farrell (MIPAV), acting as William Butler Yeats. Funds raised will be used to re-open the tower to the public thirteen days later on the poet’s birthday (13 June) and for the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society‘s long-term plans for a permanent Yeats exhibition, a cafe, bookshop, and space for exhibitions, lectures and classes at this most remarkable building, ‘the most important public building in Ireland’ according to the late Seamus Heaney.

The fantastic Yeats-themed items and gifts available, including rare books and hotel mini break offers, will be featured on this website in the lead up to this event. So too will all our wonderful donors and sponsors.

The Galway Advertiser feature on this unique event is linked here. 

To give to this fundraising effort go to our donate page or contact us at

Yeats & Facial Expression exhibition

Facial Expression: an exhibition celebrating the human face

From portraiture to caricature the human face has remained central to visual expression.This show features the work of Illustrators Ireland members exploring this theme.

The exhibition features this image of W.B.Yeats and Thoor Ballylee in charcoal by Brian Gallagher, a study for a woodcut produced especially for the Yeats2015 celebrations, coinciding with the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society development project.


The Facial Expression exhibition is to be opened by iconic photographer
John Minihan
Thursday 26th February @ 8pm

The United Arts Club
3 Upper Fitzwilliam St
Dublin 2

Exhibition continues until 14th March 2015
Viewing Tues to Friday 11am to 11pm