Heritage Week at Thoor Ballylee

Hurling heritage

On Saturday August 20th at 3pm, a free lecture at Yeats’ Tower, Thoor Ballylee, explores the hurling heritage of Galway. It highlights the dominance of South Galway in the early history of the GAA, and the season of 1910 which saw Ardrahan win the biggest ever county championship. Limited edition charity booklets on Ardrahan’s triumph in the Big Season of 1910 [€10 each] will be available with all proceeds going to Kiltartan Museum and Thoor Ballylee.

Wild Swans Theatre

On Sunday 21 August at 6pm Heritage week is concluded 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 6pm inside the tower is €10 with tickets available on the door.

Thoor Ballylee wishes Galway good luck

This weekend as Galway travel to Croke Park the flag of the Tribesmen flies over Thoor Ballylee.

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Yeats’s poor eyesight made hurling an unlikely sport for him, although he did try fencing with Ezra Pound (‘the Irish like contradiction’, said Pound). On the other hand his friendship with Douglas Hyde, founding president of the Gaelic League, gave him an intimate familiarity with the wider aims of the GAA. Yeats’s connections to Dublin and Sligo are well known: his long association with Galway and Thoor Ballylee in particular make this small gesture at the Hiberno-Norman tower, now open 10-1 weekdays and 12-4 weekends for the month of September, all the more fitting.