Project Launch

The Yeats Thoor Ballyllee Society launches the restoration project at 8pm Friday 6th February, Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Galway, Ireland.

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The Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society is a community group which aims to open a worldclass cultural centre in W.B. Yeats’s home: Thoor Ballylee, in South County Galway, Ireland. Our aim is to achieve this in time for the poet’s 150th anniversary in 2015 attracting and inspiring visitors from around the world.

How can I help?

As a local community group, we need your help to kick-start this vital project. Come along to our public meetings, attend our cultural events, volunteer to help, and spread the word: follow our website, like our facebook page, and, most of all, tell your friends about the project.

Contact us

Please look around our website to find out more, read updates on our progress, learn about the tower and its history, join in discussions, make donations, and discover exciting sponsorship opportunities.

contact: yeatsthoorballyleesociety@gmail.com

http://yeatsthoorballylee.org

 

Thoor Ballylee

Welcome to Thoor Ballylee, the Hiberno-Norman tower described by Seamus Heaney as the most important building in Ireland. It is a fine and well-preserved fourteenth-century tower but its significance is due to its close association with his fellow Nobel laureate for literature, the poet W.B.Yeats. It was here the poet spent summers with his family and was inspired to write some of his finest poetry, making the tower his permanent symbol. The tower and associated cottages can still be viewed but are currently closed following flood damage and extensive repair work. A local group the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society has come together and are actively seeking funds to ensure its permanent restoration and opening. Below is Robert Gregory’s vision of the tower and environs, sketched before his death fighting in Italy in 1918. Once the tower is fully restored it is hoped that once again it will become a cultural centre for reverie and reflection for visitors from around the world.

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Robert Gregory, Ballylee Castle, c.1916