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Yeats Memorial Building

Updated 04/28/2014

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An active hub for lectures, poetry readings, discussion and literary events, and research, the Memorial Building on Hyde Bridge makes for a suitably imposing address for the Yeats Society. On the first floor, a gallery hosts a rotating exhibition of contemporary art. In addition, the Yeats International Summer School is conducted here every August, and in 2014 celebrated its 55th School. A permanent photographic exhibition, "Yeats and his Circle," is on display and can

be viewed along with a 15-minute film as well as a digital slideshow, "The Yeats Country." Ask to see Cast a Cold Eye, a film about Yeats seen through the eyes of his son, daughter, and various literary figures. The Yeats Poetry Circle meets on Wednesday morning while the Poet's Parlor come together on the last Thursday of each month to foster an appreciation of Irish poetry. A new generation is also keeping the flame alive: Young Yeats, founded in 2013, meets on Wednesday afternoon. Research scholars can explore the Yeats Reference Library which has more than 3,000 titles. On the ground floor, drink in the essence of the great man at the delightful Lily's & Lolly's Café, re-dedicated in 2013 in honor of Yeats' sisters. Across the street is Rowan Gillespie's photo-worthy sculpture of the poet, draped in a flowing coat overlaid with excerpts from his work. It was unveiled in 1989 by Michael Yeats, W. B.'s son, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his father's death.

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Sight Information

Address:

Hyde Bridge, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Phone:

071-914–2693;

Sight Details:

  • €2
  • Weekdays 10–5, Sat. 10–2

Updated 04/28/2014

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