The Northwest Sights



Yeats Memorial Building

Yeats Memorial Building Review

Set atop the stone Hyde Bridge, this structure 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 will celebrate 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 slide show installed in 2013, "The Yeats Country." The Poetry Circle meets on Wednesday morning to discuss the muse while the Poets Parlor meets monthly on a Monday to encourage aspiring scribes. On the ground floor, drop in to the delightful Lily's Café. 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Hyde Bridge, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
  • Phone: 071/914–2693
  • Cost: €2
  • Hours: Weekdays 10–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Sligo Town
Updated: 04-10-2013

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