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Yeats Memorial Building

  • Library/Archive

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

The Yeats Society made major updates to its imposing memorial building on Hyde Bridge in 2018, reinventing the displays for a fresh new experience. A stylish permanent exhibition, Yeats and the Western World, honors the poet, providing an insight into the influence that both the Irish west and North America played in W.B. Yeats's life and work. The poet visited Canada and the United States on four occasions, lunching with President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington and speaking to members of the Press Club, Authors' Club, and the Arts Club. The exhibition also features a mock-up of an Edwardian drawing room, including the desk owned by the Yeatses' sister Elizabeth, known as Lolly.

The society remains an active hub for lectures, poetry readings, discussion, and literary events, and is home to the Yeats International Summer School conducted here every August since 1959. On the first floor, a gallery hosts a rotating exhibition of contemporary art. 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, rededicated in honor of the Yeats sisters, or dine alfresco at tables overlooking the River Garavogue.

Sight Information

Address:

Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Phone:

071-914–2693

Sight Details:

  • €3
  • Closed Sun.

Published 01/20/2010

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