Yeats’ Tower, Thoor Ballylee, Re-Opens Amid 150th Birthday Celebrations

Yeats’ Tower, Thoor Ballylee, Re-Opens Amid 150th Birthday Celebrations












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“Everything is so beautiful that to go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind.”

Those are the words of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, referring to his summer home in the gentle countryside near Gort in Co. Galway. I went there recently to take part in the celebrations to re-open the tower to the public, timed to coincide with Yeats’ 150th birthday. I think Yeats summed it up perfectly with those words – the beauty of the tower and its setting is breathtaking at this time of year.

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6 Comments

  1. Geraldine Dunne

    June 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    My previous long comment disappeared but I need to comment on your wonderful gift of story telling along with brilliant sketches.i read your post while having my morning coffee in Connecticut but felt transported to Galway. Are you sure you didn’t study Literature and writing at University ? You said Science but you sure have a way with words. I love WBY and enjoyed your selections. Looking forward to your return posts.

    • Róisín Curé

      June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Geraldine you are too kind. Thank you so much. I try really hard to bring a scene to life for those who can’t be there. On-the-spot sketches are wonderful but I think there’s nothing to beat the two together! I wrote a Masters thesis in university (on geology) and I had a fantastic supervisor who insisted that every word had a very good reason to be there. I’d better go and thank him one of these days, he’d be delighted. Thanks again Geraldine!

  2. noella

    June 18, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Wonderful storytelling and paintings which transported me to that delightfully soft summer afternoon. For me the paintings actually made the scene come alive in a way that photos couldn’t have done….

    • Róisín Curé

      June 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Thank you Noella. I really believe that on-location sketches can do something that photos can’t do…if you even get the chance you really must visit in May or June!

  3. Alberto

    June 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    nice song and always great paintings!

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