Saturday, October 08, 2016

Coole Park and Thoor Ballylee

Lady Augusta Gregory, was a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre as well as a writer, playwright and patron of the arts. Her home at Coole Park was the summer (and other seasons) home for William Butler Yeats; and it served as a kind of Headquarters for the many artists and writers who were part of the Irish  Literary Revival.

Nearby Thoor Ballylee, a fourteenth-century Hiberno-Norman Tower, was restored by Yeats and is rightfully regarded as "the most important building in Ireland" by fellow poet Seamus Heaney.

The Tower closes for the winter on October 15; that evening the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society host a Poetry Slam in the home of W.B. Yeats. Details can be found at

Both of these iconic locations are likely candidates for an 'unscheduled f-stop' on the drive up from Shannon to Westport on Tuesday.

From The [not so] Daily Nocturne

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