Film highlights Sligo and its connection with Nobel Prize-winning poet WB Yeats to potential visitors around the world
A new online film, specially created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, was unveiled at the launch of the Yeats Day programme for 2015.
Tourism Ireland supported the production of the short film featuring Irish-born actor Sir Michael Gambon reading Yeats’ poem The Song of Wandering Aengus. This year marks 150 years since the birth of world-renowned poet and Nobel laureate, WB Yeats.
The short film highlights Yeats’ special connection with Sligo and features wonderful images of this part of Ireland – including the spectacular Ben Bulben – giving people everywhere a flavour of what to expect when they visit. It is directed by well-known Irish director Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s central marketing director, said: “The events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats provide a wonderful hook for Tourism Ireland to highlight Sligo and Ireland around the world. Our world-renowned literature excites many of our potential visitors who want to experience something of Ireland’s culture while they are here. We are therefore taking every opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Yeats2015 programme – leveraging the tourism benefits of the anniversary and showcasing the island of Ireland and the North West as a destination with a rich literary heritage.”
Ian Brannigan, CEO and head of regional development, Western Development Commission: ”From the hazel wood to Hollywood we think WB would have been pleased to see his words accompanied in such a sympathetic manner. Our hope is that this piece provides a gateway to the great man’s work for a whole new generation. As such, the WDC is proud to be associated with the Yeats2015 commemoration.”