An internationally renowned poet and playwright, WB Yeats received the Nobel Prize for Literature in December 1923, the first Irish man to do so. His love of places in the West of Ireland, Sligo and Galway in particular, featured regularly in his poetry.

Key annual events celebrating WB’s connection to the West of Ireland include Yeats Day on June 13th (WB Yeats’ Birthday), the annual Yeats Summer School in Sligo, and widespread literary, academic and poetry events throughout the year.

In 2015 the world celebrated the 150th WB’s birthday in a year-long celebration funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the national decade of commemorations initiative. Visit yeats2015.com for more.

Yeats News

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Minister launches new Yeats Academy at IT Sligo

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Conner T.D., officially launched IT Sligo’s new Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture…
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Tower Of Song: From Leonard Cohen To Arcade Fire And Beyond - Yeats' Influence On Modern Music

The finest verse, according to W.B. Yeats was one which filled the reader with the urge to read it out loud. Inspired by the oral tradition of the ancient…
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10 Things You Didn't Know About WB Yeats

Every Irish person will have come across the work of William Butler Yeats in school but here are 10 things your teachers may not have told you. 1.Yeats…
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Arise and Go – Viral for Yeats Day Sligo

The social media world is set to be blitzed from Sligo with some of Ireland’s greatest poetry and literature on June 13th, Yeats Day, the Birthday of…
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Yeats County Tour, Route 2: From the hills above Glencar to under bare Ben Bulben’s head

From From the hills above Glen-Car to under bare Ben Bulben’s head: What could Yeats' expect to discover on a contemporary journey through his favourite…
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Yeats County Tour, Route 1: From Humming Sea to Lake Water Lapping

From Humming Sea to Lake Water Lapping. What could Yeats' expect to discover on a contemporary journey through his favourite Sligo haunts? Join us for…
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Top 10 Things to do in Co Galway

A large county with attitude to match, Galway has too much to offer; this incredible county and its city are some of the most visited places in Ireland.…

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Yeats Events

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The Keeper; To have and to hold

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection, The Model proudly presents a major exhibition that considers art collections as living…

Jack Butler Yeats; A Broadside

The Model is delighted to present an exhibition of A Broadside, a publication edited by Jack B. Yeats and published by Dun Emer and Cuala Press each month…
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Invitation to Studio opening at Thoor Ballylee

The Studio at Thoor Ballylee A new space for making and thinking You are warmly invited to the opening of The Studio at Thoor Ballylee. Sunday 28th…
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iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 now open

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 is now open for entries! Hosted by Hawk’s Well Theatre since 2009, the annual event has won a prestigious…
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Yeats Day 2019 - Sligo

William Butler Yeats is a world-renowned poet and dramatist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. He always acknowledged the inspiration he drew…
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Yeats International Summer School 2019

In 2019, the 60th Yeats International Summer School will take place in Sligo between 25th July - 2nd August. Directors Professor Matthew Campbell and…