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.