Literary ToursSligoWild Atlantic Way

Ben Bulben & Yeats Grave

Sight seeing in Co. Sligo today on the west coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic way…stopped for lunch in Rosses point at Sligo Yaughting Club, healthy and organic food and coffee.

Not far away is the magnificence, the table top mountain ;Ben Bulben.

It has caught and has enhanced the creativity of many, including our own writer WB Yeats.


Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid,
An ancestor was rector there


Long years ago; a church stands near,
By the road an ancient Cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase,
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

WB Yeats died on the Cote d’Azur in January 1939, but it was almost a decade later before his body was brought back to Ireland for burial, mainly because of the second World War. His remains had to be recovered from an ossuary in the French cemetery as they had been removed from the original, temporary grave at Roquebrune… he was

brought by motor hearse from Galway, and was met at the borough of Sligo by the mayor and corporation of the city.

While the procession halted the Mayor M Rooney, said: “On behalf of the people of Sligo I pay this sincere tribute to the memory of one whose genius was inspired by the lakes and mountains of our countryside, and whose poetry has given the name of Sligo a place in the literature of the world – William Butler Yeats.”

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