"Yearts Country" Drumcliff by MAIGO

Drumcliff Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 29 photos

Ben Bulben

To the north of the Drumcliffe village,
Ben Bulben 517m flattopped hill.

W B Years (Irish poet) as aschool boy in London,
longed for his native Sligo,
and as an adult he often returned here.
He lovingly describes the county in his Reveries over Childhood
and youth, his portry "In a sence", Yeats said,
" Sligo has always been my home".

His gravestone

W B Yearts (1865-1939) was buried in 1948, having died at Roquebrune
in the south of France, his grave is just north of the porch.
He wished to be buried the foot of Ben Bulben.
The inscription which he himself composed,

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death:
Horseman, pass by !

High Cross and Round Tower

There is a 10thC High Cross and a stump remains
of a round tower in the churchyard.
The grandfather of Yeats was for many years the parish
priest here.

  • Last visit to Drumcliff: Jun 1995
  • Intro Updated Jul 7, 2007
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2007 at 4:01 AM

    Great page on Drumcliff. Glad to see another Yeats fan here. There's a lovely Yeats poem called Stolen Child which mentions lots of scenic places around Sligo, some of which you may have seen.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    an interesting page bringing back great memories !

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Yeats is one of my favourite poets = I see you saw some Irish mist & the donkeys are adorable = nice page!!

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