Yeats Memorial Building

Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo

Yeats Memorial Building
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Poopy7
London, UK27 contributions
Great exhibition
Aug 2021
Wonderful warm welcome from a lady who was very attentive and informative. The exhibition was great, but it's just one room and I guess we wondered why Sligo hasn't created something bigger for its most celebrated son. Perhaps something along the lines of Seamus Heaney's HomePlace. We spent an hour here, but could have put a lot more time in, given the subject matter. We're sure there'd be incredible interest in an even bigger version of what's here. We liked the excellent app with walking routes around Sligo.

It's shocking that the Yeats Society now has to crowd fund to keep this much loved building open.
Written 23 August 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,618 contributions
The Second Coming
Jul 2019
WB Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the most significant poets of the 20th century. The Memorial Building was once owned by the Bank of Belfast and later the Royal Bank of Ireland, which, in 1973, donated it as the Yeats Memorial Building. It's small, but it's crammed full of information and the guides are always eager to help. There's a small newly-opened cafe to refresh visitors. Yeats was a leading Modernist poet, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. His best known poem is "The Second Coming," Yeats reaction to the chaos in Europe following World War I "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere the ceremony of innocense is drowned." Sligo was much-loved by Yeats, it's a medieval tiown ffull of narrow twisting streets.
Written 6 November 2019
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Jason S
Frederick, MD329 contributions
Great compact museum with knowledgeable docents
Sep 2019 • Couples
We had a such a great time at the Yeats Memorial Building. Our docent spent a good 45 minutes with us discussing W.B. Yeats after finding out just how much we knew. He was informative and interesting weaving history in with the lives of the Yeats family. Brought it more to life for us.
Written 23 September 2019
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Matthew Wright
20 contributions
For those interested in the great writer
May 2019 • Couples
A small exhibition but full of interesting facts and the history of W.B.Yeats. Well set out and including a fascinating short film, only recently unearthed, of the writer's funeral. The attendant was particularly helpful and informative. A small tea rooms sold delicious food, at reasonable prices.
Written 2 July 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,329 contributions
Tiny Exhibit But Interesting Nonetheless and Well Presented
Apr 2019 • Solo
I stopped in to see the small Yeats Museum in the memorial house in Sligo having already visited his grave in nearby Drumcliff. It's a small exhibition and very, very interesting. Panels and curios detail his private and literary life and tines including his friendship with Constance Gore Booth/Markiewicz.
The lady on the cash desk gave loads of information and her passion for Yeats work was obvious.
A very enjoyable stop.
Written 7 April 2019
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,618 contributions
On Yeats' home turf
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Yeats' building is quite attractive. If you are prepared to look around, you will find out some things you may not have known about Yeats, who was Ireland's first Nobel Prize winner in literature (1923) Although the display is small, the entry fee is not excessive - 3 euros. Yeats was very attached to Sligo.
Written 10 September 2018
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Fiona V
Belfast, UK68 contributions
Interesting experience
Mar 2018 • Family
On arrival at the Yeats Memorial Building, we were a bit confused at the minimal exhibition. We had a look around the gallery upstairs and were about to leave when a lovely gentleman asked us if we were visitors to the area and were we interested in Yeats. He unlocked a door to an additional room and shared fascinating information about not just WB but Jack and his sisters. He was interesting and funny and I came away with a lot more knowledge about Yeats and his family. He really made our visit and gave us several recommendations for other places to visit in Sligo. Thank you so much for your time and interesting tour.
Written 31 March 2018
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Vivien R
Berlin, Germany41 contributions
Unexpectedly wonderful!
Mar 2018 • Solo
Just went by and thought “give it try”.
Didn’t expect very much from this very small exhibition, but then an elderly very nice man (owner? Managing Director?) offered me a private “tour” with a little more information than were written on some charts...
I was very pleased to meet this guy and enjoyed it very much there!
Written 16 March 2018
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Amar K
Singapore, Singapore330 contributions
Underwhelming.
Jun 2017 • Solo
I expected much more than a few family photos and some poems framed in the wall. Disappointing. Yeats, it seems, is being held up more as a tourist attraction than a beloved poet. I wonder what he would have thought...

I didn't try the cafe. Don't think it has any actual connection with Yeats.
Written 15 June 2017
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micyer
Dripping Springs, TX1,000 contributions
WHAT SAY WE MEET AT YEATES?
Aug 2016 • Couples
The museum was closed, but we had a nice lunch at the cafe there. Good soup and desserts. A good
Oasis in a sea of wet people, dodging the just arrived rain storm.
Written 7 August 2016
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