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Thoor Ballylee in Gort has been closed for the past two years. Photograph by John Kelly.

Thoor Ballylea to reopen on East Saturday


THE Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society will reopen the doors to one of south Galway’s premier attractions, after a two-year closure, on Easter Saturday, April 16.

Plenty of work has been going on behind the scenes at Thoor Ballylee during these challenging two years – on the thatch, the mill, and most recently, on the Tower during the spring clean-up.

“We wish to thank our many helpers, contractors, and volunteers who are primed and ready, and excited to welcome you back,” said a spokesperson for the society.

In the run up to the spring reopening, the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society is premiering a series of short new films about WB Yeats and Galway.

These short films highlight places in County Galway that were important to Yeats and that feature in some of his finest poems, from ‘The Tower’ to ‘Coole and Ballylee 1931’.

“Working with the Spot-lit programme for literary tourism, the society has been grateful to benefit from their expertise, funding, and input from some crack producers and content creators,” said the spokesperson.

“These films are designed to attract audiences near and far to the delights of Galway and help bring visitors to Thoor Ballylee and the many other important sites in our region.

“They are accessible from our website, and highlight the importance of the Tower as well as the Society’s work in “Spreading the News” about the literary connections of Yeats in the West of Ireland and beyond.”

If you would like to keep informed regarding future events and programmes, you can follow the society at its website or on the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society page on Facebook.

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