Mr Yeats’ Visit To Killala 2018 – 10th Nov 2018

Killala Remembers its WW1 Dead

Mr Yeats’ Visit To Killala - Killala Remembers its WW1 Dead

Mr Yeats returns to Killala in November for another in this series of community heritage events.  The highly successful Mr Yeats’ Visit To Killala events celebrate the influence that Killala, its people and events had on William Butler Yeats, most notably as inspiration for his play ‘Cathleen Ni Houlihan’, set in 1798 Killala.

This year, on Saturday 10th November – the eve of Armistice Day centenary commemorations – WB Yeats’ World War 1 poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ is the starting point for a programme of music, song and original arts commemorating the 22 young men of Killala who died while fighting the Great War.  It takes place in Killala Community Centre at 8pm on  Saturday, 10 November.  The lives of the 22 soldiers will be at the heart of the commemorative programme at this year’s Mr Yeats’ Visit To Killala event, with their stories researched and brought to life, both in the context of the community and homeplace they left behind and in the context of their experiences at war.

Community Call-Out

The call is out for Killala’s community to get involved – most importantly, in discovering the stories of the WW1 fallen, performing on the night or behind the scenes.  In the lead up to the commemorations, a community showcase will take place on MidWest Radio – live from Killala – exploring the lives of Killala’s 22 fallen men and the process of discovery involved in unearthing their stories.

In 2016, Mr Yeats commemorated 1916, and in particular the role played by Killala’s Kathleen Lynn, and recognising the powerful legacy those commemorations had in Mayo and Killala in particular, it is hoped to deliver a similar legacy impact with this event, shining some light on Killala’s fallen young men of WW1 and their stories.

Mr Yeats’ Visit To Killala – more information and tickets

Full details of the event and the research involved are available at  or follow the Facebook page.

Tickets for the evening will be available online and from Killala Community Centre (adults €10, children €5).

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