Mr. Yeats Visit to Killala – Saturday 27th August 2016

An evening of poetry and song celebrating the influence of Killala on William Butler Yeats.

Mr Yeats visit to killala

Mr Yeats is returning to Killala, after a very successful first visit in 2015!

On Saturday 27th August 2016, Mr Yeats Visit to Killala returns as part of National Heritage Week, 2016. The event celebrates Killala’s connection to the iconic Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, and the influence of the town, people and local events on his life and works through music, poetry and song. This year, Mr Yeats Visit to Killala will mark WB Yeats’ involvement in the Gaelic Revival in Ireland, and will also commemorate the historic events of 1916.

The invasion of Ireland by General Humbert and his French troops near Killala in 1798 was made immortal by Yeats, in the first of his one-act plays, Cathleen Ní Houlihan.

Members of the Killala community – itself a heritage town – will share their favourite WB Yeats readings, with a host of local personalities, dignitaries and invited guests partaking in the event. The musical accompaniment is again provided courtesy of the very talented Lawlor School of Music, who will commemorate the fallen children of 1916.

Mr Yeats’ Visit to Killala takes place on Saturday 27 August at 8pm in the beautiful setting of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala.  Admission is free with donations to this year’s chosen charity Western Care.  Anyone wishing to take part in this event is very welcome.

More information on Mr Yeats Visit to Killala:


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William Butler Yeats is considered one of the greatest modern poets to come out of Ireland. He was a driving force of the Irish Literary Revival of the late 19th century, a founding member of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and Ireland’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.  

National Heritage Week takes place across Ireland from 20th – 28th August this week. A full list of Mayo events is available by clicking here

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