The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School

General Information


The Yeats Memorial Building

The Yeats Memorial Building is centrally located on Hyde Bridge, in Sligo Town Centre. This beautiful building is the home of the Yeats Society, Sligo, and was donated to the Yeats Society by the AIB Bank in 1973.

Available in this literary centre are:

The Yeats International Summer School

Now in its 55th year the Yeats International Summer School brings students and professors from every country and continent of the world to Sligo for a two week cultural and literary experience.

Yeats and his Circle

An audio visual exhibition on the life of William Butler Yeats and his contemporaries.

The Yeats Reference Library

This includes over 3,000 titles and 54 years of audio-visual archive which is available to scholars for research purposes.

The Yeats Art Gallery

The Gallery open to the public all year round for local, national and international exhibitions.

Yeats Poetry Circle and Poet’s Parlour

From September to May the weekly Yeats Poetry Circle (Wednesdays 10.30am) and monthly Poet’s Parlour (last Thursday of the Month, 8.00pm) fosters an appreciation of poetry, especially Irish poetry.

Young Yeats

Founded in 2013, Young Yeats meets every Wednesday from 4.00pm - 5.00pm. We look forward to welcoming you.

Yeats Exhibition

"Yeats and Sligo - both so easy to appreciate here"

Bronwyn Davies - New Zealand, 19th April 2001

In the relaxing surroundings of the elegant Victorian Hall, take a tour of the life of W. B. Yeats.

The Yeats exhibition comprises of a large phographic and static panel display and includes the esteemed Carey film, "Yeats Country". The exhibition outlines for visitors the Yeats family geneology, the people and places which were a major influence on the life and career of W. B. Yeats, the man as well as the poet.

Exhibition is open Mon-Fri 10am-5.00pm

Film Showing at the W.B. Yeats Exhibition

Ask to see "Cast a Cold Eye", a view of W.B. Yeats through the eyes of his son and daughter, Michael and Anne, with comments by Seamus Heaney and other literary figures. Over an hour's programme outlining the life and achievements of the poet.

Yeats Heritage Objects on Display

Four important heritage objects relating to the life of W. B. Yeats are on display at the Yeats Society Sligo. These prestigious items include original manuscript drafts of the poems 'Day and Night' and 'Crazy Jane meets the Bishop' by W. B. Yeats; and the Death Mask of John Butler Yeats.

Lily's & Lolly's Cafe

Lily's & Lolly's Cafe operates as part of the Yeats Memorial Building facilities. It offers Breakfast, Morning Teas and Coffees with hot scones or light snacks. Lunches and snacks are available in the cosy cafe or in the outdoor dining area overlooking the rushing waters of the Garavogue River! Groups are catered for by prior arrangement. Contact (087) 166 2266.