60th YISS Poetry Project






Sixteen Dead Men

By William Butler Yeats

Chosen by John Mullaney, Mullaney Brothers, O'Connell Street, Sligo



Sixteen Dead Men

O but we talked at large before

The sixteen men were shot,

But who can talk of give and take,

What should be and what not

While those dead men are loitering there

To stir the boiling pot?



You say that we should still the land

Till Germany’s overcome;

But who is there to argue that

Now Pearse is deaf and dumb?

And is their logic to outweigh

MacDonagh’s bony thumb?



How could you dream they’d listen

That have an ear alone

For those new comrades they have found,

Lord Edward and Wolfe Tone,

Or meddle with our give and take

That converse bone to bone?



Week 1: Alice Lyons, Poet-in-Residence, poetry
Poem - 'The Circus Animals' Desertion' by WB Yeats

Week 2: Stella Mew, Yeats scholar and former CEO of Yeats Society Sligo
Poem - 'Sailing to Byzantium' by WB Yeats

Week 3: Kevin Connolly; Author 'Yeats and Sligo'
Poem - 'On a Political Prisoner' by WB Yeats

Week 4: Martin Enright, Honorary President of Yeats Society Sligo
Poem - 'The Wild Swans at Coole' by WB Yeats

Week 5: Auriel Robinson, Director of Sligo-based heritage trails company Seatrails
Poem - 'September 1913' by WB Yeats

Week 6: Warwick Gould, Emeritus Professor, University of London
Poem - 'Mohini Chatterjee' by WB Yeats

Week 7: Marian Richardson, RTÉ Radio Broadcaster, Series Producer and Presenter of Playback
Poem - 'In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz' by WB Yeats

Week 8: Rosaleen O'Grady, Mayor Municipal District Sligo
Poem - 'Broken Dreams' by WB Yeats

Week 9: Professor Frank McGuinness, UCD poet and playwright
Poem - 'Prayer for My Son' by WB Yeats

Week 10: Yeats Society Sligo Director, Susan O'Keeffe
Poem - 'Adam's Curse' by WB Yeats

Week 11: Robert Fitzpatrick & the Fitzpatrick family - in memory of their mother Joan
Poem - 'The Fiddler of Dooney' by WB Yeats

Week 12: Eileen Magnier, RTÉ North West Correspondent
Poem - 'Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven' by WB Yeats

Week 13: Una Mannion, lecturer in Performing Arts and Chair of the new Writing and Literature BA at IT Sligo
Poem - 'The Song of Wandering Aengus' by WB Yeats

Week 14: Deaglán de Bréadún - author, journalist and former Yeats Summer School student
Poem - 'A Prayer for my Daughter' by WB Yeats

Week 15: Emer McGarry, Acting Director, The Model, Sligo
Poem - 'The Second Coming' by WB Yeats

Week 16: Maura McTighe, former President of Yeats Society Sligo
Poem - 'Sailing to Byzantium' by WB Yeats

Week 17: Peter Fallon, poet and editor and member of Aosdána. He founded Ireland's pre-eminent literary publishing house, The Gallery Press, in 1969
Poem - 'Politics' by WB Yeats

Week 18: Chosen by Professor Seán Golden, academic advisor to the board of Yeats Society Sligo. Seán is - now retired - a professor at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Poem - 'Man And The Echo' by WB Yeats

Week 19: Chosen by Gerald Dawe, author of a new collection of poetry, 'The Last Peacock' from The Gallery Press.
Poem - from 'Vacillation' by WB Yeats

Week 20: Chosen by Eily Kilgannon, Eily Kilgallon School of Speech & Drama
Poem - from 'Under Ben Bulben' by WB Yeats

Week 21: Chosen by Maureen Kennelly, director, Poetry Ireland. Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann connects people and poetry. We are committed to achieving excellence in the reading, writing and performance of poetry throughout the island of Ireland.
Poem - 'No Second Troy' by WB Yeats

Week 22: Chosen by Joseph M Hassett, Washington lawyer, author of W.B. Yeats and the Muses, first attended the Yeats Summer School in 1963.
Poem - 'The Cold Heaven' by WB Yeats

Week 23: Chosen by Marie O'Byrne, Director of Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
Poem - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by WB Yeats

Week 24: Chosen by Michael Quirke, Woodcarver and Storyteller, Wine Street, Sligo
Poem - 'IV There' from Supernatural Songs 1934, by WB Yeats

Week 25: Chosen by John Mullaney, Mullaney Brothers, O'Connell Street, Sligo
Poem - 'Sixteen Dead Men' by WB Yeats