60th YISS Poetry Project






60th Yeats International Summer School 2019

By William Butler Yeats

To honour each day of the 60th Summer School we would like to share 9 poems by WB Yeats, picked by:

- President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins
- Caitríona Yeats, Patron to the Summer School
- Professor Lauren Arrington, Director of the 60th Summer School 2019
- An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
- Professor Matthew Campbell, Director of the 60th Summer School 2019

- Marie Heaney, wife to the late Seamus Heaney
- Professor Helen Vendler, literary critic
- Professor Margaret Harper, former director of the Summer School
- Professor Paul Muldoon, Irish poet











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