Whether you’re a writer, poet, academic, Summer School attendee, reader, member or visitor to our Sligo centre, Yeats is part of Ireland’s DNA. His poems have shaped our nation’s literary tradition.

But right now, over 100 years of Yeats’ literary legacy is under threat. We must raise €100,000 by August to Save Yeats Society Sligo.

Yeats Society Sligo’s income has taken an unprecedented hit during the pandemic. Our centre was forced to close its doors and while we had reserves to see us through one year of closures, we now urgently need to raise €100,000 in the next two months to remain open.

Your gift can keep Yeats’ spirit alive for future generations. Follow our progress on our go fund me page .


What will the €100K pay for?

The €100k will keep the Society running from October 2021 to December 2022, and covers our core costs: heating, light, insurance, maintenance and key staff – just about! During that time, we will be working to enhance visitors’ first-hand experience of Sligo and the centre – masterclasses, poetry afternoon teas, poetry weddings, classes for primary school children and bespoke weekend tours. And we want to begin planning for the centenary of Yeats’ Nobel Prize in 1923.

Are you currently funded by the government?

We are not core funded by the State in any way. We greatly appreciated some of the Covid supports, but we are one of the few cultural institutions that have never been core funded by the State. We do get some project funding but this does NOT include any core costs – all must go to the project. It’s of course valuable to have this funding, but we can’t run projects if we are closed!

Why do you need public support?

Our members and private donors have risen to this challenge, and have already pledged funding for this emergency. But we still need public support to raise the full amount. The Yeatsian legacy belongs to the world, not to Sligo or Ireland or any one group alone: to be here for the public after September this year, we need your support.

Yeats Society Sligo is very grateful to the donations it receives. The generous donations assist us to open the building, to offer an exhibition for visitors and to facilitate a variety of cultural events, including music performance, drama, writing classes and language classes.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Yeats Society Sligo.

If you would like to make a donation please use the PayPal button here or contact us at info@yeatssociety.com

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