The Nora Niland lecture is hosted annually by Yeats Society Sligo as part of the Yeats Day celebrations, on the poet’s birthday, June 13th.
Nora was a founding member of Yeats Society Sligo in 1960. She worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Sligo to extend and grow the cultural realm, particularly in her efforts to acquire a unique collection of Irish art. Her foresight delivered a unique collection of paintings, held in trust at The Model, Sligo.
The annual talk marks her contribution and her generosity and the impact she made on Sligo culture.
The 2023 talk was delivered by Eily Kilgannon, who has had a lifelong love of the work of WB Yeats. Among many things, Eily has delivered drama classes to young people for many years, sharing her love of culture, poetry and drama with so many young people from Sligo and beyond.