WB Yeats always acknowledged the inspiration he drew from his beloved Sligo landscape across five decades of his writing. In 2019 Yeats Society Sligo produced a short film ‘To Paradise’ that celebrates some of Nobel Poet WB Yeats’ most beautiful poems and their links with Sligo – his spiritual home.
You may also like to see our recommendations of Yeats sites to visit in Sligo: YEATS IN SLIGO
Yeats Society Sligo
Yeats, Sligo & Me
Set in contemporary Sligo and using lines from Yeats’ poetry the film depicts modern Sligo, where Yeats’ legacy is firmly ingrained in the people and place.
“…for peace comes dropping slow..”
A film by Lisa Vandegrift Davala. Commissioned by Sligo County Council.
In 1888 the young William Butler Yeats wrote ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, a yearning incantation of his youth spent in County Sligo near the Atlantic coast in the northwest of Ireland. Artist and Director Lisa Vandegrift Davala, lives near this island. In her film, the words “…for peace comes dropping slow…” from Yeats’ poem have been re-enacted in light across the landscape of this region of Ireland. The three locations used in the film are stunningly beautiful icons of Celtic mystery. Earth, cultural memory and identity merge in light and landscape imagery with the film score’s Gaelic incantations sung by the international legend of Irish music; Seamie O’Dowd.