When All Is Ruin Once Again

‘Ballyphallus, Yeats’s phallic symbol on the bogs.’

- Ezra Pound

Thoor Ballylee, the Hiberno–Norman towerhouse near Gort in Galway, bought by WB Yeats in 1917 for his new wife George Hyde–Lees, was where Yeats wrote some of his best work. He wrote of it: ‘Everything is so beautiful that to go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind.’

Professor Roy Foster, acclaimed biographer of Yeats, will talk about his favourite dwelling.

Chair: Dr, Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway.

Visiting Thoor Ballylee

Thoor Ballylee is open to visitors as a cultural and educational centre. Visit the website here.