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Irish Ferries Remembers Yeats

Irish Ferries has created a seven-night holiday to Ireland’s north-west to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the poet and statesman WB Yeats, born 13 June 1865.

The self-drive itinerary enables enthusiasts to visit sites in County Sligo – the poet’s childhood and spiritual home – and parts of County Galway where he holidayed, honeymooned, and where his influential friend Lady Gregory lived.

The tour starts with a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin to visit the Dublin Writers’ Museum, or take in a performance at the Abbey Theatre (founded by Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904) before spending the night at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. It then heads to County Sligo on day two and, during a three-night stay at the Sligo Park Hotel, offers opportunities to visit the County Museum’s permanent Yeats exhibition, the Yeats Memorial Building (which is the headquarters of the Yeats Society) and to discover the beautiful countryside that inspired the poet: Lough Gill, upon which lies the ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’, the mountain of Ben Bulben, and in its shadow, the churchyard of Drumcliffe where Yeats is buried.

Yeats spent his honeymoon on the Connemara coast, at Renvyle House, which is now one of Ireland’s most welcoming hotels. This is a great base for the next three nights, visiting Yeats-related sites in County Galway and relaxing beside the Atlantic, before returning to Dublin for the ferry home.

The package, which includes seven nights’ bed and breakfast in a double/twin room in four-star hotels and return cruise ferry crossings for a car and two people, costs between £359 and £539 per person this summer, depending on travel dates. Entrance fees to places of interest are not included.

Yeats2015.com has details of every celebratory event in Sligo, Galway and across Ireland throughout the year, which range from poetry readings and theatre to recitals and art exhibitions.

Go to: www.irishferries.com/holidays

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Date Published:
22nd June 2015


David Betterton
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