Yeats's Grave

Yeats's Grave, Drumcliff

Yeats's Grave
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Elaine Kennedy
508 contributions
Yes for Yeats.
Sep. 2021 • Friends
A must see and stop off when touring Sligo. There is a lovely cafe with seating outside if you are hungry. The grave itself simple blends in very understated was surprised, expected something more ornate. Gorgeous church to pop into. Nice to have a physical point to the past.
Written 11 September 2021
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Ciarrai2014
County Kildare, Ireland572 contributions
Worth a look
Aug. 2021 • Family
Not a lot to see but worth a look to see where this infamous poet lies. I find it inspiring visiting the resting place of people who have influenced history
Written 14 August 2021
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Of-my-chest
Cavan, Ireland53 contributions
Not much to it but if near have a look
Jul. 2021
Not much to it but worth stopping off at if your driving past. Download the drumcliff mobile app for the audio tour for around the site which can give you lots of information about the church and area surrounding.

There is a lovely cafe beside the church,I got the soup and it was lovely...The women behind the till in the cafe wouldn't blow you away with her customer service but might have had a bad day. The lady who served us the food was lovely.

We where here on a lovely day so where lucky with the weather so if there on a wet day...bring a good coat.
Written 19 July 2021
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Michael M
York, UK301 contributions
"Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!”
Sep. 2020
The elegant churchyard located at Drumcliffe in County Sligo is the final resting place of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. As fans of Yeats, we made the detour from Sligo town, north to Drumcliffe church, on a sunny September day. The remains of a round tower from the 11th century is found across the road from the church, where there was a Christian monastery founded by Saint Columcille (Columba) in 574.

The grave is unremarkable apart from a tasteful limestone headstone with the famous self-penned epitaph
"Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by”.

Yeats’ epitaph is the last stanza of his poem, ‘Under Ben Bulben’ and might be interpreted as an injunction not to take life too seriously. Indeed, Ben Bulben mountain is visible from where he’s buried. Afterwards, we enjoyed tea and pastries in the adjacent Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop.
Written 12 December 2020
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Mrs True Review
Cork, Ireland9 contributions
Yeat's Grave
Aug. 2020 • Couples
Lovely to visit.. A modest grave for a modest man. Easy to find and enough parking. Lovely craftshop and café nearby.
Written 3 September 2020
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The_Gilpins
Castlebar, Ireland1,119 contributions
Understated grave
Aug. 2020 • Family
A grave like any other.
If your in the area or passing through worth a visit.
Would probably have more meaning to a Yeats fan.
Written 23 August 2020
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ElleBi
Ireland787 contributions
Lovely place to visit
Aug. 2020 • Friends
Have visited this place several times now and would recommend it. Visit the grave, church if it’s open, lovely coffee shop here and gift shop also
Written 12 August 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,693 contributions
An ordinary grave
Aug. 2020
This is where poet Y. B. Yeats is buried. Common grave like any other. Yeats lived his life around Sligo county.
Written 10 August 2020
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binflynn1
Enniskillen, UK587 contributions
Horse man pass by
Jun. 2020
A grave that I think doesn’t represent the great poet that he was , in a lovely grave yard with its celtic crosses on the main road to Sligo ,worth a stop to say you visited the most renowned poet of Ireland , and to think how technology has moved forward since his death , not even a horse to be seen just speeding cars as and lorry’s .
Written 8 July 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,394 contributions
Simple marker for Ireland's pre-eminent poet
Jul. 2019
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is buried in St Columba's churchyard in County Sligo, where an ancestor was once rector. We almost missed the turn; there is a modest sign on the road as you drive north from Sligo city. Yeats' grave is simple, on it is an epitaph he penned himself: "Cast a cold Eye/ On life, on Death/ Horseman, passby!" Yeats was one of the preminent poets of the 20th century. Although Yates is regarded as a Modernist, his poetic forms are traditional and he was a master of rhyme and rhythm. Yeats was interested in Mysticism and studied Ireland's legendary past.. He is said to be a Symbolist for this reason. St Columba's is a quaint structure, it is an ancient parish of the Church of Ireland. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, the first Irishman to be bestowed with this honour.. The church has a cafe and a gift shop associated with it.
Written 22 November 2019
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