Having satisfied our thirst for the outdoors, by visiting the Gleniff Horseshoe, we decided to stop off in Drumcliffe on our way back to Sligo. Drumcliffe, or Drumcliff as it is written in some places, graveyard is a famous landmark in Sligo. As many of you may know, and those of you who didn´t have probably guessed from the title, Irish poet W.B. Yeats chose this peaceful place as his final resting place.
This stunning churchyard is located at the foot of the Benbulben mountain. The scenery there is striking, especially on a sunny day! Apart from the churchyard, and some gravestones, there is a lovely little tea house and craft shop located on the grounds. Just in case you feel a little hungry – the cakes did look amazing in the tea house! However, being celiac, I settled for just a coffee and a quick browse around the craft shop!
So, short and sweet, that was my trip to Drumcliffe. It´s a sweet little village. However, if it weren´t for W.B. Yeats, I feel that it would go unnoticed. If you plan on doing the Gleniff Horseshoe, then this makes a lovely little stop off: either on the way there or coming back. Especially if you feel like a slice of cake and a warm cup of tea!
I’m going to leave you now with a poem from W.B. Yeats about Drumcliffe. Along with a few photos, unfortunately, due to storage problems on my camera, I have lost most of the photos that I took here that day. Hopefully, though, from the few I managed to retrieve from Facebook (thank god I decided to upload while I was there), you will get a feel for the place.
“Under bare Benbulben´s head
In Drumcliffe churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was the rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross
No marble, no conventional phrase,
One limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, On death
Horseman, pass by!”
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That´s it for today´s post. I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventure. Stay tuned for tomorrow´s post.
Hope you all are having a great day.
Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.
2 thoughts on “Rediscovering Ireland: The Grave of William Butler Yeats, Drumcliffe.”
I enjoyed your post, Giana, and those swans on the church door are so beautiful. 🙂
Delighted you enjoyed it, Sylvia. I thought the swans were so beautiful also. Just in the process of getting the next one together, I think you may like it. Hopefully it´ll be up before I go to work but if not then once I get back! Have a great day, Sylvia.:)