Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, Gort

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Thoor Ballylee Castle is a fortified, 15th century Hiberno-Norman tower house built by the septs de Burgo, or Burke, near the town of Gort in County Galway, Ireland. It is also known as Yeats' Tower because it was once owned and inhabited by the poet William Butler Yeats.HistoryThe castle was built in the 15th century and originally formed part of the huge estates of the Earls of Clanrickarde, from the de Burgo or Burke family.The nearby four-arched bridge dates to around 1825. In 1837, the Carrig family was recorded as living in the castle. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Patrick Carrick was leasing a herd's house, castle and land at Ballylee, barony of Kiltartan, from William Henry Gregory. At the time, the property was valued at £5.In the early 1900s, the castle/tower was still owned by the Gregory family and became part of nearby Coole Estate, home of Lady Augusta Gregory, Yeats’ lifelong friend. On the estate, Coole House, where Lady Gregory lived, was the centre for meetings for the Irish literary group, a group composed of a great number of preeminent figures of the day. Near this tower, in Coole Park, began the Irish Literary Revival.
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  • Thoor Ballylee is a fortified Norman tower house built by the de Burgo family near the town of Gort, Co Galway. It was also the home for a period in the 1920’s to poet and Nobel Laureate William Butle...  more »
  • There is a small car park here (free) making a visit easy. It is a short walk to the tower and cottage where Yeats and his wife lived. The tower can be visited for a modest fee (5 Euros). The facility...  more »
  • It was closed when I was visiting. But the landscape is outstanding .I hope to come back soon to have a full experience of the tower..  more »
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  • A magical place of inspiration for one of our best loved poets, W. B. Yeats in the early 20th c, and for visitors today in the 21st c. Lovely landscape of river and woodland, imposing castle and thatched house and beautiful birdsong morning and evening. Well worth a detour to visit Thoorballylee.
  • Nice place. Good bit from the main road. Good few parking spaces. Seeks tea and coffee
  • Lovely place, really enjoyed the coffee and brack which came free with our entrance fee.
  • Very interesting tribute to William Butler Yeats...well worth a visit...near Fort CO. Galway.
  • Very scenic. Plenty of parking .

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