Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, Gort

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3.5/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
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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  • After many, many visits to the Tower, we eventually got to have a 'lovely cup of tea and home made bread' with Toni, the volunteer staff member who was there on the day we called. She was so, so helpf...  read more »
  • We had not planned on visiting this site but stumbled on it late in the afternoon. No one was there except for us and the docent - a lovely woman named Toni who gave us a personal tour, a cup of tea a...  read more »
  • We visited Thoor ( Tower) Ballylee as part of our trip around Yeats country in South Galway. The Tower is located a few miles off the N18 Galway - Limerick road. The tower was originally a Norman watc...  read more »
  • It doesn't seem to be open at the moment and the area around the tower is a little rough in the aftermath of the recent flooding in the area. But it's still a beautifully peaceful area to wander about.
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