Our site houses a 14th century Norman Tower House that became the home of Nobel Laureate for literature WB Yeats. This tower was where he and his family lived in the 1920s. Here, he conceived and wrote such major works as The Tower and The Winding Stair. The Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society work with Spot-li.eu has allowed us to develop not only a strong profile for our site but to begin to build awareness of the significance literature has had in the region since the sixth century. By highlighting the other important literary locations close by we could encourage slow tourism, where a visitor can immerse themselves in the literary landscape that inspired so many over the centuries. The visitor would not just visit Thoor Ballylee, but gain an understanding of how the written word played such an important part of the culture. We have produced five videos:
- An Introduction to WB Yeats & His Home at Thoor Ballylee Gort, Co Galway.
- Coole Park Galway: Lady Gregory and the Celtic Literary Revival.
- Doorus House: Birthplace of the Abbey Theatre.
- Kiltartan Museum: Lady Gregory, Yeats and Raftery.
- The Flaggy Shore, County Clare.
By bringing Literary tourism in a connected approach through the Spot-lit.eu project, we are able to strengthen the economy of our businesses, via hotel stays, restaurant and cafés and other sites of interest for tourists. We hope you enjoy the videos and would love to welcome you in person to our amazing and inspiring landscape.