In these unsettled times the cultural and historical life in Galway is thriving.
At Thoor Ballylee itself, while always abiding by government public health guidelines, work on rethatching the cottage, restoring the mill wheel and other ventures at continues apace, to be ready for visitors whenever they arrive. Updates and images follow in subsequent posts.
But there’s no better evidence than the wealth of films, drama adaptations, exhibitions and writings available online. But perhaps more than ever before local cultural happenings can make international waves. WB Yeats, himself a pioneer of radio broadcasting and treasuring the odd intimacies of long-distance technologies, would no doubt be one of the first to be involved. Here are just a few interesting recent and upcoming events and resources related to Yeats and associated authors like Augusta Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn. All are strongly connected to south Galway, and most are available in one way or another to audiences or readers online.
- WB Yeats (aged 21) by John Butler Yeats (currently featuring in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Drawing Inspiration).
- The Heather Field by Edward Martyn.
- Augusta Gregory, Queen of Coole.
- New York Gregory Exhibition.
- Roy Foster on Thoor Ballylee.