W B Yeats and Corcomroe:
Yeats lived in many locations within Ireland, England and France during the course of his life, and he also came to visit Lady Augusta Gregory at her home in Coole Park, Gort, County Galway. While at Coole Park he would also visit her summer-home, Mount Vernon on The Flaggy Shore in the Burren district, which is adjacent to Corcomroe Abbey.
His play, Dreaming of the Bones was composed during 1917, following a visit to the Abbey. Yeats had become immersed within the creation of a new Gaelic culture, which may be seen through his establishment of The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre with Lady Gregory and others in 1904 –
The little narrow trodden way that runs
From the white road to the abbey of Corcomroe
Is covered up; and all about the hills
Are like a circle of agate or of jade.
Somewhere among great rocks on the scarce grass
Birds cry, they cry their loneliness,
Even the sunshine can be lonely here,
Even hot noon is lonely
Both Yeats and Lady Gregory focused on the riches of the Gaelic past, which could inspire others to develop new possibilities towards a brighter future, within Ireland. He also wondered if some of his poetry, had contributed to the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
While Yeats died in France, some ten years later his body was returned to Sligo and buried in Drumcliffe cemetery, overlooked by the ever-present Ben Bulben mountain, which appears regularly within his correspondence.
This week, Yeats’ grave at Drumcliffe will receive a royal visitor, Prince Charles.
While this is a Clan website spanning the lives of members worldwide, it often refers back to our Irish roots and the cultural surrounds of our forebears, like the poetry of Yeats. You may therefore be interested in a new link to Irish culture http://www.culturalheritageireland.ie which has been included in the Links page.
Ack. Alice Boughton, Carmel Jordan, Katharine Lochnan, Linda Rzoska