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Mr. Yeats visit to Killala - a retrospective exhibition celebrating Killala's connection to W.B. Yeats (Ballina Library)

Date(s): 16th September - 26th September 2015. Open during library opening hours

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An exhibition which celebrates the influence of Killala, its people and events on William Butler Yeats is now showing in Ballina Library. The exhibition consists of the travelling exhibition of “Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats” produced by the National Library of Ireland and personal Yeats related items collected by Yeats enthusiast Hugh Trayer. This year as part of the Irish Government’s official decade of celebrations William Butler Yeats has been celebrated around the world and now it’s Ballina’s turn . The exhibition is open during library opening hours in the 1st Floor Exhibition Room and runs until Saturday September 26th

W.B. Yeats was introduced to Lady Gregory in 1896. At that time Lady Gregory was collecting stories of Irish folklore from people in their homes on the west coast of Ireland and she invited W.B. Yeats to join her. In due course they started to write short stories and plays together based on what had they had seen and heard. By 1902, they had completed a short play titled Cathleen Ní Hoolihan which was set in a cottage close to Killala. 1904 they founded the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and this play was performed on the opening night with Maud Gonne in the principle role and the character of Cathleen Ní Hoolihan would go on to symbolise Mother Ireland in art, literature, and the first Irish pound notes, and it all began in Killala.

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