I, the poet William Yeats,
With old mill boards and sea-green slates,
And smithy work from the Gort forge,
Restored this tower for my wife George.
And may these characters remain
When all is ruin once again.
I got the chance to visit Yeats’ castle, Thor Ballylee, in County Galway several years ago. I love the tower house, which is set in such a peaceful, serene location on the Streamstown River…
“I dreamt I reach’d the Irish shore and felt my heart rebound. From wall to wall within my breast, as I trod that holy ground.”
-Thomas D’Arcy McGee
It’ s no secret that I love Ireland. For as long as I remember, I’ve heavily identified with the land, the people and the culture. And while I visit as often as I can, it’s not the same as living there (as I one day plan to do–just waiting for the…