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A Guide to County Galway
Thoor Ballyee

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Name Thoor Ballyee
County Galway
Nearest Town Gort
Access Road L11
About The Thoor Ballylee is 6th-century castellated tower house near Gort, County Galway.

Gort lies south of Glaway City on the road to Limerick.

It was owned by the poet W B Yeats from 1915 and was his matrimonial home from 1917.

The poet was so taken by the house that he had extensive and very expensive alterations made to the building, which is now a museum containing Yeats memorabilia.

The house is situated on the banks of the Cloon River in a majestic setting that inspired some memorable poems such as The Winding Stair and The Tower Poems.

Although it was his summer home, Yeats always made it clear in his personal writings that it was special place for him and a retreat that inspired creativity.

The castle originally belonged to one of the Burke septs, ultimately forming part of the huge estates of the Earls of Clanrickarde.

It is a four storey building and its original windows still survive in the upper part, though Yeats and his architect Professor William A.

Scott installed larger windows in the lower floors.

Ballylee was abandoned and started to fall into ruin in the early 1930s.

For the centenary of the poet's birth in 1965, however, the place was fully restored to appear as it was when he lived there.

It now also houses an interpretative centre on his life and works.

Open daily May to September: 10:00am-6:00pm.

Admission fee charged.