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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper" - WB Yeats
'How can we know the dancer from the dance?'

WB Yeats Grave

Irish poet William Butler Yeats chose this peaceful churchyard at Drumcliffe in County Sligo as his final resting place. It is no surprise why he chose here, with its stunning location at the foot of Benbulben mountain.

The graveyard has the remains of a round tower and a high cross constructed in the 11th when there was a Christian monastery on site. Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop offer some mouth-watering homemade cakes and desserts while you search through some of Yeats’ finest collections and Irish Interest Books.

Enjoy cheerful service and a relaxed atmosphere with convenient, free parking. Open daily all year round.

History all around us

Ceide Fields

The remarkable Neolithic site at Ceide Fields in County Mayo, contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world – dating back nearly 6,000 years.

Ceide Fields overlooks the mighty Atlantic Ocean which gently laps or vigorously (Irish weather depending) bashes against the cliffs below. The landscape itself has been forged from the dramatic upheaval and movement of the earth’s crust over millions of years.

The Mastermind Behind The GAA

Micheal Davitt Museum

The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co Mayo. The museum is housed in the magnificently restored pre-Penal Church that was used prior to the enactment of the 1690’s Penal Laws which were more commonly known as popery laws.

The Michael Davitt Visitor Centre includes the beautiful surrounding grounds of Straide Abbey, which together with parking and picnic area provides an ideal destination for a great family day out in Mayo.

West of Ireland Discoveries

National Museum of Ireland Country Life

Located in Castlebar, the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is rich in history all about the life of people in the countryside of Ireland. The West of Ireland is full of history to explore!

The museum also allows you to record your own memories of country life in Ireland. Whether you or your family have history in the country of Ireland, record your memories to share and preserve your history.

Collecting History

Jackie Clarke Museum

The Jackie Clarke Library and Archives, in Ballina County Mayo, exhibits a collection that was assembled during the life of Jackie Clarke, a businessman and genius collector of Irish historical material. The material spans 400 years and comprising of many rare and important books manuscripts, photographs.

Situated along the banks of the River Moy in County Mayo, the Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important collection of Irish historical material in public hands. It includes items associated with some of the most influential figures of Ireland’s history including, Wolfe Tone, Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt, and O’Donovan Rossa.