13/06/2014 Minister Deenihan launches Yeats 2015 at 3rd annual Yeats Day

Friday, 13th June, 2014: Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today formally launched Yeats 2015 on the third annual Yeats Day in Sligo. Yeats 2015 will be a yearlong national and international celebration of the life and works of Noble Prize winning Poet William Butler Yeats.  It will mark 150 years since his birth on June 13th 1865.

The celebrations will be rooted in Sligo – Yeats’ ‘spiritual home’ – and connect throughout Ireland.  The celebrations are intended to draw people to Ireland to begin to understand what inspired Yeats and to share that experience.  It is intended that institutions and organisations from around Ireland and the world will partner with Yeats 2015 and offer a diverse and rewarding series of events to acknowledge and celebrate the range and depth of his work and that of his family.

Yeats 2015 partners will span the literary, cultural, historical and academic worlds.   It is envisaged that through an engaging, celebratory and cultural programme, Yeats 2015 will showcase Ireland as a dynamic, inspiring and creative place.

Speaking at the launch in City Hall, Sligo, Minister Deenihan said:

“Yeats Day is designed to provide a schedule of events to embrace places and spaces in Sligo that were dear to WB Yeats. It has proven to be a great success and I am sure it will be again this year. Yeats’ great love was not just for Sligo, but for Ireland – its stories, folklore, history and above all place – and so the Yeats 2015 programme will reflect this by celebrating Yeats and his legacy throughout Ireland. I would like to commend Senator Susan O’Keeffe and her National Steering Committee for their work to date on Yeats 2015 and I look forward to attending as many of the programme of events as possible and I urge all of you to do likewise.”



Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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