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  • Yeats and Sligo

In 'Memoirs', Yeats says that his grandfather was a merchant from the town. They could see the grey stone walls of Lissadell, where the Anglo-Irish Gore-Booth family lived, but they were not of the same class.

Later, Yeats stayed in Lissadell and wrote about the sisters, Constance and Eva Gore-Booth, who lived there.
Constance and Eva
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In In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz; Yeats describes:

"The light of evening, Lissadell,

Great windows open to the south,

Two girls in silk kimonos, both

Beautiful, one a gazelle."