Thoor Ballylee, a Norman castle built by the Burke family was the country retreat of famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). He sought peace and quiet and liked to play the role of an aristocrat. It is not far from Coole which was home to his friend Lady Gregory. The Yeats family moved out in 1929 and the castle was left unoccupied until it was restored in 1965. The museum is dedicated to the life and work of Yeats with audio-visual displays, a recording studio and cafe and shop.
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