Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, Gort

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Thoor Ballylee Castle (Irish Túr Bhaile Uí Laí) is a fortified, 15th (or 16th) century Hiberno-Norman tower house built by the septs de Burgo, or Burke, near the town of Gort in County Galway, Ireland. It is also known as Yeats' Tower because it was once owned and inhabited by the poet William Butler Yeats.

It has been described as ‘the most important public building in Ireland’ by late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.
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  • This castle (tower house) was built by the local O'Shaughnessy family in the 15th century to watch over their lands and cattle. The tower is in perfect condition now having been restored in 1912 by...  more »
  • My wife and I visited Thor Ballylee on our recent trip to western Ireland. We found Yeats Castle interesting and the presentations very informative. It's well worth the visit. It will give you an.....  more »
  • Amazing! The women running the tourist center were very informative and friendly. They even forgave me for not being a fan of poetry! The grounds were beautiful, the tower was amazing and the replica furniture gives you a feel for how Yeates used each floor. The tea following the tour of the tower was a nice finish! Don't miss the water mill!
  • worth a visit mix e walks a n d of course the castle visit

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