Friday, May 24. After breakfast you’ll head towards County Leitrim, stopping first at the magnificent ruins of the Kilmacduagh Monastery with its famous round tower. We’ll continue to Coole Park, the family home of the late Lady Gregory. At the famous autograph tree we will talk about her major role in the Irish literary revival and her association with Yeats, Synge and other literary giants. Then you’ll travel to Sligo via the mountains of Knocknarea and Ben Bulben, the other-wordly home of the mythical Tuatha De Danann, the magical tribe of Celts who vanished from mortal space and time here over two thousand years ago. In the folklore of the area they appear in our world as the fairies and William Butler Yeats wrote some of his most famous early poetry about this strange and mysterious world.

You’ll be taken on a guided tour around the Carrowmore megalithic tombs, one of the finest constellations of Stone Age burial grounds in Western Europe. You’ll visit Yeats’ resting-place in Drumcliff Churchyard and listen to some of his final poems by his grave in the shadow of Ben Bulben. Tonight we’ll stay in nearby Drumshanbo in County Leitrim. After dinner at your hotel there will be a concert featuring Mick, Brenda and monologist Declan Forde along with great Leitr

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