Our destination was to the south into County Sligo. We had a period of instruction on the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats was the first Irishman awarded a Nobel prize for literature. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those topics feature in much of his early work. He spent much of his life pining for the love of a woman, Maud Gonne, that he was never destined to wed. This unrequited melancholy colored many of his works. Maud was an Irish Nationalist and this to influenced Yeats work. Many of his poems are viewed as inspiration for the Irish independence movement. We visited Drumcilff the final resting place of W.B. Yeats.
In Sligo town we each went our own way to find lunch. I hung with some of my I Ola Haloa peeps and found a nice quaint place called the Belfry. This re-purposed stone structure served as a restaurant and pub. I can say without a doubt that this place had the best seafood chowder that I have ever eaten. There was chunks of fresh crab and mussels and cod. The creamy broth was seasoned just perfectly.
Next we visited County Antrim and Glencar Lough The site of Glencar Waterfall. Glencar waterfall was the setting of Yeats poem The stolen child. The repeated line "For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand" speaks to a mourning for the loss of innocence.
The evening ended with a performance by Johnny Galagher and Boxtie a local boy who performs at the Atlantic when he's in town.