CARNAUN NATIONAL SCHOOL
Yeats in Athenry Perhaps' by
'We had our towers too'.
Mr Yeats, you may be living in Túr
Ballylee but Athenry can boast of towers and castles as well. We are just
as good as you so donít be looking down on us.
'A large stone soldiery at
bridge and gateway
We have Athenry Castle and the Arch (The North
'They were the whole town
Athenry was a walled Norman town and the life
of town centred around the "towers" of the of the castle walls
six gatewawith six towers and ys, priory, parish church and market place.
And I could have nodded to
him from the top tendril of ivy or a jackdaw's nest.
I could have looked down on him from
A. my bedroom window - The Ivy Hotel.
B. From the ivy covered wall of the " towers
" where children played and searched for nests
(Yeats often spent time in Athenry between
trains and may have walked around the town to pass the time.)
'But I'd never heard of him
the famous poet who lived as the crow flies fifteen miles away'.
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Fallon was young and lived a very different
life to Yeats. He would not have learned Yeats ' poetry in school. Yeats
lived in Túr Ballylee. Lady Gregory lived in Coole Park and Edward
Martin lived in Tulira Castle. They were part of the 'Gaelic Revival' and
were all involved in the foundation of the Abbey Theatre.
This is our classes' interpretation of the
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