We stopped off at a number of places on our first full day, but none was as spectacular and enchanting as Thor Ballyee, the home of W. B. Yeats. From Wikipedia:
“As he had an affinity for the Irish language, Yeats dropped the term “castle” in naming the property and replaced it with “Thoor” (Túr), the Irish word for “tower”; thus, the place has been known as Thoor Ballylee. For twelve years, Thoor Ballylee was Yeats’ summer home as it was his country retreat. In a letter to a friend, he wrote, “Everything is so beautiful that to go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind.” Consequently, it is no wonder that Yeats was inspired and compelled to create literary works at Ballylee such as poems as ‘The Tower’ and ‘Coole Park and Ballylee.’
The light reflecting off the water was like nothing I had ever seen before – with a singular glow and a shimmer. I was quite literally the last one back on the bus after shooting the area for about a half-hour. I will dig up some highlights when we land in Cashel today, assuming we have Internet access.
Meantime, check out my first “iPhone Ireland” photoshow on Facebook, here.