All Wolfhound lovers

All Wolfhound lovers
As some of you may be aware the Irish Wolfhound is the symbol of the Abbey Theatre which in turn was the artistic home of one of our most famous playwrights – WB Yeats

“W.B Yeats was a key figure in the establishment of the Abbey Theatre; he went on to found the theatre in 1903 along with Lady Augusta Gregory. On December 27th 1904, the Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time. The establishment of the theatre was just the start of his relationship with the Abbey; he was also a prolific playwright with many of his plays being performed in the theatre throughout the years, as well as sitting on the board of directors. W.B Yeats was involved in the theatre right up until his death in 1939″

The Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre

Yeats & Lady Gregory were devoted nationalists and were responsible for collecting and publishing much of our Irish Foklore which might otherwise have been lost. In honour of their contribution to our history there is a week of celebrations been planned culminating in a Parade on Sunday 22nd of March.

The organisers would love the parade to include as many Wolfhouds as possible to symbolise the connection of both Yeats & Lady Gregory to our most loved theatre – the Abbey (if you would like to attend or know someone missed from this distribution that you think would like to be included please forward this mail. Also could you reply with your intention to kzoneill@hotmail.com so she can be aware of the approximate attendance)



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W.B. Yeats & Lady Gregory Grand Marshals at Gort Parade
I Will Arise and Go Now, the first line of W.B. Yeats poem The Lake of Inisfree, gives the name to a week’s celebration of Yeats 2015 taking place in the town of Gort, Co. Galway from March 13th to 22nd.  A week of cultural events for all ages will culminate in a spectacular, Yeats themed St. Patrick’s parade at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd March.  There is a prize for the best spectator’s costume.  The crowd can take their inspiration from 1900-1930 dress.  Full details can be found on Facebook at gort.stpatrick The festival will be launched at 7pm Friday 13th March in Gort Library with an exhibition by KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists) and music by Sonic Strings.  The exhibition will run for one month.  An Over The Edge Yeats 2015 special will take place at 6.30pm on Wed. 18th.  There will be a screening of Seamus Heaney:  Out of the Marvellous at 8pm in The Lady Gregory Hotel, accompanied by a short film Analogue in a Digital Age filmed in Gort.  Other events include storytelling for adults by Eddie Lenihan, a family puppet show by Yer Man’s Puppets and an Open Mic for Teenagers.  All culminating in the grand parade on Sunday 22nd with trad music and a tug of war.The I Will Arise and Go Now festival is the third in a series of events in South Galway in association with Yeats 2015 nationally.  The festival is a collaboration between community groups in South Galway, the spiritual homeland of W.B. Yeats and the birthplace to the Irish Literary Revival.  A big thank you must go to the Gort St. Patrick’s Committee in association with the Kiltartan Gregory Museum, Galway Co. Libraries, Burren Lowlands, The Lady Gregory & Yeats Trail Group, KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists), Gort Vibes Cinema Club, Gort No Name Club and South Galway Athletic Club.Contact: gort.stpatrick@gmail.com

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