Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats chose this peaceful churchyard at Drumcliffe in County Sligo as his final resting place, with it’s stunning location at the foot of Benbulben mountain. The graveyeard has the remains of a round tower and a high cross constructed in the 11th when there was a Christian monastery on site. The monastery was founded by Saint Columcille (Columba) in 574.
Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop offers good wholesome food together with mouth-watering home-made cakes and desserts. There is a selection of Yeats and Irish Interest Books to browse through, complimented by a distinctive selection of original quality Crafts. Enjoy cheerful service and a relaxed atmosphere with convenient, free parking. Open daily all year round. Accessible to all.
While Yeats died in France it was his wish to rest:
“Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!”
Saint Columcille, is also commenerated here with a statue located in the church yard.There is also a cafe and gallery located on the grounds and large car park.
Address: Drumcliffe, Sligo