Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'I Will Arise and Go Now' - Launch in Gort Library

'I Will Arise and Go Now', the first line of W.B. Yeats poem The Lake Isle 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, grand marshalled by W.B. Yeats & Lady Gregory.
There is a prize for the best spectator’s costume. The crowd can take their insp...iration from 1900-1930 dress and the people and places associated with W.B. Yeats. All interested groups are welcome to take part in the parade or enter a float. So, arise and go now and go to Gort, the spiritual home of W.B. Yeats and birthplace of the Irish Literary Revival. Full details can be found at
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 with Featured Readers and Open Mic with MC Kevin Higgins, writer. There will be a screening of Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous at 8pm on Thurs. 19th in The Lady Gregory Hotel, accompanied by a short film Analogue People 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 at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd complete with trad music, brass bands, a fleet of High Nellies 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, centring around the town of Gort, adjacent to Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park, the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, famous for its literary associations with Yeats and many other great Irish writers. 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 for coming together to celebrate their Coole poet and reminding us all of the genius that was W.B. Yeats.

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