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Friday 28 April 2017

Day-Lewis family reveals connection with literary giant Yeats

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

THE sister of Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has revealed how their father always believed their family was related to literary giant William Butler Yeats.

Writer and film-maker Tamasin Day-Lewis was speaking yesterday as she read a selection from Yeats to mark the poet's birthday at a function in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin.

Ms Day-Lewis said her father, Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, introduced her to the work of Yeats.

"My father respected Yeats as a poet beyond everybody other than Thomas Hardy. He was someone we were brought up to love and respect and admire," she revealed.

However, she said that her late father had often spoke of a link to the Yeats family. "My father always believed that he must be related because we have Butlers on one side of the family," she said.

While researching on an Irish genealogical site recently, she confirmed a Butler link by finding the marriage of her ancestor Charles Goldsmith to an Anne Butler on September 14, 1853.

Along with the talk and poetry reading by Tamasin, other celebrations to mark Yeats' birthday continued at the National Library last night ,with Professor Roy Foster and Dr Joseph M Hassett discussing recently published books on the poet, who was born on June 13, 1865.

The day's events were part of 'Summer Wreath', now in its fifth year, an annual programme of events held in conjunction with the exhibition 'The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats'.

Upcoming events include singer and actress Andrea Corr reading a selection of Yeats' poetry on Saturday at 8pm, accompanied by piper Liam O'Flynn.

On June 23 at 8pm, former British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion will deliver a talk exploring the influence Yeats had on the work of Philip Larkin.

Irish Independent

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