Sunday 4 December 2016

'He was special, he was sublime...'

Leonard Cohen cherished his time at Lissadell House in Co Sligo in 2010, writes owner Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

Welcome: Leonard Cohen in Lissadell with Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy, and right, concert promoter John Reynolds
Welcome: Leonard Cohen in Lissadell with Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy, and right, concert promoter John Reynolds

In 2009 concert promoter John Reynolds began talking to us about concerts at Lissadell. Constance (my wife) and I had reservations. He said, "look, think about it".

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In January 2010 John called again, he had a proposal for what he said would be a magical concert - "Leonard Cohen". And with those words we knew immediately this was something which had to be done.

We knew that Canada's great poet and songwriter had a special affinity with Ireland's great poet, W.B. Yeats. We had spent years putting together a magnificent collection of first editions, and paintings by the Yeats family and were preparing an exhibition. We asked if Leonard would open it. The answer was no, he doesn't open exhibitions.

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