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Dr Sandra Collins addressing the gathering.

Dr Sandra Collins addressing the gathering.

Dr Sandra Collins addressing the gathering.

Yeats Society Sligo was delighted to welcome Director of the National Library of Ireland, Sandra Collins, to the Sligo Park Hotel for a one night only Summer School event.

Dr Collins delivered a keynote address, highlighting the long and strong relationship between WB Yeats and the National Library, a place he spent much time as a young man.

Dr Collins discussed the collection held by the library on behalf of the State consisting mainly of donated letters, poems and books from WB's wife George, his son Senator Michael Yeats and the family of Michael Yeats in more recent years, including the patron of the Summer School, Caitríona Yeats.

The National Library is embarking on plans for the future redevelopment which will include a permanent exhibition to WB Yeats.

Dr Collins also highlighted the opportunity for greater co-operation between Yeats Society Sligo and the NLI into the future.

The Sligo Park event saw live music, from cellist Anna Houston and singer/guitarist Felip Carbonell. Eva Murray recited the 100-year old poem The Second Coming.

)Three of her new poems were read by Jessica Traynor, the Society's poet in residence.

The event was opened by Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Dara Mulvey.

There was a recorded address from the Society's honorary president, Ambassador Dan Mulhall and co-director of the Yeats International Summer School, Lauren Arrington, announced the programme for the 62nd Summer School in 2021.

It will include Yeatsian scholars, John Kelly, Ron Schuhard and Roy Foster in a strong lineup of academics.

Director of Yeats Society Sligo, Susan O'Keeffe said that the decision to cancel this year's school had been a difficult one but added that "we are looking towards next year and will be working hard to ensure that the School lives up to its great reputation."

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