Wednesday, June 17, 2015


A long forgotten record of the return to Ireland of the remains of W.B. Yeats has emerged from the Irish Military Archives and is available online to coincide with the 150th anniversary on Saturday of the poet’s birth.

The body of the poet, who died in January 1939 and was buried at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in south-eastern France, was brought by sea from Nice to Galway in September 1948 for reinterring in Drumcliffe Churchyard in Co. Sligo. It was transported by the LE Macha, the first overseas deployment of a ship of the Irish Naval Service.


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