To celebrate Yeats2015, The Model hosts a special lecture series once a month which will explore the life and work of the Yeats family. The starting point in this series will focus on the life of John B. Yeats and will examine how his bohemian lifestyle affected not only his own life but also the lives of his family. Understanding John B. Yeats is the key to understanding the formative years and adulthood of his very talented family.
Clare O’Gara has been a Sligo resident for almost two decades. She is interested in History, particularly cultural history and has enjoyed exploring and learning about Sligo’s rich cultural past. A particular highpoint was her role at Lissadell House which offered her the opportunity to research, compile and deliver tours to visitors, including specialist tours for visiting academics and students. An enthusiast of lifelong learning, she has pursued a journey of academic studies starting with a Diploma in History of Art at UCC. After teaching History of Art in Sligo for a period, Clare decided to complete a BA in History of Art & Drama at Queen’s University in Belfast. More recently, she has received an MA in Drama & Performance Studies at UCD.
6 – 7.30pm
Thursday 17 December
Lecture 4 William Butler Yeats: Dramatist
The lecture will take a look at the Irish Literary revival and how the plays of WB Yeats coupled with the Gaelic League brought about a whole new consciousness and identity to Irish society.This way of thinking was eventually to lead to the 1916 Rebellion that Yeats expressed in his Poem ‘a Terrible Beauty is born’. The Lecture will touch on the class structure at this time, his connection with Lissadell and the Gore-Booth sisters, Eva and Constance. It will also address the revival of the Irish Culture and language that was inspirational for his plays and poetry, as well as the Galway connection and the important women in his life.
€32 for full series or €8 per session /