Local idea hoping to create Yeats Quarter in Sligo Town

A number of business people in the Wine Street area of Sligo have come up with an idea that could turn the area into a new Yeats Quarter in Sligo.

It’s the world’s first free open-air Yeats-themed gallery, the first exhibit of which is now on show on a building in Wine Street.

Business owners on Wine Street — photogrpaher Suzy McCanny, retailer Keville Burns and auctioneer Tom Ford — came up with the idea.

It consists of the installation of art pieces, based on Yeats poems, on the exterior of buildings associated with the Yeats family.

The first art piece may now be seen on Pollexfen House on Wine Street, which is owned by local solicitor Gerard McCanny.

The building was the home of Yeat’s grandparents and it has the distinctive watchtower in its roof in which the Pollexfens, a shipping family, could see their vessels enter and leave Sligo port.

It’s also a busy entry and departure route because of its proximity to the train and bus station.

Suzy McCanny, whose photographic studio is in Pollexfen House, told Ocean FM how a Yeats Quarter in that area could be a part — or perhaps the start — of a Yeats Trail through Sligo.