Benbulben and the Lower Rosses

This photograph of Benbulben and the Lower Rosses was taken from the 10th tee of County Sligo Golf Course at Rosses Point.

The poet William Butler Yeats spent many of his childhood summers at Rosses Pont staying at Elsinore House, the home of his uncle. The following passage is from “Drumcliff and Rosses,” from Yeat's 'The Celtic Twilight' which he wrote in 1902. It is in part the inspiration behind this photograph:

"Rosses is a little sea-dividing, sandy plain, covered with short grass, like a green tablecloth, and lying in the foam midway between the round cairn-headed Knocknarea and Ben Bulben…  

At the northern corner of Rosses is a little promontory of sand and rocks and grass: a mournful, haunted place. No wise peasant would fall asleep under its low cliff, for he who sleeps here may wake ‘silly,’ the ‘good people’ having carried off his soul. There is no more ready shortcut to the dim kingdom than this plovery headland…"

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