Govt marks Yeats’ anniversary by closing Sligo library

In a striking tribute to Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats the Government is to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth by closing a library in Sligo.

The move is in stark contrast to the way distinguished writers are honoured in Dublin – where they are each given their own bridge across the Liffey.

The closing of the library is one of a number of events being held to mark Yeats 2015, with poetry readings in pubs being a more typical feature.

“This seems a strange way to honour a poet,” a man from Gallows Hill, Sligo, said. “But I suppose it’s better than nothing.”

The library will be officially closed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly. “The books will be made available to members of the public, should anyone wish to burn them,” a spokesman for the Department of the Environment said.

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