W.B. Yeats poem - The Hosting of the Sidhe

Photo of Knocknarea and Clematis flowers in bloom with words of the poem 'The Hosting of the Sidhe' by W.B. Yeats

The landscape around Sligo is dominated by the outlines of Ben Bulben to the north and Knocknarea on the Strandhill peninsula to the south. Knocknarea is identifiable by the little bump on top which is a rock cairn which is supposed to cover the tomb of the mythical Queen Maeve. You can just about make it out in the photograph which I took from my house on a beautiful May day when the clematis was in bloom.

Knocknarea can be climbed from two directions, either the traditional route starting at the car park on the eastern side or using the new boardwalk which starts at the Rugby Club in Strandhill Village. Either way it is a fairly strenuous climb in spots but is well worth it because of the fantastic views at the top.

In W.B. Yeats poem The Hosting of the Sidhe,"The Sidhe" is the Irish language word for fairies and can also mean wind and this poem generates a great feeling of movement, wild freedom and excitement, which is particularly emphasised by the last three words "Away, come away".

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