Will the real Cúchulainn please stand up: JC Leyendecker’s illustration of the Ulster hero. Photograph: Century

He’s the epitome of the heroic Celt, the embodiment of Ireland’s mythic past in the public imagination. Long hair flowing from under his helmet, spear(...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

Mount Vesuvius Erupting, a painting from the 19th-century Neapolitan School, made €3,400 (€700-€1,000)

There were some very strong prices – and some big surprises – during the two-day Chatsworth fine art sale at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers which ended o(...)

Dramatic legacy: Samuel Beckett directing Waiting for Godot in Berlin in 1975; it is surely impossible to encounter the stark setting of WB Yeats’s Purgatory – a road, a tree – without thinking of Beckett’s play. Photograph: Heuer/Ullstein Bild via Getty

In his influential book The Empty Space the English director Peter Brook wrote about what he called the Holy Theatre, or “the notion that the stage(...)

Tumult: rebel prisoners in Dublin after the Easter Rising of 1916. Photograph: Photo12/UIG via Getty

In 1886, at the age of 21, Willie Yeats published a two-part essay on the poet Samuel Ferguson, who had recently died. Yeats declared of Ferguson, aut(...)

September 1913: The Irish Times published WB Yeats’s poem, then called Romance in Ireland, on September 8th, 1913; he sent it as a letter about plans to establish a municipal art gallery in Dublin

Before he made his name as a poet WB Yeats was a prolific journalist, contributing to dozens of newspapers, magazines and periodicals on matters of(...)

William Butler Yeats: the poet bought Thoor Ballylee in 1916. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The 16th-century Hiberno-Norman tower house once owned by the poet WB Yeats will reopen this summer after the donation of €30,000 by an Irish-American(...)

Victor Plarr, Thomas Sturge Moore, William Butler Yeats, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, and F. S. Flint at the ‘peacock dinner’. Photograph: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

On January 18th 1914, seven poets gathered to eat a peacock. The meal was organised as a tribute to the handsome old man with the impressive white bea(...)

WB Yeats in Walter de la Mare’s garden at Taplow in 1935. Passengers on London’s Underground system have been able to read the works of a half-dozen Irish poets, led by WB Yeats, as they make their way to and from work

The rush hour journey on London’s Underground is usually the time when commuters’ attention flags as they stare into space, avoiding eye contact, retr(...)

The  “blue moon” year and the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet WB Yeats will be marked by 30 young harpists giving a free performance in south Galway on Thursday night

The “blue moon” year and the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet WB Yeats will be marked by 30 young harpists giving a free performance in south Ga(...)