Drumcliff, from the Irish meaning “ridge of the baskets”, is a village in County Sligo.
It is situated on the Drumcliff river, originally called the “Codnach”, which drains Glencar Lake.
According to legend, a battle was fought on this river in 1538 BC by the legendary Milesian monarch Tigernmas.
St. Colmcille founded a monastery in Drumcliff in about 575. All that remains of the monastery now is an Irish High Cross and a ruined 10th or 11th century round tower.
Drumcliff is the resting place of the Irish poet W. B. Yeats.
Although Yeats died in France in January 1939, his remains were brought home by the Irish Naval Service and re-interred at Drumcliff in 1948.
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