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A road trip through Yeats country in County Sligo, Ireland

By J.R. Patterson

29 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

This article describes the beautiful landscape of County Sligo, Ireland. If you are searching for a new travel destination, perhaps this spot is one to consider...

It began with immeasurable sadness. My relationship had ended, leaving me adrift in the world. The great tree upon which I'd carved my future had been rent from the earth, its roots tearing up the once solid ground on which I'd made my home. I needed to leave, out of the gray, disheveled city I'd found myself in; away from the news, so full of divorce and death. Traveling would beat sitting at home living a half-life, staring at my feet and feeling morbid. My mind went unbidden to Ireland, a place I'd never been, and therefore free from memory or reminder. Following the thought through, I pulled a book of W.B. Yeats from the shelf and read:

"I will arise and go now, for always night and day

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