Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats died on this day in 1939.

Yeats is pictured here on the left with surgeon and writer Oliver St John Gogarty, leaving Dublin's Islandbridge after releasing two swans into the River Liffey on 24 March 1924. Gogarty is carrying what appear to be fur gloves. Gogarty had been captured by Republicans during the Civil War, but escaped by swimming the Liffey. He released the swans to the river in gratitude.
The previous year, in 1923, Yeats had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

This photograph is part of the RTÉ Cashman Collection. Digitised from their original glass plates, these photographs provide excellent coverage of political figures and events from a turbulent epoch in Irish history, including the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

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