The wish of William Butler Yeats comes to pass as the poet is finally laid to rest in the shelter of Benbulben.

WB Yeats died on 28 January 1939 in the south of France. He was buried there after his death but in 1948 his remains were repatriated to Drumcliffe in County Sligo. 

At the reinterment ceremony, Mayor of Sligo Michael Rooney pays tribute to Yeats on behalf of the people of Sligo.

I pay this sincere tribute to the memory of one, whose genius was inspired by the lakes and mountains of our countryside. And, whose poetry has given the name of Sligo a place in the literature of the world.

The epitaph of W.B. Yeats is now inscribed on stone.

Cast a cold Eye
On Life. On Death.
Horseman, pass by!

This recording was made on 17 September 1948.