The streets of Sligo have been resonating to the sound of poems written by William Butler Yeats.

Businesses in the town have been taking part in scheduled readings, as part of the annual Summer School celebrating the poet's work.

Sixty retailers took turns to read a selection of poems around the centre of the town this afternoon. 

The initiative is part of an effort to bring Yeats’ writings to life and encourage people to investigate his work in more detail. 

It is all part of the 60th staging of the Yeats International Summer School, which attracts scholars from around the world to Sligo. 

For the next week they will be taking part in a series of lectures, workshops, tours and discussions, looking at all aspects of the poet’s life and writings. 

The Director of the Yeats Society in Sligo, Susan O’Keeffe, says the appeal of the work continues to grow, with an increasing number of younger visitors to the event each year. 

Many others have been traveling to attend for decades. Among them Washington based lawyer, Joseph Hassett. He first visited the Summer School in 1963 and has been back many times since.

Mr Hassett said he felt the poetry of Yeats had taken on a new relevance in today’s world, where populist movements challenge liberal democracy. 

The summer school runs until next Friday, 2 August.

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