“…for peace comes dropping slow…”

At the 17th Century Parkes Castle, Lough Gill, and The Lake Isle of Innisfree

In 1888 the young William Butler Yeats wrote ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, a yearning incantation of his youth spent in County Sligo near the Atlantic coast in the northwest of Ireland and perhaps his best known work. Artist and Director Lisa Vandegrift Davala, lives near this island. In this film, the words “…for peace comes dropping slow…” from Yeats’ poem have been re-enacted across the landscape of this region of Ireland.

During two fine summer days in 2010, people from all over Ireland (including members of the Yeatsian Legacy and Peace III Programme of Northern Ireland and a team of young actors and performers) were invited by Director Lisa Vandegrift Davala to County Sligo. They gathered at Carrane Hill Bog, Culleenamore Strand near Knocknarea and Parke’s Castle on Lough Gill overlooking Innisfree; to inscribe this ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’ with the line and mark of W. B. Yeats’ poetic light.