William Butler Yeats is recognised as one of the greatest poets of the English language. His and his brother Jack's association with Sligo is well documented and Sligo is know for that very reason as Yeats County. Yeats called Sligo “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and it’s the beauty of the county that filled his early poetry. Yeats came to regard Sligo as his childhood home and penned a number of poems from inspiration he gathered from his surroundings. It was the mountains, lakes and lore of the place that moved him to write perhaps his most famous verse, The Lake Isle of Innisfree.