Yeats' poem "Down by the Sally Gardens" was composed from the lines of a song the poet heard from an old woman in the village of Ballisadare. The Owenmore river runs through the village and is a beautiful setting for a picnic.
"Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears." W.B Yeats