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Sally Gardens
Sally Gardens

Address: Ballisodare Sligo

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