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Eastwood invited to Yeats school
Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank who both won Oscars for their roles in the film
Eastwood used WB Yeats poetry in Million Dollar Baby
An Irish businessman has offered to sponsor a visit by Hollywood star Clint Eastwood to the annual Yeats Summer School.

The Oscar winning actor and director used WB Yeats poetry in his award-winning film Million Dollar Baby.

The Sligo-based man offered to fund the trip in the hope that Mr Eastwood would accept and boost the group's profile.

County Sligo is known as Yeats Country as the poet was influenced by the surrounding landscape.

President of the Yeats Society Michael Keohane said if the film legend accepted, it would be a huge boost for tourism in the north west of Ireland.

"Who else could write advertising copy for holidays here, the land of heart's desire, other than WB Yeats?" he said.

"We would certainly welcome Clint if he was prepared to come."

The 46th Yeats International Summer School, which takes place from 31 July to 12 August, attracts students from all over the world with a large number travelling from America each year.

"The majority of students for the summer school and in fact the lecturers have tended in the past to have come from America. Yeats is held in such high esteem there," said Mr Keohane.

Eastwood, who also used Yeats poetry in his film The Bridges of Madison County, refers to the poem Lake Isle of Innisfree in Million Dollar Baby, which won four Academy Awards last month.

"One could say that it wasn't in Irish, and that it wasn't translated from Irish, but at the same time it has been used very sensitively," added Mr Keohane.




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