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Yeats’ House Saved From Demolition

February 15, 2000

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ Poet Williams Butler Yeats’ final home has been saved from demolition after a campaign by a group of academics and writers.

Critics had described a proposal to tear down the 18th-century farmhouse in the suburban south Dublin neighborhood of Riversdale and replace it with an apartment block as ``cultural vandalism.″

Bowing to the pressure, the South Dublin County Council voted Monday night to make the house a protected building. Council members suggested it be turned into a tourism or culture center or a Yeats archive.

Yeats lived in Riversdale House off and on from 1933 until his death six years later.

References to Riversdale’s wildlife and views of the Dublin Mountains and Dublin Bay crop up in several entries in his final collection of work, ``Last Poems,″ published in 1938.

Yeats helped found Ireland’s national theater and became a senator after the country won independence from Britain in 1922. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

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