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Yeats Last House for E1.8M
- 10th August 2003

Yeat's last home, Riversdale House, Ballyboden Road, is on the market again after only three years. Since it was bought in 1999, the owner has been refused permission to demolish the house and to build a block of apartment on two separate occassions.

Lisney is expecting over E1.8m from the sale. The house is set on a 1.1 acre site and planning permission was granted this March to build three four bedroom detached houses of 150sq m and three single storey two bedroom houses of 55 sq m. The 18th century farmhouse may be restored and used as offices.

When plans were being made to demolish Riversdale, it was met by a lot of local resistance and in June 1999, the house along with the original gates, piers and arched bridge were added to South Dublin County Council's list of protected structures.

W B Yeats took a 13 year lease of Riversdale House in 1932 and he lived there with his wife, George and his two children, Anne and Michael. In 1938, Yeats met Maud Gonne in the house for the very last time, a woman who inspired some of Yeat's greatest works. Two of his poems are about Riversdale - What Then? and An acre of grass.