W.B. Yeats immortalised in Roquebrune Cap Martin

In commemoration of W.B. Yeats’ 80th Anniversary, H.S.H. Prince Albert II is set to unveil a W.B. Yeats bronze sculpture in Roquebrune Cap Martin.


W.B. Yeats died in 1939 in Roquebrune Cap Martin, south eastern France. He was buried in the local cemetery of Roquebrune Cap Martin until his remains were transferred and reburied in Co. Sligo, in 1947.

To commemorate the anniversary of the poet’s death, Michael Likierman, President of Cap Moderne, has commissioned a bust in bronze by the upcoming Irish sculptress Ursula Burke. It will be unveiled at the Parc du Cap Martin on 2nd September by Prince Albert in the presence of Ambassador Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France and Monaco, and Pierre Joannon, Honorary General Consul of Ireland, South East of France.

Over the years, Roquebrune Cap Martin has hosted many distinguished visitors, and the municipality commemorates them by placing a bust in their Parc du Cap Martin, which is considered a little paradise with an ancient olive grove of old beautiful trees, situated in the heart of the town.

Monaco once ruled Roquebrune, its immediate neighbour, and the close links between the two have been maintained by successive rulers of Monaco. This is recognised in the Art ‘Bre open-air exhibition each year, which is taking the theme of H.S.H. Princess Grace this year. The exhibition will also be inaugurated by the Prince on 2nd September.

Last year’s exhibition was by Irish sculptress Eilis O’Connell and, on that occasion, a bust of Eileen Gray, who built E-1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin, was unveiled by Prince Albert.

Proceeds from the W.B. Yeats evening will benefit the restoration fund of the Eileen Gray Villa E-1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin.