Thoor Ballylee ... a tower set by a stream’s edge W.B. Yeats, Nobel Prize winner, poet and senator bought this ancient Norman Tower and adjoining cottages in 1916 for the princely sum of £35. This castle was to be his Tower, his inspiration and his retreat. His collection of poems “The Tower” contains several poems written at or about Thoor Ballylee. The Tower had been lovingly restored and looks much this same as it did in the 1920’s when the Yeats family lived there.