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Damien Brennan from Yeats Experience SligoWe are Damien Brennan and Paula Gilvarry happily married for over thirty years.

We have two adult kids; Sarah, working with PayPal in Dutesteblin and Paul, practicing in the catering industry in Sligo (but seldom practicing at home!)

Paula & Sarah Brennan Cooking in Broc HouseYeats Sligo Ireland revolves around our family home, Broc House, situated on Damien’s maternal home farm and in a spectacular site overlooking Lough Gill. The lake is the heart of the Yeats Country and the location of four of the essential early poems can be seen from the forty foot floor to ceiling window that diners are seated before. Paula is a Medical Doctor working in Community Medicine while Damien was until recentlya senior executive with Failte Ireland, the Irish Tourism Authority. Together in the 1980s they ran the hugely acclaimed Reveries…a Restaurant at Rosses Point where Paula’s innovative Irish cooking and Damien’s welcome made for an experience to talk about. They were recognized by all the leading guides of the time and garnered national awards for their quality and hospitality.

Did you know that Broc is the irish for badger

Did you know that Broc is the irish for badger

Together they built Broc House over ten years ago. They had a clear vision of the style and ambience they wanted. A home with a hearth, a home at the heart of the family farm and a home that heartfeltedly welcomes all to it! They also wanted it to reflect modern Ireland, enhance their collection of contemporary Irish art, and be suitable for entertaining on a larger scale. After a lengthy planning journey and a long building period they achieved their dream and remain daily delighted with the outcome!

Damien’s maternal family, the Gallaghers , have lived on the farm at Broc House since at least 1824 and he has a deep understanding of the social, cultural and political history of Sligo and Ireland In addition, Damien has a life long interest in the Yeats family and especially the poet brother William Butler. Like the Yeats children he was born in Dublin but from an early age escaped to Sligo as often as possible …as did they! He remarks that had the poetry not all been written already he might be famous! Instead he and Paula combine their passion for fine food, entertaining and the poetry, culture and heritage of Sligo into a wonderful evening. Paula sources the best of local and organic produce that she serves with skill and verve. Damien meanwhile introduces the Sligo area, the views from the windows and then blends all into the relevance and meaning of the best loved Yeats poetry.

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