Rosses Point, Co Sligo

Rosses Point is home to Co. Sligo Golf Club, which hosts the annual West of Ireland Championship and Sligo Yacht Club. North of Rosses Point marine archeologists have recently uncovered a wreck of the Spanish Armada which was storm-driven upon this coast in September of 1588. The poet William Butler Yeats and his brother, the artist Jack Butler Yeats, spent their summer holidays at Elsinore House, in Rosses Point.

The “Waiting on Shore” monument, appropriately situated near the RNLI lifeboat station, depicts a woman holding her arms out to sea. This sculpture reflects the age-old anguish of a seafaring people who watched and waited for the safe return of loved ones.

It is to honour the memory of those who sailed, or were lost at sea, that this woman, cast in bronze, stands:

“Lost at sea, lost at sea
Or in the evening tide
We loved you, we miss you
May God be with you abide”.