W. B. Yeats
He took a 13-year lease on the house in 1932. He lived there with his wife and children. It was at Riversdale that he mourned for Lady Gregory after her death, that he had his last meeting with Maud Gonne (1938) and that he met with Irish fascist Eoin O'Duffy.
Two of his poems, "What Then?" and "An Acre Of Grass" are about Riversdale.
Developers bought the house in the late 1990s and applied for planning permission to build "60 High Quality Residential Units" on the site. As a result of action by local residents the planning permission was refused.
Eventually the developers succeeded in getting planning permission for three four-bedroom luxury detached homes and three single storey two-bedroom mews-type houses.
- Macarthy's Auctioneers Riversdale page - note this page refers to the original planning application. The completed development was significantly different.
- Irish Times article on Riversdale at time of its sale
- University of Delaware Library's WB Yeats page - The University of Delaware has correspondence of Yeats' from Riversdale.
- Yeats Chronology - Mentions Riversdale in passing.
- Article in Irish Architecture on Riversdale - This article refers to a planning permission which was later revoked. The final development was significantly different.