Monday, 23 September 2013


Coole Park, once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, 
is celebrating The Gathering at the annual 
Autumn Gathering for Women Writers this Oct 3-7th.

The official genealogist of Ireland Reaching Out will be on hand to give helpful tips and advice for those tracing their roots.

 Coole Park has a long history of association with literature...

"At sudden thunder of the mounting swan
I turned about and looked
where branches break
The glittering reaches of the flooded lake."

W.B.Yeats 'Coole Park & Ballylee', 1931

Just some of the wonders of Coole Park...

                                                      Autograph Tree At Coole ParkAutograph Tree At Coole Park

Head and shoulders profile of a dignified older woman with hair swept back and a slightly prominent nose. Underneath is the signature "Augusta Gregory".
Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (15 March 1852 – 22 May 1932), born Isabella Augusta Persse, was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager. With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books of retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology. Born into a class that identified closely with British rule, her conversion to cultural nationalism, as evidenced by her writings, was emblematic of many of the political struggles to occur in Ireland during her lifetime.
Lady Gregory is mainly remembered for her work behind the Irish Literary Revival. Her home at Coole Park, County Galway, served as an important meeting place for leading Revival figures, and her early work as a member of the board of the Abbey was at least as important for the theatre's development as her creative writings. Lady Gregory's motto was taken from Aristotle: "To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common people."[1],_Lady_Gregory

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