Wednesday, 29 July 2015



Program of Events
Wednesday/Thursday 23/24 September 2015

Wednesday: 23 September:

7 pm - Meet and greet Reception/Introduction at the Loughrea Library, former Church of Ireland, Loughrea. This beautifully restored library has a strong connection to the Persse family including memorial tablets belonging to the Persses of Moyode and others.

Guest speaker: Gerry Daly – former teacher and local historian. Gerry has recently completed a thesis on local history from the period of 1700 to 1850 at the University of Limerick.

Title: The Persses of Roxborough.

Time : 8 pm including light refreshments.

Thursday 24 September:

Tour of the Lady Gregory Yeats Trail
– self driven with map and details 

“ Be inspired and follow in the footsteps of Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats”

The Lady Gregory Yeats Trail incorporates historical sites between the towns of Loughrea and Gort associated with Lady Gregory, the Persse family and W.B.Yeats. These sites include Kilmacduagh, Coole Park, Kiltartan Museum, Thoor Ballylee, Killinane Graveyard, Roxborough Gates, Woodville Walled Garden, and St. Brendan’s Cathedral. This unique landscape of South Galway and its people inspired both Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats to create some of their greatest works. Writers, poets, historians, artists and musicians have long been attracted to the area. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats along this trail.

4 pm - Afternoon tea at Woodville Walled Garden with a power point presentation on the Persse family. Over 100 photos containing members of the Persse family including Roxborough, Chevy Chase, Woodville House and Coole Park.

Reunion Dinner Thursday 24, Sept. at 8pm in the Loughrea Hotel (see special offer for accommodation attached) –music ensemble - local musicians.

Note: Kilchreest/Castledaly Heritage Group have been working for some time on restoring Killinane Graveyard, the burial place of the Persses. A Tablet identifying most of the headstones and graves has been erected on site and a Commemoration Service is being planned. It is hoped to fit it in with the Persse Gathering. Details will be forwarded as soon as they are available.

Accommodation Offer

Special offer for the Persse Gathering from the Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea. Co Galway

Mary Connaughton

Two Nights Bed & Breakfast, plus two Course Dinner on evening of Thursday, 24 September @ €99 pps.

Booking to be made directly with the Lough Rea Hotel – reference Persse Gathering

Contact person: Mary Connaughton I Reservations Manager 

Lough Rea Hotel & Spa I Galway Road, Loughrea, Co Galway

DDI 091 880 237 I Tel: 091 880088 (Reception) 


Web: specialofferpackages.htm 

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