On our way home today we stopped off at Coole Park, the home of Lady Augusta Gregory. Lady Gregory was a dramatist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Her house served as a meeting place for the stars of the Irish literary scene during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
I think this is my favourite. What a pair! They seem to have been hugely fond of each other.
Tragically, the contents of this house were auctioned off following Lady Gregory’s death in 1932 and the house was demolished in 1941. The 1000 acre park remains as a nature reserve and the stable block now houses a small visitors centre.
In 1898, Lady Gregory asked the visiting W.B. Yeats to carve his name in a copper beech tree in her walled garden. A long list of luminaries followed his example.