Coole Park.

On our way home today we stopped off at Coole Park, the home of Lady Augusta Gregory. Lady Gregory Lady Gregory was a dramatist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre.  coole house Her house served as a meeting place for the stars of the Irish literary scene during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.gregory and yeats

Here we see WB Yeats waxing lyrical with the ladies in the garden.WB-Yeats-Visiting-Coole

Here he is again, posing on the steps. He was a great man for a good pose.-from-coole-parkof-yeats

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.

Lady Gregory's spectacles and, inscribed, walking stick.
Lady Gregory’s spectacles and, inscribed, walking stick.
Lady Gregory's autographed fan.
Lady Gregory’s autographed fan.
A map of the names on the fan.
A map of the names on the fan.
W.B. Yeats (at the top)
W.B. Yeats (at the top), Jack Yeats (centre, left) and Sean O’Casey (centre, right).
Mark Twain's autograph above that of Theodore Roosevelt.
Mark Twain’s autograph above that of Theodore Roosevelt.

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.

The walled garden.
The walled garden.
The Autograph Tree.
The Autograph Tree.
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10. WBY
Map of autographs including George Bernard Shaw, JM Synge and Sean O'Casey.
Map of autographs including George Bernard Shaw, Jack Yeats, JM Synge and Sean O’Casey.

IMG_5701The woods are even more magical than the gardens. The trees stand as silent witnesses.

The seven woods.
The seven woods.

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Cattle fording the lake at Coole.
Cattle fording the lake at Coole.
Wild Swans At Coole.
Last, but not least: The Wild Swans At Coole.

3 thoughts on “Coole Park.

  1. Have you read Me and Nu? It’s a memoir by one of Lady Gregory’s grandchildren about her childhood at Coole, and is just lovely.

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