Sunday Trees – 363

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Trees around Ireland

Lady Augusta Gregory married her husband William, 35 years her senior, in 1880. He had made his fortune in India and she became the mistress of his large house and country estate in County Galway.

Lady Gregory, an Irish dramatist, folklorist, patron of the arts, and theater manager, was one of the co-founders and driving forces of the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.  Abbey Theatre – (National Theater of Ireland) – first opened its doors to the public on 27 December 1904.  In its early years, the Abbey Theatre was closely associated with the writers of the Irish Literary Revival, many of whom were involved in its founding and most of whom had plays staged there.

Lady Gregory was very involved in many areas of the revival of Irish Culture and Nationalism.  Her home at Coole Park served as an important meeting place and haven for leading literary and artistic figures.

The house (now demolished) and all the attached land at Coole Park were sold to the Irish Forestry Commission in 1927, with Lady Gregory retaining tenancy for the remainder of her life.

Coole Park is a nature reserve of approximately 1,000 acres located a few miles west of Gort, County Galway, Ireland.  It is managed by the Irish National Parks & Wildlife Service, part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Within the historic walled garden of Coole Park stands a special monumental European copper beech thought to be planted in 1803.  This copper beech is engraved with the initials of many of the leading and world-renowned figures of the Irish Literary Revival who were personal friends of Lady Gregory.  These include the initials of William Butler Yeats, Edward Martyn, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Seán O’Casey.  A plaque at the base of the tree helps with identification as some of the initials are becoming faint due to the natural healing of the bark wounds.

Coole Park Nature Reserve
County Galway, Ireland


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Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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13 Responses to Sunday Trees – 363

  1. Timelesslady says:

    What an amazing tree. I’m glad it’s protected.

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  2. Meg Evans says:

    Wow, so much history here! I’m glad they made it into a monument.

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  4. Renee Espriu says:

    Beautiful photos, Becca, and some very interesting facts about the autographs here.

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  5. MythRider says:

    What a beautiful historical monument. Thanks for sharing, Becca.

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  7. Rupali says:

    Very interesting information and such great captures.

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  9. Mama Cormier says:

    What a cool find. I can see why they put a fence around it.

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  11. I like the autograph tree, it will be around longer than any of us, so good way to leave a mark behind

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  12. Ireland seems so beautiful.

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  13. Claire says:

    Fascinating! Thank you for the background info Becca 🙂
    Here’s mine:
    Sunday blessings ❤ ❤

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