The month of June at Coole will include many events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats who spent twenty summers here and celebrated the beauty of this special place in his poetry.
At sudden thunder of the mounting swan
I turned about and looked where branches break
The glittering reaches of the flooded lake.
Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931
On Sundays 7th and 14th at 3pm guided walks will be offered through the magical landscape that Yeats loved so well and immortalised in many of his poems.
On Saturday 13th, the day of his birth Coole Harmonies choir will perform in the cobbled court yard and the uilleann piper Eugene Lamb will provide additional music and craic during the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to arrive dressed up in costumes of 100 years ago when Yeats and Lady Gregory walked the woods at Coole and then proceed to the site of Coole House to read or recite a Yeats poem of their choice or compose a new one for the occasion. Perhaps “Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats” may even make an appearance.
On Saturday 20th there will be a special outdoor poetry performance by pupils of Kiltartan National School, entitled “A tree there marks the place – Yeats at Coole” This programme is devised by Yeats play expert, Conor O’Malley.
Contact: Coole Park, Gort, Co Galway. firstname.lastname@example.org. 091 631804
Image Credit: Autograph Tree at Coole Park