Coole Park, in the early 20th century, was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O’ Casey all came to experience its magic. They and many others carved their initials on the Autograph Tree, an old Copper beech still standing in the walled garden today.
At that time it was home to Lady Gregory, dramatist and folklorist. She is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with others including Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. The seven woods celebrated by W.B. Yeats are part of the many kilometres of nature trails taking in woods, river, turlough, bare limestone and Coole lake.
Visit Coole Park for a special Nature in Yeats’ poetry family event on May 24th.
Event starts at 3pm at the visitor centre. Booking not required
Opening Times: Nature Reserve open daily all year. 8am to 6pm in winter & 8am to 7.30pm in summer
Visitor Centre Opening times for 2015:
4th April to 31st May & 1st to 24th September: 10am to 5pm
1st June to 31st August: 10am to 6pm
Closed last weekend in September. At other times by prior arrangement only
Tearooms: Open daily Easter to late September