Dienstag, 18. Mai 2010

Flowering Wild Garlic in Coole Park, Gort



Coole Park in Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland is one of my favourit places in spring. There are abundant flowers of wild garlic and of harebells and beautiful old trees.

The Coole Estate was purchased by Robert Gregory in 1768. It remained with the Gregory family until 1927 when it was sold to the state. Residing there at that time was Lady Augusta Gregory, a dramatist, folklorist and so-founder with W. B. Yeats and Edward Martyn of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Coole Park is immortalized by Yeats in his writings and those of her famous guests.

"These woods have been well loved, well tended by some who came before me, and my affections has been no less than theirs. The generations of trees have been my care, my comforters. Their companionship has often brought me peace."
Lady Gregory, Coole 1931