Coole Park

Coole Park outside Gort in County Galway was the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, dramatist and co-founder with Edward Martyn and W.B. Years of the Abbey Theatre. The area is also a National Nature Reserve due to its great wildlife importance - its native woodlands and turloughs. The visitor centre uses multimedia presentations, models, exhibitions and audiovisual to inform the visitor of both the natural and literary heritage of the area.

The copper beech, known as the Autograph Tree, where Lady Gregory invited her guests to carve their initials still stands. George Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey, John Millington Synge and William Butler Yeats all carved their initials into the tree.