Coole Park ; Gort, County Galway
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Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory (1852 - 1932) -- a
famous dramatist, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre in Ireland and a friend
of the poet William Butler Yeats. Coole Park is now a national park open
to the public all year round. Marked nature trails weave through many
different specimens of trees and plants, many of which were imported from
abroad by the Gregorys.
Kiltartan Gregory Museum ; Kiltartan Cross, Kiltartan, Gort, County
Tel: +353 (0)91 632346
Award-winning museum which includes works of Lady Gregory, local history,
artefacts, photos, manuscripts and early 20th Century classroom.
Thoor Ballylee ; Ballylee, Gort, County Galway
Thoor Ballylee (aka Ballylee Castle) is a four story 16th century keep which was bought and
restored by W. B. Yeats, who lived there from 1921 to 1929. His residence
there is commemorated by a stone tablet with some lines of verse by him.
The castle now contains a museum with mementos of the poet, including the
first edition of his works.
Kilmacduagh Monsastry is the site of an old monastic settlement, 5 km from
the town of Gort. It was the birthplace of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh,
whose name means "church of Duagh's son".
This is a five-storey tower lying 8 km south of Gort. Its history dates back as far as the 16th century. As it was a common thing to make the castles fortified and
secure, the Ardamullivan Castle was bordered by a defensive wall.
The Castle itself was built in 1811 and is surrounded by 500 acres of
parkland and the 1000 acre lough. Lough Cutra Castle and Estate has a long
and varied history. The surrounding countryside contains much evidence of
a history dating back to the Tuatha Da Danaans. Evidence of old churches,
cells and monasteries are prolific in the area and a number of the islands
on the lake contain the remnants of stone alters. The history of the
estate can be traced back as far as 866 AD.
Fiddaun was the massively fortified stronghold of the
O'Shaughnessy clan. Built in the 15th century upon what was
then a island, now drained land. Still in good condition &
The Slieve Aughty Mountains are a mountain
range spread over both County Galway and County Clare. The highest peak in the
Slieve Aughty Mountains is Maghera in Clare which rises to 400m (1,314ft). The mountain range consists of two ridges
divided by the Owendallaigh river which flows west into Lough Cutra.