By R. Todd Felton
A good tide of literary invention swept via eire among the Eighteen Nineties and the 1920s. This engrossing, illuminating, and fantastically illustrated guidebook explores the non-public histories of writers such as W. B. Yeats, girl Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Sean O’Casey and examines their relationships with the folks, tradition, and landscapes of eire. From Galway and the Aran Islands, to County Mayo and County Sligo, and from Dublin to Wicklow, this advisor to the areas that encouraged Irish Literary Revival showcases the locations where a lot of Ireland’s most interesting writers formed a permanent imaginative and prescient of the rustic.
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Augusta eventually returned to Roxborough. Sir William came back to Galway for the fall, then left for London shortly after Christmas. He had lunch with Augusta at Roxborough before leaving, and by the time he reached London, he had made up his mind. He wrote asking Augusta to marry him. Although he was sixty-three and she twenty-eight, he offered her a life of traveling, meeting interesting people, and becoming mistress of all Coole Park had to offer. The two were married in Dublin at St. Matthias Church on March 4, 1880.
Synge got his best stories from an old man named Pat Dirane. Pat came every day to the MacDonnchadha Cottage to visit with Synge and tell him stories of the island and the fairies he had encountered in his travels. Many of these stories provided the backbone for Synge’s plays. One story from Old Pat was the tale of a cuckolded husband who played dead to catch his unfaithful wife. When she went into the bedroom with a young man, the seemingly dead husband jumped off the table and hit the young man with a stick.
The 3 Kiltartan Gregory Museum was opened on August 8, 1996, by Ireland’s president, Mary Robinson. Inside is a re-creation of a National School classroom as well as many exhibits covering local history, including the literary heritage of nearby Coole Park, Tullira Castle, Doorus House, and Ballylee. County Galway: Home among the Swallows Tullira Castle: Fated Meetings Only a few miles from Coole Park lay 4 Tullira Castle, an enormous Gothic structure with a fifteenth-century tower owned by a friend of Lady Gregory’s, Edward Martyn.
A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival (ArtPlace series) by R. Todd Felton