Afternoon sun streams through the Seven Woods of County Galway’s Coole Park, immortalized in the prose of Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats, one of Ireland’s literary icons of the 20th Century.
The Seven Woods consist of a mix of native and non-native species of both deciduous and coniferous varieties including Oak, Ash, Hazel, Yew and Oak.
In addition to the spirits of such luminaries as Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey and Lady Augusta Gregory, these woodlands are inhabited by a variety of animals including Otters and Pine Martens.
The woodlands and lake also are popular with birds and waterfowl. The park is designated as a Special Protection Area for birds under the European Union 1979 Birds Directive.
If you enjoy seeing the enchanting scenery of Ireland that inspired W. B. Yeats, you’ll enjoy this book with images capturing the natural beauty of two of Yeats’ favorite places — Coole Park and Ballylee in County Galway. Click the image below to learn more: