23/06/2014 : Coole Park awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Coole Park has been awarded a certificate of excellence by the travel website, TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence award honours hospitality businesses and attractions that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor.
Coole Park is a Nature Reserve managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Together with the adjoining Garryland, it is approximately 405 hectares (1000 acres) in size, and features over 6 kilometres of nature trails taking in woods, river, turlough, bare limestone and Coole Lake.
Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with Edward Martyn of Tullira Castle and Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. Coole Park, in the early 20th century, was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O’ Casey all came to experience its magic. They and many others carved their initials on the Autograph Tree, an old beech still standing today. Although the house no longer stands, one can still appreciate the surroundings that originally drew so many here.
Commenting on the award, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D. said:
“Across the country, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff work hard to secure and preserve our national parks and nature reserves so that they can be enjoyed by visitors and conserved for future generations. They do this while also providing a wide range of tourism, educational and other visitor services. I am delighted to hear that Coole Park, a beautiful location with a fascinating history, has been rewarded for consistently achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and I would like to congratulate all of the staff there.”