1852 – Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (née Persse), playwright, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, is born in Roxborough, Co Galway.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Lady Gregory was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre director; also a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre.

George Bernard Shaw once described Lady Augusta Gregory as ‘the greatest living Irishwoman’.

Lady Gregory, also known as Isabella Augusta, was born in Roxborough, Co Galway. She married Sir William Henry Gregory in 1880. Sir Gregory owned an estate at Coole Park near Gort in Co Galway. The house at Coole Park had a large library and Lady Gregory, as she was now known, was delighted to have so many books at her disposal. She travelled to Europe and further afield with her husband. She began to write poetry and prose.

Sir Gregory died in 1893 and Lady Gregory returned to her home in Coole Park. She developed a great interest in the Irish language and began collecting folklore from around the local area. She published a number of volumes of folk tales.

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