Robert, the Irish Airman in the Yeats poem, was the only son of Sir William & Lady Augusta Gregory of Coole park.
This year, 2018, marks the centenary of Robert Gregory's death in WW1 . Robert, the Irish Airman of the Yeats poem, was the only son of Sir William & Lady Augusta Gregory of Coole park.
To mark the occasion the focus of tours, at Kiltartan Gregory Museum, this year, is on the life of Robert, his death, his paintings and his family. Two open days were held at the museum in January, when visitors were afforded the opportunity to view some of Robert's paintings and heard stories of his life at Coole. A model of The Sopwith F1 Camel, in which he crashed was on display. The poems written by W.B Yeats,in memory of Robert, were also discussed.
Check out this event on the 26th of August at Coole Park : Commemorative walk 'An Irish Airman - Robert Gregory of Coole
On Saturday 29th. Sept 2018 a model of a stone cairn with bronze airplane on top will be unveiled at Kiltartan Cross. The monument, which is designed by renowned artist, John Coll and commissioned by the late Comd. Geoffrey Byrne White, great grand nephew of Lady Gregory, will contain a bronze bust of Robert Gregory and the Kiltartan Poem.."An Irish Airman Forsees his Death." It will be a tribute to Robert Gregory and all Air Men. This event will be part of the annual Lady Gregory & Yeats Autumn Gathering. The Museum has had another successful year with visitors from all over the world paying a visit to this architectural gem at the renowned Kiltartan Cross.
Professor Adam Hanna with a group of American students, currently studying Irish Literature at UCC
Below :Members of the Thomond Historical Society visiting Kiltartan Gregory Museumas part of their outing to Gort & South Galway. The group also visited Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park & Kilmacduagh.