Family fun day at Coole

On Thursday November 5 the Arts Series continues at Coole with renowned musician and singer/song writer John Faulkner. Faulkner who is currently musician in residence with Galway County and Galway City councils presents Farewell to Eirinn, a varied selection of songs that refer to emigration. On Sunday November 8 from 2pm to 4pm Coole Park will host Coole Trees in Winter, a family fun day event. Visitors will explore Coole in early winter with staff, learn about native and non-native trees and how to identify them, even when the leaves are gone. Activities for families include outdoor walks, scavenger hunts, indoor fun, and art and craft work. On Monday November 9 from 8pm to 9pm the second of the heritage lectures entitled Being Environmentally Friendly takes place.

Biodiversity in the Home and Community by Elaine O’Riordan, Galway County biodiversity project manager, will discuss how we as individuals and communities can make room for biodiversity in our daily lives and surroundings. Some topics to be covered include planting for biodiversity, birds, bats and bugs in the garden and home and community wildlife areas. On Thursday November 12 from 8pm to 9pm Irene Graham talks on memoir writing and tells us how to turn memories into memoirs.

Graham is founder of the internationally renowned writing retreat known as The Creative Writer’s Workshop and author of the recent publication The Memoir Writing Workbook. Irene believes everyone has a story to tell, she offers a personal guide to writing your life story while having fun doing so! She offers a stimulating journey from memory to memoir using visual techniques and exercises to evoke memory recall, which helps tap into natural creativity as you write your memoir – in step by step stages.

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