Celebrate Tree Week at Coole

A range of events for all ages will take place in Coole next month as the park celebrates Tree Week as part of its spring cultural programme.

Sunday March 7 will see several events taking place in Coole including Coole Trees in Spring, a guided walk through the park with staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who will explain how to identify different tree species in spring.

This event will take place from 2.30pm to 4pm along with a range of indoor and outdoor family events including scavenger hunts and games.

Storyteller Clare Murphy will tell tree-related stories from 4pm to 5pm. This event is for children aged seven to 11 and advance booking is required. To book contact Coole Park at (091 ) 631804.

Coole Trees in Spring will also take place on Sunday March 14, with guided walks of the park by NPWS guide Áine O’Loughlin, who will discuss the history of the park’s trees from Lady Gregory’s time to the present day.

This event will take place from 2.30pm to 4pm.

The Gringo Stars will perform a concert of Mexican music at Coole from 4pm to 5pm on the same day.

The Gringo Stars comprise well-known Galway musicians Johnny Moynihan (Sweeney’s Men, De Dannan, Planxty, Moonshine ); Paul Gunning (Maimín Cajun Band, Fantango ); John Martin (Boucherie, Maimín Cajun Band ); Pete Brazier (Cafe Kinvara, Fantango, Ain't Misbehavin' ); and Irish-Mexican Frank Hall (Moonshine, Higglers, Buffalo in the Castle ).

The heritage course, entitled ‘Reading and Understanding the Landscape’, which is funded by Galway Rural Development, is well under way and takes place on Mondays and Thursdays until mid March. Today (Thursday ) Dr James Moran, a scientist and lecturer at Sligo Institute of Technology, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Management of the Natural Environment/Pedology’ from 8pm to 10pm. On Monday March 1 Tiernan Henry, hydrologist and lecturer, department of earth and ocean science, National University of Ireland, will give a lecture on hydrology.

All events in the Coole Park Spring 2010 programme are free. For more details visit www.coolepark.ie

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