The Friends of Coole has announced a review of its biannual Coole Park Cultural Programme.
The Friends of Coole is a voluntary group dedicated to celebrating and continuing the creative influence of Lady Gregory and her contribution to Irish cultural life. From its founding in 1994, the group has worked to establish a cultural and heritage education centre at Coole Park.
A pilot project, the Coole Park Cultural Programme was initiated by the Friends of Coole in June 2005 and was delivered as a joint venture with its partner organisations, biannually in spring and winter. Spring 2010 marked the end of this original pilot programme. Over the years the cultural programme incorporated a wide range of activities and events including both indoor and outdoor family fun activities and events with the heritage/nature and arts theme, outreach workshops for primary and secondary schools, weekly lectures, music, poetry, drama, storytelling, literature, and heritage field trips. All were open to the public and were free of charge, as is the NPWS policy for all events taking place at Coole. Several people including schools, audiences throughout Counties Galway and Clare, lecturers, and performing artists have benefited from this programme in its five years’ duration.
Currently, the Friends of Coole are conducting a review of this Coole Park Cultural Programme, which is being funded by Galway Rural Development. The purpose of the review is to ensure the future development of this five-year old pilot project and to inform planning of the programmes into the future. Meehan, Tully and Associates was recently appointed by the Friends of Coole to carry out this review.
As part of this review, the Friends of Coole would like members of the public to take part in a survey to assess the cultural programme as this feedback will be invaluable. Survey forms can be completed electronically online by visiting www.meehantully.com and following the link for the Coole Park Cultural Programme survey. Alternatively hard copy forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or contacting (071 ) 9146500.