George Bernard Shaw once described Lady Augusta Gregory as “the greatest living Irishwoman”, a title she may deserve for her role in the Irish Literary Revival.
Born at Roxborough, near Loughrea, into a powerful Protestant ascendancy family, Augusta Gregory, through her life and work help Ireland regain its own voice and identity in the late 19th century.
With WB Yeats, and Edward Martyn she co-founded the Abbey Theatre, and managed its affairs for most of her adult life. She wrote numerous plays and short stories, several volumes of folk lore, and translated ancient Irish legends from the original Gaeilge.
Her life, writing, and ideas, will be the subject of the next lecture from the Renmore History Association. Ronnie O’Gorman, chair of The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group Ltd, will give the lecture in Renmore Barracks, on Thursday November 24 at 8pm.