Druid: Holding their nerve while raising Augusta Gregory’s spirit at Coole

She wasn’t just founder of the Abbey; she created theatre for the ordinary people

Garry Hynes, Conor Linehan, Marie Mullen, Peter Daly, Venetia Bowe, Dónal Gallery, Tim Doyle, Sarah Morris, John Olohan, Liam Heslin, Garrett Lombard, Megan Cusack, Marty Rea and Rory Nolan.  Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Garry Hynes, Conor Linehan, Marie Mullen, Peter Daly, Venetia Bowe, Dónal Gallery, Tim Doyle, Sarah Morris, John Olohan, Liam Heslin, Garrett Lombard, Megan Cusack, Marty Rea and Rory Nolan. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

There’s a colourised photograph of Lady Augusta Gregory – author, playwright, folklorist, founder of the Abbey Theatre – taken in 1916. Somehow the delicate tint by John Breslin (Old Ireland in Colour) emphasises the striking resemblance between Gregory and actor and Druid co-founder Marie Mullen.

The image was colourised for DruidGregory, bringing live theatre – a tribute to and animation of Gregory’s life and work – to the fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in Co Galway, her home and a focal point for writers and the Irish literary revival in the early 20th century.

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