The Golden Apple, A Play for Kiltartan Children
Illustrated by Margaret Gregory
This children’s play was written by Augusta Gregory, one of the leading lights of the Irish literary renaissance and a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with her friend W.B. Yeats. Born in 1852, Lady Gregory lived through some of the most momentous events of 20th century Irish history. The Kiltartan reference is to the area of Galway where her family home, Coole Park, was located. The house was visited by the authors and artists who were at the heart of the cultural renaissance in Ireland in the first years of the 20th century. The play is enhanced by pictures by Margaret Gregory, the widow of Lady Gregory’s only son Robert. It tells story of the quest to find the golden apple which could save the life of the King of Ireland.