The Owl Tree has been growing in Ireland for many years but has only recently started to flourish and produce owls of many colours, shapes and sizes (along with some other creatures as well). The seed for The Owl Tree was ‘sewn’ in Ireland more than 100 years ago, and endured through the swirling mists of the Celtic Twilight era.
The roots stretch back to The Dun Emer Guild, which was established in 1902 in Dublin by Evelyn Gleeson and Augustine Henry, the renowned botanist. W.B.Yeats’s sisters, Lilly and Elizabeth later joined the guild. My mum, a cousin of Evelyn Gleeson’s, learned the delicate art of Celtic embroidery and the skills of colour shading with Evelyn Gleeson in The Dun Emer Guild.