Writers’ Retreats in Ireland

Helen Dwyer, presidente della Irish Writers Association, l’Associazione degli Scrittori Irlandesi, ci ha inviato alcune note sulle straordinarie possibilità che l’Irlanda offre agli autori, sia irlandesi che stranieri. L’Irlanda è un paese che investe molto sulla cultura. Ho soggiornato per un intero mese presso il Tyrone Guthrie Centre, nell’agosto del 20A16. Un’esperienza meravigliosa, della quale ripropongo intanto alcune foto a corredo dell’articolo di Helen. [T.Colusso]




Annaghmakerrig Newbliss Co. Monaghan Ireland

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a beautiful, secluded residential workplace open to professional practitioners in all art forms. It is an ideal place to take time away from the everyday, to create valuable space to think and work.
The centre was founded by the visionary theatre maker William Tyrone Guthrie who, with the advice and encouragement of his family, bequeathed his entire estate and family home to the State with the proviso that it would be used for the benefit of artists and writers. An inspired decision, it is one that has positively reshaped the cultural landscape of Ireland ever since.
Situated in a beautiful, tranquil setting amid the lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, often referred to as Annaghmakerrig, is the ideal location to bring focus to your artistic work. Whether developing new work, finding the space to complete a project or simply taking time out to creatively regenerate, Annaghmakerrig provides the perfect environment. Quiet, serene and supportive, everything is provided for during your stay, including delicious food. Artists of all disciplines may apply to become a Tyrone Guthrie resident and in this section you can find out about the studios and facilities at the Centre, which include artist studiesa performance studioa composers room and a print studio. You can read more about what to expect from your stay and how to apply. Artist residencies are offered for a maximum period of one month in the Big House and two months in the self-catering Farmyard Cottages.


Dungeagan, Co. Kerry

Cill Rialaig, a pre-famine village on remote Bolus Head, lay in ruins, abandoned for nearly half a century, and was about to be demolished altogether when former publisher Noelle Campbell-Sharp and a local community group bought the site, set up a Trust and began rebuilding it as an artists’ retreat in 1992.
Since then over 2000 artists including writers, poets, composers and playwrights have found sanctuary there, so near to the great Skellig itself, one of the most famous ‘hermitages’of all. President Mary McAleese visited the village in 2008 to dedicate one restored house to the seanachai (storyteller) Sean O Conaill who lived there between 1853 and 193I. This thatched stone house which has no electricity in its main cabin room is now used as a Tig an Comhra (Conversation House) or meetingplace for the many Irish and International artists who are granted, free of rent, short-stay residencies of one to four weeks.
Although the project reserves a special place for young and emerging artists, it has played host to many of Ireland’s leading artists along with eminent artists from abroad who go back to their countries with exhibitions inspired by the South West of Ireland.


Dooagh, Achill Island, Co Mayo. Ireland

Heinrich Böll’s legacy to Achill Island is evident most prominently in two places: the Böll Stiftung in Cologne and thanks to Mayo County Council, his cottage in Dugort which is now an artists’ residence providing a short-term retreat for writers, poets and artists from Ireland, Germany and around the world. Heinrich Böll’s son, Rene, an artist, works and exhibits regularly on Achill Island. A selection of work by Rene Boell is available online at the web site of Keel-based Western Art Gallery.


Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat
Eyeries, Beara, Bantry, Co Cork
Tel: +353 (1) 27 74441

High on a heather-covered hillside awaits Anam Cara, a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for those who create. Whether you come to work on a writing or artistic project of your own or as part of a workshop or special interest group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to produce your best work.