Facilities for Writers


All bedrooms in our Big House are equipped with writing desks and lamps, as are the individual sitting rooms in our five self-catering cottages. Residents may also use our library and drawing room in the Big House (depending on Covid restrictions), and our conservatory.

The Fitz-Simon Room Writing Desk in our Big House

We often see residents outside during the good weather, sitting with a cup of tea and a laptop at one of our many picnic tables. Our poetry corner, on the ground floor, with a view over the west garden, is a lovely place to sit and think.

A writing area in one of our self-catering cottages

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre has consistently offered me the supremely practical gifts of time and space, teamed with a tranquil, beautiful, and nurturing environment. As a result, some of my best and most sustained writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has originated in this miraculous place.

Neil Hegarty - Author

It was wonderful to have the space and time to concentrate on my work…not having to shop, cook, and clean, was heaven. The guests in the house were very welcoming. I remember the composer, John O’Conor, putting me at my ease. I was very young. My residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre really opened a new chapter in the arts world for me.

Ger Duffy - Playwright

What I’ll value most is how The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig helped me to slow down, long enough to let inspiration catch up with me.

Conor Horgan - Photographer and screenplay writer

If the world is knit together by stories, then it is places like The Tyrone Guthrie Centre that form the glue to hold the whole landscape together.

Colum McCann - Author

I attend two residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and completed my memoir, Fractured, there…many thanks for being able to work and stay at this remarkable place.

Susan Mockler - Author

My first novel, ‘For the Love of Martha’, published by Poolbeg in 2015, was conceived and begun at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Maria Murphy - Author

There’s a deep, subtle and irresistible sense of goodwill [at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre]. It is the kind of place where lecturers can write novels, single mothers can paint, and arts administrators can write poetry...

Conor Horgan - Photographer and screen play writer

Annaghmakerrig was hugely important to me as a young writer starting out. I began many a page there and finished by ‘Star of the Sea’ there. A uniquely supportive and superbly helpful place for writers and artists.

Professor Joseph O’Connor - Author, Playwright, and Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing, UL

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre was the first place where I felt like an artist, on an equal footing with everyone around the evening dinner table … This caused a seismic change in me and how I felt about myself…I know that I do my best writing there, ably supported and encouraged by all of the nurturing women who work there. It is no exaggeration to say that the Tyrone Guthrie Centre changed my life.

Liz Nugent - Author

I’ve known The Tyrone Guthrie Centre since its beginning and in many guises – as resident, visitor, Board member and Chairperson. What is constantly astonishing is that it has preserved, for more than forty years, the conditions and climate for artists to do their best work.

Peter Fallon - Poet, Editor, & Publisher

Time spent at Annaghmakerrig is priceless. I completed several books of poetry and prose because of the opportunity The Tyrone Guthrie Centre provides to concentrate in such a work-focused yet relaxed atmosphere. Simply priceless.

Gerald Dawe - Poet

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