Tyrone Guthrie Centre

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The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a centre for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland, founded in 1981.[1]

The house was the family home of theatrical director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, and he bequeathed it to the Irish nation to be used as a retreat. His will read that he would leave:

...my said dwelling-house, furniture, pictures and chattels and the income of my residuary estate to be used for the purpose of providing a retreat for artists and other like persons ... so as to enable them to do or facilitate them in doing creative work.

The house has since hosted people such as Michael Harding[2], Loreena Mckennitt, Oonagh Kearney, Derval Symes, Page Allen, Rory Pierce[3], Roisin Meaney, Anne Rigney, Gemma Browne, Colette Bryce, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, Mary Dorcey, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Peter McCann.

International authors have also completed residencies at the Centre, assisting them to complete or polish existing writing projects, going on to great success. These have included Australian authors Luke Davies and Linda Jaivin and British author Bella Pollen.

The first Director was Bernard Loughlin [1981-1999], succeeded by Regina Doyle Acting DIrector (1999 - 2001) Sheila Pratschke [2001 2007], Pat Donlon [2007-2010] and now Robbie McDonald [since 2010].

The centre is a residential workplace open to professional practitioners in all art forms. Creative residencies (or artistic retreats ) are for maximum periods of three months in the Big House and six months in the Farmyard Cottages.

In a tranquil, beautiful setting amid the lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan, everything the eye can see is private in the gated 500-acre (2.0 km2) fully wooded estate. In the 'Big House' (as it is affectionately known) everything is provided for, including delicious food much of which comes from their own organic gardens. The dinner each evening at 7 is always a buzz of chat and discussion that is a welcome interruption to the strong creative work vibe that surrounds the centre. Each bedroom includes, writing desk and a chair and has its own charm and character with a selection of books, paintings and a view. Ten of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and most have fireplaces. Linen and towels are provided.

Up to seven can stay in the 5 self-catering cottages all of which have a small easily lit stove to supplement the comfort and warmth. Eight well light warm studio spaces are also available along with a performance/dance space opened in 2006.


Among the many bursaries covering the cost of accommodation at the centre are:

Noelle Vial bursary for young poets - Donegal County Council Arts Office[4]

The Arts Office of Clare County Council[5]

Francis Ledwidge bursary[6]

Roe Valley Arts and Heritage Committee[7]

The Next Generation programme from the Arts Council of Ireland[8]

Joe Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellowship Award[9]


  1. ^ Bradburn, Richard (20 September 1916). "Writers' retreats: the perfect place to make progress". Irish Times. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Harding, Michael. "The artist as terrorist is a dying species". Irish Times. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Composing in the wilderness - Rory Pierce's musical journey". RTE. 19 Jan 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Second Noelle Vial book launched 14 years after her death". 10 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Flynn, Pat (June 5, 2017). "Bursaries for two Clare artists". Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  6. ^ McGreevy (2 April 2017). "Centenary events launched to mark the death of war poet Francis Ledwidge". Irish Times. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "What's On: Movie night with a luxurious twist at the Bushmills Inn". Irish News. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Artists on retreat - meet 16 young artists awarded Next Generation bursaries". 15 May 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Larissa FastHorse Receives Fellowship From the Guthrie". American Theatre. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 

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