This is an excerpt from Ireland the Best, published 22 March 2018.
Pearse’s Cottage, Ros Muc, Co Galway +353 91 574292
Patrick Pearse, leader of the 1916 uprising, built his cottage in Ros Muc in 1909, and thatched it in the style of the local country dwellings. Today, an adjacent visitor centre provides an introduction to the Irish language and Gaeltacht culture, in addition to Pearse’s connection to Ros Muc. All day, 7 days, till 4pm winter, 6pm summer.
Kavanagh’s Seat, Grand Canal, Dublin 4
There are actually two seats commemorating the great Monaghan poet, on the Grand Canal. The best known is on the N bank, on Mespil Road, and has a statue of the poet, by John Coll. Less well known is the simple wood and granite seat, at the lock gates near Baggot St Bridge, unveiled in 1968, shortly after Kavanagh’s death.
Synge’s Cottage, Inis Meain, Aran Islands, Co Galway
The house where JM Synge stayed when he visited the Aran Islands, between 1898 and 1902, has been restored, and is a splendidly authentic tribute to the great playwright. The family who looked after Synge still own the cottage, and maintain it beautifully. The small admission charge goes towards the upkeep of the cottage. Make sure to also visit Synge’s Chair, where the dramatist would go to write.