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Innovative cultural centre opens at Irish Rebellion leader Padraig Pearse's home

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An innovative cultural centre has opened at poet, writer and Irish Rebellion leader Padraig Pearse’s cottage in Connemara, Galway.

The Cottage home of Patrick Pearse, Irish rebel leader, now a National Monument near Ros Muc, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images
The cottage home of Patrick Pearse, Irish rebel leader, at Ros Muc, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images

The cottage, called Teach an Phiarsaigh (Pearse’s Cottage), is set in the striking landscape of Ros Muc where Pearse, who was executed for being one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, spent his summers from 1909 to 1915. It was said to have inspired his writing and informed his thinking.

 

Pearse was also an educator, writer and passionate activist for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht. The new centre, Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, will provide visitors with a taste of the Irish language and the culture of the Gaeltacht. There are three other elements to the attraction, Cosán Chonamara (which includes 10 acres and a looped walk), Slí na Coille (an interpretive space focused on Pearse himself) and the historic cottage, Teach an Phiarsaigh.

Irish president Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina look at the statue of Padraig Pearse in Argentina. Image: Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images
Irish president Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina look at a statue of Padraig Pearse in Argentina. Image: Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking at the official opening, the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne, T.D. said, “It is not difficult to understand what inspired Pádraig Pearse’s writing when he came here – the windswept landscape, the bogland, the lakes, the mountains and the sea, not to mention the language and culture of the people. I believe a great job has been done in bringing all of these elements together in this development.”