The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is outstandingly beautiful and special. I feel very lucky to experience this haven for a little more than a week. It is calm and serene, inspiring and simply kept beautifully.
This centre exists thanks to the generosity of Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971). Sir Guthrie was a celebrated Tony Award-winning theatrical director and a great-grandson of the 19th century Irish actor Tyrone Power. At his death in 1971 Tyrone Guthrie left the house in his will to the Irish State for use as a residential workplace for artists.
Will of Sir William Tyrone Guthrie – 3 March 1971…….’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 centre opened 31 years ago and since then more than 6000 artists stayed, worked and created at Annaghmakerrig. Remarkable. Today, I jumped on a bike and cycled through this very green unspoiled landscape to visit him at his last resting place at the Aghabog Parish church. Same of the graves date back to early 1800 and it was another inspiring, quiet and special place to spend an hour of my lucky day.
Thank you, thank you Sir Tyrone Guthrie and to ALL at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre who make our stay unforgettable!