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The Moth Retreat for Artists and Writers

‘For anyone looking for somewhere soothing to complete (or indeed start) their magnum opus; somewhere that is rustic but cosy, pared-back but comfortable, and full of eclectic touches, witty and warm; this could be the spot.’ Irish Times

‘Whatever the medium, at €300 a week it’s a good place for a solitary retreat.’ Sunday Times Culture

‘Everything about the retreat is inspiring.’ Carla Manfredino 

The Moth is delighted to present its newly refurbished retreat for writers and artists alike, which you can read about in the Homes & Property section of the Irish Times

The barn features a large studio/living area and kitchen/breakfast room downstairs, and a bedroom and bathroom upstairs.

Fresh eggs are provided every morning, and fresh vegetables (when in season), in warm, inviting accommodation that is in keeping with The Moth aesthetic, and where a keen eye has been kept on William Morris’s golden rule: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’

There is an easel in the studio downstairs, and a writing desk upstairs, and a bicycle is provided (though the publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, will be on hand should you need to purchase groceries or a lift to Cavan Town).

The Moth retreat is situated along a beautiful country lane in Ireland (3 kilometres from the local village of Milltown and 19 kilometres from Cavan Town) and surrounded by some of the county’s famed 365 lakes. Just a few kilometres away is Drumlane Abbey, founded by Saint Colmcille in the sixth century. The county also hosts the source of the River Shannon and has its own Burren, with numerous geological sites recognised by UNESCO.   

Gulliver’s Travels
was reputedly penned while Jonathan Swift was on holidays in Cavan. Gulliver is said to be based on a local giant of a man by the name of John Doughty, who was so strong he could carry a pony on his shoulders.

The novelist and poet Dermot Healy grew up in Cavan Town (his wonderful autobiography A Bend for Home is set here).

Samuel Beckett went to school in Enniskillen, just a half an hour northwest of here.

The homeplaces of such literary giants as Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh and John McGahern are all within an hour’s drive, or you can strike out west towards Yeats Country.

Cavan is a central point between Dublin, Belfast, Donegal, Galway and Sligo. It is located on the N3 and is less than two hours away from Dublin. There is a daily bus service from Dublin Airport to Cavan Town.

How to apply:
Accommodation is €300 a week and is self-catered. A minimum stay of 1 week is required, and a maximum stay of 2 weeks. The accommodation is specifically for artists and writers.

Bursaries for young artists and writers (under 30) are also available from select Arts Offices in Ireland. 

If you are interested in booking accommodation please email editor@themothmagazine.com in the first instance.