Teach Synge

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Ms Theresa Ní Fhatharta, Inishmaan (Inis Meáin), Aran Islands, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Ms Theresa Ni Fhatharta
T: +353 (0)99 73036
E: tnifha@hotmail.com

Teach Synge is a 300-year-old cottage that once hosted celebrated playwright, John Millington Synge. Located on the island of Inishmaan of the Aran Islands, the cottage is open as a museum in the summer months.

Teach Synge, a 300-year-old cottage on the beautiful island of Inishmaan (Aran Islands), has been restored in recent years to its former glory. It is now a museum to the life and work of the celebrated playwright, John Millington Synge (1871-1909).

Among his many works are "Riders to the Sea" (1904), hailed by many to be the finest one-act tragedy of the 20th century, and his master drama "The Playboy of the Western World" (1907).

J.M. Synge first visited the island house in 1898 and his hosts were Brid and Paidin MacDonnchadha (MacDonagh). Ms Theresa Ni Fhatharta, the great granddaughter of Synge's hosts, started a campaign to have the house restored. This project has been completed and it was restored as closely as possible to the way it was when Synge visited the MacDonagh family. It is now open in the summer months as the Synge Museum.

Memorabilia includes photographs, drawings and letters. A converted stone outhouse now holds a small reference library of relevant publications by and about Synge, Yeats, Lady Gregory and others.