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Teach Synge - John Millington Synge's Cottage & Museum

Teach Synge, on the beautiful island of Inishmaan (one of the Aran Islands) in County Galway, is a restored 300 year old cottage.

It has been restored to its former glory and 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).

JM Synge first visited the island house in 1898, where his hosts were Brid and Paidin MacDonnchadha (MacDonagh). MsTheresa 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 JM Synge visited the Mac Donagh family. It is now open in the summer months as a Synge Museum.

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

Synge's association to the Islands

Synge's play, Riders to the Sea, was influenced by these trips to Inishmaan.

Opening Months:

June-September incl. (Times vary - check gate). October-May: By appointment.

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