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Writer’s Testimonial’s

New: An Tigín – The Writer’s Cabin

For two weeks I stayed in the Tigin , which was my wonderful writer’s cabin in a beautiful rural setting. I was able to really immerse myself in my writing in the quiet and solitude of the Tigin.     At the end of the writing day it was so good to go on a beautiful walk. Just across the road from the Old Rectory there are a number of spectacular looped walks.  These are on very quiet rural country roads and so I soaked in the views of Croagh Patrick and the scent of wild flowers.  Roisin gave us a very warm welcome and we had memorable discussions about writing and about life.  I would highly recommend the Old Rectory to  writers working on a book, book chapter or journal paper.

Terry Barrett
Lecturer in Education Development
University College Dublin

Had a lovely stay in the wee cottage. Could live there no problem !


Thank you so much for a wonderful experience I will never forget….for the hospitality, the long chats, delicious meals and for the chance of sharing inspiring writing at round table work sessions. This has been the best month I’ve had in a long time. I hope to come back again and again.

Georgia Mooney, Australia. Singer -songwriter.

Wonderful place to relax and also be creative (20,000 words in a week).

Susan Knight, Novelist and Short Story writer.

A brilliant productive stay. Many thanks.

Kathleen Kenny, England,  poet.

Thank you Roisin for the peace, solitude, care and company. It has been a real life affirming time.

Philip Lee, artist.

A very nurturing and inspiring environment.

Naomi  Foyle, England, writer

Róisín,  and Mick also,   Thank you so much for everything. This was the perfect place to rest and collect my thoughts after 5 months on the road. I enjoyed my walks in the area and all the delicious meals. Joining in a couple of writing circles was an added bonus. I hope to see you again.

Amanda Young, U.S. Writer.

You have been kind and generous and I have appreciated that immensely…I’ve left with plenty to think about. Thank you for assisting me with my work.

Patrick O Neal, Australia,  writer.

Writing Workshops

I’m still as high as a kite! I had a wonderful, wonderful week-end and can’t thank you enough for having the dream and then organising it all so gracefully. I’ve heard it said that if you leave something behind you mean to return, well I certainly do mean to return!


People get all sorts of things out of Róisín’s place. I’m not, like some others,an aspiring novelist. I just like to write. The insights about the art of writing and the prompts hat Fin and Fiona provide are so helpful  for me. They send me on trails of thoughts and emotions, stories and words that I’d never  have come up with on my own. There’s Roisín, writing her novel and cooking and providing for us all a the same time.- She integrates it all. And now there’s Carolyn – Shiatsu massage was new to me – but I had a second one within days. What a way to treat yourself and get on with your writing.

May from Belfast.

I thoroughly enjoyed the creative writing workshop at the Old Rectory Retreat this July. I was a non-resident as I live close by but the ambiance  the food, craic was  wonderful and I felt completely at ease. The writing inspiration supplied by Sixpens leaders was plentiful.

Joan, Westport.

The Old Rectoroy Retreat is a wonderful home from home for writers and artists alike and Róisín a great hostess. Nourishment for mind, body and soul.

Rósie Cowan, Belfast.

Yet another wonderful visit and a superb experience of creative writing. Looking forward to the next workshop already. N. J. Kildare.

Thank you all for bringing so much openness, energy and talent to Roisin’s wonderfully welcoming and conducive retreat. I had an amazing weekend and it was a real pleasure meeting you and getting to know you. I felt privileged to be in the room to hear your amazing work today. The diversity, creativity, complexity and quality of it all was truly inspiring, not to mention funny! Look what happens when you beat Resistance at the pass!

Fiona Keane, facilitator

Everything flows freely at the Old Rectory Retreat-the tea, the words, the praisefor an extraordinary home. Thank you for hosting me for this chapter of my adventure. See you again. Indiana June.

Got a great welcome,and great advice. Thanks for taking time out to give me so much information. Loved the music. Mary P. USA

So happy to have stayed in your house. I’m inspired. Suzanne, Sweden.

A Big Thanks from my heart. Robert, Stockholm

Told you I’d be back. And it won’t be my last time.What an incredible 5 days!  The writer’s workshop provided just the impetus and inspiration I needed to get going and the atmosphere of the old Rectory was perfect. Roisín’s incredible hospitality wa the icing on the cake. Thank you! Alison.

One of the best holidays I’ve ever had. Róisín please adopt me! love, Rosie

Róisín thanks for a miracle! Until next time. Love, Annie.

Go raibh maith agat  Róisín, for your warm hospitality, comradeship and friendship. Rosie B.

What a treasure this house is, so are the people living here. Thank you for a lovely time we spent here. Anna b Pas.

Great to get the creative juices flowing. Thank you Róisín for creating such a special environment  and for your hospitality. Sandra.

Thank you Roisin and Fiona for another lovely time full of inspiration and hospitality. Will be back!

Andrea and Thomas. (Germany/Ireland)

Fantastic Fiona! Words desert me. Thank you. Tom.

We will certainly recommend your place to everyone we know. A. Donnelly, Hungary.

Yet another wonderful visit and a superb experience of creative writing. Looking forward to the next workshop already, Niamh.

Rest and relaxation

Have the rest and the relaxation! Home from home except of course the fabulous surroundings. We’ll be back for sure. It was amazing. Thanks. Jennie and the gang.

Like a home away from home. Thank you ‘ll so much for a lovely weekend. We’ve never felt so much at home anywhere we’ve stayed G. G. and B. Ryan, Cork

Thank you for sharing your exquisite home with us. Lucy loved the trains and Rufus gave her a lot of joy! We hope to make a return visit. Laura, Sheila, Lucy.

Thanks so much for welcoming us to your wonderful home – we only wish we had more time here, Thanks, Andy R.

Thanks for a wonderful stay.  We had a great time and the house and surrounddings are beautiful. Paul and Antoinette.

What a wonderful stay at the old Rectory. Róisín’s hospitality and breakfasts were superb and it was perfect being in such  peaceful surroundings while being in touring distance of Westport. Thank you Peter, Ben,  and Chris..

This is a really nice place, full of feelings. Merci Beaucoup Clement. Thank you all very much for such a lovely stay – we enjoyed every second of it – it exceeded every expectation!! Thank you so much for your fantastic hospitality Róisín. Ceacu and Jim.

Thanks for a lovely stay. Amazing breakfasts cooked by Mick. We were spoiled. We really loved the Old Rectory and hope to come back soon. Also thanks for letting us keep Morley in the porch.

Pauline and Michael.

Thanks a lot for everything. The room was very comfortable and breakfast was delicious. Warm atmosphere. We’re looking to come back next year. So see you. Nisha and Denis

Thank you for the nice time, the great breakfast, the scones at the fireplace. Daniel  and Magali.

Un endroit et un acceuil fantastique. Merci de vous avoir informe sur le pub oú nous avons pu ecouter de la musique avec toute la famille. Olivier & co.

Great nosh, great atmosphere, love it here! Thanks, F.

An amazing visit. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, helpful and wonderful to visit with. Thank you, Meghann.

Thanks so much for the warmest, most welcoming hospitality, excellent breakfasts and beautiful ‘escape’! I will be back. Dirk and Allison.

We felt really at home and out of the chaos of the world. Mary Mac. Wexford.

Thank you so much for the Jane Austin-like room. Mascha and Ullrich.

Very charming house and thanks to the hostess who taugh us a bit of Irish History. D. Balcaen We feel so lucky to have found such a beautiful and charming place. Anna and Hilda.

A guesthouse with a piano! Oh heaven….


A fabulous home, a wonderful warm welcome. we will definitely be back – Thank you. Sarah.

Thank you Róisín for a wonderful stay, very beautiful home and family. Fiona.

Bhain mé an-taithneamh as an cúpla lá a chaith mé anseo Go raibh míle as an fháilte agus do fhlaithiúlacht. Le mór mheas,  Róisín S.

Many thanks to you. You are so kind and warm ….merci. Caherine V.


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