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Padraic Pearse's Cottage Rosmuck Connemara County Galway Ireland
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Ros Muc's most famous landmark is Pearse's Cottage, which attracts up to  ten thousand visitors each year.
 
It was April 1903 when Paraic Mac Piarais first came to Ros Muc as an examiner for Conradh na Gaeilge. He was to stay in the teacher's residence in Gortmore.
Padraic Pearse's Cottage Rosmuck Connemara County Galway Ireland
 
There were Irish lessons being given in Gortmore School by Colm O'Gaora and these were the students that Paraic Mac Piarais was going to test. There were members of the Conradh waiting for the train at Maam Cross, a stranger alighted, he was taken by side car and brought to the teacher's residence, when a second stranger alighted, it was realised this was Paraic Mac Piarais and that he would have no place to stay. He was twenty-three years of age and a month previous he had been the editor of the paper "An Claidheamh Soluis". He was a member of Conradh na Gaeilge since he was seventeen years of age, It was settled that he would stay with Michael O'Malley in the house where the post-office and supermarket is today.
 
Padraic Pearse It was not his first time to the Gaeltacht. In 1898 he was in Arainn and he visited other Gaeltachts before he came to Ros Muc. He was taught Irish by Mairtin O'Conghaile, a blind man, in Arainn, John Millington Synge was also being taught at the time.

Ros Muc and it's people made an impression on him like no other place had previously and because of this he decided to build a holiday home there. He stayed an extra day after he had examined the twelve students. Shortly after this he started looking for a site for his cottage.

 
He bought a site with a magnificent view of Loch Eiliarach. Mairtin Labhrais Nee and Tom Labhrais Nee built a two bedroomed-thatched cottage for him.
It was Bartley Mannion that did the carpentry work in the house. They were told that Mac Piarais did not have much money and that he was working on behalf of the country so they did not charge him much.
Padraic Pearse's Cottage Rosmuck Connemara Ireland
 
He was not in any hurry to pay his bills, when he was not paying for the timber and the other requirements for the house he was summoned to court in Oughterard, it is thought that he still owed for those bills when he was put to death by the English in 1916.

Between 1903 and 1915 he spent a lot of time in Ros Muc and his knowledge of the Irish language greatly improved. Paraic Mac Piarais was born in Dublin in 1879. He was a schoolteacher. He wrote many short stories. for example: "Sean-Mhaitias", "Na Boithri" and "An Mhathair". He also wrote poetry, for example: "Bean tSleibhe ag Caoineadh a Mhic" and "Miana mo Chroi". Life and customs in Ros Muc at that time are reflected in his writings. It was in Ros Muc he wrote the historic speech that he orated at O'Donovan Rossa's Grave.

Padraic Mac Piarais was a great orator. He was the founder of Scoil Eanna in Rathfarnham in Dublin. On the other side of the road to Paraic Mar Piarais's Cottage is Inver Lodge, an estate which was owned by Lord Dudley, the Lord Lieutenant to Ireland, who stayed there at the same time as Paraic Mac Piarais was staying in his cottage. The cottage has been under the auspices of "Duchas", a state sponsored body that looks after historical sites. The house is open to visitors for four months of the year with two or three guides employed.

 

 

 
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