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IRELAND: Heron's Reach, Dingle

The Dingle Penisula is one of the most beautiful places in the world according to most travel sites. What the pitures can't give you are the noises and constantly changing skyscape. Part of the Irish Galtacht, Dingle is rich in stories and magic. One of the Celtic 'thin places' of the world where the real and magic meet.

Heron's Reach has been the site of many writing adventures. Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, 5 minutes walk from the sea and Birnham Lagoon there is inspiration everywhere. Why did Lady Ventry have the bridge blown up? What did the carvings on these stones mean to the people who made them? How did they live on those islands? Who left these footprints in the sand? Is that a seal or a sulkie?

Many visitors to Kerry County come looking for the steps of their ancestors. For those of Irish heritage there is much to demonstrate why their families left and why Ireland is still carried in the hearts of their decendants. We have worked with several guests on life-writing and can introduce you to librarians and historians who may be able to help you with your quest.


For those wishing to visit the retreat with friends and family, there is plenty for those traveling with you to do while you write. One of the unique features of Dingle is the proximity of sea, mountains, restaurants and shopping all within a 20 minute drive but all feeling remote and different. If you feel that you would like your family near you but not on the same premises while you we have two holiday cottages nearby which can be rented by them. Heron's Reach, Atlanic Cottage and the Rambling House are all available for writing groups and 'knuckle down' retreats.

LOUISE PAGE has won countless awards for her work which has been performed in over 40 countries. She has taught writing in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Egypt, Greece, France and Norway.

Her play Salonika was performed in New York with Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy. Her play Golden Girls was performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company with Cathy Tyson and Kenneth Branagh.

Her radio credits include The Archers and over 20 original plays.
Her novel Isabella was published by BBC books. She has also published poetry, journalism and short stories.
Her academic work includes Creative Reflection for Nursing Professionals to be published by Polity Books in 2013.
She is currently adapting Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer for the stage. Her play Self-Storage about who owns education and knowledge is currently in development with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
For the Royal Literary Fund she has been a fellow at The University of Huddersfield, Leeds Univerity and Edge Hill.
She is an accredited Read to Lead mentor.
Louise has strong track record of working with businesses to improve their communication skills. Among the companies she has worked for are Novartis, Eventus and The Financial Services Institute.
When not writing or reading, Louise will be found upholstering in the winter and bookeeping in the summer.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Louise Page.

Region:  There is always an event going on in Dingle. January - Women's Little Christmas February - Valentine's Day and the Dingle Walking Festival March - St Patrick's Day, Dingle Film Festival April - Easter May - Failte na Bealtine, Arts Festival celebrating Celtic New Year June - curragh races, fun run July - regatta August -Dingle Races September - Dingle Marathon October - Dingle Food Festival November - Hill Walking December - Christmas Day, Wren Day and New Year All of these events offer writers inspiration and ideas.

Location:  Dingle Town is two miles from the retreat. The woods featured in Ryan's Daughter are at the edge of the property. Heron's Reach is situated just off the Slea Head Drive. The front of the house looks out towards Mount Brandon.

Closest airport:  The nearest airport, Kerry, is an hour's drive away. Shannon and Cork Airport are both 2.5 hours drive. For those arriving on overnight flights into Shannon from the United States, early occupancy of rooms can be arranged.

Tourism information:  


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
The Nest Self-contained grass roofed cabin with double bedroom, shower room and kitchen; living room with log burning stove. The cabin is separate from the main house and ideal for writers really looking for solitude. Unsupported retreats available. From 150
Brandon Double en-suite room. Working desk. From 120
Eagle Twin room with fireplace, working desk. From 100
Eak View King bed, wash basin, door to decking. From 100
The Eyrie Huge attic room. Three beds, working desk. From 100


  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Refbook
  • Kitchenette
  • Breakfast
  • Private bathroom
  • TV/DVD
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking
  • SBathroom

Payment terms:  A 25% deposit is required to guarantee your reservation. Balance is due 4 weeks before the retreat begins. No work will be read and critiqued before the full balance has been paid. All currency change charges are the responsibilily of the payee.

Cancellation policy:  If at least 30 days prior to arrival, deposit will be refunded less 50 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.

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