Achill Island Artists
Irish artist Paul Henry lived and worked on Achill between 1910-1919, a hugely formative period in his career. American artist Robert Henri stayed annually between 1924 and 1928 and painted hundreds of portraits of local Achill Island children, while the contemporary artist Camille Souter has had a home on Achill Island since the 1950s.Achill Artists index page
Writers on Achill Island
English novelist Graham Greene visited and stayed on Achill Island with his mistress, the American society hostess Catherine Walston, in the late 1940s. Walston also entertained the Castlebar-born revolutionary and writer Ernie O'Malley at her cottage at Dooagh on Achill. The German writer Heinrich Boll, the German writer who was the winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature, first visited Achill Island in 1955. He returned regularly to Achill to write, renting a summer home in Dugort. Heinrich Boll's 1957 book 'An Irish Journey' records his first visit to Ireland and life as he found it in the 1950s on Achill Island. The Anglo-Irish playwright J.M. Synge was deeply influenced by life on Ireland's western seaboard and based his most famous work, 'The Playboy of the Western World', in north Mayo close to Achill Island.Achill Writers index page
Planning a visit to Achill?
Turasòireacht Acla / Achill Tourism provides an official visitor's guide to Achill at its website www.achilltourism.com. Offering details of accommodation on Achill, events and festivals, places to vist on Achill and activities on Achill.
This guide to Achill Island also includes maps and travel information and details of Achill's history and culture.
Achill Cottages offers superior self catering accommodation on Achill Island.