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Welcome to Doonreagan


DOONREAGAN is an historic country retreat situated in Cashel: an area of outstanding natural beauty right in the heart of Connemara on Ireland’s west coast. With spectacular views at the foot of Cashel Hill, overlooking a sheltered bay of the Atlantic Ocean, DOONREAGAN is a secluded property, yet within easy reach of popular resorts Roundstone and Clifden with numerous shops, bars and restaurants. Cashel itself has two four- star hotels.

The property has recently been extended to include three individually designed self-contained units available to rent all year round, for single occupancy, families or groups (up to 12 people can be accommodated at any one time). There is also a spacious auditorium suitable for workshops, seminars and other group activities. Apart from offering good opportunities for recreation amidst unspoilt scenic surroundings, DOONREAGAN provides an ideal setting for inspired creative work.

Doonreagan Reading Room 

See our List of Books Online Here   

Over the years many artists have spent time in Cashel: from Lucian Freud, Paul Newman and Claire Bloom to Bono and The Edge. Former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes is on record saying that it was whilst living at DOONREAGAN in the 1960s that he made his "big breakthrough – in his writing and in everything to do with himself".

Visitors to Doonreagan have access to the owners’ library with comfortable armchairs, a warm stove and several thousand books to choose from. 

The present owners, Lord and Lady Roden, are both writers.

The View onto Cashel Bay from Doonreagan

An Aerial View of Cashel Bay from Doon Cottage

A View of Cashel Hill from Doonreagan at Evening Time

Sunset at Doonreagan

The Seaside at Doonreagan

The Seashore

Galway Hookers Racing in Cashel Bay in Front of Doonreagan

Flowers at Doonreagan

Flowers at Doonreagan

Connemara Ponies at Doonreagan

A Writing Desk at Doonreagan

The Reading Room and Library at Doonreagan

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This year, the three self-catering units are complemented by a Reading Room inviting visitors to partake of a private library comprising over four thousand books, catalogued on this website. Filled bookcases, comfortable armchairs, a stove and tea and coffee are on offer, as well as facilities for pool, table tennis, card and board games as alternatives to reading.  The space can be easily adjusted for seminars and conferences seating up to sixty. Literary festivals and workshops inspired by Ted Hughes are held here regularly. 

To celebrate the opening of the Reading Room, a free week at Doonreagan in 2016 was offered, subject to availability. The draw was performed by Senator Fidelma Healy Eames on March 31st with the winner being named as Ms Judith Baines. 

Links to Poetry & Theatre



- Ted Hughes at Doonreagan


- Doonreagan The Play


- Reviews of The Play

For further information contact the owner at DOONREAGAN, Cashel, Co. Galway, Ireland. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.