HISTORY OF THE COTTAGE
The cottage at the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre has been at the centre of life in Naul for the best part of a century.
The Cottage in which The Centre is located, was itself renowned in the past as a home for music and dancing.
The Naul Fife & Drum Band used the house as a band practice room in the early part of the 20th century. Some sheets of their hand-written music was discovered in the roof of the house during the course of renovation.
Sinéad Flanagan, later to become the wife of the Irish republican leader and third President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera, was regularly seen dancing at parties in the house.
Micheal Ó Maoláin, a Timire, or traveling Irish teacher, taught the Irish language here in the early years of the Gaelic League. Sean O'Casey used Ó Maoláin as the basis for the character of 'Maguire' in his 1923 play 'The Shadow Of A Gunman'.
THE COTTAGE NOW
Today The Cottage is still full of live in the heart of the Naul community and now houses the wonderful Cottage Cafe.