Cill Rialaig Irish Language Residencies 2020

Cill Rialaig Irish Language Residencies 2020

The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce two residencies in the beautiful Cill Rialaig for Irish Language writers. These residencies are now open for applications to two writers for a ten-day period from 29th November - 12th December.

To see the beautiful and inspiring landscape of Cill Rialaig click here

Read Katherine Mezzacappa’s Reflections on Cill Rialaig for an idea of what you can expect.


The residencies are offered all-inclusively free of charge (the IWC will cover the utility charge for each of the houses). Expenses incurred by the selected writers will be food and travel. 


This is an open call to emerging and professional writers who are living on the island of Ireland, writing in the Irish language. The purpose of this residency is to give writers the time and space they need to create new work. 

We have included this monitoring access form, which may be completed along with your application. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying please send the following to with Irish Cill Rialaig Residency in the subject line:

  • A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency (in English OR in English and Irish)
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  • Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words or between 4- 6 poems).
  • Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.

Please collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.  

Application Deadline

Wednesday 14 October, 5PM.


The Irish Writers Centre is continually monitoring the developments around Covid-19. We ask all applicants to be aware that this residency opportunity is subject to government Covid-19 measures, and the Irish Writers Centre reserves the right to withdraw this opportunity should the coronavirus situation call for such measures.