Polranny Pirates avant la lettre. In 1971, an American poet and a Dutch artist in their 20s decided to hitch their way across the world. They looked at a map and noticed another island lurking behind England. So they crossed the sea to Ireland.
At the foot of a mountain on the West Coast, they discovered a 19th century house with a cowshed and a somewhat overgrown garden. They fell in love with the place, stayed and became the original Polranny Pirates. The house was repaired, the garden slightly tamed and, after years of work, the cowshed was transformed into the Folly, a name it acquired when this venture was once dismissed as a ‘complete and utter folly’!
Polranny Pirates Foundation
Since 2008, this Foundation has offered retreats for creative individuals. It differs from an Artist in Residency programme. There are no strings attached. The Foundation provides temporary, cost price workspace and accommodation to artists, academics, writers, epicureans, inventors, musicians, dancers and other creative beings.