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West Cork residence has streak of the poet

A home which was once an artist’s retreat frequented by George Bernard Shaw offers a respite for the creative soul in us all, writes Catherine Healy

20th August, 2017
Built as a hotel in the late 1800s, Grove House was popular with artists and writers

Not much besides nationality seems to connect George Bernard Shaw, Jack Yeats and Edith Somerville. The radical playwright, Impressionist painter and comic author inhabited different spheres with scant interaction.

But one place that does provide a link between the trio is the storied Grove House in Schull, Co Cork, where all of them stayed at various times and now have rooms named in their honour. Modern-day visitors can even read Shaw’s entry in an old...

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