The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig opens as a residential work space for artists

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre was officially opened at Annaghmakerrig House County Monaghan by author and playwright Brian Friel.

Tyrone Guthrie’s dream was that Annaghmakerrig would become a retreat yet a creative centre for all types of artists.

Composers, writers and poets are already in residence at the house sapping up the tranquillity of their new surroundings.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is jointly funded by the Arts Councils both north and south of the border.

The launch was attended by the Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey who received the Guinness Peat Award for his contribution the development of the arts. Former Taoiseach Jack Lynch was also present at the launch.

Speaking at the event, Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald said that the project demonstrated a particular kind of imagination and commended the project for bringing together the two sides of the island of Ireland.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 October 1981. The reporter is Michael Lally.