Are you a writer who needs some space for creative thinking? Would you like to House-Sit in a Heritage property close to the Seamus Heaney Homeplace?

Irish Landmark Trust Ltd and Poetry Ireland are delighted to offer this unique opportunity.

This initiative is aimed at writers who would like to remove themselves from their everyday routine and take some time out to work on a project.

Irish Landmark Trust Ltd and Poetry Ireland are offering a 6-month residency from October 2022 to March 2023 at Ballealy Cottage, Randalstown, Co. Antrim.

Ballealy Cottage is a fairytale cottage located close to the shores of Lough Neagh, 15 minutes from the Seamus Heaney Homeplace. It is a nature lovers paradise with a wonderful wildlife garden. A secluded, peaceful paradise it provides the ultimate retreat for a writer seeking to hide themselves away from the world for a short time and create their best work.


  • Resident must be available October 2022 – March 2023
  • Resident will pay all heating and utility bills.
  • Resident will provide their own linen and towels.
  • Resident must have their own transport.

Deadline to apply is Tuesday 27 September at 5pm 

To apply, contact: