About Us

On the 3rd of December 2013, Minister of State, Brian Hayes T.D. handed over the keys of Cootehall Barracks to Cootehall Development Ltd. 

Cootehall Development Ltd now plans to develop a community "space" in the barracks, including meeting rooms for local groups and a reading room, dedicated to the internationally-acclaimed writer, John McGahern. Community, rural life, Cootehall and the barracks feature strongly in the writings of John McGahern.

John McGahern (1934-2006)

John McGahern is regarded as one of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the twentieth century. The Observer hailed him as the "greatest living Irish writer" before his death in 2006.

Born near Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, John was the eldest of seven children. His mother, a school teacher, brought up the family on a small farm. His father was the Garda sergeant in Cootehall some 20 miles away. When John was 10 years old, his mother died and he and his siblings  moved to the barracks in Cootehall.

The Works of John McGahern


  • The Barracks (1963)
  • The Dark (1965)
  • The Leavetaking (1975)
  • The Pornographer (1979)
  • Amongst Women (1990) 
  • That They May Face The Rising Sun (2001)


  • Memoir (2005)
  • Love Of The World (2009)

Short Story Collections

  • Nightlines (1970)
  • Getting Through (1978)
  • High Ground (1985)
  • The Collected Stores (1992)
  • Creatures Of The Earth (1989)


  • Sinclair (1971) - for radio
  • Swallows (1975) - for television
  • The Rockingham Shoot (1987) - for television
  • The Power Of Darkness (1991)  - for theatre

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