About Tír na Meala
Tír na Meala was built in the early 80s as a honey factory, "Mil an tSuláin". Is has
been used as such for a number of years, but the factory was not economically viable. Currently,
only a painting (by local artist Pauline Dodds) on the ceiling of the
library reminds us of the building's original use.
It was bought by an English couple some years later who named it "Honeybrook".
A Dutch couple bought the house in 1997 and rebuilt it with guest rooms and a workshop
which can be used for art courses. We acquired Tír na Meala in 2008.
Tír na Meala is situated in a quiet valley, surrounded by the rugged
hills of Southwest Ireland.
There are excellent opportunities for walking in the area.
Coolea (Cúil Aodha in Gaelic) lies in one of the Gaeltacht areas where Gaelic is the everyday
language and where the Irish cultural heritage is vibrant. One of the
founding fathers of the revival of traditional Irish music, Seán
Ó Riada, lived there. He was a lecturer in Irish music at University
College Cork and one of the music groups he founded later developed into The
Chieftains. His son, Peadar Ó Riada, still lives and records in his own
studio in Coolea and is the musical director of the male choir Cór
Chúil Aodha which was founded in 1963 by his father. Peadar was also one
of the original owners of the honey factory.