Hello, my name is Dearbhaill Standún and I am a musician and a native Irish/Gaelic speaker from Connemara. My husband – Charlie Troy – is a natural scientist and teacher and, together, over the past 15 years, we have restored Cnoc Suain as a cultural retreat. It is also our family home.
The combined passion we share for our culture, natural history and sustainability has been our inspiration throughout the restoration of the hill-village. It is our pleasure to welcome you to this idyllic retreat. During your stay here we can happily recommend events, activities and experiences – both well known and lesser known – that bring you to the heart of the culture in the area. Examples: quiet country and seashore walks, good food, local festivals and traditional music pubs.
We are always encouraged by the positive comments from visiting guests and journalists, including the following: “Cnoc Suain is one of my favourite natural retreats, owned by two of the finest hosts I know, leading conservationists of both natural and cultural heritage, Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy.” Catherine Mack, The Irish Times.
“Cnoc Suain is serving as a trailblazer and a powerhouse in promoting sustainability and mindfulness of the earth’s – and mankind’s precious resources.”
Travel + Leisure Magazine.