Pádraig Pearse was born in Dublin in 1879. He was an Irish nationalist and patriot and leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. He was excuted in for his part in the revolution in 1916. He spent a lot of time in Ros Muc in Connemara studying and teaching the Irish language between 1903 and 1915. The place and it’s people impressed him so much that he purchased a site with a wonderful view of Loch Eiliarach on which he built a two bedroom thatched cottege for use as a holiday home and school.
The cottage has been restored as an historical site. A new visitor centre next to Pearse’s Cottage provides an exhibition about Pádraig Pearse and an introduction to the Irish language and Gaeltacht culture.