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a Place Like no other

Westport has stolen our hearts with its breath-taking scenery, bustling restaurant, and amazing warm, friendly locals. A town that is filled with history and culture, we couldn’t imagine a better home for Tertulia

The old School where we live

In 1997, after Neil finished working on “Saving Private Ryan” with Tom Hanks at Curracloe beach in Wexford, we drove up to Mayo in our camper van to visit Bridget whom we had met in Australia on our world trip.  We took a wrong turn and ended up outside an amazing dilapidated old school house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  We had a cup of tea and thought what would it be like to live here, leave behind the madness of London, escape to the ocean and see what happens.  Well we put an offer that day on the school house and it was accepted.  Here we are 23 years later.

Louisburgh HQ

In 2012, I (Brid) had an idea to bring together the businesses and organisations of Louisburgh to create an excitement about the town, the people and the place.  Seven of us formed an organisation called Louisburgh HQ with a mission to create a vibrant place to live and visit.  We set up a tourism office, an arts centre, a craft shop, created a map, website, Facebook page and set about bringing the people of Louisburgh together (see our first Newsletter).

Westport Chamber Chats

Tertulia is also now a member of the Westport Chamber of Commerce and we recently took part in a series called the Chamber Chats. In our chat, we talked about all things Tertulia, our past adventures, our business, and Louisburgh TV – a YouTube series where we interview authors & other book enthusiasts. We love to see collaboration between people and businesses and were delighted to be able to introduce ourselves as the faces behind Tertulia Bookshop and to present Tertulia as more than a business, but a place and a space for like minded people to meet and engage with each other.