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The Northwest Sights

Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum

Updated 04/28/2014

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Walk through the beachfront Folk Village Museum to explore rural life. This clachan, or tiny village, comprises eight cottages, all of which are whitewashed, thatch-roofed, and extremely modest in appearance. Three showcase particular years in Irish culture: 1720, 1820, and 1920; pride of place goes to the 1881 schoolhouse and the re-created shebeen (pub). Two exhibition houses, a fisherman's cottage and a traditional pub-grocery and shoemaker's shop opened

in 2011, and in 2013 two cottages were rethatched. The complex was built after local priest Father McDyer started a cooperative to help combat rural depopulation. You'll also find an interpretive center, tea shop, and crafts shop selling local handmade products. In summer the museum hosts traditional music evenings. Three small cottages, with bare-earth floors, represent the basic living conditions over three centuries. In 2013 a signposted circular nature and history trail, which closed in the early 1990s, was reopened. It's a tranquil and reflective place that includes a sweat house (early Irish sauna), replica lime kilns, and mass rocks.

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Near beach, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal, Ireland



Sight Details:

  • €4.50
  • Easter–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–6, Sun. noon–6

Updated 04/28/2014


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