Glencolumbkille Folk Village Museum
Glencolumbkille personifies survival of a people who endured hardship, famine, and debilitating emigration. By the 1960s, emigration was threatening to turn Glencolumbkille into a ghost town, so the parish priest, Father McDyer, formed a cooperative of local residents to develop a folk museum, holiday homes and encourage local crafts.
Each cottage is a replica of those lived in by local people. The thick, thatched roofs are tied down with heavy rope and anchored with stones, securing them from the harsh Atlantic winds. Inside, the little homes are furnished with period furniture and utensils. Locals guide you through the houses and give you snippets of local history. A handicraft shop sells Irish cottage crafts and the adjacent tearoom serves scones and piping hot tea.
Distance from Hotel: 32km
Further Information: www.glenfolkvillage.com