2017 marks the 50th anniversary for Glencolmcille
Folk Village. During the year we will be hosting a series of events to
celebrate, check out our website and facebook page for details.
We will be launching a book
during the season as a special tribute to those whose dedication has
kept the folk village alive all these years.
This thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland’s most
north westerly county offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during
The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called
a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy
curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South
West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the
Folk Village is one of Ireland's best living-history museums.
Each cottage is
an exact replica of a dwelling used by the local people in each of the
18th, 19th and 20th centuries and is equipped with the
furniture, artifacts and utensils of its particular period. A reconstructed
school house, fisherman’s dwelling and tiny pub-grocer offer
additional insights into rural Irish life in one of the most remote
corners of the
country. Find out more
Visitors may wander at leisure through the Village, or join one of
our excellent guided tours. Take a look at how our ancestors lived,
the beds they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting
and heat. Learn how they developed rich traditions in music, dance
despite the material hardships of daily life.
Download our brochure....
Browse our well-stocked Craft
Shop with its large
selection of books, locally-made knitwear, tapestries, and handcrafts,
or relax in the Tearoom for a warm bowl of
soup, a chat and maybe a delicious Irish coffee. Tapestry/craft workshops
and traditional music and Irish
culture events are also held at the Folk Village during the summer. Find
out more on our News and Events page or visit
us on Facebook.
The beauty of Glencolmcille has
been drawing visitors for 1,500 years, so why not stay
with us in Glen
a little longer to enjoy the rugged
scenery, the fresh Atlantic air, and the many amenities and activities
including beaches, hill
walking, golf, diving, early Christian archaeological sites,
traditional music sessions, and courses in Irish language and culture.