About Glencolmcille Folk Village
The Folk Village Museum was the initiative of a dynamic Donegal priest,
Father James McDyer. It opened in 1967 with three cottages, built and furnished
in just three months through local community effort.
At the time of Father McDyer’s arrival in 1951 the parish of Glencolmcille was suffering from a long-standing cycle of unemployment and emigration.
Over the next three decades Father McDyer worked to help break this cycle,
lobbying for amenities, organising community projects and supporting the
development of local industries, many of which, like the Folk Village, are
still successful today.
New cottages and exhibits have been added over the years, and the
Folk Village Museum is still very much a community concern. Local people
time, expertise, artifacts, stories and photographs. On a human scale,
tucked into a rocky hillside, the Folk Village offers visitors a warm
and an intimate experience of a past way of life.
Folk Village Museum offers an excellent guided tour for
the visitor. In the tour you
will experience life as it was in the 1700s, 1800's and 1900s.
Our thatched cottage are exact replicas of those belonging to that era
and are furnished
accordingly. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, the beds
they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting and heat. For
of you who
can trace your ancestors to Ireland, this is an ideal opportunity to
see rural life at first hand. Cottages