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2017 fifty years open Teach - Cottages

The Clachan - Living History Museum
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A clachan is historically a group of small single-story cottages, usually belonging to farming or fishing people and sited on poor land. Each cottage in the Folk Village ‘clachan’ recreates a different era of Irish history. Cottages are neatly white-washed, with a traditional half-door design to keep the animals out and the people in. Rooves are thatched in the distinctive rounded Donegal style, tied down securely with rope and pegs to protect the thatching from the fierce westerly winds off the ocean.

1750's traditional cottage, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Glencolmcille, County Donegal, Ireland

In 2011 we opened two new exhibition houses - a traditional thatched shop/pub with a shoemakers in the lower room, and a Fisherman's cottage dedicated to our history concerning the local fishermen and the sea.

Seamus Campbell remembers using a series of implements during his childhood and youth at Lisnakelly, Ballymackney, Monaghan, Ireland. Filmed with permission at the Folk Museum at Glencolmcille in Donegal, Ireland.

Musician Chilli Reid plays The Dingle Regatta, Sí Beg Sí Mor and the Wind That Shakes on the Barley on the Whistle as background. Video footage and images by Máire McSorley

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Fisherman's Cottage

The Fisherman’s cottage is an exhibition house opened in 2011 together with the Pub-Grocer. The Fisherman’s cottage depicts the local fishermen’s living conditions and is similar to the type of one-roomed cottage lived in by artist Rockwell Kent and poet Dylan Thomas when they visited the area in the early 20th century. Some artwork associated with their visit to Glencolmcille is on display in the School house and Tea Rooms.

Local people kindly donated their time, artifacts, fishing knowledge and photographs for the development of this cottage.

Fisherman's Cottage, Glencolmcille Folk Village, County Donegal

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Teach Scoile na nDunhacha - Dooey School House

The Dooey School House building is representative of a 19th century local school. In it you will find a display of old photographs and historical information plus a collection of old artifacts. Examples of Dylan Thomas's poetry and information on Rockwell Kent (artist) is on display in the School House.

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Pub-Grocer & Shoemakers
Until the spread of modern supermarkets in Ireland, Irish pubs usually combined the sale of alcohol with the sales of tea, bread, sugar, salted bacon, sweets for children and other staples. A further side business might also be conducted from the premises. Pub-grocers are becoming rare but can still be found in Ireland today, and there is one such example here in the Folk Village.

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1850 Cottage, Folk Village, Glencolmcille

 

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