About Glencolmcille Folk Village
Glencolmcille  Folk Village, Glencilmcille, Co. Donegal

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 regularly donate time, expertise, artifacts, stories and photographs. On a human scale, tucked into a rocky hillside, the Folk Village offers visitors a warm Donegal welcome and an intimate experience of a past way of life.

The Folk Village Museum offers an excellent guided tour for the visitor. In the tour you will experience life as it was in the 1700’s, 1800's and 1900’s. 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 those of you who can trace your ancestors to Ireland, this is an ideal opportunity to see rural life at first hand. Cottages Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum, a replica of cottage village life, rural  Donegal

Folk Village with view of Glen Head, Glencolmcille, County Donegal

Folk Village Tours

The Folk Village is open from Easter until the end of October.

Dé Luain (Monday) - Dé Sathairn (Saturday) 10 am - 6 pm
Dé Domhnaigh (Sunday) 10.00 to 18.00 hrs (July and August)

From 1st of October

Monday to Sunday 11.00 to 4.30 pm

**End of October, ring in advance to clarify exact date of closure.

Tour prices are as follows:

  • Adults €7.00
  • Senior €6.00
  • Group €6.00 (over 11 pax.)
  • Students €6.00
  • Children over 7 year €3.00 (Under 7 years free)
  • Family €18.00 (2 Adults and 2 children only) - please note that 3 or more children will be an €1.00 extra per child.


Community gardening at the Folk Village


You will find a warm welcome in our Gaeltacht or Gaelic (Irish-speaking) area. Road signs are lettered in both English and Irish languages, and sometimes only in Irish.

The road curves back and forth along the edge of seascapes. It is a inspiring drive, so much beautiful scenery, and no end in sight.

Bureau de Change

Local shops may offer limited cash-out facilities with purchases. The nearest ATMs are in Killybegs (25km southeast) and Ardara (26km northeast)

Tourist Information Point
Located within the craft shop. The Glencolmcille Tourist Office is in Cashel in the centre of Glencolmcille village (2mins by car)