GLENCOLMCILLE
FOLK VILLAGE
 
 
GLENVEAGH NATIONAL
PARK, CASTLE & GARDENS
 
 
GWEEDORE, THE HEART OF
THE GAELTACHT AREA
 
 
HARVEY’S POINT
HOTEL - CO DONEGAL
 
 
HISTORICAL DOE CASTLE
IN SHEEPHAVEN BAY
 

GLENCOLMCILLE FOLK VILLAGE

Glencolmcille Folk Villiage is a thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland’s most north westerly county. It offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries.

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.

Visitors may wander at leisure through the Village, or join one of the excellent guided tours. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, the beds they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting and heat. Learn how they developed rich traditions in music, dance and crafts despite the material hardships of daily life.

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, organizing 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.

http://www.glenfolkvillage.com