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Glencolmcille village

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WALK THROUGH OLD COTTAGES AND DISCOVER IRISH RURAL HISTORY

Nestled in County Donegal, Glencolmcille is a coastal village that is home to the Glencolmcille Folk Village. It is also known as Glencolumbkille or the original Irish Gleann Cholm Cille.

The folk village is one of Ireland’s best living history museums, offering a window into the daily life of Irish people over the past centuries. You may enjoy seeing how people used to live in Ireland’s past, especially if you have Irish ancestors.

Glencolmcille Folk Village is modelled after a ‘clachan’, or small hamlet. Containing six small thatched cottages, each one showcases a different era of Irish history, from the 17th century onward. 

The folk village was an initiative from local priest, Father James McDyer. McDyer wanted to help spruce up the community and its economy. Designed and built by local people, the folk village opened its doors in the 1960s.

You’ll find the surrounding areas charming as well, as the village is perched on a hill overlooking Glen Bay Beach.

Glencolumbkille Folk Village is open daily from Easter until September, with limited hours in October. An entrance fee is required.

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