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Ireland History at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Lettershea, Co Galway

Farmyard Chickens at Dan O'Hara's Cottage, Connemara

Farmyard Chickens at Dan O’Hara’s Cottage, Connemara

Ireland is filled with history… from the bronze age to today, you’ll find history around every turn of the narrow, hedgerow lined roads.

If you find yourself in Connemara, a terrific stop for “sneaky education”- that is, learning so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are learning anything- can be found at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre about 7km from Clifden.

You’ll begin with ancient Ireland; recreations of a  crannóg, stone oratory, dolmon tombs, ring fort and a clochaun at the front of the property.  But what many come for is the cottage of Dan O’Hara, a tenant farmer who was evicted during the famine (for failure to pay tax increases on the new, larger windows in his cottage).

An uphill guided tour of the farm takes you into the past, when turf was cut by hand and a family of 9 lived in a tiny cottage.

The kids will enjoy the farm animals while the adults may get a bit misty eyed as your guide sings to you the ballad of Dan O’Hara and you toast his memory with a bit of poitín.

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Written by Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted

Jody publishes the Ireland travel planning website, Ireland Family Vacations. Her travel philosophy is, “just because you have kids, doesn’t mean you have to stay home!” A frequent traveler to Ireland, Jody helps families plan travel budgets and itineraries that are fun for kids and adults. Jody’s Tips | Website

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