Following our series of blogs by our concierge Gerry McKeever, in which he takes us to interesting places and attractions in the North West of Ireland, he leads us today to the Doagh Famine Village in Inishowen. Do not miss out on Gerry’s recommendations for the perfect day out in Donegal!
The Era known as The Famine is certainly the darkest chapter in the history of Ireland. Starvation, eviction and emigration were brutal - and looking back now, totally unnecessary. Resting beneath the rolling hills of Inishowen and close to the beautiful Pollan Bay sits Doagh Famine Village
. The Famine Village is the homestead of Pat Doherty and his passion for the history for this part of Inishowen can be seen in the marvellous guided tours that he conducts.
The village is a mixture of thatched cottages and outside viewing which is completely covered - certainly needed for this area as it is not called Wild Atlantic Way for no reason! Within the guided tour you will be shown the harshness of living in rural Ireland during the Famine and how local people survived living on local delicacies, such as the famous Inishowen Shibin. You will have a chance to sample the local devils buttermilk Poitin! You will also learn about local traditions such as Irish wakes, the travelling community, how religion played a major role in the everyday life and lots more.
It is family friendly and totally accessible and, to mix things up a bit, you can also visit The Spooky Village - if you dare!
Doagh Famine Village is approximately 40 mins from The Redcastle Hotel taking the road from Carndonagh to Ballyliffin. Admission is €10 per adult and €6 per child and entrance includes tea/coffee and scones.
Photo: © Doagh Famine Village