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“A great tour with so much historical content.”

Doagh Famine Village
Ranked #10 of 238 things to do in County Donegal
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

A friendly welcome from Majella who told us so much about the famine village before our owner/ guide commenced the tour was a super introduction!
It was just so interesting. The fact our guide lived in one of the thatched houses until 1984 made it surreal.
His love for his birthplace and Donegal shone through!
We will definitely return.
Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Joined up with a group for the guided tour of this interesting history which was very well told by the guide who lived in the house some years ago. After we had time to revisit the different areas again and enter the ghost room as well as the section with secret doors. Our entrance tickets enabled us get a tea and scone in the cafe area which again was excellent and added to the great day. All the staff were pleasant, friendly and very helpful. Definitely a place to consider to take holidaymakers to.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

A fascinating place, powerful history that resonates today, told through the first hand experiences of local people. The facilities are great, staff knowledgeable and friendly with a great tea rooms as well. Our visit was a group of grown up cousins, definitely great for the older visitor, younger children may struggle but would love the beach opposite.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

I visited the Famine Village on a cold, windy March day and was fascinated by the details of life in Ireland given by our guide - who grew up in one of the thatched houses here. He gave an enlightening history of events leading up to the Famine as he took us round the many buildings on the site and the detail and knowledge he shared interested everyone in the group.
There is much more to see here than stories of hard lives lived long ago - the cruel treatment of unmarried mothers, the superstitions surrounding death, evictions, landlordism, wildlife, religious groups and how to carry buckets of water from a well without spilling a drop are just a few of the topics covered. I learned a lot.
The "ghostly" house was great fun, making even big men jump!
And the "safe house" was quite ingenius and filled with information about The Troubles and the peace process.
In short, there is enough here to occupy several hours, if you have the inclination to read all the information displays - or an hour and a half should allow you the guided tour, with plenty of time to wander around afterwards on your own, if you prefer.
There are some quotes on display that I found extremely thought provoking, and I loved the way our guide referred to other countries around the world as well as Ireland during his talk - it gave such a clear historical perspective to people's lives over the centuries.
And afterwards I enjoyed a lovely pot of coffee and a scone in the café, with views of surging foamy waves, beautiful hills and rippling grasses.
If you are at all interested in history you will find this place well worth a visit. I shall definitely return.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Visited the famine village again today, our 9th time. We had to see the new poteen exhibit. All really interesting. We never tire of this place. Great ambience, and good to be reminded of how Ireland has gone through very impoverished times to boom times, and how history repeats itself. It’s very humbling to hear how our ancestors had to live and survive of the land. It’s all a bit of craic and is light hearted but with a serious undertone and message (if you have the sense to absorb the stories narrated). There is a very Irish and magical aura around this place which always leaves us with a feel-good factor every time. Take time to make a wish at Fergus’ fairy cave, wishes have been known to come true - if you ‘believe’ that is. For 8 euros each you get your entrance fee and guide, then afterwards a tea/coffee and home baked scone included in the cafe across the car park. If you don’t think that’s a good deal then you need to get out more. On one final point, please pay no attention to the review made by ‘Newry one is back’ on 27th October 17; whilst everyone is entitled to their opinion, this person seems to have had some personal axes to grind. He doth protest too much! I thought this review was very disrespectful to Pat and Majella at the famine village, and also to people from that area who have had to endure poverty and hardship throughout the years. His/her review could be used as fish-bait, but I guess the fish wouldn’t bite either. In summary, visit Doagh famine village yourself and make your own mind up. Enjoy!

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