Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kenmare

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Historic Walking Area · Farm
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Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm provides a chance to explore Irish farm life before electricity. Visit the cottage, a small yet imposing stone structure, to understand the difficulties and limitations of life lived without electricity and other amenities. Follow the traditional farm walk, which takes you past the house well—where water was drawn for drinking and food preparation—and through the garden to see where much of the household food crop was grown. The tour continues through the oat and barley fields, the farmyard, and to Molly's still where she distilled moonshine whiskey from the barley and potatoes that she grew. Also see the famine ruin, a monument to the Great Famine of the 1840s, which killed hundreds of thousands, and the Neolithic stone row, which is part of a druidic sun calendar. You can also visit the craft and gift shop and the tea room and barn restaurant. Add Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and other attractions to your Kenmare trip itinerary using our Kenmare route planning website.
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  • We had a great time at Molly’s today. One highlight was the owners explanation of the moonshine making and all of the expressions that we use today that come from it. Who knew a “wake”came from... 
    We had a great time at Molly’s today. One highlight was the owners explanation of the moonshine making and all of the expressions that we use today that come from it. Who knew a “wake”came from...  more »
  • We had such a lovely visit to Molly Gallivans. Stephen was funny, informative, and kind. Such a sense of humor! I recommend them for children and adults alike. 
    We had such a lovely visit to Molly Gallivans. Stephen was funny, informative, and kind. Such a sense of humor! I recommend them for children and adults alike.  more »
  • Wonderful family run business! Great place to stop while driving the Ring of Kerry. Relatives of Molly saved this property over 30 years ago from the bulldozer! Great example of what it was like.....  more
    Wonderful family run business! Great place to stop while driving the Ring of Kerry. Relatives of Molly saved this property over 30 years ago from the bulldozer! Great example of what it was like.....  more »
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  • This is a "must see" for anyone who is passing by the area! We passed by on our way into the Kerry ring. The whole center is an amazing insight to the life of poor people before and during the famine of 1845. The gentleman that runs it was extremely nice to us and very polite in every way! The gift shop was also amazing, full of traditional products (and some touristic products). Overall it was a delightful experience!
  • Molly Gallivans is well worth the visit. The staff are compelling story tellers and did a wonderful job sharing the local history. Our young boys were very excited by the friendly animals and participated in making soda bread. Great local craft woollens for sale here at very reasonable prices. I enjoyed the local poitin
  • Molly's house is situated in one of Ireland's most picturesque areas. The house depicts what rural life was like In Ireland 200 years ago. The farm and walking trail is fantastic and if you are lucky you will get to feed the lambs. The staff are amazing, more than helpful and full of knowledge about Molly and the surrounding area. It's a place that's well worth visiting. I would highly recommend it.👍
  • Brilliant attraction. Accurate representation of how life used to be in Ireland. Well worth a stop. Staff were so so friendly!
  • We really enjoyed our visit to Molly Gallivans! The kids LOVED feeding the friendly farm animals and I loved that they learned a bit about the history of the area and what life was like many years ago. The short film was interesting and informative and the whole experience was lovely. Beautiful items for sale in the shop as well. Highly recommend!

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