Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kenmare

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Farm Historic Walking Area
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. Before you head to Kenmare, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kenmare vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Kenmare has to offer, including Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.
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  • We stopped here by chance as we passed - very interesting visit of the hard life she led here. Also a good shop to browse!  more »
  • My family had already been to Molly Gallivans twice before. This was my first time. First, we did the walk around the grounds. It was very informative, great for kids and very well kept. Then we spent...  more »
  • Beautiful location with a full meal (although don't like lamb) but the best part was the "American Homecoming". It was an audience participatory show involving the son who returned from America in the...  more »

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Where to stay in Kenmare

Stay a while in the enchanting and colorful town of Kenmare, which has dozens of bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and hotels. The most prevelant form of lodging are the traditional Irish bed and breakfasts, many of which are located in the town's center. Here you will also find a hostel and old-fashioned homes that offer accommodations. If you are in the mood for a deluxe getaway, consider renting out a large estate outside of town.
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