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“A Hidden Gem”

Glencolmcille Folk Village
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Owner description: A replica of a coastal thatched cottage village that offers a glimpse at life as it was lived in Glencolmcille in past centuries.We will teach you a couple of phrases in Gaelic.Our Amenities includes 6 thatched cottages with original artifacts depicting different era's.a Craft shop which promotes a big range of local crafts.Our Tea House has a variety of Home Baked Goods,Soup,Sandwiches,Paninis,Irish Coffees etc.We are located at a beautiful beach with stunning views of the wild atlantic.We hope to re-open our much loved Nature walk at the back of The Folk Village later this year.Call in for a mug of Tae the Kettle is always on.
Jacksonville, Florida
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“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The village of Glean Cholm Cille consists of a few shops, 1 pub, the folk village, 3 diners, a few economical places to stay, 2 churches, and Oideas Gael (known locally as the coLlege). The residents are extremely sociable and proud of their culture. The scenery is breathtaking, Sleave League cannot be adequqtely captured in photographs. The beach is georgous, the turas are fascinating, and who doesn't think sheep are cute? The only negative is the food, While our hostel stay at Aras GCC came complete with a fabulous full Irish breakfast, but at Gleann, unless you ate lunch and dinner at the Chitsen (Irish for kitchen), be prepared to eat either soup or a sandwich.

Visited June 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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530 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
“How adorable and informative”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This attraction was not on my list, but a surprisingly nice stop. A cute little attraction set up like a traditional village. You can enter each little thatched roof cottage and see how is was in history. My favorite was the school house! The first cottage has a short video playing and posters on the walls to explain what village life was like. A great stop for families!

Visited May 2013
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Colne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wandering in the Shadow of Slieve League,Co Donegal”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

After once again staying for a few days at the delightful Derrylahan Holiday Hostel at Kilcar in Co Donegal, I decided to visit some attractions nearby. It was blazing hot and there were a number of very lobster like complexions on display.I called in at the Glencomcille Woolen Mill and Visitor Centre, half expecting it to be shut, as many places in Ireland are feeling the effect of the recession. However to my delight it was open and a very pleasant lady made me some tea while I browsed around the many and varied hand loomed jumpers, scarves, children's clothing and numerous pieces of local artwork. Finally I decided on a pair of woollen socks for walking, a candle and holder for a friend, and a chart of Donegal depicting events for the Gathering 2013. I then went down to the Folk Village at Glencolmcille,where i spent a happy hour or so viewing the cottages which range in style from a humble one roomed fisherman's cottage and a three bedroomed " luxury" house. The dates range from 1700 up to 1950. There are artefacts galore each in their period. It is a fascinating glimpse into long gone lives. I must just mention that in the morning I had been down in Killybegs, the fishing Town of Donegal,where a festive air prevailed in broiling sun,as the Championships for Curragh racing were being held. These are really "cockleshell" boats powered by flat bladed sweeps and have three men or women to a crew.The races were keenly followed by the local people. I must say I felt for the rowers after their races as they all had got sunburnt, stripped to the waist as they were (ladies excepted of course).Altogether it was a grand day out. I returned to the smiling and warm welcome of host Shaun at the Hostel and had supper followed by a companionable evening with a glass of wine and good conversation.Please will people in England make up their mind to visit Ireland this year and in particular this most beautiful and friendly North western County.By staying in one or more of the excellent chain of Independently run Holiday Hostels you will get a glimpse of Ireland and the Irish people that you won't get on a package holiday or by staying in a hotel. Go and get a real flavour of Ireland. once you've been you will always return.

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Typical Irish folk village”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Good range of building from a wide time range.
Restaurant, shop and some celtic crosses and a nice beach which is free to visit.
The museum entry fee is a little steep for what is there.

Visited June 2013
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4 attraction reviews
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“Lovely”
Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Great experience with very friendly staff and really well kept and looked after a must see when there.

Visited June 2013
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