We were able to visit Hennigan’s Heritage Center, despite it being just after the season. I had emailed to ask if they would still be open, and Tom said to call him the day before we would be in town to confirm that he would be open. As it turned out, my wife and I had what amounted to a private tour. Tom is a sixth generation resident of the farm on which the center is located. He was born and raised there and has lived there his entire life. His stories are a mixture of his personal experiences, significant research, and stories from others who have lived the stories. It was a stark contrast from the usual tour guide that recites a tale that they know by heart but probably aren’t connected to at all. Tom’s stories have a warmth and unfortunately a sadness on occasion, such is the Irish history. While I’m sure that the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park has more artifacts, I am also equally sure that what my wife and I experienced was much more personal and true to life. I can recommend this tour in the highest possible way. It is a unique view into the Irish past that is authentic as any can be. Make the effort to experience this tour for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
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