I have been here twice and enjoyed it enormously. When I arrived the first time, through wonderful scenery, I wondered at the wisdom when I saw it from the outside and just how remote it is. That was the last of my concerns. The tour was the best I have ever experienced anywhere. It was so informative and many expressions we all take for granted were suddenly made clear in. Very chatty, entertaining fashion. I baulked at the idea of a staged 'wake', complete with coffin but I forgot all about it and became carried away in the tour. The guide, Pat Doherty, I think, was excellent. Not a polished, fully trained, impersonal guide but very at home dong what he does. It transpired that his family had lived at the homestead until the eighties. when it got to the political bits, as Irish history and society invariably does, it was handled in the most impartial way imaginable. The tour ends in an area dedicated to boom and bust in Ireland with bang up to date information eg. What teachers earn , how many helicopters were sold, etc. You are free to wander everywhere after the tour ends as well as have a cup of tea with biscuits and wheaten bread as part of the entrance price. It is a functional dining area but very welcoming and the tea is good. Lots of artefacts to look at. The props may be a little homespun, but the whole effect is better than any other attraction I have been to. Just goes to show that money does not beat imagination and genuine interest.
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