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Irish Famine Cottages
Ranked #14 of 74 things to do in Dingle
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This little historical village in Dingle does not look like much from the road, but once you start touring it, it gives one a tremendous but stark appreciation of the great famine in Ireland in the mid-1800s. In addition as one walks up the hill where the village is spread out, you are afforded pretty views of the water and Irish countryside.

A number of the buildings are the originals which have been uncovered and brought back to their original state. The way in which people had to live, the way they starved, how they were cheated out of their land -- how they were sent to America -- all of this comes to life as you read the historical descriptions in each building.

In addition there is a pen with some ponies, one of which is very curious about visitors and will follow you about, which was quite charming.

This village is right off the Ring of Dingle road -- don't pass it by, it is well worth taking an hour or more to explore it and learn about a tough part of Irish history and what their people endured. it will give you good insight on the Irish people.

4  Thank Deb B
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

These Irish Famine Cottages , take you back, take you back to another era of real hardship and hard lives. A must see along your visit to Slea Head, a must see to explore, and to take in , a must see for all the Irish people who died at these cottages or who emigated circa 1845. The cottages tell their own story and are a national treasure to keep and to remember, if not to remember. Spectacular cottages with great significance along the Dingle coastline.

6  Thank Lauren C
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

If you're in the area, it's fine to visit, although not worth more than 10-15 mins. Not worth going out of your way to see.

3  Thank WarlawIL
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

What's important about these homes is the tragedy the represent. The homes themselves are simple, ruined, and present in sadly large numbers in places on the Dingle peninsula. Tens of thousands died or left the region. Heart-breaking.

2  Thank drfumblefinger
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

As you go along Slea Head, make sure you make these cottages as your stop off point. They are educational, wonderful and take you back to another time, another world , another Ireland. The cottages make you think regarding life during the Great Irish Famine,and its difficulties. Stunning views from here too and worth the 3 euro in my opinion. It was a wonderful sight to see. The cottages are very beautiful, and built in the old style.

4  Thank Bryan N
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