Slea Head famine cottages. Dingle, Co Kerry

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Slea Head famine cottages Nov 10, 2017
A real step back in time when you walk into and around these cottages. It's hard to believe that there were people living here until 1950!!! Well laid out, although the mannekins are a bit weird, but the furniture, plates etc are all genuine 1800's. The main cottage dates from 1845 and was inhabited by the Kavanagh family. The other dwellings from 1880 were mainly for the farm animals but also for the farm labourers who didn't have their own hovel. The smallest cabin on the left and known as "Tigh Pait" was inhabited by a local peasant that had been evicted, and actually managed to raise a family in this 3 metres by 3 hut. One of the original people who lived here had the misfortune to have his 6 children die from hunger and malnutrition. They are buried a little higher up the hill, as not having been baptized the Catholic church would not allow them to be buried in the churchyard. Just to the rear of the cottages is a beehive hut, said to date back 800 years. Mr. Kavanagh kept his pig in there.

There are a few farm animals around the farm to see and also some Irish red deer, but these disappeared into a corner of the field when we approached.

Just behind the entrance kiosk, there is a dolmen in the field.

Entrance is 3€.
Famine cottages, outside and in
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