Our first outing was to the curiously named Doagh Famine Village. The owner of this small set of houses has set up a rather enthusiastic museum depicting Irish life from the Great Famine (1840) until the present. Our guide and his family had lived in the village until 1983 and shares many of the stories and traditions of this part of Ireland. Some of the life-size displays include:
Rural Life on the Inishowen Peninsula: A tour of the family living area.
The Irish Wake: Complete with open casket.
The Republican (Celtic Variety) Safe House: A model of a typical Safe House that IRA members would use to avoid authorities. Each room depicted a different stage in the peace process of Northern Ireland.
Included in the price of admission is tea, a proper tea with scones and clotted cream, which we all loved but thought was a tad ironic since this was the FAMINE village. It makes a great outing for the jet lagged, plus it was “down the road a bit” from our house so it didn’t include any scary driving.