Connemara Heritage & History Centre


Farmer Dan O'Hara lived here in the 1840s until his eviction from the farm and subsequent emigration to New York, where he ended up selling matches on the street. Its present owners have restored the property, turning it into a window onto lost traditional ways, including cutting peat by hand. It's 7km east of Clifden, with last admission an hour before closing.

There's a craft shop and tearoom on-site.

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