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Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm

Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm
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danny2013do
Mullingar, Ireland49 contributions
Disappointing Presentation
Jul 2019
I was expecting something bigger, something more established, something… well, more. The staff was friendly, but it’s not their fault the location looks as if a quarry was in full operation. The road up the cottage looks like a switchback mountain road. Inside the cottage is fairly nice; inside and out, but empty and had little information or anybody to tell you anything about the history. It was empty for our visit, though beforehand it was crowded with many American tourists, so perhaps there was a guide with them. Apart from that down in the visitor center they have a nice collection of old artifacts and information about what the items are, including a 20-minute video about the history of the area and a vague life story of Dan O Hara. The Crannogs outside have seen better days, but other than that, that is the entirety of the site. For access to a cottage and three tiny crannogs, I don’t think the price is worth it with the condition of the site. I have been to larger works that offer more for the same price. It may not be for everyone, but if you love quarry landscape, stop on by.
Written 14 September 2019
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metds
New Jersey3 contributions
Great activity!
May 2019
We had an interesting and fun experience at the Homestead Farm. It was a step back in time. Make sure you visit the sites near the entrance. It was a different experience.
Written 5 July 2019
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ahrensjim
Bridgewater, NJ11 contributions
Felt like I was going home to the Ireland my family left in the 1850s
May 2019 • Solo
Dan O'Hara's is a great place to visit, this was my third time there and I truly enjoy my time there, weather way up on the mountian looking down on the pretty scenery and lakes or sitting in the cabin watching the turf fire burn, makes me think of what life was like in the 1850s when my family fled the famine to go to America.
Nice talk by Martin and a nice gift shop and helpful staff there. See them cut turf and hear the history of the hard life there. A must see.
Written 9 May 2019
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THEmommygearest
Courtice, Canada180 contributions
Learn about bogs!
Mar 2019 • Friends
Before visiting this farm and old homestead, I had no clue what bogs were. It was super interesting (we got a demo along with the explanation) and included a fun tractor ride. The Homestead also comes with interesting history and a walk back in time -- plus you might be so lucky as to hear some Irish folk songs and try Irish moonshine as it would have been prepared back in Dan O'Hara's day.
Written 25 March 2019
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Lazydaze2012
Palm Coast, FL27 contributions
So Glad We Stopped
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was a wonderful stop offering insight into the history, culture and heritage of the people of the Connemara. The story of Dan O'Hara is the story of many and the ballad about him was beautifully sang by our greeter and guide Martin Walsh.

The staff was exceedingly friendly we enjoyed the whole package.
Written 19 October 2018
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Solway73
Wigton, UK50 contributions
A warm cottage heated by a peat fire, and some interesting display boards
Oct 2018 • Couples
Worth a visit to experience how a basic cottage can be made very cosy by a peat fire on a cold and very wet autumn day. Site also has some interesting display boards, that portray rural life in Ireland , in the past. Good cafe on site. Also some mock Crannogs to visit ,which are rather out of place to the main exhibit. Site could do with further investment.
Written 11 October 2018
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ahrensjim
Bridgewater, NJ11 contributions
Well worth a stop
Sep 2018 • Solo
This was my second visit and if anything I enjoyed it more, had more time to spend there at the cabin enjoying the turf fire burning and thinking what life must have been like for my ancestors from Ireland. Martin Walsh is a gentleman and very helpful. I drove up to the top of the mountain and saw the beautiful view of the land and lakes below. Saw the donkeys roaming around and saw the marble walls of stone up on the mountain. Visited the nice gift shop and bought some Irish music to listen too on the rest of my trip. This is a great stop to see what old Ireland must have been like back in the day.
Written 28 September 2018
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patsyp_11
Rockaway, NJ257 contributions
Great piece of Irish history
Sep 2018 • Couples
We absolutely loved this place. It was a very informative tour. We were part of a CIE tour and they took us to show us how they cut peat into turf for heat. The old housing on top of the hill was a great history lesson. The history of the area was explained. We were able to have a taste of their poteen, Irish moonshine. This was well worth it as part of our trip. A true highlight.
Written 17 September 2018
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ahrensjim
Bridgewater, NJ11 contributions
A highlight on my trip to Ireland
May 2018 • Solo
Was going to Clifden and thought I would take a quick look here. Arrived and spoke top Martin who was interesting and informative, nice, nice man. Made me feel welcome and "At Home" enjoyed the tour, the house and watching turf cut, nice gift shop as well, did not get to eat there this time, maybe next year? Thank You to Martin and asll the nice people who work there for a great and informative stop. One of the highlights to my trip to Ireland
Written 28 May 2018
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CarmelTK
County Clare, Ireland23 contributions
Step back in time
May 2018 • Couples
We visited here on our way back from Clifden last week. Although I had heard the song about Dan O’Hara lots of times I never really listened to the words in great detail. I won’t be able to listen to it again without thinking of this place and remembering our visit to his cottage. It was a wonderful insight into what life may have been like back in the 19th century. The video was very informative to start with and as we hadn’t booked in advance we were told that the trainer ride up to the cottage would not be available. However we were able to walk up to the cottage and I believe this made the whole experience even better. The cottage is lovingly restored and we got a real sense of how hard it must have been to eek a living and feed a family in such a remote and barren area. It was a bright but bitter cold day so we were delighted to head back down to the restaurant for some lovely hot tea and scones before we went on our merry way. The staff were very friendly and the craft shop was lovely too. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to anyone who has an hour or two to spare if in the area.
Written 21 May 2018
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