Events at the Irish Cottage

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

11:30am – 5pm

Take a stroll back in time, to the West of Ireland and to an Irish Country Lifestyle from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s at the ICC Festival on Sunday, June 3rd.
Join us as we dress in this time period and become a part of the experience as we remember old traditions and folklore of that era. From the sight of cut turf, to the smell of fresh hay to the sound of farm animals, to old Irish crafts on display, take a trip with us to Ireland of old.

Tours of the Cottage

11:30 to 4pm

All day tours inside the Irish cottage with demonstrations of bread making, knitting & crochet, butter balls, craft making (including a harvest knot & St. Brigid’s cross). Learn the traditions, history & folklore associated with a typical Irish cottage, information provided courtesy of the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar Co. Mayo. Kids can take a turn kneading bread.

Around the cottage:

Learn about the sugan, watch as one of our “farmers” rakes the hay into a cock of hay. Touch some turf, sit into a currach (old Irish fishing boat). Learn a little about the history of Irish farming life courtesy of information provided courtesy of the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Kids are welcome to help rake the hay.

Thatching demonstration
Collin McGhee thatcher extraordinaire will be on hand with a display of his thatching instruments, materials and miniature thatched cottage. Kids & adults can try their hand working on the weave. Collin actually thatched our Irish cottage.

An American Wake

11:30am to 1:30pm

Become a part of the experience as we transport the ICC back in time to a market day in Ireland from 100 years ago. Raid the trunks in the your gran’s attic and immerse yourself in the experience of living in a Irish village at the dawn of the 20th century! From the sight of old farm tractors and traditional Irish crafts, to the smells of fresh hay and teatime to the sound of Irish folk songs accompanied by a fiddler, relive a key period in Ireland’s history.
Make sure you stop by and wish our “village’s” young emigrants to America farewell! Have a drink, have a chat and maybe even dance a set in the old cottage.