Doagh Famine Village offers a large selection of life size attractions portraying life in Ireland from the 1840s until the present day.
The whole attraction is built around and includes original thatched dwellings which were still inhabited up until 1983 by the owners family and your tour guide, Pat Doherty.
The Haunted Rooms!
Enter if you dare and experience the haunted rooms in this interactive feature.
The Irish Wake
This traditional send-off for the dead still continues in this northerly part of Donegal. Rather than sending our dead to a funeral home, the remains of our loved ones are kept in the home until it is time for burial.
The custom of waking the dead has a rich history. Many of our familiar sayings come from the occasion and many similarities can be found in England, France and other European countries.
Religion has played a major part in Irish history. In the late eighteenth century many people from the Established Church felt under threat from Irish rebels and so they set up an organisation to help protect themselves.
They named their organisation the Orange Order after their hero William of Orange. An Orange Hall was built to give some insight into this tradition. Many of the display items have been donated by the people of Whiterock, Belfast.
Presbyterian Meeting House
The Presbyterian Church suffered persecution and began to meet up in such places as barns and forges. They called their informal places of worship ‘Meeting Houses’.
Mass Rock & Hedge School
Catholics also faced persecution and took to the outdoors to practice their faith.
Mass rocks are still to be found scattered throughout the countryside as a reminder of a time when Mass was said in secret. The story of the itinerant teacher is also told.
The Republican Safe House
One of the latest additions to the Famine Village and the idea for it came from long term republican prisoner Eddie Gallagher. A safe house was a place of refuge by those running from the authorities.
It was a place with secret passage ways where the escapee could hide. Each room in the safe house tells part of the story of the road to peace in Northern Ireland. During this journey you will meet Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams sitting side by side. And, not only that, the story also covers more recent historical events including Martin McGuiness and the Queen.
The Travelling Community
This building describes some of the living conditions of travellers in Ireland and also their rich history and traditions.