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Agriculture

Click to enlarge: 18th Century PloughFarming has been practised in Ireland for over 6000 years but today’s farming landscape mostly dates from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The museum’s agricultural collection reflects this important history and includes significant examples of spades and other hand implements, horse drawn equipment such as ploughs and harrows and farm carts together with a variety of archival records.

There are excellent audio-archival data on many aspects of farming practice.  Visit our living farm and walk along countryside trails to discover the country homes people lived in the 1900s.



Farmyard and Field: Gate Pillar - Posts Farmyard and Field: Gate Pillar - Posts
Where can you see this on display? Coshkib hill farm, field gates and the entrance to the farmyard. Rural area of the Folk Museum. Which collection is this part of? Vernacular farm buildings and landscape. Why are these gate pillars important?  Brightly whitewashed, stone-built, farm e...

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Rural Society Rural Society
Up to the late 19th century most farmers in Ireland were tenant farmers on landed estates and part of their farm produce went to pay the rent. Failure to pay could lead to eviction; the fear and threat of eviction often resulted in conflict between landlord and tenant.The landlords were members o...
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The Living Farm The Living Farm
Visitors love the Folk Museum’s Living Farm. It actively interprets old farming ways and helps to preserve old farming techniques and traditional Irish breeds.All the animals that can be seen in our fields are traditional Irish breeds. These include Irish moiled cattle (from the Irish, maol...
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