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Ballyveaghmore farmhouse

Ballyveaghmore farmhouse interior

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View of the kitchen interior
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Joe Baird, a local tenant farmer built the Ballyveaghmore farm house in the 1840s to provide a home for his family.

Four generations of the Baird family lived in Ballyveaghmore.

The farmhouse is built from local granite fieldstones; the thatched roof is held down by ropes tied to metal wall pegs. There are two rooms; a kitchen and a bedroom. The floors are of rough beaten earth but there are smoother granite stones inset by the kitchen hearth and the door thresholds.

Both doorways are remarkably low in height; reaching to just above 5ft [1.5m].

The farmhouse is snugly built for protection against the weather; its’ whitewashed walls are thick and the windows are small. The rooms are open to the rafters and to the under thatch. This open arrangement adds spaciousness to the house interior.

The kitchen the furniture consists of a painted pine dresser, a large settle bed, table and a few chairs.
The bedroom has a press or cupboard for clothes, two iron and brass bedsteads, and a baby’s cradle. Colourful home- made patchwork bed covers are placed on the beds.