Living Room

This simple two room cottage is very typical of the Ulster-Scots cottages of the 17th century; with one main room for living and cooking; and a bedroom.  Furnishings were hand-made and simple.  The light was often poor, particularly in the darker winter months, and a tax on windows in Ireland led to the expression “daylight robbery”.

Inside this traditional Irish cottage, you will note the whitewashed stone walls, some 20 inches thick; bog oak timbers of the roof beams; a flax-thatched roof; and a ladder reaching to an upper loft where the children may have slept.