Doagh Famine Village (near Ballyliffin) is an outdoor museum that tells the story of life in Inishowen rom the Famine back in the 1840s, through the 1900s to the present day. Different to any other tourist attraction in Ireland the Doagh Island Famine Village depicts life in Ireland as it was, uncommercialised, interdenominational interspersed with humorous anecdotes of Irish life.
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.
Rural Life and Cures
Traditional life in Doagh has changed greatly. The centre has been built around the home of the owner, the place where he lived until 1983. By this time it was not fashionable to live in a traditional thatched cottage and the family left it in favour of a new house. In this building the subsistence way of life on Doagh Island is outlined.