Hennigans Heritage Centre in Swinford

Hennigans Heritage Centre is located in Swinford (county of Mayo)

Address: Killasser, Swinford

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Phone: 087 2491402
E-mail: tomhennigan@hennigansheritage.com

The purpose of the Heritage Centre is to preserve and showcase the heritage of life of the Mayo area, from farming, house and home, to jobs and work, to celebration of life. At the heart of the centre is the thatched cottage built in the 1870’s where the Hennigan family lived until 1970. Tom Hennigan was born and grew up in this house. “In 1990 I realized I no longer had a future in farming ten acres of land,” says Tom. “So I decided to open this small plot of land to the public and tell the story of how my family survived here. I decided to maintain the farm and complex as a way of preserving and showing the rich heritage of Mayo and Ireland it represents.”. Displays include: a small room–with details of the story of our clothing–sewing machine, knitting machine and household articles as well as a collection of artifacts from the area, agricultural implements, and more. Items come from the local area gathered to preserve and illustrate the everyday life here in the west of Ireland. See a complete cobbler’s shop with all its tools and materials to make shoes and boots. As well, there are tools for leatherwork, farming, carpentry, building, and many agricultural implements from over the years. Hear about turf gathering and storage. See a display of the works for making “poitín”, distilling of the mountain dew in the sheebeen.


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