Poet’s Cottage in Camross

Poet’s Cottage is located in Camross (county of Laois)

Address: Derry, Camross

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Phone: 057 8674348 / 087 4106493
E-mail: Contact via phone

This replica thatched cottage gives visitors a sense of what daily life must have been like for most people in rural Ireland in the 1800s. Ireland’s cottages evolved over centuries. While each community had its own variations, most cottages were one storey high and one room wide. The windows and doors were located on the side walls, with a chimney stack along the roof. The walls of the cottage were built of local stone or mud; the roof was thatched with reeds or straw. People both worked and relaxed near the kitchen hearth. They used the crane to hoist pots of food for cooking over the open fire. Near the warmth of the fire, families sewed, knitted and mended clothes and tools. Rooms beyond the hearth wall were considered to be above the kitchen, while those at the other end were below. These rooms were used as bedrooms, storerooms and occasionally as parlours. In early cottages, animals were sometimes kept in a room at one end of the cottage, while people slept in a bedroom on the other


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