This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Beauty of Old Ireland on St Paddys

It's St Patrick's week and a great time of the year to remember the beauty of Ireland / Northern Ireland, with its rolling green hills, traditional farming background, and rural  countryside cottages. 

These photos reflect the traditional dwellings and beauty of our landscape. Ireland / Northern Ireland is a great place to visit, with lots to see and do. Highly recommended!

Left: Fisherman's Cottage.
Above: Corradreenan Farm - cottage circa 1802, a simple two-roomed house with a kitchen and a bedroom.
Above: Coshkib Hill Farm - a hill farm circa 1850 from Glenballyemon, one of the nine glens of County Antrim, comprised mostly of moorland and mountain grazing (sheep and cattle) and hay, oats, and potatoes grown.
Above: Ballydugan Linen Weaver's House. This is a replica of a mid-19th century traditional dwelling.
Above and below: Peat fires with its distinctive smell were and still are a common way to stay warm on cold days. The cutting of peat (called 'turf' when cut) for fuel began in the 17th century; more on this can be read by clicking here.

Above: The Old Rectory Cottage - This thatched-roofed house is an example of English rather than Irish building traditions; the skills and techniques to build this style were brought into Ireland by English settlers. Through studies of the roof timbers, the house is thought to have been  built in 1717. Original location: Lismacloskey townland, Toomebridge, County Antrim.
Above and Below: Inside the Old Rectory Cottage it's furnished as the home of an established clergyman, and represents the rural or small-town home of the period 1890-1910.
Above: 1800s McCusker’s Pub - public houses were, and still are, a centre of social life in many Irish towns.
Above: Basket Maker's Workshop - a traditional countryside skill of willow tree basketry.
Above: Sheep and Spring lambs abound in Ireland this time of year. Photo taken on the North Antrim Coast.
Most of the photos of cottages and farms above are part of the historic display at Northern Ireland’s Folk Museum, which was created to preserve the rural way of life and keep it from disappearing all together with increasing urbanisation and industrialisation. The 170 acre Folk Museum and its cottages / dwellings have been collected from various parts of Ireland / Northern Ireland and rebuilt, brick by brick, in the grounds of the museum. If visiting Belfast this is a fantastic museum to spend a day ‘going back in time’ and experiencing life from around 100 years ago. 

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Very picturesque but I wouldn't want to live in one.

  2. Very interesting. It's good to see that the Irish admit that the English taught them to build "proper" houses! :) BTW, since when did St.Patrick have a week? I thought he had a day! I have experienced the peat fire smell - during my time in the Falkland Islands in 1982. The peat also made our clothing uniformly dark brown!

    1. Hi Mark, I'm thinking a St Patrick's month would be nice! BTW we get St Patrick's day off work which is great!

  3. Thank you for showing us the cottages and farms of the Northern Ireland's Folk Museum, it all looks so pretty. I even should like to live in such a cottage in the rolling hills of your country, I am certainly not a city dweller.

  4. I did enjoy this post. I was cleaning in the garage Sunday when I found my itinary for our 2003 tour of Ireland. We visited a similiar historic, museum village in Glencolumbile located above (?) Donegal. Our trip took us to Sligo, Glaway, Limerick, Dingle, an Erin Island, and, of course, Dublin. What a fabulous trip. I'd love to return. Have you planted potatoes yet? Ours this week. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

  5. Hi Ann, the places you visited in Ireland are really fab, I think I've been to all of them as well. If you ever decide on another trip over, let me know as you'll have to visit the North Coast. I was planning on putting potatoes in on St Paddys but instead of worked on improving the soil with homemade compost and I plan to get the potatoes in this weekend coming.