Kerry Bog Village Museum, Kerry Bog Village Museum, Ballincleave, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
The Kerry Bog Village Museum is located half way between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on the main Ring of Kerry route.
Visit Kerry Bog Village of yesterday and step back in time to the early 18th century to recapture the way life would have been at that time in Kerry.
The Kerry Bog Village Museum gives people a insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th-19th Century.
The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is a heritage award winner.
It was extensively researched prior to being recreated. The dwellings that visitors see before them, are exact replicas of those used in Ireland in the 1800’s. Many old sites were visited, ruins measured, and old documents consulted. One of the houses was moved from North Kerry and rebuilt within the Bog Village. The village is located in vast Bog land, visitors will learn about the bog, it’s wildlife, and equipment used to extract the turf.
These are known as Blanket bogs and found wherever there is high rainfall, which is typically in western Ireland and also in mountainous areas. They are called blanket bogs because of their appearance – from a distance they appear like a blanket. With almost 1 million hectares of Ireland covered by blanket bog, it is far more common than the smaller-scale raised bogs. Contrary to popular belief, blanket bogs are essentially a man-made feature, if inadvertent and aided somewhat by the climate.
The Kerry Bog Pony is an old Mountain and Moorland breed of pony originating in Ireland, and traditionally used for hauling peat from the bogs, as well as for general work on small holdings. The breed has a reputation for gentle temperament and versatility.
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The Kerry Bog Village is located between the towns of Killorglin and Glenbeigh in County Kerry and is easily accessible from all major routes.
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Kerry Bog Pony is a very old Mountain and Moorland breed of pony or adapted horse standing at 3’6″ originating in Ireland, and traditionally used for bring home peat from the bog, as well as for general work on small farm. The breed has a reputation for gentle temperament, versatility and flexibility.
The Bog Village itself gives people a snapshot into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 17th to 19th Century.
The bog village itself is the only one of its kind in Europe and is a heritage award winner. Such care was taken to replicate the houses that one house was moved from North Kerry and rebuilt within the Bog Village