The Connemara Heritage and History Centre

The Connemara Heritage and History Centre came into being in 1992, when Martin and Nora Breathnach adapted their family run a hill farm in the heart of Connemara. 

They diversified into agri-tourism and set up the Connemara Heritage and History Centre where they now proudly share the history, heritage, culture and traditions of the area. 

The Connemara Heritage and History Centre

Making soda bread the traditional way – on an open fire

The centre is based around the restored prefamine cottage of Dan O’Hara, who was forced to emigrate in the 1840’s when he was evicted from his home. 

Dan’s story is told by means of an audio-visual presentation. The history and artefacts room has articles and displays on Connemara through the Ages and many items of historical and cultural interest.

Guided tours are both entertaining an educational and offer demonstrations of traditional farming activities such as turf cutting, sheep herding, soda bread making on the open fire and other activities and games. 

Other items of interest at the Connemara Heritage and History Centre include the reconstructions of a crannog, ringfort and clochaun. 

The Connemara Heritage and History Centre

A traditional Irish crannog