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1 Day Ireland West Experience

Our one day Rural Ireland Experience will provide you with an authentic experience of Irish life. You will learn and participate in the old farming traditions like turf cutting, blacksmith and witness a fascinating sheepdog demonstration. Your host Eddie Joe will take you around his village of Carracastle and show you the remants of Mayo's ancient past with visits to ritual sites and ancient forts and you will leave with a great sense of rural Ireland.

"A full day on the farm & in the village learning of Ireland's traditions and farming techniques" - Eddie Joe

4 Activities Around the Farm Stay...

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Tour the working farm in Mayo
Tour the working farm in Mayo

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Irish Working Farm & Bog Tour  

Take a tour of the Ireland West Farm Stay working farm with host Eddie Joe and learn all about farming in Ireland old and new. You will meet the animals and hear the history and folklore of rural Ireland. 

You will see how the turf is cut and used in the west of Ireland. You will learn of both the Living Bogs and The Working Bogs and their intrinsic connection with rural Ireland. You will try your hand at cutting the turf whilst exploring the fascinating flora and fauna of this unique habitat. All in the beautiful surround of County Mayos rural heartlands.

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Local Village Walking Tour

Join local amateur historian and farm Eddie Joe on a 1hr walking tour of the local village of Carracastle, Mayo. The journey will take you back in time with Iron age ring forts, magic faery trees, ancient limekilns, army barracks and famine graves. As well as learning the history you will get an insight into contemporary rural Ireland village life.

Pat Strahan and guests at the Blacksmith Forge
Pat Strahan and guests at the Blacksmith Forge

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Blacksmithing Demonstration Mayo
Blacksmithing Demonstration Mayo

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Pat Strahan Blacksmith
Pat Strahan Blacksmith

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Pat Strahan and guests at the Blacksmith Forge
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Blacksmithing Workshop with Pat Strahan

Join Pat 'The Blacksmith' Strahan in his intimate Barroe Rock Forge for a fascinating workshop in the art of the Blacksmith. You will learn the methods of Blacksmithing both old and new and be introduced to the ancient amulet of the 9 Irons. Enjoy being shown and taking part in this age old skill from rural Irelands days gone by.

Note: This is subject to availability. May be able to replace with another activity.

Trad Music by The Fireside
Trad Music by The Fireside

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Culmore Horse Riding
Culmore Horse Riding

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Sheep Dog Demonstration
Sheep Dog Demonstration

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Traditional Irish Music by the Fireside

Join local musicians by the fireside and discover real rural Ireland. You will hear local trad songs and reels in County Mayo. This is an intimate musical experience and provides a glimpse back to a time before television and radio in the heart of rural Ireland.

Note: This is subject to availability. May be able to replace with another activity.

Your Host Eddie Dooney...

Local Farmer & Guide...

Let local heritage farmer and bog expert Eddie Joe Dooney show you around the village and farm, introducing you to the locals and providing a glimpse in Irish village life.

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Tour Coach Friendly !

We have accessibility for tour coaches of any size and the driver is always looked after :)

The Details...

1 Day Ireland West Experience Package Includes...

Full Day private guided tour with the following demonstrations...

- 1 Hour Rural talk, folklore Farming and bog demonstration.

- 1 Hour Village Walking Tour

- 1 Hour Blacksmith Workshop.

- 1.5hrs Traditional Irish Music by the Fireside

Please contact for pricing.

Demonstrations can be organised individually.

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