County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Museum, Donegal County Archives & Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal County Council in association with Earagail Arts Festival

In Search of the Donegal Vernacular Cottage Exhibition

Event Description

County Donegal is home to one of the largest surviving concentrations of vernacular cottages in Ireland.  ‘In Search of the Donegal Vernacular Cottage’ celebrates the traditional dwellings of County Donegal that help define our cultural landscape, refine our sense of place and reinforce our sense of identity.  Through photographs, illustrations and drawings from local and national collections, the distinctive forms and features of the Donegal vernacular cottage are highlighted.  This exhibition challenges us to better understand the vernacular cottages that we all-too-often take for granted, encourages us to seek out and explore them in our landscape and advocates their appreciation and conservation.  The dwellings highlighted in this exhibition are not based on blueprints or measured drawings but on collective folk memory that is passed down from one generation to the next.  The intimate relationship between ‘form and function’ is reflected in the use of space and local materials that root these cottages in their physical and cultural landscape.


Important Information

Closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1pm

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