A folk village is bringing tourists to Butlersbridge in County Cavan

Just off the main Dublin to Donegal road John and Angela Clancy, owners of a pub and restaurant the Derragarra Inn in Butlersbridge, County Cavan have created a folk village.

This folk museum aims to show visitors how life in Ireland was long ago in a realistic setting. At the centre of the living museum is a cottage made with mud walls topped with a roof thatched with heather. This unique cottage was made without using any cement, nails, paint or skilled labour; exactly the way it would have been built hundreds of years ago. Eventually the cottage will be used to demonstrate traditional ways of churning butter and washing clothes.

A variety of antiques collected by John over the years are also on display in the folk village. These include include threshing machines, butter churns, two horse drawn coaches and a horse drawn charabanc, as well as bath chairs and a Victorian pram.

It is hoped the folk village will enable young people in the area to become self-employed in traditional crafts, which can then be marketed all over the world.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 September 1977.