Farmers abandoned their fields, families took to the sea – and others were compelled to work where they could find it. Pay tribute to these tales of toil and tragedy at the Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum. Dark and desperate days were spent in this workhouse, founded in 1853, but today the guided tours and vivid displays of Irish rural life here provide an indispensable memorial to times gone by.
Thankfully the fields are greener today as you make your way through scenic countryside to the Swiss Cottage in Cahir. This traditionally thatched but seductively ornate retreat was built in the early 1800s by renowned architect John Nash. Pay a visit, then enjoy the enchanting surroundings as you take the Coronation Walk to Cahir. No doubt you’ll be ready for lunch after this riverbank stroll. Drop by the Lazy Bean Cafe, where you’ll enjoy homemade treats and friendly service before heading to Fota House in Carrigtwohill, Cork.
Richard Morrison, who was later knighted for his works, was commissioned to remodel this stately mansion in the early nineteenth century. Its refined architecture and elegant interior design testify to his talents. Take a guided house tour and then be sure to explore the arboretum on site, not to mention Fota’s acclaimed wildlife park.