Dolly's Cottage is a 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage, the only one of its kind in the area. It is a stone built cottage with two rooms and a loft with original walls, roof, roof beams, fireplace and pouch bed. When you step through the little red door, it is like stepping into the past. Dolly''s Cottage has hardly changed in its 200 years and provides an experience of how people lived until the not so distant past.
The cottage is named after Dolly Higgins, the last person to live here. She was a genial soul, well loved by young and old in the district. When Dolly died in 1970 the cottage was purchased by the Strandhill Guild of the Irish Countrywomen''s Association with a view to preserving it for future generations.
It has been open to the public as a folk museum ever since; each weekend in June, every day in July and August and for groups by appointment during the rest of the year. The cottage is the ‘home’ of Strandhill ICA for meetings and classes during the rest of the year.
UPDATE: Here are the 2010 opening times
Every Sunday and Bank Holiday in June, July and August and for groups by appointment all year round. The cottage is the ‘home’ of Strandhill ICA for meetings and classes during the rest of the year.
Admission is free.
Opening times: 2 - 5pm
During the summer there is a small craft shop at the cottage. All the money raised through sales and donations go towards the upkeep of the cottage.'
Tel +353 (0)71 916 8079