Welcome to Old Irish Ways.
Situated approx 25 klms from Limerick, 6 klms for the historic and scenic Lough Gur and 5 klms for Bruff, theancestral home of President John F Kennedy, Old Irish Ways in at the centre of the Ballyhoura region.
When you take a step through the doors of Old Irish Ways you take a step back through various periods of Irish life. Where a young person may say “ wow ” or those with memories of a different era may say “ I remember that “ the usual response is one of amazement. Old Irish Ways is a collection of various artefacts and collectibles which were used as part of everyday life down through the years in an Ireland long past. From the kitchen to the farmyard the collection built up by Denis over a number of years represents an Ireland of bygone days.
An old kitchen with a traditional open fire and numerous kitchen and cookery utensils. The humble eternal fire which was the engine room of the home cared for by the lady of the house. The fire was used for so many purposes including all house cooking and boiling root vegetables and corn for animals. Many sick animals recovered in front of the fire. It has taken electric cookers, hobs, kettles, irons, tumble dryers, boilers, radiators and waste incinerators to replace the humble fire. Its flame drew the attention that the television now commands. It takes many steps forward to replace a simple step backwards.
An old pub represents an institution, which was at the heart of Irish life, which also incorporated a local shop. On display is various items which would have been commonly seen in every Irish pub and shop throughout the country. From old well known earthenware jars to bottles, from an array of trays to a collection of water jugs and of course the famous Guinness timber barrel, Denis has re-created in detail this Old Irish pub.
The Irish Creamery which was also a great institution in every local community has been creatively re-created and on display are various implements that were used in the production and subsequent processing of milk and butter.
Other displays in Old Irish Ways includes a old style Irish classroom, an old blacksmith forge, a carpenters workshop, a
typical old Irish hardware shop, a display of old farming implements ranging from a Slan that was used in the bog for cutting turf, a vast array of farming and craftsman’s tools to 1964 Massey Ferguson Tractor. For the motoring enthusiast there is one of the largest displays of motor oil cans, advertising signs and associated memorabilia.
This award-winning museum represents a true and unique reflection of a forgotten Ireland.
What a gem. This is a wonderful place. You really do take a step back in time. Great collection of items from the past which have been lovingly restored and are wonderfully displayed. An old Irish kitchen, an old school classroom and my favourite was the old Blacksmiths Forge. The amount of detail that has been put into recreating these it truly amazing.Paul D
Went to visit this place with a friend and spent ages walking around this museum. It was like a step back in time and seeing all the old machinery, household stuff and equipment. The owner was very friendly and we even got a cup of tae in the “bar”. great place to visit while in the Bruff, Lough Gur Area and im sure all generations will enjoy.Ann Marie K
This is a private museum run by Denis who has an extensive collection built up and who is very knowledgeable & enthusiastic. Usually open at weekends only, check first, see http://www.oldirishways.com. I found very well laid out and that many of the exhibits were in working order without being over restored.Guest
Old Irish Ways is a collection of various artefacts and collectibles which were used as part of everyday life down through the years in an Ireland long past. From the kitchen to the farmyard the collection built up by Denis over a number of years represents an Ireland of bygone days.
Address: Caherguillamore, Bruff, Limerick
We are open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. Please ring before hand to confirm appointment.