The Kerry Bog Village. Western Ireland.

Located on the Ring of Kerry, the village gives a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the late 19th Century.

So what is Bog? Undrained bog is 95% water and 5% solid material. The solid part is made up of partially decayed vegetation i.e. trees, grass, roots, moss etc. Bogs were a major source of fuel for Irish homes.

A key member of an Irish Bog village would be the Irish Wolf Hound.

An ancient breed of Irish dog these were used for hunting.

The Kerry bog ponies are a native breed to Ireland and were used for transport and farm work, such as bringing home turf from the bog, seaweed from the beach and milk from the creamery.

Spent an interesting hour wandering around this true to life reconstruction. Life was certainly harsh.

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