Roaringwater Journal

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Gortnagrough Folk Museum has been called Ballydehob’s Best Kept Secret, but it could equally be called its Most Delightful Discovery. Leita and Tommy Camier have devoted years to building a huge, quirky, fascinating collection that will transport you back to your childhood, or perhaps your grandparents’ childhood. Follow the Bantry road (N71) north from Ballydehob, turn left when you see the Ceramix factory sign, then follow the signs to the Gortnagrough Museum. Call in advance if you can: 028 37274 or 086 356 3681. It’s pronounced Gurt-na-Grew.

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While the emphasis of the collection is on local and West Cork history and on farm machinery, many of the items will bring back memories, no matter where you grew up. Close your eyes for a minute and conjure up a picture of the little tin box that your father used to produce to fix the puncture on your bicycle tyre; or the tobacco tin…

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