When the late Dolly Higgins died in 1970, the Strandhill Guild of the Irish Countrywomens’ Association bought her thatched cottage in order to maintain it in its original state. It was erected around the year 1800 and has survived without alteration to this day.
By 19th century standards in the west of Ireland, this was a luxury cottage. It was built of stone (not mud), with a proper chimney and fireplace (not a hole in the roof to let out smoke from a fire in the middle of the floor). It has two rooms and the old pouch bed is still in the chimney corner. The walls, roof, fireplace and loft beams are still the originals.