Teach Mhicí Mhic Gabhainn is a restored traditional Donegal thatched cottage which was built in 1850 and retains most of its original features. It is also the birthplace of Micí Mac Gabhann (1865 – 1948) whose lifestory is documented in his posthumously published memoir, Rotha Mór an tSaoil which was dictated to his son-in-law, Séan Ó hEochaidh who worked for the Irish Folklore Commission.
Micí Mac Gabhann was born in Derryconnor on the 22nd November 1865, third eldest of the 10 children of Tomas Mac Gabhann and Bríd Cannon. At the age of 8 he began his working life, via the Spring Hiring Fair in Letterkenny, on the big farms in the Lagan. After 6 years of seasonal work in the Lagan, he went to work on the big farms in the Mid Lothians of Scotland. At the age of 19/20 he emigrated to the USA working at first in Bethlehem Pennsylvania and then silver mining in the Rocky Mountains in Montana. In 1897 he joined the goldrush to the Klondike in Northern Canada where he spent 2 years successfully mining for gold. He returned to Ireland in 1900 and married Máire Dixon from Mínlaragh in 1901. They reared a family of 11 on the estate in Cashel, Gortahork which he bought with his gold mining fortune.
You can now visit the cottage where Micí Mac Gabhann was born and experience what life was like in rural Ireland in the 1800’s. You can watch the film which was made in 1968 documenting Micí Mac Gabhann’s lifestory and your tourguide will show you around the original thatched cottage where he was born, tell you stories about his life and times and answer any questions you might have.
The cottage is open during the Summer months on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 4.30pm and is open to groups year round by appointment, telephone Mary at 0863174260 or Noelle at 0877561787.
Admission: Adults €3.00, Students and Senior Citizens €2.00, Children under 12 no charge, Special rates for groups.