A 19th century eviction cottage at Elmhall, once the home of the Walshe family, who were evicted by the landlord’s agents, has been restored and refurnished as a Heritage Centre, by Belcarra Community Co-Op. The cottage was the scene of the last eviction in Belcarra, where a family of nine were evicted by the Landlord’s agents, the infamous Gardiner, Pringle and Cuffe on Saturday October 2nd 1886. Also restored is the ‘tigin’ which is a single room built at the time by the neighbours to house the evicted family.
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The cottage is laid out as it was when in use before the eviction and there are life-sized cutouts in the cottage produced by local artist Bridie Geraghty. You will also find the following: Belcarra’s History of Place Names, Griffith’s Valuation of 1848, 1901 Census of Elmhall and Belcarra, Headstone inscriptions from local graveyards – Guesdian, Elmhall, Drum, Protestant and Projects carried out by the Belcarra community Co-Op: Housing for the Elderly, Tobar an Bhaile, Fishing Area and River Walk.