The Irish Famine Cottages
The Famine Cottages were built in the mid nineteenth century and originally housed the Long and then the Kavanagh family in Fán, Ventry County Kerry. The cottages were located on the lands of the Earl of Cork who was landlord for some of the lands in the area.

The cottage has been preserved in its original format and stepping inside the house will give the visitor the true experience of the environment the local people had to live in during famine times. Cottages are made up of a large farmer’s cottage which has outhouses attached for the horse and cow.
The family lived in this house during one of the worst famines to strike Western Europe – The Great Irish Famine. Due to its remoteness and poverty West Kerry was one of the regions that suffered greatly during the Great Famine.
One family who lived in the house had an especially sad tale to tell. In the mid to late 1800’s Mary Long’s brother was living in the house. He and his wife had the bad fortune of having six of their children die at birth. Whether this was due to poor health and living conditions of the time is unknown. ​​​​​​​
However, as the children all had not been baptized before death the church would not allow them to be buried in a graveyard of the church. The parents had no choice but to bury them on their own land. 
They were all laid to rest just a few hundred yards from the cottage where a simple but crude stone cross marks their grave.
The largest of the cottages was inhabited up until the 1950’s when the last of the Kavanaghs (Tomás Ó Cíobháin) left the cottage. ​​​​​​​

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