Hennigan's Open Farm and Heritage, Swinford in Co. Mayo

Hennigan's Open Farm and Heritage Centre is just over 5 miles from Swinford, off the main Foxford Road. Amazingly, generations of the Hennigan family have survived here, on this farm of less than 10 acres of poorish land for nearly 200 years.

Overlooking Creagaballa Lake the centre incorporates an authentic thatched house, an original farmhouse and theme farm where poultry and other farm animals roam freely.

Visitors can experience how people lived in a frugal self-sufficient community when work was hard and luxuries few. It is a revelation for the younger generations and an authentic experience of life and traditions in rural Ireland.

In the Heritage Centre you will experience the barter and meitheal systems used for survival by the people.