Museums and Attractions

Museums and Attractions

Father Murphy Centre


Republic of Ireland

Father John Murphy was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 in Wexford. He was executed by British soldiers in 1798.

The Father Murphy Centre, in Ferns County Wexford, is the original farmstead where Father Murphy lived for many years. Father Murphy is the central focus of this tourist attraction.

The Centre features his cottage, a magnificent example of an 18th Century farm building, that gives an insight into farming in County Wexford in the 1700s. The cottage is situated in a restored farmyard which includes a cow house, pigsty, dairy, stable, dairy and labourers' lodge.

The haggard contains a range of farm machinery, ploughs, harrows and sowers from the 19th and 20th century.

The Garden of Remembrance is a lovely tranquil garden where one can sit or have a short walk and remember the 30,000 people who died in 1798. This rebellion was the bloodiest and cruellest of all Irish wars. Some stones are inscribed to help us remember those who died and it also has some beautiful raised herringbone ditch.

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