Biddy's Cottage - Traditional Irish Stories & Cráic

Biddy's Cottage - Traditional Irish Stories & Cráic

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Biddy's Cottage, Dalkey was recently nominated as the "No. 1 Quirkiest destination in Dublin," by Luxury Travel Blog. It is Tripadvisors number 1 destination in Dalkey. Biddy is a storyteller, foodie and folk artist. The story evenings lare all true stories inherited from Biddy's father and Donegal ancestors. When you arrive you will be welcomed with a glass of Proscecco and homemade elderflower cordial, stories by the turf fire, then tea and her famous Irish oatcakes. The storynights take place every Thursday evening at eight or by appointment. Groups can be arranged for other nights. There is a minimum of eight guests and a maximum of thirty. This is a truly authentic Irish night... Just a 25 min trip on the Dart from Dublin city.

Provider: Biddy McLaughlin.

Location (see map below): Biddy's Cottage, 86 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Dublin.

Duration: 2 Hours.

Availability: Daily (Story nights are every Thursday at 8pm or by appointment).

Requirements: None.

Restrictions: Deposit required for group bookings. Not suitable for children under 6.

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Biddy's Cottage is a traditional and truly authentic Irish Cottage in the heart of Dalkey, Dublin. Here you will step back in time and experience Irish life by the cosy turf fire as it would have been centuries ago. 

Discover Irish folklore, cooking, beliefs and superstitions. An iron pot belongs to Biddy's great grandmother Cecily 'Handsome' Kearney who was born into a family of fishermen. As you sit by the fire you will see the little red dresser full of speckled delph, the settlebed sitting snugly in the corner, the 'skeehogue' or potato skib, where dinner was eaten from a basket on the knee... the bastable pot, tongs, crook and creel, cooking instruments now forgotten in a world of technology. Various St. Bridget's crosses are hung over the doors and dresser to bring good luck and protect good people.

Biddy, a reknowned artist, foodie and storyteller will serve you tea and her famous oatcakes, before she bequiles you with the stories of Dalkey, the island, the tides and currents where she rows her boat from Coliemore Harbour. This is a cottage to shelter from the lashing rain or sudden, rare sunlight, a place to breath in the past that is Ireland. 

To get to Dalkey, you can take the DART from the city. It takes twenty five mins and brings you straight into Dalkey village. The cottage is a ten minute walk from Dalkey DART Station and you can get the DART home after the storynight.

Unique as a writer, Brighid 'Biddy' Mc Laughlin has brought those same qualities to her career as a folk artist.

Her paintings have titles such as 'Local Gossips” and “Culchie Surfer” which are witty and painted in bright blues and yet these are mixed with the darker themes that have been so much part of her extraordinary life.

Biddy's Cottage, Dalkey has been voted number 1 destination in Dalkey by Tripadvisor and No. 1-Quirkiest destination in Dublin.