The tiny village of Knockcroghery in County Roscommon has been famous for almost 300 years for its clay pipes or dúidíns.
In the late 1800s, virtually the entire village was involved in the industry. Production of the clay pipes ceased abruptly in 1921 when the village was burned down during the War of Independence.
Today, with original moulds from the late 1800s, Ethel Kelly makes clay pipes using the same skills employed by artisans centuries ago. Traditional craftsmanship renders each pipe a unique, authentic Irish craft piece.
The visitor centre is located on the original site of the last pipe factory, where you can enjoy photographs and artefacts relating to this unique facet of Irish heritage.
|Address||Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon, Ireland|
|Phone||+353 90 6661923|
|Parish(es)||Killinvoy (Roscommon) Athleague (Roscommon) Cam (Roscommon) Drum (Roscommon) Kilmeane (Roscommon) Rahara (Roscommon) St Johns (Roscommon) St Peters (Roscommon) Taghmaconnell (Roscommon) Roscommon (Roscommon) St Marys Athlone (Westmeath) Mountbellew (Galway)|
|Category (ies)||Heritage/Culture Tourist Attraction|