American wake

On a beautiful, crisp winter morning, we walked out to McGuire’s cottages. We firstly watched a video on how the famine affected the population of Leitrim and forced many people to emigrate for work. We learned about the American wake which was held for people before they left. Although they were sad, there was also lots of food, drink and dancing. We were treated to delicious buns and yummy hot chocolate in Jinny’s and then we got to see what it was like long ago in one of the cottages. We had lots of fun and learned a lot.