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Family & School Resources

Welcome to History Hunters, fun for all the family!

Download our History Hunter PDF or pick up a free physical copy when you visit Kylemore. You will be guided on a fun tour of learning and exploration. Do just one section or all three and don’t forget to pick up you authentic History Hunter certificate at the end


Activity Sheets for Families or Schools 

Rainy day blues? Download some of our fun activity pages all themed on Kylemore. Whether you know Kylemore Abbey inside out or if you just wish to visit someday these activity pages will keep little minds and hands busy well for a while at least

History, Myths, & Tall Tales from Kylemore Abbey: 

Listen to the stories here...

Introduction to the Myths and Legends of Kylemore, Pollucapul and Léim na h’Eilte. Stories of a magical white horse from Tír na nÓg and a phantom deer being chased by Chu Chulainn’s hound and how they shaped the area surround Kylemore castle are all part of the first story of the series.

Na Páistí Muca (The Little Pig Children). This is a new story, inspired by the estate, and is full of fun and mischief. This particular story is dedicated to our resident Kune Kune pigs Ken and Gloria.

The Milk Jug. The moral of today's story is, even if you have very little if you share it with someone who has less, good will come to you for that deed. The story is dedicated to the people of Connemara, who always shared what little they had an inspired by the tradition of changeling stories in Irish folklore. 

The Smoothing Iron. For generations children and adults from all over the world having been casting their wishes at the Smoothing Iron in Kylemore, but have you ever wondered how it got there or just what makes it so special? In today’s story, Eithne O’Halloran tells us a tale of quarrelling Giants and the magic they unleashed.

The Tale of Dastardly Dan. The Fairies are a huge part of Irish myth and folklore and until recent years and even as is evident in some of todays’ practices (for example, never ever cut a whitethorn tree!), the Irish people knew to respect the Fairies. If only Dastardly Dan Quigley heeded such advice…learn the Tale of Dastardly Dan and his encounter with the Fairies.

The Very Hungry Giant. Another tall tale today, in fact a very tall and hungry one of a ferocious Giant and a brave young man! Today, Abbey Experience Manager, Eithne O’Halloran, tells us the story of The Very Hungry Giant of Leím na hEílte!