Teach Mhici Mac Gabhann – birth place of Mickey McGowan, the author of Rotha Mor an tSaoil (The Hard Road to Klondike)
October 3 @ 12:00 am
Teach Mhici Mac Gabhann – birth place of Mickey McGowan, the author of Rotha Mor an tSaoil (The Hard Road to Klondike). It is located in Gortahork, County Donegal.
Born in 1865 in Donegal, he left home to work in Scotland, but soon headed for America. On his return to Donegal in 1901, he used his goldmining fortune to purchase a farmhouse in Gortahork. His son-in-law the folklorist Seán Ó hEochaidh (1913-2002) persuaded him to dictate his autobiography in old age. It was posthumously published in 1959. MacGowan’s highly readable true story of the frontier is one of determination, courage, and spirit.
Today, Teach Mhicí Mhic Gabhann is recognized as an outstanding example of a rural traditional building from west Donegal. For visitors to Donegal keen to find out more about the county’s culture and heritage there are guided tours of the cottage available during which a 15 minute film on the history of the building is also screened.