Open by Appointment
Nestled in Bruree Village near the seven arch bridge that spans the gentle River Maigue is the old school house. Within its shelter are memorabilia of a day gone past depicting life in Bruree Village and its hinterland. Where once a young Eamon De Valera attended school within its walls it is now a museum telling the story of a young boy who arrived in the village from America, and later revisted the school house as President of Ireland. Hear stories of De Valera life in the village before immersing in his journey to becoming a scholar, freedom fighter, prisoner, politician and President.
The museum was opened officially in 1972 by Eamon de Valera and we have a significant collection of personal items donated by President de Valera and his family.
Run by the local community we are greatful to the Heriage Council of Ireland for their support in helping to conserve this unique collecion.
De Valeras homestead, located just outside the village is set in quiet countryside. Memories of his time living in Bruree, his daily chores, villager recollections and peaceful setting transports you back in time giving a real sense of a typical Irish cottage and the humble beginnings of one of Ireland's most notable Statemen. De Valera Cottage is run by the OPW