The Irish Cottage: Culture, Design, and Controversy


This course will focus on the type of Irish cottage initially built and continuously used during the 1860s to 1960s in rural Ireland; a period of great change politically, socially, and culturally. The distinct design characteristics of these cottages, the materials used, and the realities of cottage life will be explored. The Irish cottage will be presented not just as a symbol of impoverished times, but as important evidence of the culture and identity of Ireland. Through exploring various aspects of the Irish cottage, we will experience a revealing look into the minds and beliefs of our Irish ancestors.

5 Zoom sessions, Thursdays. 6:30 – 7:45 pm. May 5 – June 2, 2022.

Payment: $125

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Otto Paier at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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