Claypipe Visitor Centre

For almost 300 years, Knockcroghery lay at the centre of a thriving clay pipe industry. Clay pipes, or duídíns, were popular at wakes, where they were smoked, broken and laid on the grave of the departed. Production ceased when the village was burned by the Black & Tans in 1921, but today, Ethel Kelly is reviving the craft at her Claypipe Visitor Centre. Traditional craftsmanship renders each pipe a unique, authentic Irish craft-piece, and an excellent gift to take home.  Check out this article by 'Turtle Bunbury' about The Burning of Knockcroghery in 1921.


  • Traditional craftsmanship renders each pipe a unique, authentic Irish craft-piece. 
  • These make excellent gifts for anyone celebrating their Irish culture.
  • The Centre also have a limited number of antique pipe heads dating from the early 1800’s to 1921.
  • Each pipe head is professionally framed and individually authenticated at the Claypipe Centre.
  • Considering the historical and cultural significance of these unique pieces, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine piece of Irish history at a very affordable price. 
  • These may be bought separately or as a collection and will enhance any home, office or even a bar. 
  • They are a great conversation piece for anyone with an interest in their Irish culture.
  • A Tradition of Clay Pipes

    Knockcroghery was renowned for the almost 300 years for the production of clay pipes or dúidíns. By the late 1800’s virtually the entire village was involved in the manufacture of the pipes which were distributed extensively throughout the country. Clay Pipes or duidins were smoked by both men and women and were predominantly the pipe of the common man. Clay pipes were particularly popular at wakes where trays of tobacco-filled pipes were laid out for the mourners. Traditionally, after the pipes were smoked at the wake, they were broken while saying ‘Lord have Mercy’. This custom was often repeated at the grave side where the broken pipes were laid on the grave. Used wake pipes were sometimes kept as mementos of the deceased.

    Ogham Wishes

    Ogham writing is Ireland’s Ancient script, often found inscribed on standing stones and in sacred places throughout Ireland’s rural landscape. 

    • Ethel Kelly’s award winning range of hand painted OGHAM WISHES continue to enchant and delight in their simplicity!
    • Each Ogham is individually painted on hand made paper and beautifully framed in a contemporary black wooden frame.

    Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sat: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.


    Clay Pipe Visitor Centre
    Main Street
    Co. Roscommon



    Tel: +35390 666 1923
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    Ask A Local

    Are they only for display, or can you smoke them also?

    Would you know of anyone that could assist me in finding a distant relative, John Moore. Planning to visit in June and would like to see if I can find/meet with one of my relatives. Kindest regards, Steve Heth

    Supported By

    This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:Europe investing in Rural Areas.