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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Skibbereen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as... more » Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland and this tragic era is now brought to life via the latest multimedia technology. Walk or take a virtual tour of sites associated with the Great Famine that still exist today including the mass graves where almost 10,000 people are buried. At Skibbereen Heritage Centre you can also discover the unique nature of Lough Hyne, a salt-water lake just 5km from Skibbereen which is Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon with a multi-lingual audio-visual display and follow with a trip to the lake and follow the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail which overlooks the lake. Skibbereen Heritage Centre also offers a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area, an archaeology trail, a gift shop, reference library and a great welcome! « less
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Shannon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A must for those who wish to understand both Ireland's history and that of the mass emigration to the US and Canada. The sheer enormity of the catastrophe that was inflicted on Ireland whilst food was being exported is laid bare in this most informative of centres.

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This Heritage Center is well set up and easy to complete. The writing is simple and the information given in a simple easy understandable manner. Well done and very interesting.

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Mintaro, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Skibbereen is such a delightful town ... with such a poignant heritage, in the loss of so many of its people during the 1840s, due to the great potato famine of Ireland. I must also mention our stay at Cathy Gill's b&b, Sunnyview in Skibbereen. Cathy is a gracious host and made us very welcome and comfortable.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

we spent an afternoon here and thought it very well presented and hugely informative. the down side was that we all felt a little depressed to think of so many suffering so much. Well worth a visit by anyone interested in Irish history and/or the famine.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The exhibition about the Irish potato famine in the 19th Century was very well presented. We had hoped to see the geneologist while we were there, but she only works on a Tuesday and Thursday. We were able to e-mail her for information later and she was very helpful.

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Carlow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited the centre and it was very informative about local and general famine history of Ireland, with live displays and old tools and vessels that were from that era, they were also showing documentries about a local lake and its wildlife.

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Cincinnatus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I returned to Ireland again this year because, last year, the Skibbereen Heritage Center showed me the very soul of Ireland and provided me with documented evidence of my family going back 4 generations. This for a book I am writing. I kept my expectations low because ... well, what more could the Centre provide? But by the time this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The transformation of this old building into an architectural masterpiece is worth the visit alone. I concentrated on the exhibition on the potato famine which was exceptionally well presented, with informative audiovisuals from original sources - compelling and moving, a very memorable experience. I was sorry to be the only visitor on a Saturday afternoon but it made it comfortable... More

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Llanfairpwll, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were lucky to fall in with a guided group who were enjoying a presentation by Terri Kearney on the Famine. The talk was excellent and thought provoking. The history of the British Government's failure to address the problem and its laissez faire attitude throughout helps explain some of the later history of Ireland. The Centre provides excellent audio visual... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

this is an absolutely fantastic building, and well worth visiting if you are in that part of Cork. Staff member a bit unsure of her answers to a couple of our questions, but she was very pleasant.

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