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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: 003532840900
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Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Skibbereen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal...
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Type: History museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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!

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Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This centre was a touching memorial to the famine years, explaining the history of the famine including how long in the making, deaths and exodus of local families.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The highest commendations and praise go to Margaret Murphy at the Skibbereen Heritage Center. My wife and I were in Skibbereen in April 2014 tracing family roots from the Skibbereen area. Margaret was working the day we went into the Heritage Center and we gave her what little information we had and asked if she could help. In the time... More 

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Made an apt for 2:30 pm, they made me wait till after 3pm then rushed me through, only gave me 20 mins to aid in search for my ancestors they had another person with an apt. At 3:30 who they took right on time. She was a local. I didn't get answers to the info I needed I felt slighted... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

in terms of their individual engagement, Terri Kearney and her staff are all that any visior could ever ask for. The Heritage Centre experience is simply a must. Movingly informative.Situated in a place which suffered so much in the years of the Famine and where the past can still be strongly sensed today.

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Skibbereen, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great experience for both adults and children. Learn about the tragedy of the Great famine of the 1840's and then all about Lough Hyne. Having watched the video and seen all the exhibits you just have to visit the Lough itself. A lovely wooded walk besides the lough brings you high enough to appreciate the fabulous views... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Our Ladies Society visited the centre on 9th October and received a great welcome. Terri gave us a talk on the Famine. She made it so interesting - she has a lovely manner and is very easy to listen to. We also watched the film on Lough Hyne which was very good. The centre is well worth a visit and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Margaret helped me with family research and was wonderful. Helpful, efficient and very knowledgeable. The famine exhibit was good.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is the place to go to learn about the great potato famine that led to the migration of significant numbers of Irish citizens.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

we visited before going to Lough Hyne and saw all the information and videos on the potato famine. It was very sad to see how all those people suffered and so many died of starvation. Very well presented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were in Skibbereen and visited the Heritage Center to find out more information about my ancestors. My family was from Cork and, although I had some knowledge of my family who came to the USA in the 1850's, the staff (Margaret Murphy) was excellent in providing information on my family, the time period and additional sources for genealogy. If... More 

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