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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: 003532840900
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant...
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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Mainly the potato famine.Its' devastating path is clearly and movingly shown. One cannot not be moved by man's inhumanity to man. And there is a startling visual presentation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Mainly the potato famine.Its' devastating path is clearly and movingly shown. One cannot not be moved by man's inhumanity to man. And there is a startling visual presentation about the unique salt water lake nearby narrated by the lovely lady at the desk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The was a staff member, who was an excellent "story teller". His insights on the Famine and some related stories was educational and most enjoyable. I liked the Center very much.

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Derrylin, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

So disappointing to see an area which was one of the worst affected my the great starvation in Ireland referring to what happened as a famine. Some of the most distressing and harrowing atrocities took place in Skibbereen and its insulting to the dead to refer to them as victims of famine. There was no famine in Ireland. Signage needs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Interactive presentations with telephones and TV screens where you an listen to actors playing the roles of people in the famine years. Smallish exhibition but plenty to see and read. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Excellent interesting and informative about history and reasons for, and effects of the Irish famine. We tagged along with a bus talk and had a tour guide who was incredibly knowledgeable. If you did not have the guide - the experience would be much more average.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

remarkable. Rich in the history of the area. Irene was a phenomenal host. She is a subject matter expert in Irish heritage. Definitely talk to her! We will return next time we are in Ireland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

So happy that because of a chilly wind & rain we went to this Heritage Centre. It is so well-done! Docents advised us at the outset, to visit the famine wing 1st & end with the Lough Hyne/nature wing--glad we did just that. Famine wing is so informative & heart-wrenching--difficult to view & not become emotionally involved with the many... More 

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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

A must do if you're in Skiberreen. Terri did a great job of bringing the famine to life on a human and political level. Sobering and moving this rarely told story gave us insight into the sorrow that shadows this wonderful country.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Having been borderline insulted upon arrival by the lady at reception, any potential positive sentiments regarding the heritage centre were somewhat reserved! Nothing here worth paying €6 to see...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Margaret was phenomenal at not only researching prior to our appt, but spent a lot of time with us and gave us very clear advice about finding the townland that my family is from. Not only that, after we left, she talked to some neighbors at lunchtime and found a relative for us! We will certainly return to this centre.... More 

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Additional Information about Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Address: Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: 003532840900
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Skibbereen
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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