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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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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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In-depth presentation on a tragic period

I think the Centre does a great job presenting the story of the horrific famine/hunger/starvation of the mid nineteenth century. There is an excellent selection of books on local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I think the Centre does a great job presenting the story of the horrific famine/hunger/starvation of the mid nineteenth century. There is an excellent selection of books on local and Irish history. An unexpected treat is a presentation on Lough Hyne, a unique marine lake nearby. I knew there was a genealogical service connected with the centre and lucked out... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Why go to Ireland if you’re not going to learn of their history? Like Americans, the mid nineteenth century has left an indelible mark on these people. The staff are so knowledgeable and go over and above to help folks who are searching out their lineage. The building has undergone extensive renovation and houses a wealth of information on The... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This was one of the hardest hit areas of the country during the famine years. It is hard to realise the awfulness and despair of the people during that period, a fact that is reinforced when you look at how prosperous the agriculture of the local area is nowadays. It is therefore very poignant to read the accounts left by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Coming from the other end of Ireland where the famine hadn't the same impact and although I had obviously learned about it from books and history at school I can honestly say that this exhibition at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre brought the whole horror of life and death in South West Ireland in the mid 19th Century. The account of... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We went there because of the famine exhibition. It was small but very informative and perfect for a visit with children (ours are 5,10 and 12). The staff was very friendly and helped us finding the parking lot for a walk we wanted to do afterwards.

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Magherafelt, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is not a place were small children or even teenagers would be interested in unless they are into famine history. I enjoyed reading and learning about the facts and information they had on display. This centre would take probably an hour to go round. It was well kept and the staff were friendly and helpful although my children were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I had been trying to track down our ancestry and family tree and narrowed it down to this area of West Cork. I walked into the Heritage Center and walked out with verification that my research was correct!. The people here are as nice and helpful as you would find anywhere. The exhibits are really informative..if you are nearby, stop... More 

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Cullen, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We visited in 2012, and again this July 2105, and the Centre is the perfect way to begin a tour of Ireland, particularly if the spectacular Terri Kearney leads the tour of the facility. One is left with a profound understanding of the times, the attitudes, the place, the history, and, perhaps most importantly, the inexorable persistence of the human... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Very enthusiastic and knowledgable person greets you. It is a very much self motivated tour with a lot of board information some physical displays and video interviews from the past. Very interesting. I wouldn't take small children as I am not sure there is much to keep their attention and it really just becomes an effort for the parents. I... More 

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East Anglia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent. Well explained history of the area. Plenty of visual displays. Really friendly and helpful staff. Worth a visit.

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