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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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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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Very comprehensive. Famine side is sad. Marine life side is fascinating. Very lovely presentation of all exhibits.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Long Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very comprehensive. Famine side is sad. Marine life side is fascinating. Very lovely presentation of all exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

There is an interesting film about Lough Hine shown in the Heritage Centre along with some interesting facts and figures,and since there is no information about the Lough at the lough it makes sense to come here first. They also have an informative display about the Great Famine and at 6 euros it's not expensive.I should also point out that... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Brilliant place, learned so much, and so friendly with the children.Tons to see and hear. Hope to see Kingfishers next year.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The centre was well laid out and organised. Good variety in presentations. Very committed staff present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Our guide, Terry, was terrific. Her knowledge and ability to impart that knowledge was excellent. She had written a book, and she was able to put her knowledge all down in writing. This center is a 'not to be missed' place. Ask for Terry.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If it is raining (don't worry it will eventually) I would say go and have a look. It is interactive and the audio features a young Jeremy Irons of all people! I enjoyed it and learned a lot. If you are interested in History this is a nice stop. Please add to it the many Megalithic sites nearby and you... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very interesting, staff were very friendly, really enjoyed it, famine display was excellent, so sad but very insightful

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College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A fantastic and informative institution with the friendliest staff. A must-see if you're visiting West Cork.

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Genoa City, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The displays were very well done and moving. We learned things we had never realized. The staff gave us directions to the famine cemetery, just outside of town, which was a moving experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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Additional Information about Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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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