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Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

Curraghboy, Athlone, Ireland
+353 (0)90 6488192
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Athlone
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment. For those with an interest in the lifestyle of bygone days, the Museum hosts laundry memorabilia, old and rare washing machines, 1930’s old-style thatched bar & grocery, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones and a large collection of 78rpm records, shop dockets and bill-heads, sports display McCormacks photography room where the contents include dark rooms finishing r D & P line, camara’s enlargers and B & W colour processors. as well as much, much more.Derryglad Folk Museum is an ideal destina­tion for school tours, ICA Guilds, Ladies Clubs, Farming Groups, Vintage Clubs, Historical So­cieties, Day Care Centres and many more
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Athlone
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

had a wonderful visit to this museum today. 5 adults ranging from 38 yrs - 88yrs and each one of us was enthralled. Looking forward to my next visit. This is a definite must visit for anyone that wants to learn or reminisce about the past in Ireland. Went in for one hour and left after two hours :-) The... More

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Quin, Clare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Only the big "museum" sign told us we had arrived, so it is off the beaten track, although it is well sign-posted. For a small site it has an amazing collection, all beautifully cared for. My two children (ages 11 and 9) found plenty to interest them, particularly the bog butter and the old Irish money collection. We came out... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We went to visit this museum and found it to be very interesting due to the many artifacts that were on display. In particular, there were many bits of machinery on show that reminded my dad of his past and shows what things were like many years ago, which we found to be fascinating. This was coupled with a bit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Took my mother who lives in moylough and my 2 fourteen year old daughters. We had an amazing time. It was great to see all the old things that I grew up with. Thanks for a great time.

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Definitely has that off the beaten track feel and is NOT a tourist trap. Has the feel of an antique shop filled to the gills with artifacts from Irish folk history of the 19 th and 20 th Century. The owner and host is so friendly and available to you if you should have any questions but you are certainly... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great artefacts well displayed. Very good information on each piece from curator. Lots of artefacts with local interest. Great tour.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We came upon this museum in the middle of County Roscommon and were thoroughly entertained by the extensive collection of folksy artifacts. They have it all from classic farming machines to gadgets of all kinds. You will leave the museum amazed at all the gadgets our ancestors used years ago. The curator was a hoot too!

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

lots ot items and plenty of old pieces to see.. could spend hours looking trough photos and reading about the past. would recommend a visit.it brings you back to time gone by....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Just West of Athlone. We Visited the DerryGlad Museum, The Tour starts at the well maintained car park. Before we got to the museum building itself, we had got our monies worth, the gardens together with the old tractor, phone box, petrol station, old signs and shop fronts were wonderful, at this point we entered the Museum building to find... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited Derryglad in early August after having planned to visit here for some time. So glad we made the effort. The museum is a real nostalgic experience and is packed full of every day items from years gone by and each item on display has a story of its own to tell. Highly evocative of a rural Ireland that has... More

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