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Derryglad Folk Museum

Curraghboy, Athlone, Ireland
+353 (0)90 6488192
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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 « less
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a place not to be missed, with so much to see, there's something for everyone, a fantastic host and some outstanding nostalgia, we had gone to Athlone castle and were really disappointed but picked up a leaflet for this place whilst in the tourist office there and we were so glad we did this place was value for... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A great place to take a trip down memory lane. Derryglad Folk Museum have an extensive collection of items. We would recommend anyone staying in Athlone to include a visit here.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This must be one of the best small museums with something for everyone, hard to believe it is all the work of one couple, we spend a while talking to Charlie Finneran who’s passion for what is his life’s work shines through. A real must for anyone visiting the Athlone area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

At first I was reluctant to go to this. I wasn't sure how interesting a folk museum would be, and upon arrival I was still not convinced, but I'm really glad I went! Charlie, the owner, has spent a lifetime collecting and restoring items from past times and has an incredible collection! Every items is meticulously restore to its former... More

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Leinster, Ireland
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29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you ever wondered what life was like in your grandparent's time, Derryglad Folk Museum is the place to go. It specialises in technology from the ages, from the earliest household gadgets to the oldest musical recorders and everything in-between. The owners are very friendly and helpful and more than willing to give you the stories behind the objects. Its... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This couple have been collecting stuff for years and years and have it nicely displayed. You could spend hours here browsing. The couple who run it are so passionate about it and we enjoyed chatting to them too.

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Donegal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Fantastic visit for a family of 5. The kids loved it and we all went off exploring on our own. Something for everyone and you can only be charmed by the owner who has taken a life's hobby and made it available for our pleasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Interesting little museum in a lovely setting run by a lovely couple. Lots to see and a great tour given for a reasonable price.

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

Myself, hubby & my parents visited Derryglad Folk Museum recently and we totally enjoyed it!! My parents were so excited to see memorabilia from the past! A nostalgic stroll down memory lane to their grandparents time.....brilliant. A must see for all ages!!?

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

very interesting and historical.Great to look back on the way of living years ago, and brings back memories, that's if you are old enough to remember. Well worth a visit

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