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“A day back in time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

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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“A day back in time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Living in the same county as this beautiful place makes me very proud to recommend such a gem of a place to people visiting Roscommon. It is well worth a visit and the gentleman that showed us around takes such pride in this amazing museum. I really think I belong to the wrong generation, all the amazing fabulous pieces of history in this place, takes me back to my parents generation and hearing the old stories this place makes me relive these stories which is beautiful. I went with my boyfriend and both really enjoyed and spent 3hours in the place, very happy with it. It's a must see for anyone visiting Roscommon.

Visited August 2013
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“A blast from the past!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We were staying in a fabulous b&b close by (St Ruth's Farmhouse) and the ownet recommended we visit the museum.

It is wonderfully staged with loads of interesting exhibits and we managed to while awayost of the morning there. The old photography shop was amazing and worth visiting just for that.

The curator Charlie was very helpful and on hand to provide background info. when required. If you find yourself in the Athlone / Lough Ree area then drop by, you will not be disappointed.

Visited September 2013
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“A wee gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Well worth a visit. Great personal service from the friendly curator. Suitable for families or large groups. Site and displays are very well looked after. Handy coffee machine and chocolate bars for sale.

Visited August 2013
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“Derryglad Folk Museum a must see when in South Roscommon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum must be 'Best in Class' on what you can be very lucky to find, when travelling in Ireland. The Folk Museum is the life's work of The Finneran Family, Charlie and Bridie. Charlie's friendliness is very apparent at first meeting and you immediately feel at ease when Charlie folds his arms and listens with interest to your many questions as there are so many artefacts on display at the museum. The layout at the facility is excellent and is designed for wheelchair access. The quality of workmanship that is evident on the restoration of the many pieces of equipment in the Museum is staggering and when you realise the effort and sheer love of the work, that is evident, you can realise the you are in the presence of a master craftsman in the persona of Charlie.
The recreation of the McCormack Photography Room at the museum is an amazing experience and for anyone remotely interested in photography, it is a must see. The care and attention to detail of the Photography Room in recreating the famous Athlone photographic studio is again another example of Charlie's master workmanship and a credit to the whole area to preserve such wonderful gems of our heritage and our not too distant past. As a step back in time and unique experience I cannot recommend a visit to Derryglad Folk Museum too highly.
Many thanks to Charlie for kindness and his valuable time to show me the Folk Museum.
Martin Bermingham.

Visited August 2013
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“A smaller step back in time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We happened by chance upon this Museum after looking at things to do in Athlone website. This place is great! A fantastic and certainly comprehensive collection of items from yesteryear really gave an insight into ordinary life in the past 100+ years. My father especially enjoyed looking at the great collection of farming tools most hand powered that he remembered using as a boy. The place is very accessible and a lot of time and thought has gone into the planning. The man who owns the place took his time with us to have a chat and the grounds and house nearby are exceptionally well kept. It s a fabulous break from castles and monuments and well worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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