Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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  • PaddingtonBrown
    Ormond Beach, Florida19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important look at Irish history…
    This is a fascinating collection of artifacts and photos and follows the path and struggles of the Republican faction throughout Ireland’s history. To be sure, it tells just one side of the story but Irish history is complicated, and this wee museum is both interesting and educational. Additionally, there are staff members who lived through The Troubles who are willing to share their own firsthand (and sobering) stories.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2023
  • L1593
    Liverpool, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing little museum you could easily spend hours in
    Fantastic museum, I could have spent all day here. Items are all kindly donated by families and people impacted by the Troubles and Eileen’s sister kindly showed us around. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Moskvichka12
    Moscow, Russia579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible surprise!
    WOW! This little museum is hidden away out the back of the Peace Wall, but it is totally worth seeking out! It is totally free, and they welcome donations to help support it. I expected it to be very small, but although it only really takes up one room, there is a tonne of exhibits - newspaper entries, photos, models, objects made by prisoners... You can easily spend an hour here and I'd like to see it get a larger location. Staff are friendly and helpful. I was completely blown away by the work by prisoners. They are some seriously talented people! What I liked the most was the emphasis on facts and absence of blame or one-sidedness. This is a seriously good museum and everyone should see it, locals and interested tourists.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 13, 2024
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Jarch98
Montreal, Canada51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
I was really looking forward to visiting this museum but ultimately couldn't.
We tried for 40 minutes to find the it, they havent updated there Google map location ... then once we finally found the door, it was closed.r what kind of museum closes at 2pm ?! Very disappointed.
If you plan to go. Make sure you allowed enough time to walk from city center, get lost finding the door and still make it before 2pm to be able to actually visit.
Written June 19, 2022
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Colleen
Belfast, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish Republican History Museum. This place is an absolute gem and the man working (or volunteering) at the museum was just as nice as could be. I really wish I was local so I could visit regularly and enjoy the little library they have. The collection is definitely a must see for anyone interested in Irish Republicanism.
Written July 8, 2022
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Moskvichka12
Moscow, Russia579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
WOW!
This little museum is hidden away out the back of the Peace Wall, but it is totally worth seeking out! It is totally free, and they welcome donations to help support it.
I expected it to be very small, but although it only really takes up one room, there is a tonne of exhibits - newspaper entries, photos, models, objects made by prisoners... You can easily spend an hour here and I'd like to see it get a larger location.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
I was completely blown away by the work by prisoners. They are some seriously talented people!
What I liked the most was the emphasis on facts and absence of blame or one-sidedness. This is a seriously good museum and everyone should see it, locals and interested tourists.
Written March 13, 2024
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Melethince
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Amazing, small museum that illustrates Irish history from Easter Uprising to the Troubles. You can spend hours looking and reading about the Irish fight for independence and the sacrifice the nation made to be free. I wish the organizers of this exhibition soon get the recognition they deserve and move to bigger object. The entrance is free, and hosts are very helpful and kind. Looking forward getting back there on my next trip to Belfast!
Written June 10, 2022
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L1593
Liverpool, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic museum, I could have spent all day here. Items are all kindly donated by families and people impacted by the Troubles and Eileen’s sister kindly showed us around. Definitely worth a visit.
Written November 15, 2023
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Raydar
Northern Ireland, UK822 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This place falls into the 'only in Northern Ireland' category. Other countries simply wouldn't put up with a museum that takes history into its own hands, flips it on its side, and presents the belligerents in a conflict as the heroes, especially so close to central Belfast, which the IRA effectively demolished during thirty years of madness. Imagine an Al Qaeda themed museum around the corner from Ground Zero.

The 'museum', and I use the term in the loosest possible sense, has several displays detailing - without any context whatsoever - how awful the British and the Protestants are and how the brave 'freedom fighters' of the IRA overcame them both. Naturally, there's no mention of IRA atrocities like La Mon, Black Friday or Omagh. No hint of the countless sectarian murders. But why would they mention that?

If you're an American who, for some reason, thinks that you're actually Irish and, for some reason, have decided that you like the extremists that killed thousands of other Irish people because they followed a different branch of Christianity, then this place might be for you.

For anyone else, avoid like the plague.
Written July 10, 2014
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FatCat1888
Dublin, Ireland128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
This is an excellent resource that provides a very-real insight into 'The Troubles'. Another reviewer described as 'glorifying murderers', however I never saw or heard any glorification. What I got was first-hand stories from Republican combatants. In addition you get the context of 'The Troubles' from a community in the middle of it and not some prejudiced view from RTE or other media. Yes it is totally from a Republican perspective, but it is called the Republican Museum.
It will make you question the media impression of the psychopathic men of violence, and show that 'The Troubles' affected the entire community and those combatants were male and female and had significant community support. I particularly enjoyed the prison craft work and the short film on Mairead Farrell.
Written October 25, 2013
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HSL71
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Business
It is so important this museum exists and so sad - it's not flash and not high tec but it is incredibly informative and powerful. I learnt so much, if you want to understand The Troubles it is a 'must' visit.
Written January 5, 2014
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galwaybackpacker
Galway, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013
Very informative museum and not glorifying the troubles as I expected. Would recommend the museum if anyone is interested in finding out the local history during the troubles
Written November 15, 2013
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PADRAIGTrim
Trim36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
Very interesting museum that deals with a topic that many, particularly in the South of Ireland still find uncomfortable, the IRA and its role in the modern Irish Troubles, 1969-1994. That said it has some very interesting exhibits dealing with 1798 and the 1916-22 period as well but by its location and our recent history, its the republican struggle of the 1970's and 80's that stands out in this museum, particularly the 1981 hunger strikes. As the modern period isn't looked at anywhere else in any othere museum, that is what gives this museum its edge. Of interest is the republican arts and crafts made in the prisons and the replica arms used during the period. Helpfull staff and a library, this museum is a must for anyone interested in Irish history. Easy to find, just off the motorway coming from Dublin.
Written May 28, 2013
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