Frank McCourt Museum
Frank McCourt Museum
4.5
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TaciturnTraveller
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Although under funded this modest museum has worked hard to bring the childhood of Frank McCourt to life. For the very reasonable 4 euro entry charge don't expect interactive displays and top end technology, displays focus on pictures and items donated by family and friends alongside extracts from the books. They are well set out and sets from the films have been recreated upstairs.
The lad running it when we arrived was very friendly and eager to share additional stories which really brought the exhibits to life.
Typically, if you believe the book, it was raining so the walking tour wasn't on. However, they had a video of it that we were allowed to watch and Mick, who runs the walks and knew Frank and many of the people mentioned in the book, came in to answer questions and add stories of his own.
If you have read Angela's Ashes it is well worth a visit. If not, read it and then go!
A note on the walking tour. There are 2 in Limerick one done by Mick, who actually knew Frank, and another more impersonal one. Be careful you get the right one.
Written August 9, 2016
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Barbara H
Bolton, UK261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
We came across this when cutting through to our car, but what a great find. It is not large but well worth a visit. It was empty when we arrived so the talk by I think his name was Declan was excellent & felt more personal. He walked us through the whole museum bringing it to life much better than us just walking through on our own. The recreated school room & the house McCourt lived in fired your imagination & his writings up on the wall were a joy to read. I have a copy of Angela's Ashes & am now reading it again, still an very enjoyable book.
Written August 8, 2016
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A G
Boston, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Designed, created, and curated by Native Limerick Artist Una Heaton. This museum depicts the life of Frank McCourt and his peers. The museum provides a glimpse to what life was like in Ireland during the 1930s and 40s. Even if you have not read any of McCourt's books, you should visit this museum as it provides a historical narrative. McCourt's story is one of tragedy and hope. Ms. Heaton takes her creativity and connects McCourt's story to the larger story of the Limerick community.
Written August 1, 2015
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ShannenSilverman
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This "museum" is a joke. It's an empty classroom and two fake slum rooms. Worst of all is the unfriendly and disinterested host who knew less than us about the writer (one of us never having read his books) and rushing us out claiming she had somewhere to be, an hour before closing. She was rude and unaccomodating; I love Frank McCourt's work and I was so offended by this poor presentation. I can't believe in all of Limerick there isn't a curator available who cares about McCourt enough to run this museum the way he deserves.
Written March 28, 2013
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Morrismannn
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
Anyone can setup a fake museum, this is a joke.

The classroom looks like a big workshop with copy photo frames upstairs two fake amateurish staged rooms decorated by Bric-à-brac, aerosol paint painting, very poor painting maybe by primary school pupils next door.
Messy place.
The guide was missing in every time going up and down and she did not give back my change without receipt.

She was rude and unfriendly to other nations traditions and believes. I liked Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes movie but not the way it is presented in poor presentation as Museum work. waste of time.
Written October 22, 2017
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kieran c
Limerick, Ireland44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
this is a disgrace as someone who knw him he would have hated it it not any realistic view but a few room with dummies in it and thats just the people awful
Written April 11, 2017
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Antoinette B
Havelock North, New Zealand340 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
We visited this attraction..... it appeared closed but you could enter the "mock up" rooms. Terrible, just a couple of rooms.
Written August 25, 2015
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Stuart W
Grants Pass, Oregon, USA64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We came on a Sunday and were given, quite unexpectedly, a private tour by Una. What a lady! She slowly lead us through the exhibits, of which there were many, regaled us with stories and tales, showed us to South's Pub where Frank had his first pint, and then drove us to our hotel! Imagine! And we being strangers! Limerick has a rich treasure here in this museum!
Written July 27, 2015
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Naas-Man
Naas, Ireland143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Well worth the €5 admission. But hurry it's closing for good end of October (due to lack of funding). A volunteer guide gave 4 of us a tour. Spent 90 mins of so there. There's a classroom - where Frank when to school - and LOTS of memorabilia to look at & read. There's also a mock up of one of the places Frank lived in with his family. Must have been miserable growing up in that poverty and squalor!
Written October 14, 2019
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bonita_lenita
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
I was really looking forward to this museum as I am a big fan of McCourt's work. The collection of artifacts about Frank's life is really interesting and well-done. The main issue I has was how disorganized the staff was. I was told there was a tour then there wasn't then someone would take us to the second floor then never mind they're leaving, etc. Still a must-see for fans of Frank McCourt or literature.
Written September 6, 2017
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