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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: 003532840900
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Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant...

Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland and this tragic era is now brought to life via the latest multimedia technology. Walk or take a virtual tour of sites associated with the Great Famine that still exist today including the mass graves where almost 10,000 people are buried. At Skibbereen Heritage Centre you can also discover the unique nature of Lough Hyne, a salt-water lake just 5km from Skibbereen which is Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon with a multi-lingual audio-visual display and follow with a trip to the lake and follow the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail which overlooks the lake. Skibbereen Heritage Centre also offers a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area, an archaeology trail, a gift shop, reference library and a great welcome!

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Was a trip into the past of the area. Mostly about the famine, but real nice displays. They can help find relatives too Don't miss

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was a trip into the past of the area. Mostly about the famine, but real nice displays. They can help find relatives too Don't miss

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Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rainy day in Skib ,so brought ourselves and our two young boys to the heritage centre.Educational and insightful on both the famine exhibition and the Loughlin Hyne. I would recommend to see the lough Hyne exhibition before going to the lough itself ( the most beautiful spot in our country).The famine information is clearly laid out and not too heavy... More 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Only regret was not having enough time to spend longer here, as we had to rush off to Baltimore for a whale watching trip. Very interesting place. I've studied and taught HIstory and thought I knew quite a bit about the famine in Ireland but I learned loads here. Sons aged 19 and 21 also found it interesting. Very sobering... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Ms Emmingtons, Heartfelt thanks for your kind review - we really, really appreciate it. It's particularly poignant that your ancestor left Ireland for Liverpool during the Great Hunger. We get many descendants of Famine emigrants visiting and it means a lot to us that it helped deepen your understanding of what your great grandparents went through. Thanks once again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the great hunger is told eloquently and well in the Skibbereen Heritage Center. Philip O'Regan gave us a personal tour and short lecture bringing the exhibits to life. This is a not to be missed stop for all of Irish heritage. The facility is modern and staff excellent. Nearby is the former location of one of the... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Alfinn, sincere thanks for your lovely review. It really means so much to us that your visit to the Centre helped broaden your understanding of the Great Hunger. Special thanks for the kind words on Philip's presentation - they are very much appreciated. Best wishes from all at Skibb Heritage Centre. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's €6 entry p.p but it's well worth it. They explain the famine very well and have a number of TVs showing and explaining things that happen. Accessible with a buggy. The staff are very nice and helpful!

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Jan, many thanks for the kind review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We really appreciate you taking the time for this. All the best from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The centre is small but is very informative telling the story of the great potato famine. Definitely worth a visit. Quite emotional .

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Robert, Thanks so much for your kind review. You are not alone in finding the subject emotional but it's good that you found it worthwhile learning more about it. We're researching this period for many, many years and we still find it upsetting. Sincere thanks for taking the time for this. Best from all at Skibb Heritage Centre. More 

Erwin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For only 6 euros, the heritage centre is totally worth it. The exhibit is small, but a lot of information is crammed in there. Multi-media exhibits walk you through the causes, political climate, and experiences of the great famine with particular emphasis on Skibbereen and Baltimore. Such a grim time in Irish history, but something every traveller to the island... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear KWH, Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a lovely review. We are really delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit - your kind words really mean a lot to us. Thanks very much again and we hope to see you in West Cork again, Best wishes from all at Skibb Heritage Centre More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place to have an introduction about to Great Famine in Skibbereen, about the wildlife around the city and at Lough Hyne, and also if you want to know more about your own Irish genealogy. The place is small and a bit expensive, but it is worthy a visit if you are visiting Skibbereen for the first... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Ali -st Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Skibbereen and to our Centre and Lough Hyne. I know it's a long way to come but we hope to see you here again! All the best from all at Skibb Heritage Centre More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were excited to visit and learn more about the Great Hunger and get some historical perspective on our most recent visit. This place was pretty unimpressive. It was really small, only one room of 'exhibits', the other half of the center was a film on a nearby sea pond ( we skipped this). The videos were of a low... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear 'MyDayJob' We are very sorry to hear that you felt that the exhibition here is 'missing some important facts'. We would be very interested in hearing any feedback on what these are as we are continually trying to improve our exhibition. If you get a chance to email that information, that would be much appreciated? We tried to lay... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I was initially reluctant to visit this museum because of the subject matter. Although I have a history degree I usually avoid battlefields and war memorials in favour of lighter holiday activities. However the material here has been curated in a very sensitive manner and our guide who was local was clearly passionate about the subject and she gave a... More 

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Fraserbooks, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review. We do try hard to get the balance right and, as you well know, it is a complex subject so we really appreciate your kind words about the exhibits and presentation. Sincere thanks from all of us at Skibb Heritage Centre More 

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