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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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A surprise lesson in history

I was surprised by the detail and technology and the lessons in history that the Heritage Centre... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Auburn, California
A very educating experience

Skibbereen Heritage Centre basically consists of two parts: one on Lough Hyne's underwater flora... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2018
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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...more
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Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was surprised by the detail and technology and the lessons in history that the Heritage Centre offered.The facility it beautiful and well organized. Terri, Philip and the other docents are knowledgable and helpful. You can also learn about your ancestry while you're there.More

Date of experience: March 2019
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your kind words KHNA, they really mean a lot to us. We try very hard to represent those who suffered during Ireland's Great Hunger and it means a lot when that resonates with our visitors. Thanks again and warm regards...More

Reviewed December 8, 2018

Skibbereen Heritage Centre basically consists of two parts: one on Lough Hyne's underwater flora and fauna, and one on the Great Famine in Ireland in general and West Cork in particular. To a historian like me, the latter exhibition was the more interesting one -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank binapiraeus
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We spent time in the visitor centre and also at the site of the mass grave just about a mile away. This is a place that brings to life the struggles, social and physical, of those times. Also a geneology centre and information on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Our tour group (Inishfree) was provided an overview of the history of the Potato Famine that was riveting, heartbreaking and enlightening. Thank you.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dana M
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We made the visit as part of a trip to research family history in the West Cork area.I had, prior to the trip some correspondence with the Heritage Centre in tracing family records and found them to be very welcoming and helpful. This view was...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank David K
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Guided tour and overview were very well presented. The range of information regarding the famine and Irish history is impressive. Well worth the time to visit and listen and learn.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathie F
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Found this exhibition to be very informative and well presented. The audio visual stories were an excellent way of getting the details of the daily lives of the local population. Would highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KelGall
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We visited the centre and found it very informative of past events, plenty to learn about! especially informative and helpful was the resident genealogist who helped in our search for the Martin family. Well worth a visit, a small coffee shop would have been a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank denisparfitt52
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Confession time: in Australia we weren't taught about the Potato Famine at school. My vague impression was a food shortage where everyone had to eat potatoes because there was nothing else to eat in Ireland. How wrong was I??? *hangs head in shame* This museum...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BowralBB
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Famine exhibition gave many facts and first hand experiences of this devastation to the population of Ireland.

Date of experience: September 2018
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