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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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Read about this place and was very glad to finally get to visit. Very informative. A must see when your in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Read about this place and was very glad to finally get to visit. Very informative. A must see when your in the area.

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Didcot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I learned about the famine in school but this was so much more heartbreaking and memorable. The quiz for the kids was helpful for them to focus.

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County Meath, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the heritage center during the week, it was quite busy. There was a lot of information on the Great Hunger (Irish Famine) and information on the heritage trail in the town. I was however 6 euro per adult. I thought that this was a bit too much for what you got. They did show a short video about an... More 

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

Dear Poitigeir, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, that is much appreciated. We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit but sorry to hear that you didn't have more time as there is quite a lot of information on the Rev. Richard Boyle Townshend included in the Famine exhibition. As you so... More 

Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a wet Wednesday. It was busy, the exhibit about the famine had everyone gripped. The facts and figures starkly brought the famine to life. Well presented, not for the faint hearted . The Lough Hyne video was worth watching and a good counterpoint to the misery of the famine.

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Thank Phil2252
terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Phil, Sincere thanks for you kind review and for taking the time to write it. We are glad to hear that the visit meant something to you. It's a tough topic but Skibbereen has an important Famine legacy and we do our best to honour that. Once more, thank you - reviews like this really mean a lot to... More 

Hawthorne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Karen and Ken, thanks so much for your kind review. We very much appreciate you taking the time to write and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the exhibitions. All the best from sunny Skibb and the crew at the heritage centre. More 

Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Dear Sensible 1, Thank you so much for your very kind and comprehensive review. It is really so much appreciated by us all. We are so glad to hear that the exhibition moved you and that you found it worthwhile. Once more, sincere thanks and kind regards from all of us at Skibb Heritage Centre More 

Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 13, 2016

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 July 6, 2016 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 June 28, 2016 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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Thank robertj627
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 

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