Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Skibbereen Heritage Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 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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FoxWynne
County Cork, Ireland210 contributions
Sep 2020
This museum, though small, looks extensively at the causes and effects of the Irish Famine, with particular emphasis on the impacts in the local area.

I was surprised at the depth of detail, especially the interlocked causes of the Famine - the museum didn't pander to any simplified explanation, nor did it lay the blame in any particular camp, and did a fantastic job of illustrating the points with interesting examples (written, documentary and through artefacts). The museum also has a very natural flow, which helps direct the visitor, and nicely covers both the background and the aftermath of the Famine years.

Unfortunately, the Irish version of the Jeremy Irons video does not actually have Jeremy Irons speaking in Irish, it's merely subtitled.

The accompanying Lough Hyne video is definitely worth seeing, especially if you're planning on making a trip down to the lake itself.

The staff are friendly, the space is bright and there is a lovely view over the Ilen (spend a couple of minutes on the terrace). When we visited, it was during the easing of the initial lock-down, and, given the restrictions, the museum was very well-equipped for visitors, with disinfectant available at the entrance and beside each interactive exhibit.
Written December 4, 2020
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Patricia M
Franklin, WI1 contribution
Aug 2020
The Skibbereen Heritage Center was a highlight on our trip to Ireland. We went to discover as much as possible about our family history. All the staff were kind, incredibly helpful in answering all of my questions (which I had many), and directed us to the sights of our earliest known ancestors as well as how to obtain more historical information. The history of the famine, well documented and displayed at the center, was painful to face yet is incredibly important to know. Learning about how our Irish ancestors, our family, suffered as well as survived, to bring us new life in America was invaluable. A must see and important visit, one you will not regret.
Written July 24, 2021
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don
3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The heritage center was a fantastic experience. Immediately on arrival the staff were very friendly and informative giving clear instruction as to how the exhibition was to be best experienced. The audio resources gave some interactivity and prevented losing interest from constant reading. The lighting and display cases were very well designed, the view of the workhouse from one of the windows was very moving and brought great reality to the exhibit which was further developed by the walking trail app which exposes people to the whole town. I hope there is further investment and the heritage centre is allowed develop into different eras of Skibereens history.
Written September 2, 2020
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Dear butters_elmo, Thank you so, so much for your kind review - such positive feedback means the world to us. Sincere thanks from all of us at Skibb Heritage Centre ....
Written September 29, 2020
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Ratchm
Kildare, Ireland30 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
This is an amazing place for the history of the famine in Skibereen and Ireland. It answered a lot of questions I had. It is a tough visit in some ways, but the information is so accessible. It’s tough because of the subject matter. The staff were so friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s not suitable for young children. The video of Lough Hyne is interesting but would have liked more detail on the actual flora and fauna rather than those that have researched it.
Written September 3, 2020
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Dear Ratchm, Thanks so much for your kind review - we really appreciate such positive feedback. We also hear you on the need for more detail on the flora and fauna of Lough Hyne. We tried very hard to work with the marine scientists to come up with a presentation suitable for the 'general reader'. But - to be honest - we got lost in the scientific detail ourselves so then decided to use the underwater footage of species, the Lough Hyne Habitats panel and the underwater sounds recorded at the Lough to cover that aspect of the Lough. There is a book on display at the Centre too called 'Lough Hyne from Prehistory to the Present' which has a chapter with more detail on the species and their habitats that also has some spectacular photos. If you are in the area again, please pop in and we'd be delighted to show that to you... Meanwhile, thanks so much again for your feedback and for taking the time to write the review. Kind Regards from all of us at Skibb Heritage Centre
Written September 29, 2020
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Reflectorgo
Cork, Ireland542 contributions
Mar 2022
What a wonderful place this is. Even those who are not Irish cannot surely fail to be moved by the tragic tales of starvation and loss, which has led to Irish people travelling all over the world and making new lives. This is a small building but packs in a lot of very good displays. Because I know all about it, or so I thought, I did not visit it before. Turns out I didn't know much at all so glad I went at last.
Written May 21, 2022
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laudunne
Dublin19 contributions
Aug 2020
The Heritage Centre is well worth a visit. I felt really emotional listening to the horrific stories of the people of that time. It is definitely a part of our history that we should never allow ourselves to forget. I don't think you can appreciate the true horrors of it through history books and this centre goes a long way to remind us what our people have gone through.
Written August 18, 2020
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Dear Laudunne, Thanks so much for your kind review and it means a lot to us to know that you got so much from the Famine exhibition. It is indeed an emotive subject but one we should all be aware of to (as you so rightly said) 'remind us what our people have gone through'. Sincere thanks once again, All the best from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew ...
Written August 19, 2020
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gaz4caz
Ardrishaig, UK230 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Allow at least 2 hours. It looks like a small centre but each video presentation has several presentations. Excellent exhibition, showing Ireland's history during those dark times. Very poignant and sobering. The staff are so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly
Written September 24, 2020
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Dear Gaz4caz, Sincere thanks for your very kind review. We try very hard to present the stories of those who suffered and died during that terrible time so it really means the world to us to hear you found it 'poignant and sobering' and found the exhibition 'excellent'. A million thanks again from all of us here at Skibb Heritage Centre....
Written September 29, 2020
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Deirdre U
Belfast, UK2 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I entered the famine museum to deepen my understanding of what happened at this time and was shocked at the omission of facts and of the depts of cruelty inflicted.
The fact such as in 1847, the worst year of the famine, 4000 vessels exporting food and live stock left Ireland for Britain should have been on the timeline.

It is heart breaking to me that 'the great silence' about the famine continues. Is Ireland the only nation that withholds facts so as not to offend or upset their neighbour? And yet people who visit historical sites want to see the whole picture, as it is through being exposed to the depts of cruelty that one man can inflict on the other that we can learn from the past and have the strength to stand up to injustices. In the case of the famine, hardworking people being forced to starve to death seeing;
-pigs getting feed,
-carts of corn and livestock being loaded onto ships,
-desperate parents being sent to prison for stealing a handful of corn to feed their dying child
-people put on prison ships and the conditions endured

The message I came away with from the centre was 'it was awful but unfortunately these things happen'. The message should be that the Irish people were subjected to a diabolical level of cruelty.
Written August 18, 2018
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Clío N
Derrylin, UK1 contribution
Jun 2015 • Family
So disappointing to see an area which was one of the worst affected my the great starvation in Ireland referring to what happened as a famine. Some of the most distressing and harrowing atrocities took place in Skibbereen and its insulting to the dead to refer to them as victims of famine. There was no famine in Ireland. Signage needs changed to be more informative.
Written June 18, 2015
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columbusDublin
Dublin36 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Gives a very moving account of the famine and a personal feeling of how it was. Though we may have known the facts, this experience really brings it to life, Well worth a visit
Written April 17, 2019
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Thanks so much for the kind review. We try very hard to represent those who suffered thought that tragic time and it means a lot that it resonated with you. Thanks again from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew...
Written April 18, 2019
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