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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
+353 28 40900
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Heartbreaking History

For anybody with the slightest interest in Irish history or in gathering some understanding of... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2017
Johnnythemanatee
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Satellite Beach, Florida
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A good education for those looking to learn more about Lough Hyne and the Irish Famine. We found... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2017
Melissa E
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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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Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

For anybody with the slightest interest in Irish history or in gathering some understanding of one's Irish ancestry, this compact but compelling museum/heritage centre is a worthwhile addition to an itinerary in West Cork. The potato famine was a national tragedy for the people of...More

Thank Johnnythemanatee
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Dear Johnny, Thanks so much for your kind words about our exhibitions and for taking the time to write your review. Yes, Skibbereen played a very important role during the Great Famine and its inhabitants suffered terribly during that awful time. And their experiences were...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017

A good education for those looking to learn more about Lough Hyne and the Irish Famine. We found the short video about Lough Hyne quite good, the Famine exhibit was good too, but pretty depressing.More

Thank Melissa E
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Dear Melissa, Thanks so much for your kind review - it's good to hear that you learnt so much about the Great Famine and Lough Hyne at Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Yes, as you so rightly said, the Famine is a very sad subject. With over...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017

Where do I begin? What I learned about the Great Famine and its devastating impact on the Irish had a profound effect on me. My great-grandmother was one of the millions who emigrated to the U.S. to try and build a new life to help...More

Thank bezma
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Dear Bezma, Awwww thanks so much and just delighted that it all worked out for you to find your family homeplace. If I remember correctly, there were quite a few co-incidences that led to that outcome on the day so maybe we were all being...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017

I am one of 80 million+ people in the world of Irish descent. I came with my Grandfathers name to visit Ireland from Canada. The Skibbereen Heritage Centre showed me the path to my Grandfather’s home and introduced me to a cousin. The informational power...More

Thank sonjahidas
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Dear Sonja, Thanks so much for your kind review, that means a lot to us. And we were delighted to be able to find your family 'homeplace' and that it meant so much to you. And what a beautiful place to belong to. And also...More

Reviewed September 3, 2017

Extremely interesting and informative about the potato famine. Very small on the inside but there was enough to see and listen to that you did not worry about the size of the place. Having said that there was only about 6 people on the day...More

Thank Samanthar65
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Dear Samantha, Thanks so much for your kind review - such feedback is very much appreciated by all of us here. Yes, we would love to have more exhibition space (and that is on our long term wish list) but we still manage to handle...More

Reviewed September 3, 2017

A visit to Skibbereen Heritage Centre is a must when visiting Skibbereen. It's packed with information about the Great Famine. It also exhibits a short film about the nearby sea-lake Lough Hyne and it's wildlife.

Thank Myles G
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Dear Myles, Thanks so much for recommending Skibbereen Heritage Centre as a 'must' - that really means a lot to all of us here. Thanks again!! And all the best from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew....

Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

My family and I have visited many times. It's a very thorough exhibition delivering some difficult truths about the circumstances and history of West Cork people. The building restoration is impressive and the exhibition well laid out. It's in the outskirts of town but there...More

Thank Mags M
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Hi Mags, Thanks so much for your kind review .... and for visiting us so many times! It means a lot to us to get such positive feedback and thanks again for taking the time to do it, And all the best from sunny Skibb...More

Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent exhibit and very good value at €6 . The staff are welcoming and enthusiastic .We were treated to a fascinating film about Lough Hyne .The main exhibit explains Skibbereen's place in the Great Famine.Sobering.

Thank foxglov96
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2017

Dear 'foxglov', Many, many thanks for your kind review - it really means a lot to us and we particularly appreciate the 'welcoming and enthusiastic'! And every best wish from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew....

Reviewed August 23, 2017

If you are interested in Irish history and especially the famine, this is a must do. Find out before you go when there is a guided tour by Ms Kearney, she is fantastic.

Thank John O
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Dear John, Thanks so much for your kind words. They really, really mean a lot to us all. And I'm blushing at the 'fantastic' but thank you! Very best wishes from sunny Skibbereen...

Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Displays very intresting but could have more variety, there must be more to skib than the famine! Film about Loch Hyne was good, well stocked gift shopMore

Thank Auwins
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Dear Auwins, Glad to hear that you found our displays interesting and that you enjoyed the Lough Hyne film and the gift shop too. The Great Famine is now the focus of our main exhibition (and is advertised as such) but the Centre here was...More

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