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“Living History”

Irish Republican History Museum
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #54 of 228 things to do in Belfast
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Living History”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is an excellent resource that provides a very-real insight into 'The Troubles'. Another reviewer described as 'glorifying murderers', however I never saw or heard any glorification. What I got was first-hand stories from Republican combatants. In addition you get the context of 'The Troubles' from a community in the middle of it and not some prejudiced view from RTE or other media. Yes it is totally from a Republican perspective, but it is called the Republican Museum.
It will make you question the media impression of the psychopathic men of violence, and show that 'The Troubles' affected the entire community and those combatants were male and female and had significant community support. I particularly enjoyed the prison craft work and the short film on Mairead Farrell.

Visited October 2013
9 Thank FatCat1888
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Wheeling, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Very Graphic Displays”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you are interested in the history of the terrible time between 1969 and 1998 this will interest you. The displays are very graphic, so be warned, it is not for everyone's taste. As a monument to the troubles of this time and a slanted view it is well worth the visit. Ireland has a very troubled history and I found this to be very informative as it happened during my lifetime. It would be nice if the other side had something of this sort to visit. Although, as is usually the case, a small group of terrorists on both sides of the issue caused these tragedies, the feelings of generations of the irish population on both sides has prevailed for many years and continue to this day.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Wombat999
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Remembering the slaughter”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Great place to visit if you like gloryfying murders who killed innocent men, women and children, any positive review is obviously written by someone with no concept of the suffering caused by terrorists , a terrible place and shouldn't even be mentioned on this site, might as well build a museum for the SHANKILL butchers

Visited February 2013
25 Thank Mick1882
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23 reviews
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“Ireland United...;”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very interesting museum that deals with a topic that many, particularly in the South of Ireland still find uncomfortable, the IRA and its role in the modern Irish Troubles, 1969-1994. That said it has some very interesting exhibits dealing with 1798 and the 1916-22 period as well but by its location and our recent history, its the republican struggle of the 1970's and 80's that stands out in this museum, particularly the 1981 hunger strikes. As the modern period isn't looked at anywhere else in any othere museum, that is what gives this museum its edge. Of interest is the republican arts and crafts made in the prisons and the replica arms used during the period. Helpfull staff and a library, this museum is a must for anyone interested in Irish history. Easy to find, just off the motorway coming from Dublin.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Irish Republican History Museum”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

if you are interested in the history of the troubles then you will really enjoy this museum, there is a library and loads of exhibits including rocket propelled grenades, a mock up of a prison cell that you can go in and models of internment camps. its just of the falls road in a converted mill.

Visited April 2013
6 Thank GJEEE
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