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“An understanding of the famine added greatly to our understanding of the area.”

Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Skibbereen
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We had an oral presentation and the depth of the information presented was impressive. Nicely done! We followed up with a visit to the nearby cemetery that has a mass grave of the victims. Sobering.

Thank KM B
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

I brought my Australian family here to get an idea of Irish history and we weren't disappointed. We got a guided tour of the exhibit and then watched a short film on the area. Loved the whole thing

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Reasonable entrance fee. The main exhibits tell about the Irish Potato Famine and the nearby Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve and their Maine Research Activites. They have a small gift shop with a very good selection of topical books. Very well done for a small facility. Just across the street from the West Cork Hotel.

Thank TopherOR
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is a 'must see' exhibition for visitors to West Cork. It is also a valuable primary source for any historians and, as others have said the staff are exceptionally helpful. I studied this period of Irish History as part of a Degree Course but I still learnt a great deal more during my visit. The video of Lough Hyne is also interesting, unfortunately I hadn't time to seek out the lough for a visit. Also ask the staff for directions to the mass Famine Grave across the river, just go past the gates, turn right up a small country road over looking the graveyard as its much safer due to heavy traffic on the main road. Say a prayer for the poor people buried there. Mossy and Julie. Belfast

Thank dinsmore1947
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

employees very helpful friendly, wenr out of their way to complete my research, even stoped me later on the street to rell me she had additional info

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