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“A labor of love”

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Athlone
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Owner description: No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment. For those with an interest in the lifestyle of bygone days, the Museum hosts laundry memorabilia, old and rare washing machines, 1930’s old-style thatched bar & grocery, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones and a large collection of 78rpm records, shop dockets and bill-heads, sports display McCormacks photography room where the contents include dark rooms finishing r D & P line, camara’s enlargers and B & W colour processors. as well as much, much more.Derryglad Folk Museum is an ideal destina­tion for school tours, ICA Guilds, Ladies Clubs, Farming Groups, Vintage Clubs, Historical So­cieties, Day Care Centres and many more
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This part of Ireland is not the most-visited but is worth checking out. The Museum is a real treat, and our host, Mr. Finneran, added much to the experience. It was interesting and a lot of fun to see all the exhibits, which cover just about every aspect of old-time Ireland. We all thought it would be great for kids, too. Just about every inch of space is covered, so there's lots to see, from tractor seats to clay pipes to a ham press. A real treat. (And there's a wonderful B&B, St. Ruth's, quite nearby.)

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

The Derryglad Folk museum is a short trip into the countryside from the Athalone area. My wife and I diverted there as we transited from the Galway area to Dublin on the M6...and we were glad we did. The museum is a cleanly organized compendium of everyday life in Ireland of yesteryear and the owner/operator Mr Finneran is a delight. As a second-generation Irish-American family, the well marked displays of everyday things gave us a better feel for the Ireland of our immediate past generation. Children and teenagers may be too impatient to enjoy the museum, but this observation is about them, not the museum. There is not much else for tourists in the immediate area save countryside views; our plans to find a countryside pub for lunch afterwards took a bit of land navigation to discover. All in all, a worthwhile side trip.

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Derryglad Folk Museum is located in a rural area in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. It contains plenty of Irish memorabilia items that even some Americans will be familia with. The museum is perfectly laid out, clean, and organized. We had lots of fun viewing the various rooms, store fronts, etc. Our host, Charlie Finneran, owns this home grown museum and added lots of entertaining stories to go along with the displays. This is not a major attraction, but we highly recommend it if you would like to take a pleasant countryside drive and spend 45 minutes browsing a bit of cultural history. The museum is also all on one level and is wheelchair accessable.

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Charlie Finneran's one-man passion is this great little museum

Thank John L
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

a chance for the kids to see things from the past and a trip down memory lane for me and my parents. Some good memories and laughs were had, the owner is a gem.

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