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“Well worth a visit.”

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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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 August 25, 2013

Wow... What a collection! We nearly gave this museum a miss but so glad that we didn't.
This is a labour of love for the owner and his family and it is an amazing display of all sorts of Irish memorabilia and history.
Any questions you have, the owner is more than happy to spend time with you to explain and answer questions. We also loved the bog butter!
It will take some time to go through everything so allow enough time to do this collection some justice.

Thank sparts77
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

If you are in the area it is worth looking through the old stuff; it's a lot like perusing an antique store. The bog butter is very interesting, and if I remember correctly, the largest ever found. I actually visited in March of 2011, but tripadvisor required I put one of their more recent dates.

Thank Red-Beerd
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Thoroughly recommend Derryglad Folk Museum for a visit by young and old, thousands of items covering a broad range of walks of life including shop, photography, farming, household, sport, etc.etc. Charlie is a very knowledgeable host and passes on all there is to know about each item with pleasure. Can highly recommend this a must see when visiting the Athlone or midlands region. Keep up the good work Charlie.

Thank John C
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I wanted to come here as we're staying in the Hodson Bay Hotel which is local. Myself the wife and the four kids arrived on a Tuesday morning and were not expecting a whole lot in reality. And in reality I suppose one could run through this little museum and miss a lot as there is so much. Michael, the owner, showed us around and our imaginations raced as he paused every 6 inches to point out something new and excited us with examples of all sorts. It really is a treat and I recommend it highly. If you talk to your kids and can capture their imagination, come here. Cheap as chips too. 6 of us : 15 euro!!

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Derryglad is a museum with a difference. It is always changing, renewing or improving. There is nothing dead about this place - if you have visited last year, then it is time to visit again, because there is more material to see or you've missed something that was there already and your eye passed over it.
The founder-owner, Charlie Finneran, has amassed a very large personal collection of mementos of Irish rural living and he hasn't stopped yet. He seems to have the history of every tool or artifact - you don't get a dry skeleton because he has added flesh to the bones.
As a curator/guide, Charlie is without peer and that is part of the attraction. I haven't been there since last Spring, but have directed others, there and their glowing reports tell me it is time to revisit
Do I have a criticism? Yes, the building is not big enough and the day is not long enough.

Thank Mardyke
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