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“What a surprise!!”

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 25 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
Galway, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“What a surprise!!”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We turned up at this museum expecting very little as it looked just like it was hidden in a shed behind a residential house.
How wrong I was, what an amazing place, the people who run this have a fantastic eye for detail. There is so many things to look at and the lady who owns the place chatted to us and she was so lovely and friendly!
If you fancy a nostalgic visit to relive your youth, this is the place to go!
There is so much packed within a small area and it will be the place where we take our visiting guests from now on!
A brilliant afternoon out!

Visited September 2013
Thank Diane F
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English first
Strabane, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Trip down memory lane”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had a fantastic morning looking at the artifacts and talking with Charlie the owner. He is a wealth of information and tells a great story. He was able to give us the history behind his artifacts and has such a variety on display. Every thing is well laid out and every available space has some interesting items placed in or on them. There were four of us in the party and we all had lovely trip down memory lane with Charlie. I would highly recommend a visit to the Derryglad Museum

Visited October 2013
Thank Dominic G
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed October 29, 2013

We knew it was off-season but dropped in the off chance. The welcome we got from the proprietor couldn't have been warmer. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours with the kids in tow.If its a nostalgic trip down memory lane you're after then Derryglad is the place to go.Charlie's passion for his eclectic collection of odds and ends from ancient bog butter to 1950s biscuit tins to guns to plough shares shines through.

Visited October 2013
Thank Enniskerry4
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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Derryglad Museum brings back the memories”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I spent the morning at the museum, The owner Charlie has a collection and knowledge which you only find in an encyclopedia or online these days. Well laid out and educational. If your down that neck of the woods its an absolute must see and its only a 10 minute drive from Athlone Castle or if its a nice day you can take the Viking boat from the castle out to Hodson Bay and a mini bus up to the Museum. Its LIVING HISTORY brought to life with Charlies wisdom and enthusiasm. Just marvelous. If my late father had been with me i think i might be still there!! Keep collecting Charlie.

Visited October 2013
Thank Neale01
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

A fantastic day out for any group , we had a group of 40 seniors from Dublin .We started off the day with a boat trip up the Shannon on the Viking cruises which was great , then lunch in The Hodson Bay hotel and then onto Derryglad folk museum . Everyone enjoyed the museum and its lovely surroundings .

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Paul G
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