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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
+353 28 40900
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Local History at Its Best

We found the extensive exhibit on An Gorta Mór enlightening and sobering. Everything was shown as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kathym98012
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Seattle, Washington
Skibbereen's Famine Story is so moving and sad and should not be forgotten

I didn't really know much about the Irish famine until I visited the Skibbereen Heritage Centre... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Angela S
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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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!
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Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the extensive exhibit on An Gorta Mór enlightening and sobering. Everything was shown as it related to the families of the area and the hardships they endured. The exhibit is a mix of artifacts, maps, charts, and narration, and it's quite well done....More

Thank kathym98012
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for your kind review - it really means a lot to us to know that our visitors get so much from their time here. We do hope you come back again to see the Lough Hyne exhibition someday and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't really know much about the Irish famine until I visited the Skibbereen Heritage Centre which I spotted on our drive tour of Ireland. As Skibbereen was one of the worst affected areas of the 1840s this museum and centre has everything you need...More

Thank Angela S
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Angela, Thanks so much for your kind review and it's good to hear that you learnt so much about the Great Famine during your visit here. It was a terrible time and, as you so rightly said, Irish families suffered terribly with millions dying...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely and friendly man. The tour was very good and provided a lot of good information and detail. We bought a few of the legends books in the shop and learned a lot about the famine and...More

Thank Eimear W
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Dear Eimear, Thanks a million for your kind words, we really appreciate them (especially Philip the 'lovely man'!) and so happy to hear that you enjoyed the exhibitions and learned a lot. Thanks so much for saying that you would definitely recommend a visit here,...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

The audio visual presentation of the potato famine in the 1840's was truly haunting. the presentation included a video of Lough Hyne wa salso very informative. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpfulMore

Thank George M
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Dear George, Thanks so much for your lovely review and we are delighted to hear that you got so much out of the visit to our exhibitions. It means a lot to us to hear that and thanks so much for taking the time to...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent So informative and brilliant displays. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.The audiovisual sections are a must.It certainly leaves a lot of thought provoking about the awful times the people of Ireland suffered.More

Thank suedocs
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Dear Suedocs, Many thanks for your kind words, they really mean a lot to us. Yes, those poor people did go through such horrific times, it is hard for us to comprehend today. But we certainly owe them the respect of hearing and telling their...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

A well deigned museum with clear explanations and audio/IT exhibits which told the story of the real people of the area trying to survive the potato famine of the mid 1800s. It also provides family ancestry support for Americans whose ancestors sailed to the USA...More

Thank JonnyBurton
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Dear Jonny, Many thanks for your kind review and for taking the time to write it. It really means a lot to us. It's a tough subject to cover in such a small space but it's great to hear that you consider it well designed....More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I knew about the Great Famine and that Skibbereen was very badly impacted. However the exhibition at the centre added enormously to my knowledge. Brilliant work. The staff all work so hard to assist each and every visitor whatever their interest. I was there twice...More

Thank Judy D
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Awww thank you Judy, that is very much appreciated. I just showed your review to Margaret too and she also said to say hello and thank you. It was great that you got to meet June and connect with your ancestry. We hope to welcome...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

A small but well executed exhibition which leaves you feeling deeply moved by the tragedy of the famine. Definitely worth a visit, especially as you are in the worst hit area.More

Thank PookieWestSussex
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Dear 'Pookie', Thanks for your lovely review, we really appreciate both the kind words and the time you took to write it. Yes, it is an extremely tragic subject but one that is worth learning about and we're so glad that you found your visit...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

For anybody with the slightest interest in Irish history or in gathering some understanding of one's Irish ancestry, this compact but compelling museum/heritage centre is a worthwhile addition to an itinerary in West Cork. The potato famine was a national tragedy for the people of...More

Thank Johnnythemanatee
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Dear Johnny, Thanks so much for your kind words about our exhibitions and for taking the time to write your review. Yes, Skibbereen played a very important role during the Great Famine and its inhabitants suffered terribly during that awful time. And their experiences were...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

A good education for those looking to learn more about Lough Hyne and the Irish Famine. We found the short video about Lough Hyne quite good, the Famine exhibit was good too, but pretty depressing.More

Thank Melissa E
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Dear Melissa, Thanks so much for your kind review - it's good to hear that you learnt so much about the Great Famine and Lough Hyne at Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Yes, as you so rightly said, the Famine is a very sad subject. With over...More

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