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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
+353 28 40900
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Potato famine

Excellent So informative and brilliant displays. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
suedocs
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Alcester, United Kingdom
via mobile
A fascinating insight

A well deigned museum with clear explanations and audio/IT exhibits which told the story of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JonnyBurton
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Christchurch, 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 3 days ago 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 2 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do I begin? What I learned about the Great Famine and its devastating impact on the Irish had a profound effect on me. My great-grandmother was one of the millions who emigrated to the U.S. to try and build a new life to help...More

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

Dear Bezma, Awwww thanks so much and just delighted that it all worked out for you to find your family homeplace. If I remember correctly, there were quite a few co-incidences that led to that outcome on the day so maybe we were all being...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am one of 80 million+ people in the world of Irish descent. I came with my Grandfathers name to visit Ireland from Canada. The Skibbereen Heritage Centre showed me the path to my Grandfather’s home and introduced me to a cousin. The informational power...More

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

Dear Sonja, Thanks so much for your kind review, that means a lot to us. And we were delighted to be able to find your family 'homeplace' and that it meant so much to you. And what a beautiful place to belong to. And also...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely interesting and informative about the potato famine. Very small on the inside but there was enough to see and listen to that you did not worry about the size of the place. Having said that there was only about 6 people on the day...More

Thank Samanthar65
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Samantha, Thanks so much for your kind review - such feedback is very much appreciated by all of us here. Yes, we would love to have more exhibition space (and that is on our long term wish list) but we still manage to handle...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to Skibbereen Heritage Centre is a must when visiting Skibbereen. It's packed with information about the Great Famine. It also exhibits a short film about the nearby sea-lake Lough Hyne and it's wildlife.

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

Dear Myles, Thanks so much for recommending Skibbereen Heritage Centre as a 'must' - that really means a lot to all of us here. Thanks again!! And all the best from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew....

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