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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 28 40900
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Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant...

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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the heritage centre is a fantastic service in our area it is well located in skibbereen with car park and the staff work very hard there if you want to find your ancesters they... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cork
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the heritage centre is a fantastic service in our area it is well located in skibbereen with car park and the staff work very hard there if you want to find your ancesters they will do there best i have spoken to lots of people who even found the homestead where they came from and reconnected with relatives The famine... More 

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Thank Mag1Cork
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Mag, Thank you so, so much for your lovely review. It really means a lot to us. We appreciate the kind words and the time you took to write them. And we particularly value such a positive review from a local person. You've made our day! Many thanks for all of the Skibb Heritage Centre crew..... More 

Bargoed, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called into centre find out any thing regarding my family name. Lady very helpful as round here my surname is rare. But she found my grt grt grandparents.. and also found more information from a store owner. Who knew the story of the family name so if looking go here first very helpful indeed. Found history of over 150yrs. Of... More 

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Thank David C
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear David, Many thanks for your kind review and delighted to hear that you found your local ancestry with Margaret's help. She is a gem alright and she will be very happy to hear about your review. Sincere thanks for taking the time to do it and hopefully we'll see you back in Dear Old Skibbereen again! All the best... More 

San Diego
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

My second visit in two years. Terri Kearney provided informative and passionate descriptions of a dreadful subject. Ireland is still coming to grapple with the fallout. Deniers and suppressed misery prevail. Buy her book. I did last year. Visit the mass cemetery (30 min walk), This is a national treasure.

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Thank Michael-Vickie
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Michael, A million thanks for your really lovely review. Getting feedback like this really means so much to us and is VERY much appreciated. Warm regards from Terri and all at Skibb Heritage Centre... (and come again please, more exhibitions going in this winter) More 

Portsmouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

My wife and I visited SHS while staying in Skibbereen. We were very moved by the story of The Irish Famine, which the Centre describes so respectfully and poignantly. This should be visited by every visitor to the area, for the story it tells, and to understand an extremely important part of Irish history, which effects the modern Ireland to... More 

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear DazzaPFC, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I can't tell you how much it means to us all here - we really, really appreciate it and you taking the time to write it. Yes, it is a truly tragic time in Irish history but we can honour those who suffered, and grant them respect, by paying attention... More 

Upminster, Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is the place to learn about the potato famine. The whole story is well presented with some intersting presentations of life during the famine

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terri k, Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Petam, Many thanks for your kind review and for taking the time to write it. We are so glad to hear that you found your visit to be worthwhile. Very best from all at Skibb Heritage Centre. More 

Onalaska, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had a small tour group that received a special tour with the director giving us the information about the famine. There is also a program about the events of that time plus exhibits detailing the struggles the people went thru during that time.

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Davcur, Thank you so much for your kind review and for taking the time to write it. We appreciate it very much. And we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. All the best from sunny Skibbereen and all at Skibb Heritage Centre More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Skibereen Heritage Centre on the banks of Loch Hyne in West Cork is both a history centre of the potato famine and a look at the work of the marine biologists in the loch. The history of the potato famine is brought to life by the excellent talk by local historian and centre manager, Terri Kearney, whose personality makes... More 

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Heather, Sincere thanks for your very kind review. It really means a lot to us. In fact, it's made our day!! Thanks you again and best wishes from all of us at Skibb Heritage Centre.... More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

A well-organized introduction to the Great Irish Famine, espcially for those relatively new to Irish history and/or genealogy. Tastefully done, with thoughtful insights into the causes, experiences and effects of the potato famines of the 1840s. Focus on the famine in Skibbereen, but valid for Cork and Ireland in general. Time well-spent for my wife and I, already familiar with... More 

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear TJPhilly, Many thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write the review. We really appreciate it. Best wishes from the Skibb Heritage Centre crew. More 

Port Coquitlam, Canada
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a quiet place where you slowly begin to understand the undercurrents to The Great Hunger they call The Great Famine. You think you know the story but you don't. My wife actually has family connected to this place, to this history and to this new understanding we discovered here. Her relatives have lived in the same house here... More 

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Thank WesternWilly
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Willy, thank you for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you got a broader understanding of this important period of Irish history from your visit here, all the more so as your wife's ancestors played a part in relief efforts locally. That is an important legacy. Thanks again and all the best from all at... More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Not what I expected. Didn't open the email I sent. Just made an observation (perhaps the changed their name) so that's what cost me 30 Euro. The heritage centre was a cool place to visit. Good info on the potato famine.

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Thank Kerry M
terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Kerry, We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Skibbereen Heritage Centre and found the Famine exhibition worthwhile. However, we're extremely unhappy to hear that you are dis-satisfied with our genealogy service. Margaret responded to 3 of your emails to set up an appointment and to get your ancestor's details so she could research in advance of your visit.... More 

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