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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
+353 28 40900
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What an informative visit to this Heritage Centre to get a rich, in depth history on the famine and... read more

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Our group Inishfree Music Tour met with Teri. She was very informative and passionate about the... read more

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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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+353 28 40900
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What an informative visit to this Heritage Centre to get a rich, in depth history on the famine and the impacts on the the communities in West cork and the role Skibbereen played. Well worth a visit.

Thank Rocklead
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our group Inishfree Music Tour met with Teri. She was very informative and passionate about the history of Ireland, it touched me deeply. I really enjoyed the tour and would recommend everyone to visit the Heritage Center in SkibbereenMore

Thank Jq1959
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Jq, Many thanks for the kind words and it means a lot to us that you were moved by the presentation here. It's a tough subject but a very important one to remember. Sincere thanks from us all and hope to see you in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic place to visit and learn about the Irish Potato Famine. Who knew the extent of this, at least those of us from the U.S.? Try to get Terry (Terri?) to give you an overview. She is an amazing source of knowledge!

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

Dear Susan, Thanks so, so much for your lovely review, we really, really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to write them Many thanks from us all and we hope to see you in Dear Old Skibbereen again...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A must when down in West Cork. A great way to learn about the history that crippled the county, how the people suffered and survived. The short film on Lough Hyne was a brilliant way to end the tour and gave us a greater appreciation...More

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

Dear North Side Lass ... Thanks a million for your kind review. We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed the exhibitions and your kind words mean a lot to us all. Very best from all at Skibb Heritage Centre

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shocking, incredibly moving exhibition tracing the story of Skibbereen during the years of the Great Hunger. Makes you long to be able to reach back and be of some - of any - assistance at all to these unfortunate people. Demands reverence, respect and tears....More

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

Dear Ronan, Sincere thanks for your lovely review. Those words mean a lot to us. And yes, it certainly deserves reverence, respect and tears. We work very hard to represent those who suffered and it means a lot to us when we hear that our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and informative tour explaining the famine and subsequent impacts to Ireland and the world. Thought provoking in terms of the role that poverty played out then and now.More

Thank Hilary P
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Hilary, Many thanks for your kind review, we really appreciate it. Yes, poverty is still with us and history is repeated over and over. All the more reason to be informed and delighted that you learned something from our exhibitions. Thanks again and all...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant presentations of Lough Hyne and the Potato Famine. Our visit to Lough Hyne was more insightful after the presentation. A serene reserve not to be missed.

Thank kitt A
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Kitt A, for your kind words about our presentations. That means a lot to us.... Very best from all at Skibb Heritage Centre...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to visit with good history about Skibbereen and the local area. Informative exhibition, friendly staff and nice gift shop.

Thank janehrn
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jane, Thanks so much for your kind review and great that you found our exhibitions informative. Thanks also for the 'friendly staff' - we are happy doing what we love doing and meeting 'the likes of you'! All the best from sunny Skibb....

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Despite its modest size, this museum offers a comprehensive outline of the most tragic and most defining period in Irish history, and explains so much about how it affected the country and how it is finally merging from the shadow of those events more than...More

Thank Ian C
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ian, Many, many thanks for the kind words and taking the time to write them. We really appreciate them - it means a lot to us that our exhibitions resonate with our visitors and get them thinking. Thanks so much again, All the best...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Skibbereen Heritage Centre concentrates mostly on the Irish famine, so this is not for the faint hearted. Very well done with a diversity of exhibits, including recordings of contemporary accounts, drawings, some artefacts, more modern computer based information panels etc. Guided tour recommended. A small...More

Thank John D
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear John, Thanks very much for your kind words on our exhibits, they are very much appreciated. All the best from the Skibb Heritage Centre team...

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