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“Interesting, and very moving”

Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Skibbereen
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Disliked a person nearby who was talking loudly on their mobile. Very disrespectful of the surroundings. Not the fault of the centre though, which was very good.

Thank Gardenclaire
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

The history presented here is really soul hitting, the pieces about the famine are really informative.

Thank Eileen G
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

They were very helpful and put me in touch with a local historian. He traced my ancestors on various websites and took me to see the old family home and tombs in a couple of graveyards.

1  Thank caroleann1209
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

the "Great Famine" exhibition has an air of restraint that is insulting to the viewer. It seems more concerned with being PC than telling the harsh truth. Very weak and cotton soft. An air of "we can't be to OTT(over the top)in case we might offend a tourist and as a result lose customers. I had a feeling it was a privately run family business. Did not and does not reflect the truth and the more aware understanding that this was indeed NOT a famine but a deliberate genocide of a people. Infuriatingly soft

1  Thank deirdre360
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

Definitely worth a visit if in the area. Lots of audiovisual exhibits. Masterfully done.

1  Thank ConBakDoug
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