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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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+353 28 40900
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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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Visited this today with my family, really good famine exhibition which was very informative. The loch Hyne exhibition was also really good. Great service from the attendant who... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
matron68
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this today with my family, really good famine exhibition which was very informative. The loch Hyne exhibition was also really good. Great service from the attendant who was very helpful

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Touring around with brother-in-law and husband. The centre was very good and interesting we enjoyed it. It was great to learn more about the famine.

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

Dear Hermise, Thank you so very much for your kind review. We are delighted that you found our exhibitions interesting and that you learned more about the Great Famine. Hopefully we will see you touring around West Cork again some time in the future. Thanks once again, we really appreciate the kind words. All the best from sunny Skibbereen... More 

Northampton UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had visited once before but only briefly. This time we spent enough time to look at all the exhibits and recordings. It's a sobering place which shows off the truth of a very hard time when so many people died, the Famine. The team there were very helpful with our questions and we also followed their app guided walk... More 

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

Dear Innerworldofmyown, Sincere thanks for your lovely review. Thank you too for taking the time to take in our exhibitions and to follow the app around the town. It was, indeed, a very sad time but an era that had a huge impact on Ireland subsequently, and the rest of the world too through emigration. Your kind words of encouragement... More 

West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

It's small but has a wealth of information. The museum is more reading and listening to accounts of what happened during the famine in the 1840's and 1850's. It was a very emotional experience. I had been told stories but I don't think I really understood the depth of the suffering and helplessness of the Irish people during this time.... More 

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

Dear Adventurer, Thank you so much for your kind review. And it's particularly poignant that your ancestors left Ireland during this terrible time. They were brave people and you honour their memory by seeking out their story. And it was an absolutely tragic one. We're currently researching for an additional Famine exhibit and, even though we've been reading/researching this material... More 

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

There is a wealth of information on the famine. You can't really visit Ireland without visiting this essential bit of history. Also an exhibition about Loch Hyne; get to see the various sea/freshwater wildlife underwater without having to go in with snorkel or diving suit.

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

Dear Newmillenniman, Sincere thanks for your kind review and for taking the time to write it. We really appreciate it. And we're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and got something out of it. That means a lot to us. Very best from all the crew at Skibb Heritage Centre (and happy new year!) More 

York, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Two old and dear friends from days gone by were from Skibbereen, and had talked of their roots, so I felt an air of pilgrimage. A downpour (not unusual) sent us scuttling for the Centre, and the next 3 hours well repaid the modest entrance fee. It's not a large display, but one that bears closer examination. How was it... More 

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

Dear Neil, Many thanks for your very kind review. We very much appreciate both your time spent in writing it and your kind words. We would like to wish you and yours a very happy and peaceful Christmas and maybe see you back in Skibb in 2017 (we have 2 new exhibitions!). Warm regards and thanks from all the Skibb... More 

Cork
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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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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Reviewed 16 November 2016 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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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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Reviewed 30 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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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 

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