Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Skibbereen Heritage Centre
4.5
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
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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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A Happy Traveler
Kingston, Canada20 contributions
EVERYONE who is traveling to West Cork should NOT MISS being educated here. Amazing exhibits and if you are lucky enough to be in the presence of Terri Kearny – her knowledge and insights are life changing! These famine stories need to be told and understood. Bravo Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Keep up the great work!
Written 2 August 2022
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Sean Bee
Ireland30 contributions
Family
The staff are lovely and informative
Exhibits are informative , learnt a lot
The kids were engaged
Well worth a visit that’s for sure
Written 25 July 2022
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Larry K
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What a great experience. The Centre Director is a historian and is very passionate about the Centre's mission. There was so much I didn't understand about this terrible time in Ireland and her relationship to other countries of the time. Now I understand this as a much larger story.
Written 24 July 2022
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Katja M
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
yes, the exhibits were well displayed and interesting
but the space there were jammed into is much too small - after two years of Covid it just did not feel comfortable
IMHO, not suitable for more than 5-10 persons at a time

But the true reason for the poor review:
I pointed out that one of us is a senior citizen. Got a joking reply - and we still paid the full adult fee for both of us.
Why bother specifying a reduced rate for people aged 65+ ?
Written 28 May 2022
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Reflectorgo
Cork, Ireland545 contributions
What a wonderful place this is. Even those who are not Irish cannot surely fail to be moved by the tragic tales of starvation and loss, which has led to Irish people travelling all over the world and making new lives. This is a small building but packs in a lot of very good displays. Because I know all about it, or so I thought, I did not visit it before. Turns out I didn't know much at all so glad I went at last.
Written 21 May 2022
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David M
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Solo
The main attraction is the story of the famine which takes about 2 hours to see. It is very audio visual with films of the various stages of the famine. It is enthralling. We spent a good 3 hours here.
Written 20 January 2022
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Patrick Callan
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The history of the famine in this region is a harrowing experience to go through but we spent a couple of hours her and while the stories were painful we all need reminding how suddenly life can change but we ended our visit with a short video on Loch Hyne and that lightened our mood greatly so a must if you are in Skibbereen.
Written 25 October 2021
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Patricia M
Franklin, WI1 contribution
The Skibbereen Heritage Center was a highlight on our trip to Ireland. We went to discover as much as possible about our family history. All the staff were kind, incredibly helpful in answering all of my questions (which I had many), and directed us to the sights of our earliest known ancestors as well as how to obtain more historical information. The history of the famine, well documented and displayed at the center, was painful to face yet is incredibly important to know. Learning about how our Irish ancestors, our family, suffered as well as survived, to bring us new life in America was invaluable. A must see and important visit, one you will not regret.
Written 24 July 2021
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nora n
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Couples
As many people know Skibereen’s experience of the great Irish famine is well documented and I have read and studied it. My recent visit to the Famine exhibition however made many things clear to me and brought alive the lived and dying experiences of so many unfortunate people into clear focus. A brilliant achievement. Congratulations to all concerned
Written 23 July 2021
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FoxWynne
County Cork, Ireland210 contributions
This museum, though small, looks extensively at the causes and effects of the Irish Famine, with particular emphasis on the impacts in the local area.

I was surprised at the depth of detail, especially the interlocked causes of the Famine - the museum didn't pander to any simplified explanation, nor did it lay the blame in any particular camp, and did a fantastic job of illustrating the points with interesting examples (written, documentary and through artefacts). The museum also has a very natural flow, which helps direct the visitor, and nicely covers both the background and the aftermath of the Famine years.

Unfortunately, the Irish version of the Jeremy Irons video does not actually have Jeremy Irons speaking in Irish, it's merely subtitled.

The accompanying Lough Hyne video is definitely worth seeing, especially if you're planning on making a trip down to the lake itself.

The staff are friendly, the space is bright and there is a lovely view over the Ilen (spend a couple of minutes on the terrace). When we visited, it was during the easing of the initial lock-down, and, given the restrictions, the museum was very well-equipped for visitors, with disinfectant available at the entrance and beside each interactive exhibit.
Written 4 December 2020
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