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Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

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Address: Curraghboy, Athlone, Ireland
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No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk...

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment. For those with an interest in the lifestyle of bygone days, the Museum hosts laundry memorabilia, old and rare washing machines, 1930’s old-style thatched bar & grocery, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones and a large collection of 78rpm records, shop dockets and bill-heads, sports display McCormacks photography room where the contents include dark rooms finishing r D & P line, camara’s enlargers and B & W colour processors. as well as much, much more.Derryglad Folk Museum is an ideal destina­tion for school tours, ICA Guilds, Ladies Clubs, Farming Groups, Vintage Clubs, Historical So­cieties, Day Care Centres and many more

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An amazing place to visit

Wonderful concept. Full of historical interest. Amazing recon of an old classroom complete with slates (original copies!!!!) Even the milk bottles left by the fire. Loads of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Athlone, Ireland
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Athlone, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful concept. Full of historical interest. Amazing recon of an old classroom complete with slates (original copies!!!!) Even the milk bottles left by the fire. Loads of pieces of interest. Well worth a visit

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

It's a short drive out of athlone but is worth every bit of it. Young or old there is so much history here you'll definitely find it fascinating

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Ballinasloe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Lovely set up, everything beautifully restored.All sorts of everything of a historical nature from antique switches to horse drawn farm machinery,Great place for a picnic too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were on our way back to where we were staying and came across this museum. We were with our American friends. The owner was in and told us to start on the side walls and look up also. There was so much to see and we all started remembering using the items in childhood. We spent at least an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We visited at start of November. We didnt realise it was closed or if we had of made an appointment that we could have visited. It closes from October to March the notice said. We still got out and looked at the yard..even it was very interesting. If back in Athlone I will try to go back.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Literature doesn't describe what an interesting place it is to visit. It is well worth the visit has so many interesting cultural items one could easily spend hours there where is also very nice great for families of children to see how people lived not too long ago!,,,

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I would love to give this review as ive visited your museum and It was really interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Really enjoyed our visit to Derryglad - its a 15 min drive out of Athlone but worth the visit! The owners Bridie & Charlie are very welcoming and they have created a magical step back in time to how life was in rural Ireland.They were happy to help and very informative about the history of the items on display. You... More 

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Enfield, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We visited Derryglad on a quiet September morning and were greeted by owner Charlie Finneran. Charlie gave us a brief history of the museum and how he and his family have collected well over 6000 items of interest from previous generations, everything from farm machinery to musical instruments and tools to toys, most displayed in an accessible way. I personally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

A wonderful trip down memory lane to see how things were done in the past using a vast collection of tools and equipment that was once in everyday use.It has taken the owner years to gather and put it all together and it is very well presented and explained.Perhaps a discount for pensioners might encourage more visitors,but overall a great... More 

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