Cashel Folk Village
Cashel Folk Village
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Cashel Folk Village/1916 Easter Rising Museum is Irelands ONLY 1916 Easter Rising/Irish War of Independence/Irish Civil War Museum COMBINED, and also Irelands ONLY 1916 Easter Rising Garden of Remembrance/Memorial Plaza COMBINED. Additional features are 1 The Great Irish Famine Museum 2 The Penal Chapel 3 The Original Tinkers Caravan, which was home to 14 children plus their parents 4 The Blacksmiths Forge 5 St. Dominics Wishing Well 6 The Entrance Museum, which is full of original artifacts/memorabilia dating from 20,000 years ago up to the 20th century. Described as A ONE/STOP/SHOP HISTORICAL MASTERCLASS in The Public Sector Magazine, this is a MUST VISIT site.
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trish r
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Nov 2023 • Friends
Authentic insite into Irish heritage including the 1916 uprising and important figures of this era who contributed to Irish independence. There was an interesting array of memorabilia including original photos, documents and artillery. One of our party was delighted to see a photo of his grandfather. The guide was welcoming and very informative. A must for those historians interested in this troubled period of Irish history.
Written 12 November 2023
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Inspire36840872912
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Oct 2023 • Solo
Positives Aspects:

Proprietor was friendly and a nice guy.
Proprietor had a fairly good handle on the history of the items.
Some very good and interesting memorabilia.

Less Positive or Aspects that could be improved:

Reception area cluttered, unkept and not very tidy.
Felt a bit cluttered when proceeding through the tour.
Memorabilia not very well curated or presented i.e., could be improved.

One would worry about the long-term effects this environment would have on the memorabilia over time.

I would give a rating of 3 on this basis.
Written 24 October 2023
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Dear Inspire, I would like to start off by thanking you for taking the time to review this site, as I always appreciate anyone who does so. In saying that, I would also have to say I was extremely surprised by some of your comments. I had intended to look up your reviews for other visitor attractions etc. to give me an idea of what we were being compared with, but is seems you have never reviewed anywhere else on Tripadvisor.....so for whatever reason it seems we are unique in that sense. For the record, the 2 main sites for reviews are considered to be Tripadvisor and Google. Up to the time/day of your review/ taking the 2023 season as a whole, the following is a brief summary of all reviews received by Cashel Folk Village............ 1. GOOGLE......every single review rated this site 5 stars out of 5. 2. TRIPADVISOR.... just under 90 per cent of all reviews were 5 star, with the other 10 per cent plus giving it 4 stars out of 5 stars....... thankfully we also have been ranked on Tripadvisor as the No. 1 History Museum in CO. Tipperary every year in a row since the first year we were reviewed on it/ excluding the covid period when we were closed. So/ as any reasonable person would understand/ I was then very much taken aback by your review, while at the same time fully accepting that everyone is entitled to their opinion . However, I would like to comment on your review to qualify my own comments accordingly....... 1. In your Positive Aspects section you mentioned I had a Fairly Good HANDLE on the history of the items...... taking Very Poor, Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent as being pretty normal ratings for any visitor site. I have spent a vast number of years studying Irish history in particular, and have never before in my life seen a remark referring to my knowledge/ or otherwise/ as a Fairly Good Handle........ if that is your idea of a Positive Aspect, it most certainly is not mine, and it is most certainly at total loggerheads with every review ever received specifically relating to the History Of Items on this site. Not alone do I offer Every Visitor a Guided Tour but also each visitor is given a 16 PAGE guide as extra historical information while perusing the site... also we have very comprehensive information signage throughout the museums..... also visitors are encouraged to go into our site on Google Maps, where anyone can do a total VIRTUAL TOUR of the museums, and are also given a leaflet for my website when leaving, so that yet again they have access to a whole host of additional historical information. Taking all of the previous into consideration, I personally find a remark like Fairly Good HANDLE to be nothing less than insulting, in particular as it is supposed to be one of the POSITIVES. Anyway that is that off my chest...... now for the negatives, and my response to same. No. 1....... Reception area untidy,,,,,,, guilty as charged. I normally close in mid October/ as per the dates on my website/ and then work away behind closed doors to get ready for the following season. This year I decided to leave the door open until the end of October, and to do a load od the work at the front desk. I get very kind donations of historical memorabilia from various people/ in some cases where they are getting rid of stuff from an old attic or whatever/ and I normally carry that work out behind closed doors. I had received /as one example / boxes of old newspapers, in particular Tipp. Star and The Nationalist dating back to the early 20th century. I have been engaged in going through them page by page and cutting out all the relevant pages of historical importance, which I will convert into historical scrapbooks. As a result of your comment/ which was 100 per cent correct/ I realise that I should have left that work for behind closed doors, and I apologise for my error of judgement. No. 2....Felt a bit clutterer when proceeding through the tour...... It is/ or at least can be/ cluttered in the entrance area, depending on the number of visitors, but the outdoor areas have relatively plenty of space, but again depending on the numberof visitors. No. 3..,Presentation/curation of Memorabilia........... this site dates back to the 18th century in some cases. Our Penal Chapel is actually 13 th century, being the stones from the 13 th century Franciscan Friary. Our Famine Workhouse was an original 18th century cottage. The walls surrounding the site are in most cases 13th century. Our Travellers Caravan and our Brougham Carriage/ both outdoors/ date from the 1800s. Many areas/ e.g Blacksmiths Forge etc. are open plan i. e. their are no doors, and all buildings with doors are open all day for visitors. This is the reality of this site.....it is as original and authentic as they come, with the largest private collection of Original Memorabilia in Ireland relative to the areas we cover. It is also a 1 person, 7 days a week operation during the season, so of course it could be improved...... is their any private museum in the world that could not be improved. Everything at this site is funded by me personally/ I receive no funding whatsoever from any source outside the entrance fee/ and therefore remedial works are carried out when finances allow. I think that all the above should fully explain and qualify my response to your review, and as an aside I do hope that your next review/ whenever and wherever that may be/ will be both fair and balanced to all parties involved. Best regards....Bernard.
Written 27 October 2023
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Dr John K
246 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
A charming museum with a very knowledgeable and welcoming host well worth a visit if you want an insight into Irish history particularly the irish civil war which people rarely discuss
Written 12 October 2023
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Journey23207198022
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Oct 2023 • Couples
A fantastic wealth of information delivered with flair by a man with a personal connection to the items and history therin.
Written 5 October 2023
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Karen M
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Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a fascinating place to visit....it is small but packed with interesting things and Bernard is so informative about everything. We spent well over a hour here because it was all so interesting. Would recommend.
Written 31 August 2023
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Patrick Hutchinson
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Aug 2023 • Couples
For €8 a person well worth the money, such a detailed in sight into Irish history with amazing detail and information about every display, would 100 per cent recommend pop in for look of ever in the area and such a lovely and informative host !
Written 27 August 2023
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aoife m
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Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a lovely welcoming man working there with a wealth of knowledge. Such a lovely experience, was well able to answer every question we had and would defiantly go back again. The garden itself is so peaceful and full of lovely birds.
Written 27 August 2023
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Bethany B
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Aug 2023 • Solo
Had a delightfully educational visit to the museum today. The owners passion for Ireland’s history and historical conservation shines through, creating a detailed and informing verbal guide and enlightening booklet guide. Would have loved to have spent even more time looking around and reading about everything :)
Written 19 August 2023
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Karl R
Dublin, Ireland33 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This museum is steeped in both national and local history. Bernard, our guide was very personable and gave us a very interesting tour and his passion for the Rock of Cashel and knowledge of Irish history shines through.
Written 11 August 2023
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ben w
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK48 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed this family run and reasonably priced museum which tile important parts of Irish history in an engaging way.

It would be all too easy to walk past or give it a miss but I found out loads of really interesting things about Irish history told in a passionate and human way.

The obvious care and dedication shown by the family in pulling this museum together is worth the admission fee alone (you need cash/no cards taken).

As you wander around the beauty and friendliness of Modern Ireland it is all too easy to forget the struggle and the history but this museum allows you to engage in a great way.
Written 2 August 2023
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