Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Skibbereen

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Learn about the Great Famine at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, a museum located in an old gasworks building with exhibits on the famine and on Lough Hyne. Through an interactive timeline that includes firsthand accounts and performances, you'll gain insight into the tragic event of the Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, where about a million Irish people died. The second exhibit on Lough Hyne features Ireland's first marine nature reserve, where you can explore the Knockomagh wood nature trail and spot interesting plants and wildlife. The attraction also offers an archeology trail. Plan to visit Skibbereen Heritage Centre during your Skibbereen vacation using our convenient Skibbereen holiday planner .
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  • Our Inishfree tour brought us to see the exhibit and get a VIP tour from Terri. She gave us an great overview and insight to one of Ireland's terrible tragedies. You leave with a great sadness in your...  more »
  • Terri was very friendly and informative to tell us about the town. The short movies concerning the famine and Lough Ine provided many details. I will recommend the Heritage Center to any visitors, as ...  more »
  • if your looking to discover you ancestry in West Cork the center is the place to start researching that long lost family member. the center also acts as a visitor center for the nearby Nature Reserve ...  more »
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  • The Skibbereen Heritage Center is a must-see stop in County Cork. Terry Kearny is an expert and co-author of a book about the Great Famine. Her short tours through the center's exhibits describes in detail how the famine began, how it impacted working-class Irish and how Skibbereen played a big part in trying to help its victims. The tour had a profound effect on me. And Margaret, the resident genealogist, is the most helpful, knowledgeable and amazing person. She helped my wife find long-lost distant relatives who lived a short distance from the Heritage Center.
  • Very informative and interesting. Not a big display but all good information. A very emotional visit and left with better understanding of famine.
  • A one room exhibition, this tells the story of the famine. Be prepared to spend a long time here, it is one room but it's fully packed with static displays and video players throughout. There's also an app that will take you around the town to see key areas and buildings that are of significance. An enlightening exhibition about a shocking time in history
  • What an experience. How these poor people got through the potatoes famine is incredible. There was a talk to start that was so well presented. I was very emotional when I left.
  • Genealogy department was excellent. A must for anyone interested in local history. Highlights the wonders of Lough Ine the only salt water lake in North Western Europe.

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