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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  • We had planned our visit with friends visiting from Australia but were dismayed to see that the centre would be closed for the winter. We emailed ahead and the manager confirmed closure BUT said she w...  more »
  • We visited here and learned so much about the Irish Famine and it's impact on the local community. This is a cute museum with close parking and restrooms. I recommend visiting here.  more »
  • We found the extensive exhibit on An Gorta Mór enlightening and sobering. Everything was shown as it related to the families of the area and the hardships they endured. The exhibit is a mix of artifac...  more »
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  • Excellent heritage Centre with friendly and professional staff. Famine and Lough Hyne information is excellent
  • 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.
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