Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Swinford

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#7 of 14 in Museums in County Mayo
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  • August 17, 2017
    I tried for three days to telephone to make a booking but I could never get an answer, I did not want to turn up and find we could not get in, the telephone is engaged the whole time, I have been befo...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Omg went to this farm today it's a gem in Co Mayo, had two teenage kids with me who were totally enthralled in the whole tour one from NY who wanted to see an old Irish house, if you ve ever listened ...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    We just had a great afternoon here with Tom. His knowledge and storytelling is outstanding. Great trip to do on a rainy day or any day really. Highly recommended the visit.  more »
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  • July 23, 2016
    The tour begins with the host welcoming you to his family home, he will seat you and begin to recount the history of the house, farm and his family. Very personal, engaging and fascinating to hear. He will then take you on a tour of a much more modern and bigger facility where he has hundreds of unique historical artifacts. It all ends with some tea and scones. This is a quirky, unique opportunity to experience the history of Mayo first hand. Not to be missed if you're interested in something different that encourages some thinking and introspection. We loved it.
  • August 7, 2015
    Very well done! We liked it a lot. Tom brought his story at a marvelous way. It is still in our head and heart. Many thanks!!
  • June 12, 2014
    After visiting Mayo for many years we finally got around to visiting Hennigan's Heritage centre and it was fantastic! Tom is very welcoming and an excellent guide who really brings the stories to life. It was a fascinating insight into life in Mayo in years gone by and I will definitely be recommending a trip to Tom's to friends and family.
  • January 1, 2014
    Tom Hennigan is a fantastic host who brings the past to life. His knowledge of local history is unbelievable. He will bring you back through time and show you how life was for people living in rural Ireland over the years. Tom your genial host is a natural storyteller, I highly recommend a visit for all ages, You won't be disappointed.
  • August 6, 2015
    Well what a real gem of a museum and the story that Tommy Hennigan tells must stir the heart of any Irish man, woman or child. Absolutely fascinating place which gives you 'Real History' from the perspective of the family and reality of life (both humourous, sad and inspiring). Tom Hennigan takes you through life in a typical Irish Cottage and shows you real examples of the day-today life and challenges as well as the artifacts which the family would need and use. You also get FREE irish scones (cakes), jam, butter and tea served by his wife Catherine in a charming and sizeable cafe area with views out over the lake (for 20 Euros it represents extremely good value). Take the N26 north-west from Swinford and as soon as you go over the bridge over the River there is a sign to Hennigan's just around the corner. Well worth a visit (and allow 2 hours for the tour - there are plenty of places to sit while Tom gives his talk. What a find - you will remember this !

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