Irish Republican History Museum, Belfast

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The Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum (Irish: Iarsmalann na Staire Poblachtach Éireannach), is a museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was established in 2007 after years of campaigning by Eileen Hickey, who collected the exhibits.
The museum is based in Conway Mill in the Falls Road area of West Belfast. The site is a former linen mill built in 1842 which has been in community use for the last thirty years. The museum opened in February 2007 on the first anniversary of the death of Eileen Hickey, one of the major driving forces behind the initiative. The museum is administrated by a committee made up of volunteers.

Hickey was the former Officer Commanding of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners in Armagh Women's prison and she dedicated her life to preserving artifacts and relics from the period in Irish history known as The Troubles.
The museum was officially opened by Fr. Des Wilson and Noelle Ryan.

Exhibits have been donated by hundreds of individuals and families. These include prisoners handicrafts made by republicans imprisoned around the world, weapons used by republicans and pictures and artwork relating to the conflict.

Some exhibits date back as far as the United Irishmen's rebellion of 1798.

Key exhibits include:

A jacket worn by IRA volunteer Mairéad Farrell while in prison.

A cell door and bed removed from Armagh women's prison.

A large array of posters and paintings related to the conflict.

Articles of interest on deceased members of the National Graves Association, Belfast and other republicans in Belfast and beyond.

A library and interpretive centre to help with education projects and those conducting historical research.
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  • Visited the day after attending a political walking tour of West Belfast. The museum houses a vast collection of artefacts tracing the history of Irish Republicanism/Independence back to the late... 
    Visited the day after attending a political walking tour of West Belfast. The museum houses a vast collection of artefacts tracing the history of Irish Republicanism/Independence back to the late...  more »
  • This intimate space houses a collection of hundreds (thousands?) of artifacts associated with the IRA, internment, the hunger strikes, etc., and is well worth seeing. Since this is a totally... 
    This intimate space houses a collection of hundreds (thousands?) of artifacts associated with the IRA, internment, the hunger strikes, etc., and is well worth seeing. Since this is a totally...  more »
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish Republican History Museum. This place is an absolute gem and the man working (or volunteering) at the museum was just as nice as could be. I really wish I... 
    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish Republican History Museum. This place is an absolute gem and the man working (or volunteering) at the museum was just as nice as could be. I really wish I...  more »
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  • Anyone visiting Belfast should come here, it was one of the best museums I have ever been to. Incredible artifacts from rebel history 1700s-present, and excellent information/explanation of key historical events. Thank you for your effort and work making this available to everyone.
  • A very interesting and well set out small museum and library. You can see the devotion of Eileen Hickey to preserving the artefacts from the troubles, not just republican ones, but loyalist and trade union items on display. A very warm welcome from the hosts, and definitely well worthwhile for a visit.
  • Very interesting and thought provoking museum on life during the troubles in Northern Ireland.
  • A very special museum. Of course it's not meant to be impartial, but there are plenty of historical facts there that will make every visitor think, and that's what matters. Really worth a visit, and it's free!
  • We were really glad we took the time to go to Belfast and see this Museum and get a tour of the area. We had a local who had loved through the Troubles as our guide. It was very informative.

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