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Skibbereen Heritage Centre
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Explore the Skibbereen Heritage Centre in County Cork. The award winning, beautifully restored old gasworks building on the banks of the River Illen commemorates the Great Famine and celebrates Lough Hyne through insightful exhibitions.

Visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and learn how the area was one of the worst affected by the Irish Famine. It became notorious as the centre of some of the most harrowing suffering endured by famine victims throughout the country. Between 8,000 and 10,000 unidentified souls are buried in the Famine graveyard at Abbeystrowry, just across the river from Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Discover this part of our Irish history through exhibitions and displays.

See Lough Hyne's unique flora, fauna and ecology and check out the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail. Follow with a visit to the lough, just 5km from Skibbereen Heritage Centre, and experience one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Why we like it
  • Watch displays to see how Skibbereen was devastated by the Great Famine.
  • Visit the Great Irish Famine graveyard at Abbeystrowry.
  • Learn about our history through insightful exhibitions.
  • Discover Lough Hyne on the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail.
Tips from locals

The famous song "Dear Old Skibbereen" tells the story of the Irish Famine and the impact it and the British government had on the people of Ireland.

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