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Aspects of Ireland -
Heritage Centres

 
 
 


cogar - ireland's provinces
Heritage centres are an ideal choice for a rainy afternoon - rare as these may be in Ireland ! Normally such centres incorporate a café/restaurant, a craft shop and often a theatre or venue where performances are held. Below we have gathered information on a range of heritage centres located throughout the country. Many of these stage weekly shows, or music sessions, so why not enquire while you're there as to any upcoming events. Quite a few of the centres also house genealogy suites with facilities for helping to trace ancestors. The information on these heritage centres has been grouped according to the province in which they are located.

Historically, Ireland has been divided into the four provinces of Connaught - Connacht, Leinster - Laighean, Munster - Mumhan and Ulster - Uladh. Connaught is located in the west of Ireland, Leinster in the east, Munster in the south and Ulster in the north.
 

 

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  Connaught - Connacht
 
 
- Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, Co. Sligo  
  The Coleman Heritage Centre celebrates the life of the acclaimed traditional musician Michael Coleman.
  full details here
   
 

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  Leinster - Laighean
 
 
- Dún na Sí, Moate, Co. Westmeath  
  This is a cultural centre situated in a restored farmhouse. It includes a genealogy suite, restaurant and a heritage park. Opening hours are Mon-Fri. 9.00am-4.00pm and by appointment at weekends.
  full details here
   
- GAA Museum, New Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3  
  This Museum celebrates the birth and growth of Ireland's national games.
  full details here
   
- National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7  
  The Museum runs various exhibitions and lecture series throughout the year.
  full details here
   
 

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  Munster - Mumhan
 
 
- Díseart,Institiúid Oideachais agus Chultúr Dúchais, An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí  
  An Díseart has various lectures and events taking place during the year.
  full details here
   
- Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Dún Chaoin, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí  
  This heritage centre commemorates the people of the Blasket Islands.
Open from Easter - September.
  full details here
   
- Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Co. Chiarraí  
  Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne runs this museum containing artefacts and articles connected to Corca Dhuibhne's Geology, Flora and Fauna.
  full details here
   
 

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  Ulster - Uladh
 
 
- An Chrannóg, Srath na Corcra, Doirí Beaga, Co. Dhún na nGall
  This heritage centre contains a wealth of resources for those interested in the Irish language. The centre is open Monday to Friday during the Winter months, and all week during Summer.
  full details here
   
- An Creagán Visitor Centre, Creggan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone  
  This visitor centre at the foot of the Sperrin mountains provides a warm welcome and an introduction to the history of the area.
  full details here
   
- Ionad Cois Locha, Dún Lúiche, Co.Dhún na nGall  
  This is a cultural and heritage centre with café and two guided tours. The centre is open from Easter to October, Monday - Sunday.
  full details here
   
- Tí Chulainn, Mullagh Bawn, Co. Armagh  
  This centre houses a genealogy suite, an archive of material relating to traditional culture, as well as a bar and a tea shop. The centre is open Monday - Friday [some weekends] during the Winter, and Monday - Sunday during the Summer.
  full details here
   
- Teach Mhicí Mac Gabhann, Machaire Rabhartaigh, Gort an Choirce, Dún na nGall  
  Restored home of Micí Mac Gabhann author of the book 'Rothaí Mór an tSaoil'. Includes a guided tour and café. The centre is open during summer months only, Monday to Sunday.
  full details here
   
- Teach Mhuiris, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Dhún na nGall  
  Teach Mhuiris, Gaoth Dóbhair, is a restored house, with tearooms and is open during the summer months.
  full details here
   
 
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