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Greencastle Maritime Museum (Donegal)

This good practice provides strong examples of identification of potential historical sites, market research and marketing. GMM is a community-run Maritime Museum funded by POBAL community services programme, situated at Greencastle on the mouth of the River Foyle which has a rich history with the Armada, World Wars and Napoleonic era. The Museum is a Community-run Maritime Museum funded by POBAL Community Services Programme, situated at Greencastle on the mouth of the River Foyle which has a rich history with the Armada, World Wars and Napoleonic era. The development provides detailed information and tours related to local historical assets. Photo: © Greencastle Maritime Museum.
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The Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle Co Donegal was opened to the public in 1994 with the assistance of the Inishowen Community Development Limited, the EU Leader Programme and the International Fund for Ireland.  The Museum is located in the old coastguard station above Greencastle harbour and has a commanding view over one of the premier fishing fleets in Ireland, with superb views over Lough Foyle towards County Derry. It is situated close to the terminal of the Greencastle – Magilligan ferry. 

Among the Museum’s exhibits are a 19th century rocket cart used to aid survivors of wrecked ships; a traditional Fanad Curragh built with hazel rods, lathes and canvas; a wild fowling punt with a swivel gun and a Lough Foyle punt. The Museum also has a room devoted to the ships of the ill fated Spanish Armada which sunk off the Irish coast in 1588 and a room devoted to the part which Greencastle played in the history of emigration from Ireland in the 19th century.

In 2009 the Museum acquired a unique and unrivalled archive of material about Ireland’s long-standing fishing industry.  ’The Irish Skipper Archives’ is a vast collection of articles, information and important developments in the Irish fishing industry as published in ‘The Irish Skipper’ journal over the last four decades. The Museum has a coffee, craft and souvenir shop.


Region
Donegal
Keywords
Museum; Visitor Attraction; Maritime Heritage; Donegal
Service Provider
Donegal County Council
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