Like many counties in Ireland, Sligo has suffered from mass emigration over the last few centuries and nothing more prominent that the half century era of 1851 – 1901. According to the Irish census, this time period saw nearly 76,000 emigrants leave the emerald isle which was significant figures at the time. Not only did this help create a Sligo diaspora around the world, but it also helps many descendants of Ireland trace their ancestors back to the beautiful county of Sligo.
The Culkins Emigration Centre in Sligo is a museum dedicated to the era when emigration was the only hope or way out for thousands of people from Ireland in search of a better standard of living. The emigration centre is currently housed on a site where an emigration agency sat alongside Daniel Culkin’s shipping yard. Both of which, did their part in facilitating a gateway to another life from many Irish citizens. The museum gives a poignant insight into the practical reasons for emigration throughout that time and reflects on the hopes, fears and sorrows often associated with moving away from home. It provides an interesting insight into the mind-sets of all those that felt they were forced to leave behind all that they knew.
The Culkins Emigration Museum is located in Connaghanally in Dromore West in County Sligo and is open during the high tourist seasons of June until September. Its opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 11.00am until 5.00pm and Sunday from 1.00pm until 5.00pm. Admission is €3.
The museum is a 40 minute drive from Clayton Hotel Sligo and is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about a tough era for emigration in Ireland. It provides great insight into the mind-set of all those forced to leave their hometowns in search of a better life elsewhere.
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