Thurles Famine and War Museum

The Thurles Famine and War Museum, located in the Protestant Church of St Mary's in Thurles County Tipperary, offers a fascinating look at Ireland's Great Famine of 1845-1850.

Thurles Famine and War Museum

The Thurles Famine and War Museum, located in the Protestant Church of St Mary's in Thurles County Tipperary, offers a fascinating look at Ireland's Great Famine of 1845-1850 and hosts an impressive collection of war memorabilia.

"The Protestant Church of St Mary?s in Thurles is the site of the official Pre-Reformation Church of Thurles County Tipperary. The original structure was built by the Normans, in the 12th century, to provide them with a separate and more exclusive place of worship.

The church is the burial place of Lady Elizabeth Matthew, Viscountess of Thurles and Progenitor to the present heir to the British Throne.

In 1995 the Thurles Church of Ireland community kindly donated one third of this building to create a Famine Museum to commemorate the many people who lost their lives through disease and starvation during the Great Famine in Ireland of 1845-1850. The Museum holds the largest collection of Famine memorabilia in Ireland including the only known minutes of a Great Famine food committee and a display of early 18th Century period clothing. More recently this museum has been extended to include an exhibition of war memorabilia which includes the famous and rare Armstrong Collection.

The museums features a beautifully designed stone doorway inlaid into the original entrance.

The Museum is currently CLOSED

Location: 
Contact Name: 
Mr George Willoughby
Address: 
Saint Marys Church Of Ireland
Thurles
Tipperary
Phone: 
+353 (504) 21133
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