Greencastle Maritime Museum

Jun 3, 2014

This compact maritime museum, in the harbour home of a busy fishing fleet, is housed in the old 1857 coast-guard station. Outside are grand views of Lough Foyle above a monument to those lost while working at sea.

The museum’s modest rambling exhibits focus on the everyday struggles, as well as the historical events, from Armada wrecks and Famine-era emigration to the heroism of the Irish lifeboat-rescue teams.

There’s even an unusual Mesolithic exhibit. A small coffee, craft, and souvenir shop is at hand. Proving there’s a little bit of everything here, a planetarium has three shows daily; call ahead to confirm times.

The Greencastle Maritime Museum’s exhibits include 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 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.

The state-of-the-art planetarium features accurate depictions of our night skies and multi-media presentations depicting fantastic educational voyages through the universe. Ireland’s only Laser Light Concerts feature a powerful laser system choreographed to a wide range of music, from traditional and modern Irish music in the daily “Full Irish Laser Show” to Pink Floyd and other rock artists on selected nights. Harbour side Cafe and Souvenir Gift Shop on premises.

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