Irish Republican History Museum, Belfast

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The Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum (Irish: Iarsmalann na Staire Poblachtach Éireannach), is a museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was established in 2007 after years of campaigning by Eileen Hickey, who collected the exhibits.
The museum is based in Conway Mill in the Falls Road area of West Belfast. The site is a former linen mill built in 1842 which has been in community use for the last thirty years. The museum opened in February 2007 on the first anniversary of the death of Eileen Hickey, one of the major driving forces behind the initiative. The museum is administrated by a committee made up of volunteers.


Hickey was the former Officer Commanding of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners in Armagh Women's prison and she dedicated her life to preserving artifacts and relics from the period in Irish history known as The Troubles.
The museum was officially opened by Fr. Des Wilson and Noelle Ryan.


Exhibits have been donated by hundreds of individuals and families. These include prisoners handicrafts made by republicans imprisoned around the world, weapons used by republicans and pictures and artwork relating to the conflict.


Some exhibits date back as far as the United Irishmen's rebellion of 1798.


Key exhibits include:


A jacket worn by IRA volunteer Mairéad Farrell while in prison.

A cell door and bed removed from Armagh women's prison.

A large array of posters and paintings related to the conflict.

Articles of interest on deceased members of the National Graves Association, Belfast and other republicans in Belfast and beyond.

A library and interpretive centre to help with education projects and those conducting historical research.
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  • The museum is a little gem. Whats on show is hard to take, it is extremely sad but it simply has to be told. The persecution of our people became unacceptable and the material on show is very raw but....  more »
  • Yes, this the view from only one side of the conflict, and yes, some of the things are questionable, but from a historical standpoint I found this to be interesting. I felt it was worth the visit...  more »
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  • We were really glad we took the time to go to Belfast and see this Museum and get a tour of the area. We had a local who had loved through the Troubles as our guide. It was very informative.
  • Absolutely amazing if you have never been to here before you must try and visit the museum it is very impressive, no entrance fee just put a donation in the box on your way out.
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