Eileen Hickey Republican Museum
Who Is Eileen Hickey?
Welcome to The Eileen Hickey Irish Republican Museum. The Museum was founded by Eileen Hickey who was the 1st O.C of Armagh Prison 1973-1977.
During your visit to The Museum you will be able to walk into an exact replica of an Armagh Cell. There are artefacts on display starting with some from the 1798 Rebellion. This goes on through to 1912, 1916, 1920’s and the 1940’s right up to The Civil Right March’s of the 1960’s. After August 1969 the displays show the prison handicrafts made in many different prisons.
One exhibit shows artefacts from the famous H-Blocks of Long Kesh. During the 1981 Hunger Strike. The library visitors will not only find books but also a large collection of old newspapers and DVD’s which have been used by many people to help with research.
The 2nd February 2017 will mark the 10th Anniversary in which time we have had thousands of visitors from all over the world. Including University students from institutions at each end of the globe who insist on coming back and bringing their students each year.
The Museum is a completely independent voluntary body.
The Artefacts and Memorabilia
To the right you will see a series of images that we have selected to give you a small sneak peak at the pieces of history we have collected over the last 100 years. We have created a gallery with an almost virtual tour for you to take. To see more images please view our Gallery.
The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and prison handcrafts, representing various phases of the struggle for Irish freedom. Included are many items dating back to the Rebellions of 1798 and 1803, medals from the 1916-1923 period, as well as personal items from various periods of imprisonment endured by Irish Republicans in every decade. Visitors can see firsthand a replica of a prison cell in the former women’s jail in Armagh, complete with authentic furnishings, even a cell door. An interactive library and computer suite are available to anyone wishing to undertake research on aspects of Irish history. The museum is a voluntary, independent organization solely reliant on private contributions for its development, upkeep and operation.