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“Very Disappointed”

Frank McCourt Museum
Ranked #12 of 110 things to do in Limerick
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Lido de Jesolo italy
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

The old schoolhouse has narrow stairs into make up schoolroom and living room. I thought it a bit stage irish and a waste of time.

Visited December 2012
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Alfey Menashe, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“a very special museum”
Reviewed 15 December 2012

The cherry on top of the 'Angela's Ashes walking tour' I've had with Noel Curtin … was a bit of a surprise for me: We ended up in the Frank McCourt museum. I got to know the founder and creator of the very special museum located in the old Leamy School. I got a very warm welcome and experienced a voyage back to old rough Limerick Life as entering one of the movie's scenes. It was reconstructed in a very careful detailed way, with an Emphasis on every little detail down to the flees in the Maccort's bed… amazing!!!
I met a woman who was led by a vision, carried it out in the most professional way, letting us enjoy her great artistic talent, and become part of the story and Limerick's life.
I highly recommend visiting this special place!
Thanks a million,
Vered Atsmon, Israel

Visited December 2012
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Studio City
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2012

We happened upon the museum while in Limerick. Having been to museums all over the world, I had certain preconceived notion of the museum experience. The museum is located in the building and up the stairs. We opened the door and inside was a small room, the curator and a glass window looking into a classroom setting. I looked around the room, looked into the classroom setting and thought 'o.k., that's it?' but then the curator started the tour. He lead us upstairs to a recreation of what Frank McCourt's apartment would have looked like when he wrote 'Angela's Ashes'. He explained the set-up and the way of life as he would have experienced it. The curator explained how his life experience was fairly common, having had some similar experience himself. After the tour of the apartment, we went back into the small room and on into the class room. Turns our that was an actual restored classroom where a young Frank McCourt attended school. The curator lead us around the classroom and explained more about his books, his lift and the making of the movie. He allowed us to ask questions and answered all of them. At the end, I feel like it was more than a museum, it was a private guided tour of Frank McCourt's life, experience and books. Also, it was given by the most genuine curator I've ever met.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Julie S
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Small but well presented exhibition of Frank McCourt's life”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

If you have read Angela's Ashes, and are anywhere near Limerick, this is essential for you.
Housed in the building where he was first educated, it includes a reconstructed classroom as well a mock up of his upstairs living rooms.
The museum is staffed by a group of individuals with extensive (and personal) knowledge of Frank and his family, who are eager to assist, advise and discuss.

Visited September 2012
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Worth the visit if you are a fan of Mr. McCourt.”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

We went on a day when the museum was closed, but if you are fan of the man, then it's worth a visit to see his former school, and bust. You can still take your picture at the school, and with his bust that is within the exterior courtyard. We weren't able to go in as it was closed that day, but it is in easy walking distance of the main downtown shopping areas.

Visited August 2012
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