Don’t be fooled by this rather long name! The De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre is a rather interesting museum, entirely dedicated to the life of Eamon De Valera (1882-1975), one of Ireland’s most famous politicians. Before becoming President of the Republic of Ireland, he was an important figure in the struggle for Irish independence.
The museum is located in the village of Bruree in the south of Limerick City. With its exhibits, and extensive collection of personal objects, the museum traces in stages the journey of Eamon De Valera, a man who helped shape the face of Ireland today.
The location of this museum is rather special, as it has notably installed its exhibits in the very house where Eamon De Valera grew up.
You will therefore discover each episode of his life, from his childhood, through his role in the Easter Uprising, the negotiation of the Treaty of London (leading to the partition of Ireland in 2), his presidency many years later, until his death in 1975.
The Heritage Centre uses audio visuals, graphic panels, mounted pieces and displays personal memorabilia. A rich visit, but one that is aimed at those with an understanding of Irish history.
Duration: 45 minutes