Irish Palatine Heritage Centre (Museum) and Association

The story of German settlers in Ireland

In 1709 several hundred families from the German Palatinate settled in Ireland. These Palatines established roots in Counties Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary & Wexford but mainly in the Rathkeale area of County Limerick.

Just off the N21 in Rathkeale, the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre houses an exhibition which seeks to re-present in detail the Irish Palatine experience ranging from their German places of origin, to their colonisation and settlement in Ireland, and their subsequent scattering all over the English-speaking world.

Due emphasis is placed on the Palatines’ innovative contributions to Irish farming life and on their formative role in the development of world Methodism.

The Centre features an extensive display of artefacts, photographs, graphics etc. associated with the Palatine story. It is set in landscaped surroundings and includes an archive, a tea-room, gift selection and bus/car park.

The Heritage Centre is generally open to the public during July and August afternoons. It is also open by appointment. Detailed information on opening days, times and admission charges are available on the Irish Palatine Association website.

The Irish Palatine Association

In 1709 several hundred families of German origin settled in Ireland. Known as the Irish Palatines, they established roots mainly in the Counties of Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary and Wexford. From there they emigrated to many parts of the English-speaking world including Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and the United States of America.

The Irish Palatine Association was established in 1989 to encourage and develop a sense of identity among Irish Palatine families and their descendants throughout the world, and to forge links with their ancestral homeland in Germany. The Association pursues its goal through the development of its exhibition, library, website and journal. Collecting and preserving original documents, photographs and memorabilia relating to Irish Palatine families worldwide and acting as trustees of such material for posterity.

The Association is a voluntary organisation and relies on a small committee for its existence. It is financed through grants, bequests, donations, membership and a patron scheme. Please visit our website should you wish to support the work of the Association.

Visiting members have access to the library and exhibition. Please refer to our website for exhibition open times or arrange an appointment.

Members receive our annual Journal as well as being given the opportunity to participate in organised events.

Our Journal (and other publications available for purchase) afford members the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Irish Palatine story and therefore of their own Palatine family identity.

Irish Palatine Association
Irish Palatine Centre, Railway Buildings, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (069) 63511

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