Entries by Mary O'Donovan

The Fureys West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen – Sunday 27th January

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc will perform in the West Cork Hotel, […]

Don’t miss Christmas Lights in Skibbereen

Festive fun launches in Skibbereen on Friday 30th November when the annual Christmas Parade welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus into town where they will be joined by Skibbereen Fire Service, West Cork Civil Defence and a few other familiar faces who will be there to join in the fun too! This year Santa will switch […]

Skibbereen Arts Centre

West Cork Arts Centre was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. It is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence. It supports a multi-disciplinary arts programme with a focus on contemporary visual art . It […]

The Islands

There are many islands to explore near to Skibbereen.  Across the harbour from Baltimore the West Cork coastline merges into the myriad islands and rocky islets known collectively as Carbery’s Hundred Isles. Each of the main inhabited islands — Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir — has developed a unique personality through being separated from the mainland […]

Origins of Skibbereen

The Origins of Skibbereen Skibbereen (population c. 2,000) is a vibrant market town serving a large hinterland. The town as we now know it owes its origins to a raid of Algerian Pirates on nearby Baltimore in 1631, when 100 people were taken as ‘white slaves’. A small number of survivors moved up the river Ilen to establish […]

Blueprint Financial Planning launches in Skibbereen

Congratulations to John O’Driscoll who recently launched Blueprint Financial Planning at the West Cork Hotel. Based in Skibbereen, West Cork, Blueprint Financial Planning serves its clients nationwide and is a client-focused, impartial and informed financial advisory firm. The event launch was hosted by Jonathan Healy, MC on the evening and included an Entrepreneur Roundtable as […]

2018 Skibbereen Walking Festival 28th- 30th September

All roads lead to and from Skibbereen this September when the second Walking Festival takes place on the 28th 29th and 30th September with guided walks through quiet country roads (with some off-road sections) for walkers of all abilities. The meeting point for all walks is Skibbereen Heritage Centre with bus transport provided to and […]

Top Ten Facts

Top 10 Facts about Skibbereen 1. The name “Skibbereen” is thought to have derived from ‘skiff’, a type of boat used for crossing the river. 2. Prior to 1600 most of the land belonged to the native McCarthy tribe who were the overlords but the O’Driscolls also reigned there – today McCarthy remains the town’s most common surname. 3.  At […]

Genealogy Service

Genealogy Service at Skibbereen Heritage Centre Genealogy service for the greater West Cork area by appointment with our genealogy team. Trace your West Cork ancestry and research your family tree. Our genealogists, Margaret and Deirdre, can help you trace your West Cork ancestry and are happy to help you by appointment or online. Catholic Church […]

Lough Hyne & Visitor Centre

Lough Hyne Visitor Centre at Skibbereen Heritage Centre Discover Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and unique salt-water lake. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon at Skibbereen Heritage Centre before you visit the lough, (5km from the Centre). Audio-visual on Lough Hyne shown in French, German and English. Film […]

Heritage Centre

Enjoy a visit to Skibbereen Heritage Centre, located in the award-winning Old Gasworks Building which overlooks the River Ilen. Skibbereen: The Famine Story at Skibbereen Heritage Centre Learn about the Famine of the 1840s when one million Irish people died and at least another 1.5 million emigrated. Skibbereen became infamous as one of the worst […]

The Great Famine – an Gorta Mór

The Great Famine – an Gorta Mór Skibbereen was devastated by the Great Famine of the 1840s. As one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland, Skibbereen is synonymous with this tragic period in Irish history when over one million people died . Many of the buildings in the town have direct links to the […]

New Look Afternoon Tea at the West Cork Hotel

If you enjoy a  taste for our culinary creations, why not join us for Afternoon Tea at only €12.50 per person? Our dedicated team will serve an elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea complete with something sweet, something savoury, why not add some Sparkle to your afternoon with a choice of Prosecco or Champagne! Pre Booking […]

Unique opportunity to view poignant exhibition in Skibbereen from 20th July

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger – Skibbereen – 20 July to 13 October 2018 Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is an exhibition of artwork from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA (IGHM), which has the largest collection of Great Hunger-related art in the world. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will […]

Skibb is getting ready for GDPR….

GDPR is new EU legislation coming into effect on 25th May and significantly increases the obligations and responsibilities for organisations and businesses in how they collect, use and protect personal data. At the centre of the new law is the requirement for organisations and businesses to be fully transparent about how they are using and […]