Entries by Mary O'Donovan

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 […]

Glandore Classic Boat Summer School – July 21st / 22nd

This year the Glandore Classic Boat Summer school will be opened by the author and explorer Tim Severin author of the best selling book The Brendan Voyage, his account of his Voyage to Canada in a Currach in the spirit of St. Brendan the Navigator. The first Summer school was hosted in 1992 and this […]

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 […]