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Get Your Digital Ducks in a Row

Skibbereen Chamber in association with Ludgate invites you to a breakfast briefing: Getting your digital ducks in a row Using digital & social media tools to grow your business Tuesday February 11th • 8-9am • Ludgate, Townshend Street Tea/Coffee at 8am. 8.10 start With Greg Canty -Social Media Consultant/Managing Partner of Fuzion Communications Greg is […]

Walks Around Skibbereen Town

ABBEY LOOP WALK Moderate Loop Walk • Distance: 4.3bm Total Climb: 60m • Time: 1 to Ihr 15min Terrain: roadside footpaths, public part?, quiet roads & riverside walh. Description: from trailhead at Shibbereen Heritage Centre towards West Cort? Hotel on lien Street, crossing Kennedy Bridge through O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Park to Marsh Road. Through Glencurragh […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen – Saturday 17th March at 4.30pm

Plans are underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen, which takes place on Saturday 17th March at 4.30 pm.   The route starts at the Children’s Playground on the Cork Road, along North Street, then turning right into Main St, past the viewing platform on the Bridge and finishing in the Fairfield / […]

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2019

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is an annual, ten day September event that celebrates not only West Cork’s unique food culture, but also the people and land that produce that food.  A pure joy to the senses, the festival is a culinary adventure through the dramatic backdrop of 41 local towns, villages and […]