Welcome To Skibbereen

Skibbereen is a County Cork town. The River Ilen runs through the town to the sea at Baltimore. Skibbereen holds a number of music events each year and has a sporting culture.
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Information Skibbereen Ireland

Skibbereen is a County Cork town. Its name, abbreviated to “Skibb”, is derived from the Irish for “little boat harbour.” River Ilen runs through the town to the sea at Baltimore. Before 1600, the McCarthy clan owned much of the land, and there are still McCarthys living in the town in abundance. The town was chartered in 1657. A copy can be seen in the chambers of the town council. Many towns were affected by the Irish Famine of the 1840s, but few worse than Skibb. The Famine Burial Pits of Abbeystrewery Cemetery are believed to be the resting place for at least eight thousand of the Famine’s victims. The first National Famine Memorial Day in May 2009 focused on Skibbereen as one of the worst areas affected. Skibbereen holds a number of music events each year and has a sporting culture. It is the birthplace of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa (1831 – 1915), a leader of the Irish Fenians and a significant member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, who was made even more famous by the funeral oration that fellow patriot Padraig Pearse gave him a year before the Easter Rising led to the latter’s execution by the British. Three miles south of Skibbereen is Creagh. These gardens are set around a Regency era house overlooking an estuary. The number of paths that the casual ambler can take is impressive, with woodlands and ponds to be enjoyed alongside the ruins of a gazebo and a thatched summer house. Outside Skibbereen, Ceim Hill Museum looks like something that Bilbo Baggins from Lord of the Rings would call home. The leafy, sunken, five hundred year old building is home to Stone Age artefacts such as boar tusks with carvings and stone tools. Alongside the ancient, there is a War of Independence section dedicated primarily to Michael Collins.

Attractions Skibbereen Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.