This was a delightful way to learn about the history of Skibbbereen. The museum presents its unvarnished history in a platable manor. Housed in the old Glassworks buildings, The Centre has been very attentive in creating as interactive of a museum as they possibly were able.
Also housed on the grounds is a genealogy center, which is very well laid out and the people are quite helpful.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre offers a great evening walking tour of the town on summer evenings.
They also have an exhibit which explains the inhabitants of the River Ilen.
The Skibbereen trail is a tour in which the walker visits sites which have direct links with the Great Irish Famine. Each site is unique. Some commemorate great works of philanthropy, others of emigration, more of Relief Schemes, while others tell of famine, fever and death. The Trail offers an overview of conditions in the area during the period 1840-50.
1. The Square
2. Home of Jerry Crowley
3. Becher Arms Hotel
4. O'Connell Meeting, Curragh Hill
5. St. Fachtna's De La Salle
6. Windmill Hill, Workhouse
7. Chapel Yard
8. Levis' Quay
9. O' Donovan Rossa 10. Townshend Street
11. Abbeystrewery Church
12. J.W. Clerke
13. Poor Law Union Dispensary
14. Soup House, Steam Mill
16. Abbeystrewery House
17. Famine Burials, Abbeystrewery Cemetry
Skibbereen holds its "A Taste of West Cork Food Festival" from 14th to 17th of September this year.
It is a great festival for all the family and there are lots of food stalls all over the place with plenty of opportunity to taste and buy delicious foods. It is also a great opportunity to sample true West Cork food.
For more extensive information and photos, definitely visit the website www.skibbereen.ie
Well, you can drive and take in the beautiful scenery, or you can walk along the road but it is not so nice as there is quite a bit of traffic on this road. If you drive, there are regular lay-by's where you can stop and take in the scenery or make photos.
In May or June this drive is magical, in fact, all summer it is, the wild flowers are just so abundant and colourful. On part of this road the sea is visible.
More photos to be added!