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
Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Good for: Families
Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Good for: Couples
The Castle, Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Ireland
Good for: Couples
Castletownsend Road, Russagh, Skibbereen, Ireland
Good for: Families
The Stove caused me to reflect back to the old main street diners I used to frequent with my Mom & Dad as we traveled when I was a child. It is very unassuming on the outside, as are most diners.
The service was impeccable. The restaurant was clean and well appointed. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the portion sizes.
Favorite Dish: I had the fish & chips and they were absolutely delicious! THe chips were crisp on teh outside and tender on the inside, as they should be. THe fish had a buttery flavor to it and the batter was not to heavy with a terrific flavoring. I would hazard a guess of buttermilk or something like it.
My partner had the roat dinner and said taht it was delcious & moist with a tasty gravy. The potatoes were of the red variety and boiled in teh jackets, as they say. THe carrots were done just right, not hard and not soggy.
HUGE BONUS: They served REAL Coffee, not instant
HUGE BONUS 2: They served sodas with ICE, and not just one or two cubes!
Don't let the name fool you. This pub has been around since the 19th century. We chose the pub after more than one shop keeper said that it was THE place to go for Trad music. All of them said that we would be welcomed in and asked to join. They said it and it was so. I think that the shopkeeper had called ahead, as the man behind the bar was expecting the Cowboys.
We are a rather noticeable group, I suppose in our Cowboy gear. The waitstaff was great fun and by the end of the night we felt like locals. My partner says that hey built the finest pint of Guiness found yet! He would know, as he made it his job to become the official Cowboy Guiness Taste Tester during our trip.
I would definitely tell you to get there early if you want a seat. That is the norm for anywhere in Ireland which offers up Trad. This isn't just any Trad, mind you though. I think it was some of the best we found whilst in Ireland.
Dress Code: Casual
On the N71 between Ballydehob, Co Cork, and Bantry, the road sign shows that the speed-limit is 100km/hr, this is very misleading as the road, quite narrow for miles on end and also climbing is full of bends that could trow you out dangerously if you were going anymore than 50 to 60km! It can surprise you so do be careful.