Urbi et Orbi 2014

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 in latest | one comment

The Eagle’s traditional Christmas Day message to Skibbereen and the World. As we celebrate the traditional date of the birth of the Persian God Mithras and the anarchy of the Roman Feast of Saturnalia it is time to reflect that for many years the Feast of Christ’s Mass was not celebrated by Christians simply because […]

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Happy Christmas from Skibbereen

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on Happy Christmas from Skibbereen

Skibbereen wishes you a beautiful and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. As you would expect in this lovely West Cork town it has been busy with seasonal preparations with many shopping at the Farmer’s Market and shops putting on their Xmas finery  – it is not for nothing that it is known […]

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A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Food | Comments Off on A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

  Skibbereen is a lively town which does not sit on its many laurels. Take the last few months as an example. First we had “Shiny Skibbereen” which gave the town and especially Bridge street a makeover so now it is even more colourful and bedecked with blooms.  Then we had the highly ambitious Skibbereen […]

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Skibbereen Arts Festival

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on Skibbereen Arts Festival

The SKIBBEREEN Arts Festival was launched last week, and the brochure is packed with exciting and intriguing events for the week. Which begins on July 25 and runs until August 2, with many of the events being free. This is the 6th Skibbereen Arts Festival. In these short few years it has grown a little […]

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We’ll leave it there so…. Bill O’Herlihy and The Skibbereen Eagle

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Ireland | one comment

It wasn’t all okey-doke at Irish TV Station RTE last night as the curtain came down on the amazing broadcasting career at RTE for sports anchor Bill O’Herlihy. The legendary Irish TV Sports Anchor name checked The Skibbereen Eagle as he signed off from RTE after a broadcasting career spanning 49 years. He signed off […]

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The top Cork facts to impress your friends

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on The top Cork facts to impress your friends

  The Skibbereen Eagle is proud that Skibb is situated in “The Rebel County”, indeed if you read our article about the Irish Famine in Skibbereen you will see that Skibb had more than a passing connection to Irish Rebellion. The county capital and Ireland’s third city (after Dublin and Belfast) is the proud city […]

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Shiny Happy Skibbereen

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Ireland | 2 comments

There are few places in Ireland with the sense of place and attachment as “Sweet Skibbereen.” Being on the route visitors take when visiting the prime tourist areas of West Cork and Kerry it is a frequent inner in the Tidy Towns Competition and likes to look its pristine best for visitors. So a big […]

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Skibbereen witness to The Great Famine

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Ireland | one comment

  Here is an extract from a contemporary account with sketches by James Mahony of the Famine in Skibbereen published in the Illustrated London News February 13, 1847 THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. [Feb. 13, 1847. SKETCHES IN THE WEST OF IRELAND. — BY MR. JAMES MAHONY. “The accounts from the Irish provincial papers continue to […]

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Skibbereen and The Great Hunger / An Gorta Mór

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Ireland | 4 comments

Ireland’s Great Famine or The Great Hunger (In Gaelic An “Gorta Mór”), as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million […]

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Dear Old Skibbereen

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on Dear Old Skibbereen

Skibbereen (Irish: An Sciobairín), is a town in County Cork and it is the most southerly town in Ireland. It is located on the N71 national secondary road. The name “Skibbereen” (often shortened to “Skibb”) means “little boat harbour.” The River Ilen which runs through the town reaches the sea at Baltimore. Prior to 1600 […]

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