Local History

Saoirse – Hegarty’s Boatyard

Over the course of four years from 2017, ( after after completing the restoration of the historic Ilen ) boatbuilder Liam Hegarty set to work on the keel of a full replica of the Saoirse , an mammoth task that was documented by photographer Kevin O’Farrell in this book

The original Saoirse was the first Irish flagged vessel to circumnavigate the world , was built in Baltimore, Cork in 1921-23.

Signed, BRAND NEW, 2023.

Skibbereen Historical Journal 2023

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2022 – 2023
Sweet Ilen – the story of a river Part 2 – The Tidal Waterway – Robert Harris
A Tale of Two Baltimores – Sandra Downey
The History and Heritage of Mass Rocks with particular reference to West Cork – Hilary Bishop
St Matthew’s Aughadown 150 Years of Service – Deirdre Pemberton
Ilen Rovers GAA Club 1973-2023: A Brief Appreciation – William Casey
“A rebel bold it made you”: The Poetic Afterlife of a West Cork Famine Victim – Patrick Mahoney
Glue-Makers and Morocco-Dressers – Clair Wills
1923 – The Irish Free State in financial peril – Donal Corcoran
A comparison of public commemoration of the 1914-23 period in Skibbereen to other towns and regions in Cork – Kieran Doyle
John D. and “The Far Away Camp” – John O’Neill
Skibbereen Soldiers in Eritrea – Conor Kelleher
From Fords to Roads: Story of Ballydehob’s Three-Arch Bridge – Eugene McSweeney
Father of the Railways – Mary McCarthy
The ‘Pattern’ at Minihan’s Bar, Lisheen – Ted Cadogan
Fixed Rents, Land Purchases, and the Rise of Irish Tenant Proprietors 1881-1903 – James K. Collins
Historical development of the creamery industry in West Carbery – Proinnsias Breathnach