Fire in Skibbereen

March 7, 2012

A fire today in North Street in Skibbereen gutted a building and was attended by 4 fire engines.

The picture below was taken at approx 1:30pm after the fire had been extinguished.


EBS in Skibbereen to Close

December 14, 2011

It has been announced that as part of the restructuring of the EBS following the takeover by AIB that the EBS franchise in Skibbereen is to close in February 1st 2012

Ronnie Tanner has been operating the EBS agency in the town for over 26 years but EBS customers recently received notification that Ronnie will cease this role at close of business on February 1st.

Those with accounts can operate these from other branches.

The closure follows the departure of ACC Bank and Irish Nationwide from the town in recent years and leaves the choice of banks in Skibbereen now at just 3 plus a very vibrant Credit Union.

Let them eat Cake inititative puts Skibbereen on the map

December 8, 2011

The  feel-good initiative on Tuesday by retailers in Skibbereen to beat the budget blues really put the town on the map.

Not only was there widespread newspaper coverage, the inititiative got huge exposure throughout the day, including Sean Murray’s interview on the popular Ray D’Arcy show on TodayFM and TV cameras coming to town to cover the story for RTE’s main news bulletins.

The following is just a small sample of the coverage:

Skibbereen makes the RTE news

November 28, 2011

The ambulance protest march through the town on Saturday was given prominent coverage on RTE’s 6 oclock and 9 oclock News bulletins.

Roycroft Cycles launch new Website

November 28, 2011

Local business, Roycroft Cycles, has recently embraced the digital age and launched a new website.

Cleverly named, the new website was launched some time in the last few weeks.

Click here to see the new website:  Roycroft Cycles

Cork x Southwest

May 18, 2011

The now annual Cork-x-Southwest Music festival takes place in Lissard Estate this year.

The beautiful 200-acre estate and its Georgian Liss Ard House and Victorian Liss Ard Lake Lodge country manor houses have been carefully refurbished to retain the elegance and charm of bygone eras, while conferring luxury and modern conveniences. This will truly be a magnificent setting for a summer festival and positions CorkxSouthwest as one of the premier events in Ireland in 2011.

The lineup this year includes favourites like Patti Smith, Mick Flannery and Nina Hynes along with headline act, English post-punk group, Echo and the Bunnymen.

Skibbereen local, David Puttnam wants schools to focus on the bigger picture

October 22, 2010

Writing in today’s Irish Times, Joanne Hunt, outlines David Puttnam’s views on why “classrooms must embrace technology to prepare us for 21st century”

Read more in the Irish Times:

Brendan Grace to Play Rosscarbery

August 2, 2010

Brendan Grace is to play at the Celtic Ross hotel in the nearby village of Rosscarbery this coming Friday night as part of his ” ITS A FUNNY OLD WORLD” tour.

Following a hugely eventful week in Skibbereen with the Skibbereen Arts Festival and CorkXSouthwest, the “stars” just keep coming to West Cork 🙂

New Off Licence in Skibbereen

July 30, 2010

Costcutter/Esso on Market Street has added a full range of alcoholic products to its extensive range of products.

The Off Licence opened in the last couple of weeks and is alreday getting noticed for some great prices.

Costcutter is part of the Barry’s Wholesale group which recently bought the Carry-Out franchise throughout Ireland. If Costcutter Skibbereen in buying through that system then it is competing directly with the Carry-Out in town.
It will be interesting to watch the pricing in the two if they are both part of the same group.

Remember Skibbereen!!

July 15, 2010

Skibbereen is to feature on the national airwaves this weekend with the broadcast of the documentary The Great Irish Famine: Remember Skibbereen which will be broadcast by TG4 this coming Sunday at 8.30pm.

The documentary was commissioned by Skibbereen Heritage Centre to mark the National Famine Commemoration which took place in Skibbereen last year. The film gives an overview of the famine and how it affected the people of skibbereen and surrounding areas.

The documentary includes interviews with some well-known historians including Professor Joe Lee of New York University (formerly UCC) and Dr Larry Geary of UCC, but also features local West Cork historians with an interest in the subject.