Posts Tagged ‘Skibbereen’

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.


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.

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 🙂

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.

Skibbereen Reviewed

March 30, 2010

A recent visitor to Skibbereen, has kindly taken the time to put some reviews on QYPE for some of the places to stay, eat, visit in our town:

Click on the links below to read them:

Skibbereen Heritage Centre:

West Cork Hotel

Skibbereen Farmers Market

Over the Moon Restaurant

He’s also posted some photos from his trip here:

Martial Law in Skibbereen

January 12, 2010

For a few hours last night and today, the army are running Skibbereen. A 40 strong Platoon from Collins Barracks in Cork was dispatched last evening after Cork County Council requested military help ahead of the expectation that the deluge would result in the Ilen river breaching its banks and flooding the town for the third time in 8 weeks.

The business people in the town today welcomed the intervention that saw thousands of sandbags being filled overnight and delivered to the town this morning. Rest assured however, that after this emergency, authority will be returned to the council and martial law will cease.

Skibbereen’s Steve wins Irish Apprentice 2009

December 14, 2009

Skibbereen’s Steve Rayner saw off the challenge of  Stephen Higgins to be crowned the winner of TV3’s Apprentice show for 2009 in a very tight finish.

In the final show the two finalists competed in a challenging task that saw Steve emerge victorious.

Skibbereen takes overall prize at 2009 Fairtrade Towns Awards

October 22, 2009

Skibbereen was named Best Fairtrade Town and overall winner at the 2009 Fairtrade Towns Awards announced at this year’s Fairtrade Towns Conference which was held in Ballymun, earlier this month.

The other winners at the two-day conference were Nenagh, winning the ‘Most Retail and Catering Outlets’ category, Waterford awarded as the ‘Most Creative Activity’ and Clonakilty received the ‘Best Schools Work’ prizes.

There are 42 Fairtrade towns in Ireland and over 70 groups working with the Fairtrade towns initiative. Skibbereen Fairtrade committee expressed their appreciation to everyone who had helped in any way to achieve this important recognition of the work undertaken so far.

Tesco coming to Skibbereen?

September 17, 2009

Speculation in this week’s Southern Star suggests that Tesco may be involved in discussions with Skibbereen Town Council regarding a new store in the former “Fair Field” in the centre of town. The speculation is attributed to comments by councillor Adrian Healy, who is quoted as saying “there was also a lot of speculation that the land at Cork Road, which is owned by Tesco, could be used for the proposed amalgamated school if that company was given an alternative site”

While any such proposal would be welcome froma jobs point of view, it is unlikely to be welcomed froma parking point of view. Whichever town in South West Cork is first to have a Tesco store will become the shopping capital of the region, however Skibbereen’s main asset at present is an abundance of free parking and such a development would diminish that asset significantly.

Also, Dunnes Stores or Musgrave/Fields are unlikely to stand by and see Tesco handed such a lucrative site in a sweetheart deal whetever the plans for the land currently owned by tesco.

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Skibbereen Arts Festival Launch New Website

July 7, 2009

Skibbereen Arts Festival has launched a new official website

The website outlines all the events taking place during the 12 days of the festival from July 20 to August 1 2009 and includes a section on Cork-X-Southwest Festival that immeditaley follows the Arts Festival