Historical Summer 2019

Please see below details of forthcoming trips organised by Skibbereen & District Historical Society:

Guided Tour of Glandore.

Meet at Glandore Pier at 7.00 pm Thursday 23rd May for guided tour of Glandore with Fachtna Hickey as guide – no booking required.

Nano Nagle Centre – Fort Elizabeth – Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Bus to Cork departing from Children’s Playground at 8.45 am Saturday 29th June – to include guided visits to Nano Nagle Centre at 11.00 am, Elizabeth Fort at 2.00 pm and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral at 3.15 – arriving back to Skibbereen by 6.30 pm. Cost €30 per person, booking essential, limited places. Open to members only, payable on the day. To book please give names to secretary at secretaryshs@gmail.com or text 086-8234109 after 22nd May 2019.

Tour of Ballydehob.

Meet at Community Hall Ballydehob at 7.00 pm Tuesday 23rd July for guided tour of Ballydehob with Eugene McSweeney – no booking required.

September – to be confirmed

It is hoped to launch our 2019 Journal (No. 15) later in the month, details later.


“American Bases in Bantry Bay” a talk by Ted O’Sullivan 8.30pm on 28th March 2019 West Cork Hotel.

Our next talk entitled “American Bases in Bantry Bay” by Ted O’Sullivan takes place at 8.30pm on 28th March 2019 in the West Cork Hotel.
Ted O Sullivan was born on Bere Island and as a child moved to Douglas. He spent 35 years as a Maths Teacher mostly in Cork City. Every year he would return to Bere Island and was fascinated by the history of the Island and the Beara Peninsula. This eventually resulted in his writing the book “Bere Island – A Short History” in 1992.

Ted’s interests include the World War 1 American bases in Bantry Bay. This interest stems from his own family history, as his grandfather, who was from Baurgorm, Bantry was involved in their construction. His talk to the Skibbereen Historical Society will be on the American Airbases in Bantry Bay, which operated in the final months of the war. It was base for seaplanes that patrolled the Atlantic shipping corridor searching for German U-Boats. It was also the scene of a fatal plane crash that claimed the life of a young American airman.

All are welcome.

A small fee is payable by non-members.

Skibbereen & District Historical Society AGM – Reminder

AGM at 8.30 pm Thursday 28th February 2019 in West Cork Hotel.


o   Minutes of last AGM.

o   Chairperson’s Report.

o   Treasurer’s Report.

o   Editorial Committee Report.

o   Election of Officers: President, Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and PRO.

o   Election of Council (Officers plus 7 members).

o   Setting of Annual Subscription Fees.

o   Discussion on talks and events.

Society meetings Mar/Apr 2019

Thursday 28th March 2019 at 8:30pm in The West Cork Hotel.

A lecture by Ted O’Sullivan on the

“US Airbase in Bantry Bay during WW1,”


Thursday 25th April 2019 at 8.30 pm in The West Cork Hotel.

A lecture by author Kathy Bunney on

“The Ship of Seven Murders,”

The Ship of Seven Murders is the true story of murder and madness on the high seas. The book not only re tells the true story of the grisly murders from survivors’ accounts and trial transcripts but also looks at Captain Stewart’s medical condition from the opinion of todays professionals and recreates the gripping court room drama that was to rivet the people of Cork, Ireland in 1828.