Do you recognise anyone in these photos?

Skibbereen & District Historical Society was recently given some photographs and we were asked if we could help to identify the people in them.

The two photos here were taken in Skibbereen Vocational School in the early to mid-1930s. We are unable to identify any of those in either photo.

Can you help?




“The Earls of Castlehaven or Lord Audleys” by Dr Michael Keane

Our next talk will take place at 8.30 pm on 29th November 2018 in the West Cork Hotel entitled:  “The Earls of Castlehaven or Lord Audleys” by Dr Michael Keane, who is a retired lecturer from University College, Cork and lives in Farran, Ovens, Co. Cork.

He will discuss the colourful lives of the Castlehavens/Audleys who were very large landowners in West Cork for close to 300 years extending from Castlehaven to the Mizen peninsula, They were leading participants in all the major historical events of that period, including the Battle of Kinsale, the Plantations and the Catholic Confederacy uprising. In the 19th century they developed Audleys mines in the Mizen and the Audley estate was a focus for the catastrophe of the Great Famine.

Controversy and scandal were never too far removed from the family. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven married royalty as his wife Anne, eldest daughter of Lord Derby and Alice Spencer of Althorp of more recent Lady Diana fame, was at one stage heir presumptive to the throne of Queen Elizabeth I. However the 2nd Earl was accused by his wife Anne of extreme sexual depravity and, following a sensational trial, was executed in London. Remarkably his successor, the 3rd Earl of Castlehaven became a leading commander in the Catholic Confederacy uprising and led the resistance in Ireland to Protestant advancement and to Cromwell. In the 19th century three successive Lord Audleys were involved in copper mining on their estate in the Mizen peninsula near Ballydehob in West Cork, a venture which was riddled with fraud and corruption.

In overall terms the story of the lives of the Castlehavens/Audleys helps to illuminate the shifting sands of control and dominance of Irish affairs during many of the key centuries of Irish history.

A Sailing Adventure.

by Ciara Whooley & Irial Kennedy

This time last year we were sailing out of Baltimore Harbour, Ireland and our bow was pointed for France. To date we have sailed almost 10,000 nautical miles and visited 16 countries along the way. It has, without doubt, been the best year of our lives. We would like to thank everyone who we have met along the way, those who crewed with us and for all the encouragement and support we have received over the past year.

To anyone one thinking of doing something similar the best advice we can give is just go for it. Getting started will always be the hard part.

We have put together a brief montage of our year. Our adventure is far from over. We continue to sail further north to go see some ice. ❄

© Ciara Whooley & Irial Kennedy

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Outings and Events 2018

Guided walking tour of Clonakilty hosted by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, starting at Michael Collins Statue, Emmett Square, Clonakilty at 7.00 pm Thursday 24th May 2018.

*Trip to Spike Island on Saturday 23rd June 2018, bus leaving Skibbereen at 10.00 am – arrive in Cobh at 12.00 noon – Depart on ferry from Kennedy Quay, Cobh to Spike at 1.00 pm – Guided walking tour of Spike Island – return to Cobh at 5.00 pm – bus arriving back to Skibbereen at 8.00 pm. Cost €30 (Inc. Bus and tour)

*Trip to Independence Museum, Kilmurry on Thursday 12th July 2018, bus leaving Skibbereen at 6.00 pm. Cost €20 (Inc. Bus and admission)

Launch of Skibbereen and District Historical Journal 2018 to be held in conjunction with West Cork History Festival between Friday 17th – Sunday 19thAugust – details to be finalised later.

Guided walking tour of Rosscarbery, starting at 7.00 pm 6th September 2018 at patriot’s monument

‘Cork’s Revolutionary Dead’, a comprehensive talk by Barry Keane

Author Barry Keane delivered a talk, ‘Cork’s Revolutionary Dead’ to members of Skibbereen & District Historical Society, at the West Cork Hotel, on Thursday March 29, 2018.

Before a full house, Mr. Keane, gave a very interesting talk based on his latest book, ‘Cork’s Revolutionary Dead 1916-1923’.  Mr. Keane, who is a history and geography teacher, has published a number of books, including his latest works, ‘Massacre in West Cork: The Dunmanway and Ballygroman Killings’, and ‘Cork’s Revolutionary Dead 1916-1923’, both of which were published by Mercier Press.

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Maud Gonne’s visit to Skibbereen on St Patrick’s Day 1902

St Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1902, saw one of the biggest public demonstrations ever in Skibbereen.

On that day, Maud Gonne visited the town and, according to the report in The Southern Star the visit of this “illustrious lady was marked by a reception which has been seldom, if ever, accorded to any person in that town.”

The purpose of her visit was to deliver lecture in the Town Hall at the invitation of the Skibbereen branch of the Young Ireland Society.

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