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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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
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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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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In February 1847, the British Relief Association sent ninety-six tons of food to Schull on the naval vessel Scourge. The ship’s commander, J. Cruford Caffin, was shocked by what he saw and reported that three-quarters of the people of Schull were reduced to skeletons. He was particularly struck by the physical decline and beggar status of adult males. Accompanied by Dr Robert Traill, Rector of Schull, he visited some impoverished Protestant families.
Commander Caffin’s distressing account was published and was widely read.
On March 14, 1847 Dr Robert Traill, Rector and Vicar of Schull, wrote the following letter to a contemporary in London. Dr Traill refers to the published account of Commander Caffin and gives further evidence of the awful conditions prevailing in Schull in the early months of 1847.
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The death took place on February 20, 2018 of John O’Sullivan, Lisalohorig, Skibbereen.
In his 97th year, John was one of the oldest people in Skibbereen parish. He died full of years and contentment having lived a long and fulfilled life. Up to just a few weeks before his death John was still very active and fully engaged in the lives of his family, neighbours and friends.
John farmed at Lisalohorig all his life, as did his father before him, and his father before that. He had a deeply ingrained and inherent attachment to the land, faming and nature. John was a good farmer, with a great respect for the ground he nurtured and the produce of his labour.
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Rev. Richard Boyle Townsend was Rector of Abbeystrewry parish and did extraordinary work to help relieve the poor and to highlight the plight and suffering in this area during the Great Irish Famine (1845-52).
On March 9, 1847 he wrote a letter stating that between 35 and 40 people were dying each day in Skibbereen, exclusive of those who died in the Workhouse and that in the previous week the death toll in the Workhouse was 65.
This is just one letter from a large volume of correspondence by Rev. R.B. Townsend. The letters were published in many newspapers in Ireland and Britain.
Rev. Townsend was regarded as an authentic and accurate commentator on Famine conditions in Ireland, and particularly in the Skibbereen Union.
Rev. Townsend died on May 7, 1850, aged 55 years. Having exhausted himself by his efforts in helping the starving masses, he succumbed to Famine Fever following a visit to the workhouse in Skibbereen. A plaque in Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, is dedicated to his memory.
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