The Skibbereen and District Society has published a Journal annually since 2005, Volume 19, 2023 being the latest volume available.

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Content of our Journals

Volume 19, 2023

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2022 – 2023
Sweet Ilen – the story of a river Part 2 – The Tidal Waterway – Robert Harris
A Tale of Two Baltimores – Sandra Downey
The History and Heritage of Mass Rocks with particular reference to West Cork – Hilary Bishop
St Matthew’s Aughadown 150 Years of Service – Deirdre Pemberton
Ilen Rovers GAA Club 1973-2023: A Brief Appreciation – William Casey
“A rebel bold it made you”: The Poetic Afterlife of a West Cork Famine Victim  – Patrick Mahoney
Glue-Makers and Morocco-Dressers – Clair Wills
1923 – The Irish Free State in financial peril – Donal Corcoran
A comparison of public commemoration of the 1914-23 period in Skibbereen to other towns and regions in Cork – Kieran Doyle
John D. and “The Far Away Camp” – John O’Neill
Skibbereen Soldiers in Eritrea – Conor Kelleher
From Fords to Roads: Story of Ballydehob’s Three-Arch Bridge – Eugene McSweeney
Father of the Railways – Mary McCarthy
The ‘Pattern’ at Minihan’s Bar, Lisheen – Ted Cadogan
Fixed Rents, Land Purchases, and the Rise of Irish Tenant Proprietors 1881-1903 – James K. Collins
Historical development of the creamery industry in West Carbery – Proinnsias Breathnach

Volume 18, 2022

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2021 – 2022
The Civil War in Skibbereen during July and August 1922 – William Casey
Thomas Healy (1895 – 1957) – Liz Cassidy & Bernard Cassidy
An Eye-Witness Account of Michael Collins in Skibbereen in 1922 – Joe Gibbons
The Heroic Life of Kate McCarthy (Sr Marie Laurence) – Margaret Murphy
Patrick John Hurley of Windmill, Skibbereen, (1888-1918) – Julianna Minihan
Cornelius O’Driscoll: A West Cork man serving in the Spanish Army (1602-1622)  – Oscar Hernanz Elvira
Michael Collins and the Irish Provisional Government: January – August 1922 – Donal Corcoran
The Irish White Cross in Skibbereen – Philip O’Regan
Irish Army Census Records 1922 – Maura Cahalane
The Holy Wells of County Cork with particular reference to Skibbereen & the Mizen Peninsula – Amanda Clarke
Sweet Ilen – the story of a river: Part 1 – Source to Tide – Robert Harris
Rides through the County of Cork: Castle Donovan – Philip Dixon Hardy

Volume 17, 2021

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2020 – 2021
Skibbereen Flooding: a record in time – Cathal O’Donovan
The History of Proverbs – Sean-Fhocail – Brendan McCarthy
Raid on the Fastnet Lighthouse – Eugene Daly
Three Burials in Aughadown Graveyard, February 1921 – William Casey
The loss of the MV Kowloon Bridge – Gerald Butler
The 1892 General Election in South and West Cork  – John O’Donovan
Crimean Veteran dies in Skibbereen – Skibbereen Eagle
The Diary of George Vickery of Skibbereen (December 1869 to January 1871) – Richard Vickery
An Bhó – Eugene Daly
The Creameries of West Cork: A look back over a century – Jerome Geaney
Black Sods & Amber Beads – The story of the Murrahin Amber Necklace – Eugene McSweeney
The Robber of Youth – Brendan Lyons
Accents – ‘We had two voices, one English and one Irish’  – Michael McCarthy-Morrogh
The Workhouse in Skibbereen 1843-1851 – Philip O’Regan

Volume 16, 2020

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2019 – 2020
Kay Summersby – ‘helping Ike win the war’  – Michael MacCarthy-Morrogh
Stories of the Revolution: 1916-1923 – Terri Kearney
The Parnell Split in west Cork, December 1890 – June 1891 – John O’Donovan
A Skibbereen Urban Council cameo during the War of Independence – Philip O’Regan
A Tale of Two Editors: The Lives and Words of James Burke and Patrick Sheehy – Alan McCarthy
Some Place Names of West Cork – James M. Burke
Ringforts – Jim Byrne
Horses on the Street: 1950s Skibbereen Revisited – Michael McCarthy
The History of the Banshee – Brendan McCarthy
Skibbereen Brothers; casualties in the American Civil War – Maura Cahalane
The world-famous singer Denis O’Sullivan, 1868-1908 – Julianna Minihan
The state of Primary Education in early nineteenth century Ireland with particular reference to Skibbereen and surrounding parishes. – Tony McCarthy
Florence McCarthy and the Nine Years War in Munster, 1595-1603 – John Dorney
Women, gender and identity in exile: the female descendants of the lord of Castlehaven (1602-80) – Ciaran O’Scea
Fastnet 1979 – Gerald Butler

Volume 15, 2019

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2018 – 2019
“Carbery’s One Hundred Isles”: The sketching trips of Jack Yeats to Skibbereen  and Schull, 1915 and 1919 – Peter Murray
The History of Skibbereen Fire Brigade – Frank Fahy
“They drilled by the light of the moon in lonesome places”: The Fenian’s in Rural Folk Memory – Patrick Mahoney
The World War 1 Medals of Thomas Collins, Lisheenroe, Castlehaven, Skibbereen – Vincent O’Neill
Four Cork Airmen of World War 1 – Guy Warner
Unionism and the Orange Order in Bandon  – Kieran Doyle
lrish Constitutional Nationalism in west Cork, 1916-1918 – John O’Donovan
The Times They Are A Changin’–Tidings From The 1960’s – Brendan McCarthy
The Érainn People and Corca Laidhe – Eugene Daly
Ballyrisode Fulacht Fia: A New Bronze Age Site on The Mizen – Finola Finlay
Chasing Ghosts on the Irish Canals – Robert Harris
Servants – Michael MacCarthy-Morrogh
The Industrial Workers of the World, the Skibbereen Connection – William Casey
The Irish Brigade in the Pope’s Army 1860 – Faith, Fatherland and Fighting – Donal Corcoran
Cape Clear tragedy a Century ago – Eugene Daly
The “Farms” of Tullagh Civil Parish: resources and occupiers as recorded in the 1829 Tithe Applotment Books – Jim Collins

Volume 14, 2018

Skibbereen & District Historical Society 2017 – 2018
All-Ireland Club Football Championship Victory ’92/’93  – John O’Driscoll
Origins of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen  – Gerald O’Brien and Philip O’Regan
Excavating Skibbereen’s History: An Archaeological View of Life on Windmill Hill – Stephen A. Brighton
‘Carberians’ invade Dingle between 1776 and 1797 – Dr. Toby Barnard
Genetic Memory – George Salter-Townshend
Hedge Schools of County Cork – Dr Tony Lyons
Munster Wedge Tombs (The Creation of Ritual Space) – Charlie O’Donovan
Protestant Depopulation and Upheaval in Southern Ireland,1845-1950 – David Fitzpatrick
Skibbereen and World War I – William Casey
Three Innis Beg Brothers at Gallipoli, 1915 – Michael MacCarthy-Morrogh
The ‘dairy system’ – a centuries-old farming arrangement: twilight days in West Cork – J F Collins
John Francis Levis: The Man Who Saved ‘Skibbereen’ – Philip O’Regan
The Memories Green: Fiction and the West Cork Fenians – Padraig G. Lane
Weather Lore: Signs and Proverbs -Eugene Daly
Piseóga – Are they real? – Brendan McCarthy

Volume 13, 2017

Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2016-2017
The Blood and Bandage (The story of the Cork GAA jersey) – Samuel Kingston
James Gilbert Cunningham: Tracking the Transnational History of a West Cork Dynamiter – Patrick J Mahoney
Meanderings through Cloghdonnell – Brendan Lyons
Dr George Vickery – Dispensary Doctor for the Ballymarde District 1871-1886 – Fergal Browne
Fiction and the Famine Farmsteads.  – Padraig G. Lane
Da mbeinnse óg arís – A Trip down Memory Lane – Brendan McCarthy
A Cross-Shaft at Coosheen, Schull – Gillian Boazman
The Agricultural Labourer – Skibbereen 1893 review of the report by Mr Arthur Wilson Fox  – Tony McCarthy
Angela Burdett-Coutts:’Queen of Baltimore’ – Jasper Ungoed-Thomas
Castletownshend links to the Anglo-Zulu War  – Maura Cahalane
Mortimer Moynahan: the forgotten Fenian leader – William Casey
Peadar Ó hAnnracháin (1873-1965) – Eugene Daly
Rock Art at Derreennaclogh, Co. Cork – Finola Finlay and Richard Harris
Frederick Parslow VC – Victoria Kingston
Garda Detective Officer Timothy (Tadhg) O’Sullivan 1896-1929 – Colm Wallace
The Skellig Lists – Eugene Daly

Volume 12, 2016

West Cork and the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1900 – John O’Donovan
The Battle of Bantry Bay 1689 and afterwards – Michael Coleman
The Skibbereen Skellig List by Richard Vickery with Gerald O’Brien and Jasper Ungoed-Thomas
What Hiberno English may be telling us about ourselves – Michael McCarthy
The Battle of Jutland, May 31st 1916 – John Cahalane
Loughine & Labhraidh Loingseach by kind permission of Eugene Daly
Myross: The Archaeology and History of an Early Medieval Eden – Gillian Boazman
Aoghan O Rathaille – An Aisling: The Vision Poem – Brendan McCarthy
Conchubhar O Cuilleanáin (1917 – 1960) – Eugene Daly
The curious incident of the rod in the night-time – Alan McCarthy
The McRorys of the Irish RM stories by Somerville and Ross – Michael McCarthy Morrogh
Revenge for Skibbereen: The Phoenix Society and the Development of Transatlantic Irish Nationalism – Patrick J. Mahoney
Potential productivity of land: the “gneeve” with particular reference to the Civil parishes of Castlehaven, Kilmoe and Skull in the 1820s-30s – Jim Collins
Further Skibbereen casualties of World War I.
Gearoid O’Suilleabhain: Brave and faithful soldier of Ireland, whose life was devoted to the service of his country, in war and peace – Philip O’Regan
The Constabulary and the Bridewell in O’Donovan Rossa’s Skibbereen – Tony McCarthy
Sean O’hAodha: Sean Hayes, Glandore 1884-1928 – Maura Cahalane
Other West Corkmen in the Easter Rising 1916 – Maura Cahalane
Historical Society tour of the European Battlefields.

Volume 11, 2015

Seamus F. Ryan, 1933 – 2014.
Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: The most typical Fenian of them all – Philip O’Regan.
Cumann na mBan.
Abbeymahon and Kilmahon, Two Graveyards in Skibbereen, – William Casey.
Gallipoli 1915: Disaster and Defeat – John Cahalane.
“The Lumper” and its role in the Irish Famine – Thomas Downey.
Brigadier Desmon Henry Sykes Somerville, C.B.E., M.C., a biographical note – Brigadier Sir Nicholas Somerville.
Micheál Ó Cuileanáin, (1883-1961) – Eugene Daly.
Church Gone Missing – Chuck Kruger.
In Place of the Holy Sepulchre – Chuck Kruger.
The Southern Star and The Skibbereen Eagle, 1919-1922 – Alan McCarthy.
A Tale of Two Bridges – Paddy Leahy.
Farewell to Cape Clear – Daniel O’Regan
Servants Book of James McCarthy-Morrogh, Inis Beg (1823-1907) -Michael McCarthy-Morrogh.
Irish Community from West Cork in Madrid (1600-1650): A Brief Historical Introduction – Oscar Hernane Elvira.
1641 in the Skibbereen – Leap area: the evidence of the Deposition – John O’Donovan.
Roaring Water Bay and Carbery’s Hundred Isles – J.F.Collins.
The Cashel at Knockdrum, Castlehaven, Co. Cork – Charlie O’Donovan.
Billy O’Donovan, Royal Navy, 1935 to 1944 – Charlie O’Donovan
Early Settlement in the Skibbereen Area, by E.M. Fahy.
Letter to the Editor.

Volume 10, 2014

Drombeg Stone Circle – Jim Byrne
Clashanimud Hillfort and Bronze Age Warfare in Cork – William O’Brien
World War 1: The Unluckiest Ship – John Cahalane
World War 1 Casualty Roll from Skibbereen and District – John Cahalane
A Skibbereen Soldier – Skibbereen Eagle, 8th March, 1919.
Time Capsule 1st. January 2014 – Michael Coleman
Humphrey O’Sullivan (1853-1931): Inventor Son of Skibbereen – Gerald O’Brien
The Cillíní of Aughadown and Kilcoe Parishes – William Casey
Leap Parochial Hall: the first fifty years – a potted history – John O’Donovan
Lick Hill “Cave” and its inscriptions – Jasper Ungoed and Terri Kearney
Back to Basics – Chuch Kruger
The Loch Ryan – A West Cork Schooner – attacked by the German Air Force, a Family ruined and the shameful attitude of two governments – Tom MacSweeney
History of Baltimore Lifeboat Station – Tom Bushe
Wave after Wave – Chuck Kruger
The 17th-century Dunworley Bay Shipwreck: illegal activity, archaeological investigations and possible identity – Connie Kelleher
Eurocontrol and Mount Gabriel – Paddy Leahy
Personal Names – Eugene Daly

Volume 9, 2013

The Agricultural Labourer of the Skibbereen Region, c.1870-1900 – Pádraig G Lane
Agnes Mary Clerke and the Edinburgh ReviewPerry O’Donovan
A Trip to the Titanic Quarter, Belfast – Maureen Crowley
Battle of Castlehaven – Michael Coleman
Building a Reek – Chuck Kruger
Cistercian Monastic Settlements in the Diocese of Ross – Jim Byrne
Ireland has not yet recovered from the “Famine” – B.T. Mitchell
Linen Weaving in Convent of Mercy, Skibbereen: A Pamphlet from 1893
Rural Life in the Skibbereen Area in the Past – Jerome Geaney and Jim Byrne
Why did Sherlock Holmes come to Skibbereen – Dana Richards
I Know a Lake where the Cool Waves Break – Terri Kearney
Industrial bygones at the mouth of Roaring Water Bay – Paddy O’Sullivan
The Life and Times of Bishop Michael Collins (1781-1832) – William Casey
The Story of the Gracie Blue – Brendan McCarthy
The Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland – Michael O’Sullivan

Volume 8, 2012

Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2010-12
Gems of the Past – Máirín Lankford
A Short Biography of a Dispensary Doctor – Edel Kavanagh
Mother Ireland – Eugene Daly
Somerville and Ross’s West Cork – Pádraig G. Lane
St. Fachtna’s Silver Band, Skibbereen – Séamus O’Brien
The Establishment of Skibbereen Town Council – Dr. Matthew Potter
Unlawfully Drilling with Pikes: A Story of Fenian Volunteerrs – William Casey.
Filíocht na nDaoine: Folk Poetry of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries – Na Dánta Grá – Brendan McCarthy
A Touching Story from Ireland – Eugene Daly
“Awake, Men of Erin” – Dr. Sean Ó Seadhacháin
Crime, Punishment and Imprisonment over Time – Margaret Carmody
I remember – Richard Draper
Attorneys/Solicitors Practising in Skibbereen Town Since 1824 – Denis O’Driscoll

Volume 7, 2011

Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2010-2011
Sisters in Science: Agnes and Ellen Clerke – Paddy Leahy
Placenames based on the Irish Words for Field and Land Divisions – Eugene Daly
Christmas in Bluid 100 years ago – Charles Daly
A National School on the Irish Coast – Harold Frederic
A Gala Day at Cape Clear – Skibbereen Eagle, 1881
The Great Famine and Skibbereen – Terri Kearney
How Was Butter Made in Earlier Times? – Liam Downey
Fíor Gael – Peadar Ó hAnnracháin
Percy E. Ludgate (1883-1922): Skibbereen-born Computer Pioneer – Jim Byrne
L’Impatiente – a ship of the French Fleet Wrecked at the Mizen, 1797 – Edward J. Bourke
Birth and Growth of Skibbereen: An Overview – Gerald O’Brien
Admiral Boyle Somerville: Archaeologist and Pioneering Archaeoastronomer – Brian Lacey
The Picture Postcard – Adrian Healy
Ireland in Europe since 1973 – Sean McCarthy

Volume 6, 2010

Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2009-2010
A History of Aughadown House – William Casey
The First World War at sea off West Cork – Edward J. Bourke
The Earl Grey Pauper Emigration Scheme, 1848-1850 – Síle Murphy
A Cape Clear Trilogy – Chuck Kruger
Homesteading in Canada: The story of Billy Wolfe of Skibbereen – Jane Wright
The Rossbrin Castle Manuscripts – Alfie O’Mahony
An American Wake in Skibbereen- Jack O’Connell
Then and Now – Tidings from the ’50s – Brendan McCarthy
Lissard House and the Swiss – Paddy Leahy
Louis P.W. Renouf – Paddy Leahy
I.R.A. Sectarianism in Skibbereen? – Jasper Ungoed-Thomas
The Influence of Trees on Place Names of West Cork – Eugene Daly
When Charlotte met Shaw (Notes for a Love Story) – Perry O’Donovan
Place and People: The Fiction of West Cork’s War of Independence – Padraig G. Lane

Volume 5, 2009

Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2008-2009
Half-conquered rebels: The big house and West Cork patriotism in Somerville and Ross’s fiction – Padraig G. Lane
From Cork to Cardiff – The Life of Patrick Valentine Collins – Margaret Gregory
Loan Societies in the Skibbereen Poor Law Union and District, 1839-1849 – Terri Kearney
From Skibbereen to Ballarat: Mary Donovan (1831-1860) – Maura Cahalane
Cape’s Castle of Gold – Chuck Kruger
Dún an Óir, a Castle with Guts – Chuck Kruger
Charles Darwin on the origin of species – Perry O’Donovan
The Thread that could not be broken – Rosari Kingston
Fitz-James O’Brien – Gerald Murphy
Bardic Schools and the O’Dalys of Kilcrohane – Eugene Daly
The Timoleague Chalice – Chuck Kruger
Gaeilge i measc an Bhéarla – Donnachadh Ó Seaghda
Skibbereen’s Greatest Flood – Brendan McCarthy
“Destitution and Politics in 1862 Ireland: Evidence from the Skibbereen Poor Law Union” – James K. Collins

Volume 4, 2008

Annual General Meeting of Skibbereen Historical and Archaeological Society, 1944
Gaeilge i measc an Béarla – Donnchadh O’Seaghdha
The Frontiers of Technology – Alfie O’Mahony
Diary of a Land League Activist – Life of Henry F. O’Mahony, U.S. Civil War Veteran and Land League Activist – Colonel Henry F. Quirke
West Cork and the First Flight of the Irish Wild Geese – Perry O’Donovan
Crossing the Pond: Irish Migration from Skibbereen to Boston 1898 to 1902 – James K. Collins
Operation Lobster 1 – German agents landed near Skibbereen during World War II – Keron Walsh
The Zenith Disaster – Adrian Healy
The Decline of the Irish Language and the rise of the Gaelic League – Eugene Daly
Dán Ó Shéamus Gudmann – A Poem by James Goodman – Miriam O’Donovan
Skibbereen Water Works 1890-1990 – Niall O’Mahony

Volume 3, 2007

Gerald Joseph Macaura (1 May 1871-1941) – A Biography – Billy Macaura (edited by David Brewster)
Role of Hedge School Teachers in the cultural life of Castlehaven’Myross Parish in the beginning of the 19th Century – Diarmuid Ó Donnabháin
The O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Park – Eileen Stafford and Pauline O’Sullivan
Sisters of Mercy, Skibbereen 1860-2004 – Maura Cahalane
Skibbereen Town Hall – Frank McCarthy
Where have all the Pubs Gone? – Brendan McCarthy
The Historic William Thompson – Alfie O’Mahony
Edmund Leahy: West Cork’s first County Surveyor – Paddy Leahy
Thomas Swanton: Protestant Landlord and Irish Language Enthusiast – Eugene Daly
Micheál Ó Cuileanáin – Eugene Daly
Activities of the Skibbereen and District Historical Society 2006/2007 – Jim Byrne

Volume 2, 2006

Wrecks and Reckonings in West Cork in the Early Eighteenth Century – Toby Bernard
Bowl Playing in and around Skibbereen –James Caverly
Europe’s First Total Abstinence Society – Rev. Fr. James Coombes
Seán Ó Coileáin (1754-1817) – Eugene Daly
Stair-Ghairm-Oideachais sa Sciobairín – Eibhlín de Stafort agus Póilín Ui Shúilleabháin
The Past Beats Inside Me Like a Second Heart – Terri Kearney
The Role of the Normans in Dún na Séad Castle, Baltimore – Bernie McCarthy
A Note on “Hamit” and Seanachas Ó Chairbre – Gearóid Ó Cruailaoich
The Schools Folklore Collection 1938 – Excerpts from local schools in Skibbereen area, selection by Nuala O’Halloran
The Carbery Show 1836-2006: Its Fall and Rise – Teddy O’Regan
Daring Escape from Manchester Gaol – Southern Star, 12 December 1936

Volume 1, 2005

History in the Making – Colman O’Driscoll
From Victorian Boyhood to the Troubles – a Skibbereen Memoir, by Willie Kingston, edited by Jasper Ungued-Thomas
Micheál Chormaic Ó Súilleabháin – Eugene Daly
Note from a Passing Tourist – Gerard Muldoon
Canon Goodman – Jim Byrne
Súil Siar – Póilín Bean Uí Shúilleabháin agus Eibhlín de Stafort
Once upon a Springtime, when the Visitor was the Student Prince of Wales – Gerald O’Brien
The Unknown Stoker: the Work and World of a Rural Gasworks Employee – Gerard Muldoon
The Founding of Baltimore’s Fishing Industry and its Fishing School – Alfie O’Mahony
The GAA – Early days in Skibbereen and Nationally – Philip O’Regan

9 thoughts on “The Journal

  • 20/01/2018 at 3:17 pm

    Where can I buy these journals.

    • 22/01/2018 at 7:42 am

      Hello Vera, Thank you for your interest. Please email us with a note of the editions you are interested in purchasing and the country to which you want them delivered. We will revert with availability, price, and delivery cost.

      Best regards,

      Skibbereen Historical.

  • 02/11/2018 at 4:14 pm

    Since we have a “Dr. Macaura Blood Circulator” in our collections, I would like to read, and cite, the 2007 article, “Gerald Joseph Macaura, . . A Biography, by Billy Macaura (edited by David Brewster).”

    • 10/05/2019 at 12:28 am

      Sorry for neglecting your comment until now. We had a problem with spam which has been resolved. As a result I became aware of your question. Copies of many of our annual journals can be purchased by way of the shop link on our web page.

      For research purposes you may find it more convenient to use the link below to an archive maintained by Cork County Library from which the first twelve volumes of our journal may be accessed or downloaded as may suit you.

      Best regards,

      Reddy O’Regan

      Volumes 1 to 12 of our Journal may now be accessed for research on the Cork Local Studies website:

  • 19/11/2018 at 7:13 pm

    I would be interested in purchasing Volume #3 and Volume # 7. I live I. Royal Oak, Michigan. I appreciate your help.
    Thank you,
    Suzanne C.

    • 10/05/2019 at 12:30 am

      Sorry for neglecting your comment until now. We had a problem with spam which has been resolved. As a result I became aware of your question.

      Copies of many of our annual journals can be purchased by way of the shop link on our web page.

      For research purposes you may find it more convenient to use the link below to an archived maintained by Cork County Library from which the first twelve volumes of our journal may be accessed or downloaded as may suit you.

      Best regards,

      Reddy O’Regan

      Volumes 1 to 12 of our Journal may now be accessed for research on the Cork Local Studies website:

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