The 2020 Journal has arrived. This year’s journal contains 15 articles and, as always, a wide variety of topics are covered.

Cover scanned by Philip

These includes an article by Michael MacCarthy-Morrogh about his aunt, Kay Summersby, entitled “Kay Summersby – ‘helping Ike win the war’”; an article by Terri Kearney of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre on the Stories of the Revolution project and a first-hand account of the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race by then Lighthouse Keeper, Gerald Butler. Ringforts, the rivalry between two Skibbereen newspaper editors, events from the 1600s and reminiscences from the 1950s are some of the other topics covered. A full list of articles can be seen in our Journal page.

Normally we would hold a launch event for the Journal, but this year due to Covid-19 that is not possible. Instead to mark to publication of the 2020 Journal we are releasing a series of short videos of contributors and well-wishers. Please keep an eye out for these on this site and on our Facebook page.

If you wish to purchase the Journal it will be available in bookshops throughout West Cork. We ask you, where possible, to shop local and to support your local bookshop. The 2020 Journal, and back issues, are also on sale online. To celebrate the 2020 launch, for the months of July and August only, we are reducing postage for online purchases to €2 for sales to Ireland and the UK and €4 for sales to anywhere else in the world. To visit our online store, click here.

Unfortunately, we cannot post Journals to Australia or New Zealand at the moment. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, there are no flights in to either country.

Thank you to all the contributors, without them there would be no Journal. If you would like to contribute an article to a future Journal then please contact us at Thanks also to the Editorial Committee for their work to produce the Journal.

Skibbereen & District Historical Society Journal 2020