Tag: Skibbereen

Skibbereen (Irish: An Sciobairín), is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It is the most southerly town in Ireland. It is located on the N71 national secondary road. The name “Skibbereen” (often shortened to “Skibb”) means “little boat harbour.” The River Ilen which runs through the town reaches the sea at Baltimore.
Prior to 1600 most of the land belonged to the native McCarthy tribe – today McCarthy remains the town’s most common surname. The town charter dates back to 1657 and a copy can be seen in the town council Chambers.
It is probable that some 8,000-10,000 famine victims are buried in the Famine Burial Pits of Abbeystrewery Cemetery.
Skibbereen is also the name of a song about the Famine, and the impact it and the British Government had on the people of Ireland. The song, known as Dear Old Skibbereen, takes the form of a conversation between a father and a son, in which the son asks his father why he fled the land he loved so well. The father relates to his son how the famine…