First walk around the town for a long time, the ring road is quite a lovely walk with lots of shrubs and the river Ilen, making it interesting. Normally it would only take about 15minutes but I took over half an hour, was taking some photos also. It was lovely and mild this evening and the walk was very pleasant. The town of Skibbereen (in Irish called An Sciobairín), is not very large, originally a market town, it’s got quite a bit of history.
I find it fascinating that the by-gone days of this little town can be traced back to medieval times when survivors of the black dead, mainly members of the McCarthy’s clan, to whom most of the land belonged in those days, settled near a hamlet, at the site of the present town, this in the 14th century.
In the 17th century many refugees from the little seaside village of Baltimore (about 12km towards the sea coast) fled to Skibbereen town after Baltimore was sacked by the Algerians.
During 1845-49 Ireland was plagued with a terrible famine. In Skibbereen’s local cemetery there is a mass grave where around 10,000 victims lay buried. This decimated the town and area once again.
The present town is doing fine, though very much affected by the austerity and emigration since 2008. Many young people leaving to find work, and quite a few businesses having to close down. The Farmer’s market is thriving, and there is still a nice, relaxed buzz about the town. A brand new state of the art Art Gallery is about to be opened to the delight of us all. But I could go on and on…. I did enjoy my walk, that is for sure. Here a few pics taken with my mobile phone.