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The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition
is on display at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. The exhibition commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish History as the Great Hunger. Skibbereen was one of the worst affected areas, and the events of the era are depicted using local characters and events. website
The 1901 Census for Skibbereen and district is also available. Visitors to the Heritage Centre can either peruse the records or purchase a copy to take home.
Escorted evening Historical Walking Tours of Skibbereen town on Tuesday and Saturday at 6.30pm from the Centre. Please telephone +353 28 40900 to guarantee a place.
The Cóbh Genealogical Project
involves the computerising of all the Church of Ireland parish registers for the County of Cork. The Project also holds microfilm of all Cork County Church of Ireland Registers which are National Archives, and which escaped destruction in the Public Record Office in 1922. These contain marriage Records prior to 1845, and Baptism and Burial Records prior to 1870. Some go back to the 1650, but 1750 is more usual. website
The Bantry Museum
is behind the fire station on Wolfe Tone Square (open June-Aug Tues & Thurs 10am-1pm, Wed & Fri 2-5pm). The museum is the collection of the local history society - domestic paraphernalia, old newspapers and everyday trivia of every sort - which the curators willingly demonstrate with an entertaining blend of history and gossip. The museum is run by the Bantry Historical Society, (Gurteenroe, Bantry, Co. Cork)Links:
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