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Skibbereen: The Famine Story is the title of a book and a walking trail app, both of which explore the tragic consequences of the Great Famine. The true enormity of this national tragedy is revealed through stories about local people and places. Skibbereen: The Famine Story offers an insight into this complex period through these personal experiences, and the places in Skibbereen where the events took place.

Skibbereen Map

Both the book and the app act as a guide to sites in Skibbereen that have direct links to the Great Famine.


Walking AppThe Walking Trail App

The app uses the streets of Skibbereen town to trace the crisis as it unfolded using the voices of the people who experienced it. Dr Dan Donovan (portrayed by Fachtna O'Driscoll), Rev. R.B. Townsend (Peter Murray), Lord Dufferin (Jeremy Irons), Elihu Burritt (Declan McCarthy) and others recount what happened in Skibbereen during this tragic time.

You can take this audio tour of Skibbereen town whenever it suits you, at your own pace and you can even listen to it now at home. You can keep it as a souvenir on your phone and all for under €5.

To download a map of the walking trail app click here.
To listen to an extract of the tour click here.

To avoid data roaming charges always DOWNLOAD OVER WIFI.
For more information on how to download and costs click here.


Book CoverThe Book

Skibbereen: The Famine Story traces the tragic events of the crisis as it unfolded. Skibbereen was 'the very nucleus' of the Famine. Horrific reports from the Skibbereen area featured in the media of the time as it became infamous for the suffering endured by its people. This publication uses these shocking reports to follow the crisis as it developed to show the devastating effects it had on local individuals and families.

The people who feature in The Famine Story — such as Tom Guerin, the boy who was buried alive, and the Widow Geaney, evicted to die on the side of the road — represent millions whose stories remain untold. The true enormity of this national tragedy is revealed through the experiences of real people, and the places in the Skibbereen Union where these events happened.

Written by Terri Kearney and Philip O'Regan, both of Skibbereen Heritage Centre, it can be purchased on our online shop by clicking here, in Skibbereen Heritage Centre's bookshop or any good bookstore in Cork. You can also purchase an ebook version by clicking here.

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