Great Irish Famine Sites

Many of the buildings and streets in Skibbereen have direct links to the Great Hunger and there are numerous stories associated with each location.

These sites and stories serve as palpable links to the suffering that individuals and families endured during the Great Irish Potato Famine.

These Famine sites in Skibbereen still poignantly resonate today as the material remains of one of the darkest period’s in Irish history: – an Gorta Mór.



Use the ‘Skibbereen: Famine Stories’ map as your guide to Skibbereen’s Famine heritage sites.

Available at Skibbereen Heritage Centre – 50c for visitors or €1 for non-visitors.


Famine Story Exhibition

Visit our exhibition at Skibbereen Heritage Centre
to learn more about the Great Irish Famine.

Famine Story Book

Gain an insight into the major events of the Great Famine in Ireland
from the experiences of the people of Skibbereen.


Famine Story App

Hear the story of the Great Famine in Skibbereen from Dr Dan Donovan
and others of the era as they guide you around the town.


Famine Sites Video Clips

Short video clips showing Famine sites in Skibbereen.