The Team

Terri Kearney

Terri has managed Skibbereen Heritage Centre since it opened in 2000. She has overseen the funding, research and installation of the exhibits as well as the day to day running of the Centre.
She has published 4 books, Lough Hyne: The Marine Researchers – in Pictures (2011), Lough Hyne: From Prehistory to the Present (2013), co-authored Skibbereen: The Famine Story (2015), co-authored Stories of the Revolution (2022) and contributed to Flor MacCarthy’s The Presidents’ Letters. She gives a guided tour of the Famine Story exhibition at Skibbereen Heritage Centre to groups and occasionally gives guided walks at Lough Hyne too.

Margaret Murphy

Margaret has worked at Skibbereen Heritage Centre since 2002 and co-authored Stories of the Revolution (2022). An avid genealogist and local historian, Margaret has helped many thousands of visitors to find their West Cork ancestry. She responds to all online genealogy enquiries and also gives in-person consultations at Skibbereen Heritage Centre by appointment.

Barry McMahon

Barry has been a volunteer at Skibbereen Heritage Centre since 2015 and we are now delighted to have him as a permanent member of our team. An engineer by profession, he has worked on a variety of projects with Skibbereen Heritage Centre, including graveyard surveys and signs, school register inputting as well as carrying out research on the Great Famine. He is fascinated by local history and loves to meet and welcome visitors to Dear Old Skibbereen.

Saoirse Connolly is a radiography student with a keen interest in history and music and and loves giving a warm West Cork welcome to visitors to the Centre.

Deirdre Collins

Deirdre has worked as a data inputter at Skibbereen Heritage Centre since 2007. She is responsible for interpreting and cross checking many historical records including vital Church register entries, graveyard, burial records and tenancy records and supports Margaret in providing a genealogy service.

William Casey

William has been a volunteer at Skibbereen Heritage Centre since 2001, providing IT support and knowledge for its genealogy service. William is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable local historian with a particular interest in burial customs, West Cork genealogy and the Fenians in West Cork and is a great support to the staff of Skibbereen Heritage Centre.

Patricia Tomlinson

Patricia Tomlinson has been a volunteer at Skibbereen Heritage Centre since 2008 inputting genealogical data, including school, graveyards, burials and tenancy records. She has worked on researching the genealogy of her family, the O’Sullivan Pretties, for over a decade and now has a record of over 4,000 relatives.