Dear Old Skibbereen

A glimpse of conditions in this town during the Great Irish Famine

This book was written and produced under the direction of an Editorial Team consisting of Patrick Cleary and Philip O'Regan.
Published in May, 1995 it is a soft cover book with 68 A5 pages. It is extensively illustrated and includes a guide to the local famine sites, including the notorious famine burial pits in the Abbeystrewey Cemetery. It is believed that this mass grave may contain the remains of as many as 10,000 people, that is, almost five times the present population of the town.

The chapter headings in the book are as follows :

The Owners of the Land;
The Potato;
The Skibbereen Union Workhouse and Fever Hospital;
Auxiliary Workhouses;
Soup Kitchens;
Dr. Daniel Donovan;
St.Fachtna's de la Salle, North Street;
The Square;
The Visit of Lord Dufferin and G.F.Boyle to Skibbereen;
"Man Unknown";
Emigration a Solution?
'Dear old Skibbereen (words of the famous song);
Skibbereen Donkey-Eaters;
The Famine Burial Pits, Abbeystrewery Cemetery;
Stratement by Skibbereen Committee of Gratuitous Relief, February 1st, 1847;
Town Trail;
Select Bibliography.