Skibbereen harks back to 1800s in celebration of O’Donovan Rossa

free pic no repro fee
President Michael D. Higgins, pictured at the official opening of UILLINN West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. The magnificent new 5-storey 10,450 sq ft building houses 2 impressive galleries, Artists’ Studios, workshop/activity spaces, and is supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Council and other entities.;
pictures Gerard McCarthy 087 8537228
more info contact  Mary Hopkins  Hopkins Communications  021 4272200     087 2540804

Posted on: 6th July, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: President Michael D. Higgins, pictured at the official opening of UILLINN West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen

Skibbereen will be transformed into a 19th Century town on July 24, as part of a host of local events that will celebrate the life of Irish Patriot Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

The event will begin at 7pm, and to truly create the 1800s aesthetic and atmosphere, a torchlit parade will take place, with all participants to be dressed in 1800s attire. The parade will march from The Heritage Centre to The Maid of Eireann, and back to the Bridge. Local businesses will display photos and artefacts from the period; the staff of each business will also dress in 19th Century costume. The streets will be closed off to any traffic with the exception of ponies and traps.

The event will host pop-up history talks, pipe bands, and children’s games of the time, to all participants and spectators.

Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa was a local man to West Cork, and is noted as a remarkable Irish patriot and Fenian. In March 1863, O’Donovan Rossa organised a march through Skibbereen town in support of the Polish uprising against Russia. The Polish ambassador will be present at the event, as well as representatives of the Irish government. This year also marks the centenary of O’Donovan Rossa’s death.

This special event will also mark the opening of this year’s Skibbereen Arts Festival, which runs from July 24 to August 2. The popular festival will offer a variety of music, theatre, film, and kids events and activities, including:  Rock n’ Roll Camp for kids, Kayak by Starlight, 4 Plays in a Day, James Yorkston and Alasdair Roberts performing at the Abbeystrewry, and much more.

President Michael D. Higgins recently visited Skibbereen town to unveil the O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Garden. The event was seen as a huge success. The President also attended various other events that celebrated the patriot’s life and the remarkable efforts he made to society.

See or facebook/ SkibbereenArts for more information on events and listings.

Latest News Articles:

Have your say in shaping the future of Clonakilty
Dursey Island project passes first phase in Failte Ireland’s Grant Scheme
Minister Ring visits superb rural initiatives in West Cork
West Cork farms celebrated at Milk Awards
Issue of childcare a major concern for 72 per cent of female entrepreneurs
Rain, slurry deadlines and housing
Celtic Ross Hotel awarded AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence
St. Joseph’s in Clonakilty looks back on 50 years of educating young girls
‘Operation Transformation’ for Young Beef Farmers
Macra President welcomes publication of EU Young Farmer Survey

Join us on Facebook

Meet Santa and his elves, penguins and polar bears at Leapland, which returns to Leap Village on December 2. A magical experience for little ones who can visit from Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm and Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm. Call 087 7427016 for enquiries. ... See MoreSee Less

21st November, 2017  ·  

And here's our lucky winner Sandra picking up her voucher from Warren Allen this morning from the lovely model Maebh. Happy shopping Sandra! ... See MoreSee Less

21st November, 2017  ·  

Thank you to everybody who took part in our West Cork Catwalk competition. We had a massive response from all over West Cork and beyond.The winning shop with the most votes for their outfit is Warren Allen Collection!

Congratulations to voter Sandra O'Donovan from Bandon who has won a €50 voucher from the winning boutique.
... See MoreSee Less

20th November, 2017  ·  

Jump to: