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tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797  Jacqueline Weij

St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,

(8 km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51

Ireland

Supported by:

Cork County Council

Jeffers of Bandon

Field's SuperValu

Music Network

Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre

About Skibbereen and Union Hall

SKIBBEREEN

 

Skibbereen , "the Capital of the Carberies", originally was just a small trading post along the river Ilen. When, in 1631 its seaport twin, Baltimore, was raided by Algerian pirates, many survivors moved up the river to safer homesteads.

It is a lively, cosmopolitan town, noted for its shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as being home of the West Cork Arts Centre.

As the town nestles in the heartland of West Cork it is the hub of tourism in an area of panoramic beauty washed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream current. This Southwest corner of Ireland with its scattered mountain ranges, natural harbours and sheltered valleys, its ancient castles and abbeys will always continue to fascinate.

From Skibbereen, there are many options for touring, as the town is gateway to the Mizen Peninsula and so much more spectacular scenery as you travel further into Ireland's magical mystical West . . .

 

Skibbereen has an excellent hotel:

The West Cork Hotel, Ilen Street. Tel.: +353 (0)28-21277, Fax: +353 (0)28-22333

Information about the many B&Bs, Restaurants and Pubs can be obtained from the Skibbereen Tourist Office:

Tel.: +353 (0)28-21766, Fax: +353 (0)28-21353.

 

UNION HALL

 

This lovely fishing port is sheltered in an almost hidden corner of Glandore Harbour.

The small port has always had a strong seafaring tradition and in most recent years it has become home for the regions deep-sea fleet. Besides providing a safe shelter for its own active fishing fleet it also provides safe anchorage to pleasure boats, and calm water for skiing, diving and canoeing.

Union Hall is a remarkably Irish village with its roots steeped in history. Archaeological remains dot the area. Castle ruins and forts can be searched out and the Ceim Hill Museum displays innumerable artefacts and archaeological pieces discovered in the area.

Its quaintness and charm have been recognised by artists through the years,

enticing photographers, painters, poets and writes with its distinct character. In the early 1700's it was lauded by the great patriot dean of Ireland, Jonathan Swift. More recently it was chosen by the director/producer David Puttnam as the venue for one of his latest films "War of The Buttons."

 

Surrounding townlands are rural, with many scenic choices ranging from a leisurely stroll along the causeway to more serious hiking and cycling over country roads bordered by meadows, woods and sea cliffs. Its rugged coastline has numerous coves and inlets for swimming and boating, plus islands for exploration.

Sports enthusiasts will find tennis and basketball courts, a football pitch and a pitch and putt course. Scuba diving and snorkelling provide even more alternatives for the more athletic. There is a strong tradition of Gaelic Football in the area and Union Hall has supplied some star players to the cause through the Castlehaven club.

A wide choice of angling activities can be enjoyed: the freshwater loughs yield pike and trout and the sea offers shore angling and deep-sea fishing.

 

There are two well-stocked general stores, a craft shop, a bureau de change/post office, numerous B&Bs and an excellent hostel built in the old stone schoolhouse.

The local pubs provide good craic and entertainment and during the holiday seasons and summer months, bar snacks and meals. Seafood is a must, with salmon, crab, mussels and prawns being specialities of the area.

Each year in June a week-long festival of street music, races, games and a wide range of other activities focus around the popular Annual Regatta in which the local Myross Rowing Club is a feared competitor.

 

Food & Accommodation:

Dinty’s Bar, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33373, B&B, Seafood Specialities.

Casey’s Bar, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33590, B&B, Beer Garden, Seafood Specialities.

 

Union Hall Accommodation:

Ardagh House, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33571

Shearwater, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33178

Seascape, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33920

Maria’s Schoolhouse, Tel.: +353 (0)28-33002