THE launch of the eighth Journal of the Skibbereen & District Historical Society took place recently in The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen.

The launch was performed by renowned historian Professor Emeritus of History at University College Cork, Professor John A. Murphy.

This year’s Journal has many interesting articles including the history of Skibbereen Silver Band which celebrates its centenary this year, Childhood Memories by Richard Draper who celebrated his 100th birthday in May, the establishment of Skibbereen Town Council in 1861, the history of crime and punishment and many more articles of historical importance.

Copies of the Journal are now available from local bookshops and other outlets at a cost of €10.

All eight volumes (2005 – 2012) are also available at a special reduced price of €60.

Copies can also be ordered from the Treasurer of the Society Adrian Healy by emailing details to or call 086 108 0236.