Sunday, June 24, 2007

Slide Show of Skibbereen

In September we went to Co.Cork in Ireland and visited Skibbereen, my ancestral home on my paternal side. My Grandfather was born there, although he moved to Dublin in later life. But my Great Grandparents and all those before them were Skibbereen people. My Great Grandfather Daniel Coughlan was a shoe & boot maker and had a shop on Bridge Street (no 25, now a gift shop) which can be seen in the slide show below. I was able to trace the family through the 1901 Census which listed many brothers & sisters of my grandfather of whom I was not aware, so that was exciting. Any one visiting Skibbereen should vist the Heritage Centre on Upper Bridge Street, which has an incredibly moving exhibition on the Great Famine. They will also try and find your ancestors in the 1901 census for you. Below is a slide show of some of the pics I took while in Skibbereen.