About four kilometers to the west of
the town, on N71, are the ruins of a 14th century Cistercian Abbey.
The cemetery there contains the Famine Plot, the scene of mass burials
during the Famine years.
Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, prominent in
Ireland's struggle for independence and founder of the Phoenix Society
in 1856 lived in Skibbereen.
The man who raised the National Flag at
the G.P.O. in Dublin at the rebellion of 1916 was a Skibbereen man,
The Heritage Centre in Upper Bridge
Street also houses the Lough Hyne Visitor Centre, which gives the
history and other details of Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve.
A visit here deepens one's appreciation and enjoyment of a visit to
Lough Hyne itself.