Funding sought for development of ‘The Rock’ in Skibbereen

A community project that would see the Windmill Rock in Skibbereen develop as a community amenity and historic park could get a financial boost on a flag day on Saturday August 6e.

Flag Day is organized by Les Amis du Rocher, a group established in 2010, which has already identified various sources of funding – most of which will require an element of matching funding.

Friends of the Rock, which includes Bryan Harris, Declan Groarke and Con McCarthy, said “any support the community can provide for this fundraising event would be greatly appreciated.”

The 4.5 acre Windmill Rock site is located in an elevated area to the east of the town – back from North Street and High Street – and offers excellent views of Skibbereen and the surrounding countryside.

Most notably, The Rock was a location for a number of small cottages and cabins during times of famine and a famine memorial serves as a reminder of the historical significance of the site.

Planning permission for the whole scheme was granted in 2019 and Cork County Council is currently advancing the development plan.

The intention is to deliver a park that will contribute to the life of the city as an area for outdoor performances, annual events and festivals, an outdoor health and fitness centre, as well as a place that will focus on education, art, heritage, tourism, ecology and biodiversity.

Le Rocher, with its panoramic views, will also continue to be an attractive green development for families and residents.

Sara H. Byrd