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Run by 4th generation publican, William O’Brien and his wife Valerie O’Brien, the bar was established 30 years after the Great Famine by William’s great-grandfather. Steeped in history, you can see the evolution of the town and pub on its walls full of photos. Originally a brewery house, they expanded into the premises next door in 1970 joining 36 & 37 Bridge Street. The latter, which was a newsagent, also double jobbed as an office for the old Cunard Lines, yes – the one synonymous with the Titanic. Anyone leaving Skibbereen, back in the day, booked their ticket here and sailed onto their new lives from Cobh to far flung places.

Keeping with tradition, The Corner Bar offers traditional Irish music on a Saturday night, (and Mondays in the summer). Regular musicians have included Dave Hennessy, Mick Daly, Mairead Casey, Pat O'Sullivan, The Fuschia Band, The O'Grourke Brothers, Brian Hennessy, Brendan McCarthy, Derry Moynihane and many more. The late Seamus Creagh was the main musician for many years.

The Corner Bar has a well established Singers Club which occurs on the 1st Friday of every month. Running for the last 15 years, the Singers Club has a special guest each month. Previous singers have included Niamh Parsons, Cara Dillon, Tim Dennehy, Eleanor Shanley, Karen Casey, John Spillane, & the Begley Sisters. The full listing of upcoming & past singers can be found on If you can sing a note or two, you are more than welcome to join in! If you can’t

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