E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Skibbereen Eagle (The).
The chiel amang ye takinnotes. It was the Skibbereen, or West Cork Eagle newspaper, that solemnly told Lord Palmerston that it had got its eye both upon him and on the Emperor of Russia. This terrible warning has elevated the little insignificant town of Skibbereen, in the southwest coast of Ireland, quite into a Lilliputian pre-eminence. Beware, beware, ye statesmen, emperors, and thrones, for the Skibbereen Eagle has its eye upon you!