The drowning of Sir Richard Eyre-Cox of Dunmanway 4th Baronet (c.1765–1783)

Upon chancing on this 18th Century Irish School portrait of a young boy, believed to be Sir Richard Eyre-Cox, 4th Baronet (c.1765–1783) reminded me of a poem that I learnt at the age of 11 in St. Patrick's Boys School, Sackville Street, Dunmanway. It concerned this apparent Richard Eyre-Cox depicted in oil: ...'Mid mountains hoary, … Continue reading The drowning of Sir Richard Eyre-Cox of Dunmanway 4th Baronet (c.1765–1783)

Early Morning Dunmanway by Séamus Mac Cárṫaiġ (1967)

Painted in 1967, Early Morning Dunmanway captures a moment that was commonly seen across towns and villages throughout Ireland – a small collective of local men standing sentinel observing the community coming and going about their daily business. Such small groups were consequently nicknamed "corner boys". The gathering represented here are found outside "Nealums", a … Continue reading Early Morning Dunmanway by Séamus Mac Cárṫaiġ (1967)

The Dunmanway Indian Meal Ladies’ Committee and the Famine Soup Kitchen as referenced in the Valuation Office House Books for the town of Dunmanway, 1848 and 1851

As I continue to review the Valuation Office House Books for the town of Dunmanway, my knowledge of the ‘past lives’ of a variety of structures ranging from the domestic to the business, educational, and religious is extended and enriched by looking back through these records. Indeed, the faintest inscription found within these manuscripts can potentially … Continue reading The Dunmanway Indian Meal Ladies’ Committee and the Famine Soup Kitchen as referenced in the Valuation Office House Books for the town of Dunmanway, 1848 and 1851

1828 Registry of Deeds reference for Owen (Charles) McCarthy regarding his premises located in the west end of Main street, (Market Square)

A nice find from the Registry of Deeds Cork Land Indices 1833–1835 for a lease dated 1st August 1828 concerning several premises in the lands of Dunmanway North, within the parish of Fanlobbus, from Sackville H. Cox and others to Andrew Hamilton, for the lives of Edward, James and Henry Atkins, and for 1000 years … Continue reading 1828 Registry of Deeds reference for Owen (Charles) McCarthy regarding his premises located in the west end of Main street, (Market Square)

The 1848 House Book Records for the town of Dunmanway and Owen Charles McCarthy of house 12 Main Street (Market Square)

Over the last few weeks I have examined in some detail the insightful nineteenth-century Valuation Office House Books for the town of Dunmanway. Within these pages I have paid particular focus to my paternal 4 x great grand-uncle Owen Charles McCarthy (c. 1789–1859) who was the first of our household based at the Market Square. … Continue reading The 1848 House Book Records for the town of Dunmanway and Owen Charles McCarthy of house 12 Main Street (Market Square)

Lease, Richard Cox to John Patrickson of lands at Dunmanway and Kilbarry, Co. Cork, March 26, 1702

Conserved at the National Library of Ireland, this insightful 1702 indenture of lease records lands transferred, buildings and tenements thereon, as well as outlining additional mutual obligations between Sir Richard Cox (1650–1733), 1st Baronet PC and the Reverend John Patrickson (1644–1717) A.M., Chantor of the Cathedrals of Cloyne and Ross, and the Vicar of Fanlobbus. The following text is reproduced … Continue reading Lease, Richard Cox to John Patrickson of lands at Dunmanway and Kilbarry, Co. Cork, March 26, 1702

Owen Charles McCarthy attendee at Failure of the Potato Crop Meeting in Dunmanway, 1846

A reference to Owen C. (Charles) McCarthy of Dunmanway in attendee of the "Failure of the Potato Crop Meeting in Dunmanway" as reported in The Evening Packet, dated Saturday, August 29th, 1846. Owen Charles was born at Kilbarry West about 1780 and died in his residence at the Market Square in March 1859. In his … Continue reading Owen Charles McCarthy attendee at Failure of the Potato Crop Meeting in Dunmanway, 1846

A process for researching the Registry of Deeds memorial transcription books

As noted in an earlier post, I am currently searching the Registry of Deeds memorial transcription books for any recorded evidence of the McCarthy family linked to the townland of Kilbarry. Luckily for me, gone are the days of spending hours at the Registry of Deeds office, lugging the heavy ledgers down from the shelves to check … Continue reading A process for researching the Registry of Deeds memorial transcription books