Letter Doctor John O’Donovan to Robert McAdam, Soho Foundry Belfast, 1851, in which he states ‘The Catholic Church are Moving Heaven and Earth of Extinguish the Irish Language.
Alexander Donovan, Clonakilty, 1822 Admission Gray’s Inns, 1836 Reporter Court of Common Pleas, London, Judge Dominica, his brother Rickard Donovan, Clerk of the Crown for Co. Cork from 1838 (Equivalent to State Solicitor), Extended family Network by Marriage including Daniel O’Connell and the Puxley Mining Family of Beara.
The O’Connell/Puxley connection is through their uncle Timothy O’Donovan of Durrus. His wife’s mother was Lavellin (an Old Cork family some of whom conformed to the Church of Ireland) one of whom married a Puxley and in 1840 was the grandmother of the then mining magnate.
Gray’s Inns, son James a Doctor late Clonakilty he was probably born O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus, brother of Timothy O’Donovan, JP and also a JP.
The O’Donovans along with other old Catholic Gentry in West Cork in the early and mid 19th century were associated with Daniel o’Connell, Anti Tithe activity and Repeal.
They were connected politically with Rickard Deasy who was elected and MP in the 1840s late to be Solicitor General and Attorney General for Ireland and A judge. He was of the Clonakilty brewing family connected by marriage to the Protestant Clerke family of Skibbereen tow of the daughter s family as writers and astronomists.
In correspondence between Dr. John O’Donovan and members of the West Cork O’Donovans there is reference to Alexander achieving judicial office in Dominica and dying young.
1805, Admission to Gray’s inns, of Cornelius O’Leary, aged 36, Raleigh, Macroom, Co. Cork probably son of Art O’Leary (Art Ó Laoighre) Judicially Murdered.
Gray’s Inn (Law Student Training Centre), London, Admission Entry for Daniel O’Connell, 16th April 1795.
Looking at the years around this time there are quite a number of Irish students, to qualify at the Irish Bar it was necessary to attend a number of dinners at one of the four London Inns notwithstanding studies at the King’s Inns.
Various Applications by George King, 3rd Earl of Kingston, Myross (Skibbereen/Rosscarbery), West Cork to Dublin Castle, for Assistance on Public Work Projects mentions Wretchedness, Recent Fever epidemic.
Redmond Barry from nearby Glandore was sometime later appointed Inspector of Fisheries and did much work to develop fisheries in the area.
These are precis of papers in the National Archives
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Apart from Medicine the Callanans were prominent Apothecaries in Cork:
Callnan family hereditary Physicians to the McCarthy Riabhachs, 1798 in West Cork, Dr. John Richard Elmore owner of largest Linen Mill in Munster in Clonakilty 1820s and Dr. William and Albert Callnan, Clonakilty.
The head of the Dunmanway McCarthys, Gerry na Duna, eloped c 1750 with a iss Calnan of Clonakilty they later separated.
From the Southern Star:
1798 Leader in Clonakilty: Interesting story of Dr William Callanan
The Southern Star, Saturday February 4th, 1978
Many people regret that they allowed some old seanachaí to take his lore to the grave with him. Indeed, oral tradition often adds colour and warmth to our past. But it often falls down on accuracy and perspective. In recent years an old man, since dead, was certain that his grandfather had watched Cromwell burning Timoleague friary.
Fortunately, we know that even the grandfather’s…
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1893, ‘Triallam Timcheall na Fodhla’, ‘Let us wander round Ireland’ The Road and Route Guide for Ireland of the Royal Irish Constabulary by George A. de M. Edwin Dagg, District Inspector, including Dunmanway, Dunmanus, Durrus, Kicrohane, West Cork.
Some Cork Police: