The King’s Writ runs in West Cork from 1298 A.D. Sheriff in Cork paid £36.15.4d for having the King’s peace by Mathew, Richard, Thomas Barett, Richard son of William Barett Junior, Basilia Barett Lochlain O’Donovan MacCrom, Molise O’Donovan McIvor, William O’Donovan, Thomas O’Hea, James O’Brian, Dermot son of Neil O’Donovan, Thomas son of Alexander Roche, Gilliosa O’Hegarty and Auliff O’Tuohy.

This is from a lecture on the Illen Valley, Skibbereen given c November 1960 by John T Collins, Cork Historian. It is from the Paddy O’Keeffe papers Cork Archives.

Collins and O’Keeffe were part of a historical circle that included Bernard O’Regan, Aughadown, Emmet O’Donovan Clonakilty and Basil O’Connell (historian of the O’Connell family), Paddy Madden Cork Librarian. They were active in the 1940s 50s and 60s doing field trips research and in communication with leading figures in the Public Records Office, National Library.

The Paddy O’Keeffe papers have extensive references to their doings.