Subscription list of donations by the Gentlemen of the Parish of Bantry, sent by Father Peter O’Sullivan, Parish Priest of Bantry, West Cork, 8th January 1732 to Bishop Doctor Teige McCarthy Rabagh, against Penal Laws included are The Worthy Mr. Henry Gallwey £1-10-0, his generous and worthy son £1-3s, Nicholas Mead 5/5d, Andrew Morrogh, William Gallwey, John Casey, Patrick Skiddie, Cornelius Sexton, James Gould, Daniel Leahy, Robert Gallwey, and Richard Casey each contributed 2 shillings 8 pence halfpenny, Conformity and the Fishing Trade, Father Walsh parish priest of Durrus and Aonghus Ó Dalaigh, poet.

There is a query as to what coin 5s 5d and 2 shillings 8 pence halfpenny represented.

Some of the names Galwey, Mead, Skiddy, Morrogh, Gould were prominent Cork City Catholic Merchant names in the 17th century. It is likely that in 1723 they were involved in the fishing business and Continental trade which was thriving. Later some of the Galweys and Meads conformed to the Church of Ireland. In all probability this was a charade to protect their mercantile interests as the clergyman officiating was Pastor Davies. They were in partnership with him in sending cargos of pilchards to Portugal in shares of one sixteenth.

This transcript was obtained by Father T. J. Walsh, he had been Parish Priest of Durrus in the 1960s and wrote a History Of Muintervara for the Capuchin Annual. He had a particular interest in the O’Daly Bardic School and especially the poet Aonghus Ó Dalaigh.Ó_Dálaigh

His sermons were speckled with such references which unfortunately were lost on his flock.






Gallwey Lawyers:

1861 Bryan Galwey Solicitor? Appearing in Bantry Quarter Sessions Skibbereen Eagle
1720 John Galwey London Inns, Middle Temple, King’s Inns Bantry, 3rd son father Henry Gent, Merchant, Papist, mother Mary Mellefont, Ballingarry (Ballingeary?), John conformed to the Church of Ireland 1729. Admission Middle Temple Register 1661-1781, Vol 1, Linen Hall Library Belfast. Sir Henry Blackhall, ‘The Galweys of Munster’




Gibson’s History of Cork, vol. 2, p. 1, points out that the Ronaynes were one of the twelve families from which during the period 1435-1610 the chief magistrate of Cork was chosen—the remaining eleven being those of Gould, Roche, Tyrry (Terry), Meade, Coppinger, Galway, Sarsfield, Morrogh, Skiddy (Scudamore), Walters and Lavallyn


Obituary Father Walsh: