James Gilhooley (1847-1916), Fenian 1867, Irish Parliamentary Party MP, West Cork, Member ‘Bantry Band’, children at Four Mile Water (Durrus) National School.  In later years his election agent was Jasper Woulfe, Solicitor, Crown Prosecutor and later TD, Skibbereen.

His grandfather was probably from Sligo.

Dr John Wood Levis (trained Edinburgh) 1901, died 1913 after 26 years service in Durrus. In 1894 he was submitting reports to the Bantry Union warning of the danger of fever in Durrus the village pump had been sent to Perrots in Cork, for repair and five months later was not returned.  The village was taking its water from the river which was polluted with the sewage of the village and dead dogs and cats.  He applied for a salary increase in 1904, he had been receiving £100 with £10 as of Health, at the time the nurse’s salary was £30.  In 1910 together with T Shannon, Brahalish he was an assenter to James Gilhooley MP.







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