West Cork History

Report on Popery, 1731 setting out Masshouses  and Popish Schools in Co. Cork, Drinagh,  Inchigeela 7 sheds, Killaconenagh (Castletownbere) swarms of Priests are constantly going to and from France, 600 families in Parish of whom 12 are of Reformed Church, , Kilmoe (Ballydehob), Friars frequently landing from France and dispersing throughout the country, copied from documents in Bermingham Tower, Dublin Castle probably destroyed in 1922.

The Bermingham Tower was the precursor of the Public Records Office in the Four Courts the course of much adverse comment int eh 18th and 19th century for neglect, dampness, rats eating records.   The replacement PRO was widely admired at the time for its modern design, blown up by Patriots in 1922.

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In assessing the Penal Laws it is worth bearing in mind that in France broadly similar laws were passed but with the exception that they were applied to their own people…

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