West Cork History


Balllingeary, O’Riordan homeplace:


Raparees, Tories, Whiteboys, Anti-Tithers of Muskerry, The Mellifonts, First Boycott, Wife of the Bold Tenant Farmer, his cottage at Ballinascarty and Michael O’Riordan’s (Communist Party of Ireland) tribute to the Keohane Sisters Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Michael O’Riordan’s perents were from Ballingeary in the Barony of Muskerry presumably flúirseach sa Ghaeilge. West Cork is divided by a range of high hills rising from north west of Dunmanway which link up wiht the Caha Mountains north of Glengariff. The area to the south, the Baronies of Carbery, Bantry and Bere is bounded by the Atlantic and was heavily planted with English settlers from the early 17th century, pre famine it had one of the highest rural population densities in the world. The Barony of Muskerry is linked to the other areas by the Pass of keinemeagh and Cousane Gap built by Richard Griffith in the 1820s. It…

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