From Southern Reporter and Commercial Courier 29th September 1832.
More Arrests. The Reverend Messrs Quin and Kelleher the Roman Catholic Clergy of Meentervaria (Durrus Parish) West Cork, were arrested on Saturday on the 15th for having attended at a Tithe Meeting. Bail was immediately procured in the person of Richard O’Donovan Esq., and Timothy O’Donovan, Ardahill (Kilcrohane).
They appeared in the Criminal court in Cork 1832 under the newspaper heading ‘Wallstown Tithe’ defended by Fergus O’Connor, BL.
Of the persons named Father Quin was one of six Tipperary Priest seconded to Cork Dioceses, a modernised he built churches, schools and commence registration of births and marriages.
Richard O’Donovan had an estate at Fort Lodge the house owned by Mr. Ryan now in disrepair is currently for sale. Either his father or grandfather bought the estate and the one of his brother’s Timothy from the Lord Riversdale family. His grandfather Richard O’Donovan was at the University of Toulouse in France in 1740. Probably not by coincidence at that time the elder branch of the O’Donovans, General O’Donovan of Bawnlahan (Myross) was related to the Riversdales/Tomsons/Hulls through the General’s mother Jane Beecher.
Another brother Doctor Daniel O’Donovan had an estate at Caheragh and lived at Norton Cottage, Skibbereen.
Timothy O’Donovan of Ardahill, Kilcrohane not to be confused with Timothy of O’Donovan’s Cove, comes from a branch originally from Dunmanway, apart from a gate there is no remain of that estate.
The Anti Tithe campaign in Muintervara was successful as sometime after at a monster meeting on Mount Gabriel the O’Donovans were praised for their success.
The O’Donovans were also involved in the 1840s in the campaign to have their relation Rickard Deasy, Queens Counsel, elected as MP. By getting their tenants who were entitled to vote to Cork they ensured the election of Deasy in a tight contest. He was later Attorney General for Ireland and a Judge. His sister was married to Doctor Daniel O’Donovan. Deasy is of the same family as Rickard Deasy who was involved in the farmer protests of the 1960s agains the then Minister Charlie Haughey.
The tithes of the Dioceses of Cork and Waterford were acquired by Richard Boyle, The Great Earl of Cork c 1620s. It was regarded as underhand for little or not consideration despite calls for a public enquiry nothing was done. the Tithes for the Durrus and some adjoining area were acquired by the Durrus Evansons c 1750 from the Riversdales/Tonson/Hulls who probably acquired them through marriage or purchase from Hull.
The Tithes were a considerable tax amounting to perhaps a tenth of the produce of arable land. It was divided up between the tithe holder and the local Church of Ireland (State Church) Minister. In practise they were often farmed out to tithe proctors whose methods were brutal and effective.