West Cork History

JJ James (Jeremiah) Joseph Callanan, 1786 died Lisbon 1829, Cork Poet bridging Gaelic Irelad with Irish Literature in English, Aonghus Ó Dalaigh, poems.

The Trinity Alumini records record him as Pensioner admitted 6th July 1801, aged 15, Roman Catholic, son of Hogn Pyhsician educated Mr. Lee Vernon 1805 see Allibone.

Presumably a brother slightly different spelling ‘Callinan’ Thomas educated Mr. Barrington admitted 5th July 1802.

Walker’s magazine records a marriage in November 1779 between John Callanan MD and Miss Cooper, Barry’s Court, daughter of William. It is possible that Cooper is a version of Coppinger and might account for his schooling in Cobh.


From Dr. Casey collection.

It is forgotten but a section of the Catholic population survived and some thrived during the Penal Laws. The Callanans appear as apothecaries in Cork, Doctors, and are close to McCarthys, Nagles and O’Learys (of the ‘outlaw’ family Raleigh Macroom) and form a…

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