West Cork History

Castletownbere Petty Sessions, Co. Cork, October 1839, Timothy O’Donovan JP of O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus. Seeks to Ensure the Rule of Law is Adhered to.


Tomothy O’Donovan was one of the first Catholics appointed as a Magistrate in Co. Cork in the early 19th century.

Southern Report from Cork Commercial Courier dated the 17th October, 1839:

Controversy at Castletownbere Petty Sessions Court – On Monday the Court opened at ten o’clock with the following Magistrates:

J.G. Jones
Richard H. Beecher
H. Townsend
Samuel Hutchins
Timothy O’Donovan of Donovan’s Cove
J.G. Jones in the chair

Mr. O’Donovan addressed the Court and said he felt reluctant to interfere in matters of local jurisdiction out of his own district, yet as a Magistrate of longstanding in the county of Cork he felt bound to protest against certain proceedings of two or three Magistrates assembled here on Saturday last, when it establishes a precedent…

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