West Cork History

On the 1st July the Lancaster Gazette carried a report on the Monster Meeting addressed by Daniel O’Connell.  Quoting the ‘Cork Examiner ‘, it repeated the reputed number of attendees of 500,000.

Daniel O”Connell arrived heading four stage coaches and a battalion of bands.  Parishes from all over West Cork were represented by crowds headed by the respective clergy of each parish.

Among the parishes were,

Bantry, Thomas Barry P.P.

Drimoleague,  John Ryan P.P., John Creedon C.C.

Kilmaceba,  Joseph Sheehan P.P.

Castlehaven, James Mulcahy P.P., Daniel Freeman C.C., Michael Ross C.C.

Aughadown, Maurice Geary P.P.

Durrus,  Richard Quin P.P.

In his address to the crowd Daniel O’Connell stated the it was for the right of every man over 20 years of age having a house, so they would  all have a vote except some idle gorsoons (young fellas), without a dwelling and who could not get some honest girl to…

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