West Cork History

Progress of Island and Coast Society Proselytising Education activities in West Cork, 1853, Bere Island, Capaneel, (Muintervarra; Doonore, Roskeera, Rooska, Geahies), Dunmanus Bay then Irish speaking, Here Island, Sherkin Island, Cape Clear, Kilcoe.


The Society had its roots in the Religious Controversies within the Church of Ireland in the 1820s and 30s and a reaction against Catholic Emancipation.

Among the figure involved in those times was the Rev. Caesar Otway, a somewhat exotic character combing the role of vigorous Orangeman as well as Antiquarian, Celtic Scholar and editor of the Dublin Penny Journal. He was a patron of William Carleton.  He travelled in the 1830s from Schull to Durrus and remarked at the industry of local farmer carrying creels of seaweed up the hill in Dunbeacon before the present Mine Road was built.



The Societies activities in Cork involved the Rev. Nagle and probably the Rev. Crosthwaite…

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