West Cork History

From ‘Harvey’s Jocular Medley’, ‘The Annual Fair will be held on the 13th May 1738 at Donovan’s Leap, (West Cork) now called Tonson’s Leap in West Carbery. Affords a place where vast numbers of cattle may be exposed for sale. Free of customs and Tolls for three years. Having a glass of Whisky in a Tent at Balagurteen Fair (near Dunmanway), 1828 prior to emigrating to Canada.

The Tonson referred to is believed to descend from an illegitimate line of Sir William Hull of Leamcon, Schull from c 1600.

Fair from John T. Collins newspaper extracts, courtesy JCHAS

Ballygurteen from Eddy family papers, Canada.



Ballygurteen Fair 1828 from Eddy Family History Canada
Clifton Gloucester NB April 4th 77

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