Donemark is part of the drumlin belt around Bantry good land.
1760s, Lease renewal to Richard Mellefont, Esq., by Kenmare Estate of Donemark, Bantry, West Cork for Three Lives Mellefonts Father had Vastly Improved and Enclosed Fields of a Proper Size with Well Planted Ditches and Had Fish Palaces Redundant Due to Flight of Pilchards.
Donemark is by legend the place where people first came to Ireland.
This lease adn similar ones on the Bantry estate mark a period of the development of the modern landscape and field lay out with planted ditches.
David Mellifont, 1794. Donemark, Bantry, Superseded 1810-30, Middle man on Lord Kenmare estate. Game Cert 1802. William O’Sullivan, Esq., Carriganass Castle, native Ahill purchased Carriganass from David Mellifont, Donemark in 1817 for £250 and £50 rent. O’Sullivan prominent in anti tithe, repeal. Died c 1825, significant debts, estate in chancery and litigation.
Richard Mellefont, 1766, Downemart (Donemark), Bantry. Kenmare Estate renewed lease of Donemark for three lives, his own, Christopher Earbery, Shandaragh and Mathias Hendley son of Roger of Downing, Co. Cork.