West Cork History

Death 1983 in Cobh, Co. Cork of Miss Mary Swanton of an old Ballydehob Family, WW1 service, founder with her brothers of bus company serving Cork/Fermoy/Bandon/Macroom/Blarney/ Little Island, a Model of Efficiency before being taken over by CIE, her father Richard Swanton a member of the ‘Bantry Band’ with Tim Healy, Sullivans, Cullinanes  later resigned in protest against British policies as a Justice of the Peace, her mother Helene Genis of Paris related  to Nano Nagle and Edmund Burke and her family a line of Swanton Political Activists

Obituary by R.C. Thompson in Southern Star, Skibbereen,  5th November 1983 courtesy Ginnie Swanton, Seattle, USA.

The article touches on a tradition of politics with some of the Swantons.  Most of the family were Protestant either Methodist or Church of Ireland.  A Kilcrohane branch descends from a Ballydehob Mining Captain who married locally and the descendants are Catholic as are a number of…

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