West Cork History

Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier26 March 1825

1825.  Bantry, West Cork.  Grievance of Opulent Catholics excluded from Quarter Sessions Juries in Preference to Protestants Having No Property but a Half Pay of £40 a Year,

Father Collins Evidence to Select Committee of the House of Commons.

The reference to half pay is officers retired from the Napoleonic Wars.  Bantry historian reckoned there were 22 such officers in Bantry including some Catholics.

The reference to man worth £3-4,000 is probably JOhn O’Connell, the brewer McCarthy of Skibbereen:

John O’Connell Esq., Bantry.

Born 1790/1.  1816 deed as John Connell, shopkeeper, eldest son of Jeremiah (shopkeeper) and Catherine, on her death he sells interest in Bantry dwelling house to brothers Morgan 1792-,  (later merchant Liverpool) and Patrick (4th son) 1796, witnesses brothers James (later merchant, Cork), Castletown, Daniel, Reendonegan, all Gents.

1822, property at Glaunathanna leased by William O’Sullivan, Esq., Carriganass…

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