West Cork History


1837, Shipwreck Orelia of Plymount, on Bere Island. Efforts of Edward Puxley, Lloyd’s Agent and Patrick O’Sullivan.

‘Big’ Patrick O’Sullivan, Millcove: Castletownbere. Died 1863.  Lord Bantry Estate appointed as Seneschal   Not legally qualified.  Parliamentary Report 1837, Eppi.  Baronial collector since 1825 deputy Denis Murphy (Irish speaking) as collector.  Appointed fit and proper person to conduct 1831 Census with Mr. W. Murphy.  Seneschal of Altham, Mill Cove, Berehaven, Bantry and Donemark from 1843.  1841 organising voters from Beara in Conservative interest.  Sitting as Grand Juror, Cork 1842, 1844, Cork County Agriculture Society Dinner 1842.  Distributing  in Beara  New England Famine Relief 1847. Millcove. leased by Patrick O’Sullivan from the Earl of Bantry’s estate in 1852 when it was valued at £14. O’Sullivan worked as an agent for the White estate.  A deeply unpopular Landlord local tradition has it that he used to blow his bugle outside the Church…

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