In the 18th and early 19th century the Church Wardens played a pivotal role in the administration of the county.
Prior to 1869 and Disestablishment the Church of Ireland was the Irish State Church. The parochial select vestries looking at surviving records sat twice a year. The first sitting was on Protestant Parishioners and dealt with Church Business. A later sitting often included prominent Catholics in the area and civil matters were administered which included liaison with the Baronial Constable in the collection of cess and rates, care of foundlings, burial of the indigent dead and road maintenance. Church wardens were prominent local citizens mostly Protestant sometime a Catholic appears as Colonel Limrick (of East India army) a member of the Catholic branch of the Limrick family of Castlehaven.
For generations people from the west settled around Carrigaline to benefit from the prosperity of the Cork Harbour area. Some of the family names among the church wardens have West Cork links. The Ronaynes were one of 12 medieval families who controlled Cork. Later they had property interest in Drimoleague and Caheragh. Family members are buried in the old cemeteries there. The Jagoe family prominent in Dunmanway. Dormans married into Whites of Bantry. The Coughlans may be a branch of that ancient family of Catrrigmanus, Glenn who became Protestant around 1600 and were allies of Richard Boyle and the Hulls.
Carrigaline Church of Ireland, Co. Cork, Marriages 1726-1792, Baptisms 1724-1756, Carrigaline Church Wardens 1725-1792
Schools 1835, Abbeymahon, Ballinadee, Ballymodan, Brinny, Caheragh, Carrigaline,, West Cork, Commissioners of Public Instruction.
Tithe Meeting Speech in Irish at Carrigaline, Co. Cork, 1832 as reported in the Mercantile Chronicle.
Native Speakers Carrigaline, Co. Cork, 1919