West Cork History

Old Caheragh Church and Caheragh Poets in Irish, Na Baróidigh, (Seán, Seámus, Riocárd) Lissane, Donnacha, Muiris and Paul Ó h-Anngáin, Donnacha Ó Briain, Diarmuid Ó Crualaoich, Mícheál Óg Ó Longáin (lived later Glanmire), Church Bell Provided by Patrick Rocky Mountain O’Brien of Dromore.

Thanks to Peter O’Driscoll, Aughaville now San Francisco.

It is difficult as you drive from Drimoleague to Skibbereen over the improved farmland now used for intensive dairying that pre Famine, Caheragh was one of the most densely populated, non urban areas in the world.  The parish had a population of more than 10,000.  It was along with Drinagh and Castlehaven in the 18th century  a centre of Gaelic Poetry.   Eugene Daly in the Skibbereen Journal has recently published an article giving more details:

In the records of mid 18th century the Catholic Church in Caheragh was a small shed and cabin:


The old church was…

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