1879, will of Rev. Daniel O’Connell, Parish Priest, Kilmoe (Goleen), £1,037 in Munster Bank, Bantry and Bank of Ireland Cork. 8 Shares Union Bank of Australia, 6 Shares London and Westminster Bank, 5 Egyptian Bonds/Preference Shares, 10 Preference Shares Eastern Telegraph Company, £100 in Notes and Gold, £200 for the Poor of Kilmoe and West Schull.

Will of Father O’Connell

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The general picture of 19th century Ireland is one wracked by poverty. This is true but there was also a significant middle class. This is reflected in the copies of wills which have survived. The estates show a degree of sophisticated financial knowledge which at first sight is surprising. A sample:


1888, John Acton, merchant, Bantry.   Money in books of Munster and Leinster Bank.

1872, Adderley (Arthur George) Bernard, Phale House near Dunmanway, Estate £1,700.  Money in Munster Bank, £300 on his life with Standard Life insurance Company.

1890, Elizabeth Connell, (her mark), widow, Knockraha, Aughadown.   Estate £336.  Money Munster and Leinster Bank.

1887, John Copithorne, Gentleman, Cork to be buried in Aughadown.  Estate £1,518. Two insurance policies for £500 with Star Life

1860, John Brien Corkery, Gentleman, Bantry.  Estate £200. Policy of assurance on life of Skibbereen Post Master John Rowan assigned to him, insurance on own life with Royal Exchange Insurance Office.

1873, Thomas Fitzgibbon, Castle Salem, Rosscarbery, Licentiate of Kings and Queens College of Physicians.  Estate £600. Purchased estates from Encumbered Estates Court, stocks, bonds.

1861, Joseph Helen, pawnbroker, Cork, Bantry connections.  Interest in life assurance policy 1840 taken out by John Bird, Bantry in the lives of Robert Young, Samuel Young, John Young for £700 with the North British Insurance Company.

1880, Samuel Jagoe, famer, Drimoleague. Estate £200.  Insurance policy £100 Star Assurance.

1870, John Francis O’Connor, Gentleman, Bantry. Estate £600. £500 held in trust for him by Colonel Aldworth (brother-in law of Lord Bandon), at  Munster Bank Bantry. 

1887, Father Patrick O’Flynn, Parish Priest Durrus Kilcrohane.  Shares in Cork gas company.

1859, William O’Sullivan, Esq., Landlord, Carriganass Castle, Bantry. Insurance policy for £2,000, money vested in Government stocks and funds, all debts due to him by mortgage, judgements, bonds, promissory notes, bill of exchange.

1892, Ellen Levis, widow, Clonakilty. Estate £490.  Money in Monarch Building Society, Dublin.

1861, Philip Somerville, The Prairie, Schull. Estate £4,000.  Annuity of £50 per annum for wife charges on lands at North Liscaha and store at Schull. Commission purchased for son William Cameron Somerville for £600.

Very Rev. Daniel O’Connell, PP


Parish Of Birth


Colleges Attended

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination

St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare



Goleen PP : 1873 – 17/10/1879

Enniskeane CC : 1871 – 1873

Murragh and Templemartin CC : 1870 – 1871

Innishannon CC : 12/1857 – 1870

Carrigaline CC : 1853 – 12/1857

Drimoleague CC : 1851 – 1853

Goleen CC : 1849 – 1851

Date Of Death


Place Of Burial

Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, & St. Patrick’s Grounds, Goleen, Co. Cork