1877. 650 Men Working Night and Day to Open Skibbereen Railway

1877 the Cork Examiner report July 1877 of the opening of the Skibbereen railway reported that it was financed by a Cork Grand Jury Baronial advance of £53,000 at 5%, a Treasury loan of £40,000 and that a significant proportion of that  was expended on the Parliamentary process to enable an authorising Act in London.  The solicitors involved in London,  Norton Rose still extant.

In the prospectus for the projected Bandon to Bantry Railway in 1845 the promoters said the cost of moving freight from Skibbeeen or Bantry to Cork was £1 per ton. Wiht the opening of the railway they anticipted the cost would drop to just over 6 shilings per ton.




Daniel Donovan

David Hadden

John Levis, Glenview

S. W.  Levis, Coroner

Dr .McCormack, Goleen

Dr. Popham, Bntry

Samuel Robinson

Dr. Swanton, Bantry

Dr. Sweetnam, Schull

Magistrates Present

Sir J. Arnott

William T. Barry, Resident Magistrate

Lord Bantry

T. E. Barrett, Carriganass Castle

Sir H. W. Becher, Baronet

R. H. Beecher,

Lord Carbery

William Crawford, Cork

M. Cullinane, Bantry

Timothy McCarthy Downing, M.P

J.  H. De Burgh, Union Hall

B. Fleming, New Court

R. Hungerford

Jagoe, Ballydehob

John Limrick, Union Hall

W. H. Massy, Macroom

Adam Meade, Dunmanway

Adam Newman

Richard Newman

M. L. Perrier, Cork

F. D. McCarthy, Glencurragh

McCarthy Morrough

J. W.  McMullan, Cork 

Michael McNamara, Cork

William McNamara, Cork

Captain Morgan

Isaac Notter

Richard Notter

The O’Donovan, Chaired

J. W. Payne, Bantry

W. L. Perrier, Cork

Joseph Pike, Cork

Colonel Powell

Colonel Shouldham, Dunmanway

Colonel Somerville, Drishane

Captain Somerville , The Prairie

Geoge Robinson

James Hutchinson Swanton, Dublin

G. Warburton, Resident Magistrate

Military or Ex Military  Present

Captain Morgan

Colonel Powell, Bawnlahan, Leap

Major Robinson

Colonel Shouldham, Dunmanway

Colonel Somerville, Drishne

Captain Somerville, The Prairie, Goleen

Captain Wright, Bandon

Solicitors Present 

T. Downes

J. E. Marshall