1952, Enormous Funeral, Skibbereen Closes Down, of Jasper Travers Wolfe, Born 1872, Solicitor, Crown Prosecutor West Cork, Three Times Elected TD, ‘He Had all of Munster as His Client’, First Corkman to be President Incorporated Law Society.

The Wolfes are  probably part of the migration of English Protestants  mainly from the West County to the Bandon area from the 1590s.  Ironically many were no conformist.  In time many of these families broke into three separate segments: Church of Ireland, Catholic and Methodist.  From church and other records it is likely that the Wolfes migrated westward from Bandon to the Skibbereen area and to the Mizen from the late 17th, early 18th  century.

Letitia Camier nee Kingston who with her husband Tommy Camier  runs the Gotnagrough Folk Museum outside Ballydehob has the Wolfe Genealogies.  Included is Danno Mahony, Dereenloman, World Wrestling Champion a Wolfe.

Jasper Travers Wolfe Solicitor, Crown Solicitor, TD “Norton, Skibbereen, 1st place Law Society Final Exam, Director Skibbereen Eagle member Governing Body, UCC. subscriber Zenith Marine Disaster, Baltimore, 1895. Returning officer west Cork constituency election agent James Gilhooley MP. 1906 consortium Richard Wheeler Doherty, Solicitor, Bandon, John Walsh, businessman, director Allmans Distillery, Bandon, Hugo Flinn, Fish buyer, Cork, Jasper Travers Woulfe, solicitor, Skibbereen, took over Skibbereen Eagle on death of previous owner. 1914 RDC election nominated by Parish Priest Fr..Michael O’Callaghan. Married Minnie elder d of George George Levis Vickery 2 daughters, grandson wrote biography. Fled to England after IRA threats April 1922 returned months later. Later received £3,000 from a claim of £7,670 for injury to is business and loss of income from the loss of his office for IGC. Letter to Eoin O’Mahony from Jasper Travers Wolfe, solicitor, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, regarding the Dail motion to remove Judge Edward McElligott from office, 1941 May 5. “Jasper Travers Wolfe was born in 1872, the third of nine children of William John Wolfe, a Methodist shopkeeper and his wife Rachel Wood. He was educated at the Bishop’s School, Skibbereen and passed the Law Society preliminary exam in 1888. Indentured in the practice of Thomas Downes, he obtained first place in his final exams, was awarded a gold medal and the Findlater Scholarship and admitted as a solicitor in 1893. His father died in 1894 after a long illness and Jasper established J. Travers Wolfe & Co. shortly after, quickly establishing himself as an expert in land law. ” 1915, attending funeral of Patrick J. Hurley, solicitor, Drimoleague.

His mother was a strict Methods and strongly disapproved of his card playing and moderate whiskey drinking

Daughter;

1952 Dorothy Wolfe Barrister, London “The following evening the Independent candidate Jasper Travers Wolfe (former Crown Prosecutor, later independent TD) addressed a meeting in Bantry. His campaigns were managed by his daughter Dorothy. In later campaigns she would speak personally in Durrus and Dunbeacon. She qualified as a barrister in London and became Lady Ungoed-Thomas when her husband, Solicitor General n the post war Atlee Government was knigh

Son in Law:

1904-1972 UNGOED-THOMAS, (ARWYN) LYNN (1904-1972) He was a British delegate to the Council of Europe in 1949. He served as Solicitor-General in 1949-51 and he was appointed a judge of the High Court in April 1962, a move which precipitated his resignation from the House of Commons. Ungoed-Thomas was born at Carmarthen on 26 June 1904, the son of the Revd. Evan Ungoed-Thomas and Katherine Howells. His father, a minister with the Welsh Baptist denomination, was a minister at Carmarthen for more than forty years. This background undoubtedly moulded Ungoed-Thomas’s views and character. He was in every sense very much the son of the nonconformist manse. Throughout his life he was never to forget that he was Welsh and a nonconformist. “died 1952 Dorothy Woulfe Barrister, London “”The following evening the Independent candidate Jasper Travers Wolfe (former Crown Prosecutor, later independent TD) addressed a meeting in Bantry. His campaigns were managed by his daughter Dorothy. In later campaigns she would speak personally in Durrus and Dunbeacon. She qualified as a barrister in London and became Lady Ungoed-Thomas when her husband, Solicitor General n the post war Attlee Government was knighted.

2nd Woman to Qualify as a Solicitor In Ireland his Apprentice:

1923 Dorothea Browne, later Mrs O’Reilly Mother nee O’Mahony, Ahagouna, Durrus, father Sergeant RIC died of Cholera Mitchelstown Workhouse 1900 leaving 8 children “Apprenticed to Jasper Wolfe, Skibbereen, then Crown Prosecutor for West Cork, later independent TD. 1920s, Dorothea Browne, 2nd Woman to Qualify as a Solicitor in Ireland. Her mother was Mrs. Brown, nee O’Mahony, Ahagouna. She went on to found the firm of PF O’Reilly with her husband which is still operational. Her husband later Fine Gael Senator and Taxing Master of the High Court. ” Grandmother Mercy Pier of Huguenot ancestry. “Telegram of sympathy fr her and husband P.F.O’REilly. Funeral 1941, Mrs. Rachel Wolfe nee Wood, Snugboro, Skibbereen, aged 95, mother of Jasper Wolfe, Solicitor buried Aughadown,. Southern Star 25th January 1941 “

At funeral Master JASPER UNGOED-THOMAS,

Grandson author of acclaimed biography:

Stories are still told in West Cork about Jasper Wolfe. He led a remarkable and dangerous existence in the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. A highly successful lawyer in Skibbereen, he was a strong supporter of Home Rule and gave an acclaimed speech at the rally in London in 1912 that launched the Irish Protestant Home Rule movement. After Easter 1916 he was appointed Crown Solicitor for the City and West Riding of Cork, and put the Crown case at the inquest into the murder of the Republican Lord Mayor of Cork. Having been thrice sentenced to death by the IRA, he became a defense lawyer for dissident Republicans after the Civil War. In 1927 he was elected to the Dáil as an Independent candidate. Jasper Wolfe was clever, convivial, and hard drinking. Personally fearless, he was cherished for the stories of his exploits. More seriously, he stood for an Ireland at peace and at ease with itself. ‘This book tells of the amazing relation between the Wolfe and Collins families.”” – Irish American News

Michael R Boland
Partner with Jasper Travers Wolfe, brother of Frederick Boland Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs President General Assembly United Nations. Uncle of late poet Eavan Boland. Funeral of Pat O’Leary, Solicitor,  Bantry, 1941. Fearless campaigner for development of West Cork in 1950s and 60s In Carbery Agricultural Show a class called after his memory “Attending funeral of  1942 Dr. Collins, Leap 1942, James Duggan, P.C., U.C.C., Judge in Sinn Féin Superior Court, Managing Director, Southern Star, Election Committee Michael Collins

1953, Jasper Travers Wolfe

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