David Cagney in the newspaper letter is thanked for his kindness in providing free lime to his tenants to Whitewash their cottages.

This is probably the Alexander O’Driscoll of Crookhaven referred to Post 1817 Florence McCarthy (The Grinder) Crookhaven 1817 married Mary grand daughter of Morty Óg O’Sullivan. He is believed to have taken own life. He sister married 1816 Alexander O’Driscoll, Crookhaven Another of her sisters Mary married Amos Bennett, Schull Paddy O’Keeffe, Bantry


David Cagney, (1806-1885), Cork.   1840 petition for Catholic Equality, voted 1850 for Denis Galwey as High Constable for Ibane and Ballyroe (Clonakilty), Member Election Committee, Alexander McCarthy 1855.  Famine Relief 1847.  Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education 1859, subscriber 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork. 1877 donor Newcestown Church Spire.  Probably David Cagney, died widower aged 79, merchant, 1885, Parkgariff, Monkstown.  Probate £68,639 to Francis Cagney and Thomas Francis Lyons, merchants.

Michael Cagney -1861), 1857, Tivoli, sworn in by John Besnard J.P.. Police Court, Paradise Place, Cork, 1857.  Besnard family of Huguenot descent ran a major sail making factory in Douglas.  Wife Mary O’Regan she a descendant of Sit Teague O’Regan whose lands at Leap were restored under the Treaty of Limerick, 7 sons. 1840 calling for Testimonial to late William Crawford Cork benefactor.  Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic  education 1858. Subscriber 1861 Rev. Gibson’s History of Cork. Probate 1861 to widow Louise?, £9,000. The Clonakilty lands were sold to the tenants under the Land Purchase Act 1903

Alexander O’Driscoll

Not known if he was in jail or at home when he died of cholera.


Colourful character, dismissed and reinstated as a Magistrate. May have been charged after whipping a young boy during a hunt at Shepperton.

His father Timothy was an excise man known as ‘Tim the Gauger’ appears in multiple deed wj the Beechers on the Mizen Peninsula.

He was a ‘Lay Impropriator’ of part of the tithes in the Parish of Kilcrohane. 1831 Kilcrohane (Cill Chrócháin) tithes applotments. The Commissioners appointed to value were William Symms, William Pearson, certified 13th February 1831, Parish of Kilcrohane (Cill Chrócháin), 18,353 acres, value, £2,435.2 shillings. Apportioned as to Rev. Alcock,Vicar Durrus, £170, 45?, Alexander O’Driscoll, Esq., Lessee of Lord Donoughmore, £170, 45%, Nathaniel Evanson, Esq., £30, 10%, lessee of Lord Riversdale.

In the 1827 tithe applotments he is a middleman on numerous townlands in the Parish of Schull

Captain Alexander O’Driscoll, 1827, Clover Hill, Superseded 1810-30, Restored 1843. Norton Cottage, Skibbereen (two of the same name at time), Ancestor Alexander married daughter of McFineen Dubh O’Sullivan, son of Tim ‘The Gauger’, sister Mrs Freke of Baltimore Castle.  1820 signed Memorial for new road Glengariff to Castletownbere.  Married to the daughter of Thomas Attridge, Ballydehob. Correspondence with Chief Secretary appealing dismissal of 1820.  Bridge at Bawnlahan 1820.  1822 supporting new road Skibbereen to Bantry. 1822 subscriber as Clover Hill, Church Building Fund Durrus, he held tithes in Kilcrohane with Rector and Rev. Alleyn Evanson. Present at enquiry Skibbereen 1823 into enquiry into fatal affray at Castlehaven caused by Rev. Morritt’s tithe extraction. Grand Jury Presentments attending 12 from 1838-1840 at Norton Cottage.  Probably engaged with his crew in marine salvage of Clio out of Crookhaven 1825. 1826 City election voted O’Callaghan conservative.  Voted 1835 election as out of town Freeman address Shepperton. Public support for him on dismissal 1835 by fellow Magistrates Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Samuel Townsend Senior, Samuel Townsend Junior, Hugh Lawton, Thomas Somerville, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Richard Townsend Senior.   Enquiry attended in Bandon 1841 into suspension arising from conduct with Stipendiary Magistrate J. Gore Jones and Sub-Inspector Andrew Creagh  attended Earl of Bandon, Lord Viscount Bernard, on. H. White Hedges, Macroom Castle, Henry Bernard, Castle Barnard, Abraham Morris Dunkettle, Captain Henry Wallis, Drishane Castle, Lieutenant Colonel St. John Clerke, Overton House, William Cooke Wallis Junior, Castlecook, Mathias Hendley, Mountrivers, Henry Leader, Mount Leader, George Browne, Coolcower, St. Ledger Aldworth, Newmarket, Charles Evanson, Carlemont, Cork, Sir Thomas Deane, Thomas Hungerford, The Island, Nicholas Dunscomb, Mount Desert, Richard Henry Hedges Becher, Hollybrook, Skibbereen, John Isaac Heard, Kinsale, John Wheeler, Junior, James Gillman, Retreat, MD, Clonakilty, Thomas Herrick, Coolkerry, Captain R.A. Rogers, Petersfield, Michael Gallway, Gurtnagreena, John Nason, G. Nagle, Ballinamona Castle, Samuel Wallis Goold Adams, Jamesbrook, Jeremiah E. McCarthy, Rathduane, William F. Austen, Greenshela, Thomas R. Sarsfield, Ducloyne, Arthur Pery Aylmer, Castlefreke, Thomas Cuthbert Kearney, Garretstown, Joseph Haynes, Maryland House, Charles Connell, Cloverhill, John Barter, Cooldaniel, Francis G. Woodley, Leeds, Lawrence Corban, Maryville, E. Millett, MD, Cove.  1841 supported Conservative Longfield Longueville, Mallow even though Catholic hosted meeting attending John Ross, Rossford, Thomas Morris, Mahonagh, Thomas Wood, Dereeny,  Listed 1838, dead….. with address Mount Music/Bunaulin, Caheragh when daughter Kate married Herbert Baldwin Esq., 1845. 1835 Subscriber at Gortnascrena, Skibbereen, Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837.   Suspended for a period as J.P. reinstated after altered by a sitting of over 70 Magistrates in Bandon from both political sides.  1828 Bandon Quarter Sessions. His lands are managed by Bird. Member Provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845, address Norton Cottage.   Believed to have been committed to a debtors prison in Cork by his wine merchant where he died. Norton Cottage was lived in once by Dr. O’Donovan, J.P., and bought 1925 by Jasper Woulfe, Solicitor, Crown Prosecutor and TD, 


There was another Alexander O’Driscoll around the same time a Magistrate in Caheragh and another in Cork