Ms. Carrie (Caroline Mary)  Townshend, (1859 -1951).  West Cork  and Dublin.  Popularity of the Irish Harp.  Teacher of Irish. Giving evidence in America of British Brutality During Troubles in Ireland.  Member Christian Science Church.  1915 Aeridheacht at Glandore with Madeline Townshend.  The name Caroline Townshend is known to only a handful of people in Ireland but if any deserves to be a household name, surely it is hers, for it almost entirely due to her efforts that the ancient Irish harping tradition became firmly re-established.

Re Peadar Ó hAnnracháin, (1873-1985). Peadar was a wonderful Conradh na Gaeilge organiser throughout a number of counties including Cork and he wrote several books as Gaeilge. He also wrote on the Southern Star as ‘Cois Life’ in the 1940s and 1950s. In that period he worked in the Pigs and Bacon Commission in Dublin.  The column often wandered over long lost history, family relationships and there was a touch of the ‘Seanachaí’ about them.  The daughter of the Gaelic Scholar, landowner and businessman in Ballydehob Thomas Swanton, Crianlarich, gave him her father’s papers.

The extended Townshend/Townsend family of West Cork have a rainbow of political opinion from bright Orange to bright Green.  Carrie is definitely on the Green wing.  One of the rarely matriarch of the family is Helen Gallwey alias Townsend1709 Wife to Philip Townsend and daughter to John Galway, of Cork, Esquire.  She is Ancestor of Skibbereen Townsends The Cork Galweys/Galways may be Hiberno-Danish in origin She appears in the Convert Rolls ac converting to the Church of Ireland due to the Penal Laws.


This account is very much in the style Peadar Ó hAnnracháin, (1873-1985).