Snippets from the Life of a Busy Solicitor.  P. J. O’Driscoll, Bandon

Patrick J. O’Driscoll Solicitor, Cloughmacsimon, Bandon. 1898, apprenticed to Patrick Joseph McCarthy From farming family Knockanreigh, 1901 has Irish.  1911 all the family and servant have Irish. South Main St.   1914 secretary Bandon Agricultural Show. District Council 1914 assentors to Peter Murphy, Cavendish Quay. Attending funeral 1933, Joseph Cullinane, Solicitor, Clonakilty.  1933 Dr. J. J.Hennessy, P.J.O’Driscoll, Solicitor, J. Neville, Solicitor settling difference between shareholders of Bandon Co-Op.  1932 involved in company trying to attract sugar beet factory to Bandon. Message of sympathy 1923, Mrs. Nora O’Leary nee McCarthy Courtmacsherry, Woodlands, Dunmanway.  Wife of Jeremiah O’Leary Solicitor.    Funeral of  Maurice Healy (1859-1923), Bantry  Born Solicitor, Funeral 1941, Mrs. Rachel Wolfe nee Wood, Snugboro, Skibbereen, aged 95, mother of Jasper Wolfe, Solicitor buried Aughadown,.   Southern Star 25th January 1941    1944, 1947 Master Carbery Hunt.                                                                                                                                                    1937        Judge Calnan        Later High Commissioner, India        Funeral 1930 Mrs. Margaret nee Crowley, widow of Joseph Calnan, mineral water manufacturer and  stout bottler, Kilmoyle, Bandon        Her brother late Joseph Crowley, Chief Commissioner, Somerset House, London .  1944 Master Carbery Hunt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Attending the funeral 1950 of brother in law Father William Holland, PP Ardfield.  Father William Holland, Ardfield, Clonakilty,  (1876-1950). 1949 History of West Cork. Included genealogies of Barrys, De Courceys, McCarthys, O’Crowleys, O’Driscolls, O’Heas, O’Hurleys, O’Mahonys, O’Sullivans. 

Shebeen Dances. 1936 Solicitor Jasper Wolfe Attacks Pseudo-Virtuous Acts of Parliament. Charge of A Breach of Dance Hall Acts by Denis McCarthy, Bookmaker, Kilcrohane of having a Dance in His House. Dismissed by Justice.

1928.   Busy Bees Barred at Crookhaven But they Buzz Boisterously at Skibbereen Court. Jurisprudence of Bees in Crookhaven, Bees are Animals. Bees when Burned Evaporate.  Music Hath Charms to Soothe The Savage Bee. You Can’t Bring  The IRA Now!’  A Swarm of Bees in May is Worth a Load of Hay, in June A Silver Spoon, July not Worth a Butterfly.

Apart From the quarrelling neighbours the solicitors were Jasper Wolfe, still alive in West Cork folklore for his wit. One time Crown Prosecutor for West Cork later Independent TD and President of the incorporated Law Society.

The Other solicitor Thomas Healy, state solicitor for West Cork

1884, 1917 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.  1895 Funeral and wreath of Bantry Solicitor  Daniel O’Donovan aged 26.  Native Skibbereen: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. 1909 attending the funeral of Dr. William Jennings, J.P.   1914 RDC election nominated by Parish Priest Fr..Michael O’Callaghan.  1935 funeral of Dr.Edward Shipsey, Schull.  1937 attending Ned Roycroft, funeral. Roycroft had nominated him and supported him as TD,

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 late husband Tommy Camier  runs the Gotnagrough Folk Museum outside Ballydehob has the Wolfe Genealogies.  Included is Danno Mahony, Dereenlomane, World Wrestling Champion a Wolfe.

James Gilhooley (1847-1916), Fenian 1867, Irish Parliamentary Party MP, West Cork, Member ‘Bantry Band’, children at Four Mile Water (Durrus) National School.  In later years his election agent was Jasper Woulfe, Solicitor, Crown Prosecutor and later TD, Skibbereen.

1813-1879,1835, 1847 Timothy McCarthy Downing “Apprenticed to F.H. Downing, Kenmare. Solicitor in Skibbeeen 1836. , MP. His parents were Eugene and Nellie. Eugene was from Kenmare and Nellie hailed from Kilfadamore ? Back in 1876 Timothy proposed to change the name of Skibbereen to Illenmore or Illentown, which was voted down. ” Skibbereen 1847 distress meeting. as Clover Hill. Addressed meeting 1848 in Skibbereen to celebrate Liberation of William Smith O’Brien. Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education Prospect House 1859. Rental income from his estates £2,000. From around Kenmare and brother of Roger Downing, Merchant, Bantry also active in Repeal Told O’Donovan Ross he was a ’48’ man he had a cherished possession a green cap the 48 men had when they were on the run and he would have been the first to handle a pike if he thought it would be of any use but not with England’s Army and Navy.. “Downing McCarthy, (M.P. for Co. Cork) ; second son of Eugene Downing, Esq, of Kenmare, co. Kerry b. 1814 ; m. 1837. Is a J.P. and D.L. of co. Cork. First elected, 1868. Res.—Prospect House, Skibbereen, co. Cork; Reform Club, S. W.

1942 Patrick Walsh O’ Donovan, Solicitor, Clonakilty aged 74, Funeral. Came of Old Stock. Taught by Master Madden, at The Mountain, Ardfield, who also taught Michael Collins, Sam Maguire. Apprenticed to Henry T. Wright, Crown Solicitor whose Practice he Acquired. Admitted a Solicitor 1891. President West Cork Bar Association. 1903 One of the 3 Founders of Clonakilty Agricultural Society, Honorary Treasurer of Carbery Hunt and Race Committee. Tourism Pioneer. Built Inchydoney Hotel 1932. The Wright Brothers of Lawyers , Clonakilty