Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)

During the years of the troubles the man in charge of the R.I.C. in Millstreet was Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy. Likely a decent man, it is interesting to read that the local IRA said that they never laid a hand on the local police, which says enough in itself (the same is not true for the black and tans / auxiliaries that were here). A father of seven children, three were born here in the barrack, and all grew up here.
A Tipperary man originally, he joined the RIC at the age of 20, giving his occupation as a groom. He served first in Kerry at Tarbert and Castleisland stations for seven years, until he married  Johanna O’Callaghan of Droum in 1895. He was then transferred to Bantry where he spend time before being moved to Kilbrittain where he became first an acting sergeant in 1903, and then a full sergeant in 1905. Two years later he was moved to Millstreet where he was the Sergeant in Charge until the latter half of 1921 when he became a Head Constable.
When the force was disbanded in 1922, he went to live in Newbridge. He died in April 1938 at Kildare Infirmary, Athy.  [read more …] “Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)”

Frank Creedon of Adrivale, shot dead in 1921

Born in 1880 Francis Creedon was the son of Michael and Abby Creedon, farmers from Adrivale. In 1902 he joined the police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary, a peaceful time when a job as a policeman was seen as being well paid with a pension. He served in Armagh, Kerry,  Coachford and Blarney. He married Hannah O’Reilly of Blarney in 1916, after which he was moved to Clashmore, and Tallow in Waterford.

On the morning of Saturday July 2nd 1921, a blistering hot day, he and nine other policemen were sent on patrol from Tallow Police Barracks, which they did every day. This was at the height of the War of Independence and tensions were high. Unfortunately for the patrol, the I.R.A. had been observing their movements, and it was noticed that their usual procedure was to take different roads on alternate days on departure from the town. With rifles and machine guns, the I.R.A. took up positions in the Old Military Barracks, and on an adjoining hill on the expectation that they would move out by a certain road. However, the patrol went by an adjoining road which did not exactly meet the positions the I.R.A. had taken up.

In haste, those positioned on the hill fired early, leaving those positioned in the Old Barrack a couple of hundred yards away from their target, instead of 30 yards away as intended. Not ideal from an attacking viewpoint, which was further complicated by couple of loads of hay on the street during the attack.

When the firing ceased after about ten minutes, the ambush parties withdrew to Boultha, Ballynoe, and later to Castlelyons area. Constable Francis Creedon lay dead, two more policemen wounded, while the remaining policemen had rushed into some adjoining houses and escaped the fire. Francis had been killed in the first volley of firing and died immediately, shot in the head and above the heart.

He was buried in the middle of the night two days later July 4th at Drishane Cemetery, leaving behind a young wife and two small children. Nine days later (July 11th) the ceasefire was called and the War of Independence was over.  [read more …] “Frank Creedon of Adrivale, shot dead in 1921”

Collins / Sheehan / O’Hare of Cloghoulamore

Hello from Boston!
I’m doing some family history research, and my great-grandmother Mary Agnes Collins (Molly) came from Millstreet and emigrated to the US at about 15 years old.
Maria (Mary) Collins, baptised 5 December 1884″. Her mother is listed as Ellena Collins. The priest was “J. Martin”. And her location is listed as “CLOUGHOOLABEG“.
Does anyone know anything about this family or location?
I would GREATLY appreciate any tips or help. Many thanks!
Robert Pyles, Boston

Admin’s note: we have found out a good bit: [read more …] “Collins / Sheehan / O’Hare of Cloghoulamore”

William Byrne, Constable / Sergeant R.I.C (Millstreet 1914-1922)

A native of Carlow, William Byrne was an RIC constable who was stationed in Kilmurray until he married Mary Riordan from Crookstown.  He was moved away from Kilmurray after marrying (normal protocol), and transferred to Millstreet after marrying  in 1914,  and remained here until the breakup of the RIC in 1922, being promoted to sergeant in 1920.

[read more …] “William Byrne, Constable / Sergeant R.I.C (Millstreet 1914-1922)”

Martin Cahill, Constable R.I.C. (Millstreet c.1901-1920)

Constable Martin Cahill (#43535) was born in Clare in the 1850’s. He Joined the R.I.C in 1878, and was initially sent to Mayo where he stayed for seven years. At the start of 1885 he was transferred to Cork East where he was based in Clonbanin Barrack. A year later he married an Ellen Buckley who lived only a mile east of the station, at Skagh, near Derinagree. After getting married he was then transferred to Dunmanway, then Union Hall, and came back to Millstreet to be stationed there from 1901 to 1919. He and his wife had 17 children, of which 7 were alive in 1911. In Millstreet they lived at Pound Hill, and later at Minor Row. He left the police in 1920 on a pension when the real troubles were beginning to happen, after over 41 years in service, at a time when lots of officers retired because of low morale and a conflict of interest.

Four of their children died young in Millstreet, another five had died earlier in Union Hall. His wife Ellen died here in 1923, and the remaining family seemed to have moved to Killorglin where more got married. Martin died in 1932 in Killorglin and was (most likely) returned to Millstreet to be  to be buried with his wife.

Below are our notes on Martin and Ellen:  [read more …] “Martin Cahill, Constable R.I.C. (Millstreet c.1901-1920)”

Notes: O’Hares of Cloghoulamore

Ancestry: Denis O’Hare born 1877 (Jack Buckley – Buckley PRIMARY)
Ancestry Denis O’Hare born 1877 (Jack Buckley – Denis O’Hare Family Tree)


TODO: Can’t Find the Marriage of Thomas Hare and Mary Riordan before 1875 this would clarify for certain who their parents were 🙁

Birth of MARY HARE on September 20th 1875 at Cloholamore
Birth of Denis Hare on December 31st 1876 at Cloholamore
Birth of HONORIA HARE on September 11th 1878 at Cloholamore
Birth of Margaret Hare on September 18th 1880 at Cloholamore
Birth of Michael Hare on October 9th 1882 at Cloholamore
Birth of DANIEL HARE on November 1st 1884 at Clohoolamore
Birth of THOMAS HARE on November 22nd 1886 at Clohoolamore
Birth of JOHN HARE on February 27th 1889 at Clohoolamore
Birth of PATRICK HARE on March 28th 1891 at  Clohoolamore
Birth of WILLIAM HARE on December 23rd 1893 at Clohoolamore

1884 Death of Mary Hare, Cloghoolamore, wife of Denis Hare a farmer, 73 years

1898 Death of Denis Hare – at Cloghoolamore aged 88 – som Thomas Hare
Deduction: in the event that we can’t find any marriage details on the marriage of Thomas Hare and Mary Riordan.

Nora appears to have emigrated to the USA, sailing from Queenstown (Cobh) on May 13th 1900 on the Ivernia, and arriving in New York on May 21st – going to Brooklyn, paid by her sister (presumably her older sister Mary… TODO: had she emigrated previously??)

1901 census: Residents of a house 7 in Cloghboola More (Coomlogane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Hayre Thomas 48 Male Head of Family R Catholic
Hayre Mary 46 Female Wife R Catholic
Hayre Denis 24 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Margaret 18 Female Daughter R Catholic
Hayre Daniel 16 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Thomas 14 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre John 12 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Patrick 10 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre William 7 Male Son R Catholic

1909: Marriage of MICHAEL HEALY of Donoughmore and MARY HARE of Cloghoolamore on 31 July 1909

1911 census: Residents of a house 4 in Cloghboola More (Coomlogane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
OHare Thomas 65 Male Head of Family R Catholic
OHare Mary 64 Female Wife
36 years married
10 children
10 alive
R Catholic
OHare Denis 34 Male Son R Catholic
OHare Margaret 30 Female Daughter R Catholic
OHare John 22 Male Son R Catholic
OHare Patrick 20 Male Son R Catholic
OHare William 17 Male Son R Catholic

1913 Death of Thomas Hare – aged 62 – at Cloghoulamore. Daughter Margaret present at death

1915 Marriage of Denis Hare and Margaret Twohig of Ballinagree on 27th April 1915 in Macroom

1916 Birth of THOMAS HARE on 20 August 1916 (to Denis Hare and Rita Twohig)

1917 Marriage of WILLIAM WARD of Mallow and MARGARET HARE of Cloghoolamore on 25 September 1917

1918 Birth of JEREMIAH (Jerome) O HARE on 24 March 1918

1929: Birth of Joseph O’Hare on September 24, 1929

1962 Death of Denis O’Hare on July 27th 1962 at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork, from Cloghoola, Millstreet – aged 85

2003 Death of Victor O’Hare, Millstreet on  April 27th 2003 (Patricia O’Hare, Principal, Christ King Girls’ Primary School, Turners Cross, Cork.

2009 Death of MARGARET O’HARE, (née KELLEHER) (Cloghoula House, Millstreet, Cork) on Monday, December 28th 2009 (wife of Victor)

2011 Death of Jerome O’Hare on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Bungalow, Coole, aged 92

2014 Death of Reverend Father John Brendan O’Hare or Brendan as most knew him, died July 3, 2014 at his home in Apopka, FL. He was born September 24, 1929

2017 Death of Rev. Donal Joseph O’Hare, Wichita, Kansas, USA & Cloghoula, Millstreet, Retired Catholic Priest, died Sunday, March 12, 2017


A different Hare family from Cloghoulamore?

Marriage of JOHANNES (JOHN) SHEEHAN of BALLYDALLY and HANORIA (HONORA) HARE of CLOUGHOLAMORE on 27 April 1875, – her parents were John Hare and Helen Kelleher [civil]

(At first I thought this was Denis’ (1810-1898) sister, but this Hanoria must have been born after 1840, while denis was born around 1810 … 30+ years apart, so i don’t know where they fit in. TODO … try to figure this out)

… They had four children Timothy, Catherine, John, and Patrick, of which only Timothy and Catherine survived, and wife Hanoria died in 1886.

John Sheehan married his neighbour Ellen Collins in 1889. Notes on that family are in this article on Sheehan / Collins / Hare.



O’HARE Thomas [115] 18 May Probate of the Will of Thomas O’Hare late of Cloghanlamore Millstreet County Cork Farmer who died 11 September 1913 granted at Cork to Mary O’Hare the Widow and Michael Riordan Farmer Effects £225 []