R.I.C. Nominal Returns for Millstreet

At the start of each year, the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) gave a nominal return (listing) of all personnel in each county with details of their service number, rank, name, barrack, religion, appointment date, marriage status, and sometimes other information. The R.I.C. remained in Millstreet until January/February 1922 when the Barrack in the Square was taken over. Below are the details of the personnel listed in those nominal returns for the Millstreet Barrack:

8th Jan 1910

Service # Rank Name Religion Appointment Date  
52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 /
1-11-04
56316 Bransfield John RC 01/02/94 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
56899 Flynn John RC 01/05/95 M
58402 Sullivan Thomas RC 15/08/98 M
56257 Patrick Sheehan RC 02/01/94 M

 

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Sergeant Thomas James Deegan, R.I.C. Millstreet 1915-1922

There’s an interesting article on the RIC Facebook page  on one RIC member Thomas Deegan who was the last Sergeant in  Millstreet when it was disbanded. He had arrived as a constable in 1915, and was promoted to Sergeant on March 1st 1921 [RD]:

“After years of wanting to visit the archive centre at Kew I eventually did it yesterday. My grand father and great grandfather were RIC constables. My great grandfather Thomas Deegan 29408 was appointed 12.4.1864. He was 5ft 111/2ins, from Queens County and aged 20. He was pensioned off 1st Aug. 1879 at the age of 35 after 15 years 3 month service in the Dublin Docks. After being pensioned off Thomas Deegan became a bank messenger and later lived above a bank on the North Wall, Dublin.
Thomas James Deegan 63563 was born in Common Street, Dublin 4th Nov 1881. He was appointed to the RIC on 16 Dec 1907 and discharged by being pronounced unfit by the Surgeon on 18 Dec 1907. He was appointed again on 23 April 1908. He was initially stationed in Wexford. The RIC stayed in a large house/post office near to Bridgetown. On the 1/10/1915 he was moved to Cork W.R. and he worked and lived in Millstreet. He remained there until the RIC was disbanded 07/04/1922. Because of the hostility towards the RIC at this time he was moved to Stamford, England and lived in Rutland Road. My father recalls other former RIC constables living in the same street.”

It was posted by James’ grandson Ron Deegan, who also posted a photo of James with his wife Ellen (Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford), and their four children [ref].

“A photograph of my Grandfather Thomas James Deegan and his family.This would have been taken a couple of years after the RIC were disbanded. My father Harold Deegan was the boy on the right standing next to his mother. Her maiden name was Ellen Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford” [rd]

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Another of Thomas Deegan’s grandchildren Holly Andreosso “Journeyed to Ireland from Canada, in 2015 to find my mother’s actual place of birth, March 13, 1918…this house, known as ‘The Barracks’, Millstreet, Co Cork….”. She posted photos on the Forgotten Ireland FB page.

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“A group of Royan Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) stationed in Millstreet c. 1921” – from Millstreet Museum. The little girl in front is Patricia Deegan, with her father Sergeant Thomas J Deegan.

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Birth of Thomas James Deegan on fourth November 1881 at 21 Common Street, North Dublin – father: Thomas Deegan 32 Commin Street, Port and Docks Constable – mother: Anne Deegan née O’Reilly.

Marriage of Thomas Deegan and Ellen Walsh on 24 May 1915 in Wexford

Birth of Harold Francis Deegan on 27th June 1915 at Sweet Mount, Bridgetown – to Thomas James Deegan, Bridgetown, Constable RIC, and Ellen Deegan (Walsh)

Patricia Deegan: born 13th March 1918 at the Barrack Millstreet – Eveline Gertrude Patricia – Female – father: Thomas James Deegan, The Barracks Millstreet, Constable Royal Irish Constabulary – mother: Ellen Teresa Deegan née Walsh – Michael Fitzgerald assistant registrar. (She was born in the day room at the Barracks)

 

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Read More: Deegan Family RIC Members remembered – “… In 1995 I went with my father to Ireland and visited the places he remembered as a child. He pointed out the large house just outside Bridgetown where the RIC where posted. We also went on an interesting journey around Millstreet. We found the remains of the barracks at the rear of a shop that had been built on the spot where the barracks were. At the rear of the shop we were shown a large gate that was leaning against a wall. We also saw the remains of what my father referred to as the day room. A room that he had been taken to and spent time there where he had seen what ever went of in the barracks yard.”

Lest We Forget (10)

(Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail, the Irish Bulletin.)

LEST WE FORGET (10)
THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND BY THE MILITARY AND POLICE OF THE USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT, AS REPORTED IN THE DAILY PRESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 25th, 1919.

The sentences passed on political offenders in the six days above mentioned totalled three years and three months.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 1919.
Arrests:- Capt. Rev. Thomas J. O’Donnell, an Irish Australian Army Chaplain was arrested at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. The charge is unstated. Fr. O’Donnell is now under close guard and is not permitted visits even from his law advisers. Mr. Joseph Birrells, Dundalk, recently released from Belfast Prison in broken health was rearrested by armed military and police. Military and police surrounded and arrested 25 young men who were spending their Sunday on the hills outside Dublin. They are being detained on a charge of illegal drilling.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (10)”

LEST WE FORGET (9)

[Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail, the Irish Bulletin.]

LEST WE FORGET (9)

THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND BY THE MILITARY AND POLICE OF THE USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT AS REPORTED IN THE DAILY PRESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 4th, ’19.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 1919.
[read more …] “LEST WE FORGET (9)”

Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling

Millstreet Museum Society  and Millstreet Website Team very much appreciate the wonderfully uplifting generous response to our recent Church Gate Collection in Millstreet.   The €2, 275.98 + €50.00 will greatly permit us maintain the two important local resources….meeting the costs (re the website) of web server and domain name….and (re Museum) the costs of insurance, heating, lighting and ongoing development.   Special thanks to Millstreet Community Council and Millstreet Local Lottery for splendid support.   And to those who contributed from abroad and who have direct Millstreet links – grateful thanks to All.   One may assist anytime throughout the year by using our dedicated Bank Account the number of which is: IBAN – IE22 BOFI 9058 0334 0531 43 & BIC – BOFIIE2D.

And so to our most recent delving into our Visual Archive of Millstreet Museum.   The date is 21st May 2000 when hundreds of people climbed (or were transported on the back of Tony Healy’s Tractor!) Clara Mountain marking the 50th Anniversary of the placement of the original Cross on Clara Mountain in 1950.   Mass was concelebrated in the presence of Millstreet Pipe Band and a wide cross section of people from near and far.   It was Tadhg O’Driscoll who unveiled the official stone plaque.   Here we share some 24 images from the truly historic occasion.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling”

Lest We Forget (8)

(Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail,
the Irish Bulletin.)

LEST WE FORGET (8)

The following are Acts of Aggression committed in Ireland by the Military and Police of the usurping English Government as reported in the Daily Press for week ending September 27th. 1919 :-

The sentences imposed in the 5 cases mentioned above totalled 3 years, 1 month.

Monday, September 22nd 1919.

Raids:– Some ten branches of the Cumann na mBan, (Irish Women’s League), were raided by fully armed Police in Co. Tipperary. In Co. Roscommon similar raids took place on several branches of the same league. Armed police raided the residence of Mr. Peadar O’ Hourihane, Irish Language Organiser, at Kinsale, Co. Cork, carrying away all letters and documents written in the Irish Language. Large forces of Military and Police raided three of the principal printing works in Dublin, Messrs P. Mahon; Cahill & Co. and the Wood Printing Press, dislocating the machinery. A similar raid took place upon the printing works of the “Dundalk Examiner”, Co. Louth. At Roscrea and Clogheen, police raided five newspaper shops and confiscated part of the stock. At Dundalk, twelve newsagent’s shops were raided and papers carried off. At Midleton, Co. Cork, armed police raided a newsagent’s shop and took away all copies of Republican papers.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (8)”

Henry Wallis (1790 – 1862) of Drishane Castle

High Sheriff for county Cork 1829 (TODO: any more years?)

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HENRY WALLIS, (1790 – 6 Jan. 1862) of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P, and D.L. High Sheriff. 1814, Lieut.-Col. South Cork Rifles,

Married 1st, Charlotte Forster (–1816), by whom he had

  • one son, deceased

Married secondly, 26 Dec 1827, Ellen (1897-1930), daughter of Grice Smyth, of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford, and sister of the Princess of Capua, and of Lady Dinorben  and had:

  • JOHN RICHARD SMYTH, (5th June 1827 – 27 Oct 1868) of Drishane Castle (see below)
  • Mary Gertrude, (Apr 1829 – 5 May, 1857) died unmarried.

For full details, see the lineage of the Wallis Family of Drishane.

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Marriage to Ellen Smyth

MARRIED: On Tuesday the 26th instant, in the Episcopal Church of Youghal, by the Lord Bishop of Cloyne; Henry Wallis, Drishane Castle, County of Cork, Esq. to Ellen, eldest daughter the late Grice Smyth of Ballynatray, County of Waterford, Esq. Immediately after the ceremony, the happy couple returned to Ballynatray, accompanied by the Lord Bishop and several members of the Smyth family, where the Christmas festivities are being kept up in the usual stylo of elegance, so peculiar to its present hospitable owner Richard Smyth, Esq. – [Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – Thursday 29 December 1825]

REJOICINGS AT MIILLSTREET. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK CONSTITUTION. Sir, —Having arrived here on Thursday the 2nd inst, I found the town a perfect seen of bustle, the assemblage was numerous and each individual seemed as if the business of the day depended exclusively upon his exertions; on enquiry I found that Captain Wallis and his amiable and accomplished Bride, were expected in town in the evening on their way to Drishane Castle, the beautiful seat of this deservedly esteemed Gentleman; and that the population had assembled for the purpose of evincing their respect and attachment, by general illumination, bonfires, &c. &c.
About six their approach was announced, when some thousands proceeded meet the happy pair, which they no sooner than in despite all remonstrance and entreaty, the horses were taken from the carriage, which they drew with deafening acclamations to the Castle, a distance of not less loan five miles. It is superflous to remark that the illuminatino was general, embracing even the must humble cabin, and that the bonfires were numerous not only in the Town, but eminence to a considerable distance. The following night some hundreds were entertained in the domain. I am, Sir, &c. &c. E. Millstreet, February 7. [Cork Constitution – Saturday 11 February 1826]

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Children

TODO: first child to miss foster

BIRTHS: On the 5th instant, in Dublin, the lady of Henry Wallis of Drishane Castle, in this Co. Esq. of a son & heir – [Cork Constitution – Saturday 09 June 1827]
BIRTHS:  On the Sackville-Street, the lady of Henry Wallis, Drishane Castle, County Cork, Esq. son and and heir – [Dublin Evening Mail – Wednesday 06 June 1827]

BIRTHS – At Sydney-Place, Cork, lady of Henry Wallis, of Drishane Castle, Esq., a daughter. [Limerick Evening Post – Tuesday 21 April 1829]
BIRTHS: At Sydney Place, Cork, the lady of Henry Wallis of Drishane Castle, of a son – [Dublin Morning Register – Thursday 23 April 1829]  (note: The “son” is probably a misprint and should be daughter)

TODO: did Henry and Ellen have two sons, as not mentioned in Burkes?

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Deaths

Feb. 25, in Bath. Grace, wife of Henry Wallis, Esq., of Drishane Esq., County of Cork, and eldest daughter of the late Grice Smyth, Esq., of Ballynatray, County of Waterford. He remans arrived Cork the Superb steamer, on Thursday evening, and were conveyed to the family vault in Millstreet Church. [Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent – Tuesday 09 March 1830]
(Shouldn’t Grace read Ellen?)

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Sherriff of Cork County

His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the following Gentlemen to High Sheriffs for the ensuing year
Co. Galway: Robt. Parsons Persse, of Castleboy, Esq.
Co. Monaghan, Richard Adams, Esq.
Co. Antrim, John Rowan, of Larne, Esq
Co. Cork, Henry Wallis, Westwood, Esq.
Co. Down, Arthur Innes, of Dromartine, Esq.
Co. Dublin, John Hamilton Esq.
Co. Kerry, Robert Leslie, jun. of Talbert, Esq.
[Saunders’s News-Letter – Tuesday 08 February 1814]

High Sherriff: 1814: Henry Wallis of Drishane Castle [List of High Sheriffs of County Cork]

DUBLIN CASTLE, 12th November, Names of Gentlemen returned by the Judges of Assises to serve the office of Sheriff for the ensuing year: … CORK— John Longueville, of Longfield, Esq. ; Henry Wallis, of Drishane Castle, Esq.; Standish Harrison, of Castle Harrison, Esq. … [Drogheda Journal, or Meath & Louth Advertiser – Wednesday 10 December 1828]

HIGH SHERIFFS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR. DUBLIN CASTLE, 25TH NOVEMBER, 1828. Names of Gentlemen returned by the Judges of Assise, to serve the office of Sheriff for the ensuing year: … CORK— John Longueville, of Longfield, Esq. ; Henry Wallis, of Drishane Castle, Esq.; Standish Harrison, of Castle Harrison, Esq. … [Saunders’s News-Letter – Monday 01 December 1828]

His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to approve of Henry Wallis, Esq., of Drishane Castle, being appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cork. Commission to bear date 30th June, 1835. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Friday 03 July 1835]

Deputy Lieutenant Sheriff for County Cork 1837 [The Dublin Alamac and General Registry for Ireland 1837, p186]

Question: is there a difference between High Sheriff and Sheriff?

The following is a list Magistrates for the county of Kerry, included in the new Commission, as recenred the Clerk the Peace Wednesday last : … Henry Wallis, Drishane Castle, Co. Cork … [Kerry Evening Post. – Wednesday 13 June 1838]

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Fashionable Mentions in the Newspapers

FASHIONABLE MISCELLANY. The Lord Bishop of Limerick and suite, and several other persons of distinction, arrived on Thursday last at Drishane Castle, the hospitable mansion of Capt. Wallis, in the County of Cork. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Saturday 10 June 1820]

FASHIONABLE MISCELLANY – … Arrived at Gresham’s Hotel, Sackville-street— Capt. Henry Wallis, of Drishane Castle, County of Cork, with his superb equipage… [Saunders’s News-Letter – Wednesday 08 August 1821]

On Wednesday evening last, the (Church of Ireland) Bishop Limerick, accompanied his son, Dr. Elrington, F. T. C. D. passed through Millstreet, on their return from Kerry. He dined Drishane Castle, the hospitable mansion of Capt. Wallace. Doctor Elrington preached the most interesting sermon previous the confirmation of over 100 persons. From Millstreet the Bishop proceeded to Mallow. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Thursday 12 September 1822]

KILLARNEY RACES. Killarney, Monday Night, June 30.— the four horses entered at the Curragh, for the Kenmare Stakes, only two started this day. The first heat was easily won by Mr. Creagh’s herse, Clan William, and in the second heat he distanced Mr. Croker’s mare Paragon. The assemblage of rank, fashion, and equipages, was very imposing. Amongst the most conspicuous were Lord Headley’s chariot and four, and the chariot and four of Mr. Wallis Drishane Castle. There scarcely a bed disengaged In the town, and the two balls promise fashionable overflow. [Dublin Morning Register – Tuesday 08 July 1828]

DEPARTURES yesterday at Conway’s Royal Hotel (Clonmel?) — Viscount Villars and suite on his way to visit the Lakes of Killarney, Miss Smith, Mr. John Smith and suite, for Ballinatray House, Captain Wallis and suite for Drishane Castle. [Cork Constitution – Thursday 28 August 1828]

TO BE LET, FROM THE FIRST DAY OF MAY NEXT, For such Term, as may be agreed on:THE MILL, and MILL LANDS of Millstreet. Proposals to Henrv Wallis, Esq, Drishane Castle, and Duplicates to HerbertO’Donnell, Esq. Coole-House, Millstreet. No promise of preference. April 10. [Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – Tuesday 13 April 1830] (TODO: move to Drishane)

A BOARD OF HEALTH has been established in the Town of Millstreet, which is composed of the Magistrates, the Clergy of all persuasions, and the Physician to the local Dispensary, for the purpose of purifying and cleansing the town, as well supplying straw and bed clothes to the destitute poor; to accomplish these objects a considerable sum has been raised by private contributions, including from Henry Wallis, of Drishane Castle, Esq. [Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – Saturday 10 December 1831]

PROTESTANT CONSERVATIVE SOCIETY OF IRELAND. The Society met on Tuesday at their rooms, Tims’s, 85, Grafton-Street, Alexander Montgomery, Esq., High Sheriff of the County of Monaghan, in the chair. The following gentlemen were announced by the Secretary as having been ballotted for and admitted since the last day of meeting :-  … Henry Wallis, Esq., Drishane Castle, Millstreet, County Cork; …  [Waterford Mail – Saturday 28 July 1832]

Lakes of Killarney — Fashionable Arrivals at Hegarty’s Hibernian Hotel — … Capt Wallis, Drishane Castle … Saunders’s NewsLetter – Friday 09 September 1836]

Arrivals Whitmore’s Club-House, Carlow: Lord Powerscourt, Lord Jocelyn, the Lord Primate of Ireland, the Horourable and Very Rev. the Dean of Ossory, the Earl of Donoughmore, the Earl of Glengall, Lord Howarden, Lord Carberry, Lord Amiens, Stephen O. Moore, Esq., County Tipperary, Lord and Lady Bovle, Lady and Miss Osborne, Hon. Randal Plankett, M.P., Robert Fowler. Esq., John Flood, Esq., the Marquis of Waterford, the Dowager Lady Carrick, Captain Wallis, Drishane, County Cork, Richard Smith, Esq., Ballinalray, Silver Oliver, Esq., county Cork, Abrafam Moiris, Esq., Dunkettle, County Cork, Nicholas Leader, Esq., Mount Leader, county Cork, &c., &co. [Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail – Saturday 04 February 1837]

LAKES OF KILLARNEY – The following are amongst the latest arrivals at the Hibernain Hotel, Killarney – The Right Hon Lord Limmers, St Eustace Leader, Esq, Mr and Mrs Leader of Mount Leader; Miss macCartie, Capt. Eustace and EB Hall Esq 82nd Regt; Captain Adams and Mr Grant, 10th Regt; Capt. St. Wallis, Drishane Castle …. [Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – Tuesday 31 July 1838]

CORK HARBOUR REGATTA – ADDITIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS – … …. Captain Wallis, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Drishane Castle £1 1 0 – [Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – Tuesday 23 July 1839]

CORK RACES – Thrusday – The course was very well attended. The first race was contested with great between Mr. Barry’s Ballysax and Dr. O’Neill’s Splendid; the former winning each hear by a length … … We noticed present several of the county gentry and gentlemen of the turf. James S Barry – courtenay, (Ballyedmond), — Morris (Dunkettle), A.D. O’Driscoll, Captain Wallis, (Drishane) were on the course. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Monday 28 October 1839]

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His Reported Murder in 1821

At first it was reported that Wallis had been one of the few not attacked, then it was reported that he had been killed, or mortally wounded, and finally that he had been attacked, and made a successful defence!!!

… By letters received from Millstreet, County of Cork, and its vicinity, it appears that there is not a gentleman’s residence from Kanturk to that town, with the exception of Drishane Castle, the seat of Captain Wallis – and Rathroe, the seat of Denis McCartby, Esq.-that had not t visited by those nightly disturhers, who prowl about in search of arms, and in most instances are successful… [Exeter Flying Post – Thursday 29 November 1821]

IRELAND. Dublin, Nov. 28 — Accounts continue to be received in Dublin, almost hourly, of new atrocities: … It has been stated to me this afternoon, upon very respectable authority, that Mr. Wallace, the late High Sheriff of the County of Cork, who resided at Drishane Castle, has been either murdered, or so badly wounded, that his life is despaired of. His house was attacked on the same night (Sunday last); and it is added, that he made a gallant resistance, and repulsed his assailants, not withstanding his having, early in the contest, received his wound. [Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser – Monday 03 December 1821]

Ireland.—ln our preceeding columns we have given continued narrative of the horrible disturbances in Ireland. We have to add to the melancholy recital another instance of barbarity, contained in a Dublin paper of Wednesday : —”Accounts continue to be received Dublin, almo6t. hourly, of new atrocities. Letters have reached to-day, from the neighbourhood of Newmarket, in the county of Cork, announcing the assassination of a most respectable gentleman, Captain Waters of that place. This murder was perpetrated by a band of ferocious monsters. Sunday evening. The particulars cannot be fully known until to-morrow.”— It also reported, that Mr. Wallace, late High Sheriff of the county of Cork, has shared the same fate at Drishane castle. Among other reported outrages the burning of a church to the ground in the County Kerry is mentioned. What a frighful picture of human depravity. [Chester Courant – Tuesday 04 December 1821]

The Dublin Papers since our last, gave account of another horrible murder on the body of Captain Waters, who resided in the vicinity of Newmarket, and of an attack upon Captain Wallace, of Drishane Castle, who made a spirited and successful resistance. An attempt had likewise been made to assassinate a gentleman near Roscommon, he was returning home on horseback, but the ruffians finding that was not their intended victim, they suffered him to depart. [Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette – Friday 07 December 1821]

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Whiteboys
(move to another article somwhere?)

On Thursday evening, William Preston White, Esq. of whose active services as a Magistrate we gave another efficient instance in our last, returned to this City, with the prisoners had taken on that occasion, whom he safely lodged the County Oaol, on the charge Whiteboyism, under the committal of Henry Wallis, Esq. of Drishane, who had zealously assisted in their arrest. The following are the names of the prisoners:— • Charles M‘Carthy, Denis M‘Carthy, Timothy Mac Auliffe, John Mac Auliffe, Daniel Shea, jun., Cornelius Shea, John Drum, Daniel Keeffe, Daniel Shea, senior, Jeremiah Shea, Garrett Cotter, J. Leary, William Geary, and Michael Brien.
Mr. White also escorted, on a similar charge, Cornelius Sullivan and Cornelius Herlihy, under the warrant of Hubert Hedges Eyre, Esq. Wednesday night the haggart of Mr. H. Huberts, of Snugburough, in the neighbourhood of Innishannon, was maliciously set tire, which six stacks wheat were entirely consumed. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Tuesday 22 January 1822]

William P. White, Esq. having received information, late on Friday night last, against a number persons concerned in the above horrid murder, proceeded the next morning to Millstreet, and with the assistance Sir Hugh Gough, K. C. B. Colonel of the regiment, and William Wallis, Esq. of Drishane Castle, and a party the military, they marched from Millstreet at 12 o’clock on Saturday night, to the Parish Kilcummer, (about half way between Millstreet and Killarney,) where they succeeded in apprehending eight men, one whom has given important information to Mr. White. [Saunders’s News-Letter – Thursday 14 February 1822]

Wm P White, examined — Remembers the 5th January ; was out to take prisoners, against whom he had information, when he met this party between Millstreet and Kanturk: Captain Wallis and Capt. Darcy, and 20 the 22d regiment, started from Drishane Castle about 11 o’clock, and remained out until four in the morning; took 14 prisoners, among whom were the two in the dock, and Breen, about four miles from Drishane, to the north of Millstreet. they were on two horses; Breen had a musket without a lock, and Cotter had a pistol. The prisoners offered no defence. [Belfast Commercial Chronicle – Monday 25 February 1822]
(i think cotter was deported to tasmania later – TODO find the article on cotter)

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[Ancestry – RobyneWalkerNZ]

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TODO: Connections between the Wallis and Smyth families from the early 1700s. Manuscript in the national archives
II.i.3.a. Legal costs of Richard Smyth [1706-1768],
Includes cost of Richard Smyth’s fine and recovery of part of his estate in Co. Limerick, 8 February 1729 and legal costs owed to Henry Wallis in case against White, 1749-1753.
http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000524325/Holdings#tabnav

The following are the principal Nobility and Gentry, through whose several Estates in this County the contemplated Rail Road will run Mr. Wallis, Drishane Castle, Augustus Yeilding, the M’Carthy Family, Mr. Cronin, the Park, the Herbert Family, Earl Kenmare, Lord Headley, the Bland Family, Mr. Hurly, the Representatives of Mr. Bernard, Rev. Denis Mahony, Sir John Godfrey, the Mullins Family, Judge Day, M’Gillycuddy, Lord Headley, Dlennerhassett Family, Marquis Lansdowne, O’Connell Family, Trinity College Lands. [Kerry Evening Post. – Wednesday 28 October 1835]
Did the wallis lands extend into kerry???

PLEASE NOTE: this article is in constant development. all contributions are welcome

Henry Aubery Beaumont Wallis (1861-1926)

TODO: Straighten this out

Aubrey Wallis was the last of the Wallis Family to own Drishane Castle and estate. …….

Henry Aubery Beaumont Wright (1919)
Henry Aubery Beaumont Wallis-Wright (1919)

HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS, late of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P. and later of Roskrow-Penryn, Cornwall. [details]

Born on 4 July, 1861 to Major John Richard Smyth Wallis (1828-1868) and Octavia Willoughby (unknown-1901) . Third in a family of four children (siblings details below) [ref].

His father died in 1868, and Henry is the heir to the estate.

1868 Referred to as Aubrey Willoughby Wallis in a newspaper – this may have been a mistake on the part of the reporter though [TODO: clarify]

1871 Census: Living in St George Hanover Square, Belgrave, London, with his mother, and sister Eva Violet.

He was commonly known as Aubrey Wallis [ref], though the people of Millstreet knew him as “the Minor”.

Married firstly: 1 March, 1883, in Kidderpore, Bengal, India,  to Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris (see BURKES Peerage), and by her has issue. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. [Read our article on that divorce]

1885: Birth of a son: HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. [ref: article on Digby]

1886 – January – He had been living at ‘The Grange’ in Auckland, NZ, but sold all his possessions and moved back to England [ref]

He is credited with opening the new houses at Minor Row [ref], which were named after him.

1888: Daughter: Audrey Beatrice Jean, b. 23 Jan. 1888 ; m. 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921; died 28 Oct 1961. (see below for further details)

1901 – Aubrey appears in the 1901 Census of England, as head of the house at 128 Piccadilly, a Gentelman’s club at the time called the Piccadilly Club.

1906 – Divorced (Read our detailed article)

1907, 11th February: Married 2ndly, to Julia Mary Catharine Curteis, widow of Edward Witherden Curteis, Capt. 24 Regiment, and only dau. and heir of Mrs. Wright (see WRIGHT of Moltram Hall, Cheshire).

1911 – Appears in the Census of England, as head of the house with his wife Julia Mary Catherine, a visitor, and seven servants (a butler, a footman, a pantry boy, a housekeeper, two housemaids, and a kitchen maid). Address: Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall. His occupation is stated as “Justice of the Peace for County Cork”

1913: Became Master‘ of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds

1914: Death of his son Digby in Belgium in WWI

1916: On the death of his mother-in-law Julia Catherine Wright (88), he changed his surname from Wallis to Wallis-Wright, to protect the Wright surname.

1920: Gave up the Mastership of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds, and sold his pack of Kerry Beagles which had been in the family for generations.

1922: His wife Julia died on 18 Sep 1922, aged 64.

In 3rd January 1923, he changed his name from Wallis-Wright to just Wallis [ref], after he had originally changed it in 1916 [ref]

Passed away on 20 Apr 1926 in the Piccadilly Hotel, London

note: Have yet to figure out where he got the “Major” part of his name

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Aubrey’s Family Tree

OHN RICHARD SMYTH WALLIS, (5 June 1828 – 27 Oct 1868) of Drishane Castle, J.P., High Sheriff, 1857, Capt. 4th Dragoon Guards;

Married 1st Sept. 1853, Octavia Willoughby, and by her (who m. 2ndly, 4 April, 1872, Sir G. H. Beaumont, gth bart., of Cole Orton Hall, Co. Leicester, and d. 19 June, 1901) had:

  • Digby Henry Willoughby, (2 June 1854 – 18 July 1858) buried 31st Jul 1858 in Drishane Parish Cemery.
  • Eva Octavia Augusta Willoughby, (b. 5 Jun 1859 in Drishane – 28 March 1860)
  • HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT, (1861-1926) now of Drishane Castle (see below).
  • Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby, (24 Dec 1868 – 16 Jan 1929)
    Married 29 June 1888 in Brentford, Maj. Edgar St. John Christophers, D.S.O. (1861-1924). Divorced 21st March 1906, and had issue.

    1. Violet Dorothy Agnes Christophers, Lady (Dorothy) (1889–1970), married George Malcolm Hilbery Sir (1883–1965)
    2. Digby Richard Nugent Christophers (1890–),  married Kathleen Griggs (1895–)

HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS,  of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P., and later of Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall, (4 July, 1861 – 20 Apr 1926);

Married first, 1 March 1883, Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. [TODO add link to profile]. They had issue:

  • HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. d. October 1914 in St. Julien, France in WWI. [TODO: link to his article when published]
  • Audrey Beatrice Jean, 23 Jan. 1888 – 28 Oct 1961;
    Married 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; no issue.
    Married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921.

 

[See the full Wallis Family Tree (1595- present)]

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from “Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Passtimes 1919”:

There are very few men in the Kingdom today who could boast of a more brilliant or a more successful career in sport than Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright, Farming Woods Hall, Brigstock, Northsmpyonshire, and Master of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. Born on July 4th, 1861, at Drishane Castle, Co.Cork, Major Wallis-Wright was the son of Mr.John Richard Smyth Wallis, High Sheriff of Co.Cork in 1857. In 1883 Major Wallis-Wright married Elizabeth Caroline, eldest daughter of the Hon. Yelverton Bingham, fifth son of Lord Clanmorris, by whom he had one son and a daughter. The former Lieutenant Henry Digby Wallis, Coldstream Guards, was killed at Ypres during October, 1914, The death of this gallant son proved a heavy blow to the Master of the Woodland and Pytchley. An extraordinary affection and spirit of camaraderie existed between father and son, and it was the dream of the former’s life that his heir and the “last of the line” should take over the family pack of Kerry Beagles on his retirement from office.
In 1907 Major Wallis-Wright married Julia Mary Catherine, window of the late Captain EW Curteis, who on the death of her mother Mrs Julia Catherine Wright, succeeded to the Mottram estates, Cheshire. In September 1916, the surname of … (there’s 2 more page on Aubrey in the article, but are not currently availbale)

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Julia Mary Catherine Wallis-Wright
Age: 64
Birth Date: 1858
Burial Date: 18 Sep 1922
Burial Place: St Peter, Stockport, Cheshire, England

TODO: find out more about her

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ELIZABETH CAROLINE BINGHAM was the daughter of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham and Caroline Begbie.

She married, firstly, Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis on 1 March 1883.

She and Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis were divorced in 1906 by Act of Parliament.

She married, secondly, William John Wallace, son of Captain Henry Ritchie Wallace, on 27 July 1906. He died on 1st April 1908.

She married, thirdly, Major Alan Rowley Sale-Hill, son of General Sir Rowley Sale-Hill and Caroline Sophia Sale, on 8 August 1914.

She died on 1 July 1924. [details]

 

 

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Aubrey’s Mother: Octavia Willoughby was born illegitimately. She was the daughter of Digby Willoughby, 7th Baron Middleton. She married, firstly, Major John Richard Smyth Wallis on 01 Sep 1853. She married, secondly, Sir George Howland Beaumont, 9th Bt. , son of Sir George Howland Willoughby Beaumont, 8th Bt. and Mary Anne Howley , on 4 April 1872 in St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London, England She died Dame Octavia Willoughby Beaumont on 19 June 1901 at 66 Cromwell Road, London, England. She was buried in Cole Orton, Leicestershire, England. Her will was probated, at ¹12,196.  Her will was probated at £12,196, which, using the most modestcomparator, would be over a million pounds today, or rather more than four million comparing average wages. A lady of means indeed! [ref1] [ref2]

This is where the name “Beaumont” comes from.

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TODO re-file this:

CHRISTOPHERS Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby of the Gardens Hotel 47 Stanhope-gardens South Kensington Middlesex widow died 16 January 1929 at 7 Knaresborough place South Kensington Probate London 7 March to Arthur Pollock solicitor. Effects £8048 18s 6d. [Index of Wills and Administration 1929]

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The Kerry Black and Tans.
It is interesting to learn that the fine pack of Kerry Beagles,
which are showing sport in the Woodland Pytchley country, will
shortly come into the market, Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright having
decided to give up the Mastership . These black-and-tan hounds
have been in the Master’s family for many generations, and are
famous for their hunting qualities. Originally they were hunted
in Ireland, then went into the Ribblesdale pack and hunted the
wild buck in Lancashire and Yorkshire . Major Wallis-Wright got
the strain back, and formed a pack which hunted the Four Burrow
country in Cornwall . When he accepted the Mastership of the
Woodland Pytchley in 1913 he took the Kerry Hounds with him.
They are remarkably powerful hounds, the dogs averaging 25 ins.
and the bitches 231 ins. They have exceptional bone, and not a
single hound stands over at the knees. Major Wallis-Wright has
bred them with the utmost care, using only sires and dams that
have well proved their working ability. An offshoot of the
Pytchley country, the Woodland has always been noted for the
superior quality of its hounds. When Lord Lonsdale hunted the
country he brought one of the finest packs in the kingdom from
the Blanknev kennels. His successor, Mr. Austin Mackenzie,
brought his own hounds from the Old Berkeley country, and when
he gave up the Mastership fourteen years later he sold the pack for
5,000 guineas, Mr. W. M. Wroughton buying the bitches for
£3,000 and lending them to Lord Southampton, who hunted the
country for a couple of seasons. Mr. E. A. V. Stanley also had a
very fine pack at the Brigstock kennels. In regard to working
quality the present pack compares favourably with any of its predecessors, and the black-and-tans are likely to be keenly sought
after. [Polo Monthly 1920]

Polo Players as M .F .H’s.
Polo players are likely to he strongly represented on the list
of M.F.H.’s next season. Captain George Renyille, for example,
has arranged to take Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright’s place in the
command of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. He should make
an excellent M .F.H . He has been getting his hand in this winter
by helping his old friend, Mr. Isaac Bell, with the Kilkenny
Hounds. The keenest of sportsmen, Captain Bellville is generally
popular. Polo readers will remember the dashing games he used
to put up for the Old Cantabs, helping that grand team to win
seyeral Champion Cups. Unfortunately, the bad wound he
receiyed early in the war prevented him from playing polo last
summer, when he had to content himself with serying as official
umpire of the chief Ranelagh matches. [Polo Monthly 1920]

NOTICE is hereby given, that HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS (now or
lately called Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis-Wright), of Keythorpe, in the parish of Tugfby and county of Leicester, Gentleman, a natural born British subject, has by deed poll, duly enrolled in His Majesty’s College of Arms on the third day of January instant, assumed and adopted the surname of Wallis in lieu of his previous surname of Wallis-Wright. and intends henceforth upon all occasions to sign and subscribe himself and be styled in all legal and other documents by the surname of Wallis in lieu of and in substitution for his former surname of Wallis-Wright.—Dated the third day of January,1923. [THE LONDON GAZETTE, 5 JANUARY, 1923. p195]

WALLIS Henry Aubrey Beaumont of Keythorpe Leicertershire died 20 April 1926 at the Piccadilly Hotel Piccadilly Middlesex. Probate London 7 July to the Public Trustee. Effects £60383 9s 10d. [Index of Wills and Administration 1926]

Lineage of the Wallis Family of Drishane

Wallis Family of Drishane

(from their roots in Cork/Waterford
in the 16th century to present)

In 1595, THOMAS WALLYS resided at Curryglass. Co. Cork ; he died before 1630, leaving a widow and two sons. The elder son,

THOMAS WALLYS, of Curryglass, left at his decease two sons,

  • THOMAS, of Curryglass, of whom hereafter (see below)
  • Peter, of Shangary, Co. Cork, living 1630, High Sheriff 1660, had a large grant of land under the Act of Settlement,
    Married Audrey, daughter of Barachias Baker, of Carrigrohan, Co. Cork, and d. 1679, leaving by her (who d. 1685) four daus. (viz., i.

    1. Margaret, m. Col. Edward Corker, of Ballymaloe, co. Cork, and d.s.p. 17 July, 1721 ;
    2. Katherine, m. 1679, Ebenezer Low, and d. 8 July, 1697 ;
    3. Mehetabel, m. Francis Foulke, and d. 1 July, 1703 ;
    4. Mary, m. Benjamin Glascott, of New Ross, who d. 6 Oct. 1723
    5. John, of Carrigrohan, J.P., whose dau. and heir,
      1. Mary, m. Charles Gookin.
    6. Barachias, of Ballycrenan, m. 1688, Ellen Cross, of Ballybrazil, co. Wexford, and d. intestate (adm. 7 July, 1711) leaving two daus. and a son:
      1. Susan, m. William Corker, of Kilbrenan, co. Cork ;
      2. Eleanor, m. Jan. 1730, Sylvester Cross, of Passage co. Cork, who d. 1767),
      3. William, of Ballycrenan, m. Clotilda, dau. of Thomas Uniacke, of Woodhouse, co. Waterford, and had
        1. Barachias, of Ballycrenan, m. 1763, Anne, dau. of Emanuel Pigott, and d.s.p. Jan. 1765.
        2. Helena, m. John Colthurst. […]
        3. Clotilda, m. 24 Sept. 1771, Sir Edward Hoare, 2nd bart.. of Annabella, and d. 3 Sept. 1816, leaving issue (see BURKES Peerage).

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The eldest son, THOMAS WALLIS, of Curryglass, mentioned in will of his uncle Peter, 1630, party to a deed in 1640, had issue,

  • Boyle, b. 1644.
  • THOMAS, of Curryglass, of whom hereafter.
  • HENRY, (1654 – 1739) of Drishane, co. Cork, m. Penelope, dau. of John Nettles, of Toureen, and left,
    1. Thomas, d.s.p.
    2. Henry, (1697 – ) ; d.s.p. 1749.
    3. John, of Reddy, called to the Bar 1754, High Sheriff of Cork 1772 ; d.s.p. 1787.
    4. Mary, m. George Jackson, of Grangebeg, co. Cork.
    5. Elizabeth (1708 – ), m. George Wallis, of Curryglas.

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The eldest surviving son, THOMAS WALLIS, of Curryglass.
Married first, 1679, Jane Ludyman, and by her had issue:

  • Thomas, died unmarried.
  • Grace, died unmarried.

Mr. Wallis had in the time of JAMES II to fly to England with his wife and two children.
He married secondly, Persis (1685-), daughter of Holmes, and had issue:

  • Anne, m. Thomas Moore, of Gregg, co. Cork ;
  • Elizabeth, m. Samuel Meade;
  • Arabella, m. Michael Webber; and had issue Thomas (1749-), and Mary,
  • Jane, m. Digby Cooke
  • GEORGE, his heir (see below)
  • Thomas.
  • Persis

Mr. Wallis purchased considerable landed property in the Co. of Cork, in 1703, from the trustees of Forfeited Estates.

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GEORGE WALLIS (1708 – 1747), of Curryglass.
Married in 1721, his first cousin, Elizabeth Wallis, daughter of Henry Wallis, of Drishane, and had issue:

  • HENRY, his heir (see below)
  • Penelope (1726 – 18 June 1796), m. John Parker, of Cherrymount, Co. Waterford; and had issue
    1. John Robert (1756–1842),
    2. Anne (Saunders) (–1808),
    3. Elizabeth Parker
  • George (1737- 28 Dec 1821), d.s.p.
  • Elizabeth (1738 – ), m. Samuel Adams; and had issue:
    1. Samuel Wallis Adams

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HENRY WALLIS, (1723 – ) of Curryglass and Drishane, under the limitations in the will of his maternal grandfather, Henry Wallis, became entitled to the Drishane and other estates;

He married 1758, Elizabeth, daughter of Christmas Paul, of Paulville, Co. Carlow, by Ellen his wife, daughter of Robert Carew, of Ballynamona, Co. Waterford, and had four sons and two daughters:

  • JOHN, his heir (see below),
  • Christmas Paul (Rev.), B.A., married first, Elizabeth, dau. of Rev. James Stopford, Fellow Trinity College Dublin, and sister of Edward Stopford, Bishop of Meath, and had three sons and six daughters.,
    1. John, an Officer 52nd Regt., d. unm.
    2. Henry, an Officer 52nd Regt., d.s.p.
    3. James, d.s.p.
    4. Elizabeth, d. unm.
    5. Catherine.
    6. Penelope, m. Rev. Digby Joseph Stopford Ram, and had issue (see RAM of Clonattin).
    7. Ellen, married 17 July 1817 William Lombard, of Danesfort, co. Cork, son of the Rev. Edmond Lombard, of Lombardstown, Co. Cork. William died without children 12 March, 1831, and was buried at Kilshannig. His will, dated 1 Feb., 1827, was proved on 21 April, 1841. His widow Ellen, who resided at Hawthorn, near Mallow, was buried at Kilshannig on 15th Sept., 1850.
  • Rev. Christmas Paul married secondly, Hannah Fitzgerald, and had further issue,
    1. George.
    2. Thomas, Barrister-at-Law, m. Miss MacDermot, and had a dau.,
      1. Anne.
    3. Christmas Paul, Rev. (1823-1866) m. Blessing (1831- 23 April, 1910), dau. of Thomas Browning Gardner, of Youghal, Co. Cork, and had, [TODO]
      1. Christmas Paul, d. unm. (1860-1880)
      2. Thomas Henry Gardner, (1865-1928)
      3. Christiana Augustus (1856-)
      4. Georgina Blessing (1856-1878)
      5. Frances Maud “Fanny” (1858-)
      6. Penelope Croker. (1860-1930)
      7. Anne, d. unm.
  • Thomas, m. Miss Cooke, and had issue,
    1. Harry, an Officer 52nd Foot, m. Miss Justice, and had three daus.,
      1. Mary, m. Thomas Crofts.
      2. Ellen, m. John Moriarty, M.D.
      3. Dora, d. unm.
    2. John Cooke, of Minehill, co. Cork, m. 1.846, Elizabeth, dau. of Major Beresford Gahan, 4th Dragoon Guards, and had, with others who died young, issue,
      1. Thomas Henry, b. 1847 ; d. 1886.
      2. Beresford Gahan, Supt. Engineer, Indian P.W. Dept. ; b. 1849 ; m. 1882, Harriet Florence, dau. of Alfred Gahan, of Cavan, and has issue, Beresford Herbert, b. 1888.
      3. John Cooke, Capt. Imperial Lt. Horse, S. Africa, b. 1854. (i) Elizabeth.
    3. 1. Rebecca, m. H. Sherlock.
    4. Elizabeth, d. unm.
    5. Mary, m. ] . E. Herrick.
    6. Ellen, m. the Rev. A. Sergeant, of Waterford.
  • 4. Harry, m. Helen, and dau. of James MCall, of Braehead, co. Lanark, and had three sons and seven daughters:
    1. Harry, drowned;
    2. James and
    3. John, d.s.p. ; and seven daus. of whom the eldest,
      1. Sarah, m. William Smith, of Carbeth Gutherie ; and the sth, Margaret, m. George Dennistoun.
      2. Ellen (-1842), m. Charles Bolton, of Curraghduff, co. Waterford.
      3. Elizabeth (- 16 April 1836), m. Sir Joshua Christmas Paul, 2nd bart., xf Ballyglan, co. Waterford, and d.s.p..

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JOHN WALLIS, (1759 – 1810) of Drishane Castle.

Married first, Patience, eldest dau. of John Longfield, of Longueville, Co. Cork, and by her had one dau.,

  • Patience, m. James Hanning (1780-), of Kilcrone, Cloyne Co. Cork. […]

He married secondly, Sept. 1787, Marianne, daughter of John Carleton, of Woodside, Co. Cork, and by her had issue,

  • HENRY, his heir (see below)
  • Marianne (Mary Anne?), (1795 – 4 Jun 1876) married Lieut. Simon Newport, (39th Regiment) J.P., (1788-1867) only son of Sir Simon Newport, of John’s Hill Villa, Waterford, and had:
    1. John Wallis Newport (1830–1877)
    2. Marianne Elizabeth Paul Newport (1831–1891)
    3. Jane Penelope Newport (1834–1919)
    4. Henry Bolton Newport (1837–1900)
    5. Simon George Newport (–1860)
  • Penelope (1797-), m. Samuel Adams, of Kilbree, co. Cork, J.P., (her first cousin, son of Wallis Adams) and had issue,
    1. Elizabeth Paul Adams (–1910), married William Anderson (1812–1904) and had:
      1. Penelope Anne Anderson (1861–1861)
      2. Wilhelmina Elizabeth Anderson (1864–)
      3. Joshua Alexander Anderson Rev (1867–1947)
      4. William James Anderson (1869–1915)
      5. Susanna Margaret Anderson (–1868)
    2. Samuel Adams
    3. Georgina Adams (–1896)
    4. Frances Adams
    5. Wallis Adams
    6. Michael Goold Adams
    7. John Carleton Adams
    8. Marianne Caroline, m. 8 Oct. 1844, John Allin, of Monabeg, nephew of Gen. Sir Thomas Kenah, K.C.B.
  • Elizabeth (1802-), married  the Rev. Charles Morgan (Rector of Drishane). “The Rev. J. C, Morgan, nephew to the Lord Bishop of Cloyne, and Vicar of Drishane, Elizabeth, third daughter of the late John Wallis, Esq. of Westwood, County Cork  [Bristol Mirror – Saturday 18 May 1822]”
    1. Charles Henry Mongan (1822–)
    2. John Mongan (1823–)
    3. Selina Sophia Mongan (1824–)
    4. Marianne Charlotte Mongan (1826–1912), married Rev Francis Verschoyle Young (1818-1891, Curate of Drishane), and had:
      1.  George Francis Young (1854–1885)
      2. George P Young (1855–)
      3. John Wallis Lombard Young (1855–1936)
      4. Francis Verschoyle “Barney” Young (1857–1930)
      5. Mary Elizabeth Jane Young (1859–1944)
      6. Bryanna Thomasina “Nancy” Young (1861–1920)
      7. Thomas William Herbert Young (1863–1944)
      8. Charles Warburton Young (1865–1932)
      9. Ainslie Lunham Young (1868–1938)
    5. Caroline Jane Mongan (1835–), married William Alfred Carpenter
      (1815–)

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HENRY WALLIS, (1790 – 6 Jan. 1862) of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P, and D.L. High Sheriff. 1814, Lieut.-Col. South Cork Rifles,
Married 1st, Charlotte Forster (–1816), by whom he had

  • one son, deceased

Married secondly, 26 Dec 1827, Ellen, daughter of Grice Smyth, of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford, and sister of the Princess of Capua, and of Lady Dinorben  and had:

  • JOHN RICHARD SMYTH, (5th June 1827 – 27 Oct 1868) of Drishane Castle (see below)
  • Mary Gertrude, (Apr 1829 – 5 May, 1857) died unmarried.

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JOHN RICHARD SMYTH WALLIS, (5 June 1828 – 27 Oct 1868) of Drishane Castle, J.P., High Sheriff, 1857, Capt. 4th Dragoon Guards;

Married 31st August 1853, Octavia Willoughby, and by her (who m. 2ndly, 4 April, 1872, Sir G. H. Beaumont, gth bart., of Cole Orton Hall, Co. Leicester, and d. 17 June, 1901) had:

  • Digby Henry Willoughby, (2 June 1854 – 18 July 1858) buried 31st Jul 1858 in Drishane Parish Cemery.
  • HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT, now of Drishane Castle (see below).
  • Eva Octavia Augusta, (b. 5 Jun 1859 in Drishane – 28 March 1860)
  • Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby, (24 Dec 1868 – 16 Jan 1929)
    Married 29 June 1888 in Brentford, Maj. Edgar St. John Christophers, D.S.O. (1861-1924). Divorced 21st March 1906, and had issue.

    1. Violet Dorothy Agnes Christophers, Lady (Dorothy) (1889–1970), married George Malcolm Hilbery Sir (1883–1965)
    2. Digby Richard Nugent Christophers (1890–),  married Kathleen Griggs (1895–)

 

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HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS,  of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P., and later of Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall, (4 July, 1861 – 20 Apr 1926);

Married first, 1 March 1883, Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. [TODO add link to profile]. They had issue:

  • HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. d. October 1914 in St. Julien, France in WWI. [TODO: link to his article when published]
  • Audrey Beatrice Jean, 23 Jan. 1888 – 28 Oct 1961;
    Married 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; no issue.
    Married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921.

    1. Micheal Law, Maj., 1923 – 21 July 1975,  Captain, Scots Guards, Married 12 April 1950, Judith Maurice Hogarth, d. of Maj. John Usher Hogarth [line]
      1. Robert Law, 6th April 1955 – 25th Dec 2004 [obit]. married Aisling Stuart (gg dau of Maude Gonne), daughter Iseult, stepson Emile. [grave]
      2. Georgiana Law, * 1952, Md., Sean Galvin, of Navan, Co. Meath, s. of John Galvin, of Shankill, Co. Dublin. [photo ?]. + Edward, Vanessa
        1. Edward Galvin, m. Alexandra Mackintosh (Edinbrugh), 4 children
          1. Grace Willow 1st Oct 2008
          2. Willow May 4th July 2010
          3. Gus Robert Donald, b. May 19th 2012
          4. Frederick John Onslow, b. 5th Dec 2015
        2. Vanessa Galvin, m Niall Dailly (Edinbrough)…

Aubrey married secondly, n Feb. 1907, Julia Mary Catharine Curteis (1858-1922), widow of Edward Witherden Curteis, Capt. 24 Regiment, an only daughter and heir of Mrs. Wright (see WRIGHT of Moltram Hall, Cheshire).

 

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Listen to Aisling Stuart and her mother Imogen on the radio with Miriam O’Callaghan on Rosnaree House and the Law family:
http://www.rte.ie/radio1/miriam-meets/programmes/2012/0520/351008-200512/

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TODO: follow up Audrey’s 2nd husband: Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath, * 1889, + 1971, s. of Michael Augustine Fitzgerald Law, of Beaumont, Drogheda, Co. Meath.

Captain Robert Law (1890-1973). Like his two younger brothers, Robert was educated at Haileybury, a boarding school 20 miles from London, returning to Beamont during the holidays. During the First World War, he served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and won a Military Cross. A fearless eccentric, he later went to West Africa where he shot twelve bull elephants but got charged by the thirteenth which left him badly mauled. He later emerged from the jungle with a hoard of ivory, claiming he had survived by eating an exclusive diet of bananas, which fruit he never ate again. He subsequently eloped with Audrey Beatrix Wallis of Drishae Castle, Millstreet, Co. Cork, sold Beamont and settled on the Boyne at Rossnaree, Co. Meath, where members of the Law family still live today.

 

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Lieut. S Newport of the 39th Regiment only son of Sir Simon Newport, of Waterford, to Mary Anne, youngest daughter of the late John Wallis Esq. of Drishane Castle, County of Cork [Bristol Mirror – Saturday 13 July 1822]

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[Burke’s Peerage 1898]

Was this the first Motor Car Accident in Millstreet?

MOTOR CAR ACCIDENT NEAR Millstreet, Saturday. An accident, which might have been very serious, happened near this town on yesterday evening, the particulars of which have only now come to hand.

A motor car bearing the Earl and Countess of Kerry arrived at Millstreet, and the party having had lunch at Vanstan’s Hotel, proceeded on their way to Killarney en route to Derreen House, after their honeymoon trip. The other occupants were a ladysmaid and the chaffeur.

After carefully looking over and supplying the machine with its oil fuel they started on their journey at about five o’clock. In trying to escape collision with some of the carts and cars opposite Howard’s Hotel, a little child named Cornelius Stokes had narrow escape from being run over. The speed as they went along towards Killarney must have been much accelerated. At Ferm Bridge, Ballydaly, three miles from the town, it was noticed to be bounding along the road, and ultimately plunged into the dyke at the roadside, where it ploughed onwards for about 30 yards, tearing the face of the fence. The Countess of Kerry was thrown over the fence, but luckily fell into a piece of cut away bog, and was only stunned for a short time, and after the assistance of her maid quickly recovered. The other occupants, the Earl, the maid, and the chaffeur were quite uninjured, but got a severe shock.  [read more …] “Was this the first Motor Car Accident in Millstreet?”

The Iron Age Log-Boat of Comeenatrush

In 1992 when the the then owner Thade Mullane had a digger on his farm at Curragh, an Iron age Log Boat was discovered when landscaping the edge of Comeenatrush Lake. Made from oak, it had been preserved by the acidic bog water.  It was dug out and researched by archaeologists from UCC and dated to 393 AD to 537 AD, it is the earliest boat found on the Blackwater Valley. After inspections, it was re-submerged into the lake to preserve it.
Other artefacts were also found in the lake, and these are now museum pieces [2].

The logboat discovered at Comeenatrush, seen here after it was taken from the water.

[read more …] “The Iron Age Log-Boat of Comeenatrush”

Lest We Forget 7

LEST WE FORGET (7)
THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND BY THE POLICE AND MILITARY OF THE USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT – AS REPORTED IN THE DAILY PRESS-
FOR THE WEEK ENDING,
September, 13th, 1919

During the foregoing six days English Military terrorism in Ireland reached its high water mark. The town of Fermoy was sacked by English Military, English troops appeared on the streets of Dublin and shot down four young men. The English representatives in Ireland decreed the suppression of the elected Government of the Irish people; the vast army of occupation was set loose upon the nation and forcibly entered the houses of over a thousand of its respected citizens.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget 7”

Millstreet (Drishane) Coursing 1958

 

Many thanks to Siobhan who sent us a copy of this historic Millstreet Coursing Club meeting card. At the time the club was actually called Drishane Coursing Club and the meeting was held in the Tanyard Meadows, the field where Dairygold is located.

[read more …] “Millstreet (Drishane) Coursing 1958”

Lest We Forget (6)

[Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail, the Irish Bulletin.]

THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND BY THE POLICE AND MILITARY OF THE USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT – AS REPORTED IN THE CENSORED DAILY PRESS— FOR WEEK ENDING:- 16th AUGUST, 1919.

DATE:- August 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th Total.
Arrests:- 7 2 2 4 15
Sentences:- 5 1 1 3 10
Armed Assaults:- 3 1 1 5
Militarism:- 1 1
Suppressions &
Proclamations:-
2 3 6 1 12
Courtmartials:- 3 8 1 12
Raids:- 20 2 1 1 13 37
Daily Total 37 6 10 17 6 16 92

Sentences for the week, as reported in Press, amounted to 52 months imprisonment.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11th, 1919.
Raids:- Large forces of police and military, fully armed, forcibly
entered and searched many houses situated upon the left bank
of the river Shannon. Upwards of 20 houses were thus raided
and searched.
Arrests:- Two men, whose names have not transpired were arrested near Portmore, Co. Armagh, because they participated in a Republican meeting which was proclaimed by the English military.
Sentences:- Michael and Timothy Spillane of Carrigaha,Castlegregory, Michael Flynn and Michael Griffin of Cappananee, and Michael Maunsell of Duagh all of the Co. Kerry, were sent to prison until December to await trial for the “attempted murder” of two policemen who were not even wounded. The five men indignantly protested their innocence but upon the evidence of policemen the paid magistrate committed them to prison.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (6)”

Aubane Social Club 271 Years Anniversary Butter Road Walk in association with the IRD Bealtaine Festival on next Sunday 26th May

Aubane Social Club are holding the 271 years Anniversary Butter Road Walk in association with the IRD Bealtaine Festival on next Sunday 26th May at 2.00pm,the Walk will start from The Aubane Community Centre where John Kelleher will be your Guide as the walk makes its way on to the Kerrymans Table and will then return back to the Community Centre for Refreshments,Everybody very Welcome to attend.

Lest We Forget (5)

[Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail, the Irish Bulletin .]

LEST WE FORGET (5)

The following are the Acts of Aggression committed in Ireland by the Military and Police of the Usurping English Government, as reported in the Censored Daily Press, during the week ending  July 26th, 1919.

MONDAY, 21st JULY, 1919.

Sentences :- For collecting for Dail Eireann without a permit from the “authorities”. William Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Michael Cahill, were at Foynes, Limerick, sentenced to one month imprisonment in default of bail. They were removed to Limerick prison under a strong military and police escort. The Misses N. Fitzgibbon; M.E. Harris, M. Owens; A.M. McDonald; E. Coleman; and J. O’Brien, Youghal, Co. Cork, were fined at the Petty Sessions for selling flags without a permit. The accused did not appear at the Court; Miss Harris stated she had a permit for Mr. de Valera, and Miss Fitzgibbon said she had one from the Irish Republic. The flags were inscribed “Help Central Europe – Starving.”  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (5)”

Lest We Forget (4)

LEST WE FORGET (4)

THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND
BY THE MILITARY AND POLICE OF THE USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT, AS REPORTED IN DAILY PRESS, DURING THE WEEK ENDING, JULY 12th, 1919.

ATROCITIES.

Monday, 7th July, 1919.
Discharged without trial: Mr. Patrick O’Brien, one of the three brothers arrested on suspicion in connection with the Silvermines shooting, was released after being 18 months in custody.
Raids:- Extensive house-to-house searches were made over large areas to the North and West of Newmarket, Co. Cork, by fully equipped British military and police.  The raiders were accompanied by military wagons, armoured cars, and Red Cross cars, filled with armed soldiers.  Two old disused shot-guns – the sole result of the raid – were found and commandeered.
Proclaimed. The annual Tipperary Feis (Gaelic League Festival) to be held in Thurles on Sunday last, was proclaimed by the British authorities on Friday.  Large forces of military and police, with full war equipment, were drafted into the town on Sunday.  The promoters decided not to hold the Feis, although such a course resulted in heavy financial loss to them.

Tuesday, 8th July, 1919.
Arrests.
Austin Geraghty and Peter J. Loghlon, Doolin District, Co. Clare, were arrested by British military and police in connection with the shooting of two R.I.C men near Kilfenora, Co. Clare. Michael Byrne, Camlough; Patrick Osborne, Gib Street, Belfast; Owen MacCroosh, Eshavany, and Patrick McShane, Cross, were arrested in connection with an alleged assault on two R.I.C. men at Camlough, Co. Armagh on Sunday last.  They were brought before a Special Court at Camlough Barracks and remanded to Forkhill Petty Sessions on the 12th August. John Mahon, Gurteen, Newtownbarry, Co. Wexford, was arrested for failing to pay a fine imposed on him for collecting funds for Dail Eireann without a Permit from the British authorities.  He has been “wanted” for some time on this charge. Robert Hegarty, 3 Kimmage Road, Dublin, was arrested on a charge of illegal drilling, and remanded  in custody until Friday next.
Proclamation:- Sinn Fein, Sinn Fein Clubs, Cumann na mBan, the Irish Volunteers, and the Gaelic League in the County Tipperary were “prohibited and suppressed” by Proclamation published to-day.  Two Proclamations were issued by the British Authorities, the first to cover the suppression  in the North Riding area of Co. Tipperary, the second to cover the suppression of the South Riding area. An Aeridheacht announced for Castlepollard on Sunday last was proclaimed and large forces of British  military and police were drafted into town to enforce the proclamation.  Military guards were placed on all the approaches to the town.  A meeting was held at the Market Square and was addressed by Mrs. Sheehy-Skeffington.
Armed Assault:- A District Inspector with a force of fully armed police came on the scene and ordered the dispersion of the meeting. On being asked for his authority the D.I. ordered a baton charge.  Several people were injured in the charge, and the crowd retaliated with stones.  The D.I. then ordered  the police to fire, and for a time matters looked very  serious.  For some reason the police failed to obey the order, and after a time the people dispersed quietly in spite of the great provocation. After the arrest of John Mahon at Newtownbarry (vide above) a crowd numbering about 300, collected and boohed and hissed the police.  Four or five police rushed out of the barracks and attacked the crowd with batons.  A small number of the crowd were dispersed, but the large majority  held their ground, with the result that a regular melee ensued.  In the meantime a military wagon of British soldiers arrived on the scene.  They fixed bayonets and charged the crowd, with the result that a large number of people were wounded.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (4)”

Looking for a Photo from The Clonbanin Commemoration 1971

Ciara sent us the below message, can anyone help her in her search?

Hi, I’m trying to find anyone who might have a photo of the 1971 commemoration of the Clonbanin Ambush. My grandfather took part and my Dad remembers a photo was taken of the surviving IRA men including my grandfather. I’ve searched online newspaper archives but haven’t found anything.
Thank you. Ciara

Read more about the Clonbanin Ambush

Aubane Social Club Upcoming Events

Aubane Social Club Upcoming Events

Afternoon Tea Dance Sunday 10th March 3-5.30 pm. Music by Peter Lane at Aubane Community Center

Fitness Class in Aubane Community Centre on Thursday 14th March for five weeks concluding on Thursday 11 April. Start Time 8.00pm – 9.00pm. Payment of €40.00 on first night,futher details contact John F Kelleher 086 1942161 or Noreen Kelleher 087 9486673

Good Friday Table Quiz on Friday 19 April at 8.30 pm. Table of Four People  40 Euro. Under 18s Half Price. National School and Secondary School children welcome. Raffle on the Night

Easter Egg Hunt for kids on Saturday 20th April on the grounds of Aubane Community Center.
– more details to follow

Family Fun Day in July.- more details later

 

LEST WE FORGET (3)

(Continuing our series on typical events of 1919 with the help of the First Dail’s newspaper, the Irish Bulletin)

LEST WE FORGET (3)

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE ACTS OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED IN IRELAND BY THE MILITARY AND POLICE OF OUR USURPING ENGLISH GOVERNMENT DURING  THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 14th 1919

MONDAY, JUNE 9th, 1919

Arrests:- Mr. Michael O’Connell, Main Street, Thurles, was arrested and sent under strong escort to Cork Jail. The charge has not been mentioned.
Raids:- Three houses were raided at Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The five Railway Stations in Cork were raided by armed police, late at night, and searched.
Sentences;- Bryan Shanahan, Grantstown, Co. Tipperary, was sentenced to four months imprisonment for “being suspected of having an intention to commit an illegal act.” The evidence against Mr. Shanahan was that he answered police questions in Irish and had possession of the key of a house in which two Irish Volunteers Uniforms were kept. Dr. T.F. Higgins of Maryborough was sent to gaol for one month for failing to admit police to a Language Movement Concert.
Murder:- Mr. Matthew Murphy, shot on the 4th June by a sentry posted without notice outside Dundalk died of his wounds.  [read more …] “LEST WE FORGET (3)”

Studying the War of Independence in Duhallow

Duhallow Heritage Society will hold a talk by local author and military historian Dr. William(Barry) Sheehan. The title of the talk is ‘Studying the War of Independence in Duhallow’. The talk will take place on Tuesday 12th February in ‘Dubhlinn’ Social Centre, Kanturk which is adjacent to Kanturk Mart.

Admission €5.00 All Welcome.
For enquires contact 087 9335404 or 087 9438360
Directions to the Dubhlinn Social Centre are below [read more …] “Studying the War of Independence in Duhallow”

Lest We Forget (2)

LEST WE FORGET (2)

Continuing the series to commemorate centenary events of 1919 with the help of the First Dail’s newspaper, the Irish Bulletin. The Bulletin reported that from May 1916 to January 1919 the Crown Forces had carried out the following actions: 51 murders, 2,064 deportations, 99 assaults on civilians, 713 raids on houses, 4,785 arrests, 1,460 sentences, 51 proclamations and suppressions of meetings, fairs, markets etc., 28 newspapers suppressed and 322 court-martials. And of course these were for reported actions and not therefore complete. The following lists are samples of the weekly actions for the first weeks of May and June 1919. 

Detailed list of the Acts of Aggression committed against the Irish people by the British military forces in Ireland during the short period of the visit of the Irish-American Peace Delegation, which extended from

May 2nd to May 12th, 1919

N.B. In order not to disclose the real methods by which Ireland is held in subjection the English commanders in Ireland held their forces in some restraint during the period mentioned. The following list, therefore, though it  may surprise foreign peoples is not fully indicative of the tyranny which is practised from day to day upon the people of Ireland.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (2)”

Boys of the County Cork

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence. Congratulations to the Presentation National School who marked the anniversary with a wonderful rendition of the Boys of the County Cork:

While it was not clear in the beginning of 1919 that the Dáil ever intended to gain independence by military means, and war was not explicitly threatened in Sinn Féin’s 1918 manifesto, an incident occurred on 21 January 1919, the same day as the First Dáil convened. The Soloheadbeg Ambush, in County Tipperary, was led by Seán TreacySéamus RobinsonSeán Hogan and Dan Breen acting on their own initiative. The IRA attacked and shot two RIC officers, Constables James McDonnell and Patrick O’Connell, who were escorting explosives. Breen later recalled:

…we took the action deliberately, having thought over the matter and talked it over between us. Treacy had stated to me that the only way of starting a war was to kill someone, and we wanted to start a war, so we intended to kill some of the police whom we looked upon as the foremost and most important branch of the enemy forces. The only regret that we had following the ambush was that there were only two policemen in it, instead of the six we had expected.[33]

This is widely regarded as the beginning of the War of Independence.  [read more …] “Boys of the County Cork”

Lest We Forget (1)

In this decade of commemorations we are encouraged to remember and not to forget. Very good advice and we will do our bit during the hundredth anniversary of “the four glorious years” to recall the facts of those years. We will do so with the help of the “Irish Bulletin”, the daily paper of the Dáil.
There could not be a more appropriate source as the whole object of the War that Britain engaged in was to destroy that Dáil. This is history from the horse’s mouth.
People who set up the Bulletin published lists of atrocities before it was officially launched in November 1919 and did so afterwards as well. Below is a list for 1919 and early 1920. It is not all comprehensive as it relied to a large extent on newspaper reports which were all censored and dozens suppressed and before the Bulletin had established a network for receiving news of atrocities independent of the press. Later lists will show much more comprehensive listings for the period covered here.
However, it gives the flavour of the ongoing terror campaign in period it covers and confirms the “existing state of war” as described in the Dáil’s Declaration to the Free Nations of the World on 21 January 1919.

OUTSTANDING INCIDENTS OF ENGLISH AGGRESSION IN IRELAND

From January 1st 1919 to April 30th 1920
(In the majority of cases the dates given are those upon which the incidents were reported in the daily Press)

January 1919
7th People of Dunmanway, Co. Cork, attacked by soldiers and police with rifles, fixed bayonets and batons.
27th Police with fixed bayonets attacked a crowd at Baltinglass which had assembled to welcome home a political prisoner.

February 1919
11th Police forced doors of King’s County Council Offices and attacked Council staff with bayonets.
12th Patrick Gavin shot dead by soldiers at Curragh camp.
19th Soldiers attacked card party at the Temperance Hall at Annacarty, County Tipperary, and wrecked the Hall.
20th Timothy Connors, Greenane, Co. Tipperary, aged 11 years, kidnapped by police and secretly taken to unknown destination, his parents being refused all information.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (1)”

Rev Fr. Thaddeus O’Connor Gives a Lecture at Quincy

O’CONNOR, Fr Thaddeus 1882-1959 Born 16 November 1882 in Millstreet, Co. Cork, Thady came to Rockwell as a boarder in 1898 where he was classmate of Edward Leen, ‘Red’ Mick O’Connor and John English. He joined the Juniorate when it was reopened 1900 and was prefect, 1902-6. He captained the 1904 Rockwell Munster Cup Team 1904 which included the Ryan Brothers, Jack and Mike – former internationals – Edward Leen, and Eamon de Valera. The doings of that team on and off the field were the source of unending anecdotes at reunions in later years and Thady featured in most of them because of his dashing and daring disposition. He did his novitiate in Prior Park, Bath, with Fr Tom O’Brien as novice master, and he then went on to France for his senior studies. Ordained in 1911 he received his obedience the following year for Nigeria.  [read more …] “Rev Fr. Thaddeus O’Connor Gives a Lecture at Quincy”

Comeenatrush Lake and Waterfall

It’s sometimes known as the Secret Waterfall, because few outside Millstreet know of its existence. Indeed most locals don’t even know how  to get there, but Comeenatrush is a gem, and visitors are astounded that it’s not better known. Essentially it is at the start of the Finnow river, bringing its water from the upland valley that is Gneeves. The water cascades over 100m down the multi level waterfall, before resting in the lake. The peace, tranquillity, and the sound of water are refreshing to the soul.

 

Road – Comeenatrush taken in 2008 by James (rip)

The waterfall froze in December 2010 (photo Kevin Buckley)

The waterfall featured in Eurovision 1993, as the Norwegian contestant Silje Vije travelled there on horseback

Getting there.

1. Starting from the Square in Millstreet, head south on the road to Macroom (R582) for 3.2 km
2. Turn right onto the L5224 after passing the turn off for Kilmeedy Castle and crossing the bridge over the River Finnow.
3. Continue for 350m, until the road forks. Keep left.
4. Continue for 1.5km, turn right down small the side road
5. Continue for 600m until you get to the old farmhouse & farmyard on the right side of the road.
6. Walk to the right of the house, and follow the path for 1km until it takes you to the lake.
6. [Change 2019] Do not enter by the house, but it’s best to drive or walk up past the house and park at the double gate on the right and walk through the field there and down to the farm passage that leads to the waterfall [Directions on Google Maps]

If you want to get to the lake and the bottom of the waterfall then follow these Directions on Google Maps. DO NOT follow the default  route from Millstreet to Comeenatrush on Google Maps, you will be landed on top of the hill at the entrance to Gneeves Windfarm. Many people make this mistake. BUT … It’s not really a bad thing though as if you make your way across 100m of bog, you are at the top of a cliff looking down on the lake and the view is spectacular. Sitting on the rock just down from the top of the cliff my favourite spot here, with the views and the sound of the water … but you need a head for heights, so it’s not for everyone. [route to the top of the cliff]

Iron Age Log Boat

In 1992 when the the then owner Thade Mullane was re-landscaping the site, an Iron age Log Boat was discovered in the lake. Made from oak, it had been preserved by the acidic bog water.  It was dug out and researched by archaeologists from UCC and dated to 393 to 537, it is the earliest boat found on the Blackwater Valley. After inspections, it was re-submerged into the lake to preserve it. To find out more about the boat read our article HERE.

Bits and Pieces

There is an Iron Age Logboat in the lake from about the 4th century. It was discovered in 1992, researched, and placed back in the lake to preserve it.

Tips: As with most waterfalls, it is always best to enjoy the waterfall after it has been raining heavily and there is lots of water flowing.

Local Legend: the golden gates of Kilmeedy Castle are reputed to have been thrown in Comeenatrush Lake!

Comeenatrush has a Wikipedia page in Cebuano (a language from the Phillipines), but none in English!

Spelling Variations: Coomeenatrush, Caumatruish,

Many places online give the address as ‘Glantane’. This is incorrect. The lake is split by the townlands of Curragh and Gneeves. Glantane is at best two miles away.

In the 1880’s a man by the name of Daniel Dennehy was murdered nearby, and his remains dumped into the lake [TODO: complete article and link]

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The logboat discovered at Comeenatrush, seen here after it was taken from the water. Thade Mullane who found the boat was the long time owner of the lands, and always welcomed people to see the lake, waterfall, and the boat.

 

Coomatrush Lake

Coomatrush Lake

Coomatrush Waterfall

 

 

Clara Mountain

 

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Update June 2019: is seems that the new owner of the land have planted the entire place with trees and the boat has been covered too (possibly destroyed) by the digging work 🙁
Different owners of the house and yard at the front have blocked access to the roadway. Its best to drive or walk up past the house and park at the double gate on the right and walk through the field there.