Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Back on the Rails Part VIII - Mallow to Millstreet

The course of the railway line that takes us from Mallow into Kerry follows the River Blackwater, so you will forgive me if I hold back some things for a later series on the Catholic heritage to be found along the River.

We pass the site of the old station at Lombardstown and on to Banteer, where the Newmarket Line once joined, and then on to Millstreet.  The line leaves the County just before reaching the station at Rathmore.

Cromwell In Cork


I, A. B., do profess, swear, and protest before God and his saints and angels, that I will, during my life, bear true faith and allegiance to my sovereign lord, Charles, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, and to his heirs and lawful successors ; and that I will to my power, during my life, defend, uphold, and maintain, all his and their just prerogatives, estates, and rights, the power and privilege of the parliament of this realm, the fundamental laws of Ireland, the free exercise of the Roman Catholic faith and religion throughout this land ; and the lives, just liberties, possessions, estates, and rights of, all those that have taken, or shall take, this oath,
and perform the contents thereof.

"And that I will obey and ratify all the orders and decrees made, and to be made, by the supreme council of the Confederate Catholics of this kingdom concerning the said public cause ; and I will not seek, directly or indirectly, any pardon or protection for any act done, or to be done, touching this general cause, without the consent of the major part of the said council ; and that I will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or acts that shall prejudice the said cause, but will, to the hazard of my life and estate, assist, prosecute, and maintain the same.

"Moreover, I do farther swear, that I will not accept of, or submit unto, any peace made, or to be
made, with the said Confederate Catholics, without the consent and approbation of the general assembly of the said Confederate Catholics ; and for the preservation and strengthening of the association and union of the kingdom, that upon any peace or accommodation to be
made or concluded with the said Confederate Catholics, as aforesaid, I will to the utmost of my power, insist upon and maintain the ensuing propositions, until a peace, as aforesaid, be made, and the matters to be agreed upon in the articles of peace be established and secured by parliament. So help me God and His holy gospel."

To decapitate Charles I. was to enlarge the King of
England. The Earl of Ormond had Charles II. pro-
claimed in Youghal, Carrick, Cork, Kinsale, and in all
the other towns of this province. Prince Eupert, the
great royalist general, and nephew of the murdered
king, entered the harbour of Kinsale with sixteen
ships, displaying black jacks, ensigns and pendants.
The prince and all his officers were in deep mourning.
He came, as he stated, to prepare the way for Charles
II. He was visited by the Marquis of Ormond, and
treated with all honor and respect by the inhabitants.
His fleet succeeded in making prizes of a number of
corn vessels, of which it stood in the greatest need.
He sent a force to the relief of Scilly, and 5,000 pis-
toles to the new king. Prince Eupert's brother,
Maurice, had arrived in Kinsale about a fortnight

Cromwell advances from Wexford to Ross, which he summons in the following style. The summons is addressed to Lucas Taaffe, the brother of Lord Taaffe, who commanded the Irish at the battle of Knockninoss, near Castle Magner, in the county Cork :

" Sir, Since my coming into Ireland, I have this witness for myself, that I have endeavoured to avoid effusion of blood ; having been sent before no place, to which such terms have not been first sent, as might have turned to the good and preservation of those to whom they were offered; this being my principle, that the people and places where I come may not suffer, except through their own wilfullness. To the

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Leighlinbridge Priory (Walsh)

The following is from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy, published in New York in 1854, chapter xxxvii, at p. 368:

Leighlin Bridge two miles distant from Old Leighlin About the end of the reign of king Henry the Third this convent was founded for Carmelites by one of the Carews Edward the Third and Richard the Second were among its most liberal benefactors In the thirty fifth year of Henry VHL the convent of Leighlin bridge was annexed to the Crown and was afterwards converted into a fort in which a regular garrison had been stationed

Friday, 8 March 2019

Old Leighlin (Walsh)

The following is from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy, published in New York in 1854, chapter xxxvii, at p. 368:

Old Leighlin Saint Gobhan founded this abbey for canons of St Augustine in the year 616 In the year 632 St Gobhan surrendered his abbey to St Laserian the son of Cairel and Blitha Laserian is said to have had fifteen hundred monks under his jurisdiction Laserian was made bishop of Leighlin He died in the year 638 and on the 18th of April AD 639 Delasse MacWinge the abbot died AD 725 Saint Manchen bishop of Leighlin died AD 767 Ernagh MacEhyn the abbot died AD 863 Manchen the abbot died AD 876 Dungall the abbot died In the year 916 Leighlin was plundered Saint Stephen's priory founded by Burchard a Norwegian captain about the year 1060 The founder was buried in the choir of the cathedral Felix was prior Philip was prior after him in the year 1304 In the following year one John was prior This priory was dissolved in the year 1432 by authority of Pope Eugene rV and the lands belonging to it were annexed to the deanery of Leighlin

Monday, 4 March 2019

Stradbally (Walsh)

The following is from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy, published in New York in 1854, chapter lviii, at p. 620:

Stradbally gives name to the barony In the twelfth century The O Morra founded this monastery for conventual Franciscans August 18th 1582 Queen Elizabeth was seized of this friary and all its appurtenances which consisted of besides other property three hundred and forty five acres of land in different townlands all of which were granted to Francis Cosby and his heirs at the annual rent of 17 6s 3d Irish under an obligation of finding yearly nine English horsemen to defend and maintain British supremacy In 1609 a new lease was made to Richard son of Alexander Cosby

Sunday, 10 February 2019