County Cork and Cork City – Choose a Topic

County Cork and Cork City – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Cork and Cork City’s past.   *****   Vanishing Ireland (Cork people)   Mary Maddison, Storyteller – The Beara Peninsula Ellen O’Keeffe (1920-2017),...
Hare, Earl of Listowel – Convamore

Hare, Earl of Listowel – Convamore

  Descended from a Cork merchant, the Hare family came to prominence when they bought significant lands in Counties Cork and Kerry in the late 18th century. Convamore, a splendid mansion just outside Ballyhooly, was built in the early 19th century to celebrate...
The MacCarthys of Munster

The MacCarthys of Munster

An account of the origins of the McCarthy family, and various branches thereof (Carrignavar, Gortroe and Spring House), plus the miscellaneous and colourful MacCarthy exiles living in France during the 18th century.   *****    The Origin Of The Macarthy Family...
Sonia O’Sullivan – Ireland’s 5000 Metre Star

Sonia O’Sullivan – Ireland’s 5000 Metre Star

It is just over 17,000km from Sonia O’Sullivan’s adopted home in Melbourne, Australia, to the hotel in Howth, Co. Dublin, where we meet. Trundling up the rain-swept drive to meet her, I do some idle calculations. 17,000km divided by 5,000m, Sonia’s favourite running...