Eliza Lynch, First Lady of Paraguay

Eliza Lynch, First Lady of Paraguay

Born in County Cork, in 1834, Eliza Lynch became the lover of Francisco Solano López, the president of Paraguay. In this essay, Turtle made the ground-breaking revelation that her father Dr John Lynch, died of a fever contracted in 1840 ‘in the discharge of his...
Notes on Charleville, County Cork

Notes on Charleville, County Cork

The Side-Switcher   Charleville was named in honour of Charles II who was restored to the throne as King of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1660. The name was bestowed in 1661 by Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, Munster’s biggest landowner, who was very keen to get...
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), housewife,...
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 their...
The MacCarthys of Munster

The MacCarthys of Munster

An account of the origins of the McCarthy family, and various branches thereof, plus the miscellaneous and colourful MacCarthy exiles living in France during the 18th century, with reference to the branches at Carrignavar, Gortroe and Spring House. Become a member of...