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Bandon War Memorial

Bandon War Memorial, dedicated to the soldiers of Bandon and district who died during World War 1 & 2.  The committee's aim is to commemorate and endeavour to keep alive thenames and the tradition of those from the Bandon area who fought and those who died in the two World Conflicts. It is to promote a wider awareness of the forgotten Irish men and women who served, fought and died in the Great War 1914-1918. We believe that a better understanding of the shared heritage Read more [...]

Passage West & Monkstown

Records of a ferry running from Passage West to the Great Island date as far back as the early 1600s. Passage West was thought to have been thus called because of its association with the word “passage” and its location as the traditional crossing place of the West Channel. Belvelly Bridge connecting the Great Island to the mainland was not constructed until 1807 and, prior to this time, the only links the Great Island had with the mainland were two ferries, one of which ran out of Passage. Read more [...]

Michael O’Leary, V.C

Michael O’Leary, V.C Go>to>Source:   Michael O’leary was born at the Gearagh, between Macroom and Inchigeela in 1890. Having spent some time in the Canadian Mountain Police he joined the Irish Guards at the start of the Great Way in 1914. It was at Cuinchy, on February 1st 1915 that Lance-Corporal O'Leary, orderly to Lieutenant Innes, won his V.C. On the evening of Friday February 19th 1915 the London Evening newspapers Read more [...]

Macroom Castle

One square tower, a few walls, and an arched gateway are all that remain of Macroom's most historic building.It was built in the 13th century by the Carew family. Later it became the property of the Mac Carthys. Teigh Mac Carthy repaired it before he died there in 1565.   The strategic position of Macroom has led to many battles and conflicts in the area and the castle buildings were frequently destroyed by fire. By 1642 the castle and surrounds were in excellent condition and Cardinal Read more [...]

O’Shea Clan

The O'Shea Clan E-Mail:;  Web: ; ;   This O'Shea website aims: To give practical assistance to people researching their O'Shea family history, To encourage communication between those with an interest in O'Shea heritage, To help with genealogy and history relating to O'Sheas To co-ordinate the O'Shea Read more [...]