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From: "Riobard O'Dwyer" <>
Subject: Glengarriff & Bonane.
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 17:48:05 +0100


Dear Beara Listers,
Refreshed after a few days holidays in Co.Wexford from which I returned last night, here goes with another little bulletin. The name Glengarriff, the renowned tourist center/centre, comes from two Gaelic words Gleann (=Glen) Garbh, pronounced Garuv (=Rugged) = The rugged glen. Nestling on an inlet of Bantry Bay, rugged hills & beautiful glens surround it.The Sacred Heart Church, Glengarriff, was erected in 1902. It replaced "the old chapel" in the burial grounds at Cappyaughna (the western or Castletownbere side of the village) which had been built in 1829 (the year of the repeal of the Penal Laws) & which had even been also used as a carpenter's "shop" for making coffins during the Famine.There was an older church at Esk na Muice on the site of the old Glengarriff Primary School. That particular school had been built in 1841, but there is now a fine new Primary school built close to the village, the presbytery & the church.. The main altar of the pr!
esent church was erected by the famous patriot brothers, Padraig and Willie Pearse. The funds for the altar were raised in response to a circular letter drafted by the well-known Gaelic writer and local schoolmaster Padraig O'Shea and copied and sent out by the schoolchildren. The total cost of the new church was £4000, a considerable amount of money in those days. Fr. Quille P.P. (1892-1898) collected about £1000 from local sources. The greater part of the remaining sum was personally collected in the U.S.A. by the next Parish Priest, Fr. John Browne, from emigrants from the district & other friends. The church is a memorial to the courage and generosity of the generation who erected it at a time when contributions represented great sacrifice. The "old chapel" at Cappyaughna is still standing, having been converted into a Parochial Hall and renovated under the guidance of Fr. William O'Connor P.P. (1911-1939). The present Parish Priest is Fr. John Shine who has served in the!
combined Glengarriff/Bonane Parish for a considerable number of years and who has been most helpful to me during the course of my genealogical research there. In connection with the "old chapel", an event worthy of recall was the first Mission preached there in 1877 by the Franciscan Fathers from Killarney. The Fathers occupied a house in the village and brought a brother to cook for them. The Mission was such a success that the then Parish Priest Fr. Molyneux had it extended for an extra fortnight. Most Rev. Dr.
Moriarty, Bishop of Kerry, administered confirmation. Children and adult candidates were prepared by catechism classes conducted in the church, in Irish & English, by the teachers of the parish. You might be surprised to find the Bishop of Kerry administering confirmation in Glengarriff, Co.Cork, but the Beara peninsula, most of which is in Co.Cork, comes under the Diocese of Kerry. Fr. Michael Sheehan P.P. (1858-1870) was the last priest in the parish to use Irish as the sole medium of preaching and instruction. Catechism classes in Irish in the church were discontinued during the time of Fr. Mangan P.P. who was later made Bishop of Kerry (of Ardfert & Aghadoe to be exact). Fr. Michael Sheehan P.P. changed his place of residence from Esk na Muice to Releagh, Bonane. Subsequent to this change, Bonane became the official title of the parish. In Releagh, Fr. Sheehan lived in a house which was built for the engineer in charge of the construction of the new Kenmare-Glengarriff roa!
d through the tunnel. Before this road was built, the bridle path or road over Esk Mountain was the only route between Bonane & Glengarriff. Adjacent to the Esk road, not far from the summit of the hill, on the Bonane side, is a large rock called the "altoir" (the Gaelic for an altar). On this rock the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered during the Penal Days. A priest, fleeing from this neighbourhood from his pursuers, was murdered by the "Red Coats" (or soldiers) while crossing the river in the townland of Innisfoyle, near Baurearagh. a red-stained stone in the bed of the river is said to have marked the spot. A similar episode concerning a hunted priest is associated with "The Priest's Leap", about two miles from Esk, Bonane, where the priest is said to have evaded the pursuing "Red Coats" by a prodigious leap on horseback. The marks made by the horse's hooves on the rock where he alighted used often be shown in later years. Not far from the "altoir" at Esk, in the townl!
and of Garrymore, are the ruins of "an (the)seana (old) seipeal (church)". There are other similar ruins at Faill (the cliff) an (of the) tSeipeil (church) in Gaerha/Gearha, Bonane. The "seana seipeal" preceeded a church at Milleens (Killabonane) which stood until 1888 when it was replaced by a new Bonane church.The parochial clergy have lived in Glengarriff since circa 1920. RIOBARD.

which stood until 1888 when it was replaced by a new Bonane church.The =
parochial clergy have lived in Glengarriff since circa 1920. RIOBARD. =

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