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Guys Directory of Innishannon 1886

Post office and parish, 20m by rail and 15m by road south west of Cork and 4m from Bandon beautifully situated on the Bandon river.  Population of parish 1,649; of village 321.  The adjoining parishes of Leighmoney (pop 286) and Templemichael of Templemichael de Duagh (pop 307) SERVED FROM THIS POST OFFICE.  Innishannon (from its situation on a small island in the centre of a deep morass) was formerly a walled town and a place of some note, the foundations of several castles and large buildings have been discovered in its neighbourhood.  The “Book of Leinster” contains a record that Inis Eoganian (Innishannon) on the river Bandon, was demolished by the Danes on their first invasion of Ireland.  In 1412 the town of Innishannon, together with its ferry, was granted to Philip de Barry by Henry V.  It formerly possessed linen and cotton manufactures but these ceased with the present century.  The protestant church is a fine Gothic structure, complted in 1856, with a lofty spire; there is also a handsome catholic church with tower and spire, and possessing a fine bell of two tons weight. The scenery on the Bandon River is here very beautiful and has received much praise from the poet Sterne; and Spenser, in his Faery Queene, celebrates it as the pleasant Bandon. Crowned with many a wood; the adjoining hills are covered with woods and handsome residences.  A limited trade is carried on by means of this river, which is navigable for barges up to near Innishannon.  Several salmon weirs and great quantities of fish taken.  The village is much resorted in the angling season; the best stretch of river lies between this place and Bandon.  Below Shippool (or Poulanlonge) castle, built by Philip Roche (temp Henry V111).  IT was besieged and taken by the Bandonians in 1642 by which mens communication was opened with Kinsale.  Between Innishannon and Bandon, at the confluence of the Brinny with the Bandon, stand the picturesque ruins of the castle of Dundaneere or Downdaniel, built in 1476 by one of the Barry Oges.  The lovely scenery of the valley of the BRinny is thought by many to equal that of the Vale of Avoca in Wicklow.  This district so late as the beginning of the 16th century presented the appearance of a vast forest with “trees of wonderful length”.  About 1612 the East India Company paid stg 7,000 for wood and established a depot for smelting iron near Downdaniel.  Adjoining the castle is a chalybeate spring the waterse of which at one time held in high repute.  On an eminence near the ivy clad ruins of  the old church of Leighmoney are those of an extensive castle occupied by the Spaniards inn 1601 and by the royalists in 1641.  Land in general good, though some parts light and shallow; the sub stratum chiefly shistone based on argillaceous grit; Near shippool are singular rocks of greenstone formation.

Postal Address – Innishannon, Co Cork.  Money order and telegraph office.

Postermaster – Edward martin

Conveyance – Innishannon – A station Cork and Bandon Railway.  2m from station – two trains daily.

Station Master – Timothy Desmond

Poor Law – Union of Bandon.  Dispensary and registration district of Innishannon (pop of 2974) including electoral divisions of Ballymountain(?), Innishannon, Knockavilly and Knockroe

Ed officer and regr – Dr Alex M Alcock

Relieving Officer – P Dinneen

Petty Sessions Court – Each alternate Tuesday.  Population of Dist 4,205.  Wuarter Sess. District of Cork

Clerk Petty Sess – W H Daunt

Civil Bill Officer – George Busteed

Constabulary district of Bandon.

In charge of Innishannon Station  Sergeant Thomas Byrne

Fairs – 29 May, 24 Oct


Gentry and Clergy

Alcock Alex Mann, LRCSI, LKQCF

Cole Rev JH, clk, Woodview

Conner Rev R, Downdaniel

Connor Miss, Riverview

Corcor Mrs, Cor Castle

Daunt WH, CPS, Redfort Cottage

Dennehy Michael, JP. Prospect House

Eyre Mrs, Castleview

Hanlon rev William, AM rect

Herrick Thomas, Bonsfield, JP, Shippool

Holland Rev Timothy, PP Highfort

Lane George, Dunkereen

Lee Jervis, Dromkeen

Maunsell Colonel, Belmont House

Meade The Misses, West End House

Meade The Misses, Sunning Hill

O’Callaghan Rev John, CC, Dunkereen

Payne James Henry, JP, Beechmount

Quinn Thomas S, Firgrove

Roberts Benjamin, land com, tooreen

SLorach Henry, MRCSF, MD ST

Townsend Mrs N, Westropp House



National, Frewen.  Head Teacher – Joseph Wolfe

National. Innishannon.  Head teacher – Male – Edward Martin.  Female – Catherine Sullivan



Galvin James, Innishannon



Falvey Thomas

Olliffe Edward


Car Owners

Carey William

Galvin James

O’Brien Michael


Coal Merchants

Horgan James, Innishannon



Horgan James, Innishannon


Emigration Agent

Buchanan Henry, Innishannon


Flour and Meal Dealers

Falvey Thomas

Mawe Patrick



Carey William

Falvey Thomas

Murphy Jeremiah

Oliffe Edward



Buchanan Henry, house painter

Burleigh David, Nailmaker

Connell John, Blacksmith

Connell Michael, Blacksmith

Hussy Daniel, bootmaker

Murphy Daniel, tailor

Philips Walter, bootmaker

Weldon James, House painter



Barrett Edward

Chambers John, Killaminoge

Driscoll John

Murphy William

O’Brien Michael

O’Driscoll Edward, Colliers Quay


Principal Farmers

Parish Innishannon

Beazley William, Killeen

Crowley James, Knockroe

Desmond Humphrey, Innishannon

Donovan Daniel, Crosses

Falvey Denis, Curranure

Falvey John, Curranure

Fuller Ralph, Rock House

Good Michael, Barna

Good Richard, Ballymountain

Hawkes Michael, Keels

Hawkes William, Keels

Lewis John, Crosses

Loane Robert, Brothersfort

Lucy James, Rathnaruogy

Lynch Heremiah, Knockmullane

Lyons Mrs, Curranure

Mahony Cornelius, Ballymountain

Murphy John, Keels

Murphy Michael, Coolmoreen

Nagle David, Ballymountain

Nagle William, Coolmoreen

Popham John, Dromkeen

Quinn Charles, Skevanish

Quinn WJ, Skevanish

Reade WH, Dromkeen

Regan Daniel, Clouracaun

Regan Denis, Killountane

Ryan Anthony, Ballymountain

Smith J, Dromkeen

Stanley J, Clifford

Stanley John, Knockroe

Tyner John, Rathnaruogy

Webb George, Killountane

Wolfe James, Clouracaun

Wolfe William, Ballycoghlan


Parish Leighmoney

Coleman Daniel, Slievegallane

Tyner Benjamin, Lissard

Webb Thomas, Shanevally

Brien Jeremiah, Coolcullitha

Horgan Cornelius, Farlistown

Keeffe Owen, Farlistown

McCarthy Denis, Clogheenduane

Murphy Bartholomew, Killaminoge

Murphy Michael, Templemichael

Murphy Timothy, Killaminoge

Webb J, Coolcullitha

Wood William, Coolcullitha