County Cork Genealogy

County Cork Genealogy

County Cork Ancestry * COUNTY CORK FAMILY HISTORY * COUNTY CORK ROOTS

Irish name: Corcaigh

County Cork is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland, and also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, located within the province of Munster, and was named after the city of Cork. The southernmost of the Irish counties, covering an area of just under 7,500 square kilometres it is by far the largest county in Ireland. Cork is nicknamed "The Rebel County", as a result of the support of the townsmen of Cork in 1491 for Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the throne of England during the Wars of the Roses. In more recent times, the name has referred to the prominent role Cork played in the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) when it was the scene of most of the fighting, in addition it was an anti-treaty stronghold during the Irish Civil War (1922–23).

Much of what is now county Cork was once part of the Kingdom of Deas Mumhan (South Munster), anglicised as "Desmond", ruled by the MacCarthy Mór dynasty. After the Norman Invasion in the 12th century, the McCarthy clan were pushed westward into what is now West Cork and County Kerry. Dunlough Castle, standing just north of Mizen Head, is one of the oldest castles in Ireland (A.D. 1207). The north and east of Cork were taken by the Hiberno-Norman FitzGerald dynasty, who became the Earls of Desmond. Cork City was given an English Royal Charter in 1318 and for many centuries was an outpost for Old English culture. The Fitzgerald Desmond dynasty was destroyed in the Desmond Rebellions of 1569–1573 and 1579–83. Much of county Cork was devastated in the fighting, particularly in the Second Desmond Rebellion. In the aftermath, much of Cork was colonised by English settlers in the Plantation of Munster.

In 1491 Cork played a part in the English Wars of the Roses when Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the English throne, landed in the city and tried to recruit support for a plot to overthrow Henry VII of England. The mayor of Cork and several important citizens went with Warbeck to England but when the rebellion collapsed they were all captured and executed. Cork's nickname of the 'rebel city' originates in these events. The nickname was later applied to the whole county.

In 1601 the decisive Battle of Kinsale took place in County Cork, which was to lead to English domination of Ireland for centuries. Kinsale had been the scene of a landing of Spanish troops to help Irish rebels in the Nine Years War (1594–1603). When this force was defeated, the rebel hopes for victory in the war were all but ended. County Cork was officially created by a division of the older County Desmond in 1606.

In the 19th century, Cork was a centre for the Fenians and for the constitutional nationalism of the Irish Parliamentary Party, from 1910 that of the All-for-Ireland Party. The county was a hotbed of guerrilla activity during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921). Three Cork Brigades of the Irish Republican Army operated in the county and another in the city. Prominent actions included the Kilmichael Ambush in November 1920 and the Crossbarry Ambush in March 1921. The activity of IRA flying columns, such as the one under Tom Barry in west Cork, was popularised in the Ken Loach film The Wind That Shakes The Barley. The centre of Cork city was razed to the ground by the British Black and Tans, in December 1920 as were many other towns and villages around the county.

At this time many Cork residents moved to Liverpool, in England, among them the ancestors of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

During the Irish Civil War (1922–23), most of the IRA units in Cork sided against the Anglo-Irish Treaty. From July to August 1922 they held the city and county as part of the so called Munster Republic. However, Cork was taken by troops of the Irish Free State in August 1922 in the Irish Free State offensive, that included both overland and seaborne attacks. For the remainder of the war, the county saw sporadic guerrilla fighting until the Anti-Treaty side called a ceasefire and dumped their arms in May 1923. Michael Collins, a key figure in the War of Independence, was born near Clonakilty and assassinated during the civil war in Béal na Bláth, both in West Cork.

Some towns and villages of county Cork where we have researched Cork Ancestors are;

1. Bandon 2. Carrigaline. 3. Clonakilty. 4. Cobh 5. Cork City 6. Kinsale. 7. Charleville 8. Kanturk 9. Clonakilty 10. Youghall 11. Skibereen 12. Mallow 13.Fermoy 14. Bantry

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Catholic Parishes of County Cork

What follows is a listing of copies of Roman Catholic parish registers fo county Antrim that can be researched in either the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast or the National Library in Dublin. If you are researching county Clare ancestors, there are many Civil Parishes of County Cork

If you are researching south-west county Cork ancestors, there are many parishes in County cork. They are as follows;

Abbeymahon, Abbeystrowry, Aghabulloge, Aghacross, Aghada, Aghadown, Aghern, Aghinagh, Aglish, Aglishdrinagh, Ardagh, Ardnageehy, Ardskeagh, Athnowen, Ballinaboy, Ballinadee, Ballintemple, Ballyclogh, Ballycurrany Ballydeloher Ballydeloughy Ballyfeard * Ballyfoyle * Ballyhay * Ballyhooly * Ballymartle * Ballymodan * Ballymoney * Ballynoe* Ballyoughtera * Ballyspillane * Ballyvourney * Barnahely * Bohillane * Bregoge * Bridgetown * Brigown * Brinny * Britway * Buttevant Caheragh * Caherduggan * Caherlag * Cannaway * Carrigaline * Carrigdownane * Carrigleamleary * Carrigrohane * Carrigrohanebeg * Carrigtohill * Castlehaven * Castlemagner * Castletownroche * Castleventry * Churchtown * Clear Island * Clenor * Clondrohid * Clondulane * Clonfert * Clonmeen * Clonmel * Clonmult * Clonpriest * Clontead * Cloyne * Coole * Cooliney * Corbally * Corcomohide * Corkbeg * Creagh * Cullen * Currykippane * Dangandonovan * Derryvillane * Desert * Desertmore * Desertserges * Donaghmore * Doneraile * Drinagh * Drishane * Dromdaleague * Dromdowney * Dromtarriff * Dunbulloge * Dunderrow * Dungourney * Dunisky * Dunmahon * Durrus * Fanlobbus * Farahy * Fermoy * Garranekinnefeake * Garrycloyne * Garryvoe * Glanworth * Gortroe * Grenagh * Hackmys * Ightermurragh * Imphrick * Inch * Inchigeelagh * Inchinabacky * Inishannon * Inishcarra * Inishkenny * Island * Kells * Kilbolane * Kilbonane * Kilbrin * Kilbrittain * Kilbrogan * Kilbroney * Kilcaskan * Kilcatherine * Kilcoe * Kilcorcoran * Kilcorney * Kilcredan * Kilcrohane * Kilcrumper * Kilcully * Kilcummer * Kildorrery * Kilfaughnabeg * Kilgarriff * Kilgrogan * Kilgullane * Kilkerranmore * Killaconenagh * Killanully * Killaspugmullane * Killathy * Killeagh * Killeenemer * Killowen * Kilmacabea * Kilmacdonogh * Kilmaclenine * Kilmahon * Kilmaloda * Kilmeane * Kilmeen * Kilmichael * Kilmocomoge * Kilmoe * Kilmoney * Kilmonoge * Kilmurry * Kilnaglory * Kilnagross * Kilnamanagh * Kilnamartery * Kilpatrick * Kilphelan * Kilquane * Kilroan * Kilroe * Kilshanahan * Kilshannig * Kilsillagh * Kilworth * Kinneigh * Kinsale * Kinure * Knockavilly * Knockmourne * Knockmourne * Knocktemple * Lackeen * Leighmoney * Leitrim * Liscarroll * Liscleary * Lisgoold * Lislee * Lismore & Mocollop * Litter * Little Island * Macloneigh * Macroney * Macroom * Magourney * Mallow * Marmullane * Marshalstown * Matehy * Middleton * Mogeely * Mogeesha * Monanimy * Monkstown * Mourneabbey * Moviddy * Murragh * Myross * Nohaval * Nohavaldaly * Rahan * Rathbarry * Rathclarin * Rathcooney * Rathcormack * Rathgoggan * Ringcurran * Ringrone * Ross * Rosskeen * Rostellan * Shandrum * Skull * St. Anne's Shandon * St. Finbar's * St. Mary's Shandon * St. Michael's * St. Nathlash * St. Nicholas * Subulter * Templebodan * Templebreedy * Templebryan * Templemartin * Templemichael * Templemolaga * Templenacarriga * Templeomalus * Templequinlan * Templeroan * Templerobin * Templetrine * Templeusque * Timoleague * Titeskin * Trabolgan * Tracton * Tullagh * Tullylease * Wallstown * Whitechurch * Youghal

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

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