Michael O’Donohoe Collection: Accessions

During the process of cataloguing the Michael O’Donohoe Collection, additional material was acquired by donation and purchase.1  This material, which included books, documents and photographs, was catalogued separately.     Among those who contributed were Breda Brooks (sister of the late Michael O’Donohoe); Johnnie Roche, Tomo Burke and John Reidy (committee); Jan Wesley, Peggy Reidy, Dave Geaney,…Continue Reading

Rates Records of Castleisland

Data from rates and census records of 1853, 1885, 1897 and 1911 collated into useful booklet form is held in this series of the Castleisland Collection.   The result is a magnified glimpse of town and inhabitant in the second half of the nineteenth century.     IE MOD-59-59.1 Thirteen page record of names (Ahern…Continue Reading

Landlordism in Castleisland

‘Forfeitures of Kerry lands have been taking place since 1200’, observed Jeremiah King in his History of Kerry, describing the occurrences as ‘systems of robbery’.1     Within the ‘systems of robbery’, King identified the period of landlordism as 1710 to 1921.   Michael O’Donohoe took a particular interest in this period.  The collection contains…Continue Reading

Michael Collins and the apple woman

Politician Michael Collins and the Civil War period find place in the O’Donohoe Collection.1     About one week before Michael Collins was shot, he won the blessings of an old apple woman.  It occurred on 14 August 1922, just two days after the death of President Arthur Griffith, when ‘the responsibilities of controlling a…Continue Reading

Ivy Leaf Theatre, Castleisland

The Castleisland collection includes a selection of newspapers, local and national, retained by Michael O’Donohoe for their relevance to the subjects of his research.   A local publication, Castleisland News, relates to the town’s Ivy Leaf Theatre and Arts Centre.1   The theatre, which finds home in a refurbished Church of Ireland, has been host…Continue Reading

Dromultan or Fagan Estate, Castleisland

There is an anti-Irish feeling so predominant among the English members [of parliament] as to render them totally unfit to legislate for Ireland – Daniel O’Connell to William Trant Fagan, 26 October 1833   Michael O’Donohoe’s innocuous note on Dromultan Estate opens up volumes in Irish history.     The name associates with Thomas Browne,…Continue Reading

Hotels in and about Castleisland

Michael O’Donohoe plotted the development of hotels in the town of Castleisland from the late eighteenth century.   Among the earliest inns documented are Bailey’s Hotel and Meredith’s Hotel. Others named include Brandon Arms Hotel, Chute Arms Hotel, Castle View Hotel (or Scannell’s/Hartnett’s Hotel), Coffey’s Commercial Hotel, Brosnan’s Temperance Hotel, Fitzgerald’s Imperial Hotel, McCrehan’s Star…Continue Reading