Pigot & Co.'s Directory, 1824 - Clonakilty

Pigot & Co.'s Directory
1824 - Clonakilty
Co. Cork

Updated 7 Nov 1999

Transcribed from public records by Anita and posted to Genexchange County Cork mailing list and used here with her kind permission.


At the head of a sandy bay in the county of Cork, is a considerable market town, distant from the castle of Dublin 150 miles, from Cork 26, from Bandon 10, and from Kinsale 17.

An important trade is carried on in the manufacture of coarse linens, for the sale of which a weekly market is held on Fridays, in a spacious hall erected by the Earl of Shannon for the accommodation of the dealers. Within the last three years there has been a very considerable increase in this branch of industry, and upwards of ten thousand persons are now employed in the various processes of the manufacture, in this and the neighbouring town of Ross and the surrounding district, whence the linens are bought for sale to the public market.

The description of goods manufactured here is peculiar to the county of Cork and called Vitries and Twills; these are from three quarters to a yard wide, and the average price is from 4 1/2 d. to 8 d. per yard. The market is regularly attended by purchasers from Cork and Bandon, who buy on commission for the English and Scotch houses; and the weekly sales are computed at upwards of 1000 L. The market is superintended by Mr. Henry Franks, senr. seal master. An English gentleman has recently established a large linen manufactory here; but the trade is, in general, carried on by persons of small capital, who employ from one to four looms.

A little cotton is also manufactured; there is a large brewery, and some corn is exported.

Clonakilty is a corporate town, and is governed by a sovereign and recorder, who hold sessions of the peace for the town and liberties, and have the power of enforcing the payment of small debts.

It was a borough before the union and is the property of the Earl of Shannon. This place flourished until the rebellion of 1641, when it was totally consumed, but it is now rapidly improving, several good houses have recently been erected, a substantial market house has been raised, and a new road formed along the Strand to the village of Ring. The church, situated upon a rising ground, is a respectable building, and contains a good organ. The Rev. Horace Townsend, A.M., is the vicar, and Dr. Stewart, the curate.

There are also a Weslyan meeting house and also a large Catholic chapel, of which the Rev. Daniel Walsh is the priest.

The charitable institutions are numerous and well conducted. The dispensary is regularly attended by a physician and an apothecary; and no less a number than 1,827 persons are reported to have received medicine and advice from this excellent establishment during the last year.

Here is a large school of industry for the Catholic girls, and a similar one for Protestants, superintended by the most respectable ladies of the town; in these the children are employed in fine needlework and spinning, and a portion of their time is devoted to mental instruction.

There is also a school for boys, partly supported by the incumbent of the parish, and partly by the Dublin Association for Discountenancing Vice and the Promotion of Religion and Virtue.

There is also a good general market on Friday, and the five fairs are held on the 6th of April, the 30th of June, the 1st of August, the 10th of October, and the 12th of November, for cattle, merchandise, &c. At the distance of seven miles, on the direct road to Skibbereen is the small town of Ross, in no way remarkable, except that it is a bishoprick united to Cork in the year 1586.

The church is a small gothic structure having a handsome and lofty spire; the church yard is washed by an arm of the sea, which is so shallow that no vessel can approach the town.

Near this place is the seat of Lord Carberry; and on the left, about midway between Ross and Skibbereen, the mansion of Lord Kingston may be seen. The population of Clonakilty is about 5,600.

**Post Office**,
Main Street. - Post Master, Mr. John Bennett. The Mail from Dublin, Cork and all parts of Great Britain, arrives every day at half past one, and is despatched every morning at half past eleven. The Skibbereen mail leaves immediately on the arrival of the Dublin mail.

**Nobility, Gentry and Clergy**
Carberry, Right Honourable Lord (Castle-treke)
Allen, Mrs. (Sovereigns Street)
Austin, Henry jr., esq. (South Ring)
Barry, Lieut. James H.P. (Mill Street)
Barry, James Redmond, esq. (Dunmore, near Clonakilty)
Beamish, George, esq. (Dunmore, near Clonakilty)
Bennett, Samuel, esq. Magistrate (Square)
Bowerman, George, esq. (Square)
Casey, Lieut. D. O'Brien R.N., H.P. (Sovereigns Street)
Deasy, Richard esq. (Mill Street)
Donovan, Capt. Alex H.P. (Cottage)
Evanson, Lieut. Allen, R.N. (Galley-head, near Clonakilty)
French, Rev. Philip (Square)
Gallwey, Michael, esq. (Kilkoran)
Gillman, Herbert, esq. Magistrate (Bennett's Grove, near Clonakilty)
Herrick, Edward, esq. (Square)
Hopkins, Lieut. William R., H.P. (Ballyrackay, near Clonakilty)
Hoy, Captain Robert, R.N. (Mill Street)
Hungerford, Mrs. (Swuare)
Hungerford, Richard, esq. (Island)
Hungerford, Thos. esq. (Rosscarbery)
Hungerford, Thomas, esq. (Island)
Jennings, Rev. Wm. (Rosscarbery)
Molony, Rev. Jeremiah (Rosscarbery)
Mooney, Rev. P. (Mill Street)
O'Regan, Mrs. (Sovereigns Street)
Power, P. esq, Surgeon R.N., H.P. (Main Street)
Sands, Captain George (Dunowen)
Smyth, John, esq. (Ross-view)
Smyth, Richd., esq. (Castle-Downheen)
Spiller, John, esq. (Mill Street)
Stewart, Rev.Henry Wilson, L.L.D. (Lower-tawnies)
Sweeny, James, esq. (Square)
Townsend, Rev. C.C. (Rosscarbery)
Townsend, Rev. Horace, Magistrate (Derry, near Rosscarbery)
Townsend, Jno., esq. Recorder (Square)
Toye, Thomas, esq. (Rosscarbery)
Toye, Winspear, esq. (Rosscarbery)
Walsh, Rev. David P.P. (Rosscarbery)
White, Rev. James (Rosscarbery)

**Merchants, Tradesmen &c.**

Bennett, Francis (Sovereigns Street)
Lucas, John (North Ring)
Spiller, James (Barrack Street)
Williamson, Edward (Rosscarbery)

Fitzgibbon, Thomas (Rosscarbery)
Folliott, Wm. (& member of the royal college of surgeons, Square)
Hungerford, George (Square)
Lucas, Thomas (Richfordstown)
O'Connor, Brien (Mill Street)

Travers Boyle (Ballymacone)

Hayes, Marshall (Mill Street)
Justice, T. (Main Street)

Driscol, George (land, Main Street)
Hogan, John (commission, Mill Street)
Molony, Jas, (commission, Square)

Baily, Thomas (Main Street)
Beamish, Abrm. (& grocer, Main Street)
Hagarty Susan (Main Street)
Harly, Mary (Main Street)
McCarthy, James (Mill Street)
Webb, John (Sovereigns Street)

**Boot and Shoe Makers**
Clarke, John (Main Street)
Hagarty, William (Main Street)
Howell, Richard (Main Street)
Tanner, George (Sovereigns Street)
Wagner, William (Main Street)

**Brewers & Maltsters**
Deasy & Company (near the Square)

**Carpenters &c.**
Driscol, Michael (Main Street)
Hart, John (Main Street)
Hart, Richard (Main Street)
Nunan, James (Main Street)

**Corn Merchants and Millers**
Foster, John Sadlier (Shannon-vale)
Hayes, George and James (Castle-view)
Hegarty, Henry (Lisse-lane)
Lucas, Jasper E. (North Ring)

Bateman, Michael (Main Street)
Hungerford, J. (Lamb Street)

**Dyers (Blue)**
Brady, James (Sovereigns Street)
Collins, William (Market Place)

Alleyn, Henry (Main Street)
Bennett, Jno. (& flour factor, Main Street)
Calanan, Susan (Main Street)
Deasy, Daniel (Sovereigns Street)
Heas, John (& spirit dealer, Main Street)
Kingston, Paul (& spirit dealer, Market Place)
Savage, Eliza (Main Street)
Toohig, James (& tallow chandler, Main Street)

**Hardwaremen & Dealers in Oils, &c.**
Bennett, Josias (Mill Street)
Wagner, James (Main Street)

**Linen Drapers**
Abbott, John (& cotton manufacturer, Main Street)
Driscol, Cath. (& milliner, Main Street)
Field, Ellen (Barrack Street)
Hayes, Timothy (Main Street)
Heagarty, Daniel (Main Street)
Molony, Jno. (& pawnbroker, Main Street)
Molony, Timothy (Main Street)

**Linen Merchant and Manufacture**
Elmore, John Richard (near Mill Street)

Bennett, William (Mill Street)
Waugh, Andw. & Wm. (Sovereigns Street)

Brady, James W. (Sovereigns Street)
Coakley, Daniel (Sovereigns Street)
Condon, James (Main Street)
Connell, John (Sovereigns Street)
Crowly, Cornelius (Sovereigns Street)
Deasy, Jeremiah (Sovereigns Street)
Donovan, John (Main Street)
Driscol, C. (Sovereigns Street)
Grace, John (Main Street)
Jones, Joseph (Sovereigns Street)
McCarthy, E. (Mill Street)
Mahony, Timothy (Mill Street)
Nunan, Francis (Main Street)
O'Herly, Timothy (Main Street)
O'Leary, D. (Barrack Street)
O'Neil, Owen (Market-place)
O'Regan, Ann (Mill Street)
O'Riordan, Daniel (Mill Street)
Riordan, John (Sovereigns Street)
Sullivan, Daniel (Mill Street)
White, Edward (Main Street)
Wright, Stephen (Sovereigns Street)

Sullivan, James (near the Square)
Twigg, Patrick (Barrack Street)

Cotter, James, saddler (Barrack Street)
Deasy, Ellen, wine and spirit dealer (Sovereigns Street)
Deasy, Js., dealer in drugs (Sovereigns Street)
Franks, Henry, junr., linen factor (Sovereigns Street)
Maybury, Mary, dealer in drugs (Main Street)
McCarthy, Jeremiah, coal and earthenware dealer (Mill Street)
Spiller, John, painter and glazier (Main Street)

CORK and Bandon, the Mail every morning at half past eleven,
and returns to Skibbereen, through Ross, every day at half past one.

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