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Local History

Here we have a few articles on aspects of local history. Please click on the pdf symbol to access the relevant article and enjoy the read!

Celebrating Culture & Creativity of Bantry's 4 valleys - part 1


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Bantry Town Council honours Historical Society members

Bantry Town Council honours Bantry Historical & Archaeological Society members in 2013

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Cath Chéim an Fhia - Battle of Keimaneigh

From the Schools Collection:  This is a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s.

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Bantry Town Commissioners & Town Council 1896-2014

A brief summary of the Minutes of meetings of the Bantry Town Commissioners and Bantry Town Council from its formation in 1896 to its termination in 2014.  The full document may be viewed at

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Bantry tolls in the 19th century

A list of the Tolls, Duties and Customs claimed by the Earl of Bantry on June 28th 1818

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Bantry fisheries in the 19th century

Extracts from reports of the Commissioners of Irish Fisheries in Bantry Bay  - 1827 to 1867

Image: Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857 - 1947) A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach

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Bantry Bridewell 1842-1856

A snap shot of both prison and prisoners from the mid nineteenth century in Bantry Bridewell.

Image: typical 19th century prison cell. Image credit: Cork City Gaol

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Statistics from Census 1911

Bantry Rural, Bantry Urban and Whiddy District Electoral Divisions -Statistics from the Census of 1911 in the said DEDs

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