Wednesday, October 15, 2014


On Saturday, 12th April, 2014, members and friends assembled at the town hall to hear about the early history of Bandon from two very well versed speakers, Dr Colin Rynne and Dr David Edwards.  Colin and David gave us fascinating insights into Richard Boyle’s plantation strategy and how, with the help of his own army of up to 3,000 men, he amassed significant holdings throughout the country including ten towns in Cork and Waterford.  The illustrated lectures included a detailed map of Kent where many of Boyle’s settlers came from.

Following a hearty sandwich lunch provided by the Poachers Inn, members were taken on a guided tour of part of the town by Clare McCutcheon, a local archaeologist with a keen interest in the town’s history.  She gave an energetic talk about Bandon’s Georgian buildings and their various uses.  The members visited the Methodist Church and the Allin Institute.  The tour drew to a close outside the Hamilton High School, formerly 1 & 2 Devonshire Square.

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