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"In 1651 Charles MacCarthy of Killmydy being in a party with Colonel Phayre at the gate of his castle, Colonel Ingoldsby rides up to the gate with a span 'd pistol and shot him dead, at which action the said Phayre was much dissatisfied being commander-in-chief of that party."33

Another of the MacCarthy castles was at Dromsicane nearer to Cullen. This castle at Dromsicane had an unusual moment of glory in 1645 when the Papal Legate, Rinnucini, stayed there on his way to Kilkenny to take part in the proceedings of the Irish parliament known as the Confederation of Kilkenny. One account of the Nuncio's visit to Dromiscane sates: "Having past four days in Macroom, the Nuncio accompanied by the Bishop of Ardfert and Boetius Egan, Bishop of Ross, set out for Dromsicane, the residence of Dermot MacCarthy, a junior branch of the princely house. Here he was met by Richard Butler, brother of Lord Ormond, at the head of two troops of horse. The Lord of Dromsicane, MacDonagh, surnamed Donogh MacCarthy, then a widower, and Donogh his son, whose wife was Lord Muskerry's sister, entertained the Nuncio and all who came with him splendidly. From Dromsicane they proceeded to Clonmeen, the castle of Donogh O'Callaghan, chief of his name, who entertained with rare magnificence the crowd of nobles and gentry who flocked thither to do homage to the representative of the Holy See."

It is often said that the MacCarthys lost Drisean and the other castles and lands in this area under the Comwellian settlement and that Wallis got the lands, as it were from Cromwell. This was not so. What really happened was that the owner of the castle at the time in 1642, Donogh MacCarthy, had mortgaged the castle and lands to his near relation also called Donogh MacCarthy who was Lord Muskerry and who was the last of the Irish leaders to hold out in 1652 when he surrendered Ross castle to Ludlow. Muskerry was tried as being a war criminal after his surrender but found not guilty and went to France where he supported Charles II who was waiting for a favourable occasion to get on the throne of England. He was able to return in 1660 and he then set about rewarding those who had helped him in exile. Many of you will remember that this Lord Muskerry was in charge of the Irish forces at the battle of Knocknaclashhy near Millstreet on July 26 1652 having marched from the battle of Dromagh. After the defeat he retired to Ross Castle and when he surrendered Ross his estates were confiscated but his wife was allowed full use of the estates except for £1,000 a year which she had to pay to Lord Broghil - the man who hanged the Bishop of Ross in 1650 at Carraig an Droichid. After the coming of Charles II to the throne Muskerry got back all his lands with the exception of Castlemore with some townlands. In 1658 Charles had made him Earl of Clancarty. On his return to Ireland he found himself owner of the Drisean estate which had fallen to him through mortgage. In 1677 Donogh got a 99 year lease of Drishanemore on which stood the castle of Drishane. Another Donogh, Donogh MacCarthy, Lord Muskerry, Earl of Clancarty backed the wrong king in 1688 when he

the desperate men who

killed their monarch, Charles I.


Castle near Glengarriff

at Xmas 1602 came across Cum


Cheo beyond Claragh into O'Riordan's land. Crossed the Blackwater

near Millstreet railway station:



Manuscript notes by P O'M: Phayre was one of the regicides, one of



settled in Cork.

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    O'Sullivan Beare's


Boinng Ford opposite O'Keeffee's Castle. Keeping away

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    Why McCarthy did not join O'Neill.


McCarthy territory.


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