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List of Church of Ireland clergy who served as vicars of Drishane: 1615 John Proudville also vicar of Dromtarriffe, a reading minister.

1618 McDonagh Sheagane instituted as vicar of both on August 28th, still here 1622.

1664 John Smith vicar of Drishane and Archdeacon of Aghadoe.

1691 Ezechiel Webbe instituted to same on March 10th.

1704 John Shepherd and James Bland.

1728 Edward Simpson - Archdeacon of Aghadoe and vicar of Drishane and Dromtarriffe.

1734 Edward Munne and Horatio Townsend.

1760 Vicarage united to Nohovaldaly by forming Union of Drishane.

Tithes were shared equally between the Earl of Donaghmore and the vicar. A new church was built by the Wallis family at the east end of the town in 1789 to replace the old one in the Drishane demesne. For lists of clergy who served during the 19th Century cf History of St Anna's by Denis Tangney. In 1904 the Church of Ireland parish was joined to Dromtarriffe.

The situation of the Catholic Church during the 17th Century.

When Henry VIII raised Ireland to the status of a kingdom in 1541, his intention was that this would be the centrepiece of a political and religious reform which would bring Ireland into line with English norms. In 1560, Anglicanism became the state church under Elizabeth. But apart from the situation within the Pale and the royal appointment of Church of Ireland bishops throughout the country, the Irish as a whole preferred to worship in the old way in their homes, with help from priests trained on the continent.

Virtually no record of Catholic activities exist for the period following the establishment of the Church of Ireland and the takeover of the Catholic places of worship during the reign of James I. It is reasonable to conclude that Catholics were poorly instructed did not have regular access to the Sacraments and that the keeping of records was a low priority.

We know that O'Sullivan Beara marched through here and crossed the Blackwater at the Boinng on his journey to Leitrim, following the defeat at Kinsale. It is not known whether the defeated Northern Earls (O'Neill and O'Donnell) passed this way on their retreat from Kinsale. Dispirited, they returned home and sailed from Lough Swilly to France in September 1607. Last year marked the 400th anniversary of their exile and the event engendered much interest. Attempts were made to find out more about these "99 noble lords" and their reasons for leaving.

Two other events of local relevance occurred during the 17th Century:

1. The arrival of the Papal Nuncio in 1645 and his passage through here. John Baptist Rinnuccini was sent by Pope Innocent X to attend the Confederation of Kilkenny. He arrive in Kerrmare on October 31st and Journeyed through Kerry and Cork on route to Kilkenny. After a week spent in Macroom he yielded to the pressure of Boethius MacEgan, future bishop of Ross, to go to Dromsicane, a seat of the McDonagh McCarthys. While here, he received a delegation from the Supreme Council, who sent two troop of horses to accompany him to Kilkenny. At Clonmeen he was entertained by Donagh O'Callaghan and by the Dominicans at Kilmallock. There is a detailed record of his travels and his correspondence in Latin, in which he makes mention of the hospitality he received from the local


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