Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 Expands to Midleton

Lifelong Festival

The annual Cork Lifelong Learning Festival has expanded beyond the city in 2016. One of the venues this year is Midleton!

As part of the Festival, on Saturday 16th April, a free historical walking tour will be conducted by yours truly, meeting at the Courthouse at 12.00 noon.

The tour will go from the Courthouse to Distillery Walk, with brief side trips up Chapel Lane and Connolly Street. This tour aims to introduce people to the history of Midleton through its buildings.  The tour will last an hour. So, if you are participating in the festival’s events,  do come along and join us! Open to young and old alike!  This year’s festival runs from Monday 11th April to Sunday 17th April. And yes, the tour is free! And you can join us at any stage!

Let’s hope the weather gods are kind on that day!

6 thoughts on “Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 Expands to Midleton

  1. PIty I Missed it…not visiting area until June! However, perhaps you could help me. My forebears were the Barry s of Broomfield, and were Catholics. My grandmother Mary Hanorah’s baptism is found in Catholic parish records. I have her baptism certificate dated 9th May 1880 confirming this, BUT the location is given as St John’s which I know to be CHurch of Ireland. Very curious. Also was the Church of the Holy Rosary already in existence before 1890s? Great blogs, by the way.

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    • Stephanie,

      would you believe it, there is actually NO issue with the name of the church in which Mary Hanorah was baptised. In fact the Catholic chapel (as they called it) of Midleton between about 1805 and 1896 was dedicated to St John the Baptist, in imitation of the Church of Ireland church. This dedication was different from the previous chapel (on the Youghal Road) which was dedicated to St Mary The 1805 chapel stood on the site of the present St Mary’s High School Hall, next to the old convent. Sadly both the much extended chapel and convent have since been demolished. Holy Rosary Church was built between 1894 and 1896, although the spire was completed in 1907-1908. The medieval parish was dedicated to St Mary, as were all Cistercian parishes and churches, and therefore Archdeacon William Hutch actually restored the medieval dedication when he built the present parish church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Thus Mary Hanorah would have seen the new church under construction and, from 1897, the demolition of the old chapel, in which she had been baptized. It’s worth noting that the road leading up past the present church is officially St Mary’s Road but natives of Midleton still call it Chapel Road thus preserving the memory of the former, now vanished, parish church.


      • Thanks, Tony. I’d never have worked that out from this distance (UK). For the record, all the Broomfield Barrys (unmarried Barry Brothers) died out in 1963. The farm sold around 1960.
        It appears they were landholders (whereas the Barrys next door -likely related- are tenants).
        I am not sure about land ownership, there are Barrys on Broomfield early aplotment lists – who were they paying? Also, was it normal for Catholics to hold land, rather than as subtenants.
        So many questions..perhaps you could clarify how it worked in a blog?


      • Stephanie,

        Your questions are perfectly valid because so many people simply assume that Catholics didn’t hold land as landowners. This arises from the idea that the Penal Laws enacted in the 1690s and early 1700s stripped all Catholics of their land ownership. In fact some families held on to their land for decades until the Penal laws were amended and later abolished. Broomfield would have been part of the property of the Brodricks, Viscounts Midleton. However the Land Reform Acts in the late 19th and early 20th century transferred most of that land into the hands of the tenant farmers – that is how your Barry relatives got their farm as freehold. Other families were much slower to take up the opportunity. Indeed it is possible that they might have bought out Lord Midleton in the 1850s when the Midleton estate was put up for sale to settle outstanding debts. I may indeed have to sort that out in the blog!


  2. That’s brilliant…or at least a start. I only saw the rebuilt farmhouse from afar when we visited as a child in 1960s. I expect it is now part of the housing estate. The names and ages for the 2 neighbouring Barry households as entered on the census are totally confusing (I suspect they didn’t take kindly to the intrusive questions). MY grandmother is listed although by then she was married with baby on English census, and Patrick is claimed as a son by one family in 1901 and by the other in 1911. However, it was amazing to find the detail of the farm buildings, which we don’t get on English censuses. Is there any book or guide on Midleton I can pick up before or during my visit in June?


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