The Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society is officially launched!

Our last post announced a meeting to form a historical society for Midleton and Ballinacurra. The good news is that over thirty people attended the meeting in Midleton Library on Monday 18th September and approved the creation of a society.  There was much discussion but it was important to lay down a number of principles – leave politics and religion outside the door, and we were advised to spread our wings south to Roches Point, east towards Killeagh, north to Dungourney and Clonmult, west to Leamlara and Ballyannan.

On the advice of Mr Willie Cunningham, who directed the process,  a committee of seven (the ‘Magnificent Seven‘!) was selected with the power to appoint officers from amongst their number, with your author as Chairman. The committee is also empowered to co-opt an eighth member should that be warranted. We are now tasked with organising various matters – membership, a constitution, finance, lectures, talks and events. We are also tasked with establishing relationships with our neighbouring societies/groups at Cloyne, Aghada,  Killeagh and Carrigtwohill. Oh, and we have to finalise a name for the society – the one given in the title is a working name for the moment.

Wish us luck!

17 thoughts on “The Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society is officially launched!

  1. Best of luck. Fantastic idea. I will be looking forward to your progress from a Midleton man living in the bush in Australia!

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  2. Congratulations Tony on your great efforts to realize this day with the setting up of this society. Your talks are fantastic especially with your wonderful personality. Best of luck

    Michael and Mary O’Connor


  3. My father came from castle Redmond Bullinacurra, his name was Henry Forde. is it possible for you to send me your news letters, or update of meetings.

    thank you, lindsay westcott nee Forde


      • Hopefully, you enjoy history and research. I do know some bits about Castle Redmond farm: they were the testing ground for Guinness. The fields were marked into grids for different types of grain to be grown, then the rest of the land grew for Guinness. Ram Hill farm next door, supplied aggregates, for the Ford motor company it was shipped everyday to Dagenham and used to mold the gearbox’s casings. The query also supplied most of Cork for road making. The river was dredged every day but Christmas Day to stop it silting up, and allow the aggregate to be exported. I believe exports were stopped when my grandfather sold the farms in 1933. Lindsay


    • HI Lindsey, my name is Graham Forde. I live in Cork. I read an article about you donating a model of the Terra Nova. My fathers side of the family are also descendants of Robert Forde. Roberts brother John is my Father’s Grandfather.
      Is it possible to exchange information.
      Regards Graham


  4. Hello there. I found your site while yet again searching for my Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Alas still no luck. So I am delighted to know that there is a body of people like yourselves who are willing to commit to this project. I never met my maternal or paternal grandparents, however I have been able to research my maternal side and really enjoyed doing so. Grandfather Sheehan on the paternal side still remains an enigma.
    It doesn’t seem possible does it, to lose a whole family in Midleton ?
    Again, thank you for taking up this project on behalf of people like myself who are trying to fit together the pieces of a broken past.


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