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Inchigeela Land League - 1881

In 1996 Eugene O'Riordan, Gortnalour received from Sean Coveney, Carrigaline the minutes and accounts book of the Inchigeela Land League Branch established in 1881.  Sean Coveney's grand-uncle Rev. Daniel Coveney was curate in various parishes in West Cork in the 1870's and 1880's and was involved in the agitation for land reform at the time and encouraged the setting up of Land League Branches.  In the late 1870's economic conditions in Ireland led to widespread civil unrest.  Bad harvests, famine due to potato-blight and mass evictions of tenants by landlords who wished to put cattle on their estates instead of corn, all put enormous pressure on the population.

The Land League was set up in 1880 by Michael Davitt to push for:
1. Fair Rents
2. Fixity of tenure
3. Freedom of sale for tenant.
A Branch was set up in Inchigeela in May 26th. 1881 to cover the entire parish.  Rev J. O Hea C.C. was elected Chairman and Ben Shorten vice-chairman.

The Committee set about collecting contributions from all farmers in the parish.  The
Accounts Book contains entries from the various collections from 1881 to 1887.  The name and townland of all the contributors is given in most cases.  We reproduce here a small selection of the 1881 collection.  The original runs to 18 pages.

NAME          AMOUNT
         
     s      d
Jerh.  Driscoll,  Tullogh 2 0
Stephen  Horgan, Clogher 2 0
John  Coffee,  Gurtnahoughtee 2 0
Danl. Leary,  Lackabawn 2 0
Timothy  Ahern,  Lackabawn 2 0
Danl.  Burke,  Shanacrane 1 0
Denis  Crowley,  Coolmountain 2 0
Denis  Mahony,  Clogher 1 6
Charles  McCarthy,  Tullogh 2 0
Jeremiah  Crowley,  Coolmountain West 2 0
Dan  Carey,  Shanacrane 2  0
John  Hurley,  Shanacrane 2 0
Danl.  Hurley,  Shanacrane 2 0
James  J.  Hurley,  Shanacrane 2 0
Patrick  Lucy,  Coolegrenane 2 0
C.  P.  Lucy,  Coolegrenane 2 0
Michael  Twomey,  Munivodrah 2 0
Matt Kelleher,  Gurtnacarriga 2 0
Patrick  T  Cotter,  Gurtnahoughty 2 0
Cors.  Hallisy,  Monevodrah 2 0
Patrick  Cotter,  Gurtnahoughty 2 0
Wm.  Cotter,  Gurtnahoughty 2 0
James  Cotter,  Gurtnahoughty 2 0
John  Kelleher,  Gurtnacarriga 2 0
John  Ring,  Monevodrah 2 0
Cors.  Lucy,  Coolegrenane 2 0
Cors.  Murphy,  Coolegrenane 2 0
Wm. Cotter,  Coolegrenane 2 0
John  Hallisy,  Currehane 2 0
Cors. Lucy,  Currehane 2 0
Patrick  Kearney,  Monevodrah 2 0
Wm.  Cotter,  Lackgneave 2 0
John  Delea,  Inchigeela 3 6
John Lucy,  Kilmore 3 0
Richard  Oldham,  Rossmore 2 0
John  Lucy,  Caharnacaha 2 0
Mrs.  Lucy,  Gurteenowen 2 0
Cors.  Cronin,  Keamcorabola 4 0
Maurice  Buttimer,  Corohy 2 0
D.  C.  Cronin,  Gurteenakilla 2 0
Tim  Dineen,  Inchideraisle 1 0
George  Nichols,  Teergaith 2 0
Dan  Leary,  Inchineave 2 0
John  Cronin,  Inchideraisle 2 0
Murty  Kelleher,  Inchideraisle 1 0
Denis  Dinneen,  Inchideraisle 2 0
Denis  Leary,  Derrivacorneen 2 0
Tim  Leary,  Derrivacorneen 2 0
John  Leary,  Kealvaugh 2 0
Jerh.  Leary,  Kealvaugh 2 0
Jas.  Cronin,  Kealvaugh 2 0
Mrs.  Leary,  Kealvaugh 2 0
Mrs.  Kearney,  Coornahahilla 2 0
Mrs.  Twomey,  Kealvaugh 2 0
Jerh.  Cotter,  Gurtnarea 2 0
Ben  Shorten,  Corohy 2 0
Cors.  Cotter,  Corohy 2 0
Tim  McCarthy,  Corohy 2 0
Cors.  Leary,  Corohy 2 0
Jerh.  Leary,  Corohy   2 0
Wm.  Twomey,  Corohy 2 0
John  Callaghan,  Corohy 1 0
Owen  Sullivan,  Corohy 2 0
Denis  Sweeney,  Ahaross 2 0
Wm.  Shinnick,  Gurtafludig 2 0
Mrs.  Horgan,  Keamcorobula 2 0
Jas.  Ahern,  Keamcorobula 2 0
Pat  Aherne,  Keamcorobula 2 0
Matt  Reardon,  Keamcorobula 2 0
Denis  Corcoran,  Keamcorobula 2 0
Denis  Healy,  Scrahanmore 2 0
Danl.  Hyde,  Scrahanmore 2 0
Wm.  Murphy,  Gortloughra 2 0
Mrs.  P.  Murphy,  Gortloughra 2 0
Jerh  Leary,  Derrinabourkey 2 0
John  Leary,  Derrinabourkey 2 0
Jas.  Hoare,  Coomdorohy 2 0
Richard  Lucy,  Caharnacaha 2 0
J.  Lucy,  Caharnacaha 2 0