Posted by: marthabernie | May 16, 2014

More Stone Buildings – Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland

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  1. Shanagarry Castle was built by the Power family (de la Poer), an Anglo-Norman family that settled in the area in the 1200s. Nearby Power Head is named after them. The Powers lost their land under the Cromwellian Plantation and the Shanagarry property, along with other confiscated lands in Imokilly barony, was eventually granted to Admiral William Penn after the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660. The grant of Shanagarry was actually a swap for the Bunratty estate in County Clare, which was restored to the O’Briens. Admiral Penn’s son, Wiliiam, became a Quaker and saw Shanagarry as his Irish home. His diaries tell of his time in south-east Cork. Eventually, Penn went off to found Pennsylvania, while the Cork properties passed by marriage to the Durdin family.


    • Interesting. The local information goes back as far as Williams Penn’s father, but I knew nothing about the Power Family. Power Family is also in Tramore.


      • Sadly, Martha, the local information tends to stop with the Penns, yet there is plenty on the Powers before the land was granted to Admiral Penn. The real problem is the lack of a decently researched local history. A common problem in Ireland, i fear!


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