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Patrick McSwiney

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Family Farm, Dromboy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Death: between 1820 and 1828 (66-82)
Ballyvolane House, Gouldings Glen, North Parish, Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland
Place of Burial: Whitechurch, Co. Cork, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel McSwiney
Husband of Ellen McSwiney
Father of Daniel McSwiney, V.F., P.P., Scholar, Theologian; Patrick McSwiney, Pres. Irish College, Paris; Mary McSwiney; Michael McSwiney; Julia Anne Sheahan and 4 others
Brother of Roger McSwiney (Priest) and Morgan McSwiney

Occupation: Farm, Grain Mills
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About Patrick McSwiney

Roman Catholics could not own land in Ireland until after emancipation in 1801. Patrick's father - Daniel McSwiney, Farmer, had a 30 year Indenture of Lease (renewed 7 February 1786) from Mr Robert MCarthy, of a large farm (400 acres +) in Droumbuoy (now spelled Drumboy), a few miles north of Whitechurch RC (old) Cemetery - the site of two family vaults. The land was bounded on the East by Boherard, on the West by West Droumbuoy, on the north by Gurlnrlahee (spelling?) and on the south by Ryefield.

A Memorial of the Indented Deed of Assignment was created on 25 May - registered 31st May - in 1787 between Daniel, his father, and Patrick - also named as a farmer. Daniel died that same year.

Patrick was the oldest son, Roger - a Priest - the middle son, Morgan the youngest (c1755-c1828, died in his 70s).

Patrick was born circa early 1750s and died sometime after O'Callaghan's Birth in 1809 and before 1828.

Children (21 year span)

  • c1787 son Daniel was born
  • 1789 son Roger was born.

[As listed on page 102 of Registry of births of St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s (Register 9, entry 4]

  • 1791, April 4 son Patrick was born - born to Ellen Lean (Lane) and Patrick McSwiney

[As listed on p.4156 of Registry of births of St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s):

  • 1793 daughter Mary was born
  • 1795 daughter Julia Anne was born.
  • 1797 son John was born
  • 1800 son Denis was born
  • 1802 son Michael was born
  • 1808 son Callahan J. McSwiney (who became O'Callaghan J. McSweeny after emigrating to the U.S.)

(Reference the article, courtesy of the Bandon Historical Society, Journal No. 14, 1998, where the late Fr Christy Walsh refers to Patrick's son, Fr Daniel McSweeney - A Famine Victim: "His people owned grain mills* north-east of Cork City, in which is now called "Goulding's Glen" and their residence, Ballyvolane House, still stands in the midst of new housing estates. The townland was in the 'North Parish' but the boundary with Glanmire ran nearby and here, his (Daniel's) uncle Roger McSwiney, worked as a priest in the 1780s. The family, coming from Whitechurch, were probably native (Gaelic) speakers".

(NB: Research has not yet verified the McSwiney's as owning grain mills in. C.E. Cork City.)

Leased "Ballyvolane House and lands" from the Catholic family of Coppingers*, in the area of Cork City north of Mayfield, called Ballyvolane and the Glen (Gouldings Glen)

[The Archive - The Journal of the Cork Northside Folklore Project - Issue 15, 2011 article by Breda Sheehan]

  • The Coppinger family were Catholic landowners of some stature at Ballyvolane House and its lands from the 16th to mid-18th century. During Oliver Cromwell's redistribution of Catholic lands, the Coppingers were spared the house and lands, because Stephen Coppinger had given young Cromwell some assistance when in financial trouble as a student abroad.

In April 1795 a Dublin newspaper carried a report that Dr. Moylan, Bishop of Cork, had leased the large building with twenty acres (I.e. Ballyvolane House/Hall) as a Seminary for training priests - Ireland's first Seminary. [This building was known as "The College."] However this purpose was put to an end with a change of location to Maynooth, Co. Kildare. In the 1820s the lease passed to a famous Cork family - the McSwiney's."

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Patrick McSwiney's Timeline

Dromboy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Age 37
Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Age 39
Cork, Munster, Ireland
April 8, 1791
Age 41
Cork, Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Age 43
Cork, Ireland
March 13, 1795
Age 45
September 10, 1797
Age 47
Cork, Ireland
October 11, 1800
Age 50
Cork, Ireland
September 26, 1802
Age 52
Cork, County Cork, Ireland