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Patrick McSwiney

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Family Farm, Dromboy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Death: Died in 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, R.C. Priest, Scholar; 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: Owner of Grain Mills
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About Patrick McSwiney

Patrick's father Daniel McSwiney owned a large farm (400 acres +) in Drumbuoy (now spelled Drumboy), a few miles north of Whitechurch RC (old) Cemetery - the site of the two family vaults.

It is believed Patrick and his brothers Roger and Morgan were born at Drumbuoy and were buried in the Whitechurch R.C. (old) Cemetery.

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

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

Children (21 year span) – same wife?:

  • 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.)

Grain Mill owner or Corn Merchant

An old OSI - Ordnance Survey Ireland - Historic Map shows Ballyvolane House and the Grain Mills in the 'Glen'.

(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 uncle (Patrick's brother) Roger McSwiney, worked as a priest in the 1780s. The family, coming from Whitechurch, were probably native (Gaelic) speakers" )

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. 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