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Encyclopedia > Bantry
A sculpture located in Bantry of St. Brendan the Navigator
A status of Theobald Wolfe Tone also stands in the town
Bantry
Beanntraí
Location
WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates:
51°40′47″N 9°27′12″W / 51.679794, -9.45322
Irish Grid Reference
V997488
Statistics
Province: Munster
County: Cork
Population (2006)
 - Town:
 - Rural:
 
3,309 
8
Website: www.bantry.ie

Bantry (Irish: Beanntraí) is a town on the coast of County Cork, Ireland, located on the N71 route at the head of Bantry Bay. The Beara peninsula is to the northwest, with Sheep's Head also nearby, on the peninsula south of Bantry Bay. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 388 KB) Summary My own photo of Naomh Bréanainn. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 388 KB) Summary My own photo of Naomh Bréanainn. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 403 KB) Summary My own photo of Wolfe Tone. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 403 KB) Summary My own photo of Wolfe Tone. ... Theobald Wolfe Tone - United Irish leader. ... Bullet for locations in Ireland, displays location and not area. ... Image File history File links Ireland_map_County_Cork_Magnified. ... GPS redirects here. ... The Irish national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Ireland. ... When under Gaelic rule, Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the túatha. ... Statistics Area: 24,607. ... For much of its history, the island of Ireland was divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). Two historical counties, County Desmond and County Coleraine, no longer exist, while several county names have changed. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Cork Code: C (CK proposed) Area: 7,457 km² Population (2006) 480,909 (including City of Cork); 361,766 (without Cork City) Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Cork Code: C (CK proposed) Area: 7,457 km² Population (2006) 480,909 (including City of Cork); 361,766 (without Cork City) Website: www. ... A National Secondary Route is a category of road in the Republic of Ireland. ... A directional road sign in the Republic of Ireland on an other road (not a national road) at Portlaoise, County Laois, including patches for national roads and advance warning of bridge height restrictions. ... Bantry Bay is a bay located in southwest Ireland, in County Cork. ... The Beara peninsula in Ireland is the southernmost of the main peninsulas on the south-west coast. ... Sheeps Head Sheeps Head, also known as Muntervary (Rinn Mhuintir Bháire in Irish), is the headland at the end of the peninsula between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay in County Cork, Ireland. ...


As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator. In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America. Saint Brendan, (484 (?) – 577 (?)) called the Navigator, is one of the early Irish monastic saints whose legends have overshadowed their history. ...

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History

Wolfe Tone Square in the town commemorates Theobald Wolfe Tone. Tone, a Dublin-born Irishman, led the United Irishmen in what he had hoped to be a re-run of the French Revolution ten years earlier, this was to be done with the help of French Republicans to overthrow British rule (see 1798 rebellion). The ill-fated French invasion force arrived in Bantry in 1796. Theobald Wolfe Tone - United Irish leader. ... The Society of the United Irishmen was a political organisation in eighteenth century Ireland that sought independence from Great Britain. ... The French Revolution (1789–1815) was a period of political and social upheaval in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based on... The French people proclaimed Frances First Republic on 21 September 1792 as a result of the French Revolution and of the abolition of the French monarchy. ... (Redirected from 1798 rebellion) The Irish Rebellion of 1798 or 1798 rebellion as it is known locally, was an uprising in 1798, lasting several months, against the British establishment in Ireland. ...

Irish War of Independence commemorative plaque

During the Irish War of Independence/The Tan Wars the 5th Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army was very active in Bantry, and many remained so during the "Civil War" that followed, and those who died between 1920 and 1923 'In Defence of the Republic' are listed on Wolfe Tone Square. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 757 KB) Summary My own photo of Bantry commemoration stone. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 757 KB) Summary My own photo of Bantry commemoration stone. ... Combatants Irish Republic United Kingdom Commanders Michael Collins Richard Mulcahy Cathal Brugha Important local IRA leaders Henry Hugh Tudor Strength Irish Republican Army c. ... Combatants Irish Republic United Kingdom Commanders Michael Collins Richard Mulcahy Cathal Brugha Important local IRA leaders Henry Hugh Tudor Strength Irish Republican Army c. ... This article is about the historical army of the Irish Republic (1919–1922) which fought in the Irish War of Independence 1919–21, and the Irish Civil War 1922–23. ... The Irish Civil War (June 28, 1922 – May 24, 1923) was a conflict between supporters and opponents of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 6, 1921, which established the Irish Free State, precursor of todays Republic of Ireland. ...


Opposite the coastline lies Whiddy Island. The remains of what was formerly an important oil terminal, owned by Gulf Oil, are on the island. On 8 January 1979 the oil tanker Betelgeuse exploded, killing all 42 crew members, as well as seven employees at the terminal. The jetty was seriously damaged at the terminal, but fortunately the storage tanks were not affected. Nevertheless, 250 employees at the terminal, one of the largest employers in the region, lost their jobs. There was significant environmental impact, and so the local fishing industry was also affected. Some small tankers offload oil to the area, but no longer moor by the old oil terminal. Whiddy Island is an island in Bantry Bay, Ireland. ... Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to the 1980s. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Sketch map of the Bantry area. ...


Buildings of note

Bantry House is a historic house with gardens in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland. ... The title of Earl of Bantry was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1816, and became extinct in 1891. ...

Economy

The town is an important economic centre to the region. Apart from tourism (Bantry has many excellent beaches for surfing due to being located at the West of Europe), fishing is one of the main industries. Mussels in particular are harvested in the area, and every year a Mussel fair is held in May.


Transport

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Famous people

  • Bantry is the birthplace of William Martin Murphy, formerly a wealthy Catholic businessman and MP at Westminster. He gained notoriety in Irish history in his opposition toJim Larkin and James Connolly and their trade union, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, during the Dublin Strike and Lockout in 1913. By 1913 he was chairman of the Dublin United Tramway Company and owner of Clery's department store and Imperial Hotel. He also controlled the Irish Independent newspaper which is still in print today.
  • Bantry is also the birthplace of Tim Healy (1855 - 1931). He was a prominent and controversial Irish nationalist, involved in the Whiteboys. Later he became a Home Rule MP in Westminster and led a faction of the party after it split in 1891. He became the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State.
  • Legendary 19th century lightweight boxing champion Jack McAuliffe is a notable sportsman born in Bantry.

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Sport

This article is about the sport. ... For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... A Cornish pilot gig, a six crew boat returning from a race at Falmouth in Cornwall. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...

Sister cities

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Further reading

This mill outside Bantry library looks down on the town's main square.
This anchor from the French Armada force in 1796 was discovered off the northeast point of Whiddy island, Bantry Bay, in 1980 by the Dutch salvage company Smit Tak
  • Bantry in Olden Days: Richard S. Harrison (Published by Author)
  • J. Kevin Hourihane, Town Growth in West Cork: Bantry 1600-1900 in JCHAS (1977), LXXXii, no 236, 83-97.
  • Wild Gardens The Lost Demesnes of Bantry Bay Nigel Everett Hafod Press.
  • An Irish Arcadia The Historic Gardens of Bantry House Nigel Everett, Hafod Press 1999 ISBN 0-9535995-0-7
  • What the doctor ordered, a third Bantry anthology, compiled by Denis Cotter, Pooky Paw Press Bantry, 2000.
  • Speaking Volumes, Edith Newman Devlin, Blackstaff Press 2000 ISBN 0-85640-672-4, Bantry in early 1920s.
  • The Memoirs of John M. Regan, a Catholic Officer in the RIC and RUC, 1909–48, Joost Augusteijn, editor, District Inspector, Bantry, 1919,ISBN: 978-1-84682-069-4.

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See also

This is a link page for cities and towns in the Republic of Ireland, including larger villages, and villages and townlands of note, as well as towns, townships or urban centres in Dublin. ... Market Houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. ... Bantry Bay is a bay located in southwest Ireland, in County Cork. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Bantry Bay is a bay located in southwest Ireland, in County Cork. ... // Cork County was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1800. ...

External links

  • Bantry House
  • Bantry Mussel Fair
  • Bantry History
  • West Cork Chamber Music Festival
  • Cork Ancestors, [1], [2], [3]
  • Bantry.ie

References

  1. ^ Bantry Town station. Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.

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