Glimpses of the Past
                                                                                   by Sheila Dineen

  • This year is the 88th anniversary of the 1916 Rising . In fact, there once was a war
    memorial in this parish but because of environmental reasons, it had to be removed.

  • A parade formed up at Srelane, in honour of
    the Rising, and led by the band, they marched
    to premises of the late Mr. Jerome Desmond
    (a founder member of the band) and a number of trees were planted in a small plot of ground near the farmyard.

  • A man named Daniel Callaghan taught 60
    pupils in a rented cabin built of stone and
    mud in Farran and a man named Denis
    Looney taught  43 pupils in Garyhesta.

  • In 1914 the old school in Ovens won the
    Cork School Shield Football competition.
    They were trained by Ned McCarthy
    (a former international rugby player).
    They defeated Douglas, Ballincollig,
    Macroom and in the final, Cobh.

  • In 1956, the flooding of the Lee Valley with the filling of the Carrigadrohid Dam and on November 5th the flooding of the Inniscarra Dam. With the filling of the Inniscara Dam about 300 acres of land disappeared forever.