Of Castles, Pirates and Kings

The O'Driscoll Clans of Ireland

Ó hEidirsceoil - O'Driscoll

Drombeg Stone Circle or Druid's Alter
A Neolithic site in Skibbereen, County of Cork.


All photographs of Ireland on this page were kindly
contributed and described by Richard Watson



My Irish ancestors were descended from the O'Driscolls

of West Cork, Ireland and this page about their

beginnings is intended to honor them.




The O'Driscoll Clans were first in South Kerry,

then later West Cork, Corca Laoighde,

in the County of Cork, Southern Ireland.


Dún na Séad Castle in the town centre,
now an impressive ruin standing
on a rock overlooking the harbour.

Lough Hyne with the remains of Cloghane Castle,
the final home of Sir Fenen O'Driscoll,
is on an island to the right of centre.


My gg grandmother Mary Ann Driscoll Deal

was born in Kentucky April 2, 1843/Feb 4, 1843?

Her father Andrew Jackson Driscoll was born in Kentucky 1822?,

and her mother Mary Donahue was in born OH ?1824,

they were married in Scott County, Indiana June 15, 1841.

Mary's brother was Andrew Jackson Driscoll, Jr.

(Driscoll, Andrew J., Private, Company K, 36th Indiana Infantry)

The family moved to Shelby County, near Fairland in 1869.

Andrew Jr. born Feb. 14, 1860 in Kentucky, died in Fairland, IN. Nov 28, 1934.

(married may 25, 1887 Laura Colclazier, they had nine children)


John Henry Deal born February 26, 1832 Mercer County, Kentucky

and Mary Ann Driscoll Deal were married December 25, 1857?

in Jefferson County, Indiana and were

the parents of my great grandmother

Mary Elizabeth Deal Nugent


John Deal Sr. died May 30, 1904 in Shelby County, Indiana.

His parents were both born in Pennsylvania.

Mary Ann Driscoll Deal died May 2, 1923 in Shelby County, Indiana.


John Henry and Mary Ann Driscoll Deal lived with their children

in Boggstown/London, in the Moral Township of

Shelby County, Indiana near many other Deal family members.

Several pictures of this area are here:  Indiana Deals



The O'Driscolls were among the first Clans of Ireland.

The Territories of Ancient Irish families

were rulers and Royalty who later became pirates

as outsiders began invading their ancestral lands.

Many of the O'Driscoll Castles which were once home

to these proud people, remain standing today

in the areas surrounding the County of Cork.


Rincolisky, the O'Driscoll Castle
at Whitehall north of Baltimore

The entrance to Baltimore Harbour,
looking across to Sherkin Island


The O'Driscolls


Origins of O'Driscoll


Driscolls of Cork


O'Driscoll Castles


O'Driscoll Gathering - 2012


Driscoll Clan Gathering


Driscoll of Cork History


Driscolls of West Cork


O'Driscoll of Cork History


Baltimore Town Centre

Richard Watson cycling near Baltimore


County of Cork:


Map of West Cork


Cork County, Ireland


Cape Clear, West Cork


A History of Clonakilty, West Cork


Cork Ireland, Things to See and Do


West Cork


Map of Ireland


Ireland in General


Irish History Online


Early History of Ireland


Ireland's History in Maps


A Timeline of Irish History




Desmond's Concise History of Ireland




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