Very Rev. Canon Cornelius Corcoran PP


Parish Of Birth

Colleges Attended
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Tracton PP : 20/1/1840 – 20/1/1867

Ballymartle Adm. : 1837 – 20/1/1840

Tracton CC : 1837 – 20/1/1840

Kinsale CC – 1837

Dunmanway CC : 1822

Courceys CC : 1819 – 1822

He held the appointments – Tracton CC & Ballymartle Adm simultaneously.
He was appointed Canon of the newly-established Cathedral Chapter on the 23/2/1858.
He was responsible for the building of St. Patrick’s Church, Nohoval, Co. Cork – the building of which began in 1842 but the onset of the famine necessitated its abandonment, it was eventually blessed and opened in October 1859.
He exercised considerable influence in all the political contests which took place in County Cork. As can be evidenced from the number of letters he wrote to the editors of the Cork Constitution and the Cork Examiner – often on a daily basis, he was one of the staunchest and ablest advocate of the people’s cause. His public services were not limited to the sphere of politics. He used his influence with good effect to introduce the cultivation of flax in the Tracton parish. In order to obtain employment for the people of Tracton, he persuaded Sir John Arnott (An Irish entrepreneur and a major figure in the commercial and political spheres of late 19th century Cork) to establish a crochet industry in Tracton. A correspondent describing the effect of the introduction of this work says – “So much improved are the people, that now everyone wears a bonnet, and in fact the appearance of the congregation is entirely changed.”

For a brief insight into the life and times of Canon Corcoran, we would recommend:


  • ‘A history of the Diocese of Cork – from the Penal Era to the Famine’, by Evelyn Bolster, p. 312 – 3.


  • ‘Tracton – Where the Abbey Lies Low’ p. 305-310. ed. by Fergal Browne, Eileen McGough & Lesley Robberts – Knocknamanagh Old School, Tracton 2007


Date Of Death

Place Of Burial
Sacred Heart Church Vaults, Minane Bridge, Co. Cork

His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Delany, Bishop of Cork, presided at the Solemn Requiem Mass. The celebrant of the Mass was, Very Rev. John Canon Kelleher, P.P., V.F., Kinsale; deacon was, Very Rev. Denis McSwiney, P.P., Carrigaline; sub-deacon was, Fr. Jeremiah Cummins, C.C., St. Finbarr’s South, and the master of ceremonies was, Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell, C.C., St. Finbarr’s South.