Very Rev. Timothy McCarthy PP


Parish Of Birth
Kilmeen & Castleventry

Colleges Attended
Irish College, Paris France

Details Of Ordination


Retired ex Barryroe PP : 1918

Barryroe PP : 04/1893 – 1918

Kilmeen/Castleventry PP : 01/1886 – 04/1893

Castlehaven Adm : 1879 – 01/1886

Castlehaven CC : 03/1878 – 1879

Courtmacsherry CC : 02/1871 – 03/1878

Ardfield CC : 01/1867 – 02/1871

Sherkin Island CC : 1865 – 01/1867

He was an uncle of Fr. Joseph O’Sullivan, Adm., Barryroe (1909-1918).

To Fr. McCarthy belongs the unique distinction of having spent some time in Cork Jail because he championed the cause of Tenants’ Rights in the days of Agrarianism. Fr McCarthy was charged under the Coercion Act at Clonakilty Court on Thursday, 24th. January and Friday, 25th January 1889. The charge was that Fr. McCarthy, in the course of some remarks which he addressed to his parishioners on the occasion of the eviction of a man named Paul Kingston, a tenant who held a farm from Dr. Beamish at Aghaguila, near Bealad, Clonakilty. He was charged that he incited those present to intimidate and use violence towards a man named Patrick McCarthy, who had been admitted as caretaker of the lands which Kingston had occupied. The date of the alleged offence was 19th December 1888.
Following the trial, Fr. McCarthy was convicted under the Coercion Act, and was given a four months imprionment sentence in Cork Gaol.
At Clonakilty Quarter Sessions on the 26th. June 1889, the appeal of Fr. McCarthy from the sentence of four months impriosonment was decided. The County Court Judge Ferguson intimated that he would not impose any punishment if Fr, McCarthy would express his regret for what had happened. As Fr. McCarthy knew of nothing in his conduct for which he should apologise, he declined to comply with the wish of the judge, and then the sentence of four months imprisonment was affirmed. Fr. McCarthy was then transferred to Cork Gaol.
During the four months of imprisonment Ald. J. O’Brien, Mayor of Cork, visited Fr. McCarthy on a regular basis.
A fellow-prisoner of his in Cork Jail was the famous Land Agitator and writer, William O’Brien, M.P., Mallow, Co. Cork.
On Friday, 25/10/1889, Fr. McCarthy was released from Cork Gaol. Awaiting him as he left the Gaol – accompanied by the Mayor of Cork, were the committee of the National League, with a large number of citizens. The Barrack Street and the Butter Exchange bands and the No. 2 Barrack Street Fife and Drum band were also in attendance.
Next day, Fr. McCarthy set out for home and he received a tumultous welcome as he proceeded through Cork City, and home to Rossmore, via Bandon, Ballinascarty and Clonakilty.
Recommended reading: Father Timothy McCarthy, Parish Priest and Patriot of Kilmeen and Castleventry Parish by Dan O’Leary (2006).

Date Of Death

Place Of Death

Place Of Burial
Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church Grounds, Lislevane, Barryroe, Co. Cork

Associated Links
His nephew, Fr. Joe O’Sullivan