BY PETER ALLEN
THE Cape Clear-based O’Driscoll Memorial Archive has been boosted by 10 volumes.
There are now 35 volumes of archived O’Driscoll history and genealogy which was celebrated recently at Dún na Séad castle in Baltimore.
Cllr Joe Carroll said that the compiled works are significant ‘not alone for the international O’Driscoll family but for all West Cork and Irish people.’
He added that the effort to preserve the O’Driscoll family history and the recent restoration of the ancient O’Driscoll seat of power, Dún na Séad castle, is prompting crowds of O’Driscolls to travel distances to see their ancestral home and region. The current O’Driscoll clan chieftain, UK-based Tim Driscoll, expressed his gratitude to Cork County Council and the Irish Government, for making the history volumes possible through a grant.
He also thanked Dr Éamon Lankford, compiler of the O’Driscoll Collection as well as founder and voluntary director of Cape Clear Museum and Archive, for his unceasing efforts.
The scope of the O’Driscoll archive has grown rapidly since the original 2005 O’Driscoll history tome O’Driscolls, Past and Present into a large archive today.
Any O’Driscolls who have not yet submitted their family history to the archive project, are encouraged to do so through www.odriscoll.ie or through e-mail at [email protected]