Hotel Timoleague

Privacy Level: Public (Green)
Date: 1891 to 1950
Location: Timoleague, County Cork, Irelandmap
Surname/tag: McCarthy
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The Hotel Timoleague, owned and operated by the McCarthys, was located on the corner of Chapel Hill and Main Street, Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland

In 1891, Eugene McCarthy was the proprietor of the one-and-only hotel in Timoleague. Source: Cork: Past and Present

The Irish Census, 1901 (Residents of a house 27 in Timoleague Town (Timoleague, Cork) shows McCarthy, Eugene - age 73 - Occupation: Hotel Proprietor.

The Irish Census, 1911 (Residents of a house 13 in Main Street (Timoleague, Cork) shows McCarthy, Mary Ellen - 37 - Occupation: Hotel Proprietor.

Guy's Postal Directory 1914 - Timoleague - Failte Romhat shows one hotel in Timoleague (population 323) run by McCarthy Miss M E, prop. "Min" would have been around 40 years old in 1914.

Postal Directory County Cork for 1921 shows one hotel in Timoleague with entry Hotel. McCarthy Miss M E, prop. Min would have been around 47 years old in 1921.

Tim McCarthy and Elizabeth "Liz" (Sutton) McCarthy purchased the hotel from Auntie Min. Their daughter, Sheila McCarthy was born there. The Hotel Timoleague was then sold in 1950 to Mrs. O'Donovan. Subsequently, it was sold to Mr. Stanton, who turned it into a butcher shop. It remained a butcher shop until the early 1980s.

Recollections of Sheila (McCarthy) Cannon:

Auntie Min lived in Timoleague with us until your Mam and Dad (Eugene Daniel "Hughie" McCarthy and Sheila (O'Driscoll) McCarthy) came back to Courtmacsherry. I can remember her very vividly. She was such a lovely gentle lady who stored very interesting items, including sweeties, in her stocking....I remember us having a good discussion on this Pat, you had similar memories. Grandma Sutton also came to live with us from Richfordstown and the two elderly ladies held court in the kitchen where they were a great help to my Mam who would be very busy on Fair Days and also on Court Days. The house, as Ann, RIP, remembers is, was always busy, quite a few people would stay overnight. The bar, which Mam hated really, had to be open all day long. She said "You would have to give a man a shillings' worth of talk for a penny's worth of porter. Eugene Daniel McCarthy was an RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) man and his brother-in-law Tom Sutton also lived in Timoleague towards the end of his life. Auntie Minnie and Aunt Ellen (my Mam always referred to them in that manner) ran the hotel and bar and the home. Mammy used to be asked to go to help out when they had a busy period... Fair Days etc, and she went for cookery lessons in the Convent in Clonakilty from Richfordstown. She got "the blue ribbon" for her work. She used to go over to Timoleague on the bike and brought fresh eggs and butter from the farm over to them. My grandfather, Nat, used to love to see her going over there. The McCarthys came from around Castlegregory in Co. Kerry.

Recollections of Patrick McCarthy:

I remember Auntie Min when she stayed with us in Courtmac. She once gave me six pence to get something for her from up the village. She got the six pence out of her bank - her bloomers! That coin, and a few other coins, were wrapped in toilet paper which had not been used for its primary purpose!

I remember Christmas in Courtmac as I would be home from boarding school then. There were some wild storms around that time. The road outside Timoleague just before Scardowne would get flooded with sea water. It was not good for the cars which had to drive through it. Frank Ruddock's and Jack Whelton's sand barges both came to grief during a winter storm when we lived in Courtmac.



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