Tralibane

Where it all began. The homeplace of Francis O’Neill is a beautiful secluded part of West Cork in the highlands above Bantry. The little bridge is still there along with the  original farmhouse. A plaque commemorates the famous son and I believe the bridge is still a location for Pattern dances as in O’Neill’s time. A testimony to the strong community spirit and to the great man’s legacy is the bronze statue in his likeness. It is erected about a mile away in a wide open glen, surrounded by a ring of hills. Here Francis O’Neill forever plays his tunes to anyone passing by.

Nearby O'Donovan castle.
Nearby O’Donovan castle.
The Original O'Neill Farmhouse
The Original O’Neill Farmhouse
Tralibane Bridge
Tralibane Bridge
Details at the statue site
Details at the statue site
The Statue from a distance
The Statue from a distance
Some of the generous donors to the site
Some of the generous donors to the site
The Commemorative Wall
The Commemorative Wall
O'Neill Statue Up Close
O’Neill Statue Up Close
Plaque at Tralibane Bridge
Plaque at Tralibane Bridge

Some tunes collected by O’Neill related to these places:
Castle Donovan

Humours of Tralibane (Last of the set)

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