Coppingers Court – Gallane (near Roury)
Coppingers Court to the East of Glandore near Rhoury
After the Battle of Kinsale the Irish chieftains of West Cork – O’Driscoll, O’Mahony, O’Donovan and O’Sullivan being the four strongest, lost most of their territory. Sir Walter Coppinger, a Cork merchant of Viking ancestry, acquired much of the O’Driscoll territory on the both sides of the Ilen River and a great deal of land near Rosscarbery. In 1614 he secured a royal patent to create a manor at Kilfinnan but instead he erected his manor in Roury Glen in the town land of Ballyvireen.
It is said that Coppinger intended the place to be a commercial centre and to make a navigable canal from Milltown to Roury Bridge, but death put an end to his projects. He had hoped to establish a town of considerable importance after the manor of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who had built the town of Bandon. According to Smith in his history of Cork, this was the largest house in Carbery and the popular belief was that it had a chimney for every month, a door for every week and a window for every day of the year. The Coppingers took the losing Royalist side in the wars of the 1640’s. In 1641 the house was attached, ransacked and partially burned. After his death, the portion of his estate at Roury was purchased by Thomas Beecher of Sherkin and later held in fee by Sir Henry Beecher. Sir Walter was succeeded by his son, Dominick, who succeeded by his son James. In the Jacobite war of 1690-91, the Coppingers supported James II against William of Orange. In the aftermath they lost most of the estates left to them after Cromwell in the 1640s. It is certain that Coppinger’s Court fell into ruins in 1641 and in the Jacobite Was of 1690s. A new aristocracy took over West Cork from 1700 to 1900. In the Ross area were the Hungerfords, Townsends, Beechers,Frekes, Frenches and Somervilles.
Hidden Treasure – Coppinger’s Court
About half-way between Glandore and Rosscarbery, near Roury, is the ruin of an old house which belonged to the Coppingers long ago (Coppingers Court). There was a big lawn in the front of the house with silver gates at the entrance. During the Rising of 1641, the house was attacked. The two silver gates were stolen. They were taken to Lough Avrickeen – that is a small lake about half a mile south-east of the new church in Glandore. They were thrown in there and it is said they are still there.
This is an extract from Eugene Daly’s book: Leap and Glandore Fact and Folklore.