Name: Cormac Oge MacCarthy
Burial: Kilcrea Friary, Aherla, Co Cork
Occupation: 9th Lord of Muskerry
Change Date: 23 MAR 2011
Cormac Oge, lord of Muscry: son of Cormac Laidir; b. A.D. 1447; [died?] in 1537; buried at Kilcrea. Married to Catherine Barry.
Julia, who was married thrice: first, to Gerald Fitzmaurice, lord of Kerry; secondly, to Cormac MacCarthy Reagh, of Kilbrittain Castle; and thirdly, to Edmond Butler, lord Dunboyne.
This Cormac defeated the Fitzgeralds in several engagements; fought the battle of "Cluhar and Moor" (Mourne Abbey), where he, assisted by MacCarthy Reagh and other chieftains, defeated James Fitzgerald - earl of Desmond - who ravaged Munster in 1521. This Cormac attended Parliament in 1525, as "lord of Muscry."
He had a daughter Ellen, m. to James Barrett; and another, Mary, married to O'Sullivan Mór.
The castle of Kilcrea lies in a field to the west of and across a narrow road and bridge from the impressive ruins at Kilcrea Friary (which is sign-posted to the left of the Cork to Macroom Road). Both were built by Cormac Láidir MacCarthy, who also built Blarney and Carrignamuck castles, and whose likeness is said to be depicted by a head in the upper part of the castle.
Cormac, highly regarded as a patron of the church and building, is said to have completed the Abbey in 1465, and the castle probably a little earlier. The ruins of the latter are also very impressive, although not as well preserved or cared for as the abbey, which he built for the Franciscans.
Cormac was murdered by his brother Owen and his sons in 1494 and is buried in the abbey - close to the high altar. The tomb was reserved for the chieftain of the MacCarthy clan. Cormac's son (Cormac óg), who avenged his death in 1497, also lies there since 1536. He defeated the forces of the Earl of Desmond in the celebrated battle of Mourne Abbey. His grandson Teige 1565 and great-grandson Dermot 1570 also lie in the tomb.
Father: Cormac Laidir MacCarty b: 1411
Mother: Mary Fitzmaurice
- Teige MacCarthy b: 1472