‘Gateway to the Galtees’
John Mandeville was born in Carrick-on-Suir on the 24th June 1849.
A robust imposing individual, Mandeville was a freeholder, farming approximately
100 Irish acres at Clonkilla about a mile outside Mitchelstown Co. Cork.
His nationalist credentials were impeccable.
He was the nephew of John O' Mahoney, the noted Fenian leader. He was also a good
friend of William O'Brien, the then sitting nationalist Member of Parliament for
He was also chairman of the Mitchelstown Light Railway Company and leader of the
campaign on the Countess of Kingston's heavily mortgaged 25,000 acre estate.
John became a very strong supporter of the Irish political situation, and was arrested
and sent to Tullamore jail in Co-Offaly where he spent two months.
After his release, he returned to Clonkilla outside Mitchelstown. By this time his
health had totally deteriorated and it was evident that his death was close at hand.
John Mandeville departed this life on the 8th July 1888 at his home in Mitchelstown.
His remains were laid to rest in the Old Graveyard, Kilbehenny.
His wife Mary is also interred there. On the 9th September 1906 the unveiling of
the Mandeville Memorial took place. This was a great and proud day for Mitchelstown.