The O Driscoll Clan

Clann Ó Drisceoil, the O Driscoll Clan have, for over 1,500 years, been anchored in the ancient district of Corcu Lóegde, now known as Carbery, in West Cork, Ireland. Genealogists give the family a descent from Ith son of Bregon, a paternal uncle of Mil who was one of the first to settle in Ireland.
The Ui Etersceoil or O Driscolls are named from one Eterscél who was head of the family sometime in the first half of the tenth century or from a later descendant Eterscél son of Finn who lived in the mid-eleventh century. Baltimore and the three islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir in Co. Cork are the heart of the territory which was left to the O Driscolls after the Battle of Kinsale 1601.

The ruins of ancient castles and churches associated with the O Driscoll family are to be found on the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin. Dún na Séad, their stronghold at Baltimore has now been beautifully restored. No other Irish family have remained so long and so strong in numbers in their own place as the O Driscolls of West Cork.