Hi Susan, cannot remember if I commented on Big Mike but he and Honora Donovan are our family, and one of his sons, Denis, came as a complete surprise to us all as we thought John was the eldest, and it stunned John's granddaughters! (Your post in Agust 2010).
Your April 2011 post, we haven't been able yet to get anything on Margaret born 1840s but the www.irishgenealogy.ie website will have the rest of the Cork records up by the end of September we hear, including Kilmacabea, not that it will necessarily help.... The interesting thing about this site is it posts the pdf of the actual page in some cases, and by changing the page number in the browser bar you can go through the pages in the registers yourself. Part of the problem with Cahalanes is that there were a number of families where they lived in the same location but were cousins, so my grandmother Mary Cahalane did not go to the US, as did two sisters Nora and Helena, but a first cosin born the same year and also living in Clounkeen, did! The ships manifest shows their fathers as being different. BTW Helena disappeared, and if you get anything on her it wuld be apprevciated. SHe may have become Helen and married a THomas Cahalane, but we are not sure. My mother says she had no Aunt Helena, although her own sister was named Helena, and another cousin says there was something about some rift or some reason for not mentioning her name.... which could be total exaggeration but we don't know what happened other than she and Ha(nora) Nora went to the USA in 1910
I just received a book in the mail called "Reminiscences from Drimoleague" which I have been pouring over. There is an article in here by a Jim Collins who reflects on the town in the 30's and 40's and references many familiar names. There is a reference to a Tim Collins Grocery and Drapery store as well as an interesting photo of the place; there is another photo of the home of Jim Collins. There are lists including one called Guy's Postal Directory of 1914, the Griffith's Valuation of 1853, and a series of Main Street residences from 1911, 1940, 1970, and 2008. In the midst of the names is a J. Hourihane, grocer & car owner. There are more Collins, several McCarthy's, Forbes, Beamish and Kingston. There are a couple of articles by a Vincent (Vin) Forbes which is a name I have encountered on the web. Let me know if any of this info would be helpful.
I recently made the acquaintance of a Forbes descendant from 1 of the 5 known branches from the area; she and her sister will be visiting the area in late June in search of information. Any suggestions you might have to make this trip helpful would certainly be welcome as she is asking.