More from Sketches in Carbery
The celebrated chieftain, Sir Finnen (Florence) O`Driscoll occupied a very prominent position in Irish affairs during the close of the 16th century, descended in a direct line from Ith paternal uncle of Milidh, or Milesius of Spain.
Sir Finnen was of royal descent, and one of his ancestors, in the third century, before the Christian era, Lughaid Mac Con was monarch of all Ireland. From Mac Con according to Collins, were descended, O`Driscoll, O`Flynn of Arda, O`Cobthaig, O`Leary, The MacAllens of Scotland and the Cambells who are still called in the "Erse Clana" Mhic Cuin or the posterity of Mac Con.
Strange to say, even after such a lapse of time- almost two thousand years- Mac Con is still retained in Cape Clear as the Christian name of some of the inhabitants.
The Former custom was that the chieftain of Corca Laidhe, when inaugurated into the chieftaincy in solemn conclave of the tribe, received as an emblem of authority and unbiased rectitude a white rod from MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery, and was afterwards obeyed and styled as the O`Driscoll, Lord of the County of Collymore.