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Treasured by the family is a medal received by Bonny from Uachtarán na hEireann (the President of Ireland) after Independence acknowledging his efforts in the struggle for freedom. The medal is inscribed simply with the words “Cogadh na Saoirse” (The War of Freedom). Treasured also by the family is the memory of their father’s marvellous expertise with figures, as he often used his qualification in accountancy to solve what to his children seemed impossible maths problems. Their memory regarding their mother, Kathy, is twofold as they recall her skill as a cutter, dressmaker and seamstress – a family trait from her father who was a tailor; and secondly, her outstanding ability in cooking and baking. She like Bonny, came from a large family of seven children, one boy and six girls. All are now deceased though the Tobin name lives on in Bandon in many relatives. Kathy died on the 27th November 1976 aged 78. Bonny died on 22nd March 1988, aged 90. Both were buried in St. Finbarr’s Cemetery after Mass and funeral rites in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross. They are remembered by their children with gratitude.

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O'Briens of Bandon - 1875 to 2013  

This is the story of the family of John and Sarah O’Brien of Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland, and their descendants. They had eleven children and...

O'Briens of Bandon - 1875 to 2013  

This is the story of the family of John and Sarah O’Brien of Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland, and their descendants. They had eleven children and...