Prince of Coolavin

Prince of Coolavin was a title first applied by popular usage to Charles MacDermot, 1707–1758, then head of the MacDermot family of Moylurg. Coolavin (Cúl ó bhFionn) is a barony in south County Sligo in Ireland. Up to the late 16th century the head of the family were still Kings of Moylurg, but had lost their lands due to confiscation.[1]

Baronies of Ireland 1846 - Coolavin is Barony #2 in County Sligo

The adoption of the term indicated that the family considered themselves "princes", and also considered as such by their neighbours.[2] The title continued to be used by the head of the family into the 21st century.[3][4]

Title holdersEdit

  • Charles MacDermot, 1707–1758, first to be styled Prince of Coolavin.
  • Myles MacDermot, died 1758-1792.
  • Hugh MacDermot, M.D., 1792-1824.
  • Charles Joseph MacDermot, J.P., 1824-1873.
  • Hugh Hyacinth O'Rorke MacDermot, 1873-1904.
  • Charles Edward MacDermot, 1904-1947.
  • Charles John MacDermot, 1947-1979.[5]
  • Dermot MacDermot, 1979-1989.
  • Niall Anthony MacDermot, 1989-2003.[3]
  • Rory MacDermot, 2004-2021.[4][6]

In popular cultureEdit

The Princess Royal or Miss 'MacDermot was a tune by the Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan (1670 – 25 March 1738). The tune was adopted for the sea shanty The Saucy Arethusa which was performed at the Theatre Royal in London in 1796. While some attribute The Saucy Aruthesa to the composer William Shield, others have attributed the adaptation to the playwright Prince Hoare.[7][8]

A film, titled Heroes and Princes, was produced by the children of St. Aiden's National School, Monasteraden and celebrates the MacDermots of Collavin. It includes a composition title The Prince's March.[2][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mac Dermot, Dermot (1996). Mac Dermot of Moylurg: The Story of a Connacht Family. ISBN 978-1873437162.
  2. ^ a b "Ancient clan immortalised by children". The Sligo Champion. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The MacDermot Clan Association - History". Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Death Notice of Rory Mac Dermot". Archived from the original on 22 May 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.[better source needed]
  5. ^ "Member of distinguished family respected by local community". The Irish Times. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Coolavin's strong links with MacDermot's revisited on film". The Sligo Champion. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Enthusiasms No 45 - The Arethusa: a peculiarly English glory". Musical Traditions. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ Hanway, Tom (12 February 2016). 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics: for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments. Mel Bay Publications. p. 44. ISBN 978-0786690848.