Clonakilty is on the coast , about 30 miles west of Cork City . In Grifffiths Valuation (1852 ) George Sandes or Sands was living in Dunowen House ( which still exists today ) , Ardfield , Clonakilty which he was leasing from the Bandon and Smith - Barry estates . The house at the time was valued at 19 pounds . Also in Griffiths Valuation George Sands was a substantial landlord and had many tenants in Ardfield , Clonakilty . In a list of landowners in Co Cork 1871 , George Sandes , Dunowen House , owns 615 acres of land with a valuation of 510 pounds . The spelling of the name as you can see interchanges between Sands and Sandes .
Also in 1871 there is a James Y Sandys , Downdaniel , Innishannon ( this is next to Kinsale ) who owns 534 acres valued at 292 pounds .