County Cork, Ireland. O'Cobtaigh lived in 7 "towers" or "castles" by the sea east of Baltimore, County Cork. A sub-clann of the O'Driscolls, they were bards and mediators for the Kings of Munster, thus the three 'cups' on the family crest. Tellers of tales-bards, singers, and judge-mediators. Thankless task of keeping the peace.