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I found a very interesting post on your website,
and am trying to follow some information that I read in that
post. I have Attempted to contact the submitter of the e-mail,
but I thought I would send you an e-mail as well to try and
find any additional information that I can. I appreciate all
the work you have done to make this information available
to me. This is the e-mail I just sent to Peggy Millar:
just discovered your webpage/Newsletter whilst "surfing"
the net and felt I had to write to congratulate you on a very
interesting and informative article. In fact I was thrilled
when I found it and it has made me feel very "homesick"
for Ireland and all my many cousins who live in various areas
of Co. Cork. This webpage will certainly be a regular calling
post for me from now on.
My Father, Michael O'Leary, was born in Ballyvourney in 1900,
the 2nd son of Jeremiah Leary and Mary Lehane. Mary was the
daughter of John Lehane and Mary Riordan who lived in Rath,
and Mary and Jeremiah were married in Ballyvogue RC Chapel
in 1894. Mary Lehane, my GMother, had a brother John, born
abt. 1872/3, and he migrated to USA in 1894 when he changed
his name to LYONS which, apparently, is the Anglicised form
of Lehane. He married an ABBIE LYONS and they settled in Brooklyn,
NY, in 1930 and both died there in the 1940s. They did not
have any children. My problem is that I cannot find where
they married - in Co. Cork or USA. and did John marry using
the name Lehane or Lyons?
I have done extensive research into Abbie's family and now
know that she was a daughter of CORNELIUS LYONS/MARY LYONS,
married abt 1867/8 who also migrated to USA..This couple had
the following children all born in Co. Cork: John, stayed
in Ireland and lived in Ballyvogue. Mary, married Andrew Desmond,
Margaret Married Daniel McCarthy,MA. USA Daniel C. married
Ellen Forde, CT.USA Abbie, married John Lyons [Lehane] Johanna
[Anna] married Charles Winblade, Brooklyn, NY, USA Michael
F, unmarried, died aged 23 in 1905 in Brooklyn Cornelius,
no details. My big problem is that I cannot find the Townland
of birth of these 2nd cousins of mine but I do know that the
name Lyons is very well known in the Cannaway district and
I am wondering if there is anyone who might recognise this
family history. I live in Australia as my Father migrated
out here in 1924 but have visited your beautiful country many
times and have a very deep-seated love of it and its people.
I have cousins in Cork, Coolea, Renanaree [?] Crosshaven,
Myrtleville and Carrigaline but sadly they are not too interested
in family history.
Please keep up
the good work with your webpage and I do look forward to visiting
it on a regular basis.
God Bless you all
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Hello. my name is Wade Wachs and I am trying to find information
about my great-great-grandparents Mary and Andrew Desmond.
I saw some information with your name on it that I think may
be related to the information I have, and would like to know
what else you have.
research my grandfather (Robert Faull Wachs) has done shows
Mary Nolan and Andrew Desmond as the parents of my great-grand-father
Leonard Joseph Desmond (born abt. 1901), and that both of
Leonard's parents were born in Ireland. I saw your post talking
about your relative Abbie, the daughter of CORNELIUS
LYONS/MARY LYONS, married abt 1867/8 had a sister Mary that
married an Andrew Desmond. I'm wondering if perhaps your Mary
and Andrew are the same as the Mary and Andrew that I am looking
If you have any additional
information I would very much like to talk with you to see
what we can find. Perhaps The name Nolan is another form that
the LeHane or Lyons name took in the US. I look forward to
Hello, Mr. Scanlon:
I am writing from Wisconsin, in the USA, for assistance with
my Buckley family research. My great-grandparents,
Murthey (Morto) and Catharine (McNamara) Buckley, emigrated
to the USA from Parish Cannaway, County Cork, in 1836.
(This information came from their gravestone here in Wisconsin.)
This couple apparently were married in your parish on 15 Feb.
We are eagerly trying to learn exactly where these Buckleys
lived and whether relatives of theirs may still live in Kilmurry
Parish. Do you know of any Buckleys in your area who might
be interested in corresponding with me? I would greatly appreciate
hearing from you if you do. I have enjoyed reading your newsletter
on the Internet and have determined that you might be the
right person for me to contact.
I love Ireland and hope to visit for a 5th time in the near
future. Next time, I will want, especially, to visit the Kilmurry
Mary Van Gorden - daughter of Kathleen (Buckley) Van Gorden
I don't know if you can help me or point me in the right direction.
I am trying to trace any information about my great grandmother.
Her name was Mary O'Mahony and her father was Daniel and mother
was Ellen O'Mahony.
According to the 1901 and 1911 census she was living in the
town land of Kilbarry and was Catholics.
She married John Myles around 1895 and had two children (only
one living on the 1911 census named Mary Ellen)
Danny Myles Brinded
Thank you so much for your help.
Since I wrote to you I have done some more research
into my Irish family. Following is the amended family information:
DOB: Approx 1786 Ireland
Death: 1st July 1861 (died in Tasmania. I worked out his approx
birth year by his death age which was 75)
Honora Fitzgerald (no known maiden name)
DOB: Approx 1798 Ireland
Death: 16th July 1870 (died in Tasmania. I worked out her
approx birth year by her death age which was 72)
Thomas and Honora Fitzgerald immigrated to Hobart,
Tasmania, Australia on in July 1842 on the George which departed
from Liverpool Port. They travelled to Tasmania and were paying
passengers in steerage class. They travelled with their 8
children. I have one definite name of one of the children
and one possible. I am trying to find out the names of the
One could be:
Mary Ann Fitzgerald
DOB: Approx 1832 Ireland
Death: 16th July 1848 (died in Tasmania. I worked out her
approx birth year by her death age which was 16)
One of their daughters definitely was :
DOB: Approx 1820 Ireland
Death: 20th October 1859 (died in Tasmania. I worked out her
approx birth year by her death age which was 39)
Honora Fitzgerald travelled with her husband
and 3 children also on the George in 1842
DOB: Approx 1807
Death: 22nd May 1884 (died in Tasmania. I worked out his approx
birth year by his death age which was 77)
Daughter of Michael and Honora Enright (nee
Ellen Mary Enright
DOB: Approx 1836
Death: 11th March 1883 (died in Tasmania. I worked out her
approx birth year by her death age which was 47)
I am trying to confirm the names of their other
two children which should be in the Tasmanian Archives.
Unfortunately the Liverpool shipping records
were not kept until 1890 and the Tasmanian shipping records
do not have any information about the family except for ‘Mr
and Mrs Fitzgerald and their 7 children’.
I am looking for
the parish that a priest served at in 1830, possibly in Kilmurry.
Can you help? His name was the Rev. Father James Devine.
Thank you for your time.
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I am in the midst of seeking information about my family history.
My name is Gareth Healy and my great great grandfather
was Denis Healy who died in the Black fever in Pullerick in
1889 along with his wife Bridget (nee walsh). His son
my Great Grandfather was also called Denis but known as Big
Din. My father died last year and his earliest tangible record
of the family dated back to ancestors being mentioned in the
Tithe applotment book of 1834.
There are many tales of ancestors who fought in O'Mahoneys
Dragoons, and even references to the High King Laoghaire of
Tara in County Meath. But all folklore tales.
There is also a mention of the 1852 Griffiths Valuation records
which indicates some ancestry living within the area.
My aim is to reach further back with any available records
and also to possibly visit the area to tread my ancestors
paths. And also to get any stories from existing parishioners
or local people within the community who may have known anything
about any of my ancestors. I also am led to believe that an
ancestor married into the Long Family, Bridget who was Denis
and Bridgets eldest daughter. Its all very exciting and hope
you can help with any further information
What a coincidence to open your correspondence
on March 17th! Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone.
Thank you so much for replying.
The Irish side of my family tree has been wanting for information
and it wasn't until just recently following the death of my
last remaining uncle that some information started to show
Yes indeed my grandmother's family was from Aherla and we
think there were thirteen children.
They came to Providence, Rhode Island and then split up with
half going to Lawrence Massachusetts.
My father's mother Margaret would have been two years old
when they arrived here and she later married Philip Allen
My wife and two daughters and I are planning a return trip
to Ireland in June and plan to visit the Aherla area in Cork
as part of a ten day tour from Dublin to Shannon.
Thanks again for your assistance and certainly feel free to
post or inquire as is convenient.
Terrence Wm. Allen
32 Latham Farm Road
Smithfield, RI 029017-1004
Congratulations on the fine work
you do keeping Kilmurry on-line and
up-to-date. Deep empathy comes from this side!!!
You might be interested to know
that the parish and the recently completed Echoes course feature
in the latest issue of PS - a newsletter sent to clergy and
parish contacts around the diocese by the Pastoral Planning
Office. The article was written by Mary Hannon, a parishioner
who participated in the course.
It has just gone to print but
the online version is available now.
You might like to put up a link
to it at
Continued best wishes.
Fr. Tom Hayes
I have just found this wonderful site about Kilmurry. My sister
and I visited Kilmurry last year as our Gt Grandmother Ellen
Lynch was born in the village.Bn about 1835. It was a lovely
sunny day and we walked around and searched the cemeteries
looking for any connection. When we think of the dreadful,
tragic history of Ireland, we can only feel blessed that our
Ellen survived. She married a Marine in Portsea, (don't know
how she got there) and had five children.I felt very connected
to her in Kilmurry.
Anyone with information about her parents of family.........
I would be so pleased.
We loved Ireland and she calls us back - now been three times.
name is Gerald Desmond and I live in South Wales. My family is from Newcestown
in your parish and lived very near a cross road called Boxer’s Cross. Would you
have any parish records that I can come and research my family history? I’m lead
to believe a relative of mine passed away within the last few months his name
was John Desmond he was about 80 yrs old and a bachelor. I would be pleased if
you could post this email on your parish website and maybe someone would contact
me with some family history/information. You can also give my details to anyone
that would be interested in researching the Desmond Family of Newcestown
Tel. 0044 -1792 -202201
Hello, I am helping a friend
in Australia with his search of his Ancestry from Kilmurry.I have e mailed Fr.
O'Sullivan asking to check the baptismal records for c1841/2. We are interested
in a Wood(s) family in Kilmurry for that time.The name of the Lady in question
is Ellen Wood(s) we also believe she had a sister Posie(this could be pet name
etc) There was a family in the 1850's in Cloghmacow?-Kilmurry a Mr William Woods.
Ellen and her sister went to London c. 1849.I would appreciate any help from someone
in the area who has an interest in Fam. Hist. or local history.Mr.Wing in Australia
wants to confirm that Ellen was from Kilmurry and to find a baptismal record so
he would also have the names of Ellen's parents.Any information or help would
be most welcome.Best regards,Kevin McCormack. Co Cork.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON MY GRANDMOTHER CATHERINE BUCKLEY BORN IN 1885.HER MOTHER
WAS CATHERINE DENEHY AND FATHER WAS MICHAEL BUCKLEY.
My name is Bree Ambry and I live in Melbourne, Australia.
I am currently trying
to research my family history, in particular the teeling family. I have reason
to believe that my great great grand mother may have originated from Kilmurry.
I originally was told that she came from the county of Kildare, but further research
from other family members have found that her family may have been from Kilmurry
The father's name was Richard Teeling and he had four children: Sarah
(my great great grandmother), Julia, John and Ann
I am searching for the ancestors/family
of my gg-grandfather, Mathias BARRY and his wife Margaret (maiden name unknown).
I don't know if they married in Ireland or England where their oldest 4 children,
John (1856), Mary (1859) William Edward (22 Sept 1862) and Richard (1863) were
born. They had moved to Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA by 1870 where their daughter
Catharine was born in Jan 1871. Mathias and Margaret had several more children
in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and moved to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1880s.
Mathias died 1 Sept 1897 and Margaret died 11 Jan 1908, probably in St. Louis
and they are buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. While
Mathias was living in Clearfield County he published a notice for information
in the Pilot newspaper's "Missing Friends: "OF JOHN BARRY, of Macroom,
county Cork, Ireland, who came to this country (USA) in the Spring of 1863, and
was in the camp before Washington in July, 1864 (He was in the Confederate Army
during the American Reveloution and fought to protect Washington, DC) and this
is all the accounts obtained of him. Any information of him will be thankfully
received by his uncle (Mathias);-also, of cousins William BARRY and sisters, natives
of Macroom county Cork, Ireland, who are living in Boston this many years. Any
information of them will be thankfully received by their cousin, Mathias BARRY,
Clearfield, Clearfield county, Pennsylvania." The family was Catholic and
I believe their parish was Aghabullogue. Would greatly appreciate any information
on them and would love to hear from any family members still living in Ireland.
please put this on the website.
done to Briege Corkery and Emma Dunne who were representing Cloughduv on the Cork
Minor Panel who beat Limerick in the Munster semi final on Tuesday night!!! T
he final score was Cork 5 goals and 17points to Limerick's 3 points.
Well done to our u16 team who beat Agabullogue on Wednesday last,
the score was Cloughduv 4-5 to Aghabullogue 2-2
I agree totally with the Camogie player in the newsletter.
I am a fellow Camogie player with Cloughduv and I won a senior medal this year
and have played with Cork and have never got any recognition from my home parish.
The men in this parish can do anything no matter how small and it is acknowledged.
It also shouldn't be the Camogie clubs job to advertise a senior final and give
the Parish Newsletter the details of the win, it is the job of the Newsletter
to actively seek out success in the parish and give it its just acknowledgment.
I just heard the song Sweet Queen of Peace
of Medjugoria on PBS. I am the music director at the first Croation Church in
America....St. Nicholas, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA and would love to be able
to find the music for the lovely song.
Good Thursday afternoon:
I am hoping that I would
be able to have a mass said for my beloved uncle Albert Frye and his wife, Mary,
who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on May 22, 2004 in New
York City. Dear Mary who is confined to a nursing home after a stroke, is nearly
daily visited by Albert who at age 81 remains devoted to her.
him, I recently discovered that the family on his mother's side came from Ireland
and most probably the County Cork area. We are just beginning a genealogical search,
because his one last wish is to find the location of his great-grandfather Patrick
Dineen's birth around 1815. I would love to be able to give him this information.
If you can help with information on either of these issues, I would be pleased
to hear from you.
With kindness and thanks,
Heard so much about this area
from my father who loved the place dearly and missed it so much. His family came
from Aherla. His name was Edward Good and was the son of Alfred Good of the' The
Lodge 'Aherla. Would like to know if there are still family members in the area.Your
assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Iain C Good
January 22. 2004
Dear Miss Scanlan,
You may wish to add my great uncle Fr. Denis Horgan to your
list of missionaries from Kilmurry Parish.
He was born in Dooniskey, Lissarda
circa 1865, graduated from Maynooth College and by the late 1880's and early 1890's
had traveled to and across the United States to become a parish priest in the
small farming community of Woodland, California.
By the early 1900's,
he moved east some sixty-three miles to become a curate and, in all probability,
the pastor of St. Patrick church in Placerville, California. Placerville began
with the California "gold rush" in the 1840's. The
discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma (only 10 miles from Placerville)
in 1848 resulted in the migration of thousands of fortune seekers to Northern
California in the mid 1800's. The town quickly became an important supply center
to the surrounding mining camps and it was truly the wild west in those days.
So much so that Placerville was also known as "Hangtown" where frontier
justice was swiftly carried out by officials and townspeople during the years
of the gold rush.
The Placerville of Fr. Horgan's time was hopefully
a more civilized and lawful town. His church, the top of which can be seen in
a postcard to my grandmother dated February 9, 1916, appears to be of medium size
with a bell tower rising above the surrounding trees.
Today the city
is described as "centrally located between Sacramento, the state capital,
and South Lake Tahoe, the world-famous recreation center. Situated above the fog
line and below the snow line, Placerville boasts an ideal climate with four distinct
sersons." Fr. Horgan, in his February 1916 postcard took a slightly different
view of the climate as he described "an unusually severe winter
seven snowstorms during January - a surprise to the oldest inhabitants - and almost
Fr. Horgan remained in Placerville, interspersed
with occasional trips home, until June of 1920, when he returned to Dooniskey
for what he believed would be a summer visit. While his postcards to my grandparents
in Brockton, Massachusetts were filled with the joy of being home with the family
in Dooniskey and gave no hint of ill health, his visit extended through the following
year and beyond. He apparently never returned to his parish in
and died on September 11, 1924.
Fr. Horgan was truly a Dooniskey lad.
His postcars and letters spoke fondly of the village. In those days travel across
the US was difficult and time consuming, yet he returned when his duties permitted
to visit with the
family that remained in Ireland. I would assume that he
is buried in your cemetery, so if you are passing by perhaps you'll look in on
All of the information I have on him was gleaned from postcards
and occasional letters he sent to his sister (my grandmother, Julia A. Horgan-Healy,
my grandfather Michael Healy (from Ballyvourney) and my father
and his brothers
who lived in Brockton. I do know that the Horgan family lived in Dooniskey and
that his brothers Jim and Jack, and sisters Minnie, Nora, Ellen and Julia all
were born and raised in the village and were members of your Kilmurry parish.
To the best of my knowledge, only Denis and my grandmother left Ireland
for the States and I'm sure there must still be members of the family in the
area. I'm sorry to say that we have long since lost touch with them, with the
last letters coming from Jack and Jim Horgan upon the death of my grandmother
in 1946. Needless to say I would be delighted to be in contact
with any of
their descendants and please feel free to give my name and address to those you
may come across.
I realize that this is much more information then you need
for your project but I hope it will help fill out your list of the missionaries
of Kilmurry Parish and for your fellow parishioners to know that one of your own
was involved in the taming of the "wild-wild" west.
Kevin M. Healy
218 Corey Ln.
Middletown, Rhode Island, 02842 (summer) 4061 Cape Cole Blvd. Punta Gorda, Florida
(Having acknowledged the above
I recieved this reply. Peter)
Thanks for the fast response and
for placing a note in the parish newsletter. I look forward to hearing from any
long lost family members and perhaps getting a chance to visit during our next
trip to Ireland.
We would also be delighted to welcome any parish members
who might happen to journey to the Newport, Rhode Island area. We get many summer
visitors from our sister city Kinsale and I'm sure the Kilmurry Parish folks would
feel right at home on our little island.
Siobhan's undertaking is a
wonderful school project and will, I am sure, become an important part of the