Prompt for 2019, week 1 — “First”.




My great-grandfather, William Cornelius (aka Willie) Colbert, was the eldest of 13 children.  He was baptized on 31 January 1877, in Moanlena, Mahoonagh Parish, Co. Limerick, Ireland, to Michael Colbert and Hanora Josephine McDermott.[1] 




william colbert baptism record_mahoonagh parish_limerickgenealogy




William had 7 sisters, and 5 brothers, one of whom was Con Colbert, who was executed on 8 May 1916, after the Easter Uprising.[2] 




Sometime in 1890 or early 1891, the family moved from Moanlena to Athea, as William’s youngest two siblings, Dan and Bridget, were baptized at Templetathea West, Athea parish, Co. Limerick.  Williams’ mother Hanora died in childbirth with the last child born, Bridget, on 17 Sep 1892.




As a young adult, Willie became attracted to a young dairy maid named Eileen Houlihan, daughter of Charles Houlihan and Anna Carmody, also of Athea, Co. Limerick.  The story goes that William’s father Michael wanted no part of William being involved with Eileen, so Michael paid the passage for Eileen to go to San Francisco[3], where her older sister Margaret had immigrated to in 1897.[4]




As one might suspect, that got Michael nowhere, as Willie soon headed to San Francisco himself.  I found a passenger record for a William Colbert from Athea, who traveled to New York from Queenstown on the SS Etruria in July 1899, at the age of 22[5].  That fits with what I know of my great-grandfather.  It also fits with the stated immigration date given on the 1910 Federal Census.




Picture above: Diaspora visitors, Jeannie and her husband visiting the RIC Barrracks in Ardagh, County Limerick




This St Patrick’s, amidst uncertainty surrounding the accessibility of Ireland for our UK neighbours, visitors from further afield are more willing than ever to make a momentous visit to their Irish place of origin and to connect with the local community living there today.




In January and February of this year, Ireland Reaching Out has registered 100 different groups who are looking to connect with their ancestors’ place of origin. That’s an increase of 50% on the same period in 2018. With March traditionally the busiest month for this nationwide Diaspora engagement service, there appears to be no slow down in the numbers of visitors looking to discover more about their Irish origins, and in doing so, to create new bonds with communities all over the island of Ireland.




Ireland Reaching Out Programme Manager, Laura Colleran says: “Our Diaspora connect with us on the IrelandXO platform, and what begins as simple curiosity about their Irish ancestry becomes a real desire to understand more about the place they came from, and what it means to be Irish. Everyday we see connections happening online and often, as a result, plans are made to make the journey to Ireland, and to their ancestors’ place of origin.”




With ‘ancestral travel’ a key growth area for the Irish Tourism Industry, understanding the motivations of our Diaspora, and being able to offer a personal and rewarding experience is essential to delivering the Céad Míle Fáilte that Ireland is famous for. By beginning the relationship before the travel plans are even made, Ireland Reaching Out is in a prime position to ensure that every visit reaffirms our Diaspora’s sense of connection, creating lasting bonds among the global Irish community, fostering opportunities at home and abroad.




Ireland Reaching Out member Jeannie Lewis visited Limerick from Chicago in September of last year, re-tracing the steps of her Great Great Grandfather John O'Connor. Speaking of her Ardagh visit Jeannie said: “I am so thankful to local IrelandXO volunteers Seamus Callaghan and Mary Kury. Our Ireland heritage experience was only possible because of their knowledge, their determination to reconnect a family whose ancestor left Ardagh 151 years ago, and their generosity of time. And the best part of this IrelandXO adventure? We did not just find our O’Connor family but we have two new friends in Ardagh”




If you have an interest in local heritage and family history, or simply enjoy welcoming people to your local community, please get in touch by sending an email to Laura or Jane at for more information.




There are many different volunteer roles available at Ireland Reaching Out, and if you are interested in family history research, or creating content for your local XO Community, visit and locate your local Civil Parish to find out more.








MALONE, Dorothy Dorothy Malone passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 19, 2018, days before turning 94. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed. Born Dorothy Eloise Maloney on January 30, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and Esther Maloney. Dorothy was the eldest of five children born into a loving, Christian family. When Dorothy was a baby, her family moved to Dallas, where her heart would remain throughout her life. She attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas for nine years and was a part-time boarder at their convent with the Ursuline nuns while her parents traveled the country to try to find a cure for her two younger sisters stricken with polio. Both her sisters tragically passed away at five and eight years old. Her youngest brother was struck by lightning on a golf course and died at age 16. Dorothy graduated from Highland Park High School with Honors in 1941. She had wonderful high school memories and was voted School Favorite and Queen of the ROTC, and began to discover her talent as an actress when she won first place in a UIL One Act Play. Dorothy earned an academic scholarship to Hockaday Junior College. She then attended SMU, where she was named a Rotunda Beauty. While at SMU, Dorothy was performing in the campus play, Starbound, when an RKO Studios Talent Scout discovered her. It was the start of her extraordinary career and life. Dorothy was a part of the Golden Age of Hollywood and first lived at the iconic Hollywood Studio Club for Girls. Early on, she made her decision to dedicate her career to God and would sign every autograph with "May God Bless You Always!". She made her first major film breakthrough in 1945, captivating audiences as a bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep, with Humphrey Bogart. Throughout the next two decades, she went on to star in over 70 films, in addition to numerous TV guest appearances and commercials. In 1957, Dorothy won an Academy Award for her role as Marilee Hadley in Douglas Sirks' Written on the Wind. In her acceptance speech, she dedicated her Oscar to her late brother, Bill. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for that role. Some of the more notable films included Young at Heart, Man of a Thousand Faces, Tarnished Angels, Too Much Too Soon, Battle Cry, Artists & Models, Beach Party and The Last Voyage. Dorothy starred alongside such iconic leading men as Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan, to name a few. In 1960, her star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for outstanding work in Motion Pictures at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Landing the starring role in TV's first nighttime continuing drama series, Peyton Place, Dorothy achieved her widest popularity yet. It was a smash hit and aired in prime-time three nights a week over the next five years, from 1964 to 1969. This was another pivoting point in her career, as she was among the first film stars to transition from movies into television. In 1965, Dorothy suffered a near-death experience as 33 blood clots moved through her lungs. While on the critical list fighting for her life for over a week, the world stood by as her vital signs and updates were reported and displayed above Times Square. After a dramatic recovery, she resumed her role on Peyton Place. She was nominated twice for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Constance McKenzie. Dorothy and John Wayne were recognized in 1965 with the Golden Apple Award as the "Most Cooperative Male and Female Actors" of the year. Dorothy also received the Photoplay Award for "Most Popular Female Actress in a TV Series" in 1966. Dorothy's career offered amazing life experiences. In 1946, at age 22, she was invited to travel via the Queen Elizabeth to be presented to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. In the late 60's she was granted a private audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican. She was also a White House guest for three sitting U.S. Presidents. She married Frenchman Jacques Bergerac in Hong Kong in 1959, which led her to the most cherished and fulfilling role she would have in her life, as mother to her two beloved daughters, Mimi and Diane. They had a contentious divorce four years later that spanned the next ten years. She would forevermore put her daughters' needs before everything. In 1969, at the peak of her career, she decided to move from the Hollywood spotlight to raise her girls in Dallas, so they could experience a more normal childhood. Over the next two decades, Dorothy continued to work from Dallas, as schedule permitted. In 1992, after 50 years in the motion picture industry, Dorothy retired. Dorothy's career and accomplishments did not define her. She dedicated herself to her craft, never motivated by fame or fortune. She felt blessed to be able to work in an industry that she loved. Dorothy appreciated and was deeply humbled by her fans from around the world, who have continued to contact her and keep in touch over the past 70+ years. Her love and generous spirit touched so many. To her friends and family, Dorothy was known for her deep faith, strong character, big heart, sharp wit and fun loving spirit. She had many trials and tribulations throughout her life, but always pulled from her inner strength and was able to face any obstacle with her family close by and God in control. We thank God for blessing her with a long and beautiful life, which she so gracefully used to reflect His love. Dorothy is preceded in death by parents Esther Smith Maloney and Robert I. Maloney, as well as siblings Patsy Jane Maloney, Joan Maloney and George William (Bill) Maloney. Dorothy is lovingly survived by her two daughters Mimi Bergerac Vanderstraaten and Diane Bergerac Thompson and their respective husbands William Vanderstraaten and John P. Thompson, Jr. and six grandchildren Caroline Thompson Richards, John Thompson III, Emily Vanderstraaten, Lauren Thompson, Will Vanderstraaten and Crawford Thompson all of Dallas. She is also survived by her brother, The Honorable Robert B. Maloney and his wife The Honorable Frances Maloney, of Dallas. The family would like to acknowledge their deep appreciation to her wonderful and loyal caregivers for the love and joy they brought into her life. Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75225. In lieu of flowers, and honoring Dorothy's lifelong love of dogs, donations can be made to SPCA of Texas 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212 or or to the .


Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2018


1928 – On the morning of 12 April 1928, in the famous ‘Bremen’ German aircraft, James Fitzmaurice, his German co-pilot Hermann Kohl, and plane owner Ehrenfried Gunther Freiherr von Hunefeld took off from Dublin’s Baldonnel Aerodrome. Through harsh weather conditions and a series of compass issues, the men landed on 13 April 13 atop an iced-over reservoir on Greenly Island in Quebec, Canada. Just as the plane came to a stop, it broke through the ice and the tail projected 20 ft into the air. Everyone got wet, but everyone was safe.


My great grandfather Patrick Hickey (1859-1927) was born in Clounaman to Edmund Hickey(1833-1890) and Hannah Cournane (1829-1910) and emigrated to NYC about 1880. His father, Edmund, is listed in various records as a fisherman, a boatman and a laborer. Edmund himself was born at Clounaman in 1833 to Patrick Hickey and Johanna McElligott. Patrick married Mary Noonan from Barleymount West, Killarney in October of 1888 at St. Peter's Church on Barclay Street in NYC.






The best record is the inscription on his wife's head stone "Margaret Hyde Love of Mitchelstown" I have through DNA established links to the Hyde family in Kildorrery, Cork, just five miles wqest of Mitchelstown.




Edward Kenealy


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Edward Kenealy at the Tichborne trial




Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy QC (2 July 1819 – 16 April 1880) was an Irish barrister and writer. He is best remembered as counsel for the Tichborne claimant and the eccentric and disturbed conduct of the trial that led to his ruin.






Early life




He was born at Cork, the son of a local merchant. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1840 and to the English Bar in 1847. He obtained a fair practice in criminal cases. In 1868 he became a QC and a bencher of Gray's Inn.[1]




He practised on the Oxford circuit and in the Central Criminal Court and his most famous cases included:[2]










Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB):




Historical Tralee and surounding areas


September 4, 2015 ·




Did you know , that Roger Bresnahan .The seventh child of Michael and Mary (O'Donohue) Bresnahan, who emigrated from Tralee .


Was an American player and manager in Major League Baseball nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee" ,


As well as playing for Washington Senators (1897)


Chicago Cubs (1900)


Baltimore Orioles AL (1901-1902)


New York Giants (1902-1908)


St. Louis Cardinals (1909-1912)


Chicago Cubs (1913-1915)


And also managed St. Louis Cardinals (1909-1912)


Chicago Cubs (1915),


He was the first one to introduce shin guards in to the game of base ball,


His mark on the game is seen in every contest at every level, whenever a catcher dons shin guards.


Roger Bresnahan, however, did more than revolutionize how catchers dressed. He changed the way the position was played.


A year after his death Roger Philip Bresnahan was


Inducted to the Base ball Hall of Fame in: 1945 , his page can be seen on the link below


A versatile athlete who played all nine positions at the major-league level, Roger Bresnahan is generally regarded today as the Deadball Era's most famous catcher, as well known for his innovations in protective equipment as for his unusual skill package that made him one of the first catchers ever used continuously at the top of the batting order.after a life long connection with the game The Duke of Tralee died in 1944 and was part of the 1945 Hall of Fame induction class. A pair of his shin guards are now part of the Hall of Fame’s collection, further immortalizing his contributions to the National Pastime.


TROCAIRE: Standing for social justice - become a volunteer and make your contribution




Are you interested in volunteering and becoming part of something really worthwhile? The Trócaire volunteers in our Diocese had a great year of action for social justice and are now looking to expand their wings to more local parishes. To find out more please contact Marie-Anne Michel 091 781 231, or locally contact Rose in the Diocesan Centre at  The closing date for expressions of interest for volunteers is the 26th October 2018.




Following the tsunami in Indonesia Trócaire is supporting relief efforts to help bring vital supplies (water, food and medicine) to people who have been left with nothing.  We are supporting our sister agency, Karina-Caritas Indonesia, who are working in the worst affected areas. The death toll is considerable, with around 2,000 deaths and up to 5,000 people still missing. Trócaire has committed to providing €30,000 to Karina-Caritas Indonesia to support an immediate response to ensure that the basic needs of the most vulnerable are met




October 4, 2017 ·


WATCH: His singing saved his life, his smarts made him a WWII hero.


David Wisnia survived Auschwitz, escaped the Nazis and joined American forces to liberate others.[0]=68.ARAuPgup9VZ9tNUodKBvDBh6KMHFbBgIyX8i8Mfeo5wJm8h4xRlJyG5q8VlMqEkjAPLy4io08ENv7Tkl8b-Gd4K5gT1_g1pPQHEfhgoLoF61Bi003vS_ezkphJrmNEdzNo6REAzTXz4UghMKTA_e8WXTCblBderXKCw9K2hFJ8WN1iiOjVUu94w6WvTbJ2gD4IbEyXC4NbX3hQT0v1tn-hmpac0VZzw1bynG5_AXGg



Dr. John Kennelly, President of GCHERA, welcomed the partnership with AUB and lauded AUB on its leadership and enthusiastic commitment to the project. He also thanked the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for supporting a project that will help transform university education in order to form the ethical leaders the world needs. He indicated that the WKKF funded project was the first step in implementing the GCHERA Action Plan and he looked forward to engaging other partners to expand the project to interested institutions across GCHERA’s global network of 900 universities.


The launch of this project marks an important milestone in the implementation of the GCHERA Action Plan. GCHERA identified the education remit of agricultural and life science universities as its primary focus in its current Action Plan.  This arose out of a concern that the core mandate of universities does not get the same attention as research, as demonstrated in global rankings of universities where the quality of undergraduate education has very little impact on an institution’s ranking.  This slant towards research is happening at a time when universities, especially in Africa and Asia, are also experiencing explosive growth in enrolment without the additional resources to support that growth. As a result, the quality of education suffers and graduates are not well equipped to meet changing societal needs.


The Action Plan was developed through a series of global workshops and conferences where GCHERA members, spanning six continents, presented examples of innovation in curricula and pedagogy at their institutions.  The need for graduates who are change agents capable of tackling the twin challenges of nutritional security and environmental sustainability has never been greater.  Graduates are facing a shift from public to private sector employment opportunities, and there is a greater demand for entrepreneurs to drive economic growth and solve global challenges. Creating a learning environment that fosters the desired characteristics in our graduates and prepares them to serve their communities and countries is a central pillar of the WKKF funded project.


There are many examples across GCHERA’s global network of universities of good practice in terms of creating a learning environment where students excel. EARTH University in Costa Rica stands out as a university that, for three decades, has produced graduates who have gone on to be agents of positive change in their communities and beyond. Thus, the W.K. Kellogg funded project is based on EARTH’s Key Elements of Success – values-based education, experiential/participatory learning, community engagement, social entrepreneurship, ethical leadership and decision-making, with the goal of encouraging other universities to adopt the principles underpinning these elements, tailored to meet the particular circumstances of each participating institution.


The project will target select universities in Mexico and Haiti, as these are priority countries for WKKF. However, GCHERA will also engage other universities across its global network who are interested in the reform agenda. The process of developing the Action Plan helped identify universities who were at the forefront of innovation in undergraduate education. A number of universities across our global network have also expressed interest in engaging in this work. Our goal is to work with our GCHERA’s member associations to secure additional funding to extend this project to interested universities across six continents. We welcome expressions of interest from universities and we commit to continuing this dialogue as a mechanism to share best practices across our global network of universities.


A special thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their support and encouragement as we developed the project. Incidentally, WKKF provided support for the establishment of GCHERA and they have been long-term supporters of EARTH University. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the leadership role provided by Dr. José Zaglul, founding President of EARTH. Without his passion and commitment, this project would not have been possible.








                AMICUS No. 20307478






       NLC COPIES: NL Stacks - C-disc 31,768 - NO ILL


                   NL Stacks - C-disc 31,768 - Copy 2 - NO ILL




          NAME(S):*Millar, Will, 1939-


         TITLE(S): Celtic reverie [sound recording] : women of Ireland /


                    Will Millar


        PUBLISHER: Saint-Laurent, Québec : Chacra, p1996.


        PUBL. NO.: Publisher no.:  CHACD 047 Chacra


      DESCRIPTION: 1 compact disc : digital ; 12 cm.




            NOTES:  The women of Ireland: Rosheen dubh ; The women of


                    Ireland ; Star of the county Down ; Suzie Maguire -- Bird of peace:


                    Where the moorcock crows ; Ar Eirinn -- Spirit of place: The banks of


                    Claudy ; Curragh of Kildare ; Limerick is beautiful ; Spancial Hill --


                    Haunted Kenban: Blue hills of Antrim ; Lady McQuillians lament ; The


                    longships of Dunluce -- A terrible beauty: Boolavogue ; The foggy dew ;


                    Valley of Knockanure -- Seascapes & safe harbours: Cliffs of Duneen ;


                    Carnlough Bay ; Mingulay boat song ; Tyree love lilt -- Summer in the


                    glens: Summer has come ; Hills of Donegal ; She moved thru the fair ;


                    Buachaill o'n Eirne -- Atlantic crossings: The parting glass ; Holy


                    ground ; Farewell shamrock shore ; Women of Ireland (reprise).


          NUMBERS: Canadiana:  2004152084X


                   CONSER:  35126770


Cal O’Callaghan, “Doon Reel”s and Pádraig O’Keeffe


Jun 1, 2016






Cal O’Callaghan




(The following is cobbled together from many sources, with some added speculation on my part. Corrections, further information and indeed further speculation are very welcome).




Around the middle of the 19th century a journeyman carpenter from Kenmare by the name of O’Callaghan settled in Doon, near Kiskeam, County Cork, and married a widow called Mrs. O’Connor.  They had five children, four girls and a boy. One of the girls, Margaret, married school teacher John O’Keeffe about the 1880s, and they had a daughter and four sons, one of whom was Pádraig O’Keeffe (1887-1963).  Margaret’s only brother was called Callaghan O’Callaghan, or Cal for short, and he was young Pádraig’s music teacher.




Earlier, around about 1860, Cal had disagreed with his own father and gone to America, settling in Ohio in a largely Scottish community (Paddy O’Brien knows a great deal more about this than I do).  Cal stayed away for over twenty years, returning home around the same time as Margaret got married.




“Home” was, as mentioned above, a place called Doon; the several Doon Reels in the Sliabh Luachra repertoire, as well as the several Callaghan’s reels and hornpipes, are all associated with either Cal or Margaret. These tunes are the only real clues that I’m aware of as to what tunes Cal actually passed on.  I’ve speculated (and I think Paddy O’Brien agrees) that Cal might have been the source – via the Ohio Scots – for Johnny Cope, either in its original Scottish form, or in the elaborated setting which is generally attributed to Padraig O’Keeffe.




On the basis of Cal’s influence, it has occasionally been suggested that the Sliabh Luachra style “really” comes from Ohio, and I’ve heard the late Dan O’Connell of Knocknagree cited as the authority for that idea (which I must say sounds unlikely).  But Sliabh Luachra music is more than just Padraig O’Keeffe, outstanding genius though he was; there were several other key figures.  And anyway Cal’s (and thus Padraig’s) musical lineage is not dependent on the Ohio Scots alone.  In Ireland, Cal and his siblings learned from the famous Corney Drew (b.1832, a tenant farmer and music teacher from Kiskeam), who in turn was taught by a blind itinerant fiddler named Timothy O’Grady, from Tipperary.  Young Pádraig was fostered out, as was the common custom, to his mother’s family home in Doon, where he was taught music by Cal; Pádraig said on many occasions that his music came from his mother’s family, by which he mainly meant Cal, though his mother also played concertina and sang.




It’s no secret that a great many Sliabh Luachra polkas and slides turn out to be Scottish tunes originally (with all due reservations about the word “originally”); while Cal almost certainly introduced some Scottish tunes, there are other likely sources also, such as fife-and-drum bands, printed collections, and so on.




So, if Dan O’Connell did indeed attribute the Sliabh Luachra style to Cal Callaghan’s Ohio Scots neighbours (and I never heard him say so), he was not entirely incorrect, but he was being jovially extravagant.  In Ireland, as no doubt elsewhere, verbal inventiveness is not the same as telling lies, but neither should it be confused with hard fact.




The Sliabh Luachra setting of Johnny Cope neatly illustrates the difficulty of assigning origins to tunes in our shared repertoire.  What “nationality” is a tune learned by Cal O’Callaghan from a Scottish musician in America, as played today by a young Sliabh Luachra musician who learned it from a recording of Padraig O’Keeffe?  Irish?  Scottish?  American?  And what is it when Paddy O’Brien plays it in Ohio: a local tune?  It’s arguable that a tune’s real identity is in the way it’s played at any given moment, whatever its previous known history might be – bearing in mind that its previous history is likely to be incomplete, because based mainly on a paper trail which inevitably can tell little about the “folk process” by which a tune is naturalised in a community.


Very little is known of Cal’s time in Ohio, so I can’t say whether or not he also picked up tunes from vaudeville players there, as has been suggested; but if he was like his nephew, he picked up tunes from everywhere.  There certainly seems to have been a copy of “Ryan’s Mammoth Collection” in circulation in Sliabh Luachra, and it may well have been brought back by Cal: a clue is the Chorus Jig (actually a reel), the last tune in “Ryan’s”, which passed into the Sliabh Luachra repertoire, via Cal and Padraig, as one of the aforementioned Doon Reels (recorded by Paddy Cronin on a 78 as Doon Reel No.2).




Another American collection in use in Sliabh Luachra, and probably brought by Cal, was “New and Scientific Self-instructing School for the Violin” by George Saunders, published Boston in 1847.  Dan Herlihy has this book, or a copy of it.




As well as these American influences on Sliabh Luachra, it would be interesting to pursue the Tipperary connection.  Tipperary, as the heartland of B/C accordion style in modern times, might be considered the musical antithesis of Sliabh Luachra, but as noted above, there is a musical lineage stretching back from Pádraig O’Keeffe through Cal O’Callaghan and Corney Drew to Timothy O’Grady, who left Tipperary under a cloud and moved to Rockchapel in the early 19th century.  O’Grady had been a big house retainer, a fiddle master and a dancing master, and may have been one of the people involved in the adaptation of the formal quadrille to local taste, i.e., the very beginnings of the polka sets which are central to Sliabh Luachra music and dance.




Another tantalising glimpse of a connection between Sliabh Luachra and Tipperary is the fiddle style of Edward Cronin (c.1838-c.1918), a near-contemporary of Corney Drew (b.1832).  Cronin was from Limerick Junction, County Tipperary, but emigrated to America, eventually settling in Chicago where he became one of Francis O’Neill’s most important sources.  O’Neill’s cylinder recording of Cronin playing the jig Banish Misfortune clearly shows Cronin’s use of the “four notes in the time of three” figure which is a characteristic feature of Sliabh Luachra jig playing (the recording is now available on the double CD, “The Francis O’Neill Cylinders”, issued by The Ward Irish Music Archives in 2010).




Paul de Grae, August 2013








Donal O’Connor (b.1935) was born in Carrigeen, Brosna and can trace his musical lineage back to the travelling fiddle master Graddy through his father Paddy Jerry O’Connor who learned from his mother, Ellen Guiney, from Knocknawinna, Brosna, who in turn had been Graddy’s pupil. Donal and his three older brothers were all taught fiddle from an early age and soon were playing with their father in dance-halls, house parties, and weddings in the Brosna area.




In the early 60s Donal and his late brother Patrick founded the popular and prize-winning Brosna Ceili Band. The original lineup of the Brosna Céilí Band included Patrick and Donal on fiddle, Neilus O’Connor, Aeneas O’Connell, ‘Big Pat’ Moriarty on mouthorgan, Nicky McAuliffe; Mick Mulcahy, and Micheal O hEidhin on piano, with vocals from Mary McQuinn (aka Maida Sugrue) and Séan Ahern. They won the All-Ireland in 1972.




Soon after the All-Ireland, Donal tried his hand as a publican at the Sliabh Luachra Bar in the heart of Listowel. For a while it was a popular spot for musicians from all over Kerry to meet and play. Today Donal lives in Limerick City and is a fixture of the music scene there.




Tom Billy Murphy story


EMIGRANTS from Ireland


The enumeration of emigrants from Irish Ports did not start until 1st May 1851.  From that time onward to 1906, we have a list of the numbers leaving the country, unfortunately neither their names, the ports they left from nor their destinations have been included. The figures below show that 113,237 males and 113,827 females, giving a total of 227,064 people emigrated from County Kerry during this period.  These figures do not of course include those who emigrated to England/Scotland/Wales as we Irish were then regarded as citizens of the United Kingdom, the 'great' British Empire and leaving Kerry to work and/or live across the Irish sea was not regarded at the time as 'emigration'.


Clare Sentinel (1892), 20 July 1894


Niagrara’s Water ‘Power. A lively discussion is going on among Bectrieians on the subject of the longdistance transmission of Niagara water power. Early in May there appeared in a leading electrical journal an article in which Prof. E. J. Houston and Mr. A. E. Kennelly went elaborately into the question of how far the water power of the falls could be transmitted by electricity. The gist of their contention was that the power of Niagara Falls can be transmitted to a radius of 200 miles cheaper than it can he pro duced at any point within that range by steam engines of the most economical type, with coal at $3 per-ton; furthermore that “given a sufficiently large output, it might be commercially advisable to undersell large steam powers at twice this distance with no profit, in order to reduce the general expense upon delivery nearer home.” The article attracted wide attention not only among electrical engineers, but also in lay circles, and was prompt ly noticed by newspapers throughout the country. Dr. G. E. Emery, an eminent engineer replied to the article by a series of figures and statistics which went to show fhatj Messrs. Houston and Kennelly had overestimated some of th© points on which their conclusions were based, and underestimated others. For instance, the Houston-Kennelly estimate regarding the cost of the hydraulic works is $17.60 per horse power, as against Dr: Emery’s $140 per horse power. The former quotes Prof. Forbes, the electrical engineer of the Cataract Company, as testifying that “there can be little doubt that the efficiency • of our dynamos .may reach, at least, 98 per cent,”


Cheboygan Democrat, 27 May 1926










One of the Oldest City Pioneers Died at His Honte on Pine Hill Avenue Monday. The grim reaper took from among us on Monday, May 24th another of j our sturdy old pioneers. John Dundon ’ who had been ailing from rheumatism for years, and althoogh this ailment had not impaired his general health, still, it prevented him from getting around' as he was wont to do and because of his absence from the public places as was bis custom it was supposed that be was suffering the infirmities of old age. A week before his death he sustained a very severe fall at. his home at which time he not only broke his knee cap but otherwise suffered hurts and bruises that contributed to his death the-week following. Immediately, after his fall the different members of the family were communicated with' and all but the one son were able to go to his bed side before the final summons, and he Was able to recognize and visit with all. John Dundon was born" in Shanagolden, Limerick, Ireland, on November l'5th, 1835, and came to this city sixty-six years ago, He was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Boyle at Belleville, Ontario and to this union five children were bom all of whom survive, namely Mrs. Owen Camerford, and Mrs. E. E. Rice of Detroit. Mrs. C. J. Davis of Chicago, Mrs. Oliver Williams of Traverse City and a son John Dundon of Dakota. The first Mrs. Dundon died in 1874 and three years later he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Koschig who survives, -^th the five children already mentioned. Mr. Dundon came to Cheboygan with Ms family in 1866 hence he has been a resident here for sixty years. The funeral was held from the St. Mary’s church this morning and interment was in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Dundon was widely known and possessed a great many near and dear friends. He was of a true Irish character, always ready with a tart saying and bubbling over at all times with ready wit. Even to his last hours almost was he possessed of such ready wit and good nature. Mrs. Comerford, the eldest daughter of Detroit who was here for the funeral returned to her home this (Thursday) morning.



Letter to America

Mary Harrington 1823


What follows is a transcription of a letter sent in 1855 by Mary Harrington to her brother Denis who was living in Galena, IL at the time.  Family stories always told that Edward and Mary were from County Kerry.  This is the most significant clue I have come across pointing to their townland.


There is a Mary and a William Harrington (Mary’s father’s name) on Griffith’s Valuation for Ireland in Townland Ballincollig Parish OBrennan, County K   OBrennan  Oct  22/55


My Dear Denis,


  I received your letter of the 20th Sept.  last and am sorry to hear of the death of our poor father. I think he rests in peace for he was a good father. I have the melancholy duty of informing you that our grandmother died on the 1st July from a severe attack of ? may she rest in peace.   Since last August 8 years I had only one letter from you and I have written several times to you since and not receiving an answer to any of them I considered you were all dead – that it would be useless to write any more – however God is good and it was some consolation to me after the death of my grandmother to be told by _____ Harrington that he had a letter for me and on opening it how surprised I was to hear that any of you were alive.


 I have now to inform you that Dan Browne in a letter forwarded by him to his mother the 14th March last stated that our sister Elizabeth and her family went to California on the 4th March 1854 and since then I have not heard a word about them. Aunt Buckley and family are well and was much grieved at poor father’s death – she intends writing to you as we have found your address – I may now give you some short account of my life – with which you are very likely not acquainted – about 14 years ago my grandmother’s second husband Thos. Murphy died and in about 12 months afterwards my grandmother said to me – that she thought it would be better for to get married – and have a person to look after our affairs as we were then living alone – I took her advice and married Edmond Fitzgerald a neighbor of ours are were getting on pretty well when I pleased God send for him leaving me only a little boy who is now about 9 years old.




 When I was a child my father sent me home to my grandmother and on my way I received a hurt in my side which stuck to me ever since – left me partly disabled in my side – however Thank God I earn a little livelihood by needle work and this strives to support myself and my little boy as I am unable walk without a crutch. I am told that I could not be taken to any part in the United States as the law does not allow any disabled persons to be brought to any of these ports. I have rec a letter from Train Co. of Liverpool stating that my passage to Boston is pre-paid and the vessel will sail on the 5th March next though I have not rec a certificate to that effect from you. I have written to them this day that I am not ready to start until I’ve further intelligence from you. I have now fully stated to you how I am getting on.


My prospects in this country for myself and my little boy are not the best living as we do in a cabin on the side of the road there is no great chance of being able to do much for my poor child. However I trust I have seen the worst times and that you will be able to do something for us – you will on receipt of this letter write to me immediately and let me know what I am to do – as I have no other person to make my case known to.




I remain my dear Denis, your affectionate sister, Mary Harrington.


 P.S. William Harrington and his uncle are very much thank God and they trust that you will be able to do something for me now that I know where to address you.


MARS LIGHT: The Mars light was an early mechanical flashing/warning light.




"A railroader had worked out the general idea…"




Actually, it was the brainchild of Chicago aerial truck (hook & ladder) driver Jerry (Jeremiah) Kennelly.




City traffic was already getting bad in the 1920s, making it increasingly dangerous and difficult for emergency vehicles to get through. Fire apparatus in this period were usually fitted with small hand-held spotlights (Chicago apparatus also carried (and still carry) small red and green forward-facing warning lamps). Kennelly realized that if he wiggled the spotlight by hand, it caught the attention of oncoming drivers. He continued his experiments into the 30s (as city traffic got worse), replacing the white lens with a red one and eventually adding a motor and gearbox so it would turn in a unique horizontal figure-8 pattern. This made the beam visible to both oncoming traffic and in rear-view mirrors, and produced a noticeable flashing effect.




Kennelly later made the acquaintance of Frank Mars, head of the famed Chicago candy company, who liked what he saw and provided both financial and engineering help, which his wife continued after Mars' death in 1933. This is where the Mars in Mars Light came from.




The first railroad tests came in 1936 on the CNW, but used a blue lens, as red would be misinterpreted as a stop signal. This was later replaced with a standard white lens.




"The original "Green Diamond" had a light that pointed straight up as an attention getter. The Pacifics assigned to the original C&NW "400" also had a headlight angled upward at a 45-degree angle."




As high-speed trains were introduced, there was a lot of concern that motorists would never see or hear them coming especially at night – humans have a hard time judging the speed of anything bigger than we are coming at us. These earlier warning lights were fixed searchlights, positioned to point straight up or at an angle so they would not blind oncoming train crews or motorists, however the powerful light beam did make them easier to see at night. Diesels, being much quieter and nearly smokeless, were also that much harder to see by day and railroads began looking at ways to make them more visible.




The Mars Light was liked by some railroads, and was also seen on a lot of fire apparatus in the 1940s-60s.


 Lance Burton










04-13-2005, 10:57 AM


I thought that Federal Signal and Mars combined several years ago. I may be incorrect on this. I remember someone telling me this.


Why not contact your local Pierce or Seagrave dealer and ask them this question??


I found this ifnormation while doing a google search.




"Search for Mars Signal Light Co:"




A copy of a cover of a 1940? catalog (WR-5000-A catalog – see misc.) shows the address of the Mars Signal Light Company as 5737 W. Division St.; Chicago, IL.




I contacted Mars, Inc. of McLean, VA (the candy company), and was informed by their personnel and organizational manager, S. A. Heffelfinger, that they have no record of what became of the 'MarsLite Corporation'. She did say that in April of 1933, Mr. Mars and Mr. Kennelly formed a company named the 'MarsLite Corporation', with Mr. Mars providing $1000 of it's working capital. She found a file on it with a large drawing which must have been used to apply for the patent. She also provided me with information about Jerry Kennelly:




Apparently, Jerry Kennelly suggested using a flashing light for police and fire vehicles to enhance their safety. It appeared that no one was interested in the idea until two fire trucks collided in Chicago with grim results. The mayor suddenly became interested in the concept and the 'MarsLite Corporation' was born. It set the criterion for flashing lights for emergency vehicles until World War II.


I contacted the Federal Signal Corporation of University Park, IL, and was told that they did not take over the Mars Signal Light Company and were not a subsidiary of it.




John Blair suggested contacting SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America). He remembered seeing "Bubble Gum Machines" on tow trucks and various emergency vehicles in the 1980's in Syracuse, N.Y. (in which SPAAMFAA has roots) which bore the slogan "The Light From Mars" and the name "The Mars Signal Light Company".




Trade-Mark 343,236 for "THE LIGHT FROM MARS" was registered to Jeremiah D. Kennelly on Feb. 16, 1937. A metal plate bearing this trade-mark was attached to the products sold by the Mars Signal Light Co.




Investigation of SPAAMFAA led me to John Dorgan of the Rusty Bucket Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.; Arizona Territorial Chapter of SPAAMFAA. John provided me with this information:




The MARS Signal Light Company manufactured many different lights and sirens starting with the model FL which dates back to Kennelly's original patent (US Pat. 1,991,101 cited above). The company simultaneously made both emergency vehicle warning lights and railroad lights. They manufactured both train lights and several types of crossing lights. In the late 60's or early 70's, the operations moved to Naples, Florida and they operated from this location until the company was purchased by Trippe Light Co. The resulting corporation became known as TRI LITE MARS. It is located in Chicago, once again, and is located at 1335 W. Randolph St.; Chicago, IL 60607. Tel. 1-800-322-5250. John goes on to say that TRI LITE MARS doesn't have any information as to the early days prior to TRI LITE.




Rich Sitler contacted me with information on the address for the company. He listed the phone and fax numbers as well as revealing that the company makes an "888" light used for fire trucks and locomotives.




I called the company using the 1-800 number. The company identified itself as "TRI LITE INC.". The address is what John and Rich have stated. (phone: (312) 226-7778/fax: (312) 226-5335)




Information from TRI LITE INC. catalog:




TRI LITE INC. is made up of the TRI LITE division and the MARS Signal Light division. They also identify themselves as TRI LITE MARS (evidenced by their logo and catalog cover). Their present product line includes warning lights, back up alarms and sirens. Both belt and gear drive rotating light units are available. They manufacture the MARS "888" Traffic Breaker Light which generates a "figure 8" moving pattern which they claim to be the leading fire truck warning light for years. This light is sold in a pedestal mounted unit (TB8-P) or as a flush mounted unit (TB8-F). The catalog specifications state that these units are rated 60,000 (optional 100,000) candlepower. This unit is available with either a clear or red lens. The "888" light is also incorporated into roof bar units.




From the product line, emergency vehicle equipment is what this company now specializes in. I verified this with their customer service representative.




Regarding the sale of rotating flashers or strobes to the railroad industry, the representative stated that this may be taking place through their distributors, but TRI LITE INC. has no records of distributor sales.


This is what I found and the light was first designed by a fireman in Chicago and the Mars candy Co.


Last edited by allineedisu; 04-13-2005, 01:35 PM.










Bob DelbridgeMember Digital Subscriber


4/18/136:23 AM




Here's a couple of things I found on the SAL/ACL forum:


ACL - The rule book (Rule 17-A) required the use of the Mars light when


ever the train was moving forward at night. It was to be turned off


when approachin terminals, junctions, meeting points, and stations


where stops were to be made. Also, it was to be turned off when ever


the rules required that the main headlight be dimmed.




 Before there were Ditch lights, there were Mars Lights


During the spring of 1936, an astonishing sight stopped motorists and


attracted crowds of curious spectators to highway overpasses along


the Chicago & North Western line from Chicago to Minneapolis. The


engine was one of the railroad's rebuilt Pacific-type set aside for


service on the famous "400s," but the oscillating blue light flashing


from the top of the smokebox was definitely something new.


The light was the brainchild of a Chicago city fireman, Jerry


Kennelly, whose encounters with oncoming street traffic during


emergency runs led him to tinker with various warning-light devices.


The most effective, he discovered, swept the path in a horizontal


figure-8 motion that caught the attention of motorists both in front


and to the sides of the truck. But it wasn't until Chicago candy


magnate Frank Mars and his wife, Ethel took an interest that


Kennelly's invention became reality. Mars offered the inventor use of


the candy company's machine shop to turn out prototypes, and after


Mars' death, his widow continued financial support of the project. In


return, Kennelly assigned patent rights to the Mars Light Co.


Working with a group of Chicago policemen, Kennelly developed the


device further, offering it to railroads for use at highway


crossings. Finally, it caught the attention of Chicago & North


Western's chief safety officer; he agreed to mount a Mars light on


engine #2908, one of the four E-2's assigned to the new "400"


service. Additional tests were conducted with a Mars light on a


J-class 2-8-2 that shuttled back and forth on the Orchard track in


Proviso Yard.


On one of its runs to Milwaukee, the 2908 struck a large bird,


shattering the blue lens. A clear lens was located in Milwaukee, and,


on the return trip to Chicago, it was discovered that the white light


was even more effective in catching attention. Gyrating in a


horizontal figure-8 that was 800 feet in diameter, 1000 feet down the


track, the new Mars oscillating headlight was adopted by C&NW for its


steam-powered engines and, despite the initial indifference of EMD


officials, by the Rock Island for use on its first passenger diesels.


Other railroads soon followed.


(from Chicago & North Western Vol. 1, by Lloyd A. Keyser, Morning Sun


Books, 1997. Thanks to Charlie Willer, Heartland Rails, Ft. Wayne, IN)




From what I found out a while back, Seaboard used them for emergency situations, but don't know what defined an "emergency".  Also, some of Seaboard's E7s had red lenses, others had clear.










HARNETT REUNION NEWS:  The following article appeared in a North Carolina newspaper on June 30 2016 last.  “Harnett County received a visitor this month with a unique connection to the County’s history. James Harnett toured a portion of Harnett County along with his daughter, Niamh, as part of a visit to the County that shares his family’s name. Harnett is from Abbeyfeale in County Limerick, Ireland, and was visiting the United States for the first time to surprise his friend, Noel Lyons, who lives in Cary, for the 25th anniversary of Lyon’s company, McGill Environmental Systems of North Carolina. Harnett introduced Lyons to his lead business partner nearly three decades ago. While he was in the Triangle, Harnett decided to visit neighbouring Harnett County. He said he learned of Harnett County’s existence several years ago while researching the Harnett name. Harnett said there are hundreds of people who have the Harnett name in County Limerick and the surrounding area, more than anywhere else in the world. “I’ve always been fascinated by why the Harnett name is so strong in this small area of Ireland,” he said.  In 2012, he organized the Harnett Reunion Weekend Clan Gathering, a Harnett family reunion of sorts. A commemorative magazine was published for the occasion. During his visit, Harnett donated a copy of the magazine, which includes notable stories of the Harnett family as well as information about Harnett County, N.C., and the County’s namesake, Cornelius Harnett. While researching for the reunion, Harnett also learned about Cornelius Harnett, whose father was a merchant and immigrated to the Americas from Dublin, Ireland.  Harnett said he was interested in finding out whether he might be related to Cornelius Harnett, but many of Ireland’s records were destroyed during the Easter Rising, a rebellion that took place during Easter Week, April 1916.  Nonetheless, Harnett said he was fascinated to learn about Cornelius Harnett and Harnett County and wanted to stop in while he was nearby. While he was here, he visited Lillington Town Hall, the Harnett County Courthouse and County Administration Building, and he had his first Southern breakfast at Sweet Magnolia in Downtown Lillington. Harnett also visited the Harnett County Public Library to present the County with a copy of the Harnett Reunion Commemorative Magazine. Interim Harnett County Library Director Angela McCauley said she was honoured and delighted by Harnett’s visit and the donation to the library. She said the magazine will be added to the library’s collection as a reference item in the local history room. “We are most grateful for Mr. Harnett’s book donation,” said McCauley. “He offered interesting facts and details about the Harnett family and his enthusiasm made it clear that he and other family members are quite dedicated to their heritage and family roots, and they have pride in the Harnett name. “Harnett said he was impressed by his visit to the United States and Harnett County, both by the vastness and natural beauty of the land and the friendliness of the people. “People have been welcoming everywhere we’ve gone,” he said. “Everyone takes the time to talk to you.”


DEATH May 2016, of Sister Ann Woulfe, Elm Hill, Ardagh in South Africa.




Thanks for the information about Denis O'Keefe. Some of my family did go to Chicago but my great uncle Denis O'Keeffe from Meenscovane, b. 1877, went to New York where he married Catherine Ranahan. One of their 2 daughter's, Florence, did marry a William J Ahearn so it's a bit of a coincidence. I have been lucky enough to make contact with their descendants in the U.S. to confirm this. My great aunt Catherine O'Keeffe did go to Chicago in 1901 where she married John O'Shaughnessy. He was born in Beheenagh, Knocknagoshel but unfortunately Catherine died of T.B. 2 years after they married. They had one son John Vincent O'Shaughnessy who became a priest. Another great uncle, William O'Keeffe lived for a while in Chicago but returned to live in Meenscovane because of his poor health and died there in 1940. Altogether there was 12 children in the family, some of which I still can't trace but I will keep persevering.




Dennis O'Keefe




O'Keefe, Dennis. Husband of Catherine (nee Ahearn) father of Mrs.


Patrick Moore, Michael O'Keefe, Mrs. George Raivie, Mrs. Jerry


O'Connor, Mrs. Arthur Barry, and the late Mrs. Bryan McSweeney, Anna


and John O'Keefe, native of Co. Kerry, Ireland. Funeral from his late


residence, 162 N. Ada st. to St. Columbkille's Church thence to


Calvary cemetery.


Chicago Daily News 14 January 1903.


The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 46, Number 21, 11 November 1911


The Right Rev. Richard A. O'Connor, D. D., Bishop of Petersborough, Canada, recently celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. Bishop O'Connor was born at Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, April 15, 1838. He went to Canada in 1841 with his parents, and settled in Toronto.


Limerick Evening Post and Clare Sentinel


1 June 1830


Distressed Weavers of Limerick


Final Report


Of the Committee for the Relief and Employment of the Weavers of the City of Limerick.


The arrangements stated in the Report published in the Post and Sentinel of the 20th ult. have been since carried into effect; and the exceptions then entertained by the Committee have, they are gratified to announce, been satisfactorily attained.






Letter from Van Dieman's Land


Freeman's Journal — 10 February 1835




The following are extracts from a letter, written nearly twelve months since, in Van Dieman's Land, and lately received by a gentleman in Kilkenny, who has been kind enough to permit us to publish them, The letter is from a man of the strictest probity:— Kilkenny Journal




"I am most happy, as an opportunity offers for London, to send you an account of this d____d country; and I hope you'll make it known to all persons who purpose to emigrate to those colonies (which you ands I were led to think were the best) that Ireland bad as it is, is better than here. —


There is neither employment for free people, or pity for the affected, the hearts of all are callous to every feeling save that of avarice. I have been from one extremity of the colony to the other, and in no part of it could I obtain anything like comfort, or do I see for any one. If it were not for a few pounds which remained to me after the expense of our voyage, &c., I should before now die of want. There is no employment for persons of any calling whatever. This country is inhabited by persons who have been transported for the last 30 years; and they have land granted them on their freedom, but their morals are quite depraved. Each person in town and country that holds property of any description are allowed prisoners to do their work, and if they do not do it, complaint is made, and they are cruelly lashed every day till they give full satisfaction to their master. I wish it was generally known in Ireland by the unfortunate and misguided portion of my countrymen, how transports are dealt with here; and I am sure they would commit no offence to subject them to transportation. I assure you in the most positive manner, it would be a greater mercy to hang them at home than send them here. I suppose you know the order of things as regards the seasons here; to-day the sun is much hotter than it is with you in June. Now is the commencement of the Autumn season— we have not had any rain since our arrival; but the weather has been very hot. The climate is very healthy, and what very extraordinary, very changeable. We never had better health. We were sixteen weeks on our voyage, an had no accident. I hope I shall some day have money enough to pay our passage from this unchristian land; for although there are Protestant, Catholic, and Methodist places of worship, very few frequent them. The country is hilly and mountainous, and I have not as yet seen any thing like a good crop of corn. The markets are as follows:—Bacon1s per pound, beef and mutton 6d per pound, Bread 10d for 4 pound, Potatoes, 3d per pound, and all other vegetables very dear. I have purchased a few acres of ground for seven years. I pay 80l. a-year for two rooms without furniture.




Respects for, &c. &c.


    Launceston, 20th Feb. 1834


© Nick Reddan 2002





By Sarah Mac Donald - 09 December, 2014

Fr Liam Hayes SVD founded homes in Argentina for some of the world’s most forgotten people.


Fr Liam Hayes SVDIndependent Senator Rónán Mullen has paid tribute to Limerick-born missionary Fr Liam Hayes who died in Argentina on Sunday.


65-year-old Fr Hayes, from Cappamore, was the founder and administrator of several Cheshire Homes for children and adults with severe physical and intellectual disability in Oberá, Argentina.


Senator Mullen worked at the homes for a brief period as a volunteer in 2004.


“Fr Liam Hayes was a remarkable person whose kindness and concern for some of the world’s most forgotten people made a powerful impact on all those he knew and worked with,” Senator Mullen said in a statement on Monday.


After studies in UCC where he was Student Union President, Fr Hayes went to Maynooth and was ordained a priest for the Divine Word Missionaries.


In the mid-1980s, he travelled to Argentina to do parish work in the province of Misiones in North-Eastern Argentina, where he would spend the rest of his life.


PRESIDENTS AWARDS on 30th Oct 2014

Here’s the full list of recipients, with a short bio on each provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs:


Arts, Culture and Sport


Fionnula Flanagan (US)

In 2012, Fionnula Flanagan celebrated almost 50 years of stage, film and television work and received a life-time achievement award at that year’s Irish Film and Television Awards, presented to her by President Higgins. She is considered one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Joyce.


Since moving to the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles in the early 1970s with her husband Garrett O’Connor, she has mentored and supported many Irish looking to succeed in the entertainment business in the US. She is a strong supporter of the Irish language and of the Irish arts in the US. She has assisted the Irish Film Board and the Consulate in their work to promote Ireland as a location for US film and TV productions and to promote Irish productions in the US. She has opened the doors of her home to host events on behalf of the Irish community in Los Angeles, in particular the annual Irish Film Festival.


Thomas Keneally (Australia)



Thomas (Tom) Keneally is a well-known Irish-Australian novelist, playwright, author and commentator. He has published more than 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction. He has won numerous prizes including the Booker Prize for Schindler’s Ark. Born in Sydney in 1935, Keneally identifies closely and proudly with his Irish background. His grandparents came from Newmarket in Co Cork.


His work has spanned many countries and peoples but Australians and the Irish are recurring subjects. In 1992 he published Now and In Time to Be, a travelogue reflecting on Ireland and the Irish. In 1998 he published The Great Shame, his non-fiction work covering an 80 year period and charting the history of the Irish who were dispersed around the world during and after the Famine. Three Famines: Starvation and Politics, published in 2011, looks at the Great Famine in Ireland, the Great Famine of British-ruled Bengal in 1943, and the string of famines in Ethiopia during the 1970s and 1980s. In 2013, he wrote the book for a musical entitled Transport which tells the story of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so- called “undesirables”) who were deported on The Whisper, a prison ship, to the Australian penal colonies.


Charitable Works


Fr PJ McGlinchey (Korea)

Arriving in Jeju, Korea in 1954 Fr Mc Glinchey, a priest with the Missionary Society of St Columban, was faced with a society that was deeply traumatised and ravished by poverty. Lead by his faith and knowledge in agriculture he set about helping to pull thousands of Jeju citizens out of poverty.


His model of development and profitable farming encouraged use of underused farm land and new farming methods. St Isidore farm was founded to include pigs, sheep, cows and now a stud. A textile factory employed up to 1,700 Jeju women in a time when jobs on the island were scarce. His forming of a credit union changed the economy of the island and helped the citizens emerge from poverty.


Fr Mc Glinchey never forgot the island people setting up Isidore Nursing home, hospice, kindergarten and a youth centre, which benefited more than 18,000 young people from all over Korea. These welfare activities, some funded completely from donations and profits from the farm, take care of Jeju’s most vulnerable.


Irish Community Support


Mary Allen (Britain)


Mary Allen has been a key community worker for the Irish in London since she arrived in 1948, playing an active role in the London Irish Centre since its foundation in 1954. She has also supported the community through her work as a member and officer of both the Waterford Association and the overall Council of Irish Counties Association, raising thousands of pounds to help vulnerable Irish people and others in need.


Considered by the community as a “lay ambassador” for Ireland, for a number of years she was heavily involved in celebrating positive Irish culture through the London Irish Festival.


Avril Conroy (Russia)


Since moving to Russia in the early 1990s, Avril Conroy has been a central figure in both the Irish and wider business community in Russia. As chair of the Irish Club in Moscow, Ms Conroy has played an integral role in the celebration of St Patrick’s week, organising the annual St Patrick’s Day Ball (with all proceeds going to charities in Russia), and the St Patrick’s Day parade in Moscow city centre, the only such event of its kind permitted there. She also organises the annual White Ball in December, the Santa Claus Christmas event for Irish community kids, a book club, running club and various other events to bring the Irish community closer together. She is also seen as the media “go-to” spokesperson for Irish related stories. In 2013 she became director of regional sales at Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil company.


Peace, Reconciliation and Development


Niall O’Dowd (US)


Niall O’Dowd is one of the founding members of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, established in 2005. He is also the founder of, Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper, and publisher of The Irish Emigrant newspaper in Boston.


Mr O’Dowd has created numerous business networks through his publications. He founded the Wall Street 50, Top 100 Irish Americans, Business 100, Top 50 Women in Business, Irish Legal 100, Science and Technology 50 and the Irish America Hall of Fame. He co-founded the Silicon Valley 50 with the Irish Technology and Leadership Group. He also established the US-Ireland Forum.


Mr O’Dowd was a founder of the Irish Americans for Clinton campaign in 1991, supporting candidate Bill Clinton for president. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Northern Ireland peace process. In 2002, he published a book Fire in the Morning, about Irish people at the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks.


Kevin Cahill (US)

Kevin Cahill is a medical doctor with decades-long record of service to the Irish community in New York. He is president-general emeritus of the American-Irish Historical Society and has been active on its behalf for more than 40 years.


Dr Cahill has not only treated patients including Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, but has offered his expertise to a number of national and international organisations including the United Nations and the New York Police Department. He began his medical career in 1961, studying tropical disease in the slums of Calcutta beside Mother Theresa. His relief efforts have since spanned the globe and include treating refugees in Sudan, serving concurrently as the special assistant to the governor of health affairs, chairman of health planning commission, and chairman of the Health Research Council of New York State.


From 1969-2006 he was chairman of the department of tropical medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In addition, he has been director of the tropical disease centre at Lenox Hill Hospital, clinical professor of tropical medicine and molecular parasitology at NYU Medical School, and the consultant in tropical medicine for the United Nations Health Services. He has written many influential works that chronicle his experiences as a tropicalist and a physician, as well as articles and essays on his love for Irish literature, art, culture, humanitarian efforts and international diplomacy.


As the president-general of the American Irish Historical Society, Dr Cahill has refurbished its prestigious townhouse home on New York’s Fifth Avenue and has continued the effort to raise the awareness of Irish Americans of their cultural history and ancestry. Raised in an Irish immigrant home in the Bronx, Dr Cahill has maintained a strong connection to Ireland both through his professional and personal work.


Business and Education


Jim Flaherty (deceased, Canada)


The late Jim Flaherty, Canada’s federal minister of finance from 2006 to 2014, was an exemplary supporter of all things Irish. He supported many Irish related projects in Canada including the establishment of Ireland Park, the restoration of O’Connor House in Toronto, funding for the Darcy McGee centre in Carlingford Co Louth, federal funding for ICUF, the restoration of the famine graveyard on Partridge Island and the Irish Festival in Miramichi. Mr Flaherty grew up in a Catholic family in Montreal, and was of part-Irish descent.


Catherine Day (EC)


In her role as European Commission secretary general since 2005, Catherine Day has influenced the EU landscape through her championing of the enlargement of the EU to 28 Member States and her central role in shaping a coordinated response to the recent economic and financial crisis.


Colm McLoughlin (UAE)

Over the past 30 years, Colm McLoughlin has been an integral part of the Irish community in the USA. Both in his highly successful professional career with Dubai Duty Free (DDF), and in his leadership roles across almost every Irish organisation, he has played a hugely positive role in the promotion of Irish interests.




Irish Women who beat New Zealand in Paris 17-14.August 2014

Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster); Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster). Replacements: Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Vikki McGinn (Blackrock/Leinster).


Lennon returns to Baltimore’s Mercy High as its next president

October 29, 2013. Tarbert Lady.


By Paul McMullen


Since 2007, Mary Beth Lennon nee Fitzgerald, has helped the Jesuits expose high-schoolers to opportunities beyond inner-city Baltimore.


When Lennon was a college undergrad, the School Sisters of Notre Dame took her to Guatemala and expanded her world view.


Lennon’s global awareness, however, began with the Religious Sisters of Mercy, whose ranks include her maternal aunt, Sister M. Ambrose Fitzgerald, in residence in a convent in Galway, in her native Ireland.

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New Zealand Tablet, Volume XI, Issue 23, 28 September 1883, Page 27




(From the Brisbane Australian.) Gens supra modum, superstitioni dedita, is the character given by the greatest of Roman historians to the children of Israel. Looking at this two thousand years' distance we cannot but see the injustice and absurdity of such words in the mouth of Tacitus. Rome afforded perching places to a thousand ridiculous forms . The fetishism of Mauritania, the grovelling fables of Anubis, the indecencies of Olympus, and the inhumanities of Tauris all had their sacred fanes within the walls of the City. The one Deity excluded was the God of Israel. He whose great works are so simply chronicled in the first chapters of Genesis, who is prayed to in the Psalms, and who from Mount Sinai issues, in the Ten Commandments, that code to which man owes so much, was not recognised on the banks of the Tiber nay, His cultus is stigmatised by the Pagan indweller as a superstition, and His worshippers as the most superstitious of all the subjects of the Caesars. We wonder what any philosopher of the present day thinks of the great annalist's judgment between the paganisms thick in ail the streets about him, and the pure doctrine of Sinai's Ten Commandments How indignantly does the history of to-day strike out the phrase Gens prae coeteris superstitioni dedita.Very much akin to the dogmatizing language used by Agricula’s father in law in regard to the superstitions of the Israelites, is that used by nineteenth century historians when speaking of the laziness of the Irish." You find the latter in the own country doing the work of the beast of burden on the most miserable potato diet. The farms, in hundreds of thousands of cases, are too small and the farmers too poor to allow of agricultural engines or of horse assistance. The work is done by the manual labour of the household. Outside of Ireland the evidences of their bona fide desire for work are still more visible. Every hive of industry in England and Scotland is thick with Irish. In the Mersey cities or those of the Clyde, we do not find them keeping cafes or restaurant, they are not amongst the trim clerks, the cheery bus conductors, the sweet-tongued book agents no, the Irishman is found in Liverpool and Glasgow on the wharves, stooping over the crane-handle, or sweating in the stuffy hold of some outward-bound ship, ever with his body bent, his jersey saturated with sweat, his horney hand clenched on some heavy weight,— a being recognised as devoted to hard work almost as the great wheel that drives the mill, even today they call the Irish "lazy," just as Tacitas called the children of Jerusalem superstitiani dedita." These Irish, almost alone, reap the harvest in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex. They cut open the hills and fill up the valleys, from Cape Baca to the Golden Gates, for the American railways. They take the enemy's first bullets at Ferozapore and Meanee. In Australia, whoever may be the shepherd, or overseer, or ration-carrier,-— the Irishman generally is not. His lot is to burst heavy logs for fencing, to sink post-holes in unbroken ground under a pitiless sun. In the shearing shed his sweat runs fastest. In the deep mine his is the arm that drives the most advanced of the line of picks. Still to the on-lookers of the English-speaking world the Irish are lazy," just as to the Romans of the first centuries the children of the Twelve Tribes were superstitious.



James Wolfe [Wolfe Gallery]



"The Hero Of Louisbourg."


At the vicarage in Westerham, Kent, on the 2nd of January, 1727, our hero was born. His father was an army officer, Edward Wolfe; his mother, Henrietta, daughter of Edward Thompson, was from Marsden, Yorkshire. At the time of the birth, his father was 42 years of age and his mother, 24.1 Soon after, the family moved to the building which was, in the early part of 19th century, to be called the "Quebec House." Within a year James was to have a younger brother, Edward. It was here, at Westerham, that the Wolfe boys, described as being both delicate and sensitive children and whose health was precarious, grew up in the loving care of their mother.


About 1738, presumably because of the requirements of the father's military career, the family moved to Greenwich. Because of the conspicuous military movements at Greenwich and of the hearing of his fathers's exploits as a soldier under Marlborough, James, at an early age, formed a desire to enter army life; and, he wanted to do so at the earliest opportunity. At the tender age of 13 years he was to join his father's regiment. The War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) shortly thereafter broke out and the regiment was apparently going to board vessels for Europe. Already a martyr to illness, just as the fleet was sailing with his regiment, the 14 year old James had to be put ashore, seriously ill, and returned to his mother. He apparently recovered and in November of 1741 (age 14), he was appointed Second Lieutenant in his father's regiment of marines, the 12th Regiment (Durourels), and in April, 1742, embarked with his regiment for Flanders.


At the tender age of 16 years, Wolfe was to see his first action. This was the Battle of Dettingen which occurred on June the 27th, 1743 (a battle, incidently, in which participated the 17 year old Robert Monckton who was to also play a significant role in the history of Nova Scotia). Dettingen was one of the more notorious battles that had taken place during the War of the Austrian Succession. It took place in an area that we now know as Germany. The Battle of Dettingen had the markings of a battle (like so many which we have all experienced) by which the winner gaged himself a winner, more from what was avoided than from what was gained. At Dettingen the English and their allies, the Austrians, avoided destruction due to "the impetuosity of the French horse and the dogged obstinacy with which the English held their ground. There was, however, what appeared at first only to be a bit of a gain: the French determined to recross a river over which they had came, and, felt obliged, for no good reason the English could think of, to keep on driving their men and horses until they had gained their own border. Though not a classy fight on the part of the English, the effect was that the French evacuated Germany."2







Mr. Chancellor, I have the honour to present for the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Denis William Brogan.


Few achievements, Mr. Chancellor, can win for an historian greater glory than goes to him who, through keen psychological insight, sapient perception of causes and effects, and masterly powers of expression, has been able to interpret the very soul of a nation. And this task Professor Brogan has brilliantly accomplished not once but three times. A Scotsman of Irish ancestry, he is the author of a famous book The English People – a work which, though written primarily to explain to Americans a great enigma, may be read with profit by every Englishman; he is universally regarded as one of the greatest authorities on the United States, its people and its institutions, and he possesses a superb knowledge of France and French history past and present.




Biography British Columbia

"Bonaparte Ranch Five generations of Irish cattlemen', Big Country Cariboo Magazine,

no5 (Winter 1978/79 pp 12-17 ill.

At the unveiling of the Memorial to Canada's Nurses, Dame Maud McCarthy, G.B.E., R.R.C., Matron-in-Chief of the Territorial Army Nursing Service of Great Britain is seen with Margaret C. MacDonald, Matron-in-Chief, C.A.M.C.N.S., 1914-1923, on her left.

The names found in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial are those found in the Books of Remembrance. They contain the names of Canadians who fought in wars and died either during or after them. Together, they commemorate the lives of more than 118,000 Canadians who, since Confederation, have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform.

In memory of Private Michael Bartholomew Kennelly who died on November 8, 1917 Military Service: Service Number: 193093 Age: 28, Force: Army Unit: Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) Division: 1st Coy. 15th Bn.

Additional Information: Son of Martin and Ellen Kennelly, of 420, Catherine St. North, Hamilton, Ontario. Cemetery: DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Belgium Grave Reference: XIV. B. 19.

Commemorated on Page 267 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.



In memory of


Charles Kennelly Smith

who died on August 22, 1917, Military Service: Service Number: 40080 Age: 27

Force: Army Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division: 78th Battalion Citation: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal

Honours and Awards: Military Medal

Additional Information: Date and Place of Birth: October 16, 1889 Hamilton, Bermuda

Date and Place of Enlistment: September 23, 1914 Valcartier, Québec, Canada

Son of Fred and Emma Smith, of Ireland Island, Bermuda, British West Indies.

Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY; Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference: XXV N. 13.

Commemorated on Page 328 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.



1916 Connor and Collins




AMICUS No. 10060218



NLC COPIES: NL Stacks - BX1423 M37 S76 1987

Preserv - on site (CSF) - B-126060 - Copy 2 - NO ILL


NAME(S): Kennelly, Jim

Holy Name of Mary Parish (Marysville, Ont.)

TITLE(S):*The story of Holy Name of Mary Parish, 1837-1987 /

[compiled by Jim Kennelly ... et al.]

PUBLISHER: Marysville, Ont. : Holy Name of Mary Parish, 1987.

DESCRIPTION: x, 273 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.


NOTES: "Published ... to commemorate the 150th anniversary of

the Parish, August 2, 1987".

Includes bibliographical references.

NUMBERS: Canadiana: 20100032214



SUBJECTS: Holy Name of Mary Parish (Marysville, Ont.)--History

Marysville (Ont.)--Genealogy

Tyendinaga (Ont.)—Genealogy




AMICUS No. 3899659



NLC COPIES: NL Stacks - DS706 R45


NAME(S):*Richard, Louis, 1868-

Kennelly, M

TITLE(S): L. Richard's comprehensive geography of the Chinese

empire and dependencies / translated into English,

revised and enlarged by M. Kennelly

Comprehensive geography of the Chinese empire and


EDITION: eng fre chi

PUBLISHER: Shanghai : T'usewei Press, 1908.

DESCRIPTION: xviii, 713 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.


NOTES: Title and names also in Chinese.

Translation of: Géographie de l'empire de Chine.

Four col. fold. maps in pockets.

Includes bibliographies and index.

NUMBERS: LCCN: 09004072 rev. .



SUBJECTS: China--Description and travel

Chine--Descriptions et voyages




Bernard James Glynn Diary


War Story exchanged names


Francis Carroll remembers train with 700 men



Red Cross over seas



Fenian Raid 1866- 70




The Atlantic battle continued until the end of the war. At times, notably in the fall of 1943 and of 1944, it turned dangerous again. U-boats with new equipment such as the acoustic torpedo and the schnorkel, which allowed air to be drawn into a submarine under the water and exhaust fumes to be expelled, swung the balance back to the submarines for a time. By March 1945, the German navy had 463 U-boats on patrol, compared to 27 in 1939.


War Graves Kennelly









Service No:


Date of Death:





Staffordshire Yeomanry

Grave Reference

F. 34.




Additional Information:


Son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Kennelly, of 20, Vincent St., Balsall Heath, Birmingham.





DEATH took place o 30th September 2013 of Patsy Byrne of Moynsha House and Coolanelig, Duagh and London. Patsy survived by his wife of 41 years Bridget, sons Michael and Seán, daughter Siobhán, son-in-law David, daughters-in-law Louise and Michelle, grandchildren Patrick, George, Connell, Seamus, Mia, Jake and Ella, mother-in-law Nar, brother Johnny, sisters Helen, Lizzie and Mary. Requiem Mass for Patsy Byrne was celebrated on Thursday October 3rd at St Bridget’s Church Duagh by Fr Moore assisted by Fr Jerry Devlin and six other priests. Funeral afterwards to Springmount Cemetery Duagh. Among the attendance were; Niall Quinn, JP McManus, Michael Hourigan, Michael Lowry, Micheal O Muircheartaigh, Paddy Reilly.

The Chief Executive of The Byrne Group. He was a great supporter of the Irish community in Britain and charity events. Patsy was involved in the construction of the Olympic Stadium, the Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and the new Centre and Number One Court at Wimbledon, with his brother Johnny. Byrne’s pink and blue colours were victorious recently with White Star Line in the Kerry National at Listowel Races.

His greyhound winners include, Irish Derby winner Cool Performance. Ballinderry Flash won the English Derby in 1991 he was jointly owned with Prince Edward . His Irish Cup winners, Castle Pines, Sandy Sea and Castlemartyr.





In the worst week of famine times, 66 people died in the workhouse in Listowel. Many more died on the roadside, in their houses or in the fields.

The workhouse was so overcrowded that every shed and outhouse was pressed into service as an auxiliary workhouse and many more of these auxiliary workhouses were set up in the locality.

The people were starving, yet the river Feale was teeming with fish.

3,000 people are buried in Teampall Bán graveyard. We know the names of only 3.

There is another Famine Graveyard at Gale.

The 4 Presentation Sisters did extraordinary good work sheltering, feeding and clothing the starving. Their role is often ignored by historians.

The present hospital chapel was part of the dining area of the workhouse.

Prostitutes and their children were segregated from other women and children in the workhouse.

The Famine lasted longer in North Kerry than it did elsewhere. It went on into 1850 and 1851.


Between 1845 and 1852 over one million Irish people died. At least 250,000 fled the country.



Chieftain Margot Lalor Coogan of the Lalor Clan.

She was elected honorary Clan Chieftain of the

Lalor ~ O'Leathlobhair Clan for the 2011-2012 term.

Ms. Coogan was present at The Order of Merit

Ceremony and Annual General Meeting of the Clans

of Ireland, in April 2012 at Mansion House in Dublin,

when our Chieftain, James M. Mulvihill, was awarded

the prestigious medal. The Lawlers/Lalors have been

allies of the Mulvihills for countless generations in Co.

Kerry. Kind thanks to Ms. Coogan for use of the photo

and to Dame Maura O'Gara-O'Riordan, Registrar of

the Clans of Ireland for contacting Ms. Coogan on

behalf of the Mulvihill Clan. We of course are pleased

that women are achieving Chieftain status.

Congratulations to Chieftain Margot Lalor Coogan on

her historic accomplishment.


Clann Mulvihill

Officers 2012

Chieftain: James M. Mulvihill, USA

Deputy Chieftain, Mary Ann

North America: Mulvihill-Decker, USA

Deputy Chieftain, Europe

and Secretary: Aiden Mulvihill, IRL

Vice Chairperson: Joseph Mulvihill, IRL

Treasurer and Membership: Thomas Mulvihill, USA

Public Relations Officer: Carolyn Mulvihill, IRL

Genealogist and

DNA Project Director: James M. Mulvihill, USA


DNA Project: Aiden Mulvihill, IRL

Linguist: Seán Mulvihill, IRL

Founder: Rev. Cathal Stanley, IRL



Dear Mulvihills,

I saw the note about your newsletter in Mary Colgan’s blog

today and would like to subscribe. My great-grandmother

was Ellen Mulvihill (1853-1939) from Gurtdromosillihy,

Moyvane. I have some information on her family tree that I

would be happy to share with others of the Mulvihill clan.

Ellen’s parents were John Mulvihill (1812-?) and Bridget

Kennelly (1824-?). Ellen had two brothers: Patrick (1841-?)

and Cornelius (1855-?), and one sister Honora (1842-?).

Ellen married Con Shine of Gurtdromosillihy on 7/30/1875

and they had 10 children. I would be happy to share what I

have and find out more. Thanks.

Jim Horgan

Atlanta, Georgia (originally from Pittsburgh)






Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fellow prisoner of war has fondly recalled the heroism of Father Emil Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain who died in a North Korean camp and is posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor April 11 2013.


Eighty-five year-old veteran Mike Dowe still remembers the day in 1950 when he marched nearly 90 miles to the prison camp in Pyoktong after being captured at the battle of Unsan. Fr Emil Kapaun died a prisoner on 23 May 1950.




Ann Prunella Stack, teacher and advocate of physical education, born 28 July 1914; died 30th December 2010. She is survived by her sons, Diarmaid, an astrophysicist, and Iain, a wildlife conservationist.

Prunella She was born in India, daughter of a Gurkha Rifles officer, Captain Edward Hugh Bagot Stack, and his wife, Mary. In September 1914, he and his men embarked for France; Mary and her baby sailed for Britain, her husband Edward was killed at the front before the arrived in England. Mary set up her first classes at the Bagot Stack Health school, in London, among her pupils was her daughter Prunella, who qualified in 1930, aged 16, she was 20 when her mother Mary Bagot Stack died,

In 2010, Prunella attended, with her family, the celebration of 80 years of Bagot Stack at the Royal Albert Hall. 600 teachers and class members performed .Prunella Stack wrote her 1973 memoir, "Movement is Life. In 1935, she wanted "the youngest, and the oldest, fattest and thinnest, most elementary and most veteran, marching side by side. "Cut out feelings of shyness of self-consciousness," she advised "They are selfish, fundamentally, and unnecessary."



Stack Families


Diarmaid Hugh Douglas-Hamilton was born on 17 June 1940.1 He is the son of S/Ldr. Lord David Douglas-Hamilton and Ann Prunella Stack.1 He married Margaret Barlow Hambrecht, daughter of William Matthew Hambrecht, on 14 October 1967.1 He and Margaret Barlow Hambrecht were divorced in 1982.1 He married Margaret Murray Spencer, daughter of Duncan MacGlashan Spencer, in 1983.1

He was educated at Gordonstoun School, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland.1 He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).1 He graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., with a Master of Arts (M.A.).1 He lived in 1999 at 729 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.A..1




Mary Kenneally


Mary Kenneally is one of Australia’s leading comedians and amongst the

most influential and respected performing arts entertainers in this country.

In a career spanning over thirty years, she has made a significant and

profound impact on the development of

Australian comedy in particular and

on the performing arts in general.


studding Law


Arts at Melbourne University

, Mary participated in The Architects’

Revue, and had gone on with several other cast members to write, produce and perform in

shows at

the Guild Theatre, The Pram Factory and newly opened The Flying Trapeze, in

Brunswick Street in 1974.

From 1975 to 1983 she wrote and performed for 3ZZZ, Radio National, and

education, current affairs, and entertainment programs for ABC Television in


Sydney and Melbourne. She wrote, produced and performed in shows

which have been recognised for developing a distinctive Australian comedy,

and performed at venues such as the Flying Trapeze Cafe, Fitzroy, The Last

Laugh Theatre Restaurant, Collingwood, an

d Foibles Theatre Restaurant,

Carlton. She also compared rock concerts, working with emerging rock

bands at the time such as Skyhooks, Split Enz, Little River Band, Renee

Gayer and many others.

In 1979, with four fellow comedians, Mary opened the iconic C

omedy Café

Theatre Restaurant in Brunswick Street Fitzroy, which was dedicated

specifically to the development of original Australian Comedy. An inspiring,

innovative and path


breaking move this venue was to provide the forum for

the promotion of distincti

ve Australian comedy and provide the context for

the further development of Australian culture. The talents of Australian

artistic performers were nurtured here and many were to go on to successful

careers in the arts, notably, Mary Anne Fahey, Wendy Harme

r, Ian

McFadyen, Sue Ingleton and Jane Turner

to name a few.

Several television offers culminated for Mary and her co





enormously popular and award winning comedy television series,



You’re Standing In It

. The characters of Ti

m and Debbie in particular

encapsulated the highly intelligent and innovative artistic achievement of

Mary and her co



Mary has been involved in several other activities associated with the

performing arts. She spent seven years as an advisor to

the Performing Arts

Museum (now The Performing Arts Collection). Mary's extreme versatility

and competence are also reflected in the Gold Medal awarded at the New

York International Radio Awards in 1986 for a campaign written, produced in

association with

Stephen Blackburn. She has also been lauded as a superb

cabaret performer for her shows including

Lazy Crazy Love Songs


Mietta's, Trades Hall and Hamer Hall.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life, in

2000, Mary was

awarded the Kenneth Myer Medallion for Services to the

Performing Arts








My neighbour, Eileen O’Grady Kilmartin has retired after 44 years nursing in London. Eileen, after doing her Junior Cert in Dore’s School in Glin, started her career doing Nursery Nursing in Temple Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This was run by the Sisters of Charity but they did not always live up to their name, Eileen laughs. My own memory of this time is that Eileen and her mother Peg wrote to each other by return of post all the time she was there. I used to post the letters when I was going to school. She then went to Hackney Hospital in London – where she had been born! She was the youngest nurse there who ever received Sister status. In Whip’s Cross Hospital she did her midwifery and received her S.C.M. degree in 1976. She then nursed in Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield til last Thursday 14th February. Though she did midwifery for many of her years she also did District Nursing during her career. But though now retired Eileen is not intending to be idle. She is presently at home in Glenbawn to see her parents and intends doing voluntary work when she returns to London. The following is a tribute to her written by her daughter Orla on the day she retired. “So my Mama retired today; and although I’m so happy for her, I’m also feeling acutely ashamed….. I remember moaning about the indignity of being the last girl collected from school and miserably wandering through Hadley Wood, never understanding when she’d reply “but I don’t have the kind of job I can just leave at a certain time”. I never considered how tired she must have been while working dreaded ‘nights’ and long days on labour ward, just to give me the kind of education I took for granted, for an expensive education means so little when one is an acne-ridden-hormonal-teenage monster. Today, FINALLY, I understand. I know from the student who cried telling me how great my Mum was as a mentor; the Muslim lady, with little knowledge of English, who took FOUR buses just to see my Mum and give her a card and present; the young couple I’d probably have dismissed as being ‘chavs’, who told me that Mum never made them feel like they were ‘wasters’ but would encourage them, telling them they were capable of anything; and the young girl who told me that my Mum sat with her on her bed for hours on her day off, just holding her hand when she was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression. So, yes, I finally ‘get it’, I truly do; I understand that my Mum was a credit to her profession, and that I am so undeserving to have her as my Mother. One of her former patients, now a current midwifery student, said that she’d like to be half the midwife my Mum is. Well I’d like to be a quarter of the lady she is. Genuinely, I’m the most blessed girl in the world.” What a lovely tribute by Orla. We wish Eileen many years of happy retirement and many more visits to Glenbawn.


8 Dec 2009


It was August, 1959, a time that will never be forgotten at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Fifty years ago, a request was made by Fr. Joseph Mackey to the Presentation Congregation in Ireland to help staff a new school in the city of Montclair, California. The need was urgent due to the fact that the school would open eight months later. The Presentation Sisters committed their lives to service and eagerly followed the inspiration of their foundress, Nano Nagle. Leaving their home of Ireland would not be easy, but serving others in any part of the world was their mission.

Four sisters volunteered for the mission that would take them far from home: Sr. Philomena McElligott, Sr. Fidelma Lyne, Sr. Winifred Harnett, and Sr. Frances O’Leary. On August 8, 1959 they boarded the Mauritania


More sisters continued to come to the school and by 1963 there were seven sisters serving grades one through eight, all classes at maximum capacity.


Over the years sisters were transferred to different ministries, making way for a qualified and dedicated faculty of lay people who continue to give generously of themselves in spreading the Catholic faith to the students and to their immediate and extended families. The Presentation Sisters have since retired from the school. Sr. Fidelma Lyne retired in 2010 after 50 years as the principal.




I'm trying to trace my great grandmother Johanna Quill / Quille who married James Griffin on 8 Feb 1890. Her son John Griffin is my grandfather. On their marriage record it states that James is from Mountcastle and Johanna is from Knockavallaha which seems to be mistranscribed from Knockalougha (in Duagh parish). Her parents are Maurice Quill and Julia Hickey (sometimes spelled Hickie).

The problem arises when I try to find a birth record for Johanna. On the 1901 census she is aged 41 (dob wd be 1860) and on the 1911 census she's 47 (dob wd be 1864). She died on 19 Feb 1939 when she was supposedly aged 75 giving a dob of 1864 again. Her last child was born in 1908 making her either 48 or 44 when this daughter was born.

I have checked Ancestry, Familysearch and the actual books in the GRO and there is no sign of a birth recorded for her. There are apparently other siblings recorded with same named parents:-

Margaret b Oct 1859 in Rathea

Thomas b March 1861 in Rathea

John b Oct 1863 in Rathea

No-one in 1864/5/6

Catherine b 1867 in Rathea

Mary b 1869 in Rathea

Denis b 1871 in Duagh

Julia b 1873 in Duagh

Ellen b 1875 in Duagh

Maurice b 1877 in Duagh.


Marriage for Maurice Quill & Julia Hickey. DUAGH KERRY

1858 (No date) Mce Quill of Knockalocha

Witnesses: John Quill & Corneilus Hickey





New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXI, Issue 43, 22 October 1903


KERRY.— A Fair-minded Landlord Mr. J. E. J. Julian, 8.L., landlord of Kilfeighmey, near Lixnaw, has informed his tenants that he would give them 30 per cent, reduction on their first term rents under the new Land Act. This is considered by all the farmers round as being a most generous act. Mr. Julian is well known as a splendid type of landlord



by Aine McCormack

story goes that my great-grandmother, Margaret Mary Flannery, put the Christmas goose in the oven, then stepped into the side room and delivered her own special Christmas present. My grandmother Agnes Anastasia Celestine Flannery was born on December 25, 1915 in the house on Bayless in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Grandma's father, James Patrick Flannery, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Irish immigrants. Her mother, Margaret Mary Flannery, was born in County Sligo.

Also by Aine; Maureen takes us back to 1930s Milltown, County Kerry, when the circus came to town. She recalls the excitement surrounding the circus, as well as the kindness of her neighbors.




I descend from the Hartnetts who settled in/around Los Angeles, California between 1850-90. I trace back to John Hartnett who married Ellen Flynn in Abbeyfeale in 1830. Their son, Daniel, married Mary Connor (of Brosna, Kerry) in 1854 and had 12 children, most of whom ended up emigrating to Los Angeles. One of Daniel's daughter, Honora Ronan, of Los ANgeles was my great-grandmother. I'm also told another of Daniel's daughters, Bridget, married Thomas Gibbons and stayed in/around Abbeyfeale raising many Gibbons children.




I wondered if you could help me with researching my ancestry. I have hit a brick wall -


My Grandfather Henry George Shield was the son of William Shield and Catherine Lynch. Catherine according to the 1891 England census was born in Listowel Kerry Ireland about 1852 and her brother John Lynch was born about 1950 also in Listowel Kerry Ireland. Their father was Maurice Lynch born in Ireland about 1810 and mother Margaret born Listowel Kerry Ireland about 1821.

They lived with or next door to a family William Reagan born about 1847 and Bridget born about 1849 in Ireland, listed in the England 1981, 1891 and 1901 census's and Catherine and John are listed as Uncle and Aunt to their children in the 1891 England census.




BURKE Dowling, Carroll.


Lauren Davis

"My great-great grandparents were James Burke Carroll and Katherine (Kate) Dowling. We don't know much about James except that he was from Listowel. Kate born in County Cork. She was supposedly born the night of the "Big Wind." I'm not sure this is right as her birthday is given as 2 Jan. 1839 and I've read that the Big Wind was Jan. 6-7, but maybe everyone figured that was close enough? James and Kate sailed from Cork to America on 3 July, 1870 as newlyweds.


They lived a few years in Penn Yan, Yates Co., New York, where my great-grandfather, Michael Edward, was born. The family later moved to the wilds of Maricopa, in Arizona Territory. This must have been quite a change from the green fields of Ireland! We think they came out West following a brother or cousin who was in the Calvary stationed at Fort Lowell, (which later became Tucson.) The Carroll's became a pioneer family in the rugged Southwest.



News comes from Jim Horgan in the U.S. of a gathering event in the planning.



HORGAN, Brosnan

Calling all Horgans, Creighans, Shines, Brosnans, O’Neills, O’Reillys, Masons, O'Donoghues, Mulvihills, Molyneaux, O'Sullivans and any other cousins that I may have overlooked!

The Horgan gathering is a go! Check out our web site at:








TWO years ago during an art excursion to Sydney, James Kennelly was inspired by the quality of work featured in ArtExpress, an exhibition of the best major works from HSC art students.

Last week the former The Armidale School (TAS) student was celebrating the nomination of his own major work for next year’s exhibition.

“Having the opportunity to see the best work in the state two years ago really pushed me to achieve something close to that level. Halfway through this year I felt my work was not as good as I had expected – so to be nominated has not only delightfully surprised me, but highlights the ability of having a goal to strive towards and then working to achieve it,” Mr Kennelly said.

Taking between 200 and 400 hours from conception to execution,



BASEBALL Australia.july 2012

Sam Kennelly, 16, will join brothers Tim (26, Philadelphia Phillies), Matt (23, Atlanta Braves) and Josh (18, Cincinnati Reds) in the US after being spotted during an Australian Major League Baseball Academy training camp on the Gold Coast.

Sam Kennelly said "I'm ready for it because they have already prepared me for what to expect - the hard work starts now." he has represented Australia since the age of 14.




Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar,

I n-iothalainn Dé go dtugtar sinn.

Ag Críost an mhuir, ag Críost an t-iasc,

I liontaibh Dé go gcastar sinn.

Ó fhás go haois, is ó aois go bás,

Do dhá láimh, a Chríost, anall tharainn,

Ó bhás go críoch, ní críoch ach athfhás,




Bring flow’rs of the rarest, bring blossoms the fairest,

from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;

our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling

the praise of the loveliest flow’r of the vale.

O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms again,

Queen of the angels and Queen without stain.

O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms again,

Queen of the angels and Queen without stain.

Their lady they name thee, their mistress proclaim thee.

O, grant that thy children on earth be as true,

as long as the bowers are radiant with flowers

as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue.

Sing gaily in chorus, the bright angels o’er us

re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;

their harps are repeating the notes of our greeting,

for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth.


Names of girls proposed to sail on the Thomas Arbuthnot – Arrived Sydney 3.2.1850

Mary Brandon

Newtownsandes Johanna Hayes

Kiltomey Mary Purcell

Listowel Ellen Wilson


Ellen Casey

Ratoo Hanna Jones

Listowel Margaret Stack

Kiltomey Mary Wilson


Mary Casey

Duagh Eliza Moriarty

O’Dorney Catherine Ryan

Listowel Ellen Leary


Margaret Connor

Listowel Johanna Connor

Ballylongford Mary Ryan

Listowel Biddy Ryan


Mary Conway

Dromkeen E.D. Winnie Pierce

Ratoo Margaret Scanlon


Source: Minutes of Board of Guardians 11 September 1849

These girls did not travel according to arrival records of Thos Arbuthnot 3 Feb 1850



Names of Girls proposed to sail on the Tippoo Saib – Arrived Sydney 29.7.1850

Mary Courtney Catherine O’Sullivan Anne Buckley Julia Daily

Ellen Leary Bridget Griffin Mary Griffin Margaret Ginniew

Mary Daly Johanna Scanlon Deborah Kissane Catherine Mullowney

Mary Sullivan Mary Stack Honora Brien Mary Creagh

Catherine Connor Johanna Sullivan Margaret Connor Ellen Relihan

Source: Minutes of Listowel Board of Guardians 7th March 1850

Mary Griffin not on arrivals of Tippoo Saib 29 July 1850




Jan 2012

DEATH took place recently in Chicago of Jim Kennelly of Moneen, Lisselton, he is survived by siblings, Paddy at home and Eileen O Grady in Chicago and was predeceased by John in England, Mary B Dillon in Ballybunion and Sr. Anne Maria of the Presentation Convent in Lixnaw.




FITZGERALD: John Fitzgerald and Mary Conway Fitzgerald, of County Kerry, Ireland saw their second son, Thomas off to Canada in 1862. Thomas, who was born in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, came from a long line of gardeners and had worked at this since he was a boy in Ireland, managing the grounds and hothouses of Lord Colliss, of Tarbert township, County Kerry, Ireland and for 15 years an estate in Glin, County Limerick, Ireland. Thomas was leaving his beloved land to earn enough to bring his intended over and get married. After 3 years of work in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he was successful and brought Mary Healey, his intended over and they married. Their first child was Patrick, born in 1865. At this time Thomas and his family moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where he worked as a gardener on a nearby estate. While in Pittsburgh, Mary and Thomas had seven more children; John, who became manager of the Plumbers Supply Company in Erie, Pennsylvania; Thomas M., who was sent to study in Ireland for 3 years, and returned to open a large florist business in Beaver, Pennsylvania; James F.; Annie; Mary Catherine; Edward, who married Catherine Conville and was sent to Erie with his four children to help his brother John with the business in Erie; and William. Thomas and Mary later moved to Beaver to help in their son Thomas M. Fitzgerald's greenhouses.

Two published biographical sketches provide great insight into the life of the Fitzgerald's of Allegheny and Beaver County Pennsylvania





Conserving comedic history, no laughing matter

Mary Kenneally’s pioneering career in comedy began when she was

studying at the University of Melbourne in the late 1960s. By the time

she graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with honours and a Bachelor of

Laws, Mary Kenneally had established a central place in the evolution of

contemporary comedy.

From her inner-city Melbourne base, she went on to attract national

recognition and inspire a generation of future comediennes.

“I wrote my first professional show for the ‘Archi (Architects’) Revue’,”

says Ms Kenneally. “It was performed at the uni’s Guild Theatre and was

a crazy, funny thing we called ‘How Many Sugars Do You Have in Your

Nose, Vicar?’.


“Thanks in large part to Mary Kenneally’s work, comedy has become a

respected field of artistic endeavour,” says Associate Professor Sloggett. “The

Melbourne International Comedy Festival was launched and Australian

women’s voices have continued to grow and grow in such shows as ‘The Big

Gig’, ‘Fast Forward’, ‘Big Girls’ Blouse’, ‘Kath and Kim’, to mention just a few

positive consequences of her pioneering forays.”






Archbishop Anselm E J Kenealy

January 1st 1911 in the Church of of the College of Propaganda Fide his eminence Cardinal Girolamo Gotti Consecrated the Most Rev. Monsignor Anselm Kenealy of the Capuchins , the rchbishop of the new Diocese of Simla in India. The Cardinal was assisted by several other prelates; also in attendance were the General of the Capuchins, members of the Curia and Provincials from several provinces of the order.

It was noted that the viceroy spends the summer at Simla as it is high up in the hills.

Fr Anselm a student of the English Province born at Aberschan 15 October 1864, son of Edward Kenealy a Kerryman and Mary Collins who was born in Cork. The Archbishop joined the Franciscan order at Pantasash in 1879 and was ordained in 1887 and was the first rector at Franciscan College, Cowley, Oxford, the first time since the reformation that a catholic college operated there.

He thought philosophy and preached in England, he was Provincial of the English Province for 3 years also.

In 1908 at the general chapter of his order held in Rome, he was elected definitor General to represent the English provinces and Colonies.

The Archbishop attended the Dublin Eucharistic Congress in 1932 and travelled to Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny among other places. He visited Ireland again in 1937 after retiring, visiting, Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny. He had great affection for Ireland and recalled visiting the country as a child.

In Parliament Lord Lloyd claimed he had contact with Archbishop Kenealy, but the archbishop said he had no contact with Lord Lloyd and expressed no political opinion, what he did was pass on material at the request of Indian Christians to some contacts in England. This was reported on Feb. 6th 1935.


Irish Press of December 20 1943, recalled the friendship of the Archbishop with the poet Francis Thompson who wrote The Hound of Heaven, he found him in a distressed condition and took him to a monastery in Wales where he recovered. The Archbishop died in his 80th year last Saturday and was Bishop of Simla for 26 years.

On a visit to Dublin in 1937 he praised the work of the English in India, where they converted millions of acres of desert to smiling fields of crops; they uplifted the people in education and at other levels.



hi my name is laura ODonoghue,

i am trying to trace my grandfather from Ireland, he was born in 1922 and had brothers Kevin, Jack and sisters Monica( monica emigrated to New York being a nurse in 1949) and Kathleen( there could possibly be more children). they were all born in Ireland limerick and grew up in Abbeyfeale my grandfather married a lady called Margaret Wakefield.. are you related and is there any info about them.. I have no other info on Timothy as he is no longer alive. I have tried all the census but cant seem to find anything, can you help in any way.

thanks and best regards laura.





USA-Wide Naturalization Records

By Pat O Connor


1854; McEllister, Patrick, 35, Kerry ;Sullivan, Marcus, 33, Kerry ; Falvey, Denis, 24, Kerry;1854,Quinn, Michael, 46, Kerry ; 1854,Kellaher, Daniel, 45, Kerry ;Lynch, John, 32, Limerick ;Quinn, Thomas, 37, Limerick ;O'Reordan, Michael, 37, Limerick ;Hanley, John, 24, Limerick ; Kelly, Patrick, 31, Limerick ;Higgins, Thomas, 26, Limerick ;

Mann, Michael, 46, Limerick ;Sheehy, James, 25, Limerick ;McMahan, Michael, 22, Limerick

Kelly, John, 22, Limerick ; Monahan, Michael, 30, Limerick ;McDonough, Michael, 30, Limerick

Daley, Patrick, 27, Limerick ;Cregan, Patrick, 28, Limerick ;Hayes, Patrick, 25, Limerick ;Maloney, Michael, 21, Limerick ;Grain, Patrick, 22, Limerick ;Hogan, John, 27, Limerick ;Dunn(?), Philip, 21, Limerick ;Lanergan, Patrick, 21, Limerick ;Cahill, Edward, 40, Limerick;Sheehan, Patrick, 43, Limerick ;Gleason, Patrick, 29, Limerick ;Nash, Patrick, 26, Limerick ;McEnvey, Michael, 31, Limerick; ;Keating, John, 27, Limerick ;Lyons, James, 40, Limerick ;Supple, Martin, 29, Limerick ;Sullivan, Andrew, 22, Limerick ;Welch, John, 30, Limerick ;Meade, John, 23, Limerick ;Griffins, Timothy, 26, Limerick ;Ryan, James, 49, Limerick ;Ryan, James, 31, Limerick; Flaherty, John, 21, Limerick ;Flaherty, Daniel, 19, Limerick ;Costello, John, 27, Limerick ;Walsh, Edward, 27, Limerick ;Neville, Dennis, 38, Limerick ;Costello, Patrick, 32, Limerick ;Hartney, John, 34, Limerick ;Burns, Daniel,21, Limerick ;Gorman, Patrick, 54, Limerick ;Bresnehan, John, 27, Limerick ;Enright, Michael, 32, Limerick ;Dwyer(?), John, 50, Limerick ;Kenally, John, 34, Clare ;Donahoe, Timothy, 30, Limerick ;Hogan, John, 36, Limerick ;Keefe, Daniel, 38, Limerick ;;McDonnell, Francis, 36, Limerick ;Maher, Michael, 43, Limerick ;Costello, Michael, 21, Limerick ;Whelan, Michael, 33, Limerick ;Connell, Charles, 50, Limerick ;Larkin, Thomas, 24, Limerick ;Lyons, Michael, 23, Limerick;Quaid, Daniel, 21, Limerick ;Collins, John, 28, Limerick ;Hinchy, Michael, 28, Limerick ;Hanley, Thomas, 23, Limerick ;

Fox, Michael, 23, Limerick ;Donovan, James, 25, Limerick ;Calhan, John, 30, Limerick ; Thomas, 35, Limerick ;Baggott, James, 22, Limerick; Roughan, Patrick, 32, Limerick; Vaughan, Richard, 40, Limerick; Fitzgerald, James, 46, Limerick ;Coonarty, Patrick, 35, Limerick ;Johnson, Francis, 33, Limerick ;Connell, John, 31, Limerick ;Ryan, Michael, 23, Limerick ;Collins, Patrick, 28, Limerick ;

Myles son of Patrick O'Connor, Anne Cunningham Kilbaha,


Co Kerry not given Emigrated 1899

Poughkeepsie NJ not given cousin-Mary Leahy; sis-Josie Carroll, Nora Manley, San Francisco Denise Murp





NSW Legislative Assembly


Relations North Cork


Premier Kristina Keneally MP

Premier of New South Wales

Premier and Minister for Redfern Waterloo.

Like 40% of the people who live in the electorate of Heffron, Kristina

Keneally was born overseas. She is married to Ben Keneally and has two sons,

Daniel (11 years old) and Brendan (9 years old). She lives in Pagewood in

Sydney’s inner south.

The child of an Australian mother and an American father, Kristina was born

on 19 December 1968 and grew up in the United States. She moved to Sydney in

1994, and married Ben in 1996. Kristina became an Australian citizen in


Kristina studied at the University of Dayton in Ohio. She holds a BA in

Political Science (Hons) and an MA in Religious Studies.

Kristina has also worked as the NSW Youth Coordinator for the Society of St

Vincent de Paul and taught in a ‘teacher shortage area’ in rural New Mexico.

Prior to her election to NSW Parliament, Kristina was a full time mum to her

sons. Like many other mothers, she now enjoys the challenge of balancing

work and family life.

Kristina was elected to Parliament on 22 March 2003. Here she has delivered

new Metro bus services, had trucks diverted from Botany road, and worked

hard to get new facilities for local public schools.

On 2 April 2007, Kristina became Minister for Ageing and Minister for

Disability Services. Here she continued to deliver Stronger Together Part

One, the largest increase in disability services funding in the history of


In 2008, Kristina was the NSW Government Spokesperson for World Youth Day,

helping to successfully deliver the year’s biggest global event after the

Olympics. World Youth Day included some 225,000 visitors and up to 400,000

attendees, spanning six days and multiple venues across Sydney.

On 8 September 2008, Kristina became Minister for Planning and Minister for

Redfern Waterloo. Here she focused on urban renewal, land supply and

supporting the Government’s plans to create jobs closer to where people

live. Over the past 15 months, she has overseen the Government’s major

project system, which has supported over 66,000 jobs and almost $23 billion

in economic investment. She has activated the independent Planning

Assessment Commission. She has led the Government’s development of the 22

hectare waterfront precinct in Sydney’s CBD, Barangaroo. She has approved

the concept plans for the North Eveleigh and the Pemulwuy project, which

will improve Aboriginal Housing on ‘The Block’ in Redfern. Kristina added

Minister for Infrastructure to her portfolio on 17 November 2009.

On the 4th of December 2009 she was sworn in as NSW’s first female Premier.




Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney


Luke Foley MLC and Johno Johnson invite you to attend a dinner to celebrate

the 100th anniversary of the first New South Wales Labor Government where we

will also be celebrating the 155th anniversary of Labor Day.

On 21 October 1910, the first State Labor Ministry was sworn in, with Jim

McGowen as Premier.

Labor was able to form Government after winning 46 of 90 seats at the 1910


Our guests of honour include The Hon Neville Wran AC QC, The Hon Barrie

Unsworth, The Hon Bob Carr, The Hon Morris Iemma, The Hon Nathan Rees MP and

the keynote address will be delivered by the Hon Kristina Keneally MP,

Premier of New South Wales.

Please book early as seating is available for 300 – so don't be


Parking at Parliament House is available. Those with a mobility permit can

park for free, otherwise the cost is $25 per car, which must be paid in

advance. The driver's name and license plate is required.

Time: Friday 29 October 2010, 7pm sharp

Where: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.


For further information please call Patrick Collins on 0400 843 412, or

Johno Johnson on 0419 243 285.




KENNELLY of Moyvane


KENNELLY, PATRICK JOHN (1900-1981), Australian Labor Party official and politician, was born on 3 June 1900 at Northcote, Melbourne, fifth child of Irish-born parents John Kennelly, warder, and his wife Mary, née O’Dea. Educated at St Joseph’s School, Northcote, and St Patrick’s College, East Melbourne, Pat set his life’s course from an early age: at 15 he joined the Australian Labor Party. When he commenced work he joined the Federated Clerks’ Union of Australia and by 19 he was secretary of the Northcote branch of the ALP, where he began a lifelong association with John Cain. While working at the Yallourn open-cut mine in 1925 he coached the local football team, foreshadowing an enduring association with Australian Rules football, which included the Port Melbourne and Richmond clubs.



In 1926 Kennelly began full-time political work as a clerk in the ALP office, becoming organising secretary in 1930. On 1 November that year at St Patrick’s Cathedral he married Jessie Milne, a finisher; they were to have four children. His skills as a `machine’ man were honed in the office as Labor squabbled and split during the Depression. He was elected to the State executive in 1932 and held the position until 1950. In May 1938 he began a long parliamentary career by winning a by-election for the Legislative Council province of Melbourne West, but he retained his party position, rising to assistant-secretary in 1940. He was a minister without portfolio in the five-day Cain ministry of September 1943.



A `stocky, hook-nosed Irishman with a bull neck’, Kennelly was, by the end of World War II, well entrenched in the Victorian party machine. In the second Cain ministry (November 1945-November 1947) he was commissioner of public works, minister-in-charge of electrical undertakings and vice-president of the Board of Land and Works. He was elected federal secretary (1946-54) of the ALP and general secretary (1947-49) of the Victorian branch. In 1947 the Richmond Football Club, of which he had been vice-president and chairman of selectors, made him a life member. At this stage his legendary role as a `numbers man’ and political `fixer’—resting on an interconnected network of Labor, Catholic and football associates—was clearly established. He was an influential strategist in the Cain government; an informal adviser to Ben Chifley on tactical matters; an adept fund-raiser who some critics said was too close to John Wren; and a highly numerate factional operator in party and pre selection ballots where his preferred `horses for courses’ usually won, although the process was sometimes questioned. Known as the `kingmaker’, he was reported to have said, with his charac­teristic stutter, `I d-d-don’t care who’s got the n-n-numbers brother, so long as I get to c-c-count the v-v-votes’.



Recognizing his role in the party, in 1949 the State caucus elected Kennelly leader of the ALP in the Legislative Council. However, in 1952, as the Catholic Social Studies Movement became more assertive, a bitter faction fight saw Kennelly, Cain and several others challenged in pre selection ballots. While he was in the midst of defending his Melbourne West position, his 13-year-old son, Neil, was killed in a motor accident. Grief sharpened his bitterness towards the Industrial Groups when he was defeated.



In 1953 Kennelly won Federal pre selection and was elected to the Senate. Despite his new role, he concentrated much of his energy on defeating the `groupers’ within the ALP. He blocked their moves at meetings of the federal executive and federal conference in 1953, openly denounced them at the June 1954 State conference and worked behind the scenes to establish the 1954 ALP inquiry into the Victorian branch, to which he gave critical evidence. He played a decisive role in excluding the `grouper’ delegation from the 1955 Hobart federal conference that formalised the Labor split, and was given the task of re-establishing the Victorian ALP office afterwards.



Although in Opposition during his Senate career, Kennelly was an active committee and party member. He was deputy-leader of the Opposition in the Senate (1956-67), a member of the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review (1956-59), a trustee of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust (1967-71) and, perhaps ironically, a member of the Committee of Disputed Returns and Qualifications (1953-66). He was an adept parliamentary tactician and an effective speaker, despite his speech impediment, which he occasionally used to vulgar comic effect, especially when referring to the Country Party.



After retiring from the Senate in 1971, Kennelly continued a very active life, serving as chairman (from 1964) of the Industrial Printing & Publicity Co. (owner of radio 3KZ), as a trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and as the resolute and active chairman (1947-81) of the Albert Park Committee of Management. Under his leadership, Albert Park was transformed from a tip to one of Melbourne’s best-equipped sporting reserves. He also maintained his association with the Richmond Football Club. As a party `fixer’, he helped to reform the Victorian branch of the ALP in the early 1970s to clear the way for the election of the Whitlam government. In 1978 he was appointed AO. Survived by his wife, one of their three sons and their daughter, he died on 12 October 1981 at Richmond. A practising Catholic whose devotion to the Church was sorely tested in the 1950s, he was accorded a state funeral and a requiem Mass at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Melbourne, and was buried in Melbourne general cemetery.





Taken from Celtic Cousins in Iowa Kerrymen


"From History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."

John Molyneaux was born in the county of Kerry, Ireland, June 24, 1827. In 1849 he left the land of his birth for America, and landed at New York City; from there he went to Dutchess Co., N. Y., where he remained two years, then returned to New York City, and clerked in a wholesale grocery store there nearly four years, then went into that business for himself. Two years later he located in Davenport, Iowa. He remained in Davenport Township engaged in farming nine years, and in 1857 came to Winfield Township. Since his arrival here he has bought three farms, the first consisted of 30 acres on section 16, for which he paid $2,000; the second also contained 80 acres, for which he paid $3,000; the last contained 40 acres valued at $1,400. Besides these farms he owns 10 acres of timber land in Clinton County. He was married to Mary Sullivan, Aug. 1, 1853. She is likewise a native of County Kerry, Ireland, and was born Dec. 25, 1829. Of 10 children born of this union, eight are living - Margaret, born Oct. 8, 1855, married D. J. Buckly; Henry, born Feb, 4, 1860; John, March 6, 1861; Michael, Dec. 7, 1862, is a graduate of the Davenport Business College; Catharine, born July 8, 1864; Ella, March 26, 1867; Daniel, March 25, 1869, and Julia, March 31, 1871. The family are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Molyneaux has served his township as trustee five years, and school director, the same length of time. He has been twice elected justice of the peace, but failed to serve.




Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911
The present review is concerned with the life of a man whose character and ability are, by reason of his long and honorable connection with the practice of law, well known to the people of Clinton county and of the state of Iowa, and whose extensive familiarity with his own county made him especially fitted to server as editor-in-chief of the history of Clinton county.
Patrick B. Wolfe was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 7, 1848, the son of John R. and Honora (Buckley) Wolfe. John R. Wolfe was born in county Kerry, Ireland, in 1824, the son of Richard Wolfe, who was the agent having charge of the property of the Knight of Kerry. He received and excellent education. During his young manhood he helped to organize the "Young Ireland" party. He left Ireland in 1848, coming to America, first locating at Ottawa, Illinois. Here he remained on a farm until 1854, when he moved to Clinton county, Iowa, to land near Lost Nation, which he had entered the winter before, and lived there until his death in 1885, becoming one of the largest landholders and most successful farmers of his township. Mr. Wolfe did not take any great interest in politics. He was opposed to slavery. In religion he and his entire family were staunch Catholics, and active workers in the church.
John R. Wolfe was married in Ireland to Honora Buckley. She was a member of a family prominent in the church and at the bar, Michael Buckley, her brother, having been the leader of the Belfast bar for many years. The Wolfe family were also prominent in the church and in law, so that it was natural for the American descendants to turn to the bar in choice of a profession. Mrs. Wolfe died in 1888.
Mr and Mrs Wolfe were the parents of ten children, two of whom died in infancy, and those who grew to maturity are the following: James, a farmer near Lost Nation; Patrick B.; Johanna, who is now Sister Scholastica of the Orders of Sisters of Mercy at Sioux City, Iowa; John, a farmer at Melrose, Monroe county, Iowa; Maurice, a farmer near Lost Nation; Margaret, now the wife of Dr. D. Langan, of Clinton; Katherine, the widow of Judge T.D. Fitzgerald, of Montana, at one time president of the Montana Senate, now living in Clinton; and Richard B., an attorney at De Witt, Clinton county, Iowa.
Patrick B. Wolfe attended the common schools of Liberty township, Clinton county, for a time, then spent one year in the Christian Brothers Academy at La Salle, Illinois. He was a student in the academic department of Iowa State University for two years, then took a full law course from that institution, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1870. In January, 1871, he began the practice of law at De Witt, Clinton county, Iowa, and for a few years suffered from the proverbial hardships of the young lawyer, but soon came into an extensive practice. In 1877 he formed a partnership with W.A. Cotton, under the name of Cotton & Wolfe, which continued until 1888. For four years he served as attorney for the town of DeWitt, and was a member of the De Witt school board for fifteen years. In 1885 he was elected to the Iowa Senate, and served three sessions, resigning from his position in October, 1891, when he was appointed judge of the district court for the seventh judicial district, holding his first term of court in November of 1891. He served on the bench until September 1, 1904, when he resigned to form a partnership in the practice of law with his son. it is a unique fact that Judge Wolfe has resigned from every public office which he has held. In 1899 he was nominated for judge of the supreme court of the state of Iowa, and was defeated by a close margin. He is again a candidate in 1910. His law office was moved from De Witt to Clinton in May, 1891, and his residence was transferred in 1893. Mr. Wolfe was a member of the public library board of the city of Clinton.
Mr. Wolfe was married on May 1, 1878, to Margaret Connole, the daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Malone) Connole, who came from Ireland and located in De Witt. To this union three children were born. John L. Wolfe was born in 1879; graduated from the Clinton high school; took the classical course at St. Mary's College in Kansas, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts; too a post-graduate course in Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., receiving there his Master of Arts degree, and then took the law course there and received the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He spent a year in the University of Berlin, Germany, and in 1904 entered into partnership with his father. He is now serving on his second term as a representative in the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly. Mary Wolfe was born on June 27, 1881, and is a graduate of Sinsiniwa College of Wisconsin, and Trinity College, in Washington, D.C. One child died in infancy.



History of Johnson County, Iowa...from 1836 to 1882; Iowa City, Iowa: 1883

Morris Fitzgerald, farmer and stock raiser, residing on section five, Graham township, post office Morse; was born 1809 at county Kerry, Ireland. Came to Quebec, Canada, in 1835- May 4th - and lived at various places in Canada and the US, traveled considerable in the Western States, and finally settled in Graham township, Johnson county in the fall of 1855 and there he has made his home since. He was married in 1854 to Miss Mary Martin of Illinois. This union is blessed with five children: three boys and two girls. The family are members of the Roman Catholic church. A democrat in politics.



The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Jeremiah Ryle, farmer, Secs. 26 and 27; P.O. Garry Owen; was born in County Kerry, Ireland. He married in his native country, Mary Callahan; in 1851, they emigrated to the United States, and settled where they now live; they have five children- John H., Michael, Ellen, Eugene, Mary L. Mr. R. owns 240 acres of land, well located, and finely improved. Politically, he acts with the Democratic party. Himself and family are members of the Catholic Church. Since his residence in Butler Township, he has taken an active interest in matters relating to education and religion, and is an active worker and liberal supporter of those interests.



The History of Linn County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1878

DONOHUE, JEREMIAH, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Cedar Rapids; owns 208 acres land, probable value $6,000. Mr. Donohue was born Aug. 15, 1832, in County Kerry, Ireland, where he was engaged in various occupations until he emigrated to the United States arriving in New York City Oct. 27, 1854; he went directly to Cayuga Co, and lived there for about three years, engaged in farm work, and in the Spring of 1858 he came to Iowa and lived in Cedar Rapids, where he worked as a laborer for four years; in 1862 he was employed as a tank man by the C. & N. W.R.R. Co., at Norway Station, in Benton Co., and stayed three years, when he bought eighty acres of land in Benton Co., and commenced farming; after working his farm for about two years, he returned to Cedar Rapids and invested in some property and engaged in keeping boarders, which occupation he followed for a year; he then engaged to work for the B.C.R. & M. R'y Co., and continued in their employ for two years; in 1870 he came to Clinton Tp., and settled on the place where he now resides, March 27 of that year. He was married Dec. 21 or 22, 1857, to Anna, daughter of James and Bridget Waters, of County Roscommon, Ireland; she was born in 1834; they have four children-Edward, born March 1, 1861; Ellen, Oct 12, 1862; John, Aug. 20, 1866, and Jeremiah, April 12, 1868; they lost four children in infancy. Mr. Donohue is Republican in politics and is now serving his fourth term as School Treasurer; he is a Catholic , and his wife and children are members of the same church.




Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties
Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894

MORRIS O'DAILY. One of the well improved farms of Clayton County is that owned and occupied by Mr. O'Daily and situated on section 1, of Wagner Township. It contains all the improvements of a first-class estate, including a neat residence and substantial barn. The soil, through careful tillage, has been brought under excellent cultivation, and the land is
subdivided by good fences into fields of convenient size. This place has been the home of the present owner since the year 1861, when, coming hither, he purchased eighty acres comprising a portion of the property now owned by him.
The success which has come to Mr. O'Daily is due entirely to his own exertions, as he was but four years of age when orphaned by the death of his parents, John and Hanorah O'Daily, natives of the Emerald Isle. He was also a native of that country, born in County Carry, April 16, 1823. The family having been poor, he had no educational advantages in youth, and
from early boyhood was obliged to earn his own livelihood. Believing that in the United States he would find better opportunities than the Old World afforded, he crossed the Atlantic in 1846, and arriving in New York, was there variously employed for five years. While living in New York Mr. O'Daily was united in marriage, in 1852, with Miss Julia Sullivan, like himself a native of Ireland, her birth having there occurred in 1822. She is the daughter of Daniel and Helena (Prenderville) Sullivan who died when she was an infant, and therefore she has little information concerning the genealogy of the family. She was reared in the home of an uncle, and came to the United States about the same time as did Mr. O'Daily. The latter was for some years after his marriage employed at railroading, being thus engaged in Covington, Ky., for one year, later in Ohio for the same length of time, and afterward in
Pennsylvania for six months. Going thence to Chicago, after a short sojourn in that city he removed to Boscobel, Wis., where he remained until 1857.
In the latter year Mr. O'Daily came to Iowa and after residing for three years in McGregor located upon his present estate in the spring of 1861. His first purchase consisted of eighty acres for which he paid $2.50 per acre. Afterward he added a forty-acre tract, paying $15 an acre for it, and twenty years later he bought a similar amount, so that he is now the owner
of a quarter-section of improved land. While his attention has been given principally to farm pursuits, he also takes a commendable interest in local matters, and in politics gives his support to the Democratic party. In religious belief he is a Catholic, and with his wife holds membership in that church at Monona.
Six children came to bless the union of Mr. and Mrs. O'Daily, of whom two are deceased. The eldest, Hanorah, who was born in Detroit, Mich., December 11, 1852, was married in 1879 to Michael Allen, and they reside in Topeka, Kan. Mr. Allen is an engineer on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, running from Kansas City to St. Joseph, Mo. They have had five children,
one of whom died at our subject's home, and was buried in Monona. The eldest son of our subject, John, was born in Detroit, Mich., December 29, 1856, and is now a railroad conductor with headquarters at Tacoma, Wash. Dandy, whose birth occurred December 14, 1858, was killed at Brainerd, Minn., December 2, 1887, having fallen off a car while braking on a train.
Cornelius was born at North McGregor, Iowa, October 6, 1859, and assists his father in the management of the home farm, Jeremiah, who was born in North McGregor, Iowa, May 6, 1861, is now in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Company at St. Paul, Minn. Morris was born on the home farm in Wagner Township, August 25, 1863, and died of scarlet fever when eight years of age. None of the surviving sons are married. The family is highly
esteemed throughout this community, and the children, having been trained in early life for positions of usefulness in the business world, are now known in their various communities as honorable and energetic citizens.

~Submitted by Becky Teubner




Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931

p. 241

REV. JEREMIAH F. COSTELLO as a Catholic priest has done all his work in Iowa, where he is pleasantly remembered in several communities. He is now pastor of Saint Patrick's Church in Council Bluffs.
Father Costello was born in County Kerry, Ireland, October 21, 1883, seventh among the ten children of Thomas and Mary (O'Connor) Costello. Both parents were born in Ireland and his mother is still living in that country. His father, and Irish farmer and contractor, in prosperous circumstances, died in 1914, the day the great World War started. Of the children six came to the United States; Rev. William M., president of Root College of Jacksonville, Illinois; John J., a fire marshal at Chicago; Mrs. Bradley, wife of a clothing merchant at Hickman, Kentucky; Marie, wife of Daniel Martin, a hotel man at Carlinville, Illinois; Jeremiah F.; and Michael, a priest at Granite City, Illinois.
Jeremiah F. Costello was educated in Saint Michael's College at Listowel, Ireland, and finished his preparation for the priesthood in the All Hallows Seminary. He was ordained in 1910 and a first assignment of duty came from Bishop Davis of Davenport, who appointed him assistant at Saint Francis Church at Council Bluffs, where he remained until 1914. He was then appointed the first pastor of Mondamin in Harrison County, Iowa, remained there three and a half years, and from March 1, 1918, to October, 1927, was priest at Audubon, where his pastorate was marked by the building of a church and parochial residence. In 1927 he became pastor of Saint Patrick's Church at Council Bluffs, and has become a leader of a fine congregation, made up of 150 families. The parish has as substantial church, priest's residence, and is a growing religious community. Father Costello during the World war was a four-minute speaker. He is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus.



History of Iowa County, James G. Dinwiddie. Volume 2. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915

J.F. Kirby was born in Iowa county, Iowa, October 22, 1872. His father was Patrick Kirby of County Kerry, and his mother Bridget Kirby, nee Power, of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The father came to America in 1849, and the mother in 1851. They were married in Brooklyn, New York, in 1860, and immediately went to live in Lyons, Wayne county, New York. They continued to reside in Wayne county until 1866, when they moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1867 they came to Iowa in search of good, cheap land. The family took up temporary residence in Davenport in order to give the father an opportunity to look about the state for a satisfactory location. The same year Patrick Kirby came to Iowa county and purchased a farm in Sumner township which is still owned by J.F. Kirby and his sister, Mary T. Moynihan. Two years later the family moved to this farm and made it their home until Mr. Kirby's death in 1894. Later Mrs. Kirby removed to Marengo, Iowa, where she resided until her death in 1906.
When Patrick Kirby bought his Iowa farm there was but one house between it and the then village of Marengo, a distance of eight and a quarter miles. It was among scenes like this that J.F. Kirby spent his early years. He says he can still remember sitting on the doorstep of the little prairie home in the early summer evenings listening to the dismal howling of the wolves among the hazelbrush on the prairie hills. He says his mother, to her dying day, delighted to tell of spring in early Iowa, with its green rolling prairies, its hillsides banked deep with wild flowers, and the air heavy with their stimulating fragrance.
J.F. Kirby received his early training in the public schools, supplemented by such studies as he was able to pursue between days of farm work. In the fall of 1898, after a year's preparation in the Iowa City Academy, he entered the State University of Iowa, from which he received three degrees, Ph. B., in 1902, LL. B 1904, and A.M. 1906. In 1906 he opened a law office in Williamsburg, Iowa, where he is still engaged in the practice of law. He served four years as county attorney for Iowa county, after which he decided to quit politics, except so far as a private citizen should take an active interest in the affairs of his state and country. He has a wide acquaintance over the state, and it is said of him that once he makes a friend he keeps him. Fortune has been kind to him, both financially and in his law practice. He says he appreciates most, however, the fact that he has retained, through his years of practice, his old neighbors in Iowa county as his friends and clients.
While attending the State University of Iowa, Mr. Kirby met Miss Elizabeth Schichtl of Algona, Iowa, who was also a student of the university, to whom he was married in 1910 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mrs. Kirby is of German extraction. Her father, Joseph Schichtl, was a native of the kingdom of Bavaria, and her mother, whose maiden name was Mary Fuhrmann, was born in the state of Wisconsin, but her parents came from the province of Treves (Trier) on the Moselle.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kirby are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Kirby is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.








This information is from Report of the Managing Committee of the Widows and Orphans' Asylum, for the Care and Maintenance of the Destitute Widows and Orphans of the Emigrants of 1847, published in Toronto in 1848.

Rules include: Five o'clock, A.M. Bell to ring for rising. Five to seven, A.M. 1st Inmates to wash and dress, in the evening half-past eight o'clock, P.M. Lights to be extinguished. 627 admitted to the asylum of which 523 were Catholic.

Breakfast Tea and bread on Sunday and portage for the rest of the week; Dinner bread and meat every second day and bread and soup the rest of the days; Supper Bread and tea every day.

When they were closing in 1848 the inmates were given to people of various trades; Joseph Smith age 10 years was given to a farmer; Mary Fitzgibbons age 5 given to a lawyer; Mary Gallagher age 10 to a shopkeeper; Mathew Tierney age 14 to a Physician ; Sally Nowland to a pensioner; Three Harte girls were given to a Rector; Mgt. Feron age 13 to a Schoolmaster; Nora Hays age 12 to a boarding house; Pat Nugent age 12 to a butcher; Pat O Connor age 12 bound to a shoemaker; Ann McCabe to be brought up as his own by Tom Donoghue; Pat Nugent age 12 to be bound to a smith; Maria Mooney age 14 to be paid $1 per month; Jane Williamson to a schoolmaster to get food and clothes for 3 years; Hugh Tierney age 10 bound to blacksmith for 4 years; Catherine Gilgooly to be maintained till 18 years by Rev Rice; John Doyle age 12 to be bound to blacksmith to get food and clothes for 5 years; Several were in charge of Fr Sandell PP; Ann Carroll a widow age 24 went to a farmer for $2 per month.





LEGENDARY songwriter and "father of American music" Stephen Collins Foster's roots were firmly in the city of song, Northern Ireland's Culture Minister Nelson McCausland informs us; his grandfather emigrated from Londonderry in the eighteenth century.

According to Mr McCausland: "Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was the pre-eminent songwriter in America in the 19th century and he is known as the 'father of American music.

"Among the best known are Beautiful Dreamer, Old Folks at Home and Old
Kentucky Home, which is the official state song of Kentucky.

"His songs are still extremely popular and in April 2004, in an interview with the LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn, Bob Dylan said, 'Anyone who wants to be a songwriter should listen to as much folk music as they can, study the form and structure of stuff that has been around for 100 years. I go back to Stephen Foster.

Writing on his personal blog the Minister added: "Stephen Foster was of Scotch-Irish descent and the family was very much aware of its Ulster ancestry. Stephen's brother Morrison Foster (1823-1904) was a member of the Scotch-Irish Society of America.

"Their father William Barclay Foster was a businessman in Pittsburgh and his grandfather Alexander Foster (1710-1767) emigrated from Londonderry around 1728.
Foster was famous for such timeless songs as Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, Old Folks at Home (Swanee River), Hard Times Come Again No More, My Old Kentucky Home, Old Black Joe and Beautiful Dreamer.

Mr McCausland said that as a result of the Dylan interview American Roots Publishing decided to celebrate his legacy with a CD entitled Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.

"Steve Fischell, producer of the tribute CD said that Dylan's quote was our inspiration for this project. The artists featured on the CD included such well-known singers as Alison Krauss and John Prine," said Mr McCausland.
Roger McGuinn, Mavis Staples and Suzy Bogguss also appeared on the Londonderry-linked album which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.

Source: Londonderry Sentinel
Location: Waterside Londonderry N Ireland


Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler, Iowa
Aug 3, 1904

Denounce Irish Mimicry
The principal report of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in session at St. Louis was that of the
committee on resolutions, which reported in favor of a national home for members
of the order and denounced the caricaturing of the Irish race upon the stage and in the funny
sections of the newspapers.



Dunn, Joseph and P.J. Lennox, eds. The Glories of Ireland. Washington, D.C.: Phoenix Limited, 1914

"The Irish in the United States"
Michael J. O'Brien,
Histriographer, American Irish Historical Society.
pgs 184-200


Students of early American history will find in the Colonial records abundant evidence to justify the statement of Ramsay, the historian of South Carolina, when he wrote in 1789, that:
"The Colonies which now form the United States may be considered as Europe transplanted. Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland and Italy furnished the original stock of the present population, and are generally supposed to have contributed to it in the order named. For the last seventy or eighty years, no nation has contributed so much to the population of America as Ireland."
It will be astonishing to one who looks into the question to find that, in face of all the evidence that abounds in American annals, showing that our people were here on this soil fighting the battles of the colonists, and in a later day of the infant Republic, thus proving our claim to the gratitude of this nation, America has produced men so ignoble and disingenuous as to say that the Irish who were here in Revolutionary days "were for the most part heartily loyal," that "the combatants were of the same race and blood", and that the great uprising became, in fact, " a contest between brothers"!
Although many writers have made inquiries into this subject, nearly all have confined themselves to the period of the Revolution. We are of "the fighting race", and in our enthusiasm for the fighting man the fact seems to have been overlooked that in any other noble fields of endeavor, and in some respects infinitely more important, men of Irish blood have occupied prominent places in American history, for which they have received but scant recognition. The pioneers before whose hands the primeval forests fell prostrate; the builders, by whose magic touch have sprung into existence flourishing towns and cities, where once no sounds were heard save those of nature and her wildest offspring; the orators who roused the colonists into activity and showed them the way to achieve their independence; the schoolmasters who imparted to the American youth their first lessons in intellectuality and patriotism; all have their place in history, and of these we can claim that Ireland furnished her full quota to the American colonies.
It must now be accepted as an indisputable fact that a very large proportion of the earliest settlers in the American colonies were of Irish blood, for the Irish have been coming here since the beginning of the English colonization. It has been estimated by competent authorities that in the middle of the seventeenth century the English-speaking colonists numbered 50,000. Sir William Petty, the English statistician, tells us that during the decade from 1649 to 1659 the annual emigration from Ireland to the western continent was upwards of 6,000, thus making, in that space of time, 60,000 souls, or about one-half of what the whole population must have been in 1659. And from 1659 to 1672 there emigrated from Ireland to America the yearly number of 3000 (Dobbs, on Irish Trade, Dublin, 1729). Prendergast, another noted authority, in the Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland, furnishes ample verification of this by the statistics which he quotes from the English records. Richard Hakluyt, the chronicler of the first Virginia expeditions, in his Voyages, Navigations, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation (London, 1600), shows that Irishmen came with Raleigh to Virginia in 1587 and, in fact, the ubiquitous Celts were with Sir John Hawkins in his voyage to the Gulf of Mexico nearly twenty years earlier. The famous work of John Camden Hotten, entitled, "The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men sold for a term of years, " etc., who were brought to the Virginia plantations between 1600 and 1700, as well as his "List of the Livinge and the Dead in Virginia in 1623," contains numerous Celtic names, and further evidence of these continuous migrations of the Irish is contained in "A Booke of Entrie for Passengers passing beyond the Seas", in the year 1632. The Virginia records also show that as early as 1621 a colony of Irish people sailed from Cork in the Flying Harte under the patronage of Sir William Newce nad located in what is now Newport News, and some few years later Daniel Gookin, a merchant of Cork, transported hither "great multitudes of people and cattle" from England and Ireland.
In the "William and Mary College Quarterly," in the transcripts of the original records published by the Virginia Historical Society, and in all County histories of Virginia, there are numerous reference to the Irish "redemptioners" who were brought to that colony during the seventeenth century. But the redemptioners were not the only class who came, for the colonial records also contain many reference to Irishmen of good birth and education who received grants of land in the colony and who, in turn, induced many of their countrymen to emigrate. Planters named McCarty, Lynch, O'Neill, Sullivan, Farrell, McDonnell, O'Brien and others denoting an ancient Irish lineage appear frequently in the early records. Much that is romantic is found in the lives of these men and their descendants. Some of them served in the Council chamber and the field, their sons and daughters were educated to hold place, with elegance and dignity, with the foremost of the Cavaliers, and when in after years the great conflict with England began, Virginians of Irish blood were among the first and the most eager to answer the call. Those historians who claim the South was exclusively and "Anglo-Saxon" heritage would be completely disillusioned were they to examine the lists of Colonial and Revolutionary troops of Celtic name who held the Indians and the British at bay, and who helped in those "troubled times" to lay the foundation of a great republic.

There is no portion of the Atlantic seaboard that did not profit by the Irish immigrations of the seventeenth century. We learn from the "Irish State Papers" of the year 1595 that ships were regularly plying between Ireland and Newfoundland, and so important was the trade between Ireland and the far-distant fishing banks that "all English ships bound out always made provisions that the convoy out should remain 48 hours in Cork." In some of Lord Baltimore's accounts of his voyages to Newfoundland he refers to his having "sailed from Ireland" and to his "return to Ireland," and so it is highly probable that he settled Irishmen on his Avalon plantation. After Lord Baltimore's departure, Lord Falkland also sent out a number of Irish colonists, and "at a later date they were so largely reinforced by settlers from Ireland that the Celtic part of the population at this day is not far short of equality in numbers with the Saxon portion"- (Hatton and Harvey, History of Newfoundland, page 32) Pedly attributes the large proportion of Irishmen and the influence of the Catholics in Newfoundland to Lord Falkland's company, and Prowse, in his History (pp. 200-201), refers to "the large number of Irishmen" in that colony who fled from Waterford and Cork "during the troubled times" which preceded the Williamite war (1688). Many of these in after years are known to have settled in New England.
But it was to Maryland and Pennsylvania that the greatest flow of Irish immigration directed its course. In the celebrated "Account of the Voyage to Maryland," written in the year 1634 by Mutius Vitellestis, the general of the Jesuit Order, it is related that when the Arke and the Dove arrived in the West Indies in that year, they found "the island of Montserrat inhabited by a colony of Irishmen who had been banished from Virginia on account of their professing the Catholic faith." It is known also that there were many families in Ireland of substance and good social standing who, at their own expense, took venture in the enterprise of Lord Baltimore and afterwards in that of William Penn, and who applied for and received grants of land, which, as the deeds on record show, were afterwards divided into farms bought and settled by O'Briens, McCarthys, O'Connors, and many others of the ancient Gaelic race, the descendants of those heroic men whose passion for liberty, while causing their ruin, inspired and impelled their sons to follow westward "the star of empire."
After the first English colonies in Maryland were founded, we find in all the proclamations concerning these settlements by the proprietary government, that they were limited to "person of British or Irish descent" The religious liberty established in Maryland was the magnet which attracted Catholics to that Province, and so they came in large numbers in search of peace and comfort and freedom from the turmoil produced by religious animosities in their native land. The major part of this Irish immigration seems to have come through the ports of Philadelphia and Charleston and a portion through Chesapeake Bay, whence they passed on to Pennsylvania and the southern colonies.
The "Certificates of Land Grants" in Maryland show that it was customary for those Irish colonists to name their lands after places in their native country, and I find that there is hardly a town or city in the old Gaelic strongholds in Ireland that is not represented in the nomenclature of the early Maryland grants. One entire section of the Province, named the "County of New Ireland" by the proclamation of Lord Baltimore in the year 1684, was occupied wholly by Irish families. This section is now embraced in Cecil and Harford Counties. New Ireland County was divided into three parts, known as New Connaught, New Munster, and New Leinster. New Connaught was founded by George Talbot from Roscommon, who was surveyor of the Province; New Munster by Edward O'Dwyer from Tipperary; and New Leinster, by Bryan O'Daly from Wicklow, all of whom were in Maryland prior to 1683. Among the prominent men in the Province may be mentioned Charles O'Carroll, who was secretary to the proprietor; John Hart from county Cavan, who was governor of Maryland from 1714 to 1720; Phillip Conner from Kerry known in history as the "Last Commander of Old Kent"; Daniel Dulany of the O'Delaney family from Queen's County, one of the most famous lawyers in the American Colonies; Michael Tawney or Taney, ancestor of the celebrated judge, Roger Brooke Taney; the Courseys from Cork, one of the oldest families in the State; the Kings from Dublin; and many others.
The only places in the State bearing a genuine Irish name which has reached any prominence is Baltimore. Not alone has the "Monumental City" received its name from Ireland, but the tract of land on which the city is now situate was originally named (in 1695) "Ely O'Carroll," after the barony of that name in King's and Tipperary counties, the ancient home of the Clan O'Carroll. To subdivisions of the tract were given such names as Dublin, Waterford, Tralee, Raphoe, Tramore, Mallow, Kinsale, Lurgan, Coleraine, Tipperary, Antrim, Belfast, Derry, Kildare, Enniskillen, Wexford, Letterkenny, Lifford, Birr, Galway, Limerick, and so on, all indicating the nationality of the patentees, as well as the places from which they came.
From such sources is the evidence available of the coming of the Irish to Maryland in large numbers, and so it is that we are not surprised to find on the rosters of the Maryland Revolutionary regiments 4633 distinctive Irish names, exclusive of the large numbers who joined the navy and the militia, as well as those who were held to guard the frontier from Indian raids, whose names are not on record. However, it is not possible now to determine the proportion of the Revolutionary soldiers who were of Irish birth or descent, for where the nationality is not stated in the rosters all non-Irish names must be left out of the reckoning. The first census of Maryland (1790), published by the United States Government, enumerates the names of all "Heads of Families" and the number of persons in each family. A count of the Irish names shows approximately 21,000 persons. This does not take into account the great number of people who could not be recorded under that head, as it is known there were many thousand Irish "redemptioners" in Maryland prior to the taking of the census, and while no precise data exist to indicate the number of Irish immigrants who settled in Maryland, I estimate that the number of people of Irish descent in the State in 1790 as not far short of 40,000.

The Land Records and Council Journals of Georgia of the last half of the seventeenth and the first half of the eighteenth century afford like testimony to the presence of the Irish, who crossed the sea and colonized the waste places of that wild territory, and whose descendants in after years contributed much of the strength of the patriot forces who confronted the armed cohorts of Carleton and Cornwallis. From the Colonial Records of Georgia, published under the auspices of the State Legislature, I have extracted a long list of people of Irish name and blood who received grants of land in that colony. They came with Oglethorpe as early as 1735 and continued to arrive for many years. It was an Irishman named Mitchell who laid out the site of Atlanta, the metropolis of the South; an O'Brien founded the city of Augusta; and a McCormick named the city of Dublin, Georgia.

From the records of the Carolinas we obtain similar data, many of an absorbingly interesting character, and the number of places in that section bearing names of a decidedly Celtic flavor is striking evidence of the presence of the Irish people, the line of whose settlements across the whole State of North Carolina may be traced on the high roads leading from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Hawk, one of the historians of North Carolina, refers to the "Irish Romanists' who were resident in that Province as early as 1700, and Williamson says that "the most numerous settlers in the northwestern part of the province during the first half of the eighteenth century were from Ireland." The manuscript records in the office of the Secretary of State refer to a "ship load of immigrants" who, in the year 1761, came to the Carolinas from Dublin. The names of the Irish pioneers in the Carolinas are found in every conceivable connection, in the parochial and court records, in the will books, in the minutes of the general Assembly, in the quaint old records of the Land and Registers' offices, in the patents granted by the colonial Government, and in the sundry other official records. In public affairs they seem to have had the same adaptability for politics which, among other things, has in later days brought their countrymen into prominence. Florence O'Sullivan from Kerry was surveyor-general of South Carolina in 1671. James Moore, a native of Ireland and a descendant of the famous Irish chieftain, Rory O'More, was governor of South Carolina in 1700; Matthew Ronan from Carrick-fergus was president of the North Carolina Council during the term of office of his townsman, Governor Arthur Dobbs (1754 to 1764); John Connor was attorney-general of the Province in 1730, and was succeeded in turn by David O'Sheall and Thomas McGuire. Cornelius Hartnett, Hugh Waddell, and Terence Sweeny, all Irishmen, were members of the Court, and among the members of the provincial assembly I find such names as Murphy, Leary, Kearney, McLewean, Dunn, Keenan, McManus, Ryan, Bourke, Logan and others showing an Irish origin. And, in this connection, we must not overlook Thomas Burke, a native of the "City of the Tribes', distinguished as a lawyer, soldier, and statesman, who became governor of North Carolina in 1781, as did his cousin Aedanus Burke, also from Galway, who was judge of the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 1778. John Rutledge, son of Dr. John Rutledge from Ireland, was governor of South Carolina in 1776 and his brother Edward became governor of the State in 1788.
But there were Irishmen in the Carolinas long before the advent of these, and indeed Irish names are found occasionally as far back as the records of those colonies reach. They are scattered profusely through the will books and records of deeds as early as 1676 and down to the end of the century, and in a list of emigrants from Barbados in the year 1678, quoted by John Camden Hotten in the work already alluded to, we find about 120 persons of Irish name who settled in the Carolinas in that year. In 1719, 500 persons from Ireland transported themselves to Carolina to take the benefit of an Act passed by the Assembly by which the lands of the Yemmassee Indians were thrown open to settlers, and Ramsay (History of South Carolina, vol. I, page 20) says: "Of all countries none has furnished the Province with so many inhabitants as Ireland."

In the Pennsylvania records one is also struck with the very frequent mention of Irish names. William Penn had lived in Ireland for several years and was acquainted with the sturdy character of its people, and when he arrived on board The Welcome in 1682 he had with him a number of Irishmen, who are described as "people of property and people of consequence." In 1699 he brought over a brilliant young Irishman, James Logan from Lurgan, who for nearly half a century occupied a leading position in the Province and for some time was its governor. But the first Irish immigration to Pennsylvania of any numerical importance came in the year 1717. They settled in Lancaster County. "They and their descendants," says Rupp, an impartial historian, "have always been justly regarded as the most intelligent people in the County and their progress will be found to be but little behind the boasted efforts of the Colony of Plymouth." In 1727, as the records show, 1155 Irish people arrived in Philadelphia and in 1728 the number reached the high total of 5600. "It looks as if Ireland is to send all her inhabitants hither," wrote Secretary Logan to the provincial proprietors in 1729, "for last week not less than six ships arrived. The common fear is that if they continue to come they will make themselves proprietors of the Province" (Rupp's History of Dauphin County).
The continuous stream of Irish immigration was viewed with so much alarm by the Legislature, that in 1728 a law was passed "against the crowds of Irish papists and convicts who are yearly powr'd upon us" - (the "convicts" being the political refugees who fled from the prosecutions of the English Government!). But the operations of this statute were wholly mullified by the captains of the vessels landing their passengers at Newcastle, Del, and Burlington, N.J.,and as one instance of this, I find in the Philadelphia American Weekly Mercury of August 14, 1729, a statement to this effect: "It is reported from Newcastle that there arrived this last week about 2000 Irish and an abundance more daily expected." This expectation was realized, for according to "An Account of Passengers and Servants landed in Philadelphia between December 25, 1728 and December 25, 1729", which I find in the New England Weekly Journal for March 30, 1730, the number of Irish who came in via the Delaware river in that year was 5655, while the total number of all other Europeans who arrived during that same period was only 553. Holmes, in his Annals of America, corroborates this. The Philadelphia newspapers down to the year 1741 also contained many similar references, indicating that the flood of Irish immigration was unceasing and that it was at all times in excess of that from other European countries. Later issues of the Mercury also published accounts of the number of ships from Ireland which arrived in the Delaware, and from these it appears that from 1735 to 1738 "66 vessels entered Philadelphia from Ireland and 50 cleared thereto." And in the New York Gazette and Weekly Post-Boy of the years 1750 to 1752, I find under the caption, "Vessels Registered at the Philadelphia Custom House," a total of 183 ships destined from or to Ireland, or an average of five sailings per month between Irish ports and the port of Philadelphia alone. A careful search fails to disclose any record of the number of person that came in these ships, but, from the fact that it is stated that all carried passengers as well as merchandise from Irish ports, we may safely assume that the "human freight" must have been very large.
Spencer in his History of the United States, says: "In the years 1771 and 1772 the number of emigrants to America from Ireland was 17,350, almost all of whom emigrated at their own expense. A great majority of them consisted of persons employed in the linen manufacture or farmers possessed of some property, which they converted into money and brought with them. Within the first fortnight of August, 1773, there arrived at Philadelphia 3500 immigrants from Ireland. As most of the emigrants, particularly those from Ireland and Scotland, were personally discontent with their treatment in Europe, their accession to the colonial population, it might reasonably be supposed, had no tendency to diminish or counteract the hostile sentiments toward Britain which were daily gathering force in America." Marmion, in his Ancient and Modern History of the Maritime Ports of Ireland, verifies this. He says that the number of Irish who came during the years 1771, 1772 and 1773 was 25,000. The bulk of these came in by way of Philadelphia and settled in Pennsylvania and the Virginias.

The Irish were arriving in the Province in such great numbers during this period as to be the cause of considerable jealousy on the part of other settlers from continental Europe. They were a vigorous and aggressive element. Eager for that freedom which was denied them at home, large numbers of them went out on the frontier. While the war-whoop of the savage still echoed within the surrounding valleys and his council fires blazed upon the hills, those daring adventurers penetrated the hitherto pathless wilderness and passed through unexampled hardships with heroic endurance. They opened up the roads, bridged the streams and cut down the forests, turning the wilderness into a place fit for a man's abode. With their sturdy sons, they constituted the skirmish line of civilization, standing as a bulwark against Indian incursions into the more prosperous and populous settlements between them and the coast. From 1740 down to the period of the Revolution, hardly a year passed without a fresh infusion of Irish blood into the existing population, and, as an indication that they distributed themselves all over the Province, I find, in every Town and County history of Pennsylvania and in the land records of every section, Irish names in the greatest profusion. They settled in great numbers chiefly along he Susquehanna and its tributaries; they laid out many prosperous settlements in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, and in these sections Irishmen are seen occupying some of the foremost and most coveted positions, and their sons in after years contributed much to the power and commercial greatness of the Commonwealth. They are mentioned prominently as manufacturers, merchants, and farmers, and in the professions they occupied a place second to none among the natives of the State. In several sections, they were numerous enough to establish their own independent settlements, to which they gave the name of their Irish home places, several of which are preserved to this day. It is not to be wondered at then that General Harry Lee named the Pennsylvania line of the Continental army, "the line of Ireland"!
Ireland gave many eminent men to the Commonwealth, among whom may be mentioned: John Burns, its first governor after the adoption of the Constitution, who was born in Dublin; George Bryan, also a native of Dublin, who was its governor in 1788; James O'Hara, one of the founders of Pittsburgh; Thomas FitzSimmons, a native of Limerick, member of the first Congress under the Constitution which began the United States Government and father of the policy of protection to American industries; Matthew Carey from Dublin, the famous political economist; and many others who were prominent as nation-builders in the early days of the "Keystone State."
While the historians usually give all the credit to England and to Englishmen for the early colonization of New England, whose results have been attended with such important consequences to America and the civilized world, Ireland and her sons can also claim a large part in the development of this territory, as is evidenced by the town, land, church and other colonial records, and the names of pioneers, as well as the names given to several of the early settlements. That the Irish had been coming to New England almost from the beginning of the English colonization is indicated by an "Order" entered in the Massachusetts record under date of September 25, 1634, granting liberty to "the Scottishe and Irishe gentlemen who intend to come hither, to sitt down in any place upp Merimacke river." This, doubtless, referred to a Scotch and Irish company which, about that time, had announced its intention of founding a settlement on the Merrimac. It comprised in all 140 passengers who embarked in the Eagle Wing, from Carrickfergus in September, 1636, bringing with them a considerable quantity of equipment and merchandise to meet the exigencies of their settlement in the new country. The vessel, however, never reached its destination and was obliged to return to Ireland on account of Atlantic storms, and there is no record of a renewed attempt. In the Massachusetts records of the year 1640 (vol I, p. 295) is another entry relating to "the persons come from Ireland," and in the Town Books of Boston may be seen references to Irishmen who were residents of the town in that year.
From local histories, which in many cases are but verbatim copies of the original entries in the Town Books, we get occasional glimpses of the Irish who were in the colony of Massachusetts Bay between this period and the end of the century. For example, between 1640 and 1660, such names as O'neill, Sexton, Gibbons, Lynch, Keeney, Kelly and Hogan appear on the Town records of Hartford, and one of the first schoolmasters who taught the children of the Puritans in New Haven was an Irishman named William Collins, who, in the year 1640, came there with a number of Irish refugees from Barbados Island. In Irishman named Joseph Collins with his wife and family came to Lynn, Mass., in 1635. Richard Duffy and Matthias Curran were at Ipswich in 1633. John Kelly came to Newbury in 1635 with the first English settlers of the town. David O'Killia (or O'Kelly) was a resident of Old Yarmouth in 1657, and I find on various records of that section a great number of people named Kelley, who probably were descended from David O'Killia. Peter O'Kelly and his family are mentioned as of Dorchester in 1696. At Springfield in 1656 there were families named Riley and O'Dea; and Richard Burke, said to be of the Mayo family of that name, is mentioned prominently in Middlesex County as early as 1670. The first legal instrument of record in Hampden County was a deed of conveyance in the year 1683 to one Patrick Riley of lands in Chicopee. With a number of his countrymen, Riley located in this vicinity and gave the name of "Ireland Parish" to their settlement. John Molooney and Daniel MacGuiness were at Woburn in 1676, and Michael Bacon, "an Irishman", of Woburn, fought in King Philip's war in 1675. John Joyce was at Lynn in 1637, and I find the names of Willyam Heally, William Reyle, William Barrett, and Roger Burke signed to a petition to the General Court of Massachusetts on August 17, 1664. Such names as Maccarty, Gleason, Coggan, Lawler, Kelly, Hurley, MackQuade, and McCleary also appear on the Cambridge Church records down to 1690. These are but desultory instances of the first comers among the Irish to Massachusetts, selected from a great mass of similar data.
In the early history of every town in Massachusetts, without exception, I find mention of Irish people, and while the majority came originally as "poor redemptioners", yet, in course of time and despite Puritanical prejudices, not a few of them rose to positions of worth and independence. Perhaps the most noted of these was Matthew Lyon of Vermont, known as "the Hampden of Congress," who, on his arrival in New York in 1765, was sold as a "redemptioner" to pay his passage money. This distinguished American was a native of county Wicklow. Other notable examples of Irish redempitoners who attained eminence in America were George Taylor, a native of Dublin, one of Pennsylvania's signers of the Delcaration of Independence; Charles Thompson, a native of County Tyrone, "the perennial Secretary of the Continental Congress", and William Killen, who became chief justice and chancellor of Delaware. Some of the descendants of the Irish redemptioners in Massachusetts are found among the prominent New Englanders of the past hundred years. The Puritans of Massachusetts extended no welcoming hand to the Irish who had the temerity to come among them, yet, as an historical writer has truly said, "by one of those strange transformations which time occasionally works, it has come to pass that Massachusetts today contains more people of Irish blood in proportion to the total population than any other State in the Union."
So great and so continuous was Irish immigration to Massachusetts during the early part of the eighteenth century that on Saint Patrick's Day in the year 1737 a number of merchants, who described themselves as "of the Irish Nation residing in Boston," formed the Charitable Irish Society, an organization which exists even to the present day. It was provided that the officers should be "natives of Ireland or of Irish extraction," and they announced that the Society was organized "in an affectionate and Compassionate concern for their countrymen in these Parts who may be reduced by Sickness, Shipwrack, Old Age, and other Infirmities and unforeseen Accidents." I have copied from the Town Books, as reproduced by the City of Boston, 1600 Irish names of person who were married or had declared their intentions of marriage in Boston between the years 1710 and 1790, exclusive of 956 other Irish names which appear on the minutes between 1720 and 1775.
In 1718, one of the largest single colonies of Irish arrived in Boston. It consisted of one hundred families, who settled at different places in Massachusetts. One contingent, headed by Edward Fitzgerald, located at Worcester and another at Palmer under the leadership of Robert Farrell, while a number went to the already established settlement at Londonderry, N.H. About the same time a colony of fishermen from the west coast of Ireland settled on the Cape Cod peninsula, and I find a number of them recorded on the marriage registers of the towns in this vicinity between 1719 and 1743. In 1720, a number of families from the county of Tyrone came to Shrewsbury, and eight years later another large contingent came to Leicester County from the same neighborhood, who gave the name of Dublin to the section where they located. The annals of Leicester County are rich in Irish names. On the Town Books of various places in this vicinity and on the rosters of the troops enrolled for the Indian war, Irishmen are recorded, and we learn from the records that not a few of them were important and useful men, active in the development of settlements, and often chosen as selectmen or representatives. On the minutes of the meetings of the selectmen of Pelham, Spencer, Sutton, Charlestown, Canton, Scituate, Stoughton, Salem, Amesbury, Stoneham, and other Massachusetts towns, Irish names are recorded many years before the Revolution. In local histories these people are usually called "Scotch-Irish," a racial misnomer that has been very mcuh overworked by a certain class of historical writers who seem to be unable to understand that a non-Catholic native of Ireland can be an Irishman. In an exhaustive study of American history, I cannot find any other race where such a distinction is drawn as in the case of non-Catholic, or so-called "Scotch," Irish. In many instances this hybrid racial designation obviously springs from prejudice and a desire to withhold from Ireland any credit that may belong to her, although, in some cases, the writers are genuinely mistaken in their belief that the Scotch as a race are the antithesis of the Irish and that whatever commendable qualities of the non-Catholic Irish are possessed of naturally spring from the Scotch.

The first recorded Irish settlement in Maine was made by families named Kelly and Haley from Galway, who located on the Isles of Shoals about the year 1653. In 1692, Roger Kelly was a representative from the Isles to the General Court of Massachusetts, and is described in local annals as "King of the Isles." The large number of islands, bays, and promontories on the Maine coast bearing distinctive Celtic names attests to the presence and influence of Irish people in this section in colonial times. In 1720, Robert Temple from Cork brought to Maine five shiploads of people, mostly from the province of Munster. They landed at the junction of the Kennebec and Eastern rivers, where they established the town of Cork, which, however, after a precarious existence of only six years, was entirely destroyed by the Indians. For nearly a century the place was familiarly known to the residents of the locality as "Ireland." The records of York, Lincoln and Cumberland counties contain references to large numbers of Irish people who settled in those localities during the early years of the eighteenth century. The Town Books of Georgetown, Kittery, and Kennebunkport, of the period 1740 to 1775, are especially rich in Irish names, and in the Saco Valley numerous settlements were made by Irish immigrants, not a few of whom are referred by local historians as "men of wealth and social standing." In the marriage and other records of Limerick, Me., as published by the Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, in the marriage registers of the First Congregational Church of Scarborough, and in other similarly unquestionable records, I find a surprisingly large number of Irish names at various periods during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In fact, there is not one town in the Province that did not have its quota of Irish people, who came either direct from Ireland or migrated from other sections of New England.

The records of New Hampshire and Rhode Island are also a fruitful source of information on this subject, and the Provincial papers indicate an almost unbroken tide of Irish immigration to this section, beginning as early as the year 1640. One of the most noted of Exeter's pioneer settlers was an Irishman named Darby Field, who came to that place in 1631 and who has been credited by Governor Winthrop as "the first European who witnessed the White Mountains." He is also recorded as " an Irish soldier for discovery," and I find his name in the annals of Exeter as one of the grantees of an Indian deed dated April 3, 1638, as well as several other Irish names down to the year 1664. In examining the town registers, gazetteers, and genealogies, as well as the local histories of New Hampshire, in which are embodied copies of the original entries made by the Town Clerks, I find numerous references to the Irish pioneers, and in many instances they are written down, among others, as "the first settlers." Some are mentioned as selectmen, town clerks, representatives, or colonial soldiers, and it is indeed remarkable that there is not one of these authorities I have examined, out of more than two hundred, that does not contain Irish names. From these Irish pioneers sprang many men who attained prominence in New Hampshire, in the legislature, the professions, the military, the arts and crafts, and in all departments of civil life, down to the present time. In the marriage registers of Portsmouth, Boscawen, New Boston, Antrim, Londonderry, and other New Hampshire towns, are recorded, in some cases as early as 1716, names of Irish persons, with the places of their nativity, indicating that they came from all parts of Ireland. At Hampton, I find Humphrey Sullivan teaching school in 1714, while the name of John Sullivan from Limerick, school master at Dover and at Berwick, Me., for upwards of fifty years, is one of the most honored in early New Hampshire history.
This John Sullivan was surely one of the grandest characters in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, and the record of his descendants serves as an all-sufficient reply to the anti-Irish prejudices of some American historians. he was the father of a governor of New Hampshire, and of a governor of Massachusetts; of an attorney-general of Massachusetts; of New Hampshire's only major-general in the Continental army; of the first judge appointed by Washington in New Hampshire; and of four sons who were officers in the Continental army. He was grandfather of an attorney-general of New Hampshire, of a governor of Maine, and of a United States Senator from New Hampshire. He was a great-grandfather of an attorney-general of New Hampshire, and great-great-grandfather of an officer in the Thirteenth New Hampshire regiment in the Civil War.

In Rhode Island, Irish people are on record as far back as 1640, and for many years after that date they continued to come. Edward Larkin was an esteemed citizen of Newport in 1655. Charles McCarthy was one of the founders of the town of East Greenwich in 1677, while in this vicinity as early as 1680 are found such names as Casey, Higgins, Magenis, Kelley, Murphy, Reylie, Maloney, Healy, Delaney, Walsh, and others of Irish origin. On the rosters of the Colonial militia who fought in King Philip's war (1675) are found the names of 110 soldiers of Irish birth or descent, some of whom, for their services in the battle of Narragansett, received grants of land in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register for 1848 contains some remarkable testimony of the sympathy of the people of Ireland for the sufferers in this cruel war, and the "Irish Donation," sent out from Dublin in the year 1676, will always stand in history to Ireland's credit and as an instance of her intimate familiarity with American affairs, one hundred years prior to that Revolution which emancipated the people of this land from the same tyranny under which she herself has groaned. And yet, what a cruel travesty on history it reads like now, when we scan the official records of the New England colonies and find that the Irish were often called "convicts", and it was thought that measures should be taken to prevent their landing on the soil where they and their sons afterwards shed their blood in the cause of their fellow colonists! In the minutes of the provincial Assemblies and in the reports rendered to the General Court, as well as in other official documents of the period, are found expressions of the sentiment which prevailed against the natives of the "Island of Sorrows." Only twenty years before the outbreak of King Philip's war, the government of England was asked to provide a law "to prevent the importation of Irish Papists and convicts that are yearly pow'rd upon us and to make provision against the growth of this pernicious evil." And the colonial Courts themselves, on account of what they called "the cruel and malignant spirit that has from time to time been manifest in the Irish nation against the English nation," prohibited "the bringing over of any Irish men, women, or children into this jurisdiction on the penalty of fifty pounds sterling to each inhabitant who shall buy of any merchant, shipmaster, or other agent any such person or persons to transport them." This order was promulgated by the General Court of Massachusetts in October, 1654, and is given in full in the American Historical Review for October, 1896.
With the "convicts" and the "redemptioners" came the Irish schoolmaster, the man then most needed in America. And the fighting man, he too was to the fore, for when the colonies in after years called for volunteers to resist the tyranny of the British, the descendants of the Irish "convicts" were among the first and the most eager to answer the call.




From The Constitution or Cork Morning Post, 14 August 1822 -

Tralee, County Kerry
Since the commencement of our Assizes

Michael Foley, Mathew Sullivan, Timothy Healy, and
Arthur O'Leary, for murder of Mr. Brereton, to be hanged
were executed this day.
Owen Sullivan, Lawrence Sullivan, and Cornelius Casey,
administering unlawful oaths, to be transported for life.
John Currane, sheep stealing, to be transported for life.
Mary Taugney, Larceny, no sentence.
Michael M'Mahon, tried for the murder of Edmond
Fitzgerald at Listowell, guilty of manslaughter, to be
transported for life.
Patrick Sullivan, and Denis Sullivan, administering unlawful
oaths, to be transported for life.
William Coffee, sheep stealing, like sentence.
Thomas Rourke, burglary, to be hanged, day not
William Shea, Goat stealing, no sentence.
James Mahony, Cow stealing, to be transported.
James Casey, Michael Hennessy, William Moore, and
Honora Moore, the prisoners were put on their trial for the
murder of Elizabeth Kelly, and the Prisoner Casey applied to
have the trial postponed until the next Assizes, on account of
the absence of material witnesses, grounded on an affidavit
sworn yesterday. Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for the Crown
opposing the application stated that the names of the
witnesses having been communicated to the Crown Solicitor
last night, he sent a carriage to the residence of the witnesses
and they were brought to town this morning, and were then
in attendance.
The prisoners said they had no money to fee Counsel or
Attorney, and the Court asked if there would be any
inconvenience in postponing the trial till the next Assizes, the
Counsel for the Crown, replied that there would probably be
a failure of justice, but that to avoid all objection the Crown
Solicitor would supply the prisoners with money to have
professional assistance, and this being answered the trial was
fixed for Monday next. William Moore who is deaf and
dumb was then put to plead, and a witness having been
examined to prove that he did not stand mute from
obstinacy, but by the conviction of GOD, and that he
understood signs, the nature of the charge was
communicated to him, and the Clerk of the Crown was
directed by the Court to record a plea of not guilty for him.



James Francis Moore Stack
December 21, 1889 - August 20, 1961

As mentioned, the Moore Stack branch began with the marriage of Patrick Stack of Cork to Hannah Moore whose father was Nicholas Moore, land agent for the Knight of Kerry and residing on the estate at Ballinruddery. The Moore Stack family alternated between Cork, where Patrick was a butter merchant, and Listowel, closer to Hannah's family. It is reported that they had 5 sons and 3 daughters, but there is background on just three - Nicholas Moore and Henry Moore, born in Listowel in 1798 and 1799 respectively, and Mary, born in Cork in 1802. (Apparently only males deserved the matronymic) After Patrick's death in 1808 the family resided in Listowel.

Nicholas became and actor and trod the boards far and wide, including here in the U.S. before settling down and teaching elocution in Irish and English academies. Mary was a nun and rose to become Mother Mary Augustine Stack of the Presentation Convent in Listowel. Henry Moore, (b.1799, d. ?) was a banker in Cork, but also lived in the United States for a time in New York before returning to Ireland where he married Anne Browne in 1841. Their only child, William Moore Stack (b.1842, d.1899) was born the following year in Carrueragh, Knockanure.

William Moore Stack settled in Tralee, Co. Kerry, where he was a barrister's clerk by profession, and a fervent member of the Fenians, the primary Irish freedom movement of the 19th century. The Moore Stack as he is known, despite his spending considerable time in prison for his revolutionary activities, was a highly prolific man. He married twice, first to Bridget Stack (a distant relative), by whom he had at least 3 children, Mary (Ciss) Moore Stack, John Henry Moore Stack, and Louis Moore Stack.

After Bridget's death, on October 28, 1877, The Moore Stack married Nannette (Nannie) O'Neill of Donnybrook, with whom he had 8 children, Austin, Bridget (Bea), Nannette, Teresa, Nora, Josephine, Nicholas and James. Six of these children emigrated to the United States to join their half-brother John and half-sister Mary, with all but Jo making it their permanent home. For our purposes here, the youngest of these children, James Frances Moore Stack, born in 1889, will be the focus of our family story.

Jim Stack's childhood was reportedly a difficult one. After seven previous children, his mother Nannette died of childbed fever shortly after his birth. His father, The Moore Stack, who reportedly was in jail at the time, was so distraught over the loss of his second wife he never spoke directly to Jim in the boy's life. In fact it was said by Jim's sisters that their father never even spoke Jim's name, referring to him simply as "the boy." The eldest of these sisters, Bea, was mother to Jim and to the others as they grew up. It was only after many had emigrated that Bea herself left Ireland to come to America.


The other important influence on young Jim growing up was that of his eldest brother Austin, who early on emulated their father and became an activist in Irish freedom movements, including the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a forerunner of the Irish Republican Army. Austin Augustine Mary Stack was Commandant of the Kerry Brigade of the IRA during the Easter Week Uprising in 1916, and was arrested along with Roger Casement when the ill fated arms ship Aud went astray. Today there is a sports facility, Austin Stack Park, in Tralee named in his honor.

By the time of the 1916 Rising Jim had long since left Ireland. The exact date and circumstances of his arrival here are not known, but in a September 6, 1918 letter to Austin from Dublin he mentions "having had 11 years of city life" so it appears to have been around 1907. Family tradition has it that he entered the country without papers. In the United States he obtained work through his half brother John Henry Moore Stack of Philadelphia. That city was for many years the center of the American branch of the Moore Stack's. Living in the area, in addition to John was his sister Mary (Ciss), also half sibling to Jim, and five of Jim's full sisters, Nannette and Theresa Galligan (the two sisters married brothers), Nora Bushong, and two maiden sisters, Bea and Jo Stack.

Jim's work here in America consisted of selling buttons and bows up and down the east coast and he was, reportedly, a "traveling salesman" in the picturesque sense, with many a ladyfriend. He was more though. In later years it came out that he was an intelligence officer in the IRA, operating underground here to the extent that the FBI saw him as a potential danger, and kept an eye on him for many years to come.

While the details of much of Jim's life here are not known, several facts have come to light from correspondence. He returned to Ireland in 1918, reportedly stoking coal to gain passage on an AEF troop ship, and using a brother-in-law's U.S. passport. While he longed for the Kerry air, under orders from Austin, who at the time was in a Belfast prison, for a time he stayed in Dublin with a family named Dixon. Other correspondence by his sister Bea to Austin indicates that back here in the U.S. he left a serious romantic relationship, Agatha by name, who died of consumption shortly thereafter.



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1. Jeremiah KENNELLY (b.1853-Ballylongford,Kerry,Ireland;d.8 May 1891-Chicago,Cook,IL*)

sp: Margarett(73) CARROL (b.8 Apr 1856-Burlington,VT;d.20 Feb 1930-Chicago,Cook,IL*)

2. Rose V.(71) KENNELLY (b.Aug 1876-Chicago,Cook,IL;d.3 Jun 1948-Spokane,WA)


3. William M. ARNOLD (b.Apr 1917-WA)

2. Ella G. KENNELLY (b.Jun 1878-IL;d.12 Jun 1956)


2. Jeremiah Alouisus(59) KENNELLY (b.30 Nov 1882-IL;d.25 May 1942-Chicago,Cook,Il)

2. John Joseph I(49) KENNELLY (b.4 Jan 1885-Chicago,Cook,IL*;d.27 Jan 1934-Chicago,Cook,IL*)

sp: Margaret Mary ALTMAN(76) (b.15 Jun 1887-Summit,Cook,IL*;m.12 Sep 1906;d.1 Dec 1963-Chicago,Cook,IL*)

3. Annette Grace(78) KENNELLY (b.27 Jul 1907-Chicago,Cook,IL;d.5 Jun 1986-Mountain View,CA)

3. John Howard(69) KENNELLY (b.17 Feb 1909-Chicago,Cook,IL*;d.15 May 1978-San Diego,San Diego,CA*)

sp: Della Victoria GREEN(87) (b.2 Jul 1914-French Camp,CA*;m.2 Jul 1936;d.3 Jul 2001-Fresno,CA*)

4. John Joseph II KENNELLY (b.21 Jan 1938-San Diego,San Diego,CA*)

sp: Vereen Lynn FRANKLIN (b.10 Jul 1941-Hopkins County,KY*;m.18 Apr 1964)

5. Peter Blake KENNELLY (b.14 Jun 1962-El Monte,Los Angeles,CA)

sp: Durnae WITTEKIND (b.31 May 1965;m.25 Mar 1986)

6. Shayla Marie KENNELLY (b.11 Dec 1987-NV)

6. Tiffany KENNELLY (b.21 Dec 1988-NV)

6. Nichole KENNELLY (b.8 Apr 1993-Omaha,NE)

5. Shawn Lea KENNELLY (b.6 May 1965-San Diego,San Diego,CA)

sp: Carl Gustav WALLEN

sp: Gerald Harlan PILJ (b.20 Jun 1965-Inglewood,Los Angeles,CA;m.29 Sep 1989)

6. Lynn Victoria PILJ (b.16 Aug 1990-Newport Beach,Orange,CA)

6. Caterina Marie PILJ (b.16 Aug 1990-Newport Beach,Orange,CA)

6. Giuseppe Harlan PILJ (b.27 Sep 1991-Compton,Los Angeles,California)

6. Emilie Susan PILJ (b.20 Aug 1999-Wichita,Sedgwick,KS)

6. Gregory Helaman PILJ (b.6 Jun 2001-Wichita,Sedgwick,KS)

6. Guy Harlan PILJ (b.5 Aug 2002-Wichita,Sedgwick,KS)

6. Grace Elda Vereen PILJ (b.2 Oct 2003-Wichita,Sedgwick,KS)

6. Shaelea Elizabeth PILJ (b.7 Mar 2005)

5. Parley Dean KENNELLY (b.18 May 1972-Kansas City,Jackson,MO)

sp: Stephanie POULSEN (b.19 Mar 1979-Fontana,San Bernardino,CA;m.26 Aug 2000)

6. Isabella Abrianna KENNELLY (b.25 Sep 2002-Redlands,San Bernardino,CA)

6. Haley Shea KENNELLY (b.19 Apr 2004-Redlands,San Bernardino,CA)

5. Kandi Lynn KENNELLY (b.31 Jul 1973-Kansas City,Jackson,MO)

sp: Cole JACKSON (b.25 Jun 1959-Reno,NV;m.5 Nov 1994)

6. Rebecca Ann JACKSON (b.23 Aug 1995-Redlands,Ca)

6. Kara Lynn JACKSON (b.17 Feb 1999-Redlands,San Bernardino,CA)

5. Noah Joseph KENNELLY (b.23 Nov 1978-San Diego,San Diego,CA)

sp: Kristen Nichelle CASE (b.21 Mar 1983-Lomita,Los Angeles,Ca;m.22 Jun 2002)

6. Logan Tyler KENNELLY (b.30 Aug 2003-Wichita,Sedgewick,KS)

6. Blake Benjamin KENNELLY (b.28 Apr 2005-Biloxi,MI)

5. Shane Michael KENNELLY (b.27 Oct 1982-Knoxville,TN)





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4. Mary Edith KENNELLY (b.7 May 1952-Great Lakes,IL)

sp: Robert Marion MC KENZIE (b.9 Jul 1952-Galveston,Galveston,TX;m.(Div))

5. Cindy Marie MC KENZIE (b.28 Jun 1973-Certaldo,Italy)

5. Christopher Marion MC KENZIE (b.11 Jul 1975-Galveston,Galveston,TX)

5. Emanuel Michael MC KENZIE (b.9 Mar 1977-Caracas,Venezuela)

sp: Demetrio GARCIA (m.(Div))

5. Cristal GARCIA (b.29 Jun 1985-London,England)

5. Celeste GARCIA (b.29 Jun 1985-London,England)

3. William Francis(81) KENNELLY (b.8 Feb 1917-Chicago,Cook,IL;d.8 Jan 1999-Seattle,WA)

sp: Dorothy Mary HESS (b.30 Jan 1918-Chicago,IL;m.29 Aug 1942)

4. Karen Dorothy KENNELLY (b.6 Nov 1943-Chicago,Cook,IL)

sp: David Porter HATCH (b.5 Dec 1926-New York,NY;m.7 Aug 1965)

4. Gail Margaret KENNELLY (b.12 Aug 1946-Chicago,Cook,IL)

sp: James MYNARD (b.23 Aug 1943;m.9 Sep 1972)

5. Craig James MYNARD (b.26 Oct 1974-Davis,CA)

5. Peter Matthew MYNARD (b.12 Apr 1976-Davis,CA)

5. Anne Gail MYNARD (b.7 Feb 1977-Davis,CA)

4. Marilyn Kay KENNELLY (b.10 Aug 1949-Chicago,Cook,IL)

sp: John ULLMAN (b.9 Aug 1946;m.21 Mar 1974)

5. Ruth ULLMAN (b.17 Aug 1977-Seattle,WA)

sp: Craig

5. Joseph Nicholas ULLMAN (b.28 Jul 1980)

5. Mark ULLMAN (b.30 Apr 1982)

5. William Rys ULLMAN (b.27 Nov 1984)

4. Jerry Martin KENNELLY (b.25 Aug 1950-Chicago,Cook,IL)

sp: Janis Christine NELSON (b.10 Mar 1947-Lebanon,OR;m.23 Oct 1977)

5. Christopher William KENNELLY (b.6 Mar 1980-Piedmont,CA)

5. Michael Martin KENNELLY (b.12 Jul 1989-Piedmont,CA)

4. Moira Maureen KENNELLY (b.11 Feb 1953-Chicago,Cook,IL)

sp: Dale DOUGLASS (b.17 Feb 1952;m.25 Nov 1988)

5. Anna DOUGLASS (b.1992)

sp: Phillip WOOD

5. Dominic WOOD (b.9 Mar 1981-Seattle,WA)


6. Dominic WOOD (b.1981)

4. Colleen Ruth KENNELLY (b.5 Nov 1957-Chicago,IL)

sp: Manuel BENEVICH (b.1 Mar 1942;m.23 Sep 1990)



3. Martin Robert(21) KENNELLY (b.26 Nov 1922-Chicago,Cook,IL;d.6 Aug 1944-France)

3. Thomas Joseph KENNELLY (b.28 Oct 1926-Chicago,IL;d.Apr 1984-Melrose Park,Cook,IL)

2. Martin Henry(74) KENNELLY (b.11 Aug 1887-IL;d.29 Nov 1961)






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Message #9 Sunday, January 07, 2001

Subject: RELIHAN, Co. Kerry, Limerick, to U.S.


Posted by: Abby Root

Message: In reference to Julia Relihan's message of 8/30/99: My grandmother, Ellen Relihan, b.1860, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, came to Los Angeles, California in the late 1870s. She was the daughter of Michael Relihan (m. Catherine Hartnett). Her uncle, Thomas Relihan (m Johanna Welch), had several children who came to the U.S., among them Edward (m. Julia Stack), Jeremiah (m. Mary Breshnahan), who had a dairy farm in Los Angeles), and Patrick. I believe that Jeremiah and Patrick had no children. During the late 1870s and early 1880s Edward was working in gold mines in Nevada.


I have information about the other children of Michael Relihan and of Michael's siblings, Thomas, Johanna (m. Patrick Hartnett), and Mary (m. 1. Patrick Hartnett, 2. Felix Ferron), which I'll be happy to share.


I would appreciate hearing from descendents of these people and from those with further information.




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Subject: Mary Dore, Newcastle West, Ire


Posted by: Angela Bartels

Message: Looking for info on Mary Dore. She married Matthew Riedy of Killeedy Parish and had Jeremiah, Robert (1842)William (1843) Patrick (1845)and Mary(1847).





You searched for Kenely born in Kentucky and died in Kentucky

1880 United States Federal Census
about James Kenely
Name: James Kenely
Home in 1880: Casons, Harrison, Kentucky
Age: 34
Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Birthplace: Ireland
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Margaret
Father's birthplace: Ireland
Mother's birthplace: Ireland
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farming
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age
James Kenely 34
Margaret Kenely 30
Thomas Kenely


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1860 United States Federal Census
about Mary Kennely
Name: Mary Kennely
Age in 1860: 30
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1860: Eastern Division, Bourbon, Kentucky
Gender: Female
Post Office: Paris
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Henry Clay 80
Matt M Clay 38
Mary Clay 36
E Broderick 13
Mary Kennely 30


For those not following our news stories in Ontario July 2010,

little town of Midland was hit by a 5.5 earthquake on

Wednesday afternoon and less than 5 hours later two

tornadoes ripped into the town, wreaking quite a bit of

havoc. Over 200 people are without homes and over 14,000

lost power for 24 hours. Earthquakes and tornadoes are

extremely rare in Ontario - the last tornado here was 25

years ago and it hit 30 miles south of us. Earthquakes are

normally little quivers, nothing noticeable at all but this

one was strong enough to knock objects off our shelves.



Spain surrendered the island, but the Filipinos did not. They didn't want

to be "civilized" and fought back. It took three years for America to win 1899-1902

the Philippine-American war. It cost the Americans 10,000 casualties and

$600 million. 16,000 soldiers were killed, and about 200,000 civilians died

of pestilence, disease, and accident.

"You seem to have about finished your work of civilizing the Filipinos.

About 8,000 of them have been civilized and sent to Heaven. I hope you like



Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist and anti-imperialist, 1899


First American priest under new government in Philipine

By William Terence Kane



William Jerome Stanton, born of American par-

ents, was remotely of Irish and French descent.

His father's family hailed from Limerick, Ireland:

his mother belonged to the old Creole family of the

Chappes. His father was Thomas Stanton, an

architect and builder, who was born in Cincinnati,

Ohio, in 1838, but came as a boy to St. Louis,

Missouri. His mother was Regina Helen Brawner,

of Florissant, Missouri. Miss Brawner's parents

were dead when, in 1865, she married Thomas Stan-

ton; hence the marriage took place at the home of

her aunt, Mrs. Spalding, in the little town of Staun-




ton, Illinois, distant some forty miles from St.

Louis. After the marriage the Stantons returned

to St. Louis, to take up their residence there. But

five years later,