LANGAN/O’LONGAIN, GLENAGRAGRA, GLIN, CO. LIMERICK BY GEORGE LANGAN. Touching on the Chawke & Fitzpatrick Families, Ballyvologue, Granagh, Co. limerick.

UPDATED ON SEPT 19th, 2022.

Much of the following was compiled by the author from research carried out as per Sources listed and from conversations with various historians, friends and family members. Some historians are of the belief that only the true facts should be recorded but I myself believe that everything should be written down and be best left to the readers/writers  to judge for themselves as to the authenticity of the said accounts. During my research where I came upon a family bearing the same surname as another it was necessary for me to include nicknames to differentiate one from the other. I wish to state that there is no offence meant by doing this and if I have offended anybody then I humbly apologise for this action. To quote my ancestor Michael Og O’Longain – ‘Pray gentle editor will you excuse me for many a defect this may comprise’. G.L. //




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Ardpatrick garden

Ardpatrick round tower, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Ardpatrick round tower, Co. Limerick, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ua Langain Diarmuit. – Succeeded Gilla Chriost in 1072 and ruled as Coarb of Ardpatrick until his death in 1113 A.D. Ua Langain Aed. – After the death of Diarmuit his kinsman Aed was elected Coarb. Big changes took place around this time between Armagh and Munster regarding the Coarbship. The changeover took place under the guidance of Aed and may have been completed by the time of his death in 1141 A.D. The Annals single out the three men –Gilla Chriost, Diarmuit and Aed, as the most important of the Coarbs of Padraic in Munster. When Aed died he is the last of the Ua Langain’s to be mentioned as Coarb of Padraic in Munster and with him came the final end of Ardpatrick’s role in the Paruchia Patricii, in 1141 A.D. In 1248, the monastery was officially closed.

Ardpatrick Church 2007 08 08
Ardpatrick Church 2007 08 08 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Langan Maurice. – When Ardpatrick ceased to be a monastic centre the lands of the monastery passed, by hereditary succession, to the descendants of the Coarbs of Ardpatrick, An inquisition of 1579 records that ; ‘’that the hill named Ardpatrick, containing three acres of great measure, and making twenty-one acres of small measure, was in former times granted to the Coarbship, founded in the Church of Ardpatrick, and that the rent of 6/6d was payable annually there-out to the Bishop of Limerick ; that the said office had contained by succession, from time immemorial in the sept of the O’Longain’s, and that Maurice Langan, who in right thereof enjoyed the said lands, was at the time the possessor.’’ Following the plantation of Munster in 1580 some of the lands of Ardpatrick changed hands. The Phitton brothers, Richard and Alexander, got some of it. The other two main recipients were Sir John Ponsonby and Sir Edmund Fitzharris. O’Longain John. – In 1590 we read of a ‘’Grant to Edmund Fitzgibbon, called the white Knight, of 106/8 out of Clonodfoy in the tenure of John O’Longain and other clerks of Ardpatrick .

  From The Desmond Surveys

¶709] A house of a superstitious sect otherwise called a Termon, called Arde patricke Co. Limerick.

There is within 3 miles of Kyllmallock a Termon called Arde-patricke in which there is a house or manse (mansis) inhabited by Maurice Longean who is priest and custos there.

Divers lands belonging to said house are not yet surveyed and the entire premises for yearly value as aforesaid, to be delivered as aforesaid, are here set down as of no value because they have not been surveyed.

¶710] Lands called Sainct Patrickes Landes concealed from the Queen.

The vill and land of Kyllshiely in the small County of Limerick containing by estimation 1 quarter land now or late in the tenure or occupation of []796 called “St Patrickes Clarck” valued yearly as aforesaid at []797

¶599] John Olagan of Ardepatrick for ½ carucate of land called Ballenwaste valued yearly in like money at 10s.


Farm-derived units of measurement:
  1. The rod is a historical unit of length equal to 5½ yards. It may have originated from the typical length of a mediaeval ox-goad. There are 4 rods in one chain.
  2. The furlong (meaning furrow length) was the distance a team of oxen could plough without resting. This was standardised to be exactly 40 rods or 10 chains.
  3. An acre was the amount of land tillable by one man behind one ox in one day. Traditional acres were long and narrow due to the difficulty in turning the plough and the value of river front access.
  4. An oxgang was the amount of land tillable by one ox in a ploughing season. This could vary from village to village, but was typically around 15 acres.
  5. A virgate was the amount of land tillable by two oxen in a ploughing season.
  6. A carucate was the amount of land tillable by a team of eight oxen in a ploughing season. This was equal to 8 oxgangs or 4 virgates.

Termon | Definition of Termon by Merriam-Webster


Define termon: land belonging to a religious house in Ireland : church land exempt from secular taxation.

Langan – O’Longain Michael Mac Peadair. 1692-1770

The earliest reference we have to Michael Mac Peadair Langan is in the year 1711 when he receives a copy of Chronicum Scotorum from Thomas Og Fitzgerald, 22nd Knight of Glin. (see The Glencorbry Chronicle Volume 1, No 2, May 2001 p42)

English: Glin Castle from the gardens, with th...
English: Glin Castle from the gardens, with the Shannon beyond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the year 1737 we read of Michael as land agent to Edmund, the Catholic Knight of Glin. Circa 1740 Edmund lost his possessions, in accordance with the penal laws and was replaced by his younger brother Richard, who conformed in order to save the estate. The ‘Apostate Knight’ treated Michael very badly and finally dismissed him from his hereditary office of reachtaire to the Knight of Glin. The Knight subjected him to untold mental worry by casting into the fire many of his books and manuscripts, some of which he snatched from the hands of the scribe himself. Michael, who was a native of Ballydonoghue, near Glin was a very good Irish scholar and a poet of no mean repute and was a frequenter of the bardic school at Croom, Co. Limerick. One day while on his way to a meeting of the poets, he came upon Heffernan, the blind poet from Tipperary, and they struck up a conversation to shorten their journey. The blind man said to Michael that he would be able to find Sean Toomey standing at the fair and Michael bet that he wouldn’t. When they came to the fair green in Croom the blind man put his hand on the pole outside a standing, and he said :

‘’Is bachallach glas an gas e seo os comhair do thighe’’. (Green and branchy is this pole opposite your house)

But when he didn’t get any answer he went on to the next standing and said the same thing, and he got no answer there either. He went down along the row of standings until he came to Sean Toomey’s and when he said his line of poetry he got this answer :

‘’Do mhealladh na bhfear isteach im poball olta dighe’’. (To entice the men into my tent to drink a drop)

Heffernan said :

‘’Da mbeadh sgilling im glaic is prais id phoball olfainn I’’. (If I had a shilling in my fist quickly would I drink it in your tent)

and the man inside answered :

‘’Go maith is go ceart, ta an bhraic anso, ‘gus hoip gan diol’’. (Right well and good, the malt is here, and ale quite free)

Says Heffernan :

‘’Is minic san mac deagh-athar la gan luach na dighr’’. (‘Tis often the son of a good father is without the price of a drink)

and the man inside answered : ‘’Is Cuma, ta cad mile failte ag Sean O’Tuama roimhe (rui)’’. (It doesn’t matter, Sean O’Toomey offers him the 100.000 welcomes) and that is how Heffernan won the bet. Whenever he had the occasion to travel to fairs in Rathkeale or Adare he would visit the home of Cathal Mac Eagain who was Liam O’Danachair’s grandfather’s grandfather. Cathal kept a tavern at the cross-roads where Rathkeale railway station stood. This tavern proved to be a great rendezvous for local poets. After leaving the Knight, Michael must have travelled all over Munster before finally settling down in Caarrignavar, outside Cork city. The exact time he left Glin is not known, but he addressed a song of exile to a friend there in 1750. He described himself as ‘a wanderer from Gleann gan Ridire’ when copying a manuscript for a doctor Sean O’Fearghusa from Dublin. In the year 1756 he was working as a scribe in Bandon, and in the year 1761 he was composing poetry at Cuil Meine in the Courcy country. It has been stated that he, himself, built his new home in or around the year 1764 and married a local girl around the same time. It is almost certain that Michael Og, born 1766, was his only child. Michael left behind him, in his old home in Ballydonoghue, two brothers – Sean and Padraig, and a poetess of the family, Siobhan. He died in the year 1770, and is buried in Whitechurch, outside Cork city, burial place of the McCarthy’s.

The following is my tribute to the aforementioned Micheal, 217 yrs after his death -:

The Bard Of Carrignavar.

Micheal O Longain was his name Ballydonoghue was his home,

As a poet and ‘script collector ‘round Munster he did roam.

With the passing of the Penal Laws from the Knight he hath to flee,

To the capital town of Munster, Cork city by the Lee.

As a famous Irish scholar he was known both far and near,

From Bandon by the Atlantic to the Shannon by Glin pier.

Two brothers and a sister he left behind that day

And the ‘Castle’s rich green meadows where he oft times saved the hay.

To his new home near Cork city where each day he toiled with pride,

Then fell in love with a local lass that soon would be his bride.

A famous son soon to be born thus preserving the Irish brogue

The darling son of Micheal, the famous Micheal Og.

By the ways of the Lord, we must abide, hence the end was drawing nigh

And he soon would be departing to that land beyond the sky.

As we gaze upon the Heaven’s seeking out the falling star,

Let’s say a prayer for Michael, the Bard of Carrignavar.

George Langan,

November 21st 1987.

Michael Og O’ Longain 1766 – 1837.

I suppose one of the most famous O’Longains of all was Michael Og.  My grandfather, Paddy Langan spoke about him on numerous occasions and none more so than when he was helping me to compose poetry as part of my homework for Ballyguiltenane National school. Here follows the opening lines of Michael’s autobiography, accessible in the National Library in Dublin, within a torn page of a specific manuscript -: ‘’August 1st 1791 I shall be 25yrs old, for I was born August 1st 1796 in Beal Atha Maighir, in the parish of Dun Bolg. My father died when I was four years old and my mother died when I was eight and a half. After that, I had to fend for myself, with no adequate provision, without money or friend. Fr. Donal O’Cearuill sent for me, and I spent two years with him in the parish of Cathrach, in west Carberry. I came home after that and went to school (as a poor scholar, naturally). I set off after that and having neither father nor mother to direct me, and I got into service herding cows and going with the milk, which I continued doing until shame took possession of me at being a ‘milk boy’, which I never heard of anyone of my ancestors being – and I start off at school again at the age of eighteen learning arithmetic and the next year learning Latin, and thus I spent two years. I go studying figures again in 17(87)’’. Little is known of his youth, but one of his sons pointed out to Windele (a famous antiquarian of that time) that he was an excellent athlete. He taught himself to write his native language and we are told in his writings that he had mastered it cometh his twentieth year. He also taught himself to read and write the English language and was supposedly well versed in Latin as well. The following is a short account on the life and times of the said Michael, which I have researched through various books and journals -: 1766 – Born on August 1st at Beal Atha Maighir in the parish of Carrignavar, Cork. An undated letter by Thomas F.Culhane (Launey)  to the Knight of Glin states that he was born in Glenagragra, Glin, Co. Limerick. One thing is, he was definitely in Glenagragra on July 31st 1804 as he often referred to this date himself when mentioning his age – ‘’Oidche Lughnasa 1804, ataim  xxxviii bliadhna d’aois, baodhchas le Dia. I Gleann an Ghrathaire, I mbarra paroiste Ghleanna an Ridire is eadh bhiomar an uair sin; Dia linn a ghradh.’’ Translation –

Autumn Eve I am 38 years old

In Glenagragra at the head of Glin parish,

We were that time.

God be with us love.

  1785 – Got mixed up with the Whiteboys. He helped them in the removal of three Scotch settlers who were planted in the northern side of the parish of Carrignavar. It was his first venture into verse.


‘’The Whiteboys will come fearlessly to your assistance,

So fear not the ‘Spainneach’ ‘though great is his power’’.

1786 – In Cill Cronain in Muskerry, where he copied for his own use the Irish grammar printed at Louvain. At the end of it he wrote – ‘’I beseech your prayer to God, dear reader, for my sake ; badly have I written this ; and the cause of that is the uproariousness of the company around me in this prison ; for that reason accept my excuse, patriotic reader’’. 1788 – In June 1915 Dr Douglas Hyde (who would later be President of Ireland) in an article in volume 10 of the Celtic Review had the following to say anout a certain MS that was sent to him by a Dr. Nicholas O’Donnell from Melbourne, Australian born but nevertheless a good Irish scholar. One story namely ‘Eachtra Leithin’ was transcribed for him and having carefully compared this text with four similar copies of the story which were preserved in the R.I.A. he could find no practical difference between them. The oldest copy of the four was copied by Michael Og O’Longain in 1788. 1792 – Thoughts of marriage are in his head. Reports that he was engaged to Betty Doyle of Cill Ui Mhurchadha, near the Kerry Pike, but that was to terminate a few years later. 1795 – In the spring of that year, he was strongly intending emigrating to America, and had written farewell messages to all his bardic friends. He spent much of his time in the house of Thomas O’Ciosain (Cashman) in Upper Glanmire. Thomas had a beautiful daughter, Maire, whom Michael Og was very much attracted to. It was around this time that her father got her married to a miller named Crowley at Sixmilewater, near Bottle Hill; hence the reason for Michael Og contemplating emigrating. They were married only for one year when Crowley died, leaving a widow with one daughter. Michael Og’s love was aroused once again. It was in the summer of that same year that the cry of the ‘poor scholar’ was first heard from him i.e. ‘I beg my course’. That same signature was often repeated up to 1814 but after that, it seemed to have died away for whatever reason. 1797 – He joined the United Irishmen in Cork.United Irishmen, His principal duty being that of a letter carrier between the different leaders in the South. He travelled the whole province in guise of a ‘poor scholar’, copying books and taking down poems from old people. His scrapbooks in the Betham Collection in the Royal Irish Academy are proof of this. The following is the first poem he composed after he joining –


‘’Children of the Gael, who have been long in pain,

Arise henceforth;

Zealously set about preparing your arms,

And fight without pity;

‘Though he may be a man of English descent or a harsh Quaker,

Show neither envy nor hatred –

Let all rise out together,

So that the enemy may be overcome.’’

As a preface to the above song he wrote –   ‘’When I was inaugurated in the year 1797 in Cork in Munster it is then I composed this little poem, in order to incite the men of Ireland of all seets, and particularly the children of the Gaedhill (Catholics) to be loyal, well-intentioned and discreet, in a covenant of charity, affection, fellowship and perfect friendship, and in brotherly love with each other, so that hey might the more easily, thereby win this game, and free themselves from the galling yoke of slavery under which they have for ages been.’’ 1798 – His regret at the failure of Munster to rise is well confirmed in a renowned poem of his that contain the following lines –

‘And where is the help from Munster,

Or is it true that they live at all.’

Michael Og composed many patriotic songs the most notable being ‘Maidin Luan Cincise’. The commemorative 1798 ballad ‘Sliabh na mBan’ is also credited to Michael Og. Charles Kickham wrote another song with the same title ‘Slievenamon’. He returned home thereafter and opened a school in Ballinalough, a town-land next to where he was born. 1799 – In May of that year, one Simon O’Donovan was being tried in Cork for his part in the uprising. During the course of the trial, one of the witnesses who was a spy betrayed O’Longain resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest. Owing to the delay in finding his whereabouts, he received warning just in time to flee. He spent the first night in a field in Lyre, lying in a potato-trench.  Our friend Windele got it from Michael’s son that a dragoon rode over him as he lay in the trench. He stayed some days in the Nagles Mountains and then fled to West Limerick, where he remained until things became quiet again. It must have been around this time that he composed the following poem entitled Clounleharde, which was given to me by the late Thomas Michael Feury (Buddy) of Glenagragra, Glin that he recited for me verbatim during one of my many visits to his homestead.

The Praises of Clounleharde.


My fickle fancies and inclinations oft times did lead me from place to place

I’ve been prone to ramble by perambulation while life remains I shall never cease.

One day per chance while for recreation to view the beauties of this verdant lawn

In deep reflection, I chanced to stray through the pleasing landscapes of Clounleharde.


As if enchanted my senses scattered when I beheld the surrounding scenes

While abundant nature clad every meadow with vernal robes of delightful green

Each airy silver and each nymph and eagle each comely Saturn silver fawn

Are always sporting with sprightly motion through the pleasing landscapes of Clounleharde.


But in vain my efforts towards delineations the super subject of my infant thyme

Crown pagan Rick and that oration would not be adequate to paint the same

Oh hath I the eloquence of famous Cicero or like Juvenis or Mercury at dawn

Or like Jesurius could I paint the muses I’d write the beauties of Clounleharde.


‘Tis there you’ll see the thrush and blackbird wild goose and eagle and well fed stare

The jolly huntsman with his hounds and horn the fox the rabbit and the bounding hare

Its sterling springs are of the best spa-water, which my fond verses can be debarred

In spacious providences scattered wildly the blissful rarities of Clounleharde.


You’ll see the lark, the linnet, snipe, curlew and seagull the joyful songsters of the liquid air

The crake, the cuckoo, with gentle voices, the honest pheasant in her park doth cheer

The friendly neighbours or participators of the alterations of each other’s gains

While the numerous herds o’er the fields are grazing to crown the beauties of that rural swain

Abundant cares with all her graces for my dear subject has such regard While each yellow Autumn and yearly season smiles with complacency in Clounleharde.



It was there famed Daveron was by Goldsmith pictured and all the beauties this place can vie

The fields of Elysian whom poets treat of in super couplets of sweet poetry

Or the beauties of old Tara’s green or the splendour prospect of Rathcrahane

Cannot bear a ratio in point of beauty to the charming landscapes of Clounleharde.


Pray-gentle editor will you excuse me for many a defect this may comprise

Let friendship glow within each poets bosom rather pity such than criticise

A noble genius a joyful Tyro a humble scholar and a fearless bard

Can raise you up to famed Parnassus’ steps and paint you more pleasingly sweet Clounleharde.

1800 – Got married. There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whom Michael Og married. Some historian’s state that he married the aforementioned Maire Crowley but his son Peadar wrote that his mother’s name was Lynn before she got married, (Maire Ni Leidhin). Ronan O’Donnchadha in his book ‘Michael Og O’Longain’ agrees with Peadar. Ronan say’s that Michael Og was going out with the miller’s daughter but they did not marry. Padraig O’Cearbhaill of An Gleann was of the same opinion. Nevertheless, whichever Maire he married it would appear that he had a stepdaughter whose name was Maire as we’ll see later on. Towards the end of that year, he settled down in a cottage in Ballyphilip, in Upper Glanmire, with his wife and stepdaughter. He spent his time as a labourer with a Mr. Martin; ‘’An Inhospitable foreigner who lived there at the time’’, he wrote. A stanza from a poem he wrote here gives a description of his circumstances –

‘I wish to tell you truthfully now

Why it is, I am in charge of Martin’s horse

My people are dead; few of my friends are near

While a poor stingy world drags me down through want of means.’

1801. – Around November 30th, twins were born to him. They were Peter and Paul. 1802/’06. – About the end of January, the cottage home was broken up and it was at this time they moved to North Kerry/West Limerick. He settled at Cockhill near Tarbert, and remained there for approximately four years. During his time there, he addressed a poem to a Fr. Michael O’Sullivan seeking permission to teach school in his church in Tarbert. The late Padraig O’ Cearbhaill informed me that Michael Og opened a school for awhile in Athea. The fee was sixpence a quarter, which he found it difficult to get and eventually he gave up teaching there. He composed a verse making known his dissatisfaction –


‘Uncongenial is my work, and poor my livelihood

Teaching the young, who do not pay me very well

I promise all these young boors in the country

That it will be a long time before the likes of me comes amongst them again.’

It was probably during that period he wrote the poem ‘Oiche Shamhna I nGleann an Ghragaire’. (November Night in Glenagragra) He returned to Cork around 1806 and took up teaching there. 1810. – Taught in Glanmire. 1812/13. – Taught at Boherard near Carrignavar. 1815/19. – Taught in Cork city. 1820. – Went to Clogheen at the Kerry Pike. (Between Cork City and Blarney) 1821 – On April 21st 1821, his stepdaughter Maire, to whom he was much attached and who had always lived with them, drowned in the river Lee in Cork. He made a very touching lament for her. 1822 – In that year, the family settled at Cnoc Buidhe (Knockboy) in the parish of Carrignavar, on a small farm, which they obtained from Justin McCarthy M.P. who incidentally was a direct, descendent of the McCarthy’s of Blarney Castle. During his time in Cork city and Clogheen, Michael Og wrote the manuscripts for the most Revd. Dr. Murphy, Bishop of Cork. His two sons Peter and Paul assisted him. These manuscripts are now filed away in the college library in Maynooth. Other manuscripts, which they wrote at the time, include the Stowe Collection, are to be found in the Royal Irish Academy with the aforementioned Betham Collection numbering about fifty volumes including others. There are also over twenty O’Longain MSS, in St. Colman’s, Fermoy, Co. Cork and many more in private hands. 1824 – Was teaching at Murragh near Enniskeen. 1828 – Either himself or one of his sons was constantly employed teaching at Upper Glanmire from this year onwards. Michael Og is said to have had four sons and two daughters – Peter, Paul, Patrick, Joseph, Anne and Nora, however according to Torna in The Irish Ecclesiastical Record it would seem that he had another son. Torna states that he composed a little invocation to the Blessed Virgin dated August 15, 1819, seeking help for his little son John (called no doubt after his granduncle Sean) who was on the point of death. Joseph was the youngest of the family. Before the birth of Joseph, he used to enumerate the family thus – ‘Peadar agus Pol, Agus Padraig leo, Anna agus Nora is Maire’.    Maire being the aforementioned stepdaughter. Michael Og was engaged in writing to the very last. On the day of his death, he bade farewell to someone particularly dear to him thus –


‘My hundred blessings and farewells to you above all others now,

Since I am not destined to se you at home; death is here,

However, by the help of the Heavenly Father who brought dry land from the sea,

‘Twill shortly be that in comfort we’ll in Heaven meet.’

He was a deeply religious man and wrote some fifty religious poems and hymns in his time, some in English including invocations to the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph and others.   1837 – On the 17th day of May 1837, Michael Og died in his house at Cnoc Buidhe. He was buried on the 21st, at Whitechurch. Among the mourners at the funeral was our esteemed friend, the aforementioned Windele, who has the following to say in his notes on the above date –   ‘’Michael Og O’Longain, or Long, an excellent old Irish scholar, being to be interred today. I accompanied Ds. O’Flynn to his funeral. He had died where he had spent the best part of his life extending to seventytwo (recte 71) years, at Cnucbuide, about 1.1/2 miles east of Carrignavar, and one mile N.E. of Dunbullog old church.’’ As far as I know there is nothing to mark the exact spot where the poet lies, no memorial was ever erected to his memory and I am afraid there is nobody now living who knows where it is. 1919 – In 1919 a fund was raised by some admirers of the literary work of Michael O’Longain with all proceeds being handed over to the governing body of U.C.C., to perpetuate the memory of his enormous efforts to preserve the Irish literature by way of annual Book Prizes, the prizes to be called ‘The O’Longain Memorial Prizes’.

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Copy of Langan Michael Og - Copy

Paul and Peter (Peadair) O’Longain.


Peter O’Longain.

Paul and Peter (Peadair) O’Longain helped their father a good deal in the copying of manuscripts. Neither of them married. Peter was the only member of the family to inherit the poetic gift. Looking at Griffiths Valuation for Cnoc Bhui, (Knockboy) in Cork it would appear that Peter (Peadair) O’Longain at sometime changed his name to Peter Long. Therefore, we should be tracing the Long’s for the O’Longain’s of Cork. Maybe this explains why there was no Langan’s listed in any census for Glenagragra from the mid 1850’s ‘till Maurice Langan took up residency there circa 1915.

Paul O’Longain. 1801-1866.

Paul was the first to go to Dublin. He was employed by the Royal Irish Academy until his death, on August 18th, 1866. It was he also who taught Irish to the nineteenth century patriot, Thomas Davis. Kate Langan (who may have been married to McInerney) of Tullyglass, Glin, reared Peter and Paul. Thomas F. Culhane (‘Launey’) has referred to this in a letter to Garreth Hayes dated 8/12/1954 as told to him by Johnny Hayes and that story is verifiable as the twins were born on November 31st 1801 in Cork a year before Michael Og and his family moved to West Limerick. We know that Michael returned to Cork circa 1806 but his family did not join him ‘till 2yrs later. I am of the opinion that Kate was a grandaunt to the said twins as their father Michael Og was an only son. Kate was either married to a McInerney or just staying in the McInerney home, of the same family, one of whom undertook the daunting feat of swimming the river Shannon from Glin across to Clare for the prize of a bottle of brandy hence the nickname of one of their descendents Paddy ‘Brandy’ McInerney. Patsy Scanlan lived in the place thereafter. Patsy’s descendants still occupy the holding. Bridgie McInerney born circa 1880 was married to Patsy Scanlan’s father. Bridgie’s father’s name was Tom McInerney a first cousin to John McInerney. John had a son Dave who in turn had a son Paddy who was married to my aunt Maureen Langan of Glenagragra. Sean O’Dalaigh, in 1846 in a letter to Windele the aforementioned antiquarian said ‘I met Paul Long in Kilkenny on his way to Dublin with about an assload of Irish manuscripts wherever he made them out’

From around 1817 to 1820 he was translating for the Bishop John Murphy and for a James Roche. From 1820 he carried on his work in several places around Cork, in a school, a farmer’s house in Glanmire and after that with his brother Peter, (Peadar.) He set up home in Chnoc Bui (Knockboy) in 1822.

He was back again in Cork in 1847 as we can see from a letter to Windele dated July 30th that same year. The letter was from an tAthair Ciniféic ón Teampall Geal –

‘Dear Sir, I beg to inform you that Peter and Paul Long,

our Irish scribes, are at present in very great distress. As this is a

moment in which every Christian is doing works of charity and

beneficence even to those who have not merited it, I hope that you may

do something to relieve them in their present difficulties. They are

expecting the office of interpreters at the forthcoming elections. As a

great deal is in your power, I recommend them to your charity.’ Paul wrote

seven translations for the said priest between 1840 and 1850. He was

employed by the R.I.A in the year 1854. Paul O’Longain went to his

eternal reward August 18th 1866 at 24 Nth  Summer, St  Dublin 1.



Notes for PAUL O’LONGÁN:

Paul  known as  Pól   was  twin  brother  to   Peter  known   as  Peader. They  were  both  scribes   as  was  their  younger   brother Seosamh   (Joseph  )   All three  brothers  used  both the   Irish  and  Engluish  form of the   name  or  a  combination . Such  as  Joseph  Long    or   Paul O’Longan. Paul   was  a  schoolteacher  and   remained   a bachelor . It  would  appear  that  he  lived   later on   with  his  brother  Joseph in  24  Nth  Summer  St   close to   Mountjoy  Square in Dublin.


Johnny Hayes of Tullyglass was a relative of the O’Longains, his grandmother being a daughter of Sean O’Longain of Glenagragra and a sister to Tom (Captain Steele) Langan. Johnny, who was a great seanachai was born circa 1840 and was married to Margaret Wallace an aunt of Paddy Wallace senior, Tullyleague. Johnny’s son Daniel married Kate Woods, daughter of Jeremiah Woods and Mary Windle. Kate Woods was a 1st cousin to Nora ‘Norrie’ Woods who was married to my great grandfather Tom Langan. 

Johnny Hayes told ‘Launey’ that when Michael MacPeadair O’Longain was near his death he wrote a poem, one of the verses, which went as follows:


‘From far off Glin, if my relatives come,

They may wish to stop at this monument,

Take from me,

They will find me, motionless, in a narrow coffin

In the bright Church, beside the road.’


The last of the Hayes’s in Tullyglass was Dan Jnr., who died in the 1970’s.  He was unmarried. A Breen man from West Kerry either took over or bought the place and built a house there circa 1980.


Joseph O’Longain. 1816-1880.

 The youngest son of Michael Og and reputed to be one of the greatest of all traditional scholars. 

Another undated letter of ‘Launey’s’ to the Knight of Glin states – it was Joseph who executed for the R.I.A. his famous lithographic facsimiles of the oldest vellum manuscripts extant such as the ‘Book of the Dun Con’. The letter continues – ‘He was probably the greatest penman of the 19th century and had an extraordinary command of the resources of the Irish language. He played a big part in the movement for the revival of the Irish language which began in the 1870’s and which was destined to have far reaching effects on the national life of the country.’

Another letter of ‘Launey’s’ to the Knight dated February 17th 1959 states that Joseph was a friend of the ‘cracked Knight’. Joseph also executed the facsimiles of ‘An Leabhar Breac,’ ‘Leabhar na h-Uidhre,’ Book of Leinster etc. In the year 1849 Joseph wrote the following letter to Windele ‘Paul has received from his scholars whatever trifle was due; my brother, Peter, is teaching a sort of private tuition at a farmer’s house near home, his means are long exhausted; and as for my own earnings in troth it was too little for myself, yet out of that small sum I used to spare a little. Now if I had one 5/- that would buy 1/2 cwt of India meal, it would enable me to finish those MSS for which I would be certain to receive about £10, a sum which would enable myself and my family to weather out the bad year until we would have enough of our own corn.’

A manuscript, with metaphorical coloured capitals, transliterated by him in the 1840’s, which was found some years ago in a farmer’s house in Dromin, Co. Limerick is now in Maynooth library.

Joseph was also a 1st cousin to ‘Launey’s’ grandfather. ‘Launey’s’ father, who was also called Thomas Culhane knew Joseph well.

A letter of ‘Launey’s’ to Padraig de Brun dated November 16th 1965 states ‘that Joseph used to visit his Langan and Culhane relatives in Glin very often.’

There is a marriage recorded at Whitechurch, Blarney, Co. Cork on May 5th 1850 of a Joseph Long & Mary Hickey one of the witnesses being a Paul Long.

(see Peter O’Longain above)

This indeed is the wedding of Joseph O’Longain Langan.


JOSEPH O’LONGÁN and MARY HICKEY had the following family ;

           i.  MARY6 O’LONGÁN, b. 13 Mar 1851, Whitechurch Co. Cork; d. 1894.

          ii.  ANNA O’LONGÁN, b. 18 May 1852, Whitechurch Co. Cork.

         iii.  MICHAEL O’LONGÁN, b. 11 Jun 1856, Whitechurch Co. Cork; d. Accidently   Drowned in  a Quarry.

         iv.  PAUL O’LONGAN, b. 07 Jul 1858, Whitechurch Co. Cork; d. 1922, Anglesea  Wales. (see Paul C. Stacpoole O’Longain below)

          v.  JOSEPH JUNIOR O’LONGÁN, b. 18 Apr 1861, Whitechurch Co. Cork.

         vi.  BRIDGET O’LONGÁN, b. 1863, Whitechurch Co. Cork; d. 1863.

        vii.  MARGARET O’LONGÁN, b. 28 Aug 1865, Whitechurch Co. Cork; d. 1921, Dublin.

       viii.  BRIDGET O’LONGÁN, b. 1867, 24 Nth  Summer . St  Dublin.

         ix.  NORA O’LONGÁN, b. 1872, 24 Nth  Summer . St  Dublin; d. 1872.


We know that he was married by 1854 as an inspector visited a school in Teampall Geal where Joseph and his wife were teaching. The Inspector wrote the following report regarding his inspection – Teacher appears deficient in energy. He is pretty constantly employed in translating Irish manuscripts, which may interfere with his proper vocation of schoolmaster’ He remained teaching there anyway up until around 1861 by such time he asked Windele if he could help in finding him an alternative post in Cork City. Says Joseph ‘to get rid of the drudgery of teaching and the vexatious inspection of inspectors’. Which sums what he thought of the said school authorities at the time. And I can tell you it hadn’t changed by the 1950’s early 60’s during my time at Ballyguiltenane Nationa School but as little. They said that they (the authorities and in many cases the schoolmasters) were victims of the system of the time. I can tell you who were the victims (and they weren’t the authorities) and we have the mental scars to prove it.

In The Royal Irish Academy, a Bicentennial History 1785-1985 it states therein that ‘O’Longan, the Academy’s “scribe” received peremptory and contradictory instructions from the two angry scholars.’ Robert Atkinson in his praiseworthy preface says – ‘Save a few entries of errata that came under my notice in the collation of particular passages, the Table of Corrigenda (although not finally written out by him owing to his illness) is the work of Mr O’Longan to whom I also have to tender my thanks for information always ungrudgingly imparted, on the few points in which I have consulted him. I left this sheet open with a sad sense of foreboding that the transcriber would never see published the work on which he spent so much labour: he at least is beyond the reach of praise or blame. I cannot however omit the duty of recording here my testimony to the patient and faithful manner in which he discharged his office from the time I have had the opportunity of observing him: the work done by him was a labour of love that absorbed his life.’

One of Joseph’s daughters took much of her father’s writings away to the U.S. and where they are currently, I do not know, maybe in some library over there.  Family tradition has it that this daughter married a man by the name of McSweeney and by all accounts had a very large family. The following is an extract drawn up for the learned body, the R.I.A. referring to Joseph as follows – ‘He belonged to a family in which the profession (of scribe)  was hereditary ; the names of himself, his brother, father and grandfather, all of them acting in this capacity are not likely to be soon forgotton. Biodh amhlaidh.’

Joseph O’Longain used both the English and Irish versions of his Christian name from time to time. Joseph died in the year 1880 whilst still being employed by the R.I.A. doing translations etc. It seems that he worked tirelessly such was his dedication to the task in hand. In fact, the Academy compulsory retired him from his work due to his ill health as we can see from the following statement from the Academy –‘It is unnecessary to enlarge on the value of these important publications; but testimony may here be fittingly borne to the manner in which Mr O’Longan’s work on them was performed. It may be safely asserted that no one who ever saw him work doubted or could doubt his thorough earnestness in the performance of his task. The difficulty in his case was to prevent his overstepping the bounds of prudence in the work he endeavoured to get through; the committee of Irish Manuscripts has had to intervene in the interests of his health and shorten compulsorily the time which he would have devoted to the interests of the Academy.’ We know that he died on February 11th 1880 as a question was asked in the British Parliament, ‘what was to become of the moneys that were laid aside for such works, following the death of O’Longain in 1880’?

On March 1st that same year we read in the Irish Builder the following petition ‘In our own time O’Donovan and O’Curry laboured with a zeal and with an efficiency which, in any other country than this, would have secured its due reward. As these Irish scholars worked, so has the late Joseph O’Longan, with no ambition for personal notoriety and no grabbing desire for money. Many educated folk who walked the City of Dublin month after month and year after year and prided themselves, perhaps, on their knowledge of the “Classics” knew not of the existence of the humble and devoted Irish scribe who was labouring from morning till night within the walls of the Irish Academy or by his own fireside, till the small hours of the morning. In sooth, poor O’Longan laboured for his country and for all time over the MS materials of Irish history and as, in the service of his country and his countrymen, his health was undermined and his death hastened, it is their bounden duty to see that his widow and children will never want.’

Joseph O’Longain died on February 11th 1880 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin. His wife Mary Hickey was born 1833 in Co. Cork, and died 1894 in Co. Cork.

From further research from my friend and classmate Sean Wallace hereunder is a closer look at some of the family of Joseph O’Longain & Mary Hickey ;

 Mary O’Longain, (daughter and eldest of Joseph’s family) –

MARY6 O’LONGÁN(JOSEPH5, MICHEÁL Ó’LONGÁN ( MICHEÁL ÓG4 ), MICHÉAL MAC PEADER3 O’LONGÁN, PEADER2, ANCESTOR1 O’ LONGÁN) was born 13 Mar 1851 in Whitechurch Co. Cork, and was alive up to the 1901 and 1911 Census.  She married JEREMIAH JOSEPH MC SWEENEY. 



           i.  MORGAN PAT7 MC SWEENEY, b. 17 Apr 1873, at 2 Carolines  Row.



Known  in Irish as Murcadh   and in English  as Morgan  or  Patrick Morgan or Morgan  Patrick. He  was  named  after his   grandfather  Murcadh  Mc Sweeney of Moviddy  Co Cork,    landed  gentry  according to   John O’ Hart ‘s Irish  Pedigrees .   


          ii.  JEREMIAH MYLES MC SWEENEY, b. 28 Jan 1876, at 22 Russel  Place.



Sponsors  were Michael O’Longán and Anne Murray . Mc Sweeneys  address 22 Russel  Place

         iii.  EUGENE MC SWEENEY, b. 1878, at 22 Russel  Place.



Grace Mc Sweeney    was  sponsor.   This Eugene   must have  died  young  as there  was  another Eugene  born  in 1887


         iv.  MICHAEL T MC SWEENEY, b. 04 Jun 1880, at 22 Russel  Place.



Sponsors  Margaret O’Longán  and Richard Duffy


          v.  MARY AGNES MC SWEENEY, b. 24 Jul 1882, at 22 Russel  Place.


         vi.  MARGARET MARY MC SWEENEY, b. 18 Jul 1884, at 22 Russel  Place.

        vii.  EUGENE JOS MC SWEENEY, b. 08 Jul 1887, at 22 Russel  Place.



John Pat  Murray  and  Caroline  Gilligan  (O’Gillogain )  were sponsors

         viii.  ANNA MC SWEENEY, b. 1889.



Alphonsus Ryan  and Anne  Fitzsimons  were  sponsors.

 ix. Joseph Mac Sweeney b. 1893

Notes for Joseph Mac Sweeney

I have been informed by Esther Fidgeon grand-daughter of Joseph Mac Sweeney b. 1893 as per the following – ‘My Grandfather Joseph Sweeney ( as he removed the Mac) married a much younger lady my grandmother Elizabeth O’toole from Wicklow. They had 2 boys Joseph (my father) b 1937 d,1984, and John (known as Sean) died young adult in 1962. Margaret (Greta) Mac Sweeney was my godmother, she was a pianist in the Abbey theatre in Dublin. I only met her a few times as a child. I believe she had one child Pearl, emigrated to Canada. She raised 2 of her brothers (not sure which, because he and his wife were tragically killed) children named Patricia (Patsy but also known as Dr. Leoni Mac Sweeney) and Billy Mac Sweeney (Dublin)’.

  It  was  rumoured    around  Glin    that  Mary  O’ Longan,   wife of Jeremiah  Joseph  Mc Sweeney emigrated   to   the U. S. A    and  took  with  her  all   the   O’ Longán writings .

ANNA6 O’LONGÁN(JOSEPH5, MICHEÁL Ó’LONGÁN ( MICHEÁL ÓG4 ), MICHÉAL MAC PEADER3 O’LONGÁN, PEADER2, ANCESTOR1O’ LONGÁN) was born 18 May 1852 in Whitechurch Co. Cork.  She married AENEAS MURRAY 27 Apr 1874 in Pro Cathedral Dublin. 


Children of ANNA O’LONGÁN and AENEAS MURRAY are:

           i.  JOSEPH O’LONGAN7 MURRAY, b. 07 Mar 1881, 24 Summer Street Dublin 1.

          ii.  HANNAH JOS. MURRAY.

         iii.  ANNIE MARY MURRAY.

 PAUL6 O’LONGAN(JOSEPH5 O’LONGÁN, MICHEÁL Ó’LONGÁN ( MICHEÁL ÓG4 ), MICHÉAL MAC PEADER3 O’LONGÁN, PEADER2, ANCESTOR1 O’ LONGÁN) was born 07 Jul 1858 in Whitechurch Co. Cork, and died 1922 in Anglesea  Wales.  He married ELIZABETH O’CONNELL 1884 in Westham England.  She was born Abt. 1863 in Co. Kerry, and died 1920 in Essex.

     Children of PAUL O’LONGAN and ELIZABETH O’CONNELL are:

           i.  MARY 7 O’LONGÁN, b. 1886, England; m. KANE.

          ii.  JOSEPH B O’LONGÁN, b. 1887, England; d. 1959; m. CONQUEST, London.

         iii.  ELIZABETH THERESA O’LONGÁN, b. 1889, England; d. 1920, Essex  England.

         iv.  AILEEN O’LONGÁN, b. 1890, Fairview Dublin.

          v.  PAULINE GENEVIEVE O’LONGÁN, b. 1893, Blackrock   Cork; married. RAWKINS, Berkshire.

         vi.  ANNIE JOS. O’LONGÁN, b. 1895, Blackrock   Cork; married. GREENWOOD, Essex.

        vii.  PAUL CHARLES STACPOOLE O’LONGÁN, b. 1897, Blackrock   Cork; d. 1917, WW 1 Shot Down.

Paul Charles Stacpoole O’Longan. Second Lieutenant 41st Squadron Royal Flying Corps and The Royal Irish Regiment. Killed in action on the 1st of June 1917 aged 19. He was the son of Paul O’Longain, (HM Customs examining officer), and Elizabeth O’Longan of Blackrock County Cork. He is buried in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


 From further research by Sean, we read as follows –

Paul Charles Stacpoole O’Longan,

(son of Paul & grandson of Joseph O’Longain.)

o longain p.c.s.


MAY 31, 1917.

‘WHAT a mass of latent talent there is, to be sure, in the squadrons of the Flying Services. In various forms it is always-cropping out. The other day a modest little booklet reached this office, between the covers of which are gathered together ” Last Post ” and a few other poems by P.C. Stacpoole-O’Longan, Royal Irish Regiment and a ” Wings “ man now away in France. Although not yet out of his teens—some of the verses were his work at 16, some at 17, and the last in the tiny volume, which we reprint below,

When Mr. O’Longan was but 18 yrs of age there is a distinct strain of originality about the young poet’s thoughts…’


As already stated this  is the grandson  of Joseph Long, (Seosamh  O’Longán)

He   brought the “Dúchas “ the  gift of  poetry  with   him  as follows ;


Sleep  on ! Sleep on, beneath the deepest wave.

Unmeasured e’en as thine own genius ; swayed

Not by a careless breath. Thou wert obeyed

Within thy span by us ; but naught could save

E’en thee, our firmest rock : thou hadst to slide

Also into the sea of death. Have rest

Within thy ghostly sphere, for we are blest

By thine example. Thy virtues still abide

With us, stern warrior : they must always last

Until the very stars fall from the sky.

I heard our guns afar (and held my breath),

Smiting the foe upon the Danish waste. . b

The loud victorious echoes rolled by

And formed fit wreath for thy brow Wrapt in death.


P. C. Stacpool-0’Longan.


MARGARET6 O’LONGÁN(JOSEPH5 O’LONGÁN, MICHEÁL Ó’LONGÁN ( MICHEÁL ÓG4 ), MICHÉAL MAC PEADER3 O’LONGÁN, PEADER2, ANCESTOR1 O’ LONGÁN) was born 28 Aug 1865 in Whitechurch Co. Cork, and died 1921 in Dublin.  She married JAMES O’GIOLLAGAIN 1885 in Dublin.  He was born 1860 in Malta, and died 1944 in Dublin.


This   family   moved  from Emmet  St  to    3 Fairview  Avenue  according to 1911 Census  until 1912.   



           i.  MARIANNE7 O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. 09 Apr 1900, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

          ii.  CARMEL O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1886, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

         iii.  JOSEPH O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1896, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

         iv.  JAS JULIAN O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. 16 Mar 1894, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

          v.  ANNE O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1898, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

         vi.  MARGARET O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1890, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

        vii.  BRIDGET O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1901, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

       viii.  ITA O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1904, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

         ix.  THOMAS O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1887, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.

                x.  JOHN GABRIEL O’GIOLLAGAIN, b. Abt. 1891, at 11 Emmet  Street Dublin.



Sean O Longain.

Circa 1771, thirty years after Michael Mac Peadair had left Glin, we find his brother Sean acting as agent for the Knight, Thomas Fitzgerald. It appears that sometime after Michael had departed for Cork, Sean left his home in Ballydonoghue and came to live in Glenagragra. He got married to Ellen Culhane of Meanus and they subsequently became the father and mother of the celebrated Tom Langan (Captain Steele). They had another son Peadar Ruadh O’Longain (died 1856) who was a noted seanchai. There is no record of any other son born to the family. As previously stated they had a daughter who was married to Johnny Hayes’s grandfather. Sean had a brother Patrick Langan and at least two sisters namely – Siobhan O’Longain and the aforementioned Kate Langan (who lived at McInerney’s). ‘Launey’ said that he (Launey) had an ancestress Mary O’ Longain who was an aunt to Michael Og. That would make her a sister of Sean’s but I would query that information. I am of the opinion that she was Michael Og’s grandaunt, (Sean’s aunt, not his sister) who was married to Donal Riabhach Culhane. Sean had another aunt Joan Langan, Mary’s sister, who married Dan Culhane a descendent of Donal Beag Culhane who escaped from the siege of Glin Castle by Carew. ‘Launey’, in a letter dated 16/2/1966 to Padraig de Brun outlines how Dan’s wife Joan use to urge her husband  (who was known as Donal a’Bhata) into battle –

‘Little Daniel and fair haired Daniel,

Young Daniel and big Daniel,

Deaf Daniel from Knockeranna,

And Daniel of the sick, the skirmisher of Glin’.

‘Launey’ in another letter dated 9/1/1969 to Padraig de Brun states – ‘When John Bateman Fitzgerald (1706-1803) who was a friend of Count Daniel O’Connell promised him to raise a regiment in the Glin area; it was opposed by Sean O’Longain, the Knight’s agent and others’. Sean’s son the aforementioned Peadar Ruadh gave information about the dispute between his father and the Knight. Sean, by the way, was also agent for the Russels of Limerick. ‘Launey’ also states that most of the Langan’s of west Limerick descended from Sean Langan. Meanus, the birthplace of Sean’s wife Ellen. Meanus was part of Ballyculhane/Ballingoul back then. This was the ancestral home of the Culhane’s and by coincidence; it was also the homestead of Kit Culhane who was an ancestor of Paddy Brassil of Tarmons Hill. My former classmate, Sean Wallace (born circa 1951) formerly Tullyleague, Glin now residing in Dublin informs me that. Kit, who died circa 1890, was a cousin to the aforementioned Joseph O’Longain. Sean also tells me that Tom Stack from back in Kerry married the last of the Culhane’s. They had no family and Tom gave the place to his nephew Ned Horan whose family live there now. Ned continued to give his address as Meanus in the Tithe Books thereafter.

Tom Langan (Captain Steele)

Tom Langan who lived in Glenagragra was one of the best-known men in Munster during the 1798 Rising. He was known locally as ‘Captain Steele’ because he allegedly killed a man of that name during the said Rising in Co. Wexford. Tom, along with Gerald Fitzgerald, brother to John Bateman Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin took charge of operations around Glin parish. My aunt Maureen McInerney Langan told the story on how a party that included Tom, Murty McElligott and other Glin townsmen, raided the military barracks in Tarbert and stole kegs of gunpowder, which they carried upon their backs across the fields and marshes, seeking shelter in a cave within the Knight’s demesne during the process. This story she got from her father Paddy Langan of Glenagragra. The party were subsequently arrested which led to the imprisonment of Tom who was sentenced to be hanged. It is said that due to the intervention of the Knight the sentence was commuted from execution to transportation. The fact that his father Sean and uncle Michael MacPeadair had acted as agents for the Knight helped his case no end. He along with other political prisoners drawn from the ranks of the United Irishmen were transported to the penal colony of New South Wales which the English Government established in 1786 in an effort to overcome the overcrowding of prisoners in Britain. As a result, under the provisions of the Insurrection Act, the Justices ordered Tom at a sessions, held in the County of Limerick, to be transported for seven years as a disorderly person to the said colony. ‘Twas at the time Michael Og wrote the following lines – In 1799 the boors (foreigners) exiled Thomas Langan (son of John son of Peter) to Botany Bay. It was he who was called Captain Steele from the time of Vinegar Hill. He was responsible for the parish of Glin of the Knight. There were not many ‘’better Boys’’ than him in Munster during his time. On June 20th 1800, he sailed from Cork on board the convict ship ‘Luz St. Anne’, spending two hundred and forty days at sea eventually arriving at Sydney on February 21st 1801. The conditions on board the ship were appalling so much so that a mutiny broke out with Tom Langan one of the chief mutineers along with Marcus Sheehy and a Phil Cunningham. Sheehy, the ringleader, was shot and Tom and Cunningham would have received the same fate but for a Fr. Peter O’Neill who interceded with the captain of the ship on their behalf. The said Fr. O’Neill, who was aged 33, was the parish priest of Ballymacodda, Co. Cork. He was being transported for his alleged involvement in the death of an informer. The ringleaders can count themselves very fortunate to have the said Fr. O’Neill in their midst at all. Was it not for the fact that the late arrival in Cove of a letter from a Youghal Court of Inquiry instructing that he, Fr. O’Neill should be taken off the convict ship, Tom and his companions might have suffered the same destiny as Marcus Sheehy on that dark day.  Tom and Fr. O’Neill became very good friends thereafter. All the mutineers were sent to Norfolk Island, a colony where prisoners were dehumanised to such an extent that they almost cried out for death. Major Joseph Foveaux was the officer in charge of the prisoners there. Seemingly, he received some information that the Irish were going to take over the island. It was he who carried out those illegal barbarous deeds in the hope that it would avert any such takeover. It was said, ‘Neither male nor female were spared the anguish’. It was known as ‘the island of the hell of the doubly dammed’. In 1803, a decision was made to colonise Van Dieman’s Land, an island off Australia’s south east coast. This led to the evacuation of some of the prisoners from Norfolk Island.

Convict List.

As held under General Muster of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Dieman’s Land, 1805-1806.

Ref. – 3472. Reservation. – N.S.W. Status – Convict. Sex. – Male. Name. – Langan, Thomas. Ship of Arrival. – Anne. Trial Date. – Feb 1800. Trial Place. – Limerick. Sentence. – Life. Remarks. – Que. Pro. – n3001. Ao. – 3047. The remark ‘Que’ is the Clerk’s comment, generally noted after the sentence. This was an indication that the Clerk was questioning the accuracy of the sentence. On New Year’s Day 1810, Lachlan Macquarie was appointed Governor of New South Wales, replacing William Bligh (Bligh of ‘The Bounty’ fame). Lachlan appointed as his secretary a Major Finnucane who had relatives living in North Kerry, around the Tarbert area. At the request of Finnucane, Tom Langan was taken to Sydney and assigned as his servant there. The Finnucane’s were very kind toward Tom. He saved one of their children, Susan, from drowning. Susan later married Captain Hayes O’Grady and subsequently became the mother of the great Irish scholar Standish Hayes O’Grady. Macquaries wife, Elizabeth, was very popular with the Irish. She celebrated with them St. Patrick’s Day, which was supposed to be the first official recognition of our national day in New South Wales. Back home in Ireland, the Knight of Glin was having talks with the Limerick Grand Jury, urging them to secure the release of Tom Langan who had now spent ten years in captivity, three more than his original sentence. Apparently, an incorrect certificate of his sentence was transmitted to New South Wales, the vessel having sailed without a regular list of convicts on board. The following are three documents from the Australian National Archives relating to Tom’s release. Major- General Bunbury to Governor Macquarie. (Despatch per ship ‘Northampton’) Acknowledged by Governor Macquarie to Earl Bathurst, 24th June 1815. 12th Sept, Re- Transportation of Thomas Langan.   Downing St, 12 Sept, 1814. Sir, I transmit to you herewith the copy of a letter which has been addressed to me by direction of His Majesty’s Secretary of State for the Home Department, enclosing the copy of one from the Rt. Hon. Robert Peel, which states the circumstances attending the transportation of a convict, named Thomas Langan, from Cork to New South Wales in the ship ‘Anne’ in the year 1800. And I am directed by Ld. Bathurst to desire that this person may have permission to return to Ireland by the first opportunity. I have, &c, H.E. Bunbury. (Enclosure No 1) Under Secretary Beckett to Major General Bunbury. Thomas Langan to be permitted to return to Ireland. Whitehall, 7th Sept, 1814. Sir, I am directed by Lord Sidmouth to transmit to you the within copy of a letter, which has been received trom The Right Hon. R. Peel, relative to a man of the name of Thomas Langan, who sailed from Cork for New South Wales in the convict ship ‘Anne’ in June 1800, and to desire that you will lay the same before Lord Bathurst, and move His Lordship to be pleased to give directions to the Governor of New South Wales to permit the person in question to return to Ireland by the first opportunity. I am, &c. J. Beckett. (Enclosure No 2.) The Right Hon. R. Peel to Under-Secretary Beckett. Dublin Castle, 2nd Sept, 1814. Sir, In the year 1779, a man of the name of Thomas Langan was, under the provisions of the Insurrection Act, ordered by the Justices at a sessions, held in the County of Limerick, to be transported for seven years as a disorderly person, and who sailed from Cork for New South Wales in the convict ship ‘Anne’ in June 1800. It is apprehended that a correct certificate of the said Thos. Langan’s sentence was not transmitted to New South Wales, the vessel having sailed without a regular list of convicts on board; and application being now made by the Grand Jury of the County of Limerick that he may be allowed to return to Ireland, his term of transportation having long since expired. I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant to desire that you will lay the matter before Lord Sidmouth, with His Excellency’s request, that His Lordship will cause instructions to be transmitted to the Governor of New South Wales to permit the said Thomas Langan to return to Ireland by the first opportunity. I am &c. R. Peel. Tom’s eventual release came in 1817; his liberation being secured by a Captain Terence Murray of Balliston, near Shanagolden, whose father lost a leg in an encounter with George Leak’s reprehensible yeomanry near Shanid. Terence, who arrived in Australia in 1816, was an officer in the British Army. He was married to Ellen Fitzgerald of Newcastle West. There was great jubilation when Tom returned to Glin. A short while after that it appears that he lost an eye in a fight with a press gang. Once again Michael Og O’Longain mentions this in a verse of a poem that he composed for Tom; ‘Do bhain Sanasach suil as I gcomhrac aonfhir iar dteacht abhaile dho sa bhliain 1817’. (An Englishman knocked his eye out in a duel after he came home in 1817) However, having examined his pardon note dated 28th day of June 1815 and signed by L. Macquarie, it would appear that he had no sight in the left eye anyway prior to his release from Sydney as his description was given as follows ;

  Native Place – Glin, Co. Limerick.

                                Trade – Labourer.                                 Age – 58yrs.                                 Height – 5ft – 3ins.                                 Complexion – Sallow.                                 Hair – Black and Curly.                                 Eyes – Hazel (left blind)                                 General Appearance – Slender – Weakly. Norfolk Island was used as a penal colony until 1856. In that year, settlers from Pitcairn Island were moved to the island, a distance of more than 3,000 miles. In 1914, Norfolk Island was separated from New South Wales and became s federal territory of the Australian Commonwealth. On his return home, Tom, spent much of his time in Ballymacoda with the aforementioned Fr. O’Neil, who, following his pardon in 1802, returned to his native Cork where he remained until his death in 1846. It is unlikely that Tom ever got married, as he would have been sixty years of age then. He died around the year 1845 and was interred in Kilfergus cemetery Glin, supposedly, in the same grave as that of the famous poet and piper, Sean Ban Aerach O’Flannagain, (merry white haired John). Sean, who was a native of Tulla, Co. Clare, spent much of his time around Glin as tutor to the children of the Knight, Thomas Fitzgerald. The reason for O’Flannagain being buried in the same grave as Tom remains a mystery. Johnny Hayes told ‘Launey’ that Sean Ban Aerach married a Kennedy girl from Nantinan and that she was a relative of the O’Longain’s, as Peadar O’Longain, Michael Og’s grandfather, was married to a woman of the same name. Maybe therein the mystery lies. However, Michael in all of his manuscripts there is no reference whatsoever to any of Sean Ban’s poetry. The following is a verse from Sean Ban’s ‘Aisling’, translated for me by my very good friend the late John Guilfoyle from Kilbeggan. John was a Sergeant in An Garda Siochana, and was fluent in the Irish language.

‘One time as I was before bad luck it came over me

A woman was mine in Magh an Iubhair or lovely Nantinan

A fresh and affectionate gentle woman without disgrace

One who to London would go with me if necessary

In lovely Glin there’s a woman of gentle good manners

And in Athea is my hearts desire

In Askeaton there’s a woman, and I tell you no lie

I was struck on her, way back in my gay younger days

Evermore while I live, shall I bother with anyone

Except me and my baby, and we two together.’

Thomas F.Culhane (Launey) in a letter to the Limerick Leader newspaper dated January 9th 1926 stated that at that time Tom Langan’s ‘grave may still be seen in Kilfergus’ cemetery. In the month of September 1987, the late Paddy Faley R.I.P. (‘Bard of Sweet Glenbawn’), and I paid a visit to Kilfergus in an effort to locate the grave but our efforts proved unsuccessful. Apparently, there are no records on hand for the old part of the cemetery and it seems to be a free for all out there at present. Once upon a time, the Langan plot consisted of six graves but that has now dwindled to approximately half of that. It is indeed a sad state of affairs as there is neither cross nor do stone mark the last resting place of two great honourable men.

langan geo and mossie

Right – Mossie Langan (son of Maurice) and myself at Kilfergus cemetery c1988.


The Kilpadogue Connection

Trying to find the direct Langan ancestral route has proved ever so difficult but I am strongly of the opinion that the following lines could be of significant importance. A family of the Langan’s who were born in Kilpadogue towards the end of the 18th century could provide us with the all-important missing link. Could this family be that of Patrick Langan, Ballydonoghue, brother of Sean O’Longain of Glenagragra? The following can be accounted for – John, Jermiah, Maurice, Daniel, David and probably Tom.  There was a sister Mary and perhaps a sister Martha in the family. Taking into account that Tom lived the greater part of his life in Knocknanure still, I believe he could have been the same as the Kilpadogue Langan’s, if not a brother certainly then a close relation. It is quite feasible that one of these men was my great, great, great grandfather.

John Langan. (1)

John Langan (1) was married to Hanora McEvoy. They lived at Kilpadogue for a time but moved to Reenturk sometime after the birth of Sarah, probably circa 1824 and had several other children; the following can be accounted for -:




Martin……………. 20/11/1825.







Sarah Langan. (1)

Sarah, the eldest child of John married Patrick Boland in Ballylongford on February 1844. Patrick who was from Kilrush Co. Clare was a corn merchant and used to travel to Ballylongford to buy corn. They settled in Ballylongford for a while after the marriage but moved to a farm at Farrnstack, Lisselton sometime afterwards. They farmed 70 acres there in 1824 but had increased that to 138 acres – the whole town-land by 1859. Brendan Kennelly the renowned poet from Listowel is a descendent of Sarah and Patrick. Did the said Brendan inherit the ‘duachas’ from the O’Longain’s, may I ask? No information on hand in relation to the remainder of John’s family

Jermiah Langan. (1)

Jermiah Langan (1) farmed at Kilpadogue. He was married to Mary Keane and died at Kilpadogue a widower on 17/5/1866. There is no record on hand of his wife’s death. Children on record from that union are as follows -:





They also could have had a daughter Johanna as Patrick and Johanna Langan were sponsors at the baptism of David Keane, son of Daniel Keane and Bridget Foley, Kilpadogue on 26/05/1853. David Keane was probably a nephew of Jeremiah’s wife, Mary.

Patrick Langan. (1)

Patrick (1), who inherited the farm from his father Jeremiah, was married to Hanora Lyons and had six children as follows -: Peter…………..b09/06/1863. (Twins) Ellen…………..b09/06/1863 Mary…………..b–/–/1866. Patrick…………b13/02/1866. (Were there two sets of twins in family?) Michael……….b29/10/1868   (A Michael Langan died aged 4 in 1872). Maurice……….b11/02/1870.  (A baby Maurice Langan died 1871) Patrick died at Kilpadogue, a widower on 20/02/1899, aged seventy-seven years. His wife Hanora died at Kilpadogue on 21/02/1886 aged fifty-five years. It would appear that there could have been two sets of twins in the family if the authenticity of the Census Population of 1901 can be relied upon, or subsequent Census for that matter. For example, it wasn’t unusual to give incorrect dates of birth when filling out such Census, and I know that one particular householder in a certain parish, at the request of the police officer who was carrying out the Census, supplied that officer with the relevant information on several of his neighbours. Bearing this in mind, see Census Population, 1901 & 1911 in relation to Peter Langan (1). It would appear from this Census that Peter and Ellen were born in 1867. No information on hand in relation to the remainder of Jeremiah’s family.

While on the subject of Census, people who gave their age as 50/51 in the 1901 Census were often found to be 72/73 in the 1911 survey. The old age pension was a great temptation to add on a few years. The said pension was paid out initially on Jan 1st 1909 to anyone aged seventy years. The basic rate back then was 5/- (shillings) per week. In order to qualify for the said pension some sort of ‘proof of age’ had to be submitted by each applicant. In receipt of applications, the authorities would then carry out a crosscheck of it by researching the 1841 Census of population and if that proved to be inconclusive two reliable, members of the parish would be called upon to swear an affidavit that the person or persons were of pensionable age. Applicants would also qualify for payments if they could prove that they were born before, the night of the ‘Big Wind’, January 6th 1830’.

Patrick Langan. (2)

Patrick Langan (2) b Feb 13th, 1866 at Kilpadogue son of Patrick (1) would appear to be the twin brother of Mary Langan.

Patrick Langan. (3)

Patrick Langan (3) of Reenturk was married to Hanna Dinneen. One daughter on record, Dorris born 18/11/1859. Patrick (3) was probably a 1st cousin to Patrick (1)

Joseph Langan.

A Joseph Langan of Reenturk married Johanna Murphy and had a daughter Hanora born 28/12/1859.  There could be other children.

Peter Langan. (1)

Peter Langan (1), son of Patrick (1) lived at Kilpadogue. On Jan 8th, 1898 at Tarbert church Peter Langan married Anne Goulding from Carhoona daughter of John Goulding and Ann Hynes. The witnesses being Edmond McNamara and Katie Moloney.  John Goulding was the son of Hugh Goulding, Carhoona and Anne Hynes was the daughter of Michael Hynes, Lisreidy, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. They were married on Feb 17th 1874 at Glin church, the witnesses were Hugh Goulding and Michael Hynes. Anne’s age given as 21 years and John’s age given as 28 years. Children from Peter Langan and Anne Goulding as follows -:











 Elizabeth………..b ? (the youngest)

Nora married a Con Sullivan in America and had one son John. Nora died in 1994. Patrick married Mary Cahill from Co. Clare and had six children – Peter Joseph, Diarmuid, Patrick (Paudie), Cyril, Anne & Leo. John married Rita Buckley from Moyvane and had seven children – Peter, Larry, Maurice, Roseanne, Mary, Norma & Joseph. Mary married John Sullivan and had at least four children -: Jimmy, Fr. Con, Ann and Eileen. Eileen married John Mahony in America and had four children. Anne went to the U.S. She was married twice one of her husbands name was Gough. No family from either husband. Jerry married in England to Bridget Shaughnessey, sister to John Shaughnessey, Public House, Glin. They had four children. Joseph, Francis, Anne & Carmel. Joseph died as a young child during the 2nd World War. He was sent from England to the family home in Kilpadogue for safety. Tragically he fell into the old black pot of boiling water in the kitchen and died as a result a couple of days later. Maurice lost his life June 8th 1940 in World War 2 during the sinking of the H.M.S. Glorious. He was thirty years of age then. Peter, the youngest son who on May 27th 1937 married Ellen ‘Bon’ Wallace of Tarbert Island daughter of Patrick Wallace and had six children – Eileen, Thomas, Joseph, Alex, Mary & Nora. Margaret married John Hill in London. He was a Welshman from Mountain Ash – one son Kevin who now resides in Listowel. Elizabeth married John O’Connor of Ballylongford and had five children – Kathleen, Donal, Anthony, Ted & Anne. The 1901 Census for Peter Langan (1) of Kilpadogue reads as follows -:

Census Kilpadogue 1901.

Peter…Aged 34.

Anne…Aged 21, (Peter’s wife.)

Also Present…Ellen..Aged 34. (Peter’s sister, single)

Mary..Aged 35. (Peter’s sister, single)

Question -: (1) Is Peter and Ellen’s age incorrect on the Census forum? (See Patrick Langan (1)

(2) Mary who was present during the Census would have been the same age as her brother Patrick. This would indicate that they could have been twins or if not, a very quick conception had taken place that same year. (See also Patrick Langan (1))

Census Kilpadogue 1911.

Peter…………………..Aged 46.

Anne…………………..Aged 34. (Wife)




Nora………………………Aged 12.

Paddy………………..Aged 10.

John……………………Aged 7.

Mary…………………..Aged 6.

Eileen………………….Aged 4.

Anne…………………..Aged 3.

Jerry……………………Aged 1.

Maurice………………..Aged 2 months.

In total, Peter Langan (1) had 38 grandchildren. All the Langan’s resident in and around the Tarbert area today are his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Peter Langan. (2)

The Tarbert Connection

Peter Langan (2), born 1912, son of Peter (1) lived on Tarbert Island. He died July 3rd 1998.

Langan Joe.


Langan Joe is the son of Peter Langan (2) above. According to the said Joe, himself and my father, Ned Langan were 4th cousins. His father Peter (2) and my grandfather Paddy Langan were 3rd cousins. Peter Langan (1) and my great grandfather, Tom Langan were 2nd cousins. Patrick Langan (1) and my great great grandfather Maurice Langan were 1st cousins. In that case, either Jermiam Langan (1) or one of his brothers, more than likely Tom Langan, was Maurice Langan’s father. It is also worthy to note that the aforementioned Paddy Langan, my grandfather ran a public house in Tarbert in the early 1900’s. What was Paddy doing back around there? There must have been some connection along the way.

Maurice Langan. (1)

Maurice, born circa 1779 died at Kilpadogue on 13/1/1854 aged seventy-five years. He was a bachelor. He was known locally as Maurice ‘Steele’ Langan, which would indicate that there was some connection between this family and that of Sean O’Longain of Glenagragra. (see Captain Steele heretofore)

Daniel Langan. (1)

There seems to be no record available on the death of Daniel Langan (1). Registration may not have taken place. However, it seems that he was alive at the death of his wife Mary when she died on 08/12/1864 at Tarbert, aged seventy-four years.

Daniel Langan. (2)

(Son of Daniel (1)

There is a record of a marriage between a Daniel Langan and Bridgette Holly in the year 1833.


The Tarbert Connection

We have a Michael Langan married to Margaret O’Brien who had a public house/grocer in Tarbert. Michael  died in 1822, Margaret is listed in Pigot & Co trades directory as grocer etc, she continues to be listed up the 1850’s. Margaret and Michael’s Inn/Pub/groceries was in Market Sq, Tarbert. The Mail coach to limerick City at that time left Langan’s Market square around 9am daily. When Margaret passed away 30 July 1864 her personal estate passed on to her son Michael Langan a farmer, the estate was under £200.

An other bit research was a news paper report one Brigadier-General Strutt doing an inspection of the regiment based at Tarbert  afterwards entertained his Officers at Mr Langan’s Inn in Tarbert  1797. (Nora Langan Ghauri)

Michael Langan and Margaret O’Brien had a son David Langan who lived in Tarbert and was married to Mary Kelly. Family from that union as follows –

Michael Langan (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) born Jan 1st, 1824, died 1829.

Maurice Langan born 06/01/1826. (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) The sponsors for Maurice were John Downey and Margaret Langan.  Mick, Langan, my great grand uncle often, spoke about a David in the family. (David could have been related all right but not necessary a direct  descendant). 

Anne Langan born 1829 who married Benjamin Hobbs, (daughter of David Langan & Mary Kelly) No further information on Anne.

Michael Lagan  born 1831, (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) second Michael to be born. No infornation on Michael

Thomas Langan born 1834. (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) No infornation on Mary

David Langan born 1844 (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) who married  Ann Fitzmaurice. Children from that union as follows -:

Marie (Mollie) Langan born May 7th, 1885 at Tarbert. (daughter of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice) No information on Mollie.

David Langan b15/05/1886 at Tarbert. (son of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice) His father David’s occupation given as a clerk in a flour office. David died as another David born 1887.

David Langan born July 25th, 1887. (son of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice) No infornation on David.

Gerald Langan born ? (son of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice) No infornation on Gerald.

George Langan born 07/04/1891 at Tarbert. (son of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice) George married Catherine Cornane 1892-1949 and had the following family – Anne (Nancy) Langan 1917-1999, Mary Langdon 1919 -, David Langdon 1924-1997 and Thomas P. Langdon 1927-2005.

David Langan (son of David Langan & Mary Kelly) emigrated to the U.S. circa 1896 leaving his wife and family to travel out at a later date. On looking at Ellis Island records June 22 1905 I found  George with his Mother Annie and  her other children Mollie, David, and Gerald, going to David Langan 4153 Wentworth Av,  Chicago, husband of Annie  and children’s father.

David is listed on the U.S. 1920 Census.  On that document, the family’s name is Langdon.  It does list that the date of David’s immigration was 1896. Don’t know why the name was changed to Langdon and it remained as that from then on.

Before David Langan left for the USA he had a pub/general grocery store in Chapel Street, Tarbert.  David’s name is in the Trades Directory  of 1886, it’s missing for the 1894. Annie’s name is in the 1906 trades directory even though she had gone to Chicago. They would have to have a license to deal in wines and spirits and may not have wanted to give it up just in case they did not settle in Chicago.

(George Langan and I believe that this is the same pub that Paddy Langan, my uncle and George’s grandfather took over around 1916, as some of Paddy’s children were born there. (Nora Langan Ghauri) )

See also under Paddy Langan further on in blog.

Mary Langan born 1842. (daughter of David Langan & Mary Kelly) No infornation on Mary


Sarah Langan (2)

A Sarah Langan married John Lynch of Kilcolgan. She was either a daughter of Jermiah or Daniel Langan. They had one daughter Josephine Lynch and a least one son John Lynch. Josephine was baptised on 28/10/1854. The sponsors were John and Mary Cregan. John it would appear married and had a daughter Sarah Lynch who on Nov 24th 1904 married Patsy Connolly, Ballinamadough and in doing so became the mother of Jack Connolly whom I spoke with today, January 2013. (see Turtle Bunbury’s book on Vanishing Ireland for more on Jack Connolly.)

Mary Langan.

Mary Langan sister to John, Jeremiah etc was married to a John Dillane.

Martha Langan.

Martha Langan, (sister to John, Jermiah etc) who was married to Michael Cregan had at least two children. They were as follows -: (?)………………b –/10/1830. (Sponsors – Jermiah Connor & Sarah Langan)

Jeremiah……..b –/07/1837. 


(The Knockanure Connection.)

(Also – Ahearn’s, Knockanure & Langan’s of Duagh)

Tom Langan (1) who was born in 1787 died at Knockanure on May 28th 1871 aged eighty-four years. His wife’s name was Bridget McElligott born c1785 and died at Knockanure in Nov 1st, 1889 aged 103 years. He may have been a brother or a close relative to the Kilpadogue Langan’s, John, Jermiah etc. Tom and Bridget had a family of four  that we know of as follows -.  (should be treated with caution as there is a huge gap between when Maurice was born and that of the next born Ellen.)

i. Maurice Langan b February 27th 1818. No death date for Maurice. (my great-great-grandfather) See further on.

ii. Ellen Langan b Sept 2nd 1831 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure., baptised 12-09-1831, her sponsors being Daniel Griffin & Bridget Dillane.

Ellen Langan and John Ahern had at least seven children; the following can be accounted for –

Tom (Thos) Ahern –  b. 1860. (Going by 1911census)

Brigid Ahern – born at Kealod, Knockanure in 1861.

Mary Ahern – b 04-10-1863.

Patrick Ahern – b 07-02-1866.

James Ahern – b 30-08-1868.

Maurice Ahern – b 25-07-1870.

Jeremiah Ahern – b 20-12-1872.

It would appear that Thos used to visit his Langan relatives in Glenagragra on a regular basis. The late Mick Higgins R.I.P. of Glasha reliably informed me that he himself had a vivid recollection of Thos Ahearn from Knockanure regularly paying visits on Tom Langan, who at the time was residing at the Higgins homestead. (Tom’s daughter Nora was married to Mick Higgins’s father Maurice and she looked after her father towards the end of his days.)

Ciss Faley Higgins R.I.P. was of the opinion that Thos was a 1stcousin of Tom’s. This gives us another indication that there was a clear-cut connection between the two Langan families. Going on the theory that the first son born was generally called after his grandfather and bearing in mind what Ciss has told me, the situation would then arise that Maurice Langan’s father was indeed called Tom strengthening the possibility that the current Langan families arrived in Glasha/Glenagragra via Knockanure.

Returning to the McElligott name, John Langan, Cahara told Nora Ghauri Langan that his father Mick often told him that the Langan’s and the McElligott’s were related again adding proof to what we have already established. Mick’s grandmother being Bridget McElligott above. Mick, by all accounts was very well versed in the genealogy department. Mick also said that there was a David Langan in the family.

Judge Edmond McElligott of Limerick and later Dublin was a descendent of Bridget. He died in 1947 and is interred in Glasnevin cemetary.

iii. Bridget Langan born1834 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure.  Bridget  was  baptised 06-04-1834. her sponsors being – Edmund Stack & Margaret Stack. No further information on Bridget.

We have a Patrick Langan born Sept 2nd 1840 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure. Although Patrick’s mother is given as Bridget mcElligott his father’s name is recorded as Timothy Langan. It looks as if two Bridget McElligott’s married two Langan’s, i.e. Thomas Langan & Timothy. If Patrick was the son of Thomas, his mother Bridget would have been 55 years of age when she gave him birth, which is very unlikely. 

There could have been another son in the family, who may well be the father of a John Langan who also lived in Knockanure. (See John’s army records hereunder)

John Langan (2)


John Langan (2) was born in the parish of Knockanure, Co. Kerry in the year 1856. It is feasible that John was either the grandson or grandnephew of Tom Langan (1)  John joined the British Army’s 67th Brigade of The Leinster Regiment on October 26th 1880. His description on enlistment as follows:

Age Apparently – 24yrs.

Height – 5ft- ¾ inches.

Chest Measurement – 36 ½ inches.

Complection – Fresh.

Eyes – Blue.

Hair – Brown.

Religious Denomination – Roman Catholic.

Distinctive Marks – Old wound between elbow and shoulder.

His Trade or Calling given as a Labourer.

Military History Sheet.

Service at Home and Abroad.

Country – Home. From 21-10-1880 to 10-12-1882 – 2yrs-51days. Country – India. From 11-12-1882 to 15-03-1889 – 7yrs-93days. Country    ====. 16-03-1890 to 24-04-1890 – 40 days. Country – Home.25-04-1890 to 20-10-1892 – 2yrs-179days. Discharged on 20-10-1892 on termination of first period of limited engagement. Enlisted for a second period of duty for 4 yrs from 21-10 1892. At Birr, Co. Offaly Discharged on 20-10-1896 on termination of his engagement.

Next of kin given as follows:

Mother – Ellen Langan, Knockanure. (Could be sister-in-law to Maurice Langan, my greatgreatgrandfather)

Brothers – Thomas and Patrick, Knockanure. (Could be nephews of Maurice Langan, my greatgreatgrandfather.) It would appear that John spent the greater part of his life in the British Army. On September 4th 1914, at Cork, he enlisted with the Special Reservists under the term of ‘one year unless War lasts longer in which case you will be retained until War is over’, for which he was. On enlisting, for some reason or other, he gave his age as 40 years when in fact he was 58yrs of age. He gave his trade or calling as a Clark. He was passed fit to join the Leinster Regiment on said date. This latest term of duty would appear not to have run that smooth as can be seen from the following: 11-12-1915 – Went A.W.O.L. – 14 days F.P. No 2 by Co for absence. Forfeits 8 days pay for absence. 29-12-1916 – Deserted. 13-02-1917 – Rejoined. In arrest awaiting trial. Tried by Court Martial for desertion. 18-02-1917 – Found not guilty of desertion but guilty of absence without leave. (56 days detention) 26-03-1917 – Released from detention. Special remission by G.O.C. of 20 days. 15-05-1917 – Awarded 28 days detention by C.O. for absence. Forfeits 17 days pay. 11-06-1917 – Transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. 26-11-1918 – Transferred to Res. E. Co. 26-06-1919 – Transferred to the Dorset Regt Discharged from the army December 14th 1919 and retired to the Soldiers Home, King St. Cork. Next of kin given as Ellen Langan, Knockanure. No mention of his brothers Thomas or Patrick. From ‘Missing Friends’ we find an advert in the Boston Globe newspaper looking for a John Langan by his brother Thomas, home address given as Knockanure.

Langan’s of Duagh

The Langan’s of Duagh originally came from Knockanure, Co. Kerry the birthplace of my great great grandfather Maurice Langan born 1818. There was a Patrick Langan, b. September 2nd 1840, Chapel Cross, Knockanure, his sponsors being – William Stack & Johanna Kane. Nora Langan Ghauri informed me that when herself and her niece Helen Langan O’Callaghan visited the late Joe Langan, Duagh he told them that his family came from Knockanure, Co. Kerry. The Patrick Langan mentioned hereunder would fit that category. The same names keep cropping up with all the Langan families. The McElligott’s were associated with the Langan families down the years as were the Keane’s.

A family of Langan’s living at Trienearagh, Duagh reads as follows;

Maurice Langan 1786-1864 married Maria Tiall. They had a son Thomas Langan born 1818 who in turn had a son Patrick Langan who married Hanora Keane as hereunder.

On Jan 15th 1867 at Duagh Church Patrick Langan 1838 -. a cooper by trade, son of Thomas Langan a labourer, married Hanora Keane 1838 -. a widow and daughter of Daniel Keane, a labourer.  The witnesses as follows – Daniel Keane and James Halpin. Family of 11 as follows:

1.Bridget Langan born Nov 12th 1867 at Duagh, Catherine Keane present at the birth.

2.Hanora (Nora) Langan born Jan 17th 1869 at Duagh. It would appear Nora had a son Patrick Langan born on May 25th 1904 at Listowel Workhouse and a son Timothy Langan born on April 10th 1907 at Croughatisane Hospital, Listowel. Nora died a spinster at Duagh on Oct 23rd 1956, her son Timothy Langan present at her death. On July 18th 1939 at Duagh church Timothy Langan  married Hanna Leonard from Patch, Listowel, unknown father listed for Timothy, Hanna’s father listed as Michael Leonard, labourer. I have since learned today Jan 31st, 2022 from Historian Tom O’Donovan that  Hanna’s father Michael Leonard hailed from Ballygoughlin, Glin, Co. Limerick. (More on the Leonard family hereunder). The witnesses for the wedding Michael O’Connor and Catherine Daughton. They had a son Joe Langan who lived in Duagh and a daughter Noreen Langan who was married to a Long from Tournafulla. Noreen died of cancer. A son Patrick Joseph Langan born 1940 who died March 21st 1940 at Patch, Listowel aged 12 days, Timothy Langan father present at death. (Mothers name not given, child of a labourer) A son Patrick Langan born November 1941 and died at Duagh on April 28th 1942 aged 6 months, father Timothy Langan present at his death, mothers name not listed, (child of a labourer). A Timothy Langan died Oct 18th 1985 and is buried in Duagh cemetery. It would also appear that Timothy had a brother David Langan who was born  Feb 15th 1897 at Knockavalig, Duagh, Hanora Langan present at the birth. On ? 18th 1922 at Duagh church, David married Margaret (Tess) McElligott from Knockadirreen, Duagh. The witnesses for the wedding being James Hickey and Mary Lyons. David’s address given as Islandboy, Duagh. On the marriage certificate David’s father given as David Langan, deceased. Margaret’s father given as Patrick McElligott. A David Langan from Moynsha, Duagh died on Nov 16th 1978 as is buried in Duagh cemetery.

nora langan, sheehy and joe langan, duagh 2012

Left – Nora Langan Ghauri, Joe Langan and a Sheehy man.

Photo taken at Duagh, Co. Kerry 2012.



John Leonard1 (born 1828) and his wife Mary (born 1823) had at least four sons – 

 John Leonard2 (born 1863), 

Michael Leonard2 (born 1865),  

Denis Leonard2 (born 1870),   

Thomas Leonard2 (born 1876).  

All four children were born in County Kerry and the family moved to Ballygoughlan, Glin, County Limerick after 1876. 

John Leonard2 (1863-1938) was living alone with his elderly parents John and Mary in 1901. He married Mary Lenane, daughter of William Lenane from Ballinagoul, Glin in Glin R.C. church in 1907, the witnesses being Timothy Lynch & Hanora Sullivan. John & Mary had the following children, all born in Ballygoughlan: 

1907 Aug 30th, John3 Leonard

1909 Jan 24th, William3 Leonard

1911 April 10th, Unnamed son

1913 Aug 3rd, 1913, Mary3 Leonard.

1915 June 28th, Bridget3 and Kate3 Leonard (twins)

Mary Leonard (née Lenane) died in Ballygoughlin of TB in 1922, aged 48 years, her husband John2 Leonard died in Ballygoughlan in 1938 aged 75 years. John2 Leonard was listed as 75 years on his death certificate in 1938, but 32 in the 1901 census return, which would mean he was born in 1869. He gives his age as 30 when he married in 1895, but his age differs in the two census returns and his death certificate. 

Michael2 Leonard (1865-1943) was born in Ballygoughlan in 1865. He married Johanna Griffin, daughter of Denis Griffin, also from Ballygoughlan, in Glin R.C. church in 1895, the witnesses being Edmond O’Connell & Bridget O’Brien.

Michae2 Leonard had the following children: 

1896 Feb 11th, John3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan, Gli, Co. Limerick.

1897 May 18th, Denis3 Leonard born in Ballinagoul, Glin, Co. Limerick.

1898 July 14th, Michael3 Leonard born in Ballinagoul, Glin. Co. Limerick

1901 May 4th, Mary3 Leonard born in Meenanare, Duagh, Co.Kerry

1904, July 3rd, Johanna3 Leonard born in Knockadireen, Duagh, Co. Kerry. (As in Timothy Langan above)

1907, Sept 12th, Catherine3 Leonard born in Toor, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

1912 Nov 11th, Julia3 Leonard born in Patch, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Johanna Leonard (née Griffin) died in 1934 at Patch, Duagh, County Kerry her husband Michael2 Leonard died in 1943 at Patch, Duagh, County Kerry. 


Denis2 Leonard (1870-1940) 

Denis2 Leonard was born in Ballygoughlan in 1870. In 1897, he married Mary Kennelly, daughter of Michael Kennelly in Newtown Sandes R.C. church. Mary Kennelly, the mother-in-law of Denis, was living with the family in 1911. She died (aged 80) in Ballyculhane in 1915. Denis Leonard and Mary Kennelly had the following children:

1897 Mary3 Leonard , cant locate a birth cert for Mary. On Jan 30th, 1937 at Newtownsandes church, Mary Nolan nee Leonard married John Donovan from Tarmons, Tarbert son of John Donovan a carpenter, the witnesses being Michael Leonard & Mary Leonard. This was Mary’s second marriage. John & Mary had one son Michael Donovan. Mary’s first marriage was on Nov 28th, 1922 at Glin church to John Nolan a carpenter from Ahalahana, Moyvane, son of John Nolan a carpenter, the witnesses being – John Bunce & Rose Kennelly. John Nolan & Mary Leonard had the following two children –  Marie & John Joe Nolan.

1899, July 26th, Catherine3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan. On Nov 24th, 1921 at Glin church, Catherine Leonard married Patrick Kenrick , son of James Kenrick, Flean, the witnesses being Martin Kenrick & Ellen Leonard. Patrick & Catherine had a daughter Mary Brigid Kenrick who married my uncle Tom Langan, Glenagragra, Glin and they had one son P.J. Langan. I knew Patrick & Catherine, visited their house in Flean with my grandparents Paddy & Babe Langan back in the 1960’s. Patrick & Catherine had another daughter Nora Kenrick who was married to  Patsy Stack from Gortdromasillahy, Moyvane and had a family of 7. Patrick & Catherine had one son, Martin Kenrick who married Molly McNamara from Tinnakilla, Ballyhahill, they had two sons Patsy and Martin Kenrick.

1901, May 22nd, Margaret3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan, also called Molly who on Jan 1st 1929, married Michael O’ Halloran, age 37 years from Farnamiller, Glin, son of John O’Halloran a labourer, the witnesses bein John O’Sullivan & Mary O’ Carroll. Margaret’s age given as 25 years which differs from the birth cert.

1903, April 12th, Ellen3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan, also called Nell, married at Glin church on Feb 12th, 1927 to Maurice Moroney, Ballycormack, Shanagolden, son of Richard Moroney, the witnesses being – John Hayes & Mary Enright. They had a daughter Margaret Moroney who married  Jim Scanlon, (renowned step dancer) from Mohernagh, Ballyhahill. They had another daughter Kit Moroney who married Neville from Shanagolden. This Neville fell into a dyke in 1965 and got drowned., Kit Moroney and Neville had a daughter who married Sean Mc Mahon, Dirreen. creves

1904, Aug 24th, Johanna3 Leonard born in Ballinagoul. No information on Johanna.

1905, Dec 28th, Bridget3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan who on Nov 25th. 1930 at Glin church, married Richard Moroney age 37 years, Ballycormack, brother of Maurice, the witnesses being Patt Ambrose & Mary Moroney. Bridget’s age given as 26 years.

1907, April 16th, John3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan, John married and lived m in Newcastle West.

1909, March 20th,  Michae3 Leonard born in Ballygoughlan. Mike lived in th home place, remained single in life, died July 1st, 1986 age late 70’s, was buried in Kilfergus cemetery Glin on the same day as Jack Nolan, Lisreidy, Loughill. Jack Nolan was married to Maggie ‘George’ Griffin, Glenagragra

1911, April 27th, Julia Anne3 Leonard born in Ballyculhane. On Dec 9th, 1936 at Glin church Julia Leonard married Cornelius Collins, Park, Kilcolman, the witnesses being Thomas Collins & Mary Collins. Julia’s address given as Knocknaboula, Loughill. I knew Julia and Con, visited their house in Park with my grandparents Paddy & Babe Langan back in the 1960’s. mike collins, george and con

1913, Feb 9th, Honora3 Leonard born in Ballyculhane, Glin, died on Feb 2nd 1938 aged 24 years from chronic bronchitis, her mother Maria (Mary) present at her death.

1916 Oct 30th, Elizabeth3 Leonard born in Ballyculhane. Emigrated to Eengland and married there.

1918 Aug 6th,  Denis3 Leonard born in Ballyculhane, died in 1993, remained single in life. Denis worked as a farm hand at Mangan’s of shanagolden.

Denis2 Leonard died at Ballyculhane in 1940 aged 69 years. His wife Mary Leonard (née Kennelly) died in Ballyculhane in 1965 aged 95. 


Thomas2 Leonard (1876-1933) 

Thomas Leonard was born in Ballygoughlan in 1876/7. In 1911 census he was living with the Ahern family in Ballyculhane, Glin and working as a farm labourer. He never married and died in the County Home in Newcastle West in 1933 and his age was recorded as 69. 

Census records for 1901 available at: Thomas gives his age as 25, while his death certificate records that he was 69 in 1933, which would have his date of birth twelve years earlier. 

3.Margaret Langan born June 9th 1870. On April 15th 1893 at Duagh church, Margaret Langan, daughter of Patrick Langan (alive) a cooper (barrel or cask maker) by trade married Thomas O’Connor,Trienearagh, Duagh son of Thomas O’Connor, deceased. The witnesses being Maurice Fitzmaurice and Maurice Langan.

4.Thomas Langan born Jan 4th 1872 at Duagh. Patrick Langan (father) present at the birth.

5.Maurice Langan born Sept 7th 1873 at Duagh, Katie Keane present at birth.

6.Mary Langan born May 11th 1875 at Duagh, Hannah Charles present at birth.

7.John Langan born Jan 31st 1877 at Duagh Dan McElligott present at birth.

8.Patrick Langan born Jan 1st 1880 at Duagh, Nora Langan present at birth.

9.Jeremiah Langan born Jan 21st 1882 at Duagh, Kate Keane present at birth.

10.Catherine Langan born July 28th 1884 at Duagh, Nora Langan present at birth.

11.Michael Langan born July 16th 1888 at Duagh. Michael died July 17th 1888 ?, 6 days old at Duagh his mother Hanora present at the death. Hanora would be 50 years of age at the birth of Michael, could be the reason he died after 6 days.

In relation to Margaret Langan at No.3. above  Bridget Karen Riordan Douglas  who lives in the U.S. and who has been in contact with me, is of the opinion that she (Bridget Karen Riordan Douglas)  is the great great granddaughter  of Margaret. 

1901 Census for Patrick Langan and Hanora Keane as follows –

Residents of a house 28 in Duagh (Duagh, Kerry)

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Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Sheehy David 4 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic
O’Connor Thomas 8 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic
Langan Patrick 54 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Langan (Keane) Hanna 48 Female Wife Roman Catholic

Patrick Langan’s trade given as a Cooper. His wife Hanora Keane – Seamstress. Nora (Hanora) Keane Langan died Feb 22nd 1925 at Duagh aged 80 years, her daughter Margaret Langan O’Connor from Lisroe present at her death. Age on death cert differs by 8 years from Census.

Sean O’Histon R.I.P. of Dirreen, Athea told Nora Langan Ghauri that he was of the opinion that once upon a time there was a cooper in Athea by the name of Langan. He did not say whether it was in the parish or the village. Sean O’ was very credible when it came to family history etc, pity is he never wrote any of it down on paper.

1901 Census for Thomas O’Connor and Margaret Langan as follows –

Residents of a house 1 in Knockundervaul (Duagh, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
OConnor Thomas 32 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
OConnor Catherine 17 Female Sister in Law Roman Catholic
OConnor Timothy 4 Male Son Roman Catholic
OConnor Maurice 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
O’Connor (Langan) Margaret 26 Female Wife
Regarding Catherine O’Connor sister in law above, If that be the case then she was  Catherine Langan sister to his wife Margaret Langan who must have got married at the age of 18 to Thomas’ brother.
On Sept 16th 1896 a son Timothy O’Connor born at Knockundervaul, Duagh – as above Census.
On March 27th 1898 a son Maurice O’Connor born at Knockundervaul, Duagh – as above Census.

1911 Census for same family as follows –

Residents of a house 1 in Knockundervaul (Duagh, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
OConnor Thomas 41 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic



Margaret 39 Female Wife Roman Catholic
OConnor Timothy 14 Male Son Roman Catholic
OConnor Maurice 10 Male Son Roman Catholic
OConnor Mary 9, b May 18th 1901 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
OConnor Katie 8, b Aug 22nd 1902 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
OConnor John 7, b Oct 2nd 1903 Male Son Roman Catholic
OConnor Patrick 6, b Feb 23rd 1905 Male Son Roman Catholic
OConnor Margaret 4, b Oct 27th 1907 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
OConnor Bridget 2, b July 13th 1909 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
OConnor William  b Sept 3rd 1910 Male Son Roman Catholic

Last named William O’Connor in above Census born on Sept 3rd 1910, Timothy O’Connor present at the birth at Lisroe. On Oct 27th 1907 a daughter Margaret was born to Thomas O’Connor and Margaret Langan at Lisroe, Duagh as in Margaret aged 4 in above Census. (This Margaret O’Connor married Patrick Riordan and they had one son Francis X. Riordan.) It seems that the family moved around quite a bit as was the norm with many families back then. In addition a son Jeremiah O’Connor born on Nov 7th 1911 at Knockundervaul, Thomas O’Connor father present at the birth. Also a son Michael Christopher O’Connor born on Dec 12th 1912 at Lisroe, Nora Langan present at the birth.

On Aug 26th 1939 at the Catholic church of Duagh Brigid O’Connor 1909-1989 aged 30 years, as above Census, daughter of Thomas O’Connor and Margaret Langan, married Joseph Riordan 1914-1981 aged 24 years from Knocknagoshel, son of John Riordan a labourer, the witnesses being Daniel Riordan and Margaret Riordan. Family as follows –

i.Bridie Riordan.

ii.Sheila Riordan. -1966.

iii.John J. Riordan. 1940 -.

iv.Thomas Riordan. 1941-2009.

v.Joseph Riordan. 1942-2018?

vi.Bridget Karen Riordan Douglas. (The Bridget who left a comment on this blog)

There could be more…..

On Aug 13th 1875 a John Riordan born to John Riordan and Mary Enright of Knockalougha, Duagh.

A Patrick Riordan was born on March 1st 1907 at Knockalougha, Duagh to John Riordan and Julia Keeffe.


Maurice Langan, Castlemahon.

Lowell Linder from South Dakota in the U.S.A. discovered after much research that his greatgrandfather John Langan was a native of West Limerick, Castlemahon to be precise. It would appear that John was the youngest child born to Maurice Langan and Marie McElligott. John was born in Castlemahon and the others were born in Shanagolden. Of the others, only a brother Jerry could be located the remainder could not be traced. It was around the time of the Famine and many lost their lives at that time in Ireland. The family eventually emigrated to the U.S circa 1863.

John grew up, married a Catherine Healy, and had one son (called John) and three daughters. Ultimately, the marriage broke up and Catherine took her son John back to the state of New York. Two of the daughters stayed with their father and grew up to be schoolteachers. They were Margaret and Grace Langan. The other daughter was sent to a foster home. Neither she nor her brother John is traceable. Margaret and Grace who are both now deceased grew up and married respective spouses and subsequently became the grandmothers of, the aforementioned Lowell Linder and a Dorothy Rourk, the same Dorothy who came to visit Nora Ghauri Langan in London during the month of July 1988. Lowell Linder is a language and arts instructor at the Flandreau High School, South Dakota. He is also a very fine poet winning numerous competitions over the years. The following is a poem that he dedicated to Bridget Langan, Glenagragra mother of the aforementioned Nora Ghauri Langan.

A Call To Remember.

By Lowell Linder.

Lonely cry of crow invokes my soul to follow its echo back to Ireland,

Cradle of fathers long ago,

Enchanting land of shamrock and leprechaun,

Of Limerick County where Bridget’s garden grows:

Meadow clothed with heart and flower surrounds her beautiful country home,

A natural apparel also for hill and vale extending Bridget’s garden on Emerald Isle.

I mediate and inhale aroma of peace,

My spirit touches the verdant glen and hears harmonic Irish life.

Among bay drying piles of peat,

Stand friendly waving ‘white flags’ like stilted cotton puffs in sway to rhythm of gentle wind.

Daffodils kiss and hug the lovely buttercups,

While iris flirtingly wink at violets.

Daisies praise the neighbourly dandelions as fairy thimbles playfully tickle feet of shy and blushing fuchsia.

Thrush and wren compose a wanting song not ably expressed by flowery lips.

Crows now circle and flow like ebony fish in a crystalline bowl,

Keeping vigil over Bridget’s garden,

A nourishing earth of which I am a part,

An offspring from seed of flower once blown by need across the ocean,

Blown back by winds of longing to visit roots of former home,

Respcctfully tabbed as Bridget’s garden.


Shanagolden Parish Records 1824 – 1900.

 Children born to Maurice Langan & Marie McElligott.

Marriage date not given, probably circa 1830.

John – Born – 22-05-1831.

Catherine – Born – 27-07-1834.

Mariam – Born – 15-08-1836.

Thomas – Born – 04-06-1840.

Jer – Born – 29-07-1843.

Margaret – Born – 22-01-1847.

The records give Martin Langan as the father but that could be an error as both Shanagolden and Castlemahon parish records state Marie McElligott as being the mother.

Castlemahon Parish Records 1839 – 1910.

Children born to Maurice Langan & Marie McElligott.

John – Born – 03-06-1852.

It is possible the John born 1831, Shanagolden, died or was still born. The above family would indeed appear to be the ancestors of Lowell Linder, that same family who emigrated to the U.S. circa 1863. U.S. census state Maurice was born circa 1810, which would mean he was fifty-two years of age when he emigrated.


Other Langan families from that era as per Shanagolden Parish Records:

15-02-1833. Marriage of Patrick Langan & Maria Kiley.

Issue from that union:

John – Born – 17-01-1836.

Patrick – Born – 09-10-1841.

Born to Michael Langan & Maria Mulqueen:

Mariam – Born – 25-01-1866.

Born to John Langan & Elizabeth Wall:

John – Born – 30-11-1826.

Ellen – Born – 19-10-1828.

Catherine – Born – 31-08-1830.

Margaret – Born – 27-06-1833.

Jer – Born – 21-09-1834.

Maurice – Born – 16-07-1837.

Born to Michael Langan & Johanna Keane.

Catherine – Born – 20-01-1871.

Michael – Born – 14-10-1877.

Bridget – Born – 09-05-1880.

Thomas – Born – 24-08-1883.



Shanagolden Parish Records 1824-1900.

Marriages, Births & Witnesses.


30-10-1855 – Marriage of Thomas Langan & Catherine Doran.

Witnesses (W) – Patrick Magner & Ellen Kelly.

15-02-1870 – Michael Langan & Margaret Keane.

(W) – David Lahy & Maurice O’Donnell.


30-11-1826 – John Langan to John Langan & Elizabeth Wall. (Godparents) Js. Kelly & Hellen Langan.

19-10-1828 – Ellen Langan to John Langan & E. Wall. (Gps) Maurice Lane & Ellen Wall.

31-08-1830 – Catherine to John Langan & E. Wall. (Gps)  No Record (N.R) & Maria Morley.

27-06-1833 – Margaret to John Langan & E.Wall. (Gps) Hartwell Sperrin & Maria Langan.

21-09-1834 – Jermiah to John Langan & E. Wall. (Gps) Hartwell Sperrin & Maria Hanley.

16-07-1837 – Maurice to John Langan & E. Wall. (Gps) John Walsh & Ellen Scully.

22-05-1831 – John to Maurice (Martin) & Maria McElligott. (Gps) Ml. Henikan & Hana O’Brien.

27-07-1834 – Catherine to Maurice & Maria McElligott. (Gps) Patrick Connors & Ellie McElligott.

15-08-1836 – Mariam to Maurice Langan & Maria McElligott. (Gps) Thomas Langan & Mgt McElligott.

29-07-1843 – Jermiah to Maurice Langan & Maria McElligott. (Gps) Joseph McElligott.

22-01-1847 – Margaret to Maurice Langan & Maria McElligott. (Gps) John Shanahan & Maria McAuliffe.

04-06-1840 – Thomas to Maurice Langan & Maria McAuliffe. (Gps) Joe McAuliffe & Catherine Quilty.

17-01-1836 – John to Patrick Langan & Maria Kiley. (Gps) Henry Kiley & Maria McAuliffe.

18-11-1831 – Michael to Thomas Langan & Elizabeth Linsey. (Gps) Thomas Donovan & Maria Culhane.

09-10-1841 – Patrick to Michael Langan & Maria Kelly. (Gps) N.R & Helen Maher.

24-11-1828 – Hanna Ryan to John Ryan & Hanna Langan. (Gps) N.R. & Maria Moran.

25-01-1866 – Mariam to Michael Langan & Maria Mulqueen. (Gps) N.R.

20-01-1871 – Catherine to Michael Langan & Johanna Keane. (Gps) N.R.

14-10-1877 – Michael to Michael Langan & Johanna Keane. (Gps) N.R.

09-05-1880 – Bridget to Michael Langan & Johanna Keane. (Gps) N.R.

24-08-1883 – Thomas to Michael Langan & Johanna Keane. (Gps) N.R.

Cross reference with the Kilpadogue Langan’s. Johanna & Patrick Langan were sponsors at the baptism of David Keane. An indication that there was a connection between the Keane’s and the Langan’s. (See Jermiah Langan 1)


Loughill Parish Records 1855-1900.


01-11-1855 – Michael Langan & Catherine Sheahan, Loughill. (W) Patrick Gregg & Ellen Sheahan.


Monagea Parish Records 1777-1900.


10-09-1861 – Andrew Langan & Susan O’Kerr. (W) Rev. T. O’Neill & Thomas Langan.


Askeaton Parish Records 1829-1900.


22-08-1857 – Maurice Langan & Margaret Kennelly. Issue from that union as follows: 10-06-1858 – Catherine Langan. 01-07-1860 – John Langan. 05-09-1862 – Michael Langan. 03-04-1870 – Mary Langan. 30-09-1871 – Jermiah Langan. 01-03-1873 – Helen Langan. 17-05-1874 – Elizabeth Langan. (Godparent) Michael Langan. 17-07-1875 – Maurice Langan. It would appear that the above family emigrated to the U.S.A. See website ‘Langan from Askeaton to America’. Michael Langan & Hanna Conway. (No marriage record) Issue from that union as follows: 07-10-1832 – May or Margaret Langan. 21-02-1836 – Ellen Langan. (Godparents) Thomas & Mary Langan. 30-08-1840 – Bridget Langan. 16-12-1842 – Mary Langan.


09-02-1859 – John Langan & Catherine Davern.


Rathkeale Parish Records 1811-1900.


12-02-1831 – James Langan & Catherine McMahon. (W) Patrick Noonan & Maria McMahon. ? – William Langan & Catherine Sullivan. Issue from that union as follows: 18-10-1831 – James Langan. (Godparents) James Keating & Mona Sullivan. 10-04-1834 – William Langan. (Gps) Michael Langan & Maria Carroll. 01-01-1837 – John Langan. (Gps) Patrick Langan & Margaret Langan.


? – Michael Langan & Bridget Glenning. Issue from that union as follows: 01-01-1834 – Bridget Langan. (Godparnts) Patrick Langan & Brig Kelly. 04-12-1836 – Johanna Langan. (Gps) N.R. 28-01-1840 – Margaret Langan. (Gps) N.R.


? – Patrick Langan & Ellen O’Brien. Issue from that union as follows: 27-11-1837 – William Langan. 24-12-1839 – Mary Langan. 24-03-1846 – James Langan.


? – John Langan & Mary Carey. Issue from that union as follows: 14-05-1847 – Edmond Langan. William and Patrick Langan would appear to have been brothers.


? –  Langan & M. Heffernan. Issue from that union as follows: 03-01-1844 – Patrick Langan. (W) N.R. & Catherine Heffernan.


? – James Langan & Catherine Mahony. Issue from that union as follows: 17-06-1838 – Maria Langan.


? – John Langan & Ann Cussen. Issue from that union as follows: 22-01-1846 – Maurice Langan. 22-01-1846 – Margaret Langan. (Twins)


? – Thomas Langan & Maria Crowley. Issue from that union as follows: 12-03-1879 – Helen Langan. 17-07-1881 – Johanna Langan. 03-05-1884 – James Langan. (Godparents) James Langan & Ellen Nash.


Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish Records 1829-1900.


26-02-1832 – John Langan & Anna Cussen. (W) Chris Ezbery & James Noonan. Issue from that union as follows: 20-04-1833 – Ellen Langan. 05-10-1836 – Michael langan. 24-07-1842 – Hanora Langan. 22-01-1846 – Maurice & Margaret Langan. (Twins born in Rathkeale) John’s father could have been called Michael and his mother called Ellen. An Ellen Langan who died in Glin Parish in 1876 aged 80yrs could have been the mother of the said John.


20-12-1854 – John Langan & Margaret Carroll, Ardagh. (W) Maurice Langan & Margaret Carroll. Issue as follows: 17-09-1869 – Patrick Langan. 09-08-1874 – Maria Langan. In the Ardagh Parish Records 1841-1900, a family of the Langan’s recorded as follows: Children of John Langan & Catherine Carroll. 24-10-1855 – Thomas Langan. 02-09-1859 – Catherine Langan. 13-02-1861 – Fredrick Langan. 02-05-1863 – Margaret Langan. Could be the same Langan family as that of John Langan & Margaret Carroll of Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish Records.


21-02-1860 – Thomas Langan & Mariam Crowley, Rathkeale. (W) Thomas Crowley & Margaret Madigan. Issue from that union as follows: 20-12-1860 – Catherine Langan. 30-04-1862 – Mariam Langan. 06-10-1863 – William Langan. 09-04-1865 – Thomas Langan. 26-02-1869 – John Langan. 09-07-1872 – Margaret Langan. 05-07-1877 – Bridget Langan. 12-03-1879 – Helen Langan. (Born in Rathkeale. 17-07-1871 – Johanna Langan.             do. 03-05-1884 – James Langan.                  do.


Jeremiah Langan, Ballyhahill.

Herewith are the army records and subsequent discharge there from, of a Jeremiah Langan,  born in the parish of Ballyhahill near the town of Glin in the County of Limerick and attested for the 88th Regiment at Rathkeale in the County of Limerick on the 4th January 1855 at the age of 20yrs.

Volunteered to the 62nd Regiment on 31st December 1856. Promoted Corporal on 28th July 1857.

Medical History.

Enlisted – January 3rd 1855.

Birthplace – Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick, Ireland.

Age last birthday – 24 years.

Former trade or occupation – Labourer.

Height – 69 ¼ inches.

Circumference of chest (over the nipple) – 54 inches.

Small Pox marks – Gone.

Vaccination marks – Yes, Right.

When Vaccinated – Before enlisting.

Hair – Dark Brown.

Pulse (regular) – 78 beats.

Respiration – 19 inspirations.

Muscular Development – Good.

The above was his state when examined on 16/11/1859.

General Remarks On His Habits & Conduct in the Service Temperance-:

Temperate,Very Good and in possession of 7 good conduct badges.

Rank and dates of promotion; also dates of transfer to other Regiments.

Transferred from 88th Regiment on 1st January 1857. Private 4th January 1885. Promoted Corporal 28th July 1857.


‘’Proceedings of a Regimental Board held in Aldershot on 2nd March 1865, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character and cause of discharge of No 42 Corporal Jeremiah Langan of the Regiment above mentioned. The Board having examined and compared the Regimental Records, the Soldiers Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that after making every deduction required by Her Majesty’s Regulations, the Service up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to, 10yrs, 58 days, during which period he served abroad 7 4/12 yrs, viz;  at Malta, 10/12 years and In North America, 6 6/12 years. His having been found unfit for further service due to rupture of varicose veins in his legs. The inspecting medical officer, having read the whole of his medical records, formed the opinion that the disability of No 42 Corporal Jeremiah Langan 62nd Regiment, permanently incapacitated him for the active duties of a soldier and that he could not re-enlist if discharged. The discharge of the above named man was approved by The Field Marshall Commanding-in-Chief on 21st March 1865’’.

His intended place of residence following his discharge was given as Tullamore, Kings County, Ireland. (Now Co. Offaly)


Having gone west heretofore in an effort to locate the Langan ancestry line I have now decided to go in the opposite direction to see what I can find. If we look at the Shanagolden Parish Records 1824 – 1900, we see the recorded marriage of John Langan and Elizabeth Wall circa 1825. (Marriage date not given) The last child born to this family was a son Maurice on July 16th 1837. That would make the Kilcolman/Glin Parish Maurice 19 yrs of age on his wedding day 1856, which is quite feasible. We know that Maurice’s first-born was a son named Tom and the second born was another son called John. It is also feasible that Tom was called after his maternal grandfather who could have been called Tom and John may have been called after his paternal grandfather who we know was John. Kilcolman, Coolcappa, Shanagolden are all neighbouring parishes and bearing in mind that many marriages back then, were more localised than they are nowadays, (whether it was through matchmaking or because of the lack of transport or whatever), then it’s very probable that Maurice Langan could have come from that dynasty. Nevertheless, having studied both ancestral lines and taking into account the relationship as given by Joe Langan, Tarbert, I have concluded that the Tarbert/Knockanure family of Langan’s are the ones that have led us to where we are today.



(My greatgreatgrandfather)

Kilcolman & Glin Parish.

Co. Limerick.

(son of Tom Langan (1) & Bridget McElligott, Knockanure)

Following some painstaking and tedious research by Nora Gahuri Langan it looks as if we have finally unearthed our true ancestral line. Maurice Langan, Nora’s greatgrandfather and my greatgreatgrandfather, was indeed the son of Tom Langan & Bridget McElligott, Knockanure. Maurice was born on February 27th 1818 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure, one of his sponsors being a Catherine Kelly. As previously stated, (See earlier, Tom Langan, Knockanure) Maurice had a sister Ellen Langan, b. September 12th 1831 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure, her sponsors being Daniel Griffin & Bridget Dillane. (Ellen married John Ahern as stated heretofore.) Maurice had another sister, Bridget Langan, b. April 6th 1834 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure, her sponsors being – Edmund Stack & Margaret Stack. He had a brother Patrick Langan, b. September 2nd 1840, Chapel Cross, Knockanure, his sponsors being – William Stack & Johanna Kane. There must have been other family members as there is a gap of 13yrs between the birth of Maurice in 1818 and the birth of his sister Ellen in 1831. Paddy Kennelly’s garage now stands on the site of the old Langan homestead of Chapel Cross. Knockanure.

See Census Of Ireland 1911 taken April 15th, residents of house No 2 in Kealic (Kealid), Newtownsandes, Co Kerry, Ellen Ahern age 79, son Thomas (Thos) Ahern age 51.  This would leave Thos born 1860. Outhouse as follows – 1 Cow-house, 1 Calf- house, 1 Piggery, 1 Fowl-house and 1 Turf-house.

See also Census Population 1911 for Kealic, Knockanure for a Patrick Ahern, house No. 20  –

Patrick Ahern age 46.

Katie Ahern (wife) age 48.

John Ahern (son) age 17.

Mary Ahern (daughter) age 14.

It looks as if Patrick Ahern was a son of Ellen & John Ahern and brother of Tom (Thos). As previously stated, Thos Aherne, Knoockanure, son of Ellen Langan Ahern above was indeed a first cousin to my great grandfather Tom Langan, Glenagragra which means that the late Mick & Ciss Higgins R.I.P. were certainly spot on with their account of that relationship. Limerick’s Judge McElligott of 1930’s was a descendent of the above McElligott’s, confirming once again what Mick Langan, Cahara, always believed was the case.

Ardagh Parish Records 1841-1900.


Maurice Langan (1) son of Tom Langan & Bridget McElligott married Catherine McCarthy in Ardagh parish Church on February 4th 1855. Catherine died on Jan 8th 1896 at Glin, Co. Limerick, her daughter Mary Langan was present at her death. Mary Langan died from TB at Glin on Oct 12th, 1896, aged 26 years.

Family of Maurice Langan (1) & Catherine McCarthy as follows –

29-04-1856 ; Thomas Langan. (My great-grandfather) Born- Grouselodge, Ardagh. Died November 24th 1942 at Glasha, Athea. (at the home of his daughter Nora (Nonie) Higgins)

31-01-1858 ; John Langan. (Jack), born at Glendiheen, Ardagh. Died February 1st 1941 at Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. Lived his life at Shronowen,Tullamore, Co. Kerry.

22-03-1860 ; Bridget Langan born at Glendiheen, Ardagh, Co. Limerick.

14-04-1865  ; Catherine Langan born in Shanagolden, Co. Limerick. Died February 1st 1959 at Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

24-03-1867 ; Mary Langan. Born at Kilcolman, Co. Limerick. Died Oct 12th, 1896 from TB, 10 years affected.

06-06-1869,  Patrick Langan. Born at Grouselodge, Ardagh, Co. Limerick.

06-07-1871 ; Maurice Langan.(2) Born at Grouselodge, Ardagh, died at Shanagolden on Jan 1st 1930.

12-09-1873 ; Michael Langan. Born at Grouselodge, Ardagh/Kilcolman and died at Cahera, Glin on Jan 10th 1974.

Maurice Langan (1) was a stonemason by trade, a profession that was much sought-after in those days. His line of work must have brought him to Grouselodge, Kilcolman, as his first son, the aforementioned Tom Langan was born there in 1856, where exactly I am not sure.  Going by Griffith’s Valuation of 1852 for the townland of Caheragh, the Langan family lived at Mill Street, Glin, in a house Maurice had rented from the Knight of Glin. This house was sited in or around where Healy’s funeral parlour is now located, hence the reason for Maurice Langan (2) b.1871, (son of Maurice 1) when enlisting in the Army giving his address as the parish of Glin. In addition, Tom Langan, b.1856 (son of Maurice 1) gave his address as Glin on his marriage certificate of 1885, by which time their father had gone to his eternal reward. (See also Catherine McCarthy above).

In 1852, we have a Maurice Langan residing in Glenbaun, Ballyhahill the said Maurice being a sub-tenant of Denis & Jeremiah Cregan. I do not know the exact date Maurice died but he was certainly deceased on the date of his son Tom’s marriage in 1885.

Maurice Langan (1) is interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin.

(The first Adams man in Glin was married to a Langan girl.)

(A man by the name of ‘Rock’ Lynch was also married to a Langan.)


TOM LANGAN (2).1856-1942.


(Son of Maurice Langan 1.)

Tom is the diminutive of Thomas, Aramaic, ‘twin’ and may be popular due to St. Thomas. Before the Norman invasion, it was used only as a priest’s name.

i.Thomas Langan (2) (My great-grandfather) was Born on April 29th, 1856 at Grouselodge, Ardagh. He died November 24th 1942 at Glasha, Athea. (at the home of his daughter Nora (Nonie) Higgins).

In the Glin Parish Records 1851-1900, the following records appear. 13-01-1885 – The marriage of Thomas Langan to Nora Woods took place in the Roman Catholic Church of Glin, ‘’according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church by me G. Hurley C.C.’’ The witnesses for this wedding were John Langan and Helen (Ellie) Woods.  The John Langan was probably his brother who lived at Shronowen, Tullamore, Co. Kerry. Helen (Ellie) Woods was probably a sister to Nora Woods. Tom was listed as a bachelor and a pensioner living in Glin, Full Age, Over 21. His profession was given as a Labourer. (Tom had an army pension) His father Maurice Langan (1), deceased. Nora Woods, listed as Hanora, was given as a farmer, living in Glenagragra and was 19 yrs of age.

Thomas (Tom) Langan & Nora Woods had the following family -;

20-01-1886 ; Maurice Langan.

13-09-1887 ; Catherine (Kate) Langan. Margaret Woods present at the birth.

21-05-1890 ; Mary Langan.

23-03-1892 ; Patrick Langan. (my grandfather)

09-06-1894 ; William Langan. (died May 11th 1898)

08-12-1896 ; Margaret Langan.

01-02-1899 ; Nora (Nonie) Langan.

Maurice and Kate Langan births appears under Glin records. The remainder of the family under Athea Parish records, 1827-1900.

Langan Tom, Glenagragra 1930's

Tom Langan.

Location and year unknown, probably Rathkeale late 1930’s.

1901 Census for Tom Langan as follows –

Residents of a house 2 in Glashapullagh (Kilmoylan, Limerick)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Langan Thomas 42 Male Head of Family R Catholic
Langan Hanora Nee  Woods 35 Female Wife R C
Langan Maurice 15 Male Son R C
Langan Catherine 13 Female Daughter R C
Langan Mary 10 Female Daughter R C
Langan Patrick 9 Male Son R C
Langan Margret 4 Female Daughter R C
Langan Nora 2 Female Daughter R C

1911 Census for Tom Langan, Glashapullagh.

Residents of a house 9 in Glashapullagh (Kilmoylan, Limerick).

Tom Langan joined the British Army and was a member of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers when wounded during the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt, September 1882. On June 8th 1883, he had the honour of being presented with The Bronze Star for his heroics in the said campaign. Following his wounding, Tom, along with many of his fellow injured colleagues, all returned to Aldershot in Surrey. My aunt, the late Maureen Langan McInerney R.I.P. of South Mall, Glin informed me that because of the said injury, Tom received a life pension of thirty-six shillings a week, which was fantastic money back then. During the World War 1 of 1914-1918, once again, his service was required but having travelled only as far as Belfast, was sent home because of his wounds from the previous battles as was the case in 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War 2. Another man who fought in Egypt was Dan Faley of Knockdown who died in 1974 at the ripe old age of 100yrs. Dan was married to Babe Hennessy.

maureen langan late 1930's

Maureen Langan, Glenagragra, Photo late 1930’s.

Soon after his marriage, Tom along with his brother Mick Langan built for himself and his wife a house in the townland of Glasha, on a site that he acquired from Cornelius (Con) Higgins. How he attained that site, I have no idea. Surely, it could not have been prearranged, that hereafter, the Higgins farm would be divided, and that two of Tom’s daughters would marry two of Con’s sons. All through his life, Tom referred to himself as being Tom ‘Steele’. On a particular occasion, Tom happened to be in the village of Athea, where he spent most of the day. Coming towards nightfall with thunder and lightning and rain pouring from the Heaven’s, Tom was about to start for home when he met ‘Rice’ Danaher who said to him, ‘Tom, how are you going to get home to Glenagragra tonight? Tom straightened himself and replied, ‘how did I get home from Bagdad’. When Tom had a few drinks taken he used to stand up and say ‘Where were the ‘hoors’ in ‘gragra when Tom Steele was to his knees in blood in the Tell El Kebir Valley?, at home farthing in the feathers’. The Battle of  Tel-El-Kebir was fought on September 13th, 1882. The late Bill Flavin R.I.P. of Glenagragra told me of an incident that took place one evening after Tom had arrived home from the village of Athea. Tom, it would seem, was living with his son-in-law, Paddy Higgins at the time. He must have had some difference of opinion with Paddy after arriving home, which would be nothing-new maybe. Anyway, he walked out of the house and sat down in the middle of the road opposite. There would not have been much traffic on the roads at that time, except for an odd tractor or lorry. The Ahern’s of Athea had one such lorry, which they used for the transporting of flour and meal from Limerick city. The lorry, it seems, driven by Patsy Dalton was on its way homewards with a full load. On arriving at that particular part of the road, Patsy observed Tom sitting there at his hearts content, casting lighted matches into the air. There was no way Patsy could drive past him. ‘’ hell to it  man, says Tom, did not a man on a bicycle pass by me a minute ago, haven’t you plenty of room’’. In the end, Patsy had to get out of the lorry to coax Tom in off the road.

Flavin Bill, Glenagragra - Copy - Copy

Bill Flavin, Photo 1980’s.

Bill went on to tell me about the time they used to play the cards over at Maurice Higgins’s. All the local lads were scared out of their wits of Tom. On one particular evening, as they were playing the cards, Mick Higgins made some elementary mistake. Tom made one jump up off the chair yelling ‘’ hell to it man, says he, ‘tisn’t talking to one of them I am at all, I am talking to the table’’. With that, he would pull his chair back to the corner and that would be the end of his playing for that night. ‘’But sure, says Bill, he would be first at the table again the next night and as bad as ever’’. As previously stated, Tom spent the latter years of his life at the home of his daughter Nora who was married to Maurice Higgins. However, the arrangement did not always work out as planned and Tom being the impetuous person that he was would inevitably start a row, resulting in him walking out.  ‘Pluck the goose and let her off’, Tom used to say. (In other words, all they wanted was his money.) On one occasion it must have been a relatively serious disagreement, for not alone did Tom walk out, he stayed out for what would appear to be a considerable length of time. Story has it that he went back to his son Paddy’s in Glenagragra and built for himself there, a room out the back of that house, right on the bank of the river. I remember that room very well, we used to call it the scullery in my time growing up there but I never knew of its history until Paddy Faley informed me of it some years ago, February 2007 to be precise. In fact, some of it is standing to this present day and is being used as a turf shed by Tom’s great grandson P.J. Langan.

langan p j turfshed

Turf-shed that was once Tom Langan’s home.

Photo, June 2007.

Bill remembered seeing Tom driving around in his ass and cart. He told me how on one particular night Tom almost drowned crossing the river whilst on his way from the village of Athea. The road that currently leads up to Higgins’s house wasn’t there at all back then, it seems, but further to the east, by the now almost invisible lime kiln. There was no bridge there either and on that particular night, the river had burst its banks following an evening of torrential rain. Says Bill, ‘’only for the ass refusing to enter the river the two of them would be drowned’’. At that stage perhaps after their having spent the best part of the day in the village, the ass may well have had more sense than its master may. Bill told me that on such days, it was likely that Tom would bring home a noggin of whiskey in the inside pocket of his coat. When he would be drawing close to the house, he would hide the bottle in a nearby ditch. Story has it that on one occasion Paddy Flavin (Bill’s father) was clipping the weeds and bushes off the ditch of the inch (that same inch he later gave to my grandfather Paddy Langan) when out popped the noggin of whiskey. However, as luck might have it, he broke the bottle when he hit it with the slash hook. Like the dog with the bone, Tom used to hide the drink, but they say he could never ever remember afterwards where exactly he had hidden it. Bill went on to tell me of an incident that happened one night at the steps going into Jack ‘George’ Griffin’s field, the same being the field immediately to the west of Bill’s house. The steps were located directly at the boundary of Jack’s other field, further to the west. Tom O’Connor, (known locally as Tom Connors) of Glenagragra, was very similar in appearance to Tom Langan, especially when he wore the black hat. One night, shortly after Tom’s death, Bill’s father Paddy, was on his way home from Ballyguiltenane, after a hard day’s work of thatching. (Paddy excelled in the art of thatching houses whether it being with reed or with the common rush) Paddy, it seems, always took the short-cut home by way of exiting the ‘New Road’, (the same being the road that connects the Kerry line opposite my brother Eddie’s homestead to the Glin/Athea road at point known as Granville’s Cross), at the stream north of the Feury family residence, over by Connors’s house.

short-cut to O'Connor's

The short-cut from the ‘new road’. Photo, June 2007.

However, on this particular night he was feeling a little nervous, so that he decided to go down to the Kerry line instead. As he approached the steps, he could see what appeared to be a figure standing erect on the skirting by the side of the road. There was so much talk of ghosts and fairies back then that Paddy was convinced that it was old Tom Connors back from the dead. Too late to turn back he decided to run and as he was passing the figure, Paddy murmured, (with the dread more than anything else,) ‘good night’, to which came the reply, ‘and the man said good night’. Paddy recognised immediately, to his relief, the voice of Tom Langan. If Tom had not spoken, then the stories could well have been around from that day to this that Tom Connors had indeed returned from the dead. My late mother R.I.P. often told me how back then they were all frightened out of their ‘skins’ of Tom. Says mother, ‘there as no way we would go over to ‘The Coopers’ shop on the day that Tom would be on his way from the village, for fear we would meet ‘auld Langan’, that’s what we called him.’  The shop in question was always known as the ‘Cooper’s’, called after the previous owner, Jim ‘The Cooper’ Lynch.  (See for more on the Lynch family.) Apparently, to them anyway, Tom was frightening in appearance, sporting a long grey beard and was always talking to himself as he ambled along in his ass and cart. She recalls one particular afternoon where they could not avoid the confrontation, their parents having instructed them to go to the shop for some message and as faith might have it, they met with Tom. However, to their complete disbelief, Tom put his hand in his pocket and gave them all money and from that day onwards, I can tell you they held Tom in a completely different light altogether.

Tom Langan went to his eternal reward on Nov 23rd, 1942, the Fair Day of Ardagh, Mick Higgins reminded me. Paddy Faley remembers well the night Tom died. He was on his way back to Copley’s of Glasha (see Langan Ned) and on hearing of Tom’s death; he stayed the night at the corpse house instead.

On Decenber 5th, 1942 the Athea correspondent for the Limerick Leader newspaper paid the following tribute to Tom Langan;

Had The Fighting Spirit.

All who knew him, writes our Athea correspondent, will learn with deep regret of the demise of Mr. Tom Langan, Glasha. Deceased had a varied not to say romantic career. At an early age, he enlisted in the British Army and served throughout the Egyptian and subsequent campaigns. He fought at Tel-El-Keber, Kassassin and several other engagements in all of which he displayed conspicuous bravery. He was endowed with all the fire, verve and indomitable courage of his race, qualities which have never rendered the Irish soldier so formidable an opponent in the field of battle. He had the geography of the Near East at his finger-ends and was always prepared to discourse familiarly of Consantinople, The Dardenells and the Narrows. When in a mellow mood he was fond of fighting his battles over again and of describing the stirring events that took place in those far off days of the’80’s. On the outbreak of the Boar War 1889, he volunteered his services to the British Military Authorities and was recalled to the colours. He did the same in 1914 and again donned Military Uniform. It was only his great age and infirmity that prevented him from once more volunteering in September 1939. The fighting spirit of the Gael was in his blood. Hot headed, impetuous and generous to a fault, he was still a fine manly character, incapable of anything mean or unworthy.

Peace Be To His Ashes.



John (Jack) Langan

(Son of Maurice Langan 1.)

John (Jack) Langan was born on 31-01-1853 and lived his life at Shronowen, Tullamore, Co. Kerry. On Feb 22nd, 1898 at Ballydonoghue church, John (Jack) Langan married Johanna Lynch. daughter of Timothy Lynch a farmer from Tullamore, the witnesses being Denis Lynch and Katie Keane. John (Jack) Langan died Feb 28th 1941 age 88yrs. His wife Johanna Lynch Langan died on June 12th, 1955 aged 85 years.

John (Jack) Langan & Johanna Lynch had the following family –

i.Mary (Molly) Langan was born on Dec 14th, 1898.

ii.Catherine (Kitty) Langan was born on July 10th, 1901.

iii.Johanna (Hannie) Langan was born on May 23rd, 1904.

iv.Michael (Mick) Langan  who was born on June 5th, 1905 at Tullamore, his father John present at the birth.  On Jan 28th, 1941 at Moyvane church Mick Langan son of Jack Langan, farmer, married Mary O’Connor from Clounprohus, Moyvane, daughter of Patrick O’Connor, a farmer, the witnesses being – Thomas Walsh & Lilie Calahan.  They had a son Patrick Langan born on August 1947 who died  on August 11th 1947 aged 2 weeks. (mothers name not given, labourer’s child instead), father Michael Langan present at death.

The aforementioned Ciss Higgins Faley R.I.P. has reliably informed me that on numerous Sunday’s throughout the years, Bob Higgins (son of Maurice Higgins and Nora Langan) and my aunt Maureen Langan McInerney would cycle back to Tullamore to visit their Langan relations. Mick died April 21st 1980 and is interred in Gale cemetery on the Ballybunion Road, west of Listowel. His wife Mary died July 5th 1987.

v. Bridget Langan was born on July 7th, 1907. Bridget died on Feb 7th, 1909 from tonsillitis.

It is thought that the other three girls emigrated to the U.S.

1901 Census for Jack Langan, Shronowen. (Must have given incorrect age on Census)

Residents of a house 9 in Tullamore (Shronowen, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Langan Nee Lynch Johanna 31 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Langan Mary 2 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Lynch Timothy 73 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Langan John 33 Male Son in Law Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Jack Langan as follows –

Residents of a house 6 in Tullamore (Shronowen, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Langan John 53 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Langan Nee Lynch Johanna 41 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Langan Mary 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Langan Catheirne 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Langan Johanna 6 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Langan Michael 5 Male Son Roman Catholic
Lynch Timothy 86 Male Father in Law Roman Catholic




 Bridget Langan.

(Daughter of Maurice Langan 1)

Bridget Langan, daughter of Maurice was born March 22nd 1860. It would appear that Bridget emigrated to the U.S.

Mary Langan.

(Daughter of Maurice Langan 1)

Mary Langan, daughter of Maurice was born March 24th 1867. No further information on Mary.

Patrick Langan.

(Son of Maurice Langan 1)

Patrick Langan, son of Maurice was born June 6th 1869 and emigrated.

Maurice Langan 2,

(son of Maurice Langan 1)

Maurice Langan 2 was born on July 6th 1871. On April 23rd, 1910 at Shanagolden church, Maurice married Mary Anne O’Brien, a wdow (formerly Moroney) from Mount David, Shanagolden. They lived in a cottage at Mount David. They had no family. Maurice went to his eternal reward June 1930 age 60yrs.

The following are Maurice Langan’s army records.

Army Form B.265.

Short Service.

(7 years with the Colors, and 5 years in the Reserve, or, the man completes his 7 years’ service while beyond the seas, then for 8 years with the Colors and 4 years in the Reserve)

Attestation Of

No 93298……Name… Maurice Langan……Corps Royal Artillery.

Some of the questions put to the Recruit before Enlistment.

  1. What is your name?………………………………Maurice Langan.
  2. In or near what Parish or Town were you born?…In the Parish of or near the Town of … the County of..Limerick.
  3. Are you a British Subject?………………………………..Yes.
  4. What is your age?…………………………………………….19yrs.
  5. What is your Trade or Calling?………………………….Labourer.
  6. Have you resided out of your Father’s house for three years continuously in the same place, or occupied a house or land of the yearly value of £10 for one year, and paid rates for the same, and, in either case, if so, state where?………………………….No.

Questions 7 – 17 illegible on photocopied form. Question 18. Are you willing to serve upon the following conditions provided Her Majesty should so long require your service – (a)   For the term of Twelve years, for the first seven years in the Army Service, and for the remaining five years in the First Class of the Army Reserve, or if,  at the termination of such period of Army Service, you ar serving beyond the seas, then for the first eight years in Army Service, and for the remaining four years in the 1st  Class  of the Army Reserve. (b)   If, at the expiration of the above-mentioned term of Army Service, whether of seven or eight years, a state of war exists, then, if so directed by the competent Military Authority, to serve in Army Service for a further period not exceeding 12 months. (c)    If, at the expiration of the above-mentioned term of Army Service, you are so required by a proclamation from Her Majesty in case of imminent national danger or great emergency, then to serve in the Army Service so as to complete your term of 12 years, and for a further period not exceeding 12 months. (d)   If the above-mentioned term of 12 years expires while you are on service with the Regular Forces beyond the seas, or while a state of war exists with a Foreign Power, or while Soldiers in the Reserves are required by proclamation to continue in or re-enter upon Army Service, then to serve for a further period not exceeding 12 months. Answer….Yes. I, Maurice Langan, do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements made. Maurice Langan  Signature of Recruit. John Healy  Signature of Witness.

Oath To Be Taken By Recruit On Attestation.

I, Maurice Langan do make Oath, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, in Person, Crown, and Dignity against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, and the Generals and Officrs set over me. So help me God. Witness my hand.             Signature of Recruit  Maurice Langan. Signature of Witness John Healy.

Description of Maurice Langan on Enlistment.

Age physically equivalent to…

19 years……….Months

Height…5 feet…10 inches.


Chest measurement… Minimum…34 inches.

Maximum expansion 35 1/2 inches.



Hair…Dark Brown.

Religious Denomination…Roman Catholic.

Certificate of Medical Examination.

I have examined the above-named recruit and find that he does not present any of the conditions referred to in Para. 799 of the Regulations for Medical Services, Part 1. He can see at the required distance with either eye, his heart and lungs are healthy, he has the free use of his joints and limbs, and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any descriptions. I consider him… Fit… for the Army. Date… 18th October 1892.   Signed Michael Jennings.

Certificate of Military Examination.

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him Fit for service in the Royal Artillery, and that due care has been exercised in his enlistment.  N. Anderson Lieut. Adjt The Clare Artillery.

Date..18th October 1892.

Place… Ennis, Co. Clare.

Military History Sheet.

Service at Home and Abroad (including former service of re-enlisted man, when allowed to reckon towards G. C. Pay or Pension). Country.            From                    To                     Years                   Days Home             17-10-1892        12th Sept’93               –                           331 Malta             12 Sept 1893      23rd Oct ’94               1                           41 Hong Kong    24Oct ’94           17th Feb ’98               3                         107 Singapore       18th Feb ’98        3rd  March ’04           6                          15 Home             4th March 1904.

Discharged 29th Nov 1904. Free after 12 Years.


Michael (Mick) Langan

1873-1974, Cahara, Glin.

(son of Maurice Langan 1.)

Mick Langan was born Sept 9th 1873 at Grouselodge, Shanagolden. Mick took over the place in Cahara from his father-in-law John Sexton, circa 1907. I remember Mick well. He was a very communicative and intelligent person and a stonemason by trade. Back in those years, (1959-1970) Mick, along with his son John and John’s wife Anna would regularly pay visits to my grandfather’s home in Glenagragra. To co-inside with such visits, the Chawke’s from Granagh (grandmother Langan’s relations) would invariably visit on the same day. I, despite the fact that back then I being rather timid, especially when in the company of so many people, would sure to be called upon to break the ice so to speak by being asked to sing the first song of the afternoon. Grandfather made sure that everyone got into the spirit of the occasion by producing bottles of his best-mulled porter and the entertainment would go on for hours on end. I really looked forward to those wonderful Sunday’s back then. Mick lived to be over 100 years of age and was so upright and strong in his limbs as to walk to the town of Glin each Friday to collect his pension. Following his 100th birthday celebrations the Limerick Leader of Sept 15th 1973 ran the following article;

‘’Secret of Long Life-by John, aged 100’’.

(It should have read Michael, not John)

‘’Mr. Michael Langan, Cahara, Glin, County Limerick, celebrated his 100th birthday at the weekend with his sons and Daughters from Ireland and overseas. This was also the first complete family re-union in 54 years. Mr. Langan’s daughters, Mrs. Ellen McCarthy, Mrs. Kitty Feely, his grand-daughter, Mrs Barbara McNeil, and her son Terry, all came from Brooklyn, New York. His son, Maurice, travelled from Glasgow. Daughter, Mrs Mary Quigg, who lives next door to Mr. Langan, didn’t have far to go with her congratulations and Mr. and Mrs. John Langan didn’t have to move at all – they live with Mr. Langan. A cousin, Mrs Mary Harrington, from Long Island, New York was also at Glin for the occasion. Around 200 people from all over Munster attended the party. President Childers sent £50 to Mr. Langan along with congratulations and sincere good wishes.

Work, Pint, Pipe.

Mr. Langan, still sporting a fine head of hair, let us into his secret of long life, ‘’Hard work, a pint and a smoke of my pipe.’’ Despite his great age, he is still very active, goes for walks and finds time to read the paper.’’ Mick went to his eternal reward 1974.

Census 1901. (Photo of Census wont show up)


Residents of a house 1 in Caheragh (Glin, Limerick)
Show all information
Relation to head
Head of Family
Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Boarder (son in law)
Roman Catholic
Langan nee Sexton
Boarder (daughter)
Roman Catholic
Boarder (Mick Langan’s daughter)
Roman Catholic


Census 1911.


Mick Langan – Aged 37.

Mary – Wife – Aged 36.

Maurice – Son – Aged 12.

Ellen- Daughter – Aged 9.

Mary Kate – Daughter – Aged 10 months.

John Sexton – Relative. (Father-in-law)

Glin parish records, 1851-1900 state:-

06-02-1897 Marriage of Michael Langan aged 23 years, son of Maurice Langan (1) to Maria Sexton. aged 21 years, daughter of John Sexton, the sponsors for this wedding were Patrick Lynch and Maria Healy. Family from that union as follows –

(1) Maurice Langan was born on May 20th 1899 at Cahara, Glin, Ellen Sexton present at the birth.  Maurice emigrated to the U.S.A and married a Scottish woman. He retired to Scotland and died there without issue.

(2) Ellen Langan (Babe) was born Nov 20th 1901 in Glin, Co. Limerick and died December 13th 1977 in Oceanside, New York. Ellen was the first of the family to emigrate staying with her uncle Mike Conway. On January 30th 1929 she married Charles Finbar McCarthy in Brooklyn, New York. In 1926 Charles jumped ship in New York. He served with the British Navy between 1914 – 1918. Charles and Ellen had the following family – (i) Barbara Mary McCarthy, b January 9th 1930, Brooklyn, New York. (ii) Charles Michael McCarthy (Bud), b October 19th 1932, Brooklyn, New York. (iii) Barbara Mary McCarthy was married twice – firstly on May 20th 1952 to James McNeil and had the following family –

Thomas James McNeil, b November //. 19//, Brooklyn, NY.

James Charles McNeil, b January //. 19//, Brooklyn, NY.

Terrence James McNeil, b January //.19//, Brooklyn, NY.

Thomas James McNeil married Ann Favicchio Nov 19// in Rockville Centre, NY. Family from that union as follows –

Thomas James McNeil b March 19//, Baldwin, NY.

Bryan Patrick McNeil b Nov 19//, Baldwin, NY.

Katie Ann McNeil b July 19//, Baldwin, NY.

Terrence James McNeil married Rose Ann Portentier, Oct //, 19//. Family from that union as follows –

Ryann McNeil b July 19//.

Terrence James McNeil (T,J.) b Sept 19//.

Meghan McNeil b July 19//.

As previously stated, Barbara Mary McCarthy was married twice. Her first husband James McNeil died 1975. She re-married in 19// to Ward Murphy.

 (iv) Charles Michael McCarthy (Bud) married Grace Ellen Maloney Feb //19// in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the U.S. army from 1952-1954.

Family from that union as follows –

Grace Ellen McCarthy b June 19//, Brooklyn. (Nurse Manager)

Patricia Ann McCarthy b November // 19//, Brooklyn. (Computer Analyst for special education children)                                                        

Jeannie Marie McCarthy b Dec // 19//, Brooklyn.

Robert Charles McCarthy b Sept // 19//, Brooklyn. (Captain in U.S. Merchant Marine’s)

(v) Patricia Ann McCarthy married Stephen Bruce Miller August // 19// I Brooville, NY. Family from that union as follows –

Kevin Charles Miller b Aug // 19//.

John Patrick Miller (Jake) b March // 19//.

(3) Unknown female Langan born on May 17th 1906, her mother Mary present at the birth. Died after 20 minutes.

(4) Mary Langan born August 31st 1910 at Cahara, Mick Langan her father present at the birth. Mary Langan was the second to emigrate to the U.S. She married a man by the name of Quigg and had one daughter Maureen Quigg. The marriage broke up and Maureen went to her father’s family and had no contact with her mother after that. Mary Langan Quigg retired to Glin, next door to the family home and died there.

(5) Catherine(Kate) Langan was born on January 18th 1913 at Cahara, Glin, her mother Mary present at the birth. Catherine (Kitty) married Jack Feely (Fealy) from Loughill. Their house was situated almost directly across the road from Loughill Church. They emigrated to the U.S. Not sure if they were married and living in Loughill or not prior to they emigrating. Jack had a lorry and drew sand during the building of Paddy Murray’s Hall in Loughill which opened its doors on March 17th 1941. The renowned Bunny Dalton Band from Listowel supplied the music on that memorable opening night. Other bands to play there included – The McKnights, The Devon Dance Band, Jimmy McCarthy and the fiddlers four – Mick Mangan, Michael O’Connor, Jim McKenna & Con O’Connell. A traditional piece of music known as ‘Mick Mangan’s jig’ was one of the first tunes taught to me on the fiddle by my grandfather Paddy Langan. Mick Mangan was born in Clounleharde. He married and thay both went to live in a farm that Elizabeth inherited from her uncle. This farm was situated approximately a half mile west of Ballyhahill village on the Glin road. Mick and Elizabeth had no family. I knew Con O’Connell well and had the occasion to play a few tunes together during his visits home from the U.S. (See also Griffin’s of Glenagragra)  Paddy Faley reminds me that the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of which he was a member of also staged plays in Murray’s hall during the early 1950’s. Catherine (Kitty) Langan Feely died in New York

(6) John Langan was born on July 19th 1917 at Cahara, Glin, Johanna Firzgerald present at the birth.  John  took over the home cottage in Cahara from his father Mick. He was married to Anna Prendeville from Listowel. It would appear that John was very close to his 1st cousin, Paddy Langan, my grandfather, of Glenagragra.  John and his wife Anna often recalled the times of Paddy and his wife Babe going to the town of Glin in their pony and trap, going out to their house and spending most of the night there chatting with his father Mick and themselves. Babe would never say to Paddy it is time to go home as other wife’s might do, she was very patient and enjoyed the company. John was involved in Paddy’s election campaign of the 1940’s and 50’s, canvassing the countryside with him and acting as his tallyman on Election Day at the courthouse in Glin.

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John Langan on left. Michael O’Sullivan Egan centre.

Jim Roche, Church St. on right.

Photo 1940’s

Jim Roche was from some part of Co. Kerry, he was married to Ann Loughnane, Glin. Anne was born on May 9th, 1903 to John Loughnane & Ellen Kirby. John Loughnane was from Tarbert, son of John Loughnane, he got married on Dec 28th, 1892 at Lixnaw church to Ellen Kirby from Knocknakilla, Co. Kerry, daughter of Timothy Kirby, the witnesses being Michael O’Connor & Timothy Kirby. John Loughnane seinor, I believe, was born on June 16th, 1869 at Dromakee, Co. Kerry to Michael Loughnane & Johanna Broder.



John Langan on right. Man on left ?

Photo 1940’s

(More on Paddy’s election further on)

John Langan was as versatile as his forebears were and took part in many local plays, concerts and dramas, many staged at the aforementioned Paddy Murray’s Hall in Loughill. The Glin correspondent of the Limerick Leader of Wed November 15th 1944 had the following to say about one such night out:

Enjoyable Night at Glin.

Glin Dramatic Company (writes our Glin correspondent) held on Sunday night a most delightful concert and humorous play at Reidy’s Hall, Glin, before a crowded and appreciative audience. The entertainment was opened by the Company singing ‘Kelly The Boy From Killane’ in fine style, and, also ‘The Bold Fenian Men’. These were followed by songs from Messrs. Joseph Healy, John Power, Pakey Culhane, John Langan and Master John Finn. Step-dancing items were contributed by Misses Adams, McNamara, Burke and McKeon. Master Michael Reid contributed the dance music. Miss McKeon recited a very pleasing item ‘’When Granny Was Young’’. Those who took part in the play were Messers :- John Langan, Michael Mangan, Pakey Culhane, Joseph Healy, John Fennell and Misses :- Cathleen Dillane, Mary O’Sullivan Elsie Wallace ; each and all giving of their best and making the entertainment the delightful one it was. The ‘Soldiers’ Song’ brought the entertainment to a close. Photo of Glin Drama Group that includes John Langan in B.R.J. 1990 p108.

John Langan died April 16th 2001. His wife Anna died June 7th 1996. They had no family.

Mick Langan often spoke about a David Langan being in the family. Hereunder are some Langan’s from the Tarbert area including a David Langan who it seems emigrated to the U.S. A headstone in Kilfergus cemetery, Glin has the following inscription –


Erected by

Mrs Margaret Langan

in memory of her beloved

son Maurice L

who died

1832. Aged 12 years.

May he rest in peace


This could have been the same Margaret Langan who had a bakers shop in Market Sq., Tarbert village from 1824 to 1856 as listed in Slaters Trade Directory of Ireland. Margaret is also listed under Inns and Public Houses. Come the year 1870 no Margaret Langan listed. There is also a Margaret Langan listed in the Glin death register of 1864. Could be the same Margaret. In the Limerick Evening Post Newspaper dated March 11th 1815 the following marriage appears thus –  ‘Married – In Glin, by the Rev. Mr McIniry. Mr. Michael Langan Jnr., to the amiable Miss Margaret O’Brien of said place’. The headstone as described above is quite close to the O’Brien graves, food for thought no doubt. In 1846 we have a Thomas Langan, Main St., listed under Carpenters By the year 1886 we have a David Langan listed under Agents (News).  A David Langan, Church St., probably the same person, listed under Flour and Meal Dealers, Grocers and Lodging House Keepers. By 1894 David Langan had disappeared from the list.  In 1906, we have Mrs Annie Langan, Chapel St., listed under Grocers and Publicans. On June 11th 1905 an Annie Langan 38yrs from Tarbert along with her daughter Mollie Langan age 15yrs, her sons David Langan age 14yrs Gerald Langan age 11yrs and 6 mths and George Langan age 10yrs and 6 months emigrated to the U.S on board the Teutonic arriving there on Jun 22nd. All going to their father David Langan at Wentworth Ave, Chicago.

Glin Parish Records 1851-1900.


20-10-1877 – David Langan & Maria Maguire. (W) Edward Leahy & Johanna Dillane.


13-01-1885 – Thomas Langan & Hanna Woods. (W) James Langan & Helen Woods. Thomas & Hanna were my great-grandparents. Issue from that union as follows:

20-01-1886 – Maurice Langan. (Gps) N.R. & Maria (Mary) Woods. Mary was probably Maurice’s aunt, a sister of Nora’s.

13-09 – 1887  –  Kate Langan

(See Athea Parish Records hereunder for remainder)


06-02-1897 – Michael Langan & Maria Sexton. (W) Patrick Lynch & Maria Healy. Issue from that union – (See Langan Michael, Cahara.)

Griffiths Valuation 1851.


Langan John was the owner of a house at Kilacolla Barber.


Athea Parish Records 1827-1900.

(Family of Tom Langan & Nora Woods. Continued from Glin)

21-05-1890 – Maria (Mary) Langan. (Godparents) Tim Woods & Catherine Geoghegan. Tim was Mary’s uncle. Catherine Geoghegan was her grandaunt. Catherine’s mother was Mary Mackessy, a sister to Margaret.

23-03-1892 – Patrick (Paddy) Langan. (my grandfather) (Gps) Denis Quille & Margaret Quille. Denis Quille was from Dromada and Margaret was from Tullyleague.

09-06-1894 – William Langan. (Gps) N.R. & Catherine Geoghegan.

(William died circa 1898 aged 4)

08-12-1896 – Margaret Langan. (Gps) N.R. & Catherine Geoghegan.

24-01-1899 – Hanna (Nonie) Langan. (Gps) Tim Woods & Bridget Woods. Bridget was a daughter of Jermiah, Clounleharde who later married John McMahon, Glenagragra Upper

Other Langan’s listed in the Moyvane/Knockanure index as follows- On April 14th 1819 we have a Mary Langan, Kilbaha born to Henry Langan and Ellen Shanahan. Sponsors – John O’Connor and Ellen O’Connor. Must be Kennedy Langan above. On August 31st 1823 we have Patrick Langan, Kilbaha born to Kennedy Langan and Ellen Shanahan. Sponsors – John Shine and Hanora Shine. On January 6th 1828 we have Denis Langan, Kilbaha born to Redmond Langan and Sarah Shanahan. Sponsor – Julia Barrett and ? Is Redmond & Sarah actually Kennedy Langan and Ellen Shanahan? On January 30th 1830 we have Ellen Langan, Cronebrane born to Kennedy Langan and Ellen Shanahan. Sponsors – Edmund Pelican & Ellen ? It would appear that Ellen Shanahan, Kennedy Langan’s wife must have died as Kennedy re-married to Johanna Connell, Gortdromasillahy on February 11th 1834. Witnesses – Thomas Costello and John Goulding. Kennedy Langan may have been a brother of Tom Langan, Knockanure. January 1st 1851 we have the marriage of Patrick Langan and Jane Riordan. Witnesses – Edmund Fitzmaurice and David Riordan. Patrick must be the son of Kennedy Langan. February 4th 1860 marriage of John Ahern, Gortadromagouna and Ellen Langan of Keolid. Witnesses – Michael Guiney & Michael McGrath. Ellen was the daughter of Tom Langan, Knockanure as previously alluded to. In relation to Kennedy Langan above, it could be that the spelling of Kennedy may be incorrect as in Henry, or they may be using the Kennedy surname as a christian name. If we re-trace our footsteps we had a Kennedy girl from Nantinan married to Peadair O’Longain, Michael Og’s grandfather. Sean Ban Aerach O’Flanagainn was also married to a Kennedy girl hence the reason for the said Sean being buried in the Langan graves. January 27th 1844 marriage of Patrick Hynes & Catherine Langan, Newtown. Witnesses – Patrick Langan & Bridget Connell. Kennedy Langan marriage to Janette Riordan 1851. (Must be the son of Kennedy above.) From the latest information received, via Nora Langan Ghauri and Ballylongford R/C births, it is worthy to note the family of David Langan and Mary Kelly who resided in Tarbert. They are as follows: Michael Langan, b. January 1st 1824. Sponsors – John Egan & Mary Cauliffe. Maurice Langan, b. January 1st 1826. Sponsors – John Dowling & Margaret Langan. Ann Langan, b. Sept 20th 1829. Sponsors – Maurice Dealy & Ellen Langan. Michael Langan, b. December 16th 1831. Sponsors – Michael Langan & Ellen Langan. Thomas Langan, b. January 13th 1834. Sponsors – John Nevil & Julianna Langan. Margaret Langan, b. November 20th 1836. Sponsors – William Fitzpatrick & Ellen Marshall.

Other Langan marriages from Ballylongford include:

November 21st 1841, Thomas Langan & Joanna O’Connor. Witnesses, D.Langan & John Connor. February 14th 1844, Thomas Langan & Bridget Dillane, Tarbert. Witnesses – Mathew Enright & Mary Rice. April 18th 1874, Patrick Langan, Ballylongford & Hanora Sandes, Carrig Island. Parents – James Langan & Johanna Dugan. – Charles Sandes & Judieth Enright.

February 12th 1833, Daniel Langan & Bridget Holly. Witnesses – Michael Langan & Patrick Madigan. Elizabeth Walsh


Langan John & wife Anna, Cahara      

John Langan & his wife Anna, Cahara, Glin.  


Langan Mick, Cahara 100th birthday. - Copy

Mick Langan father of John on his 100th birthday1973


McCarthy Bud, son of Ellen Babe Langan McCarthy             Quigg Maureen 1941 daughter of mary Quigg Langan         Langan Maurice and his wife

Bud McCarthy       Maureen Quigg 1941.    Maurice Langan and wife. 




(Son of Tom Langan 2)

Photo 1966.

Langan Maurice

Maurice Langan was born on the 20th January 1886 at Woods’s, Glenagragra, the home of his mother’s people. His godparents were Maria (Mary) Woods and a not recorded (NR) entry for the other person. Mary was probably Maurice’s aunt, his mother’s sister. He emigrated to the U.S. to his sister Kate in the year 1911 to 13 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, Conn. Kate had travelled out in 1909 arriving Oct 5th that same year. Maurice paid his own passage out and was in possession of 20$ on his arrival. A printout from the Ellis Island, Port of New York Passenger Records Search website gave the following details on Maurice -: Name – Langan Maurice. Ethnicity – British, Irish. Place of Residence – Athea, Ireland. Date of Arrival – June 8th, 1911. Age on Arrival – 25y. Gender – M. Martial Status – S. Height – 5’-8’’. Complexion – Fair. Hair – Fair. Eyes – Hazel. Ship of Travel – Adriatic. Port of Departure – Queenstown, Cork, Munster, Ireland.

During his time in the U.S., Maurice received word that his grandfather William Woods had left him the home place. William obviously died sometime between 1911, the year Maurice left for the U.S and 1915/16 when he returned. (According to Nora Langan Higgins, William’s son Tim had passed to his eternal reward circa 1901, hence the reason for Maurice being left the place). It was Maurice’s intention to return to the U.S. in fact according to the late Mick Higgins, he (Maurice) had the cattle sold but changed his mind in the end. Apparently he had a boil at the back of his neck and the American authorities were very strict on the issue regarding the health of those whom they were allowing into their country. Maurice wasn’t going to give the authorities the chance to turn him back, even for such a small thing as a boil. Therefore, there was nothing for him to do but to commence cultivating his new farm. He produced most of his own manure (Lime) from the limestone he drew in horse and cart all the way up from Cregard near Shanagolden to Higgins’s limekiln in Glasha. The lime stones were field stones and were available to the public free of charge. In fact, Maurice was the last man to use the said kiln, operating same ‘till sometime in the 1940’s. Incidentally, Michael Griffin of Glenagragra, Gerry’s grandfather built the said limekiln. How he got permission and subsequently chose to build it in Higgins’ place instead of his own, I do not know. Much of the lands ‘round Glenagragra and Glasha were of poor nature and thus had to be reclaimed. For this purpose limekiln’s had to be built as burnt lime was used extensively as a fertiliser and also to lower the acidity of the peaty soil.  Copy of langan bridgieThe art of building limekiln’s and the burning of the stone is powerfully described By Paddy Faley in the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal 1978 p40. In 1840, there were 86 limekilns in the parish of Glin, three of which were in Glenagragra. Tom Wallace, Dromreask, father of Paddy (caipin)  was a stone mason and built several lime kilns including one for Mikie Kinnane in 1933. Tom also built Dave Connolly’s cabin in Glenagragra. From the month of  May to Christmas each year, Maurice would hire  labourers to help out with the farm work. My father Ned Langan worked there,  his main job entailed the carting of turf for sale to Newcastle West and on his return journey he would bring home a barrel of lime to spread on the ‘cruishin’s’. All the fields had different names back then the said ‘cruishin’s being located towards the upper part of the farm. Other hired hands that worked for Maurice included – Mike O’ Meara from Turraree (down where Arthur Costelloe later resided), Mick Higgins , Glasha, Moss Reidy,Knockdown, Paddy Halloren, Knockdown and Mikie Kinnane, Glenagragra who worked from 1948 to 1951. Maurice was very decent and paid all his workers very well.

On November 3rd, 1938, Maurice married Bridget Cahillane (born February 26th 1912) (February 23rd 1911) from Castlemaine, Co. Kerry, daughter of Michael Cahillane & Bridger Barton. Rev Fr. Finucane P.P. officiated and the witnesses were Cornelius Higgins, Glasha & Catherine Barrett, Knockdown. (Bridget’s sister)

They had three daughters and two sons in family.



Mary…………Knockanure, Co. Kerry



Their first child (a girl) died after birth circa 1938/9.

Nora married Jimmy Ghauri who is Keny Asian. Jimmy came to England to study law and got a job with the civil service.

They have three children – Akmal born 19.. and studied law at the university of East Anglia. Syma – born 19.. and Faisal who was born 19..                                                                

Langan Nora and Breda 1960's

Nora & Breda Langan 1960’s.


Nora Ghauri Langan at her home in London.

Photo c1990.

Breda married Joe Heduvan from Co. Westmeath and had two sons – Brendan, died at the age of nine and Declan, born 19.. and is an electrician.

Mary married Raymond Mitchell from Liverpool who worked at the British Aerospace in North Wales. They have two daughters Wendy & Amanda.

Tom married to Mai Cashel, Kilflynn, Co. Kerry. Family of four – Paul, Tracey and twins Colin & Gary.

Mossie married to Nancy Enright, Coole, Athea. Two in family – Helen & Maurice.


Right – Mossie Langan, his wife Nancy with daughter Helen and son Maurice.

Photo c1988.

Langan Mossie right with Jim Higgins 2010 in Higgins' boh

Right – Mossie Langan and his 1st cousin Jim Higgins 2010.

Maurice Langan died December 27th 1967, his wife Bridget died May 6th 1997. I have a vivid recollection of that evening Maurice died. I attended the wake with my grandfather Paddy Langan.

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Bridgie Langan wife of Maurice c1988.

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Old Woods/Langan homestead now a cowshed. Photo c1988.

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Present Langan home c1988.

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Maurice Langan 1960’s.


Valuation Records for Glenagragra, 1916 or thereabouts reads as follows:

Maurice Langan took over from William Woods 3 acres near Connolly’s. Also 15 acres near Johnny Windle’s. By 1951, Paddy Langan had a haggard next to his brother Maurice Langan. By 1952, Paddy Langan had two small sites/haggards next to Flavins. Paddy got one of the haggards from Jackie Nolan who was married to Maggie ‘George’ Griffin, he got another from his brother Maurice, another from Jimeen Lynch and the other two from Paddy Flavin.

The Adriatic was built by Harlan & Wolff, Belfast in 1907. 24,541 gross tons, capable of carrying 2,825 passengers. Built for the White Star Line, broken up in Japan in 1935. Other passengers from the locality on board the Adriatic included: Patrick Sullivan, Athea, age 40yrs to his nephew John Ahern in Conn, June 9th 1911. Patrick paid his own passage out and was in possession of 20$ on his arrival.


Other finds on the Ellis Island Records include:

Jack Windle, Dan Geoghegan, Annie Flavin and quite a few others from the Glin/Athea areas. Jack and Dan must not have stayed long in the U.S., as they later married and settled down in Glenagragra and Turraree respectively. A good few Langan’s recorded, many from Duagh and some from Tarbert and Ballylongford. William Lynch age 24yrs from Athea also sailed, possibly May 16th 1912, on the same ship as Mary Langan. William went to his aunt Mrs. Kate Murphy, New York. Patrick Liston age 26yrs from Athea went to his sister Ellen Windle, 330 East 49th St, New York. (The same Liston’s that formerly owned J.P.Collins’ public house in Athea village). Annie Flavin age 19yrs from Glenagragra went to her aunt Lizzie Mahony, 41 East 131st St, New York. Annie was the daughter of Dan Flavin, Glenagragra. On board the Oceanic that sailed from Queenstown April 23rd 1901 include – Patrick Denihan, Tarbert – age 23yrs. Mary King, Athea – age 18yrs. Margaret Sheahan, Athea – age 23yrs. Patrick Sheahan, Athea – age 20yrs. On board the Teutonic from Queenstown & Liverpool, arriving in New York port July 31st, 1895 include – Denis Woods age 32yrs from Athea, a smith by trade. Mary Woods age 55, housekeeper from Athea. Other Langan’s from the Limerick Genealogy online search include –

Burial Record, Glin.

John Langan, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. Date of death 04/07/1889 age 67 yrs. Status – Widower. Occupation – Labourer. Michael Langan, Glin Workhouse. Date of death 29/5/1875 age 60yrs. Occupation – Bachelor. Ellen Langan, Glin Workhouse. Date of death 04/03/1876 age 80yrs. Occupation – Labourer’s Widow.

Marriage Record, Glin.

David Langan. Marriage date 21/10/1877 to Mariam Maguire. Witnesses – Edward Leahy & Johanna Maguire.

Advertisement seeking a John Langan published in the Boston Pilot as follows –

Name – John Langan. Gender – Male. Home County – Kerry. Parish – Knockanure. Barony – Iraghticonnor. Poor-law – Listowel. Location after arrival – Connecticut, New Haven, Lowell Hall. Arrival Date – May 1853.

Seeking Person’s Information.

Name – Thomas Langan. Relation to missing – Brother. Gender – Male. Residence – OH, Xenia, Green Co. Date of advertisement – 16/12/1854.



(Daughter of Tom Langan 2)

Photo c1914

Langan Kate & Eleanor

Kate Langan was born on Sept 13th, 1887 and sailed from Quennstown in Cork on the ship Carmania, arriving at Ellis Island on Oct 5th 1909 it states therein that Kate was 20yrs of age.  She travelled out with her cousin Hannah Mangan from Tarbert and stayed with her aunt Ellen (Nellie) Woods who was married to John Denihan (spelt Linehan, in the Ellis Island printout, obviously a misspelling) at 100 Smithy St. Derby, Conn.  Kate gave her name as Katie Langan from Tarbert. Hannah Mangan who had previously lived in the States from 1901-1909, (passage out paid by a cousin of hers) stayed with a friend Katie Mangan at 145 Hawkins St. Derby, Conn. and later with her cousin Mary (Minnie) Geoghegan, 3, West St, Ansonia, Connecticut.  Hannah Mangan’s mother was Mackessy and a sister to William Woods’s wife, my grandfather’s grandmother. She was also a sister to Dan Geoghegan’s mother in Turraree. I often heard my grandfather speak about our relations, the Mackessy’s of Tarmons. (We’ll deal with the Mackessey family in a later publication)  Kate had brown eyes, auburn hair, was of fair complexion and was in possession of 15$ on her arrival in the U.S. Her aunt, the said Mrs. John Denihan paid her passage out. Her cousin Hannah Mangan was in the possession of 25$ on her arrival, her sister, paying her passage out. No doubt, Hannah had a major influence on Kate’s decision to emigrate to the land of hope and glory. By June 4th 1911, Kate had moved to 13 Hawthorn Ave, Derby and by November 12th 1920, now being Mrs. Sylvester Sullivan, was living at 60 Vine St, Ansonia. Kate was married to Sylvester Sullivan from Caherdianel in South Kerry. It is thought that all the Sullivan family emigrated, including Sylvester’s parents. Sylvester’s registration card reads as follows -: Sylvester Sullivan, 60 Vine St, Ansonia. Date of birth – December 25th 1887. First Papers, from Caherdaniel, Ireland. Trade – Clerk. Employed by Mrs. McCarthy, Ansonia. Supporting wife and child. Mediam height, mediam build, brown eyes and brown hair. Date of Registration – June 5th 1917. Kate Langan and Sylvester had two daughters, Eleanor Sullivan born circa 1915 and Mary Sullivan born circa 1918. Mary Sullivan, who was a nurse, died of breast cancer in her forties. She was married but had no family. Eleanor Sullivan was married to a William Riordan whose ancestors came from Abbeyfeale. Family from that union as follows:

Mary Riordan.

Susan Riordan.

Ellen Riordan.

Billy Riordan.

Eleanor, back in 1993, was anxious to know, who was the George Langan who had written a book on ‘Glenagragra’ When Nora Langan Ghauri explained to her who I was, naturally enough she wanted a copy for herself. Betty Higgins, (daughter of Jim Higgins, formerly of Glasha and brother to Maurice and Paddy) sent her on a copy from her home in Florida. Betty was married to an Italian. Betty and her father have since passed to their eternal reward. Eleanor entered eternal life in November 2005. She was 91 yrs old. She had her health almost to the very end although the eyesight was letting her down in later years. By all accounts she was a lovely person, always had a great welcome for everyone. Kate and her husband Sylvester came on a visit to Glasha in 1960. On hearing of Kate’s visit, her sister, Nora Langan Higgins, had to cut short a holiday she was taking with her daughter Noreen R.I.P. in Birmingham. Apparently, Kate was not very fond of writing letters home to Ireland; she would leave all that to her sister Mary, hence the reason for her unexpected arrival. In fact, was it not for the aforementioned Dan Geoghegan of Turraree informing one of the Higgins’s of  Kate’s visit one morning at ‘Craugh’ creamery she would have walked in on top of them, so to speak. Maurice Langan, who by now had returned from the U.S, was one of the first to arrive at the house after the word went out that the ‘Yanks’ had arrived. Jim Higgins, (youngest son of Maurice) remembers driving Sylvester and Kate to Sunday Mass in Athea, he having received his license to drive around that time. Jim tells me that Sylvester was passionate about the Kerry gaelic football team. Kerry had won the All Ireland in 1959 and Sylvester was quite adamant that nothing would stop them in 1960. Little did he know that the men from Co. Down were about to embark in their own bit of G.A.A. history. Kate looked so much like her sister Nora.

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Left – Tom Langan (son of Maurice) Ellen Riordan,

Nora Ghauri Langan, Bill Riordan & Eleanor Riordan seated.


Left – Nora Langan Ghauri, Mary Geoghegan Flynn,

Eleanor Riordan, Ellen Riordan, Tom Langan.

Geoghegan Mary Flynn & Riordan Bill son of Eleanor and grandson of Langan Kate. 2001

Mary Geoghegan Flynn and Bill Riordan playing a bit of Irish trad. Photo 2001.

Thirteenth Census Of The United States 1910 – Population.

State – Connecticut. County – New Haven – City – Derby.

Denihan John. Head. 36yrs. Ireland/English. Work – Freighter. Denihan Nellie. Wife. 34yrs. Ireland/English. Not Working. Cullinane Mary. (Name very blurred, could be Cullihanie) Niece. 15yrs. Born- Connecticut. Work – Boxer Stocking Mill. Langan Katie. Niece. 18yrs. Ireland/English. Work – Racker in Cotton Mill. The following is a cutting from an Ansonia newspaper in relation to the death of Kate.

Mrs. Katherine L. Sullivan.

Ansonia – Mrs. Katherine Langan Sullivan of 99 Wakelee Ave, died yesterday afternoon at Griffin hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Glasha, Athea, County Limerick, Ireland, daughter of the late Thomas and Nora Woods Langan. She was a member of the Church of the Assumption and had been a Valley resident for 60 years. Besides her husband, Mrs. Sullivan is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Eleanor), Riordan of Huntington ; two sisters, Mrs. Maurice Higgins and Mrs. Patrick Higgins, both of Ireland ; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 8.30a.m., Thursday, at the William E. Stapleton Funeral Home, 72 Howard Ave, and at 9.15a.m., at the Church of Assumption for a solemn high Mass of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mount St. Peter’s Cemetery, Derby. Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., tomorrow at the funeral home.



(Daughter of Tom Langan 2, Glenagragra)

Photo c1912.

Langan Mary soon after arriving in the us

Mary Langan was born May 21st 1890. Her godparents were her uncle Tim Woods and her grandaunt, Catherine Geoghegan, Clounleharde. She emigrated to the U.S. on May 16th, 1912 to her brother Maurice of 13 Hawthorn Ave, Derby, Conn. Mary paid for her own passage out on board the Oceanic and was in possession of 12$ on her arrival. She was described as having brown hair, brown complexion and had blue eyes. She returned home in 1919 and went back again in 1920 on this occasion she sailed on The Baltic, date of arrival Nov 20th 1920. Mary paid for her own passage and was in possession of 60$ on her arrival at the Port of New York. She stayed with her sister Mrs. Sylvester Sullivan (Kate), 60 Vine St, Ansonia, Conn. Mary Langan was married to Bill Dillon from Balaugh, Abbeyfeale. It was reported that Bill was in the Irish Army, probably the Irish Free State as it was circa 1922. Apparently, he left the army, went to Canada, and then on to the U.S. He was a very big strong giant of a man as is said to have worked his way logging from Canada. They lived in Ansonia, Connecticut in part of a house that they had rented from a relative of the Geoghegans. In later life they moved into a home of their own, a bungalow which was also located in Ansonia.  Bill worked for the Gas Company in Derby. They had one son who passed on early in life. Bill and Mary came on a visit to Limerick in 1946, her first trip home since 1920. They stayed in Glasha with Mary’s sister Nora Higgins. Bill stayed for a while with his kinfolk in Abbeyfeale. It was one of the worst years, weather wise, that century, so say’s Mossie Higgins, Glasha. Mossie went on to tell me how a massive flood in August that same year caused havoc with the harvest. Turf that they cut in May had to remain in the bog until the months of January/February of ‘47. They had to wait ‘until the ground froze over in order to reach the turf-banks, such was the softness of the passages following the ’46 flooding. It was described as Siberia like conditions caused by a persistent anti-cyclone centred over Northern Russia, shifting towards Scandinavia that brought incessant frost and snow from January up until nearly Easter.  Paddy Faley reminded me that his 1st cousin, John Joe Dillane of Dromagarraun saved some of his hay in the month of October ‘46. John Joe died January 14th 1990 aged 73yrs. His mother Maige (Maggie) White was a sister of Bridge White, Paddy’s mother. Maggie, who was born in 1891 was a servant girl at George Lynchs’ of Glasha as per 1911 census. (For more on the White’s see Faley Family further on in the blog) John Joe had a brother Michael Dillane. Their father died at a comparatively young age. Maggie re-married, to a man by the name of Paddy Kenny and had one son Ned Kenny. However, tragedy was soon to strike, she died giving birth to their next child, a baby daughter and if that wasn’t bad enough the daughter died two weeks later. The family lived in Clounleharde in the double cottages on the road down to Ballyhahill. Kate Tuthill lived in the adjoining cottage, which was later occupied by Paddy Shiels. Following Maggie’s death Ned went to live with his aunt in Newcastle West who was married to a man by the name of Sheahan. This Mr. Sheahan worked at the creamery in Ardagh. Ned died circa 2006. John Joe and Michael came to live with their aunt Bridge in Glasha. Michael died from an ear infection at the relatively early age of 19 yrs. My mother knew Michael well, a tall lean man unlike his brother John Joe who was stocky with a round face. Jim Prendeville, Paddy Faley’s son in law is the current owner of John Joe Dillane’s farm.

More on the Dillane family.

On Jan 27th, 1914 at Athea church, John Dillane, a labourer from Glin, son of Michael Dillane, married Margaret White from Glasha, Athea, daughter of Michael White, a labourer, the witnesses being James Culhane, Clogough, Glin and Hannie O’Connor, Dirreen, Athea. Both parents alive at the time of marriage. Family from that union as follows –

Michael Dillane born April 6th, 1915.

John Dillane (John Joe) born June 22nd, 1916.

Langan Dillon Mary Jan 1966

Bill and Mary Langan Dillon (pictured) visited Glasha for the final time in July 1962. Bill loved going to the bog with the Higgins’s. He was a big man with a large pair of hands and when it came to drawing out the turf, Bill did not care whether the turf was wet or dry he’d throw it in anyway such were the ‘guals’ (several sods at once) he could gather up. Reportedly, Bill had to pay substantial damages to a third party, because of his involvement in a road traffic accident sometime after his wife Mary’s death. He suffered a stroke in 1973. Mary Geoghegan-Flynn inherited the original Langan/Dillon home, probably from her aunt Minnie.  Mary Geoghegan is a sister to (Patie ‘The Yank’ Geoghegan, Turraree see Geoghegan’s heretofore). Her godfather was the aforementioned, Maurice Langan, my granduncle. Bill Dillon had a nephew called Reidy, the same man who for years had a bicycle shop in the town of Abbeyfeale. I remember it well as I attended the vocational school there from 1965 to ’68. Mary Langan-Dillon died Sunday February 20th, 1972. The following is a tribute published in the pages of The Bridgeport Telegram, Bridgeport, Connecticut. February 21st 1972.

Memorial Obituary.

Entered Into Eternal Rest

Sunday, Feb, 20th, 1972.

Mrs. William Dillon.

Derby – Mrs. Mary Langan-Dillon, wife of William Dillon, of 218 New Haven Avenue, died yesterday in Griffin hospital. Services will take place Wednesday at 8.30 am. In the William Stapleton funeral home, 72 Howard Avenue, Ansonia and at 9.15 o’clock in St. Judes Church with a requiem Mass. Burial will be in Mount St. Peter cemetery. Born in Glasha, Athea, County Limerick, Ireland, Mrs. Dillon has been a resident of Derby 60 years. She had been a member of the Naughatuck Council of Catholic women. Survivors, in addition to her husband, are three sisters, Mrs. Sylvester Sullivan of Ansonia, and Mrs Patrick Higgins, and Mrs. Maurice Higgins, both of Ireland; and several nieces and nephews. (See also Quille Jermiah/Darby heretofore)

Langan Tom, Geoghegan Mary Flynn, & Ghauri Nora Langan 2001

Left – Nora Ghauri Langan, Mary Flynn Geoghegan & Tom Langan 2001 at New Haven in the house where Bill Dillon lived.

Geoghegan Mary Flynn & Langan Nora 2001

Mary Geoghegan Flynn & Nora Ghauri Langan 2001 New Haven.



(Son of Tom Langan 2)

William Langan was born June 9th 1894. His godparents were Catherine Geoghegan, Clounleharde and an NR entry. William died 1898 aged 4yrs.


(Daughter of Tom Langan 2)

Margaret Langan was born December 8th 1896. Her godparents were Catherine Geoghegan, ClounleharLangan Margaret Higgins & Lorraine 1981de and a NR entry. Margaret married Paddy Higgins, during the year 1916 son of Con Higgins, Glasha. Paddy married into the old Langan home that Margaret inherited. Paddy was almost twenty years older than Margaret. Mikie Kinnane was telling me that a dance master by the name of ‘ceoil’ held dance lessons here in the early 1900’s. Many of the neighbours including Mikie’s father William Kinnane made their way to the homestead to learn their steps. Payment was by way of a collection of a few pence from each pupil. They never knew him by any name other than ‘ceoil’. He must have been a musician or a ‘lilter’ of some kind to boot as it was his practice that he wouldn’t leave the class until at least one of the pupils had a tune learned off. Any wonder then that the Langan’s and others inherited the music, song and dance. The only ‘ceoil’ that I ever heard of was Jimin ‘ceoil’ Scanlon who was a bellman in Athea. He was married to Maggie ‘the bottles’ Scanlon. Their daughter Tessie R.I.P. Oct 2010 was married to Paddy Walshe, Dalton St. Athea. Could it have been that this was the dance master that we are speaking of? Photo – Margaret with her greatgranddaughter Lorraine Higgins 1981. Thomas MicCopy of higgins mgthael (Budeen) Feury was telling me of an incident that happened a few years before Margaret died. Word was sent to him to call on Margaret when ever he’d get a chance and to bring the fiddle with him. Budeen assumed that she must have had some musician visitor staying with her and that this person wanted to play a few tunes. Anyway he arrived at the house with fiddle under his arm to find nobody there except Margaret herself. ‘Did you bring it?’ asked Margaret. ‘I did’, replied Budeen, ‘but who’s going to play?’. ‘I am’ says she and with that she took up the fiddle and proceeded to play a blast of a tune leaving Budeen standing spellbound in the middle of the floor. It was only at that point and time he reliased she could play. I said to Budeen, ‘I suppose it was a blast of ‘Fr. Halpin’s Top Coat’ that she gave you’. He looked at me and in a whisper replied, ‘Bunker Hill’. Moreover, as all music lovers will know ‘Bunker Hill’ is a very tricky three-part reel. Was it the ‘ceoil’ influence that inspired Margaret may I ask? Margaret Langan Higgins (pictured) died October 1st 1981 age 84yrs. A photograph of Margaret taken outside her home in the late 1960’s can be seen in the B.R.J. 2004 p69. (See also Higgins family)


(Daughter of Tom Langan 2)

Hannah (Nonie) Langan was born January 24th 1899. Her godparents were, her uncle Tim Woods and Bridget Woods.Higgins's Nonie right with Langan Maureen and Peg's twins Mary & Bridie c 1956. Photo  includes Nonie with her daughter Noreen and her grandnieces,

twins Mary and Bridie Faley, daughters of Mick Faley, Glasha and Birmingham.

Nonie married  Maurice Higgins, Glasha in 1922. Maurice was a brother to Paddy. As previously stated, the two Langan sisters married the two Higgin’s brothers. Nonie died March 15th 1980.  A group photo taken outside her residence in the late 1960’s can be viewed in the B.R.J. 2004 p69.


HIGGINS FAMILY. (Glashapullagh (Glasha) ).

(With a Langan/Woods connection)


If we look at Griffiths map of 1852 at 1b, ‘Faley’s place’ there is a piece of land jutting eastwards that resembles a cone. This portion is part of the Higgins estate. It was on this plot during the famine years that potatoes were sowed and obviously failed as the imprint of the un-dug ridges were still visible right up until the time that it was sold to the forestry for plantation. I saw these ridges myself and always felt the plot should have been listed i.e. a protected area.


Reproduction of the old Higgins home by George Langan 2016.

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Higgins home 2007.

There was no talk back then about the ‘hen harrier’ or the ‘sparrow hawk’. There was no legislation when the forestry ploughs tore away at what was once an expertly tilled garden and in doing so destroyed another link with our forbearers and what they must have gone through back in 1847. Looking again at Griffith’s Valuation of 1852 the area of Glashapullagh is just over 480 acres. There are four main occupiers having their leases from Samuel A. Dixon, they are – John & George Lynch in plot 1A and 1B, James Dalton in plot 2A with three sub-tenants with no land only houses, Daniel, Jeremiah  John Nolan on plot 3A. with John Neill, Mary Neill and Johanna Guerin or Cussen having  272 acres in plots 3A, B and C.  The O’Neill siblings emigrated to the U.S.A. and were later joined there by their parents. These O’Neill’s lived right next door to where the Higgins family set up home.


Spot where the Behan homestead once stood Photo c1988.


By  1905, plot 3 is leased by John Behan and Cornelius Higgins.  John Behan had taken over the O’Neill holding. By 1917,  Plot 3 was jointly leased by Thomas Behan, (my wife Vera’s granduncle) and brothers, Maurice and Patrick Higgins.  As stated heretofore, the Higgins’s were married to Nora & Margaret Langan, my two grand-aunts. The Higgins family would Higgins Road 2009

Road to the Higgins homestead with site of Behan’s home in the trees to the left.

appear to have come from Knockdown,  Cornelius Higgins and  his father John (Johnny) Higgins being listed there in 1860/1870. The Behan family listed under  Glenbawn in 1852, Roger Behan, Tom’s grandfather having 91acres there at that time. Thomas (Tom) Behan was the son of John Behan, John being married to Ellen Barrett b1843, Dirreen, the same Barrett family as that of my grandmother Nora Barrett. Tom inherited this farm making it three in total in his possession at that time. Tom sold the farm to Jack Higgins, Glasha, (son of Maurice Higgins) who subsequently sold it on to his brother Mick Higgins. This is the same farm from where my brother Eddie Langan operates a stone and pencil quarry. Eddie bought the quarry site from Mick Higgins and another corner from Dan Barrett, Turraree. Paul Higgins, grandson of Maurice currently owns the Behan and Higgins farms. Con Higgins son of  John (Johnny) Higgins was born in 1851.( in an interview I did with Buddy Feury, Glenagragra in 1986, Buddy told me that Con Higgins’s father was Johnny Higgins )There must have been other family members as a Maurice Higgins and Mary (Maria) Higgins stood for my great granduncle Michael Lynch, Glasha in 1852. Con who married Elizabeth (Bessy) Mulvihill R.I.P. 1895 from Turraree was either a brother or nephew to Mary (Maria) Higgins (probably the Mary above)  who married William Griffin, Glenagragra and was probablythe same relation to the Ellen Higgins, Glasha as in Griffith’s Valuation 1852. The Maurice Higgins mentioned was either a brother or son of John (Johnny)Higgins  above. Bessy was the daughter of Jack Mulvihill and Mary Walsh. It is thought that Jack & Mary came from a place called Faha in Co. Kerry. Elizabeth Mulvihill had a brother Jim Mulvihill and a sister Mary Mulvihill. Mary Mulvihill was married to a Mahony man from Asdee, Co Kerry. Jim Mulvihill had a son Paddy Mulvihill and a daughter Mary (Molly) Mulvihill. The Mulvihill family lived, in the same avenue as that of Tommy Sheehy and Mossie Breen. In fact, the Mulvihill house was attached to the Breen homestead and still is to this present day. It seems that they were tenants back in the days of the Landlord’s. It is now the property of the Breen family. Elizabeth (Bessy) died circa 1895. Higgin's Kill 2008

Limekiln at Higgins’s.

Con was very witty and was renowned for many humorous axioms, three of which I give hereunder -: On an occasion when he was out canvassing for some election he was known to address the situation as follows ‘If I can’t coherse Denny Faley for his vote I’ll prevent him from access to his humble academy in the bleak mountain’. Denny Faley being Paddy’s father, Denis (Denny), who lived in Glasha and who would more often than not walk through Con’s mountain down to the ‘Kerryline’ roadway. When people were complaining about his childen, Say’s Con, ‘They’re gone from the age of childhood to be attributing their doings to me’. His neighbour Mick Windle gave his pipe to Con for a smoke and Con broke the stem. Say’s Windle, ‘intentionally’, no say’s Con, ‘accidentally’. 1901 Census for Higgins family as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Higgins Cornelius 45 Male Father Catholic
Higgins Patrick 23 Male Son Catholic
Higgins Mary 20 Female Daughter Catholic
Higgins Bridget 14 Female Daughter Catholic
Higgins Con 12 Male Son Catholic
Higgins John 10 Male Son Catholic
Higgins William 9 Male Son Catholic

Con Higgins & Elizabeth (Bessy) Mulvihill had 11 children in family 7 of whom survived. The full family as follows -:

(1) Con Higgins.

(2) Bill Higgins.

(3) Jim Higgins.

(4) Dan Higgins.

(5) John Higgins.

(6) Paddy Higgins.

(7) Maurice Higgins.

(8) Mary Higgins.

(9) Bridget Higgins.

(10) ? Higgins.

(11) ? Higgins.

  (1) Con Higgins b.1889 emigrated to Australia. Married there and had a daughter Betty Higgins. There could be other children

(2) Bill Higgins, b.1892, emigrated to the U.S in the late 1920’s and never returned.

(3) Jim Higgins married to Nora O’Connor, (The shop), Ballyhahill. They emigrated to the U.S.A., came home to live in the town of Glin for a few years and went back to the U.S. again. They had one daughter Betty now deceased. Betty was married to an Italian by the name of Panilla.

(4) Dan Higgins emigrated to Australia. As far as I can establish, Dan remained single in life. Dan and Con emigrated on the same day. The local hackney man at the time was Jack Windle, Glenagragra who used his horse and sidecar to ferry people to their various destinations. In Dan and Con’s case it was to the railway station in Ardagh and grandfather Paddy Langan often spoke of that day and of the snow that was falling as they departed dear old Ireland, never to return.

(5) John Higgins b.1891 lived in Glasha. He died Oct 8th 1940 aged 40 years of malignant disease of the liver, Con Higgins present at his death in Glasha..

(6) Paddy Higgins who was born in the year 1878 went to his eternal reward on August 7th 1954. His wife my grandaunt Margaret Langan, passed away October 1st 1981 age 85yrs. On July 27th 1916 in Athea church Paddy and Margaret were married, the witnesses being Thomas Scanlon, Dromreask and Nora Langan, Glasha, (Margaret’s sister). (See also Langan Margaret)

(See also Langan Margaret) Family from Paddy Higgins and Margaret Langan as follows -;

(i) Elizabeth (Lizzy) Higgins.

(ii) Thomas (Thos) Higgins.

(iii) Patrick (Pakie) Higgins.

(iv) Nora Higgins.

(v) Liam Higgins.

(vi) Con Higgins.

(i) Elizabeth (Lizzy) Higgins born on January 23rd 1918 at Glenagragra, her aunt Nora Langan present at the birth. Lizzy was married to William Burns, Ballyagran. William died October 25th 1992. Elizabeth died January 24th 1995. Had a family.

(ii) Thomas (Thos) Higgins was married to Nell Enright from Glenbawn. Nell was a sCopy of higgins nellister to Jack Enright, Glenbawn who died November 22nd 1989. Lament for the said Jack by Paddy Faley in B.R.J. 1990 p157. Nell Enright was a servent girl at Connolly’s of Glenagragra during the 1940’s. It was during her time there that love blossomed between herself and her neighbour Toss Higgins of Glasha. They emigrated to England and raised a family one of whom Pat (Pakie) returned when he was six or seven years of age to be reared by his grandmother, the aforementioned Margaret Langan Higgins. Pakie eventually inherited the farm from his uncle Con Higgins. Toss opened a shop in the home place before going to England. I have a vivid recollection of calling to the shop to buy my penny bars, ‘trigger’s’, curn-tops and the ‘eight a penny’. Toss died May 7th 2006. Nell died December 2003.

Higgins Pakie c 1968

National School Photo c1964 of Pat (Pakie) Higgins son of Toss.

(Pat inherited the farm from his uncle Con.)

Below the present home of Pat Pakie Higgins Photo 2011.

Higgins Pakie's House

(iii) Pakie Higgins who remained single worked in London for years. He spent the latter years of his life at home in Glasha with his sister Nora. Pakie was a great man to have a bet on a horse. He died of cancer on January 25th 1990. I visited him at St. Lukes hospital, Dublin a few days before he passed to his eternal reward.


Right – Pakie Higgins with his sister Nora & her

husband Connie Noonan.

Photo c1988.

(iv) Nora Higgins lives in the home place with her husband Connie Noonan from Ballysteen. Higgins Nora & Connie Noonan on wedding day - Copy

Photo 1963 – Connie Noonan & Nora Higgins on their wedding day.

They have no family. School photo of Nora which was taken in 1945 can be seen in the B.R.J. 1994/95 p144. (Listed as Noreen) There’s another photo in the Weekly Observer newspaper of December 8th 1999 p24. (Second from right) Nora was a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the 1950’s Faley Ciss & Noddy Higgins 2006

Left – Ciss Higgins Faley & 1st cousin Nora Higgins Noonan 2006.

(v) Liam Higgins went to Birmingham, England in the 1940’s. He married Kate Staunton from Co. Mayo Higgins Liam, Knockdown - Copyand had three sons – Patrick, John and Michael. Liam and family returned to Ireland in the 1970’s and purchased the Reidy farm in Knockdown. (Formerly Jimmy Reidy’s) Liam passed to his eternal reaward on Saturday April 5th 2003. I am fortunate enough to have filmed Liam on video. (vi) Con Higgins who remained single spent many years back and forth to Birmingham. He left the farm to his nephew Patrick (Pakie) who built a new house and workshop to the east of the old home. Pakie is self-employed building fitted kitchens etc. Con died on April 16th 2000. I had a chat with him two days previous. There’s a photo of Con in the B.R.J 1993/94 p134 and a tribute to the great man by this author in the B.R.J. 2000 p67. Higgins Con left, Pakie, Reidy Mick & Flynn Maurice c1968 Left – Con Higgins & nephew Pakie Higgins (son of Toss)

with Mick Reidy, Glasha and Maurice Flynn,

Dromreask & Blaine, Athea. Photo c1963.

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Higgins home, Glasha  formerly Tom Langan’s.

Photo 2007.

Higgin's House

Rear view image of said home 2007.

Higgins' 2

Another view from rear 2007.

view from higgins

View westward from rear of Higgins home

with Bridie Windle’s & Flavin’s on right

 & P.J. Langan’s on left. Photo 2007.

(7) Maurice Higgins. Maurice who was born in 1886 went to his eternal reward December 14th 1957. The following article in relation to Maurice appeared in the Limerick Leader of Monday October 6th 1947.

Higgins Maurice left, Faley Danny, Higgins Mick, Pa, Jim & mother Nonie c1953. Left – Maurice Higgins, Danny Faley, Mick Higgins,

Nonie Higgins & Jim Higgins with dog. Picture c1953

Glin Court.

Maurice Higgins, Glashapullagh, Athea was prosecuted at Glin Court for having an unlicensed bull. Inspector O’Driscoll gave evidence of having found on the defendants land on June 13th last, a red and white, reasonably conditioned bull. This animal, he was given to understand was infected with hoose and the defendant had suffered many losses through the disease during the year. He lived on a small mountainy farm, had a large family and was in poor circumstances. He kept five or six cows. Mr. Power said, that in view of the circumstances of the defendant, he would not press the case. The Justice said, he had to take into consideration the principle involved in all these cases. He would impose a fine of 10/= and would order the defendant to pay 7/= expenses. In the year 1922, Maurice married my grandaunt, Hannah (Nonie) Langan, Glenagragra. (See also Langan Hannah) Family from Maurice Higgins and Nonie Langan as follows -:

(i) Con Higgins (Bob).

(ii) Mick Higgins.

(iii) Elizabeth (Ciss) Higgins.

(iv) Willie Higgins.

(v) Jack Higgins.

(vi) Mossie Higgins.

(vii) Noreen Higgins.

(viii) Patrick (Pa) Higgins.

 (ix) Jim Higgins.

(x) Thomas Higgins  born Sept 1925 and died Oct 12th 1925 at Glasha aged 2 weeks, his father Maurice Higgins present at his death. No medical attendant.


(i) Bob Higgins, as well as being a 1st cousin to my father he was also one of his best friends. In fact, Bob was best man at my father’s wedding in 1948. Bob worked in the Bog of Allen from 1944-1946 along with my uncle Bill Lynch. Higgins Bob, Glasha & Ferbane R.I.P Sept 8th 1988 - CopyHe married Kathleen Lynch and went to live in Ferbane, Co. Offaly. Bob went to his eternal reward September 8th 1988 age 65yrs. Photo from 1940’s B.R.J. 2005 p111. (See also Lynch Kathleen, Glasha.)                                                                                                            

Photo – Con (Bob) Higgins.

Langan Peg & Higgins Bob

Bob Higgins & his 1st cousin Peg Langan 1940’s.

Left – Delia Langan in her Glasha kitchen with Peg Langan Faley, Glenagragra & Birmingham c1986.

(ii) Mick Higgins who remained single in life inherited the home place from his father Maurice. Mick went to his eternal reward on January 21st 2004. Following his death, I paid the following tribute to the late Mick -:

Mick Higgins R.I.P.

The winter winds blew from the west and the dark clouds hurried past

When on the twenty first of January Mick Higgins breathed his last

His passing ‘though expected still shocked us one and all

But then again no one can tell when they’re nigh the final call.

Well Mick he was a candid man, a man who knew no greed

No doubt inheriting the duchas of the Higgins/Langan breed

And so ‘twas only fitting that so many joined the queue

And congregated on the sod to bid him fond adieu.

Yes, he loved the land where he was born the mountains and the streams

He toiled each acre, rood and perch since he was in his teens

He saved the hay and cut the turf but at times ‘twas a living hell

But he’d always stop to beat his breast when he’d hear the Angelus bell.

Vivid thoughts spring to my mind, back when I was young of age

I recall Mick calling to the home my grandparents Pat and Babe

There I’d make my way to the old back-room to search the place about

‘Till I’d find for him ‘in the butter-box, a bottle of grand-dad’s best mulled stout.

‘’She lived beside the Anner at the foot of Slievenamon’’

I bet he’s singing that grand old song up there with his brother Con

Known to us all as jovial Bob whom he held in high esteem

And in the choirs of chorus there’s mum and dad and his sister sweet Noreen.

So quietly then you left us Mick and the place now seems so bare

And I know your presence will be missed when Moss sees your vacant chair

The ‘Paddock’ springs eternally flowing down o’er vales and moors

May the Lord have mercy on your soul, may perpetual light be yours.

Photo’s of Mick in B.R.J 1993/94 p15 & 65. Photo at Mass Rock in Athea in Weekly Observer September 30th 1992 p11.


The Paddock Well Photo c1990.

Langan Paddy & Higgins Mick, circa 1953.

Photo – left Paddy Langan (my grandfather) & Mick Higgins

ploughing garden above kiln c1953.

(iii) Elizabeth (Ciss) Higgins married Danny Faley brother of Paddy Faley, Glenbawn. No issue from that union. Ciss and Danny celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 4th 2001. ‘Golden Jubilee’ poem by Paddy Faley A.P.N. 5-4-2001.Faley Dany & Ciss

Photo – Danny & Ciss Faley.

Ciss celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday September 13th 2004 at her home in Turraree. (See Athea Parish Newsletter 15-09-2004). Photo with husband Danny and niece Phil Faley Daly front page of Weekly Observer 22-09-2004 also p18 of same paper cutting the cake. Photo of Ciss B.R.J. 1990/91 p29. Also, photo from the 1950’s B.R.J. 2007 p103. An article in A.P.N. of the 10-10-1998 namely ‘Bubbles’  re- milking a cow for the first time with her uncle Danny and Ciss by another niece Geraldine Faley. Ciss was a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s. (See also Faley Family)


Faley’s cottage, Turraree c1990.


Danny Faley c1990.

Higginspa left, Danny Faley, Ciss, Tom Scanlon, Mick Flavin, Tom Langan & x.

Photo 1950’s at Danny Mullane’s hall, Knockdown.

Left – Pa Higgins, Danny Faley, Ciss Higgins Faley, Tom Scanlon, Glasha,

Mick Flavin, Glenagragra, Tom Langan my uncle & ?

(iv) Willie Higgins was another who was forced to take the emigrant ship across the Irish Sea. Lived most of his life in Birmingham, England. Member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s. Married to Margaret Enright, Glenalappa. Margaret was a sister to Mary B.Enright who was married to Jimmy Normoyle, Glenagragra. Willie was a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s.

 Higgins Willie left, Noreen, Noddie, Barrett Dan & Higgins Pa c 1954

From Left – Willie Higgins, Birmingham & Glasha. Noreen Higgins

 Barrett R.I.P. , Turraree. Nora Higgins Noonan, Glasha,.

Dan Barrett, Turraree & Pa Higgins Limerick & Glasha.

Photo 1950’s

(v) Jack Higgins another member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s had a lorry for many years, which he used for the delivering of flour and meal to numerous merchants throughout the county. Higgins Jack & Tom Langan 1950Following his marriage to Mary Greig, Jack moved to Ballingarry, Co. Limerick and operated a thriving supermarket there for some years. Mary Gregg and her sister Ellen Anne Greig who Married Michael Foley, Glin had returned from the U.S.A. and went to live with their uncle Paddy ‘Pats’ Mulvihill R.I.P. 30-10-1976, in Dromreask. Paddy Pat’s sister Ellen, married her 1st cousin once removed Jim Gregg and subsequently became the the parents of Mary and Ellen Ann above and Nora Root Gregg in the U.S.. Paddy Pat’s father ‘Pats’ Mulvihill b1876 was married to a sister of Bill Gregg’s. Paddy Pat’s had a brother Joe ‘Pats’ Mulvihill who lived with him. Another brother Neddy Pat’s emigrated, as did a sister Biddy Pat’s. He had another brother Tim Pat’s Mulvihill who lived in Killeaney Lower. The Gregg family had a shop a few hundred yards west of Paddy’s house on the left hand side of the road. Bill Greg lived there and had the following family – Jim (above), John and Mary Gregg. For a more detailed look at the Mulvihill’s and Gregg’s click on this link

Photo – Jack on right and his 1st cousin my uncle Tom Langan 1950’s. Paddy ‘Pats’ Mulvihill’s grandfather was Patrick Mulvihill b1841 who also had a brother Dick and his grandmother was Ellen Sheehy b1854. Paddy Pat’s  had an uncle the legendary Jack ‘Padden’ Mulvihill, b1891, who was a poet of no mean repute. He lived a bachelor life in the same house as his brother Tim Padden Mulvihill who was married to a Crowley girl from Knockfinisk. Jack Padden’s other siblings included the aforementioned ‘Pats’ Mulvihill who was married to one of the Greigh’s, Edward b1888, a sister Nell who was married to Jack Sheahan, Knockdown and Mary b1877 who married her next door neighbour Daniel O’ Brien b1866. Jack and I were avid western fiction readers and many is the evening in the 1960’s I crossed Feury’s mountain to the home of the said Jack ‘Padden’ to swap with him some cowboy books. Zane Gray &  Louis Lamour are just two of the writers that were top of our list. Jack had a huge collection in his possession and often gave me more than my share during our exchange. For 1938 School Folklore Collection, Jack Higgins submitted the following – ‘Hidden Treasure’ that was given to him by his father Maurice.




Hidden Treasures.

  There is supposed to be a foals skin of gold hidden in the ‘Poll Dorcha’ after the Fenians or White Boys since they were trying to free Ireland. Where this gold is hidden is about four miles from Ballyguiltenane school and it is situated in an old dark grassy glen. You would pass it as you go the Kerry Line to Athea from Clounleharde school. The leader who hid it was afterwards caught by the English who ruled Ireland and he was hanged from a tree near Rathkeale. When his sentence was passed he enquired if there was anyone from the place called Glenagragra where the gold was hidden. But there was no one as so the gold is still there unknown to anybody. It is said that two men went searching for it. Their names were O’Callahan and Flavin. But chains were heard rattling and they fled away.

John Higgins,

Glasha, Athea,

Co. Limerick

(Told by my father – Aged 56.)


Higgin's Jack's school project 1938

Original document of above.

Barrett Dan left & Nell, Higgins Jack, Noreen & Mossie.1950's

Photo 1950’s – Left, Dan Barrett, Nell Barrett, Jack Higgins, Noreen Higgins Barrett & Mossie Higgins.

Higgins Moss, Jack & Tom Langan 2006

Left – Mossie Higgins, Tom Langan son of Maurice & Jack Higgins .

Photo 2006.

Folks those stories are true for the gold that lay buried there was eventually located and today my brother Eddie Langan is transporting it countrywide in the form of ‘pencil’, rock and sand. (vi) Mossie Higgins who remained single worked in England for some time, came home and secured a job with Glin Creamery where he was employed as a lorry driver. Another member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class.

Higgins Mossie, Glasha 1950Mossie Higgins


Mossie Higgins with the old hay raker of yester-year Photo c1988.

(vii) Noreen Higgins also went across the Irish Sea, married her neighbour Dan Barrett, Turraree and had a family of three -: Maurice, Anthony and Danny Barrett. They returned to Turraree in the early 1970’s to the Barrett homestead and farm that Dan inherited from his father. Alas, Noreen fell victim to Motor Neuron disease and sadly passed away on July 21st 1997. Noreen and Dan were members of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class.


Left – Mossie Higgins, Gerry Griffin, Glenagragra &

Connie Noonan, Glasha.

Photo 1985.


(viii) Patrick (Pa) Higgins served his time as a carpenter with Danny Lyons, Derri, Listowel. He worked in England and Dublin for a time before eventually settling down with his wife and family in Raheen, Limerick City.

(ix) Jim Higgins also served his time with Danny Lyons and is now settled down and retired at his home in Clare Rd. Dublin 9. Jim is married to Bridie Shea from Caherciveen and has a son Paul and a daughter Patricia Higgins. Paul incidentely inherited the Mick Higgins farm in Glasha.


Jim & Bridie Higgins 2011.

Higgins Jim left with George Langan 2010 in bog

Left – Jim Higgins & myself at Glasha bog 2010.

Higgins Jim, Maria, Patricia & Pa Sept 2010

Left – Pa Higgins, Patricia Higgins, Marie Higgins (daughter of Jack)

& Jim Higgins at Jim’s son Paul’s wedding 2011.

Higgins Paul

Paul Higgins and Joanne.

(8) Mary Higgins. b1881. Mary who was a seamstress (Dressmaker) died sometime between 1901 and 1911.

(9) Bridget Higgins b.1887 and died at an early age.

(10) ? Higgins, R.I.P. at an erly age. (11) ? Higgins, R.I.P. at an early age.

Higgins Jim, Jack. Moss & Tom Langan

Left – Jim Higgins, Jack Higgins, Tom Langan (son of Maurice) & Mossie Higgins.

higgins mossie and mossie langan 2004

Left – Mossie Higgins & Mossie Langan in quarry, 2004.


The Barrett family history as follows-:

Mick Barrett, Turraree married Kate O’Connor, Glenastar and had one son Paddy BarrettBarrett Paddy R.I.P. June 22nd 1981 - Copy (pictured) who was born December 19th 1892 and who passed to his eternal reward on June 22nd 1981 aged 89yrs This Paddy married Margaret Vaughan, Dirreen, daughter of Dan Vaughan and Ellen Histon. Margaret Barrett died September 12th 1971 aged 64yrs. Paddy and Margaret were noted step-dancers and often danced at parties at the home of my grandfather George Lynch, Glasha and indeed at wren-parties as well. Paddy was also a very fine poet and composed several masterpieces of which only scraps now remain. Paddy and Margaret had the following family-: Mick Barrett, Glenastar who married Alice Stokes. Dan (above), Kate, Nell, Hannah, Birmingham. Peg, Hospital, Co. Limerick and Mary Limerick City. Kate and Mick were also members of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class.

Barrett Paddy kneeling

Cutting the turf for the Council during the 1940’s –

Back Left – Tom Langan R.I.P., Glenagragra.

Paddy Barrett R.I.P., Turraree kneeling.

Barrett's, Higgins's, Langans 1950's

Group Photo Front left –

Nell Barrett, Mary Barrett, ?, Paddy Barrett his wife Maggie and Ciss Faley.

Middle – Tom Langan (son of Maurice), Jim Higgins, Mick Barrett, Nora Langan, Peg Barrett and Brida Langan.

Back left – Mossie Higgins, Mike Griffin, Pa Higgins, Mick Higgins,  Gerry Griffin,  Jack Higgins and Tom Langan.

Barrett Mick front, Jim Higgins, Tom Langan & Tom Langan.Middle, Mick Higgins,Hanah Barrett, Jerry Griffin,Pa Higgins & Peg Barrett. Back,Mossie Higgins, Nora & Breda Langan c1953

Group photo – Front

Mick Barrett, Jim Higgins, Tom Langan and Tom Langan (son of Paddy).

Mick Higgins, Hannah Barrett, Gerry Griffin, Pa Higgins and Peg Barrett.

Mossie Higgins, Nora Langan and Brida Langan.

Barrett's, TURRAREE, July 1962.

Photo at Barretts, Turraree – left – Bill Flavin, Paddy Barrett, Noreen Barrett nee Higgins, Mick Dalton, Maggie Barrett and Paddy ‘Thade’ Sullivan.

Seated front – Alice Barrett, Hannah Barrett and Walter Lindberg married to Kate Barrett.

Barrett Dan right with Noonan Connie, Noddy & Mce & Anthony Barrett.

Left – Nora Higgins Noonan, Connie Noonan, Dan Barrett with Dan’s sons Maurice & Anthony late 1960’s.

Barrett Dan in wheelbarrow with Faley Mick, Birmingham 1950's

Birmingham 1950’s – Dan Barrett in wheelbarrow with Mick Faley.

Griffin Mike & Barrett Kate 1950

Kate Barrett & Mike Griffin (son of Gerald) 1950.


Paddy Langan, Glenagragra.

The Co. Councillor

(son of Tom Langan 2.)

Paddy Langan was born in Glenagragra, March 23rd 1892, in the house where Connie Noonan and his wife Nora Higgins currently reside. His godparents were Denis Quille, Dromada and Margaret Quille, Margaret was probably Jermiah 2’s daughter in Tullyleague who later married the smithy Morgan Enright. (see Quille/Woods family in this issue). Paddy’s sister Margaret Langan, inherited the family home and married Paddy Higgins son of Con, Glasha.

Paddy Langan was a man of many talents and it seems no matter what he turned his hand to he always excelled in that particular field whether it be breaking horses, gardening or representing his neighbour in the County Council, it mattLangan Paddy 1940'sered none. He was very close to me as indeed was my grandmother as I spent much of my youth with them in Glenagragra.

All through his life Paddy excelled in the work of looking after horses. He was only eighteen or nineteen years of age when he went to work for Willie Chawke of Clounleharde. Willie who had an entire horse was looking for a top class groom and on hearing of Paddy’s equestrian skills he wasn’t anyway undecided on hiring him. Willie Chawke had a brother in Ballyvologue, Granagh, Co. Limerick  Richard (Dick) Chawke born 1871 who was a creamery manager in Granagh. In addition Dick had some land (Fitzpatrick’s) in Granagh and was looking for a good horseman and ploughman that he could rely on. On the recommendations of Willie, Dick hired Paddy for the remainder of that year. It was while working there that Paddy met his future wife, my grandmother Mary A Fitzpatrick (Babe) born July 4th 1888, daughter of Ned Fitzpatrick born 1848 and Mary Mullane, born c 1858.  Babe had two sisters Johanna Fitzpatrick born 1886/87 who on January 31st 1911 at the Cathedral in Limerick city married Richard (Dick) Chawke above. The witnesses were John Chawke Richard’s brother (who by the way was a creamery manager in Adare) and the aforementioned Mary A. Fitzpatrick. Johanna died on July 17th 1955 age 68 yrs from a cerebral hemorrhage. Her grand-daughter Rita Speiran present at her death at Ballyvologue. Dick Chawke died on April 7th 1954. aged 83 yrs, his grand-daughter Margaret Speiran present during his death at Ballyvologue. His 1st cousin John Chawke son of Martin Chawke, Ballyvologue died the following day April 8th 1954. He was making his way home across the fields after paying his respects at Richard’s remains when he suffered a fall causing himself serious injury from which he never recovered. His son John was present at his death at Ballyvologue. Martin Chawke born 1844 and died Sept 10th 1931, his son John present at his death in Ballyvologue. Martin Chawke’s wife Mary O’Shea died March 20th 1898 aged 47 yrs, Martin present during her death.  Dick Chawke’s brother William (Willie) Chawke above was a farmer in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, he died in 1965 aged 98 yrs. Babe’s other sister was Katie Fitzpatrick, born Sept 6th 1891 who married James Culhane, Belview, Banogue. James died January 20th 1955 aged 71 yrs from cardiac failure sudden at Ballyphilip, Banogue, Croom.  Katie died May 13th 1963 at St Camillus Hospital, Limerick suffering from Chronic Bronchitis, ulcer on one leg and bed sore, certified. Age given as 70yrs, there’s an inaccuracy in either the birth or the death record. The death record also states that she was the widow of a farmer and Thomas Anthony Flannery hospital occupier was present at her death.   James and Katie had no family, Bill Chawke son of Dick, inherited the Culhane farm.


Edmond Fitzpatrick, my great great great grandfather was a farmer, who is in the Tithe Applotment book was leasing land in 1826. He was a tenant farmer of some importance. His birth date and death date unknown. According to Griffith’s Valuation 1852, Edmund was farming 32 Irish acres and three perches at Ballyvologue. From what we can establish Edmund had at least two sons Patrick Fitzpatrick and Thomas Fitzpatrick. Going by Patrick’s death record he was born 1812 and died Thursday May 25th 1893, he was 81 yrs and died of old age. He was stated to be a bachelor, a labourer by occupation and lived at Ballyvologue the same address as his brother Thomas. His death was registered on Friday June 16th 1893 by his nephew Edmund Fitzpatrick in the Registrar’s District of Castletown. Notice to the Registrar was to be given within seven days of death but as can be seen it was late in this case. Edmund’s other son Thomas Fitzpatrick my great great grandfather was born 1807 and died October 14th 1880 at Ballyvologue, his son Edmund present at his death. Thomas Fitzpatrick was married to  Johanna Nunan which is a variant spelling of Noonan born 1819/20 who died on Feb 22nd 1890. She was 70 yrs of age and according to the medical attendant probably chronic bronchitis was the cause of death. Her son Edmund Fitzpatrick, Ballyvologue was present at her death in Ballyvologue. Thomas Fitzpatrick and Johanna Noonan had at least five children, three of whom are recorded in the Ballingarry parish register. The 5 are as follows –

Ned, (my great grandfather) Timothy and Thomas Fitzpatrick. Timothy and Thomas emigrated to the U.S. and Ned being the oldest inherited the home place. Ned was born 1848 and died Oct 5th 1898 age 50 yrs suffering from diabetes for four years. His daughter Hannah was present at his death in Ballyvologue. On February 17th 1885 at the Catholic Church in Mungret, in the registrar’s district of Clarina, Ned age 35, married Mary Mullane from Patrickswell, daughter of Timothy Mullane (farmer). The witnesses were Michael Carroll for Ned and Anne Hannon for Mary. Family as follows –

Johanna Fitzpatrick, born 1886/7.

Mary A.Babe fitzpatrick. born July 4th 1888. (my grandmother)

Katie Fitzpatrick, born Sept 6th 1891.

Mary Mullane Fitzpatrick was born in 1856 and died November 7th  1936 aged 80 years, her daughter Johanna present at her death.

Timothy Fitzpatrick, born pre 1849 (not recorded) Timothy’s great grand-daughter Kathy Fitzpatrick Barna informed me that Timothy came to Chicago, Illinois and he had a dairy in what is near downtown Chicago!  Apparently the street is still there consisting of lofts (condos). It all made sense to her because Ballingarry is a dairy farming area.  Timothy died in 1906. Timothy had a son Thomas Fitzpatrick born 1879 who in turn had a son Anthony Fitzpatrick  born 1921 the father of the aforementioned Kathy Barna, my 3rd cousin. Her father  always told her that his grandfather Timmy had a dairy.

Johanna Fitzpatrick, my great grand-aunt, baptised Tuesday, July 20th 1852. Godparents – Patrick Walsh and Maria Grady. On March 9th 1886 Johanna married John Storan aged 35, from Croom son of Thomas Storan, a farmer. Witnesses were John Kelly for John and Ellie O’Brien for Johanna.

Catherine Fitzpatrick, my great grand-aunt, baptised Sunday Oct 16th 1853.  Godparents -Geoffrey Barry and Johanna Hartigan. On Feb 13th 1877 at the Roman Catholic Church of Granagh in the Registrar’s district of Castletown, Catherine, daughter of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Ballyvologue married Michael Joseph O’Regan 29 yrs of age, a farmer from Duxtown, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. Catherine’s age given as 22 yrs. The witnesses were Mr. D. Power. Rathkeale for Michael and Margaret Carroll for Catherine.

Thomas Fitzpatrick, my great grand-uncle, baptised Thursday June 30th 1859. Godparents – Timothy Power and Maria Shea. As already stated Thomas emigrated to the U.S.

There’s a gap of six years between Catherine and Thomas which would indicate that a child may have died before being baptised. From the records available there is no record for a Ned or Timothy Fitzpatrick born in this family but it is worthy to note here that there is a gap in the baptismal registers for Ballingarry between 1828 and 1849 so Ned and Timothy could have been born in or before 1849. In Ned’s case 1848 as he was given as 50 yrs of age on his death cert in 1898. Another record to go by is that Ned Fitzpatrick had no sons only three daughters and it would appear they were christened after their aunts Catherine and Johanna  and Mary A (Babe) my grandmother called after her mother  Mary Mullane. The researcher at the genealogy office in Limerick is quite confident that the above family is that of our (Kathy Barna & myself) Fitzpatrick’s.  Kathy has a sister who along with her  lives in Pennsylvania and another sister who lives in North Carolina. She has no brothers.  Her father had a genealogy DNA test done that told them that the Fitzpatrick line originated in County Laois.
Not everyone named Fitzpatrick traces back to County Laois. It’s only the line that is her father’s DNA.  There is a clan meeting every few years in County Laois where the Fitzpatricks meet.  Family Tree DNA gives her names of people that match her father’s DNA, so she has names, but the connection is so far back in the past she cannot find the link.  WIth DNA there are no mistakes, as there might be on paper.  The DNA test was done before she contacted Limerick genealogy and found the information about Edmund. My thanks to Kathy Fitzpatrick Barna for her help in the above research.

Kathy Fitzpatrick Barna and her husband Carl.

(Carl’s grandparents came from Poland and Austria/Hungary.)

Ryan and Carrie Barna, children of Kathy & Carl.

Chawkes 1954. Mary, Kathleen & Stephen included


(Photo taken 1954 following the death of Richard Chawke. Members of the Chawke family included are Ned Chawke left of door with short coat and tie, his sister Peig at his elbow, Kathleen Chawke next to her, his brother Richie to right with overcoat with Mary Chawke next to him)

Copy of fitzpatrick home 1990's


1901 Census for Fitzpatrick’s, Ballyvologue, Granagh, Co. Limerick.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fitzpatrick Mary (Mullane) 43 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fitzpatrick Johanna 14 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fitzpatrick Mary 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fitzpatrick Catherine 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
O’Regan George 20 Male Servant Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Fitzpatrick’s, Ballyvologue, Granagh, Co. Limerick.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Chawke Richard 37 Male Head of Family Catholic
Chawke Johanna (Fitzpatrick) 24 Female Wife Catholic
Fitzpatrick Mary (Mullane) 54 Female Mother in Law Catholic
Fitzpatrick Mary Anne 22 Female Sister in Law Catholic
Fitzpatrick Catherine 19 Female Sister in Law Catholic
O Regan George 31 Male Servant Catholic
O Gorman Patrick 81 Male Servant Catholic


It is of the belief that the Chawke family came from Alsace-Lorraine  two areas in eastern France that have often been in western Germany and before that, the Holy Roman Empire.  Apparently there were many rebellions between the Germans and the French each claiming rights to this little state and as a result much emigration took place and among those emigrants were two Chawke men who arrived in Kent in southern England and from there came across to Ireland, one of whom settled in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry and the other in Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick. The Chawke man who settled in Newtownsandes died young as did his wife leaving two children, a boy and a girl.

The earliest Chawke’s that we know of are as follows –

John Chawke b circa 1790 or thereabouts who had a son John Chawke b circa 1818 and recorded on marriage certificate as follows – on July 23rd 1878 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea,  John Chawke 60 yrs of age a widower, son of John Chawke farmer, deceased, married Mary Sheehy widow, 60 yrs of age from Upper Athea, daughter of Edmund Sheehy farmer, deceased. The witnesses being Michael Mulvihill and Johanna Sheehy. No further information on John.

William Chawke b circa 1806 of Drominacrine, Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick and died February 15th 1893 at the same address.

Mary Chawke who was born circa 1813 and died in 1887 aged 74, listed in the District/Registration area of Newcastle. No further information on Mary.

William Chawke b circa 1806 and lived at Drominacrine, Klmeedy, Co. Limerick. William  was married to Johanna Sexton.  William and Johanna had a family of eight (8) that we know of – seven sons and one daughter as follows ; (1)Thomas Tom Chawke, (2)James Chawke, (3)Michael Chawke, (4)Martin Chawke, (5)John Chawke, (6)William Chawke, (7)Pat Chawke and (8)Johanna Chawke


Paddy Langan was just around twenty two years old when he got married, Babe being three years older than he was.  On Feb 10th 1914 at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Limerick my grandmother Mary A. (Babe) Fitzpatrick and my grandfather Patrick (Paddy) Langan were married, the witnesses being Daniel Geoghegan, Turraree, Glin for Paddy and Maggie Byrnes for Babe. Maggie later married Joseph Fitzgerald, Kilmacow, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. Joseph had a brother Stephen Fitzgerald who became a priest. My grandmother had a very good friend whose name was Alice Chawke, daughter of Martin Chawke. Martin was a cousin to Richard (Dick) Chawke. Alice married John Bennett.  Grandmother spent three weeks every summer in Granagh with her sister Johanna up until she died in 1955. Following Johanna’s death the roles were reversed so to speak, the Chawke’s would come to Glenagragra to spend a day with grandmother and her lifetime friend Alice Chawke Bennett would invariably come with them.

Babe’s nephew, Ned Chawke, son of Dick was a member of the Limerick County senior hurling team that won the All Ireland Championship in 1940. Ned always maintained he scored a goal that day but he said the credit was given to another forward.

Well whether Babe and Paddy eloped or not it is believed that Babe was left a large dowry by her deceased wealthy father. Sometime after getting married Paddy either rented or purchased a public-house in Tarbert village, Babe’s dowry I would say playing a big part in procuring in the said purchase. From what I can gather the premises was located in Chapel St.  It was a public house/grocery shop, (the two combined was the norm with many establishments back in those days) and was previously in the ownership of a David Langan and his wife and family. David, whose father was also called David was married twice, firstly to Mary Maguire at Glin parish church as hereunder.

On 20-10-1877 – David Langan, Tarbert, aged 25 years, son of David Langan an office clerk, married Maria Maguire, Ballydonoghue daughter of Patrick McGuire . (W) Edward Leahy & Johanna Dillane. 

Mary died March 7th 1883 aged 28 yrs listed as wife of David shop merchant and clerk. David’s second marriage was in Tarbert on June 22nd 1884 to Ann Fitzmaurice daughter of Garrett Fitzmaurice, both from Tarbert. David emigrated to Chicago sometime between 1884 and 1906 to try and secure a better living leaving his wife at home to look after the children and the shop until as such time he got sorted in the new land. His wife Annie was running the place in 1906. The family names as per the following census ;

Residents of a house 1 in Chapel Street (Tarbert, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Langan Mary 14 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Langan Fitzmaurice Annie 36 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Langan David 13 Male Son Roman Catholic
Langan Gerald 12 Male Son Roman Catholic
Langan George 9 Male Son Roman Catholic

Don’t know the exact year Annie went to join her husband in Chicago but it must have been between 1901 and 1911 as there is no Langan listed for Chapel St. in 1911 Census. Paddy and Babe were definitely living there in August 1915 when their son Peter was born. Alas  Peter died on November 17th 1915 suffering from bronchitis his father Pat Langan present at his death. Peter listed as a publican’s child on his death cert. In actual fact there is an error in the death certificate with the child’s name given as Peter Paul Langan, this was corrected on Nov 12th 1916. See hereunder….

langan peter death cert

They were still living in Tarbert on Sept 21st 1916 when another son Patrick Langan was born. The birth cert reads – Patrick Langan, son of Patrick Langan shop-keeper, Mary Langan formerly Fitzpatrick as the mother with Ellen Collins, Doonard Lower, Tarbert present at birth. Ellen Collins was formerly Ellen Langan who married Thomas Collins at Glin Catholic Church on Nov 13th 1876.  They were both from Ballydonohoe, a townland in the parish of Glin which is situated at both sides of the Mail Road between Glin and Tarbert. The witnesses to the marriage were Pat Collins and David Langan. Ellen may have been a sister to the aforementioned David Langan and if not she was certainly some relation of his. Alas little baby Patrick Langan also died, succumbing to bronchitis on Oct 3rd 1916.

1901 Census for Doonard Lower, Tarbert as follows –

Residents of a house 4 in Doonard, Lower (Tarbert, Kerry)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Collins Mary 20 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Collins Margret 14 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Collins Ann 6 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Collins Thomas 55 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Collins James 16 Male Son Roman Catholic
Collins Patrick 10 Male Son Roman Catholic
Collins (Langan) Ellen 44 Female Wife Roman Catholic

Paddy also worked as a jarvey-man with horse and sidecar around the picturesque North Kerry/West Limerick coast. For some reason or other the pub business did not thrive and one morning, according to rumour, Paddy pulled the door out behind him and informed those outside who were waiting to go in – ‘’tis all over lads’. Could it be that grandfather was his own best customer? A saying of Paddy’s at the time went as follow

‘’Were you ever in an Irishman’s shanty,

Where the water was scarce and the whiskey was plenty’

It seems that Paddy owned the pub as early as 1915. Janlyn Auld in Chicago, grand-daughter of George Langan, found a couple of records in the Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers.  On May 23, 1915, he was charged with failing to allow a constable to enter the pub.  It seems Paddy probably had a beef with that constable because the same one (by the name of Lynch) gave him a ticket earlier that same month for working a horse that had an injury. (George Langan being the son of David Langan & Anne Fitzmaurice above)

After selling the pub Paddy and Babe returned to Glenagragra to the house where my brother Patrick Langan and his family now reside. The house at the time was in the ownership of Tim Ryan who was a brother-in-law to Master Danaher, a headmaster in Athea National School. Ryan bought the house off Dick (Richard) Feury who was an uncle of Thomas Michael (Buddeen) Feury, Glenagragra, the said Dick aged 35yrs having emigrated to the U.S  to his brother James Feury, 35 Orchard St, Jersey County, New York, June 9th 1911 on board the Adriatic Liner. Dick paid his own passage out and was in the possession of 20$ on his arrival. Dick had previously travelled out in 1905.


Patrick Langan’s Glenagragra, 

formerly Patsy Connolly’s, Ryan’s & Richard Feury’s.

Photo c1988.

My grandfather had the house rented for a few years, probably around 1911/14, until Ryan sold the place to the harness maker, Patsy Connolly. Paddy was to be evicted from the house, as he would not leave when Ryan requested him to do so. They were bringing out the sheriff to evict him. Say’s Paddy, ‘give me what you’re giving the sheriff and I’ll go of my own free will’.

Higgin's House


Paddy moved back home to Higgins to a room that his father had kept in the house prior to him moving over to his daughter Nonie. The room was at the west of the house. Paddy knocked a door into the room from the back so as he wouldn’t be disturbing the rest of the household as they went about their daily chores and needless to say Paddy wanted his own privacy just as well. The mark of the door was visible on the outside wall up to some years ago until such time that the Higgins’ plastered that part of the wall. Connie Noonan (married to Nora Higgins) informed me that the outline of the door is still observable from the inside. It must have been in this room that most of the family were born, as grandfather’s thatched cottage in Glenagragra wasn’t built until circa 1927. The family were certainly in Glasha by 1926 as the late Paddy Faley R.I.P. remembers my father making a rope out of strips of a canvass bag outside the house there around that time. He had the strips stretched out from the back of the house to the river at the eastern side, so Paddy informed me.

The cottage was situated in an ‘inch’ (narrow strip of land by a river) west of Dan Connors’ gate, which was given to Paddy by his brother Maurice who had acquired same as it went with the Wood’s farm that he Maurice had inherited. The transfer of the deeds for this particular piece of land didn’t take place until sometime during the 1950’s. The valuation records for Glenagragra state that in 1951, Paddy Langan had a haggard next to his brother Maurice and by 1952, had two small sites next to Flavin’s. One of these sites was to the east of the cottage and was divided by a bound’s known as the ‘dry wall’. This site or haggard or ‘inch’ whatever one wishes to call it was given to Paddy by his neighbour and friend Paddy Flavin whose family we’ve dealt with earlier. The said Paddy Flavin helped in the building of grandfather’s cottage as he Paddy was a very good stonemason and thatcher to boot. I am reliably informed, tonight December 31st 2012, by Mikie Kinnane that the ‘inch’ at the west of the house (all one piece of ground now back to my brother Eddie’s) opposite Bill Flavin’s, slightly west to the entrance of the said Bill’s abode was known in the early years as Starr’s place.

the foundation 2007

‘Stars’ place or the ‘Foundation’ Photo 2007.

There was a Flavin woman who was nicknamed ‘Star’s’. She lived in a mud dwelling at my grandfather George Lynch’s gate in Glasha once upon a time. She was in some way related to the Lynch’s, as George’s grandmother was Mary Flavin. She also lived back at Flavin’s in Leitrim, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. It was said that she acquired the nickname ‘Star’s’ because of her ability of being able to relate to the star’s, a horoscope reader in today’s world I would imagine. Paddy Flavin often spoke about her. This ‘inch’ must be one of the many places that she took up as her place of residence. I have mentioned this woman under the Lynch’s of Glasha. Mikie also informed me that a family by the name of Scanlon resided in the said ‘inch’ sometime afterwards and true enough that family are listed in the 1901 census population of Glenagragra as we can see hereunder.






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(Maurice Higgins 14 male servant being the son of Con, Glashapullagh)


Mikie went on to tell me that he had the occasion when he was a young fella to take a pair of shoes belonging to his father for mending to a shoemaker by the name of Scanlon. This Scanlon man lived at the east of Glin, over the middle road as it was known by, somewhere near Cahara he recalls. On entering the house the Scanlon man asked him where he was from and when Mick told him he was from Glenagragra he replied, ‘sure you’re one of our own, I lived up there many years ago in a house across the road from where Bill Flavin now lives’. It was one of the above sons of Dan Scanlon that Mikie had met.

The Maurice Higgins mentioned above was the son of Con Higgins and grandson of Johnny Higgins. Maurice was married to my grandaunt Nonie Langan.


Looking at the 1911 census for the same family we see that Daniel Scanlon is not on the list, presumed deceased.






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Notes for Hanora Griffin 2 as listed in above census.

When I was growing up and staying with my grandparents in Glenagragra, I remember a Nora Griffin who was very friendly with my grandmother Babe Langan. This Nora Griffin who grew up in Moyvane would visit grandmother quite regularly. Her mother was Stack from the same locality, they were known locally as ‘Stack’s of the bog’. Nora married Bill Kiely from Ballygoughlin whose home was situated at a place known as Sperrin’s Hill, approximately 100yds from Ballygoughlin School on the opposite side heading north towards the coast. Bill and Nora settled down and lived their lives with their family at Moyvane. Many are the Sunday afternoon’s in the 1960’s I travelled by horse and trap on a visit to their humble home with grandfather and grandmother Langan. I remember there were at least two daughters in the family and one son, Johnny Kiely. Johnny married Bridget Normoyle from Dromreask, daughter of Jimmy Normoyle and Mary B. Enright, Aughrim, but alas, he contracted an illness and went to his eternal reward at a relatively very young age. In the year 1970/71 I drew turf out of the bog for the said Bill Kiely. Bill had two brothers, John and a brother Stephen who was the youngest. Sperrin’s Hill was immortalised in verse by Michael Mulvihill, Ballygoughlin and printed in the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal ( B.R.J.) 1988 p112. Mary B Enright had a sister Margaret Enright who was married to William (Willie) Higgins, Glasha, son of Maurice Higgins both of whom emigrated to Birmingham, England.

Going back to grandfathers’ ‘inch’, Maurice Windle,, Glenagragra (Son of Michael Windle and grandson of Henry (Harry) Windle Glenagragra, took up residence in this ‘inch’ sometime later and had a shop there for many years. Maurice was married to Mary Lynch, sister of James (Jimeen) Lynch, Glasha. When Mary Lynch married Maurice Windle, her father Patsy Lynch gave her a present of part of the family farm along with this ‘inch’.  Following the death of Maurice and Mary the dwelling, which the aforementioned James Lynch now owned, was rented to Jack Histon, Dirreen, father of the renowned Sean O’Histon of Blaine, in fact the said Sean O’ was born here. o'donoghue jamesSome years later James O’Donoghue, father of Thomas J. O’Donoghue, editor of Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal, rented the place. We used to call the place the ‘foundation’ as all that was left of the dwelling was its falling down walls and foundations when Paddy Langan took it over. Paddy bought the place from James (Jimeen) Lynch for the sum of 10/-. (10 shillings in that era’s currency) It was said that Paddy made the deal by way of stuffing the 10-shilling note into Jimeen’s breast pocket over a drink at Jimmy Collins’s in Athea village one afternoon. On Saturday August 20th 1988 I had a conversation with Bill Flavin of Glenagragra who lived at the other side of the road opposite the ‘foundation’. Bill had a vivid recollection of the thatched house that once stood here. The family that he remembered living there were the Histon’s whom we’ve spoken of already. Says Bill, ‘one member of that family, a little girl, died at the age of eleven or twelve years of age’. ‘I remember Jim Donoghue and his wife Molly Normoyle coming to live there after the Histon’s. Molly is still alive and well today and lives in the cottage at the top of the Blaine road next to Wallace’s.’

(Bill and Molly have since gone to their eternal reward)

Bill went on to inform me and confirmed what I have already stated, that grandfather bought the house from Jim Lynch in a deal that was made one Sunday after Mass in Mrs. Dan Liston’s publichouse (now J.P. Collins’) in Athea. Says Bill, ‘Paddy shoved a tenshilling note into Jim’s breast-coat pocket and the deal was done there and then, no papers just word of mouth’. Again Bill went on to say that there was a shed built on to this house where my grandfather used to stable his pony. He wasn’t sure whether the shed was built before or after my grandfather had purchased the place.

During his early years one of his sources of living, if it was not his main basis, was the cutting and saving of turf and the carting of same for sale to the town’s of Newcastle West and Rathkeale. He was a very skilled and hardworking man and was a very hardy type. I have fond memories of the long hot summer’s helping grandfather with the cutting of the ‘round bank’ of turf. This bank was located up in Higgins’ mountain and is still not all cut away this present day, December 2009. I remember my uncle Tom wheel-barrowing the turf out the open bog-hole. The distance out the bog-hole the turf had to be spread all depended on the width of the sod that was being cut at the bank. The narrower the sod bank the least distance out one would have to go to enable the complete sod to fit. Tom would ask his father how far out should he go with the turf to which would come the reply, ‘carry it out abroad where the dog is’. Says Tom, ‘the dog does you see could be abroad in Knocadillaune’, a mountain in Knocknagorna, which was approximately one mile from where we were cutting. It was my job to go to the house to fetch the bottles of tea and bread that grandmother had prepared for the evening meal in the bog. How I loved running down the mountainside with the collie dog ‘dandy’ snapping at my bare feet, I being as fit as the March hare as indeed were all the youngsters of my age back then. Those early years with my grandfather and grandmother, I will cherish forever. As well as loving them very much the fact that I had a free hand to do as I pleased really made my lif

I have a very vibrant recollection of grandfather’s old homestead. The structure of the house was just an ordinary thatched cottage, with two bedrooms at the eastern side and a sort of utility room at the rear that being the same room as previously referred to under Tom Langan. I remember well Mick Higgins son of Mauricecalling to the house night-walking. No sooner would he be in the door than I’d be into that utility room for a large flagon of porter for the said Mick and I can tell you it wouldn’t be long ‘till we’d hear him sing a verse of that old ballad ‘The close of an Irish Day’ or ‘She lived beside the Anner at the foot of Slievenamon’. A blue paraffin wall-lamp hanging from the dresser end provided much needed light. The more advanced ‘Tilly’ lamp subsequently replaced this lamp.

I can still see grandmother sitting at her foot-controlled Singer sewing machine (a rarity at the time) and her puffing away her ‘goldflake’, her favourite cigarette. Sometimes she’d take down the old black fiddle that hung near the chimney breast to play a sweet tune. A couple of pairs of darned grey woollen stockings dangling from the end of the old black crane that swung across the wide open hearth. Grandfather sitting in the corner, reading the

Langan Babe & grandson George 1953

Photo – My grandmother & myself 1953.

‘Limerick Leader’ or ‘Echo’ newspaper and occasionally glancing about over the top of his reading-glasses, which were secured to his head by means of a rubber band knotted at both ends of the rims. Listening to the cricket singing to its hearts content, if it had a heart, at the rear of the hob and watching the ‘ciarog’ (gaelic for a creepy crawly) scurrying across the flag floor to the safety of a crack in the stonewall and in doing so avoiding a crushing from grandfather’s hobnailed shoe on its route. The old black collie dog, the previously mentioned ‘Dandy’ swishing his tail at every move I’d make and thereby sending a cloud of ashes scattering across the heart-stone. It would seem that all the dogs they owned that time got the name ‘Dandy’. I remember a couple of more after that acquiring the same name. Paddy’s nephew Con Higgins also happened to have a dog whose name was ‘Dandy’. This ‘Dandy’ was brown in colour and Paddy’s was black. Whenever we had occasion to visit Con’s humble abode naturally enough our dog would follow along and would run in ahead of us. Says Con – ‘G’out black ‘Dandy’, come in brown ‘Dandy’.


Paddy Langan’s  Home facing us, Photo c1988.

Note hills to the rear minus forestry.

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Same Langan home 2007 with P.J. Langan son of Tom.

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Same location 2010 and what a difference.


Close up of same Langan house 2011.

The travelling man was never turned away from grandfather’s abode. I remember several people calling to the house some of whom might stay for a night or two in the shakedown to the right of the open-hearth. Many’s the night grandmother would take out her needle and thread to darn the heels of their worn away stockings. I remember a man by the name of Mick Drury from back around Knockanure calling. Mick was a bit of a poet and composed many humorous verses. If I’m not mistaken it was the said Mick who composed the following verse after eating a meal in some farmer’s house where he had been working. It would appear that the servant’s weren’t fed the same meat as that of the farmer.

‘Oh God above look down with love

Have mercy on us four,

And give us meat that we can eat

And take away the boar.’

The Faulkner’s from Newcastle West were another travelling family that would call, Mickie, his son Jackie and Jackie’s wife Maggie but they never stayed over. Mickie as far as I can recall had ginger hair. I think his wife was dead at that time; she was a schoolteacher by profession who fell in love with the said Mickie whom she met following his return from the army. Apparently he was a fine looking man back in those days and her family weren’t too pleased when their daughter decided to abandon the books so to speak and follow the course of life that she did. The Lynch’s up in Scairt were another family who allowed the travelling man a place to lie on, many of whom would spend the entire winter there.

My grandfather taught me everything he knew in those days. I remember well him showing me the art of pointing the scallops and the drawing or pulling of the rushes in preparation for the thatching of the roof. It was necessary to draw or pull the rushes to straighten and make them into sheaves and to remove unnecessary grass, which would hold the water on the thatch if not removed. The common rush was the main raw material used for such jobs around Glenagragra although the better to do people would use the more expensive reed to keep out the drop. Once the sheaves of rush were prepared it was my task to bring the ‘beart’ (Gaelic for a small amount of rushes or hay) on my back up the ladder to where grandfather was waiting with scallop at the ready. I must have been only about six years of age at the time, circa 1958, but I have a vivid recollection of accompanying grandfather over to Paddy ‘Pad’ Reidy’s in Knockdown for the cartload of rushes and being introduced to Paddy and his good wife. My ‘beart’ wouldn’t have been very huge but grandfather was only too happy to have me involved, no matter what work he was doing and I at the time was only too eager to learn the trade. When my uncle Tom Langan (Paddy’s son) would see us thatching he was often known to break into a modified version of a Delia Murphy song as follows;

‘If I were a blackbird I’d whistle and sing,

And I’d scoop all the houses from here down to Glin’.

Construction was well under way in the new Council house during 1958/59. During the month of March 1959 I contracted the measles, and in the month of May of the same year – the day after my 1st communion – I developed a spot on the lung which required hospitalisation in St. Senan’s  Children’s Hospital, Foynes. For the five months that I spent convalescing in Foynes a Sunday never passed that my grandfather did not arrive in his pony and cart to visit me. I can still see him from my veranda window stopping off at a public house in the town for a few bottles of stout on his way home to go along with what he had on his way down. I saw the completed new house for the first time in October of that year, the month I came home from hospital.

Oh how my heart it pines when I think of those long cold winter nights of yesteryear, those endless hours that we passed away together in peaceful harmony. I can recall moving into the new house and can still see grandmother sitting on her ‘sugan’ chair dealing out those ancient green-backed playing cards in her favourite game of solitude. And if perchance she happened to miss a follow suit it wouldn’t be long ‘till grandfather’s eagle eye would have seen the error and we would be liable to hear the words – ‘the club’, the ‘spade’ the ‘heart‘ or the ‘diamond’ ring out across the kitchen. Grandfather and I would often play a game of tossing a ball from one end of the kitchen to the other, where we had set up two wellington boots three or four feet apart as targets. Whichever one of us found the target most times out of ten throws was deemed the winner. After a while, he would look at me and say – what will you be when you grow up Georgie’? ‘I don’t know’, I would reply. ‘Will you be a bank manager?’, he would say; and to which my reply would be, ‘no’. ‘Will you be a creamery manager?’ he’d ask: ‘you could do out Paddy Mullane over in ‘Crough’ Creamery’. ‘No’ I would reply, for the third time. By this time, he had grown tired of asking me what I’d like to be, ‘well’, he would continue, ‘I’m afraid, Georgie,  you’ll be nothing’.

Grandfather also introduced me to the art of stone masoning for the first time. The cowshed to the east of the present dwelling house was constructed by Paddy himself circa 1960 the raw material being provided with the stone from the walls of the old house which had been demolished some months previously. Once again, I was in the thick of things with stone and mortar. In fact, we had just about completed the walls to roof level when grandfather contracted the T.B. bug resulting in him having to spend some months in the sanatorium in Glanmire, Cork. My father had the gables completed by the time grandfather got home from hospital and Paddy’s son in law Paddy McInerney, completed the roofing.

As I have already mentioned, my grandfather was an expert horseman and most of the animals that he bought were untrained and only half-broken. I remember training two animals with him during the late 1950’s, early 60’s. One of these was a piebald or ‘batty’ that we called ‘Peg’, whom I later grew very fond of. The training ground was the yard between the new dwelling house and the cowshed. Grandfather would stand in the middle of the yard with long reins in one hand and a whip in the other. The animal was then sent trotting ‘round the yard in a clockwise direction, this process being reversed every ten to fifteen minutes. This exercise continued for a couple of hours and it was then that I would be called upon to sit on the animals back for the first time. Then to my amazement, the horse never as much batted an eyelid, just stood there as if there was a saddle on its back all its life; for such were the powers of the said Paddy Langan.

If I’m not mistaken that was the same horse that ran away with the harrow whilst we were harrowing the garden to the east of the house. I think it was the first time that the horse was tackled to the harrow and on passing by the garden gate something must have frightened him and off he took. Grandfather had the reins around his shoulder and only for the fact that the sleeve of his waistcoat tore following the sudden pull he’d have been dragged away with the horse and no doubt would have been killed instantly. I’ll never forget seeing the horse jumping out over the ditch and the harrow hopping off the road. West the road he bolted with harrow bouncing behind him. Gerry Griffin, who at that point and time was setting some potatoes up on his hill field witnessed the whole incident. Gerry managed to find a bicycle somewhere and followed the animal back the road. He came across the harrow, or what was left of it that is, somewhere near Blaine cross and found the horse back at the county bounds. It was only a few days previous that Gerry had commenced turning ‘bane’ (Gaelic for making ridges of potatoes) on the said hill field, that being the portion of land that ran down from Connors’ road to the back of Bridie Windle’s unpretentious abode. Certainly a very awkward and backbreaking piece of ground to go tilling on and on seeing Gerry toiling laboriously on the grassy mound grandfather couldn’t but pass the following remark – ‘go home young man and don’t be making a fool of yourself’. Of course, Gerry being the genial good-humoured person that he was didn’t take the slightest offence to the remark whatsoever.

As well as having horses in his possession, grandfather also kept a couple of dairy-cows and was a regular visitor to the Co. Kerry village of Killorglin, the venue of the famous ‘puck fair’. You may ask how he provided for all his stock with just a couple of inches. Well, that was achieved by means of taking some con-acre from his friend Paddy Flavin. One task that I really enjoyed back then was to un-tackle the pony after each day’s work. Then after grandfather had given her a good feed of oats it was my pleasure to guide the animal up onto Paddy Flavin’s green hillside pastures. I’d sit on the pony’s back and away we would go happy and contented, that was until the pony decided to go into a trot then, more often than not I would find myself lying on the flat of my back by the roadside ditch having been unable to keep my balance on the said pony. But no matter how many times I’d hit the deck ‘Peg’ would stop turn around and come back and give me a nudge as if to say, ‘come on I’m in a hurry’. I wasn’t as athletic as a jockey might be so I used to pull ‘Peg’ in close to the ditch and in doing so I was able to climb onto her back and away we’d go for another few yards before I’d be on the deck again. This process went on and on until I eventually mastered the art of riding bareback. Next morning I would be back up the field again to fetch ‘Peg’ for another day’s work. On occasions she might up at the very top of the field but no sooner would she have seen me enter the gap than she’d give a loud neigh, then take off at breakneck speed down the hill to greet me. A favourite ploy of mine at the time was the petting of the horses with fistfuls of sugar. On one occasion one of the cows got her foot gashed with some barbed wire, the foot subsequently requiring bandaging. I assumed that ‘Peg’ required the same, and I proceeded to bandage her foot with a newspaper. ‘Peg’ didn’t seem to be too amused with what was going on, for she raised her foot and toppled me to the ground. Luckily I didn’t receive any serious injury apart from carrying a horseshoe brand mark in the middle of my back, which was visible for a couple of months thereafter.

Paddy Faley remembers grandfather in his advanced years being the cashier and leader of the local wrenboy group. Says Paddy,’ it was Paddy Langan who would finish up the freshest of the whole batch after travelling the day and even the night before on foot, which was the tradition back then, and having danced a few steps of a hornpipe, if called upon, during the route, as well as giving a tune on the fiddle’. Paddy was also a singer of no mean repute, as well as at times blossoming into poetic verse.

Back in the late 1940’s early 1950’s, Paddy was the owner of two greyhounds namely – Jitterix and Yankee Pedal. He trained them up in Gerry Griffin’s long field (planted now). Paddy would walk to the top of the field and on reaching the summit would signal to Gerry by way of a whistle brought about by inserting two of his fingers in his mouth. On hearing the whistle, Gerry who was only 10 or 11 yrs of age would slip the hounds and away with them, at times knocking Gerry in the process. Jitterix won a stake in Athea when there was coursing there over in Hayes’s field in Fairystreet (Templeathea). He ran in a big stake in Newcastle West thereafter amid a shroud of controversy. It was alleged that Jitterix did not get a fair run and the other dog went on to win the cup. Rumour had it that this was a common practise at the time, for obvious reasons. Paddy was so annoyed that he never ran a dog again, anywhere, but he always kept a greyhound as a family pet.

My late uncle Mick Lynch R.I.P., Upper Athea had the following to say about Paddy:-

‘One day I was going to Croom with a load of turf and Paddy said to me, can I go?, which he did. On the way home, we saw fifteen smashing young women playing camogie outside Ballingarry, and Paddy said, ‘pull up and we’ll go in to them’. Being out all day and with no grub I was starving, and refused to oblige. So it seems there was more in Paddy’s mind than hunger.

One day Paddy came into the pub. Will you give me a pint Mick? Said he. I’m after being robbed down the street, but the robber might be caught and I’ll pay you before I go home. At that time women didn’t have handbags or even purses so they used to put the money in ‘above’. To avoid the embarrassment of going to the pocket ‘upstairs they would give the money to the husband until they arrived in the town or village where the husband would then have to hand it back. Paddy left the pub to see if the robber had been caught and to get some money so as to come back and pay for the pint. But all the money the robber had left was the price of a pint of lamp-oil, to get at Hannie Casey’s on the way home. In this case, the robber was Babe, Paddy’s wife.

Paddy used to go to Glin regularly; and on his way home one day he came upon a farmer’s house where a wedding-reception was in full swing. At that time Paddy had a very sore foot and was unable to put one shoe on; and so he cut the top off a Wellington and put the remainder on the sore foot and put a lovely brown shoe on the other. After having a few drinks in Glin it would seem that this was the right spot for a ‘top-up’ on the way home. On arriving at the inside of the half-door he saw the bride standing by the fire. Paddy waltzed up the middle of the floor, caught her by the hand and said, all I want is loving and music.

In addition, says Mick, there lived in the locality a harness-maker where we used to go rambling at night. The Fine Gael Government was in office at the time of Paddy’s election to the Co. Council. It seems the harness-maker and himself were not the best of friends and the former was not too happy about Paddy’s election. One of the lads said Paddy Langan was elected on the first count, to which the harness-maker replied, ‘what a Government: Cosgrave, Dillon and Langan’.

The harness-maker that Mick referred to here must have been one Patsy Connolly.

All grandfather’s actions and axioms were of a humorous nature, nothing distrustful I can assure you, he was just a jovial character.  Having lived with him for so long I can categorically say he would never cheat on his wife Babe, he loved her to bits.

Paddy Langan had hay down in a place called ‘Moinin’ , Lr., Ballyguiltenane in a farm owned by Jim Foran, Dromreask. Jim came home from America and it seems as if he had plenty dollars in the pocket. He purchased several farms of land, many of which were inaccesible as they came without any right of ways. One of these farms was Moinin. Several people had hay there including Paddy’s brother Maurice.

There was one thing that I really looked forward to in those days, and that was travelling with grandfather in the pony and cart to the village of Athea to collect grandmother’s old age pension. We would depart from the house every Friday morning around 10 o’clock and often didn’t get home again ‘till nightfall. If we happened to meet any of our friends or neighbours on the way we would stop and grandfather might say – ‘come on to Athea and let the grass grow away’.

Back in the 1960’s the travelling community had the habit of using the wide green of the roadway west of Tom Scanlon’s house as a halting site from time to time. I remember on one occasion that we were on our way home when we came upon Tom Scanlon of Glasha who was heaping dung (farmyard manure) on the said site. Says Grandfather ‘’What are you doing Tom’’? 

Tom may have Replied thus‘’To tell you the truth Paddy, I’m trying to prevent the itinerants from camping, they have the whole place destroyed and I can’t put up with it any longer’.

Say’s grandfather, ‘’put your dung out on your land Tom and leave the travelling man a place to lie on’’.

Grandfather was very witty and was noted for his many humorous rhymes and axioms over the years. I might add that grandfather had visited Mick Lynch’s and J.P’s  for a few jorums that day as he did on every pension day and all I had for my days work was a crunchie (honeycomb chocolate bar).

Tom Scanlon died on 16/3/1993.

Sweet memories are surely rekindled as I recall the good old days when we travelled together through the highways and byways of West Limerick and on one occasion as far as the seaside resort of Ballybunion in North Co. Kerry. I remember that Sunday very well. My brother Patrick travelled with us. After attending Mass in the village of Newtownsandes we continued on that never-ending road by the foothills of ‘Cnoc-an Oir’. We left our pony and trap with a man by the name of Nangle, whom we met in a public-house shortly after arriving at our destination. We had never met this man before, but it wasn’t long ‘till grandfather had charmed him with his poetic tones thus securing grazing for our animal for the remainder of the day. Later that afternoon grandfather joined us on the beach for a paddle in the warm Atlantic water before returning to the pub for a few more bottles of stout with Mr. Nangle. On our way home that evening we sang to our hearts content, until finally Patrick and myself fell asleep somewhere around Gort-a-Ghleanna’s lonely glen.

Memories of my schooldays are best forgotten for obvious reasons, but, I suppose, in retrospect, they were the best years of my life. Just like every other kid at the time, I hated going to school, especially when graduating to third class and coming in confrontation with my old schoolmaster Jimmy Driscoll. This brings to mind the first question my grandfather asked me after my first few weeks in this grade. Which is the Upper and Lower Lough Erne? And the second question – which is the Upper and Lower river Bann?

Grandfather took great pride in helping me with my school homework especially when it came to writing compositions. When Jimmy O’Driscoll got wind of the word that my grandfather’s phrases were cropping up regularly in my essays he fell for it in a big way. A Friday never passed that the class didn’t get an essay of some description to write for the week-end and mine was always the first one to be asked for the following Monday morning. It wasn’t just a case of handing the copybook to the said Mr.’O, no not at all, I had to stand up and read aloud to the four classes. Here are a few examples of the phrases used:

Title of the essay-:

The Day The Ice Broke

‘’The ice it bent and down I went and wet my tangle-de-oney’’.

Another essay entitled:

My Home

My home is a beautiful structure situated by the Kerry-line roadway. On one side is a mountain, which I climb each day on my way to school. On the other side is a mountain from which we obtain turf for our winter fuelling.  ‘’We are hemmed in with the mountains like General White in Bagdad’.

For the following essay, he broke into verse.

Our Bog.

‘’Myself and my grandfather

Went up to the bog

We brought down loads of turf

We filled the shed to the sod.

We brought black turf and brown turf

Big turf and small

And the heat that came from it

Was the best of it all.


Well Master O’Driscoll

You’re kind and you’re good

You came from good parents

No wonder you would.


You come up to school

At nine o’clock each day

To chastise all the young scholars

From Glin to Athea.


This turf burns in the fire

Like heavy black coal

So intense is the heat

It would melt the North Pole.


Now we’re reeking the bog

‘Tis nice and ‘tis dry

And we’ll sell you a load

If you ever come-by’’.

My grandfather would say – ’be sure and show him that on Monday, Georgie, and he might buy an auld load from us’’.

Whatever it was I asked from grandfather, I more or less received. As far as I can recall he never refused me, no matter what I asked of him, full of love and affection and generous to a fault just like his father, so was my grandfather, Paddy Langan.

Mossie Higgins tells me that Paddy Langan (Who was Mossie’s uncle) was first elected to the Co. Council in 1942 and he served the people of West Limerick for nine years thereafter. He was nominated by Jack Nolan, Glenagragra (husband of Maggie ‘George’ Griffin) at a meeting of the local Labour party that was held at the home of Ernest Copley, Glasha. (Tom Scanlon lived there after Ernest). The first meeting was a bit of a farce as the chairman of the Labour Party a Richard Keyes having been invited, found on his arrival only one or two people at the venue. He wasn’t even offered a cup of tea and left with the impression that the whole exercise was a joke. But Paddy Langan would later prove otherwise. Mossie remembers well canvassing for him on a couple of occasions, driving around in his brother Jack’s black Prefect Reg No. IU-5055. George Standon was another man that canvassed with Paddy along with Jack Morgan of Glenagragra. Jack’s daughter Kathy Morgan was married to Tom Moran, Toureendonnell father of renowned hotelier Tom Moran.  George Standon was an Englishman who was staying down at Mikie Fitzgerald’s in Ballyguiltenane. He may have been going out with Mikie’s sister I’m being told. George had a motor-car that was adapted to go on land or sea and from what I can gather it was a sight to behold on the canvassing tour. It certainly caught the spectators eye whatever about the voters. One particular evening on leaving the town of Glin the three sped back the mail road and entered the river Shannon at a designated location some few hundred yards west of the town. Jack Morgan was heard to shout ‘are we on our way home’ amid echoes of laughter from the other two.


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64 nominations were received on Wednesday august 5th 1942 to fill the 27 seats on the Limerick Co. Council, the election for which to take place on August 19th 1942.

The following are the 12 candidates for the Rathkeale area, 5 seats to be filled.  (as in Rathkeale above)

Fianna Fail – P. Roche, Well Lane, Rathkeale ; M. O’Donnell, Loughill (outgoing) ; T.Quaid, Dirreen, Athea ; T. Wallace, Pallaskenry.

Fine GaelSenator D.J. Madden, Rathkeale; P. Frawley, Raheen, Rathkeale (outgoing); J. Bridgeman, Toomdeely (outgoing) ; P.F. O’Shaughnessy, ‘Jointer’ Kilteery.

Labour – P. O’Flaherty, Kyletaun, Rathkeale ; Paddy Langan, Glenagragra, Glin.

Independent – P. Fitzsimons, Borrigone ; T. Scanlon, Dirreen, Athea.

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Number of votes on the register was 11,514 ; Valid votes 7,466 ; Quota 1,245.

The first count resulted as follows – Madden (F.G.) 1,163 ; O’Shaughnessy (F.G.) 1,033 ; Fitzsimons (Independent) 800 ; O’Donnell (F.F.) 760 ; Langan (Labour) 714 ; Frawley (F.G.) 642 ; Quaid (F.F.) 627 ; Wallace (F.F.) 546 ; Flaherty (Labour) 532 ; Scanlon (Indept) 428.

Madden was deemed elected having reached the quota.

Following the elemanation of the lower candidates and distribution of their votes Paddy Langan was elected.

The Athea correspondent for the Limerick Leader of that time wrote the following account on the election –

Polling in Athea.

Election day passed off very quietly at Athea, not a single untoward incident occurring to disturb the prevailing harmony. On this occasion, however, the contest was regarded with a considerable amount of apathy or indifference, a factor which was probably responsible for the unusually high percentage among the electorate who failed to exercise the franchise. Lack of transport too contributed to this abstenation from the polls. Apart from Labour gains, it may be said that the result of the election has caused no surprise.

The return of Mr. Patrick Langan, Labour candidate for the Kilmoylan division of Athea, has caused widespread satisfaction throughout the district. Mr. Langan is extremely popular in his area, and although a Labour nominee, his poll demonstrates in an unmistakable manner that he must have received the unstinted support of all parties. It is said that charity begins at the home and in this instance the electorate showed their common sense by voting for the locl man before extending their support to outside candidates.

Patrick ‘Jointer’ Shaughnessy of Loughill served in the Council the same years as Paddy. Patrick (Jointer) Shaughnessy died February 15th 1990. On a few occasions they both cycled the whole way to Limerick City, stopping at a publichouse in Askeaton for some refreshments. The name of the pub I do not know but rumour had it that the said publican regretted he hadn’t a camera to take a picture of the two old stalwarts. Most of the time they travelled by train from Foynes. Paddy used to collect ‘Jointer’ in his pony and trap. He always kept a fine animal. On one occasion as they were travelling by train, which was then fuelled by turf, the engines were unable to keep the train going and like the Percy French song ‘Are You Right There Michael Are You Right’ thay had to to go and gather sticks to keep the engine running.

Paddy worked very hard during his time as a Co Councillor to help the cause of the poor and needy and the lot of the poor farmer.

The likes of the celebrations following his inaugural election were of a carnival atmosphere. Crowds of wellwishers from far and near assembled at the top of Feury’s Hill to congratulate the hero of the day. The bonfires blazed brightly into the night-sky from that heather clad lofty mound. Jack Nolan was known to break into song thus ‘ there were many fine men, but we now have one better, glory o, glory o to the bold Council men…..’

First Co. Council Meeting

J.Canty outgoing chairman was re-elected having secured the vote of Paddy Langan along with other council members.

At the same meeting Paddy was also elected to the Joint Committee of the Limerick Mental Hospital and to the Governing Body of the Limerick County Infirmary.

As stated heretofore, Paddy was noted for his many rhymes and axioms and none more so than when addressing his fellow Co. Council members. On one occasion when seeking some tea and sugar for the bog-workers during the scarcity of the war years he addressed the meeting thus:


We have sugar for Germany and sugar for Spain

But the Irish bog-worker he cant get a grain

Sean Lemass with the rations must be gone astray

When he cant give us sugar to sweeten our tay. (tea)


We’re the hardy turf-diggers who wield the strong sleain

We labour like nippers to sunset from dawn

Our work isn’t easy and small is our pay

And we’re nearly gone crazy from sugarless tay.

The tea and sugar was very scarce back then. In 1942, the Government issued notices to all licensed tea retailers that a monthly record of all purchases of sales of tea had to be recorded on a form T 15 (sale). Copies of the form that cost 2d were on sale at all post offices or from the Government Publications Sale Office, 3/4 College St, Dublin. Any licensed tea retailer who failed to record the relevant information was liable to severe penalties including revocation of his/her licence.

On another occasion, when Paddy was seeking repairs to a County Council cottage, he addressed the council meeting thus:

The poor mans house is going to fall,

You can see the cracks upon the wall,

The doors and windows are all broke

The chimney refuses to carry the smoke.

The slates are gone the roof is rotten,

Alas, the poor man is forgotton.

On another occasion, he was doing a favour for some from Rathkeale whose house was being flooded from the Deel River. That man, he said, might well have put his petition to him thus:

Dear Mr. Langan

You don’t know how I feel,

I cant sleep a wink,

With the flood from the Deel.

It was around this time that a man by the name of Mick Drury, who had no fixed abode, used to visit the locality. Mick originally came from Bog Lane near Listowel ; and he is now interred in Knockanure cemetery. He would spend much of his time at grandfathers, as they looked after him very well. My grandmother was very good to him, washing and mending his clothes. He used to sleep on a few bags of hay in a space between the hob of the fire and the front wall of the house. Mick was in the vicinity during the build-up to one of the Co. Council elections and being a man who dabbled in poetry from time to time composed the following few lines:

A penny for Langan,

Twopence for Quaid,

A threepenny bit

For my old friend Thade.

Fourpence for Madden

You can plainly see,

And fivepence for Shaughnessy,

That makes one and three.

(One and Three was 1shilling & 3pence – in old currency)

In relation to the above ditty – Quaid was Sonny Quaid from Dirreen, R.I.P. 1963. Thade was Thade Scanlon also from Dirreen. D.J. Madden was the Fine Gael candidate from Rathkeale. Shaughnessy was Pat ‘Jointer’ Shaughnessy whom we have already mentioned. As there were so many families of O’Shaughnessey around the Ballyhahill/Loughill area and as to distinguish one from the other, Jointer acquired the nickname from the actual place where he lived. 

Having established that Maurice Langan (1) was born and reared at Chapel Cross, Knockanure is it any wonder why Drury spent so much time at grandfather’s, afterall the two families were from the same locality so to speak and probably were friends all their lives.

The following are a list of some of the Co Council meetings that Paddy Langan attended, dates as reported by the Limerick Leader newspaper.

Wed Sept 2nd 1942.

First meeting of newly elected council. Members present included Paddy langan who was also elected to the Governing Body of the Joint Committee of the Limerick Mental Hospital.

Sat October 3rd 1942.

Mr. Langan alluded to the bad condition of the road from Carrickerry to Athea and suggested that repairs be carried out.

oct 17th 1942

Sat Oct 31st 1942.

£100,000 Scheme for the surfacing of County Roads.

Mr. Langan called attention to the state of a by-road in Carrickerry.

Public Water Scheme.

Mr. Langan urged that a pump be provided for the use of the children attending Clounleharde National School.

Sat Nov 14th 1942.

Mental Hospital Committee Meeting.

Mr. Langan asked did the increase apply to the married members of the staff living inside the Institution.

The R.M.S. said that the increase was granted to the married men living in their own homes.

Wed Nov 18th 1942.


Mr. McCormack proposed the adoption of the resolution and said that drainage would prove to be a great national asset. Mr Quish Seconded. Mr. Langan said that grants were given for the drainage of bog lands provided the lands were tilled the same year. That was an impossible condition. Mr. McCormack’s proposition was declared passed and the C.A.O. was instructed to write to the Department to obtain information on the matter raised by Mr. Langan.

Sat Nov 28th, 1942

Mr. J.W. Canty presiding,

Mr. Langan present.


Sat Dec 12th 1942.

County Infirmary Meeting.

Financial Position.

The committee voted sympathy to Mr. Langan Co Councillor on the death of his father Tom Langan.

Sat Dec 12th 1942.

Meeting of the Mantal Hospital Committee.

Paddy Langan and other members present.

Sat Dec 19th 1942.

Meeting of Limerick County Committee of Agriculture.

Parts for Ploughs.

Paddy Langan and other members present.


Co. Council meeting

Sat Dec 19th, 1942.

On the proposition of Mr. Shaughnessy and seconded by Mr. Hyland it was resolved that we tender to our esteemed colleague Mr. Patrick Langan, our sincere sympathy on the death of his father. (Limerich Archives)

Wed Dec 23rd 1942.

Co. Councill meeting on Sat last.

Town Planning & Turf Question.

Paddy Langan and other members present.

dec 26th 1942

DEC 26th 1942

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Paddy was also a member of the Glin old Pensions Committee.

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Monday Nov 1944

It so happened that during Paddy Langan’s time in the council complaints were made against road gangers who were giving jobs to men from their own areas. In an effort to resolve the dispute, grandfather and a deputation of men travelled by lorry to the Co. Councill offices in Limerick city. Paddy Aherne of Glensharrold drove them, as no one from Athea would take them. Councillor Madden from Rathkeale ensured that they got clear passage to Limerick through the various towns. Ultimately, the council took the gangers to court and Paddy Langan being the straight and honest man that he was soon won the day.

During his time in the Council he was also a member of the Glin OAPC, (old age pension committee), the C.C.A. (County Committee of Agriculture) and the LMHB (Limerick Mental Hospital Board)

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Paddy Langan never received the full praise or recognition for all the hard work that he put in, to help the cause of the poor and needy during his time in the Council. There was an occasion when a local man had written to Limerick County Council on numerous occasions, seeking some concrete pipes for a drain that ran parallel to the front of his house and the public road. His efforts, it would seem, were in vain until Paddy Langan made representations on his behalf at one of the Council meetings, thus securing same. Some time afterwards, during the build up to one of the elections, my grandfather was canvassing in the area and naturally enough, asked this man for his first preference vote. ‘I will not’, the man replied: ‘I’m giving my No. 1 to the Fianna Fail candidate, the man who got the pipes for me’. Paddy was not too pleased at that, I can tell you and who would blame him.

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June 1945


Election Poster for 1945 Co. Council Election.

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June 1945 Election Results.

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It is conceivable that Paddy would have been elected in 1950 was it not for he abstaining from a crucial vote at a particular council meeting. He went forward again in 1953 but failed once again to get elected.

Paddy Langan was known for his sleight of hand from time to time. There was an occasion when he placed a piece of turf inside his brother-in-law Paddy Higgins’s breast pocket one evening and the said Paddy was full sure that the piece of peat was actually his tobacco that had run dry from him sitting too near to the open fire. Tom Behan was the owner of a farm of land that was adjoining Higgins’ farm to the north and east. During the early 1960’s Tom put the farm up for sale and relocated to Rocklodge near Loughill. It was obvious to all and sundry that the Higgin’s were the most likely people to purchase the farm but my grandfather had different ideas on the matter. It was said at the time that it was Paddy who painted the slogan – ‘Behan’s land to be divided’ on the gable end of Tom’s old homestead and on the ‘Kerryline’ roadway to the west of where my brother Eddie has his quarry. I have a vivDSCF1602id recollection of seeing the slogan on the roadway as the word divided was misspelt to read ‘dived’. Whether this was by accident or design, I cannot say. Jack Higgins who subsequently sold it on to his brother Mick purchased the land by the way.

On May 31st 1988 I composed the following ballad to the memory of my grandfather Paddy Langan.


The Famous Langan Pat.

(Traditional Old-Time Waltz Air)


He was born lean in the valley green

Where the flower and currants grow

In that old abode by the winding road

Where the Glasha waters flow

That was ’92 in the morning dew

States the parish records map

To this land of mine by the ‘Kerryline’

Came the famous Langan Pat.


As a top class groom near the town of Croom

He was soon to gain acclaim

With his ploughing skills on those lush green hills

That upholds the fairy name

On Knockfierna brown as the sun went down

With a young maid there he sat

Soon Fitzpatrick Babe at a tender age

Wed the famous Langan Pat.


The next in line was a pub so fine

For this roving journey man

But the stories say that it did not pay

In a year lads ‘twas all gone’

To the house of Ryan by the tall dark pine

For a year or more he sat

By those walls of stone which is now the home

Of his grandson Langan Pat.


To find a cure for to help the poor

He played a political role

And this man of song who could do no wrong

Walked tall when he topped the poll

On to Furey’s hill there the crowds did spill

With each beagle, hound and cat

To celebrate in that win so great

Of the famous Langan Pat.


On the mountain way in the month of May

It was there you would find no rest

In the ‘ceann-a- bhan’ with pike and slean

He was one of the very best

Then on Stephen’s day led the wrenboys way

Dressed in top-coat, stick and hat

And a step in style of the ‘Plains of Boyle’

From the famous Langan Pat.


And so it’s nigh for to say goodbye

To this dear grand-dad of mine

To the inches green we we oft did dream

By the lovely ‘Kerryline’

To the leafy glade where we worked and played

With the corncrake and bat

And the mountainside that was once the pride

Of the famous Langan Pat.


And the mountainside that was once the pride

Of the famous Langan Pat.


Paddy Langan suffered from dementia towards the latter days of his life. He died on 15/11/1970 age 78yrs..

My grandmother Babe Langan had her full faculties up until the day she died. She was a kind-hearted, caring and placid woman who went to her eternal reward on January 5th 1974 aged 85yrs.

langan grave, kilfergus

Paddy Langan & Babe had the following family of 7 –

(1) Edward Thomas (Ned) Langan (my father), born Monday May 18th 1914 at Glenagragra, Maggie Langan his aunt present at the birth. Ned married Bridget (Delia) Lynch, daughter of George Lynch, Glasha and Nora Barrett from Lower Dirreen, Athea. See also

(2) Peter Langan born May 1915 and died at Tarbert on Nov 17th, 1915 aged about 4 months, his father Pat Langan present at his death. Death cert corrected to Peter.

(3) Patrick Langan born Sept 21st 1916 at Tarbert, Ellen Collins of Donard Lower present at the birth. Patrick died from bronchitis at the age of two weeks. 

(4) Mary (Maureen) Langan, born Sat December 22nd 1917 at Glenagragra. Maureen married Paddy McInerney from Ballinagoul, Glin. One Living daughter in family.

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Maureen Langan, photo circa 1930’s.

(5) Hanora (Norah) Langan, born Saturday April 12th 1920 at Glenagragra, died from diphtheria  on Sat January 10th 1925 at Glenagragra, her father Patrick Langan present at her death.

The All-Ireland Champions for 1925 were Tipperary (hurling) and Galway (football). On April 2nd, – the Dublin Metropolitan Police merged with the Civic Guard under a new Act. The new organisation would be known as the Garda Síochána.

(6) Margaret (Peg) Langan, born Tuesday June 8th 1923. Peg married Mick Faley from Glasha, Athea and lived in Birmimgham, England.

(7) Tom Langan, born Friday June 9th 1925. Tom married Mary Brigid Kenrick from Flean, Ballyhahill, one Living son in family.

Listowel Races 1947.

Left – Pakie Geoghegan, Glin. (Magpie Bar) Jimmy & Hannie Long, Turraree. Maureen Langan, Glenagragra. Pam Richardson, Dublin (friend of the Long’s)  Paddy Faley, Glasha & Glenbawn. Bob Higgins, Glasha and Ferbane. Paddy McInerney, Ballyguiltenane. Mick Flavin, Glenagragra. Jack Lynch, Glasha. Babe & Paddy Langan, Glenagragra.

(1) Edward (Ned) Langan.

(Son of Paddy)

My father Edward Thomas (Ned) Langan was born on Monday May 18th 1914 at Glenagragra, Maggie (Margaret) Langan present during the birth. Maggie later married Paddy Higgins, Glasha, son of Con Higgins. He received his only education at Ballyguiltenane and Clounleharde National schools. Ned Fennell who was appointed to Ballyguiltenane in 1886 was one of his teachers, Ned Fennell being an uncle to Mick Fennell, Glenagragra.

My father worked for Paddy ‘’The Banker’’ McMahon, Ballymackeamore, Kilmacow, Co, Limerick during the 1930’s/1940’s. Paddy McMahon did a lot of threshing and when they were finished work at home they’d come west working for hire around our neck of the woods. Paddy had a brother Dan and seemingly, they didn’t talk to one another for years. They communicated with one another through the cat.

The McMahon’s were 2nd cousins of my grandmother, Babe Fitzpatrick. (not verified).

My father often had to cycle all the way to Cork city for machinery parts. Nobody took any notice of cycling long journeys back then. Paddy would always call my father ‘Nedin’. Say’s Paddy ‘’Jakest dear Nedin go to bed early tonight  we have an early rise in the morning’’.

More on the McMahons.

On July 20th 1892 at St.Michael’s Church, Limerick city, Michael McMahon of Kilmacow, son of Patrick McMahon a farmer, married Mary Burns aged 20 years, daughter of Daniel Burns, a farmer from Ballymackeamore, Kilfinny, the witnesses being Patrick Burns and Bridget M. Lenihan. 

Family as follows –

Bridget McMahon b April 24th, 1894.

Margaret (Maggie) McMahon, b Jan 10th, 1896. Looking up old mortuary cards belonging to grandmother Babe Fitzpatrick Langan I found  Maggie McMahon who died November 5th 1918, aged 21yrs. Cause of death was double pneumonia, her brother Michael McMahon present at her death at Ballymackeamore.

Patrick (Paddy) McMahon b April 1st, 1898. Known locally as the ‘Banker’. Paddy remained single in life.

Daniel (Dan) McMahon, b Nov 2nd, 1899. Dan who lived with his brother Paddy also remained single.

Michael McMahon b Sept 28th, 1901. Michael was married to Mary (Mamie) O’Brien from Stylpark, Bruree. Michael succeeded Richard (Dick) Chawke as creamery manager at Granagh and Michael Daffy succeeded Michael McMahon.

Mary McMahon b May 3rd,1903. On June 17th, 1924, Mary, aged 21 years, married Cornelius Cagney, aged 29 years, from Ballinaha, Ballingarry, son of John Cagney, deceased. The witnesses being Daniel Cagney and Katie McMahon. Sometime after the marriage they emigrated to the U.S.A. Mary died circa 1995 in the U.S.

Catherine (Katie) McMahon b Oct 17th, 1904. Catherine, R.I.P. August 13th 1968. On Jan 3rd, 1934 at Granagh church, Catherine married Con Carey, a farmer from Ballinaha, Ballingarry, son of John Carey, the witnesses being Ned Carey and Mary Fitzgerald. They had two daughters that I know of, Chris and Maura Carey.

Johanna (Bob) McMahon b Nov 14th, 1905. Bob was married to Jack Daffy, Knockfierna. Marriage details as follows –

Marriage took place at St. Joseph’s church Limerick city on June 30th, 1936 of John Daffy, carpenter, son of Michael Daffy, carpenter, Knockfierna to Johanna McMahon, daughter of Michael McMahon, farmer, Kilmacow, the witnesses being Michael Daffy and Mary Fitzgerald.

Michael Daffy died on May 15th, 1962 aged 97 years, his grand-daughter Mary Jo Daffy Quaid wife of Mick Quaid present at his death in Knockfierna.  Michael Daffy’s wife Margaret Daffy, wife of a carpenter, died at Knockfierna on March 7th, 1941, her son Michael Daffy from Croom present at her death.

Jack Daffy’s son Michael Daffy was a creamery manager in Kilfinny and later at Granagh.  Michael’s sister Rita Daffy was married to Austin Chawke, my grandmother’s nephew.  Other mortuary cards of grandmother include – The Fitzgerald’s of Ballinaha, Kilmacow, Joseph Fitzgerald, R.I.P. October 3rd 1950 and Stephen Fitzgerald R.I.P. December 13th 1946 age 59 yrs. (see hereunder)

On March 1st, 1881 at Croom church, David Fitzgerald a farmer from Ballingarry, son of John Fitzgerald, married Mary Moloney from Anhid, Croom, daughter of Stephen Moloney, a farmer, the witnesses being Thomas Ruddle and Hanna J.Kelly.

Family from that union that I know of as follows –

i.Joseph Fitzgerald born Dec 21st, 1881 at Ballinaha. Died Oct 3rd, 1950.

ii.Mary Fitzgerald born May 8th, 1883 at Ballinaha.

iii.Stephen Fitzgerald born on March 15th, 1887 at Ballinaha. Stephen Fitzgerald was married twice, don’t know the name of his first wife, his second wife was Margaret Byrnes, daughter of Daniel Burns, Ballymackeamore, Kilfinny. (note the variation in the spelling of Burns and Byrnes) The Fitzgeralds fell into hard times and was it not for the aforementioned Bob McMahon they may have had to sell out. Seemingly, the services of Bob, (who was a niece to Stephen’s wife Margaret Byrnes) were called upon to straighten out the problem. Bob stayed on with the Fitzgerald’s until her marriage to the previously mentioned Jack Daffy.

1901 Census for Fitzgerald’s.

Residents of a house 12 in Kilmacow (Ballygrennan, Limerick)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fitzgerald David 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald nee Moloney Mary 50 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Joseph 19 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Maryanne 17 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Stephen 14 Male Son Roman Catholic

Following the death of their parents, Mary and Michael, the 8 McMahon children were reared by their grandparents Daniel & Margaret Burns at Ballymackeamore, as per the 1911 Census hereunder. (where there’s a variation in the spelling of McMahon) Margaret Burns maiden name was Noonan. Mary McMahon died of the fever on Dec 25th, 1905 at KIlmacow, aged 35 years and her husband Michael McMahon, died suddenly from possible heart failure, on Sept 22nd, 1907 at Kilmacow, aged 49 years. The wording on the death certificate, ”Michael McMahon’s brother-in-law John Burns, who caused the body to be buried at Ballymackeamore”

Something strange going on here. If we look at the 1901 Census hereunder for McMahon’s, we see where Mary McMahon was head of the family even though her husband Michael was still alive and why then, when Michael died in 1907 did his brother-in-law John Burns ”cause the body to be buried at Ballymackeamore”?  Where was Mary McMahon buried?

Again, we have variations in the spelling of Burns, Burnes and Byrnes. When Margaret Burns was born the birth cert has it as follows – Margaret Burnes born on July 17th, 1881 at Ballymackaemore, Mary Noonan present at the birth. Mary Noonan probably the sister to Daniel’s wife Margaret.

1901 Census for McMahon’s.

Residents of a house 4 in Kilmacow, (Ballygrennan, Limerick)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mc Mahon nee Burns Mary 28 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Bridget 7 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Margaret 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Patrick 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Daniel 1 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Burns as follows.

Residents of a house 3 in Ballymackeamore, Kilfinny, Limerick)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Burns Daniel 86 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Burns nee Noonan Margaret 73 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Burns John 50 Male Son Roman Catholic
Burns Margeret 31 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Burns Willam 28 Male Son Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Bridget M 17 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Margaret 15 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Patrick 13 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Daniel 12 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Michael 10 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Mary 8 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Catherine 7 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Mahan Hannie (Bob) 6 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic

1901 Census for the same Burns family.

Residents of a house 9 in Ballymackeamore (Kilfinny, Limerick)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Burns Daniel 75 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Burns nee Noonan Margaret 61 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Burns John 38 Male Son Roman Catholic
Burns Daniel 24 Male Son Roman Catholic
Burns Margaret 20 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Burns William 17 Male Son Roman Catholic

A John McMahon from Kilmacow, Kilfinny died on Oct 2nd, 1967 aged 63 years, a retired married farmer.

My father and Jimmy Reidy, Knockdown were great friends all through their lives even though my father was 14 yrs older than Jimmy. Jimmy, back in the year 1947 at the tender age of 19yrs, bought a V8 petrol lorry, 8p a gallon, no diesel back then. My father taught him how to drive it. Father would bring the lorry back home at night, hence the reason for the photos on back of lorry. He had finished working for McMahon by then. Jimmy bought another lorry a few years later, a Fordson V8, at that stage the petrol had risen to over 10p a gallon.

Father was also involved in the lorry business with a man by the name of Ernest Copley.

Ernest Copley’s, Glasha, Circa 1940.

The Aherne’s, Halloran’s, and Scanlon’s.

Little is known about Ernest except that he came from Limerick City and lived in the house that later became the home of the late Tom Scanlon R.I.P. He had a lorry, bought and sold turf during the war years. His wife’s name was Mary Sheahan and she came from Ballybricken, Limerick. At the time, they had the house rented from Jack Aherne, Dirreen (Lug).The house was originally owned and built by the late Con O’Shaughnessy, Knockdown, father of Ned Shaughnessey. Con sold it to Jack who had it rented out for a time, initially to the aforementioned Ernest and subsequently to Jack Halloran who also came from Knockdown. Jack eventually sold the house to Tom Scanlon before leaving to live in Killarney. He got a job there as caretaker at the Ross castle. Jack Aherne had five brothers and three sisters. His father, who was also called Jack, had a brother Thady and two sisters, Hannie and Maudie. Jack Snr., was married to Julia Faley from Islandanny, Kilmorna, Co, Kerry. Jack Jnr., was married to his neighbour Bridge Aherne who was a sister to Paddy ‘The Jobber’ Aherne, Dirreen. Bridge’s father Paddy (Patsy) Aherne was a native of Knockfinnisk. He married Julia O’Sullivan from Dirreen. (Married into the place as they would say at the time) Family from that union as follows – Bill, John, Jim, Stephen, Paddy(above), Mary, Julia, Katie, Hannie, Margaret (Vaughan) and the aforementioned Bridge. Paddy ‘The Jobber’ was married to Sarah McElligott from Glin. Family from that union as follows – Julia, Eileen, Mary Og, Bridie, Patricia and Patrick (Pa). Pa drove a lorry for the late J.P. Collins R.I.P., Publican, Athea for many years.

Jack Halloran’s father was Maurice Halloran who was married to Margaret (Maige) ‘Alderny’ Mulvihill from Killeaney. Jerry Collins who is married to a daughter of the late Joe White has a two-storey house built on the site where Maurice’s mud cabin once stood. Maurice had a large family, most of whom emigrated. There was Paddy, Maurice, Mick, the aforementioned Jack, Molly, Nellie and another girl. Jack was married to Moll Enright, a daughter of Dick Enright from Dirreen. His brother Paddy was married to another of Dick’s daughters. Maurice remained a bachelor and died in a flat somewhere in Scotland. Mick was married to a Roche girl from Moyvane. They lived in Turraree, in a small thatched house, on the right-hand side of the road, east of Jack Patsy Culhane’s cross.

All the Halloran’s are dead except for Nellie who is living in England.




Woods/Quille’s of Dromada, Athea

& the Geoghegan Family, Turraree,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

The Langan Connection.

As much of the following account was sourced from unofficial undocumented sources, you have dear reader, my deepest apologies for any inaccuracies that you may discover within the said account. My sincere thanks to Riobard Dwyer, John Woods, Mike Connolly, Nora Ghauri Langan, Connie Sullivan, Tomas Geoghegan, Patie Geoghegan, Kathleen Doczy, Mikie Kinnane, Sean Wallace,  Anne Mayoh and others for helping me with the research for this article.

As already stated, the Glenagragra Woods’ came from Dromada, Athea as did the Tullyleague and Clounleharde families. Although the late Paddy Faley R.I.P. was of the understanding that when the landlord allotted the lands of Clounleharde he brought from east Limerick a blacksmith by the name of Woods and settled him down at the ‘Brickhouse’s’. I have now learned from John Woods, Tullyleague, of a Thady Woods who married a girl from Ballybunion, married in back there so to speak. It would appear that his wife died at a relatively young age and Thady, allegedly being an outsider in the eyes of his wife’s family, was evicted from the family home. He along with his family may have travelled to Co. Limerick, West or East I could not say, before eventually settling down in Glenagragra. Thady had two sons: Jermiah and William. There could have been other family members. So if there is any substance to that theory then Paddy Faley’s account of events are spot on. There was another Woods an uncle of Thady who also went to Ballbunion, married there, subsequently emigrated to South Africa, and by all accounts did extremely well out there. It was only some years past that three descendants of the said Woods arrived in Glin looking for their Woods ancestry.

In Athea the family were known as Quille’s, gaelic for Woods. Seemingly, they were there for over 400 yrs.  Quille Denny, born circa 1775 – the 8th Denis Quille in succession in Dromada (Gortnagross) had two sons and one daughter –

(1) Denis Quille.

(2) Catherine Quille

(3) Jermiah Darby Quille.

 Circa 1830, Denny divided the farm between the two sons, Jermiah (known also as Darby) born circa 1800/10 and Denis, born circa 1810/10. Jermiah Darby was said to have married an O’Sullivan girl from Lr. Athea, one of the Con Paddy O’Sullivan’s. That being the case, then there must have been a double marriage somewhere along the family line as Jack O’Sullivan, Connie Sullivan’s father married a descendent of this family namely,  Maggie Quille c1929. I spoke with Connie today (October 30th 2013) on the phone and if I’m not mistaken I could hear his brother Patie O’Sullivan giving a few prompts in the background, two fine principled gentlemen, the said Connie and Patie, both gifted with a wealth of knowledge on local history and genealogy.

Not to get too confused with the different families and believe me it’s not easy not to, there was another family of the O’Sullivan’s living  in Lower Athea back then known as the Fr. O’Sullivans, (Fr. as in the priesthood). There were two brothers in this family that I know of namely, Paddy & Jack O’Sullivan. Paddy had a son Con O’Sullivan who was married to ?, we haven’t established as of yet, and Jack had a son Mike O’Sullivan who was married to a Mary Culhane from Ballyguiltenane. (Jack, Patjoe & Moss etc.. Culhane’s).


(1) Denis Quille, (Son of Denny 1775), got the part of the farm in Dromada known as ‘across the stream’. He was married to a girl called Hunt. (In the Rathkeale death register there is a Denis Woods b1810, died 1905 age 95yrs., could be the same person as above.)  He had a son who was also Denis (2). Denis (2) b1832 married a Mary Aherne b1837 and had a daughter Joanna Quille born 1876 and a son Denis (3) born 1861. Denis (3) married a Hannie Aherne and had a son Timothy Quille born 1900 and two daughters, Mary Quille born 1899 and Katie Quille who married Tom Stack. Tom Stack who came from Upper Athea married into the Quille place. Tom and Katie had 5 daughters and one son,  Pat Joe (Patsy) Stack who is currently living in the Quille farm in Gortnagross.

1901 census for Denis Quill (2) & his wife Mary Aherne and their son Denis Quill (3) & his wife Johanna Aherne as follows – Denis (3) had taken over as head of the family with his father Denis (2) and his mother also living with them.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Quill Denis (3) 39 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Quill (Johanna Aherne) 25 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Quill Mary 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Quill Timothy 1 Male Son Roman Catholic
Quill Denis (2) 68 Male Father Roman Catholic
Quill (Mary Aherne) 63 Female Mother Roman Catholic
Quill Johana 19 Female Sister Roman Catholic
Broder Patrick 15 Male Servant Roman Catholic
Ahern Bridget 15 Female Servant Roman Catholic

1911 Census for the above family as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Quill Denis (3) 55 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Quill (Johanna Aherne) 33 Female Wife R C
Quill Timothy 12 Male Son R C
Quill Margaret 10 Female Daughter R C
Quill Mary 6 Female Daughter R C
Quill James 4 Male Son R C
Quill Catherine 3 Female Daughter R C
Quill Hanora   Female Daughter R C
Quill Denis (2) 72 Male Father R C
Quill (Mary Aherne) 72 Female Mother R C
Fitzgerald Thomas 28 Male Servant R C
Quill Johanna 30 Female Sister R C


(Note the age difference between the two census.)

(2) Catherine Quille, (daughter of Denny 1775), born circa 1800/10 married John Fitzgerald from Duagh in Glin Church 1854. Catherine & John settled somewhere quite close to Duagh village. (No further information on this family, probably had no family as she would be in her 50’s at that time)

Under the Registry of Parishoners, Dromada 1851 it is recorded where a Darby Quille paid 1/6 towards the religious and educational institutions of the parish. This must have been the Darby listed hereunder.


(3)Jermiah Darby Quille(son of Denny 1775) married to the O’Sullivan girl as already stated – family as follows –


(i)Denis Quille who married Mary McCoy.

(ii)Mike Quille who married Brigid McCarthy, (public house) Glin.

(iii)Jer Quille Woods, Tullyleague who married Mary Windle.

(iv)Catherine Quille who married James McGrath, Ballyguiltenane.

(v)Ellen Quille who married Patrick Quirke, Abbeyfeale.

(vi)Mary Quille. (may have married Paitin Stackpoole, Tullyleague).

(vii)John Quille. may have moved to Finoo, Ballyhahill. (Griffiths Valuation)

(viii)William Quille. Can’t account for William.

(ix)Timothy Quille who moved to Glenagragra.


(i)Quille Denny (Denis) (son of Jermiah Darby), Dromada, settled in the home part of the family farm and on Feb 14th 1863 married McCoy Mary b 1841 (daughter of Thady McCoy and Biddy McMahon, Ballydonoghue). Witnesses: Jermiah Quille & Agnes Jameson. Jermiah was probably Darby, Denny’s  brother. Agnes Jamieson was the daughter of John Jamieson and Bridget Deenihan, Ballyculhane who got married in St. Michael’s, Church of Ireland, on May 4th 1832. Agnes was the half great-great-grandaunt to Shane Jamieson who is married to my niece Brid Langan, Glenagragra. Agnes’s father was married twice.

1901 Census for Denis Quille & his wife Mary McCoy eight (8) in total but not all listed in two Census hereunder –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
(Quill Mary McCoy) 60 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Quill Jeremiah 36 Male Son Roman Catholic
Quill Timothy 32 Male Son Roman Catholic
Quill Michael 29 Male Son Roman Catholic

Denis not listed presumed deceased.

1911 Census for above family see under Quille Timothy (Thady) hereunder.

Entire family of Quille Denis & Mary McCoy, 8 in all as in above Census and more –

Jer Woods – baptised May 15th 1864. (1901 Census above states b1865) Godparents: Mike Quille & Ellen McCoy. Jer lived in the home place and remained single. He died Jan 11th 1942 and is buried in Templeathea cemetery.

Kate Woods – baptised March 24th 1866, Fr. Martin Ryan P.P. Godparents: Denis Kelly & Ellen McCoy. Kate was given her uncle Johnny McCoy’s farm in Ballydonoghue, Glin Parish. Johnny had no family. His wife’s name may have been Eliza Fitzgibbon who in 1852 had a house leased from T. Fitzgerald. On July 29th 1900 Kate married her cousin Tom Fitzgibbons, son of Thomas Fitzgibbons of Ballyhoulihan. Witnesses: William Quille, Glenagragra, Glin & Ellen Lardiner, Ballycormack. Tom married into the farm, (A Cliamhain Isteach) They had 4 children as follows; (i) John, (Johnny) born May 30th 1902. Godparents; James Fitzgibbons & Johanna Enright. (James Fitzgibbons was probably Johnny’s uncle who also lived in Ballyhoulihan. James left his place to Johnny and Paddy Ahearn, both now deceased. Griffith’s Valuation of 1852 gives a John & James Ahern with 11acres, 3roods and 24perches leased from T. Fitzgerald.) James Fitzgibbons had a sister who became Mrs. Culhane, mother of Bob Culhane. Bob was married to Maggie Connolly; schoolteacher from Glenagragra who taught my mother in Ballyguiltenane National school. Johanna Enright’s grandson Sheams Enright has a restaurant in Tarbert. Johnny married Mary Crimmins, (died circa 1962) daughter of Ned Crimmins, Killicolla and Margaret Hennessy, Ballybunion. They had 2 daughters; Mary, single, who nursed in the Childrens Hospital, Foynes and later at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.  Katherine married David Moore, Ballyculhane, Glin & had the following children; Mary, David, Janet, Helen, Sean & Thomas. My father Ned Langan R.I.P. used to cut hay for Johnny back in late 1960’s early ‘70’s. We knew him and indeed, he was known locally as Johnny Gibbons, the Fitz being dropped from the surname. (ii) Nellie Fitzgibbon, who was born in 1904 remained single. She had a shop at Church St., Tarbert village, Co. Kerry. (iii) Denis Fitzgibbon, born April 24th 1906. Godparents; Mary Langan, Scairt, Glin & Michael Woods, Athea. (Mary Langan, my grand-aunt, must have been residing for a time with Bridge Woods McMahon in Scairt, also known as Glenagragra Upper. Bridge was her cousin, hence the reason for giving Scairt as her address) Denis lived at Ballydonohue and married a Flaherty girl from Moyvane. They had no family. He died a young man. His wife later re-married to a widower by the name of Moss Moore who incidentally also came from Moyvane. Moss’s son by his first wife married there, thereafter. (iv) Tom Fitzgibbon, born February 7th 1909. Godparents; James Fitzgibbons, Ballyhoulihan & Mary Woods, Tullyleague. Mary Woods was the sister of Jer (2), Tullyleague. Tom who lived at Ballydonoghue married an Enright girl from Tarbert.  They had no children. House closed up now. Tom Fitzgibbon (Husband of Kate Woods), was either the great great-grandson or great great- grandnephew of Garrett Fitzgibbon and Mary Widerham, Ballyhoulihan. Garrett was born circa 1750/’60. They had a family of seven, five boys – John, James, Thomas, Gerald & Henry and two girls – Margaret & Anne. Their second son James born November 16th 1780 emigrated to Canada where he became a renowned soldier. His courage and bravery soon came to the notice of those powers to be in his adopted country and was a major player in the battle of Beaver Dams in 1813. He was a brilliant tactician and navigator whether it was to settle the Irish unrest on the Cornwall Canal or to organise Toronto’s defences against William Lyon McKenzie’s rebel forces in 1837. Having held diverse appointments as Clerk of the House of Assembly, Chairman of the Quarter Sessions, Registrar of the Court of Probate, Superintendent of College Buildings, Justice of Peace etc, still, he was incessantly in debt due to his kind-heartedness. He got married in 1814 to a Mary Haley and had seventeen children only five of whom survived. One of their sons George was tragically killed in a horrifying accident in 1834 at a political meeting in Toronto. The meeting was taking place in a gallery overhead a butcher’s stall when one end of the structure gave way resulting in George, among others being impaled on the butcher’s hooks beneath. His father James who survived the accident died on December 10th 1863. A book was written on James’s life entitled – ‘Fitzgibbons, Defender of Upper Canada’, by Ruth McKenzie. Is it any wonder Tom Langan inherited ‘the fighting spirit’, he had it from both sides!

Thady Woods – baptised April 7th 1868, (1901 Census states b1869) Fr. Martin Ryan P.P. Godparents Patrick & Margaret McCoy. Thady settled down in the home place and on Sept 14th 1901 married Nora Kelly, daughter of Tom Kelly & Mary Brouder, Coole West, Athea. Fr. G. Quain officiated. Witnesses: William Quille, Gortnagross & Ellen Kelly, Coole West.  Thady and Nora had three children; (1) Mary Agnes born Oct 12th 1903, baptised Oct 13th, Fr. G. Quain P.P. Godparents; Jer Quille (her uncle) & Mary Dore, Parkana (2nd cousin of her mother). Mary Agnes married June 25th 1942 to Jack Barrett, son of Michael Barrett & Mary Everett, Knocknagorna, Athea. Fr. Thomas J. Connolly P.P. Witnesses; Paddy Thady White, Coole (1st cousin of Jack Barrett) & Delia Broderick, Athea. (2) Denis born February 8th 1905, baptised February 8th, Fr. D. Hanley. Godparents; William Kelly & Johanna Kelly. Denis settled in the home farm and married Mary Dore daughter of Mike Dore & Brigid Horan, Dirrha, Listowel (& later of Knockane, Listowel). Had a family of 11, one of whom was Liam, whom I knew quite well as we attended school in Abbeyfeale together in the mid 1960’s. The rest of the family as follows –  Timmy born June 30th 1946, Noreen born Dec 6th 1947, Michael born January 10th 1949, Breda born February 19th 1950, the aforementioned Liam born April 11th 1951, Mary Teresa born October 7th 1952, Eileen born May 23rd 1954, Diarmuid, born June 22nd 1955, Donncha, born February 25th 1960, Paudie, born July 2nd 1961 and Catherine born January 15th 1964.               Mary died Nov 20th 1965 aged 45yrs. Denis died June 30th 1989 aged 84yrs and is buried in Holy Cross cemetery, Athea. (3) Ella Mae, born April 27th 1906, baptised April 27th, Fr. P. Riordan. Godparents; Denis Kelly & Mary Ahearne. (neighbours of theirs) Ella Mae emigrated to Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. on Aug 13th 1926 to her granduncle Gerald McCoy of Shanagolden (?)  Ella Mae got married on Feb 17th 1931 to Liam O’Dwyer son of Johnny O’Dwyer & Ellen Lynch, Caolrua, Eyeries, Co. Cork. Liam & Ella Mae returned to Ardgroom village, Co. Cork in 1935, built a dance hall and later opened a shop there. Ella Mae died Aug 3rd 1992, aged 86yrs. Liam died 1993 aged 87yrs. Thady Quille died Nov 25th 1944 and is buried in Templeathea cemetery.

1911 Census for Timothy (Thady) Quille as follows – His mother Mary McCoy not listed presumed deceased. Timothy had by now taken over as head of family.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Quill Timothy (Thady) 44 Male Head of Family R Catholic
Quill (Hanora Kelly) 47 Female Wife R Catholic
Quill Mary 7 Female Daughter R Catholic
Quill Denis 6 Male Son R Catholic
Quill Ellie 3 Female Daughter R Catholic
Quill Jeremiah (remained single) 47 Male Brother R Catholic


John – Must have died as a baby – Godparents: Patrick & Margaret McCoy.

Mike – Baptised December 14th 1870, (1901 Census states b1872) Fr. Martin Ryan P.P. Godparents: Michael Woods & Brigid McCarthy, Glin. Mike who remained single lived close to Athea village. According to the 1911 census there was a Michael Quille age 37 a servant at the home of Michael & Mary Woulfe, Gortnagross. Mike died April 8th 1944 aged 73 and is buried in Templeathea cemetery.

Denis – Baptised July 2nd 1873, Fr. Martin Ryan P.P. Godparents: Patrick Sheahan & Brigid Quille McCarthy. Denis must have died as a baby.

Brigid – Baptised January 22nd 1876, Fr. S. Danaher. Godparents: Gerald McCoy & Brigid Quille. Must have died a baby.

Bill – (William) Baptised July 18th 1877, Fr. Martin Ryan P.P. Godparents: Denis & Catherine Quille. On Feb 1st 1902 he married Nell Kelly, daughter of Tom Kelly (2nd marriage) & Ellen King, Coole West, Athea. Fr. S. Quain. Witnesses: Michael Quille (village) and Mary O’Sullivan (village). Nell Kelly was a sister to Minnie who married Jack Brouder and a step- sister of Nora who married Bill’s brother Thady of Gortnagross. Bill took up residence in the village of Athea, (not listed there in 1901 census) and opened a bakery there. In the 1901 census of Glin Village there is a William Woods, a baker by trade working at Fitzgerald’s bakery. This must have been the said Bill, who more likely than not may have been plying his trade there before moving to Athea. See hereunder for said Glin 1901 census –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fitzgerald Frances 58 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Helena 57 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Harnett Maggie 16 Female Servant Roman Catholic
Woods William 22 Male Baker Roman Catholic
Ahern Maurice 17 Male Baker Roman Catholic

Later Bill bought the dispensary across the road, went to live there, opened a shop in that premises, and subsequently closed the bakery. It would appear that William and his brother Thady (Timothy) spent a few years in the U.S. as records state that they were in Ellis Island in 1898.

Bill & Nell had 12 children; (1) Molly (Mary Ellen), Baptised April 6th 1903, Fr. S. Quain P.P. Godparents; Cornelius Hunt & Mary Brouder. Married Pat Connolly, Connolly Bros, China & Hardware Shop, 75 Main St, Cavan Town. Family as follows; Mona, Eileen, Pam, Brian, Liam, Sean & Joe (in the home place). (2) Denny, (Denis) born Nov 26th 1904. Godparents; Michael Sullivan & Ellen Mary Sullivan. Went to Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. and married on Dec 26th 1932 to Marge (Mgt) O’Sullivan from Bantry, Co. Cork. One child, Denny. (3) Nellie (Ellen Mary Woods), born Nov 17th 1906. Godparents; Tom Kelly & Ellen Kelly. Married in 1944 to Michael Joseph Reddican. They ran a shop in William St, Limerick. Children as follows; Eleanor who became a nun, Marie who married Joe Kelly, Sligo, Phyllis married Jack Burke in Limerick City and Ita who married Pat Chesser, also in Limerick City. (4) Tom, (Thomas) born & Baptised Nov 12th 1908, Fr. J.M. Cregan P.P. Godparents; Thomas Kelly & Catherine Hunt. Went to Florida and married there. One child Kathleen. (5) Michael, (Michael Joseph Woods) born June 11th 1911. Godparents; Maurice Danaher & Christina Danaher. Went to London and married on Feb 12th 1938 to Mary Smith. Children; Eileen & others. (6) Kathleen, (Catherine Woods) born August 12th 1912. Godparents; Cornelius O’Sullivan & Mary Broderick. Married on Auust 6th 1957 to Mick Flavin son of Patrick Flavin & Margaret Mahony, Templeathea. Fr. Michael Doody. Witnesses; Kevin Stapleton, Athea & Josephine Woods, Athea. (7) John Joe, (John Joseph Woods) born July 27th 1914. Godparents; Denis Woods & Mary Woods. Died at about 6 months of age. (8) Ita, (Ita Christina Woods) born Dec 25th 1915. Married on June 5th 1950 to Phil W. O’Sullivan. They lived at Catherine St. Limerick City and ran a bacon retail shop & restaurant/delicatessen there. Also had a bacon factory – Limerick Bacon Co. Ltd – supplying Limerick hams to their outlets / Supermarkets. Children as follows; Anthohy, Philip, Liam & Vincent. (9) Willie, (William Christopher Woods) born Nov 4th 1917. Godparents; Richard Denihan & Nellie Hunt. Emigrated to New York, came home to Gortnagross district and married Mary O’Carroll, Gortnagross. Willie died February 7th 1988 aged 70yrs. (10) Jim, (James Francis Woods) born April 25th 1919, Baptised on 26th, Fr. Wm. O’Shea P.P. Godparents; Timothy Condon N.T. & Brigid O’Sullivan. Emigrated to New York and remained single. (11) Thady, (Timothy John Woods) born June 20th 1919, baptised 21st, Fr. Wm O’Shea P.P. Godparents; Michael O’Sullivan & Helena Woods. Worked in Arnott’s Drapery Store, Henry St, Dublin. Married a girl from Co. Leitrim. Later moved to 3 Portland Ave, Ballinacurra Gardens, Limerick. (12) Tess (Josephine Teresa Woods), born Aug 24th 1922. Godparents; Thomas Houlihan & Mary Houlihan. Tess resided in her father’s shop in Athea. (the old dispensary) Married on June 18th 1953 to Kevin P. Stapleton. Children as follows; Joe, Geraldine, Kevin, Liam & Helen. Tess’s husband Kevin was tragically killed in a road accident August 19th 1977.

1911 census for William (Bill) Quille as follows.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Quill William 34 Male Head of Family R Catholic
(Quill Ellen Nell Kelly) 28 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Quill Mary 8 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Quill Denis 6 Male Son R Catholic
Quill Ellen 4 Female Daughter R Catholic
Quill Thomas 2 Male Son R Catholic
Quill Michael   Male Son R Catholic


(ii)Quille Mike (Mick) (son of Jermiah/Darby), Dromada, moved to Glin town following his marriage on July 28th 1857 to Brigid McCarthy who was the owner of a public house there. Mick did a ‘cliamhain isteach’. Witnesses for the marriage:  Jermiah Woods & Mary Sullivan. Jermiah was probably his brother who had moved to Tullyleague. Mick & Jermiah were one of the first in the family to use the name Woods instead of Quille. Michael Woods is listed under vintners in Guy’s Directory of Munster 1886. There is no mention of Mick Woods in Glin village in the 1901 census, the only one listed being, the aforementioned William. (baker)

Woods pub licence 2

Mick Woods Quille’s application for pub license 1879.

(III)Quille Woods Jermiah.

(III)Quille Woods Jermiah (son of Jermiah/Darby), Dromada, was born in the year 1822. )  He had five brothers – John, Michael, William, Timothy & Denis and three sisters – Kate, Helen & Mary. Jermiah moved from Athea to Tullyleague circa 1860/’65. On February 28th 1865 at the Roman Catholic Church of Newtown Sandes, in the district of Ballylongford, Union of Listowel, Jermiah married Mary Windle born 1842, as per Murher Parish Records. Parents – Jermiah Woods, Dromada, Athea and Mick Windle, Aughrim.  Fr. Con Sheehy P.P. officiated. Witnesses; John Stack & Michael Woods. Family from that union as follows –

(1) Kate born March 13th 1866 (2) Ellen Woods born March 16th 1867, (3) Jermiah  born Dec 8th 1868, (4) Kate Woods born March 4th 1871, (5) Margaret (Peg) Woods born July 18th 1873, (6) Mary (Minnie) Woods born April 26th 1877, (7) Brigid Woods born July 18th 1879, (8) Nora Woods born circa 1883, (9) Johanna Woods born April 1st 1885, (10) John (Jack) Woods born May 10th 1888, (11) Denis Woods born July 26th 1890 and (12) Ellie Woods born Jan 26th 1895. A more detailed look at this family as follows –

(1) Kate Woods b1866 must have died as a child as she had a sister Kate born 1871.

(2) Ellen Woods b1867 must have also died as a child as she had a sister Ellen (Helena) b1895.

(3) Jermiah Woods b1868 married Bridget Holly b1869 and had a son Jack Woods born c1911 and a son Jermiah Woods  born 1909 who died Jan 31st 2000 and a daughter Mary Woods who was married to Paddy Michael O’ Connor, Killeaney.  Jack, who was married to Nellie McMahon of Tullyleague lived at the cross near John Wallace. The present man there (Nov 2007) is Jack’s son Jerry Woods who is married to Anne Flynn, Knockanure. (Of Flynn’s Public House) Another son, Denis Woods is a member of An Garda Siochana stationed in Newcastle West. Two other son’s, Donal Woods lives in Tullyleague and Johnny Woods lives in Ballylongford..  Jermiah died Jan 10th 1953. There was an occasion when Jer got involved in overheated argument in a public house in Glin. His cousin, my grandfather Paddy Langan happened to be having a drink in the same pub and on seeing that Jer was loosing the battle had to come to his rescue. It was on that occasion Jer broke into verse as follows -:  

‘’Langan grand I’ll shake your hand,

You were a friend to me,

You died to save that man so brave,

Ger Woods from Tullyleague.’’

John Woods, Ballydonoghue, grandson of Jer was telling me that a man by the name of Jack Dore lived across the hill from Jer in the townland of Ballygoughlin. Jack’s cattle had the habit of breaking of the farm and entering Jer’s place. This Jack was also known to be a bit of a poet, anyway Jer happened to meet up with Jack on a particular day that the cattle had broken out – say’s Jer,

‘ Now must I leave my native land and give it to John Dore,

 It’s the land my fathers fought for a hundred years and more’.

Jack replied thus –

‘Jereen you need not leave your native land,

You need not leave your purple heather,

But keep your cattle beyond the hill,

And our fences will stay together’.

Jer was having a few drinks in the village of Newtownsandes on a particular day, got into trouble and was arrested by the local Garda sergeant and detained in the barrack there. A friend of Jer’s, William O’Brien from Ballyculhane happened to be in town the same day and had occasion to visit the said barracks. When Jer heard the voice from within he broke into verse as follows –

‘William O’Brien long may you shine,

I heard your voice quite well,

Long may you reign in your campaign,

Outside my prison cell.’

The following is a poem that Ger composed about a batch of wrenboys in 1894 of which he himself waqs a member. This poem was also given to me by John Woods.

Come all ye loyal  heroes and listen to my song 

I’ll  sing for you a verse or two I wont detain you long 

I’ts all about the wrenboys  in the year of ’94 

We walked around the same old ground as we did in days of yore

The names of those I’ll mention and the truth I will pen down

We had men from Ballygoughlin and more from near Newtown

There was Hanrahan from Aughrim a leader in our  band

We had Maurice Flynn a fiddler likewise his brother John.

Tom Fada was our captain most gallant to be seen

He wore a Carolina hat and he was dressed in green

We had O’ Connor from the hill that tall and handsome man

And Ger Woods from Tullyleague the man who wrote the song.


 The first house that we went to  it was Kelly’s of renown

Likewise Stack and Cronin,  Ballygoughlin all around 

We went down to brave Buckley and to Mulvihill in style 

And across the field to that decent man Tagdh Brien.

We went down to Jamesie Ahern’s and back up to Moore ‘s 

To Lynch and Collins brave and grand who never shut their door 

Lynch did treat us decent and Collins he cleared the way

And we met no other decent man till we came to poor Mike Shea.


We next went to the Castle and our music we did play 

The Knight of Glin he been from home we were told to clear away

Our captain then advised his men the castle for to boo 

And to hell with orange landlords thank God there is now but few.

Now to conclude and finish we had a barrel of stout at Flynns

In the middle of the night we all did fight and in the morning we were friends

May our hearts be filled with glory and be ever cheered with pride 

For as long as I live I’ll hunt the wren for I am an airy boy.

Woods Jer 2 fixed

Photo -Jeremiah Woods (2) 1868-1953.

In relation to the poem – Kelly’s are still in Ballygoughlin,  John Moore lives where Stacks once lived, John Hanrahan lives where the Cronin’s lived.  Buckley’s land now in the ownership of Sean Healy, Mulvihill still in the same place. Tadgh O’ Brien and James Ahern lived in Ballyculhane as did Moore’s and Lynch and Collins.  Mike Shea lived where Pa Connor’s now lives,  Tom Fada Culhane there still in Tullyleague and Flynn’s ran a Sheeben in Ballygoughlin.  The Flynn’s were great musicans, the house is now owened by Brenden Mulvihill son of the renowned fiddler  Martin Mulvihill whose mother was Flynn,  so the music is in them. J.W. Jermiah Woods (3)  married Elizabetz Galvin, Glenalappa. Elizabeth died 1975 aged 68. Jermiah and Elizabeth had the following family – (i)Dermot Woods, Massachusetts, who married Breda Archbald and had a daughter Derina Woods. (ii)Bill Woods who married Margaret Mulvihill and had the following family of 3 – Jerry Woods, Diane Woods and Michael Woods. (iii)Bridie Woods. (iv)Mary Woods. (v)Margaret Woods. (vi)Lily Woods who married Pat O’Donnell. (vii)Michael Woods. (viii)John Woods who operates a mechanical engineering service from Tullyleague, known as ‘Highfield House’ and is married to Kathleen Culhane, Ballyguiltenane. He lives with his wife and family at Ballydonohue, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. (ix)Eileen Woods. (x)Therese Woods who married James Kelly, Ballyguiltenane and had the following family – Maureen Kelly, John Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly and Geraldine Kelly. Photo of Jer Woods (3) taken October 1993 in down town Glin  in B.R.J. 1993 p20.

(4) Kate Woods b1871 married  Daniel Hayes, Tullyglass c1894. Daniel was a son of Johnny Hayes who was a relative of the O’Longains. Johnny’s grandmother was a daughter of Sean O’Longain, Glenagragra. (Already referred to).

(5) Margaret Woods b1873 emigrated to New York in 1895 and married Henry Windle(1), son of Michael Windle, Glenagragra in Manhattan, New York circa 1901. They had the following family – Anna Windle b1902 who married a man by the name of Sweeney, Henry Windle(2) b1903, Jeremiah Windle b1906 & Michael Windle b1908. Henry Windle(1) drowned at a family outing at Rockaway Beach, NY in 1921 and his widow Margaret remarried in 1926 to John Griffin b1885 who was also from Glenagragra. John Griffin was a brother to Gerald Griffin, Glenagragra. John Griffin’s nephew, Michael Griffin had the honour of being named Suffolk County Aide to the Grand Marshall, Edward J. Malloy at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on 5th Ave, New York in 2001. (See also Griffin’s of Glenagragra) Margaret Woods was a godparent to my grandfather Paddy Langan. (More on Windle/Griffin’s of Glenagragra further on)

(6) Mary ‘Minnie’ Woods b1877 emigrated to New York in 1897 and married a Jermiah Woods from Co. Cork. (No relation) They were both living at the same tenement building in New York and met as a result of getting each others mail. At the time of her death, Mary was living in New Jersey. They has the following family – Elizabeth Woods, Mary Woods b1901 who married Jack Clancy and had a daughter Margaret Ruth Clancy who married Vincent Wagner, Margaret Woods b1903, James Woods b1905, Jeremiah Jnr. Woods b1910, John Woods b1918 & Geraldine Woods b1922-2002 who married Clark Persian Mead and had a son Michael Mead.

(7) Brigid Woods born circa 1879 married John M. Enright born circa 1865 son of Morgan Enright born circa 1838 the marriage taking place on October 11th 1904 in Glin Church. Daniel Hayes and Johanna Woods witnessed the marriage. According to the 1911 Census for Tullyglass, they had two children – Morgan Enright b1906 and Patrick Enright b1908.

More on the Enright Family

Morgan Enright  born  circa 1838.  Morgan   was a blacksmith who had his smithy approximately a half mile from Glin town on the old Tullyleague road close to what is known locally as the ‘limestone cross’.  Apparently, the old Tullyleague road went straight on in direction back then just above the said cross at the left-hand bend.  Farmers drawing limestone to their limekilns would drop off half their load at the cross before climbing the hill hence how it got the name ‘limestone cross’. This  Morgan Enright married   Kate Hegarty   in 1864   and   had a son  John Enright born Dec 4th 1864 and possibly  had more  children.
John Enright married twice – his first wife was   Brigid Woods as number (7) above.  They had the following  two children – Morgan Enright  born Sept 10th 1905   and  Patrick Enright   born March 17th 1907.  Brigid Woods died  1907  but we have no record of  her  death, it  could  have  been  at  the birth of her son Patrick.

Anyway their son Morgan Enright  married Brigid Bourke on July 5th 1931  in St Josephs Church  Limerick. Brigid was from Glin the  daughter of William Bourke a  Blacksmith. William was married twice, one of his wife’s was a girl of the ‘widow’ Culhane’s from Ballyguiltenane, Glin and the other wife was one of the Connell’s, blacksmith’s in Glin town. Morgan  worked as a Car  Driver  with Mick Adams  driving the  Mail Car Van.  They  had  several children  as follows –  Billy, Johnny and Morgan and seven daughters – Bridie, Maura, Nora, Anna, Eileen, Margaret and Johanna.  The  last  one in Glin was Johnny  Enright   known as Johnny Morgan  who  died Feb 12th 2012 . He lived in  Church St and  worked at  various  labouring  jobs  around Glin  including  grave  digging etc . His  funeral was a quiet affair and  the bereaved names  were not  mentioned in the  death  notice on R.i.P .ie . Billy went to England for a time but returned to Glin where he died almost 20 years ago. Morgan went to England and died there as did Maura. Anna-May married a man from Ballybunion and they are now living in Co. Offaly. Herself and her husband pay a visit to Ballybunion every year and Anna calls to John Barrett, publican in Glin, they are great friends since the time she was living in Glin. Margaret married a man by the name of McKnight and they live in Askeaton, Co. Limerick. Eileen is in England along with her sister Johanna (Josephine) who is the youngest of the family. As far as I know Nora died somewhere in England.

Their other son Patrick Enright married  Catherine (Kitty) McMahon   from (Scort) Glenagragra Upper . She  was distantly  related to  him  through the Woods/Quill line as follows.  Brigid Woods married John McMahon, Glenagragra whose father was also called John. John and Brigid had 3 daughters in family –  May McMahon, Catherine (Kitty) McMahon (see next paragraph) & Nancy McMahon. May & Nancy got married on the same day in 1933. May married Paddy Hanrahan from Foynes. Her  sister  Nancy married her neighbour John  Dalton,  Glenagragra. John married in there. John & Nancy had two sons  John and Jimmy Dalton and two daughters Josie and Mary. John jnr fell victim to the polio outbreak of the 1950’s and went to his eternal reward March 25th 1991 at the age of 44 years. Josie married Paddy Wilmott in Askeaton. Mary married to a Boyle in Co. Mayo. Jimmy is alive and well today in the home place. John Dalton snr. died in 1974, his wife Nancy died in 1981.

As stated above Patrick Enright  married, Catherine (Kitty) McMahon and they had  2 boys namely –   John Enright and Patrick Enright, I knew them both. Patrick was a member of the Garda and was a Sgt in the training centre in Templemore when I joined in 1972.  We used to draw turf down to John, they lived at the east of Glin towards Cahara just off the Mail Road. This was  around the years 1969/1971. Mossie Langan (son of Maurice) and myself were into the motor bikes back then and i remember Mossie getting a BSA off John. 

John Enright’s  2nd  wife  was Margaret  Brandon  married on Jan 11th 1908, the daughter of Timmy Brandon a harness maker who  lived  in a cottage in Kilfergus near Dr. Barrett’s . Margaret  was in her late  thirties  or early forties  by then . They  had  3 children one of  whom  died in infancy, the  children that survived were Kate Enright  born 29 August 1909 and  Brigid Enright  born 11 Jan 1911.

(8) Nora Woods b1883 emigrated in 1908 and married Hugh McCabe in Manhattan, New York. Family as follows –

Thomas McCabe b1915 & Catherine McCabe b1921 who married Danny Moore. Hugh McCabe was a native of Co. Galway. Nora Woods died Oct 8th1928.

(9) Joanna Woods b1885 emigrated to New York in 1905 and married John Hartney born 1887 in Manhattan, New York on November 17th1907. John was a native of Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. They had a tavern in New York. Family from that union as follows –

Mary Hartney b1911 who married Harry Doherty and had the following family – Joanne Doherty, Edward Doherty who married Mary Ann Buck and Shawn Doherty who married Joan Slevin.

Nell Hartney 1914-1915,

Nell Hartney b1916 who married Angelo Proscia b1915 and had two daughter’s – Joan Proscia who married George E. Corde and had the following family – George Corde Jnr, Richard Corde, Daniel Corde, Gary Corde and Angela Corde. Annette Proscia who married Joseph Martin and had the following family – Eileen Martin, Christine Martin, Kevin Martin & Jeanne Martin. Michael Hartney b1918, Debbie Hartney and John Hartney b1924.  Joanna Woods died in the year 1946.

(10) John (Jack) Woods b1888 emigrated to New York in 1907. He returned to Ireland for a couple of years and returned in 1909 bringing his brother Denis with him. John (Jack) who was a member of the Chicago police force married Bridget (Bridie) O’Connor born 1895/6-1964, Ballyguiltenane on Jan 21st 1917. Issue from that union as follows –

i.Mary Agnes Woods b1917 who married Lawrence B.Kenniburg b1915-2002 and had a daughter Kathleen Rose Kenniburg b19.. who married John Joseph Doczy b19.. and had the following family –

Mark Lawrence Doczy b19.. who married Christine Wray b19..

Paul John Doczy born 19.. who married Ashley Resweber born 19.., John Patrick Doczy b19.. who married Amy Pollock b19.. and had the following family – Jack Ryan Doczy born 20.. and Isabel Mary Ann Doczy b20… (It was the said Kathleen Doczy who supplied me with her side of the Woods family)

ii.Rose Margaret Woods b1921-2003 who married Russell Bagley 1920-1974.

iii.John Vincent Woods 1924-1961.

iv.William Thomas Woods b1926 who married Jean Ruth Tucker 1931-1993 and had the following family – William Terrence Woods b19.. who married Phyllis Theresa Reaugh b19.. and had the following family – James Peter Woods b19.. and John Terrence Woods b19.. Stephen Thomas Woods b1951-1998 who married Jan Anderson. Janice Marie Woods b19.. Denis James Woods b1953 who married Sofia Estrellita Esqueta De Castro born 1962. Margie Ann Woods b19.. who married James George Schmidt b19.. and had the following family – Melissa Ann Schmidt b19.., Kari Anne Schmidt b1979 and Samantha Rose Schmidt b1984. Jennifer Lynn Woods b1959 who married Thomas Maher b19.. (2nd husband, her 1st husband Michael Opachick b1953). Nancy Jean Woods b19.. who married Charles Woelke and had two sons – William Charles Woelke b19.. who married Amber ? and had a daughter Laura Rose Woelke and Shawn Michael Woelke b19..

v.Ellen Catherine Woods 1930-1931.

vi.James Patrick Woods 1932-1990 who married Joan Lievesley and had a daughter Sarah Woods.

(10)John (Jack) Woods died in Chicago on February 6th 1955, his wife Bridget(Bridie) O’Connor died on June 12th 1964 at the age of 69 in Tucson, Arizona where she was staying with her daughter Rose. The are both buried at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Illinois. (See also O’Connor (Bridget) Bridie 1896-1974)

(11) Denis Woods b1890 emigrated to New York in 1909 and died in Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, New York on February 23rd 1936. Denis was a longshoreman. (Dock worker)

(12) Ellen (Nell) Woods b. January 26th 1895, Tullyleague, Glin, died January 26th 1966 in Glenagragra, Glin, age 71, the same date as when she was born. Ellen married  Patrick Geoghegan, b. February 23rd 1871-1944, Turraree on February 19th 1919 at Glin.

Copy of nell

Nell Woods Geoghegan.

Family from that union as follows:

(i) Danny Geoghegan, b. May 22nd 1922, Turraree. (died June 15th 1942 at the age of 21 from polio).

(ii) Patrick (Patie) Geoghegan, b. February 14th 1923, Turraree. Patrick remained single in life and lived in Turraree, Glin. Patie died October 21st 2016.  

(iii) Bridget Geoghegan, b. Sept 30th 1925. Emigrated to Australia. She married Joe Atkinson, a native of Wexford and had three children – Michael, John and Bernadette Atkinson.

(iv) Mary Geoghegan, b. February 18th 1929. Emigrated to the U.S. She married John Flynn a native of Tipperary and lives in Ansonia. They have three children – Eileen who married ? Riccie, Patricia who married Walter Damuck and Margaret Flynn who married ? Grenberg.

Geoghegan Eileen left & Mary U.s. Mary Flynn in middle

  Pictured above – Eileen Geoghegan and her sister Mary with Mary Flynn middle.

(v) Kathleen Geoghegan, b. June 21st 1931. Emigrated to Australia and married Mick Scanlon. They have two children – Thomas Scanlon and Eileen Scanlon.

(vi) Eileen Geoghegan, (pictured) b. October 11th 1938. Emigrated to the U.S. She married Timothy Hanley, August 31st 1963. Family from that union as follows – Maureen Hanley b. Jan 3rd 19..  Doreen Hanley b. Jan 29th 19.., married Michael Bicoy. Christine Hanley, b. July 18th 19.. Timothy Hanley died in Florida on March 10th 2002.

 tea in the bog

Tea in the meadow in Turraree. From left – Danny Wallace, Eileen Geoghegan , Maura Geoghegan who is now married to Pakie White, Han Reidy Geoghegan Maura’s mother, Bridgie Scanlon Geoghegan,  & Jermiah Woods. Jermiah from Ballyguiltenane.

                Photo 1950’s

 Geoghegan Family in more detail at the following –

It seems that there were 3 Geoghegan brothers living in Turraree Upper




It is worthy to note here that a Rebecca Hamilton, Moygaddy, Maynooth in the County of Kildare may have been the agent for the lands of Turraree. In the case of the Faley farm it would seem that she owned that particular area as can be seen from the following – According to the Irish Land Commission Estates Commissioners, it would appear that Dan purchased another small farm in 1908. An agreement was made on the 29th day of September 1908 between Rebecca Hamilton, Moygaddy, Maynooth in the County of Kildare, widow and Daniel Faley of Tooraree Upper for the sum of £67. The said tenant who had been residing held on and in occupation of same since 1893 at the annual rent of £3-7-6 payable under a fixed rent order dated June 16th 1891. Signed Daniel  x  Faley. Occupation, Farmer, in the presence of Thomas Ruddle, Turraree Upper.              X, Daniel’s mark.

 (1) JOHN GEOGHEGAN married Catherine Mulcaire m. 1 August 1853

It would appear that John was born circa 1824 going by his death certificate. He died on Aug 8th 1897 at Dromreask, Glin aged 73 years, his son Michael Geoghegan present at his death. His wife Catherine was still alive. Catherine died Nov 24th 1907 aged 72 years, her son John present at her death in Dromreask. (George Langan)

It is thought that she was one of the Turraree Mulcaire’s. The Turraree Mulcaires – I believe Catherine was the daughter of Stephen Mulcaire and his wife Peggy Cummane. The witnesses to Catherine and John’s marriage were Alicia Mulcaire and Honora McElligott. John Geoghegan’s headstone definitely records his death on 17 April 1844 at the age of 51 meaning he was born about 1793.  (Anne Mayoh.)

Eily Mulcaire, too, passed away last week at the good old age of 93. (born 1924) Eily, from Turraree, was tenderly cared for by her nephew John Hayes and wife Geraldine in Glenbawn, Ballyhahill for the past 17 years. It was lovely that she died peacefully in her sleep. Sympathies to John and Geraldine and their children Michael and Marie; also to her other nieces and nephews in the Hayes and Flavin families.)

Above taken from Knockdown News Jan 11th 2017 in the Athea Newsletter by Peg Faley Prendeville.

Family of John Geoghegan and Catherine Mulcaire as follows –

1.Patrick Geoghegan  (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) born either June or August 18th 1854,  the sponsors being – John Geoghegan and Mary Shine. Mary Shine was one of the Athea Shine’s (blacksmith’s) and was a relative of the Geoghegan’s. Mary was living at Geoghegan’s at the time. Allegedly she had some falling out with her family in Athea. Looking at Mary Shine’s death cert it states that she died on March 25th 1888, a spinster aged 48 years, occupation, dressmaker and servant, Mary Geoghegan present at her death in Turraree. It is of the belief that Patrick got evicted from Turraree, hence the reason we find him living in Glin.  Patrick Geoghegan got married at Glin Church on Sept 25th 1878 to Honora Normoyle daughter of John Normoyle – the witnesses being John Geoghegan and Catherine Kennelly. Patrick Geoghegan died April 14th 1902 at Glin aged 47 years, his son Patrick present at his death. (George Langan) I have the marriage of Patrick Geoghegan and Honora Normoyle on 25 June 1878 with John Geoghegan and Catherine Kennelly as witnesses. ( I hadn’t noticed the Kennellys being mentioned before but it reinforces the link to Mackessys!) Anne Mayoh.

Hanora (Nora) Normoyle Geoghegan died on May 6th 1936 at Church St. Glin a widow aged 80 years of age, her daughter Margaret (Maggie) Geoghegan present at her death. (George Langan)

1901 Census for Patrick Geoghegan, Church St, / Mary’s Lane, Glin as follows –

1911 Census for same family as follows –

A  breakdown of the census as follows -;

I wouldn’t pay that much attention to the Census returns, I just use them as a guide as there’s a contrasting differences with the  ages from that on the actual birth and death certs, especially with the 1911 census returns. Apparently it was something to do with qualification for the old age pension which came of being in the Irish republic in 1906. One had to be 70 years of age to qualify and proof of age was accepted if you were born before the night of the big wind of January 6th 1839, so it is of the belief that in order to qualify people added on to their age, especially in the 1911 returns. N.B. There could be a difference from anything up to four to seven or eight years of age on the return. (George Langan)

Family of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle as follows –

  1. John Geoghegan born Jan 8th 1879.  Glin burial record states he died at 17 days old.
  2. Catherine Geoghegan born Jan 21st 1880, (daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 Census.  Died on March 22nd 1903, her mother Hanora present at her death in Glin.
  3. Patrick (Paddy) Geoghegan born June 15th 1882.(son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) Paddy who in 1910 was the first man in Glin to hold a driving license. He was employed as a driver to Major Kiggell, Cahara, Glin whose farm is now in the ownership of the Fitzgerald family. The license was issued to cover from the 1stday of September 1914 until the 31st August 1915. Patrick remained single in life. Patrick died on April 9th 1952 at Church St. Glin aged 66 years?, his sister Margaret present at his death.
  4. Mary Geoghegan born Oct 9th 1883, died in the U.S. 1961.(daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) Mary went to the US in 1906 to her aunt Mrs Johanna Barrett, 5428 Morgan Street, Chicago presumably nee Normile. Her brother John also went out to the same aunt. Mary married Felix Husfeldt in Chicago and they had a son Joseph, b.1919 who married in July 1946 to Violet Cerruti, who had a son Jerry in 1947. There were a few things I did hope to clarify-one being the date of marriage of Mary (b.9.10.1883 or perhaps christened then) daughter of Patrick and Hanora Normile, to Felix Husfeldt in Chicago, which I don’t have . I have found the photo I took years ago of the burial stone of John Geoghegan R.I.P. 1844 confirming what I have said heretofore. Ann Mayoh.
  5. Johanna Geoghegan  born Aug 11th 1885-? (daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) died Nov 28th 1894 aged 8 years old, his mother Hanora present at his death in Glin.
  6. John (Jack) Geoghegan born Sept 20th 1886 -?. (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 and 1911 Census. Went to US in 1911 to aunt Mrs Johanna Barrett, 5428 Morgan Street, Chicago. John (Jack) was a renowned swimmer and life-saver in his adopted country.


Jack (John) Geoghegan, Glin and his wife,

photo taken in the U.S.A.

7.Thomas Geoghegan born 1889.  (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 and 1911 census. Tom was 6ft 6ins in height and was anchor-man on the Glin tug-of-war team. Thomas married Mary O’Flaherty – she died Sept 2nd 1922 her widower, Thomas present at her death in Glin. Thomas died 1925 leaving 6 children orphaned one of whom was Mary Geoghegan born June 2nd 1915  and another was Michael Geoghegan who was the father of Patricia  Geoghegan George. Another one of the children would appear to be Patrick Geoghegan who was born on May 24th 1914 at Dromreask, son of Thomas and Mary Flaherty with a Johanna Flaherty present at the birth. What were they doing in Dromreask? Could it be that Mary Flaherty was from Dromreask.  A family of the Flaherty’s lived there all right and their descendents are still residing there, albeit at Blaine which is in Dromreask.  (see further on for more on the late Patricia Geoghegan George)

  1. Bernard Geoghegan born Nov 18th 1890, (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) died Dec 29th 1939 at Church St. Glin age 44 years,  his sister Margaret present at his death..
  2. Margaret (Maggie) Geoghegan born Aug 16th 1892-1972. (daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 living at home and in 1911 census living and working in Castlematrix, Rathkeale
  3. Stephen Geoghegan born Sept 14th 1893-?. (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) – Died Oct 28th 1893, fourteen days old, his mother Hanora present at his death in Glin.
  4. Alice Geoghegan born Nov 16th 1894-? (daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) Alice married Denis Clifford – 2 daughters Catherine and Alice Clifford. Alice who in 1935 married Denis Hanrahan and lived at Moyvane. It is of the belief that a couple of their children are still in the area. On 1901 and 1911 Census.
  5. Roseanne Geoghegan born (Sept 4th 1897-? (daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 and 1911, married Michael Fitzgerald of Glin)
  6. Michael (Mick) Geoghegan born June 16th 1899- 1930 (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Hanora Normoyle) On 1901 and 1911 census. (lived in Glin).

(Mike Connolly/George Langan/Anne Mayoh)


(By Patricia Geoghegan George R.I.P. & George Langan)

On September 25th 1917 Mick travelled to Limerick City to the recruiting office and enlisted in the Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment (The Royal Canadians) for the duration of the war. He underwent his training at Birr in Co. Offaly and was posted to the Machine Gun Corps in Glencorse, Scotland.  In the month of March 1918 he joined the 2nd battalion and was posted to France.  In 1918 the German offensive had hit the Western Front and somewhere along the line Mick, who was deployed as a sniper marksman went missing and was found to be a prisoner of war in Limburg 21/27th March 1918. Following the armistice of November 1918, Mick was released and discharged from the army in February 1919. Not having his full of army life and with the fighting spirit still hot in his blood he re-enlisted almost immediately at Portsmouth in the south of England and was posted to India landing in Bombay November 21st 1919. He returned from India in April 1922. In July that same year the Leinsters were disbanded and soon after Mick returned to Ireland to join the offensive against the Black and Tans. He was arrested by the said Tans in Newcastle West on one occasion and narrowly escaped death at Blaine-bridge on another when three Crossley Tenders drove down the Glin to Athea road passing by the spot where Mick and his comrades were billeted for the night. Was it not for the sentries whistle (who more likely than not was Jack Griffin, Glenagragra, my next door neighbour) they would all be massacred.

My great grandfather Tom Langan also joined the British Army but at an earlier time. Tom was wounded whilst fighting with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers during the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt, September 1882. On June 8th 1883, he had the honour of being presented with The Bronze Star for his heroics in the said campaign. Following his wounding, Tom, along with many of his fellow injured colleagues, all returned to Aldershot in Surrey.  (Tom’s mother in law was Margaret Mackessy a sister to Mary Mackessy, Patrick Geoghegan’s wife)

Mick Geoghegan’s name was widely known around Glin not alone for his exploits in ww1 campaign but also for becoming the first man to swim the river Shannon from Glin across to Clare, the initial swim taking place circa 1924-25. He was a great swimmer and he loved the water swimming back and forth unaccompanied on several occasions. His safe arrival at Labasheeda would be marked by the lighting of a fire on the Co. Clare coast. His mother was always concerned that something sinister might happen and would advise him to be very careful in the water. Mick used to say ‘have no fear mother, when I get tired I can float for hours’ On Sunday September 7th 1930 Mick took the notion to swim across, this time he failed to return. His brothers Patrick (Paddy), Bernard (Bernie) and nephew Mick spent days walking the shore and the strand looking for what they now knew would be a body. Their friend Tommy Costello who had a motor-boat at the time drove up and down the Shannon day after day for a solid two weeks hoping to catch a sighting of Mick. It was about that time that a small boat sailing down the river spotted the body floating on the water. Tommy Costello was alerted and he towed the body into Glin pier. The body was placed in Neddy Dillane’s common car and transported to Glin Courthouse where it lay overnight pending the arrival of the coroner the next day. Mick Geoghegan was buried in the Chapel yard in Glin.

 (Researched from two articles (1) B.R.J. (Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal) 2007 p70 by Patricia Geoghegan George niece of the said Mick Geoghegan & (2) B.R.J. 1982 p82 by Patrick Fitzgerald, Cahara, Glin)



  1.  Thomas Geoghegan (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) b24 4 1856) Sponsor Margaret Shine. Thomas got married in 1884 in NZ to Johanna Hayes b.1863.- daughter of Thomas Hayes, Grouselodge, Kilcolman.- children Katherine (1886), Mary born 1887 got married to Thomas Culhane whose descendants are living in Canada, Margaret born Jan 16th 1892,(Margaret became a nun, died in US, Steven and Ellen (Ciss) twins born Oct 28th 1893, Michael born Jan 28th 1895,  Josephine (Johanna) born June 17th 1896, became a nun died in US, Alice born Oct 20th 1897, John (1900) and Thomas (1901) Some descendants still live at Whiskey Hall. (Anne Mayoh)

On the birth cert of Mary Geoghegan it states – born at Clounleharde on April 5th 1887, daughter of  Johanna Geoghegan (formerly Hayes), Clounleharde and Thomas Geoghegan, Wellington, New Zealand, occupation contractor. Thomas Geoghegan died on May 12th 1935 a widower at Grouselodge, Kilcolman his son Stephen present at his death.

Johanna Hayes was from Mohernagh Ballyhahill, she married Thomas Geoghegan who was from Dromreask, Glin, (known locally as the Brown Jack Geoghegans). Johanna & Thomas married and emigrated to Wellington New Zealand, They made their fortune there as Thomas worked in the gold mines. They had their first child Kate on the boat coming home from New Zealand, they bought the pub/shop in Kilcolman (Now Purcells) they had 9 children in total, and bought a farm and house in Grouselodge when my grandfather was young, where Johanna and Thomas senior resided for the rest of their lives till death, they sold the shop /pub to Reidys a few years before Johanna Hayes-Geoghegan died. She ran the shop while my great grand father ran the farm in Grouselodge. Apparently my grandfather and his other siblings were educated at home by a home tutor in Grouselodge. I have more information on some of the family members if you need it sometime about what became of my grand fathers sisters and brothers. My second cousin Joanna (Geoghegan-O’Brien) lives in that house in . My second cousin Joanna (Geoghegan-O’Brien) lives in that house in Grouselodge now. . Marie Reidy (daughter of the original Reidy owner who bought the shop in Kilcolman from Great grand father Thomas and Johanna) married a Dick Purcell from New castle west and their family now own the shop in Kilcolman which is closed. (Jacqui G Mangan)

Katherine (Kate) Geoghegan (b.1886)

2.1 Katherine (Kate) Geoghegan (b.1886), born on board the boat home from New Zealand. Kate who was a nurse, nursed in World War Two in UK and then returned to work at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Kate married a McNamara in Dublin.  (Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan)

2.2 Mary born April 5th 1887 who married in Canada to a Thomas Culhane a descendent of  Thomas F. Culhane (noted scholar) of Ballyguiltenane, Glin, Co. Limerick. They had a son William Culhane born on Jan 22nd 1907 and a daughter Mary Culhane born on Aug 8th 1910 at Kilcolman.

2.3 Margaret born Jan 16th 1892 became a nun d. in US, On 1901 Census living in Kilcolman, Kilmoylan East. Margaret along with her sister Josephine  emigrated to San Antonio Texas and never returned. They died young one at 42 and the other at 24 Margaret apparently was a gifted music teacher and her photo was hanging in the convent up to few years ago according to Sr Hilda Mangan, Glensharrold.  Hilda died a number of years ago in Texas from Alzheimer’s. Hilda was an aunt to Jacqui’s husband Denis Mangan. Hilda also had a sister Bridie who was married to Kiely from Glensharrold. (Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan)

Margaret & Josephine Geoghegan.

2.4 and 2.5 Stephen and ‘Ciss’ (real name Ellen) twins born Oct 28th. 1893.  On 1901 and 1911 census

2.6 Michael born Jan 28th 1895.  On 1901 and 1911 census

geoghegan mike Dr.

Photo shows – Dr. Mike Geoghegan with Margaret Ahern wife of Thomas Geoghegan below. Photo taken outside Geoghegan’s cottage in Glensharrold. The cottage is located at the cross opposite Sean Dora O’Connor’s farmyard. It was originally the home of Joe Ahern, father of Margaret who was married to Thomas Geoghegan as mentioned below. Joe Ahern was married to Bridget O’Connell.

Doctor Mike Geoghegan   son of Michael above. Mike is a retired  orthopaedic specialist in Michigan USA and keeps in regular contact. His brother Tom Geoghegan was also a heart surgeon and was one of the surgeons involved in performing the first heart transplant in the U.S.A..  (Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan)

2.7 Josephine (born June 17th.1896) became a nun d. in US. In the 1911 census Josie was at a Convent Boarding School in Ballingarry Lower, Callan, Co.Tipperary.

2.8 Alice (born Oct 20th 1897). On 1901 and 1911 census

2.9 John born March 9th1900 at Grouselodge, Kilcolman.  On 1901 and 1911 census.

2.10 Thomas born April 20th 1902 at Kilcolman, Ardagh, Co. Limerick.

Thomas Geoghegan.

Thomas Geoghegan was the youngest of the family. He married Margaret Ahern Glensharrold her father was Joe Ahern and her mother was Bridget O’Connell who was a sister of Master John O’Connell who was the headmaster at Carrigkerry National School, they were parents to the late Eithne Strong (nee O’Connell) (Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan)

More on Eithne Strong –

Eithne was born in Glensharrold, Co. Limerick to school teachers, John and Kathleen(Lennon) O’Connell. She went to the Irish speaking school Scoil Muiris in Ennis. Eithne moved to Dublin but was not able to afford college at the time. She worked in the Civil Service for a year. While in Dublin she met her husband psychoanalyst Rubert Strong who was twelve years her senior.. Though against the wishes of her family they got married there on Nov 12th 1943. years her senior. Eithne founded a small poetry press there known as Runa Press. They had nine children the last of whom was mentally handicapped. 

Family of Thomas Geoghegan and Margaret Ahern as follows –

Sean Geoghegan R.I.P. lived in the U.K.

Joe Geoghegan R.I.P. lived in the U.K.

Thomas Geoghegan R.I.P. lived in the U.K.

Mary Geoghegan R.I.P.

Joan Geoghegan who is a nun in Dublin.

Mike Geoghegan who lives in Dundalk.

Anthony Geoghegan who lives in Killenaule, Co. Tipperary homeplace of his wife whose name is Jackie Kelly. Her mother was Spencer first cousin to the late George Spencer, father to Jamie Spencer the jockey who lives in UK . My sincere thanks to Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan daughter of Anthony and Jackie for this information, Jacqui has a sister who lives in Tipperary who has one daughter Anna and a brother Martin Geoghegan who lives in Ardagh and who is married to another Jackie Kelly from Newcastle West. They have two daughters Saoirse and Orlaith. Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan is married to Denis Mangan, Glensharrold who is a retired member of An Garda Siochana.

Some descendants still live at Whiskey Hall.

On the 1901 and 1911 Census  the family were living in Boughilbo , Dunmoylan East, Limerick and the 1911 Census records  there were 10 children born alive with 10 still living of which 6 were living at home in 1911  and they had been married 26 years. (Mike Connolly.)

3   Margaret Geoghegan (Daughter of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire)  b21 4 1859) m.23 2 1893 to  Michael Wallace,  Dromreask aged 41 years, son of John Wallace, Tullyleague, Glin (Michael’s 2nd marriage) the witnesses being Michael Culhane and Mary Geoghegan. Margaret’s age given as 32 years on marriage cert – children from that union as follows –

(1)Patrick Wallace

(2)Brian Wallace

(3)Catherine (Katie) Wallace.

(4) Michael Wallace

(5) Thomas Wallace born April 28th 1901.

None of the Wallace family married. I knew Brian, Katie and Tom as I saved hay there in the 1960’s with my grandfather Paddy Langan and some years afterwards I cut rushes with a tractor and mowing bar there in the days when I was a vital cog in the well-oiled machine of my father’s  agricultural contracting business. Donie Wallace, Tullyleague inherited the farm and subsequently sold it on to the Forestry Dept. The entire farm is now under plantation.

Margaret Geoghegan was Michael Wallace’s second wife he having previously being married to Kitty (Kate) O’Shea on Feb 19th 1878 at Glin Church the witnesses for that wedding being Johanna Windle and Daniel Culhane. Michael’s father was John Wallace and Kitty’s father was David Shea.  Kitty died March 1st 1890 from influenza aged 35 years, a week after giving birth to a son David. Michael who was 23 years of age and from Tullyleague, Glin married into the O’Shea farm in Dromreask.

Family from Michael Wallace and Kitty O’Sheaas follows –

Jack Wallace.

Mary Wallace.

Johanna Wallace.

Ellen Wallace.

David Wallace. Born Feb 1890 and died March 3rd 1890 aged 9 days, his father Michael present at death.

 1901 Census for Wallace family, Dromreask as follows

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Wallace      Michael      52      MaleHead of Family   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Margaret  Geoghegan  40      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic

1st marriage children.

Wallace      Ellen 17      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Wallace      John 14      Male Son   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Johanna 12            Female Daughter                      Roman  C

2nd marriage children.

Wallace      Patrick       5        Male Son   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Brien 4        Male Son   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Michael      2        Male Son   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Catherine   1        Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

 1911 Census for same family as follows –

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Wallace      Michael      61      Male Head of Family   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Margaret Geoghegan   50      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic

1st marriage children.

Wallace      John  23     Male Son   Roman Catholic

2nd marriage children

Wallace      Patrick       16      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Brian          15      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Catherine   12      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Wallace      Thomas      10      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Michael      14      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Kitty O’Shea had a sister Margaret O’Shea who was married to John McInerney, Ballyguiltenane. They had a daughter Liz McInerney who married Jack Wallace, Tullyleague son of Johnny Wallace, Tullyleague and Margaret Costelloe,Turraree, m circa 1900.  Family from Jack Wallace and Liz McInerney(six)  as follows –

 (i)Ellen Wallace Lynam, Dublin.

(ii)Johnny Wallace, Tullyleague . Johnny Wallace (a noted step-dancer) married Eileen Brassil, Tarmons Hill, Tarbert, Co. Kerry daughter of Paddy Brassil, Tarmons Hill and Julia Enright, Killeaney Beg, Glin. Johnny and Eileen had the following family –

Sean Wallace, Dublin. Ellen Wallace Morley, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Joan Wallace Cassidy, Moyne, Co.Longford. Margaret Wallace Cuddy, Claregalway, Co. Galway. Lilly Wallace Dillon, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Mary Wallace Rooney, New York.

 (iii)Josie Wallace Fleming, Dublin.

 (iv)Lily Wallace Heapy.

 (v)Mary Wallace Hartnett.

 (vi)Margaret Wallace Lynskey, U.S.A.

More on Liz McInerney.

Liz McInerney had a brother Dave McInerney who had three sons that I know of – Dave McInerney, Ballinamadough, Johnny McInerney, Ballyguiltenane & Paddy McInerney. South Mall, Glin town. Paddy McInerney married my aunt Maureen Langan, daughter of Paddy Langan & Babe Fitzpatrick, Glenagragra and had one daughter Maura McInerney.


 4   John Geoghegan (Son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire)      b 25 1 1862 d 1946 d.n.m. – Sponsors – John & Mary Geoghegan.

John spent much of his youth in Minnesota U.S.A. He came home and worked a small farm in Dromreask. This farm was located almost directly opposite where Pat Enright and his wife Mary Lynch, (Mary the daughter of James Lynch, Glashapullagh)   had their humble abode. John was noted for his wit and alertness and on an occasion defended himself in a court of law. He was so supreme in this field that the opposing solicitor had to give in to John’s superlative abilities, as he wrapped up the case amid roars of laughter from within the courtroom.  It was the norm back in those days that if one happened to be caught out in the open during a thunderstorm they would seek shelter in the nearest house available to them. There was a story told of how somebody said to John that they heard that his sister Katie was going into Costelloe’s place, as in marriage. Says John, ‘Katie wouldn’t go into Costelloe’s from a clap of thunder’.  Costelloe’s farm was situated just a few fields away from John Geoghegan’s and I suppose rumour had it that one of the Costelloe’s had their eye on Katie. John Geoghegan died on March 1st 1946 at Monemohill, Ballyhahill aged 84 years, his sister Mary Kelly present at his death.

Following the death of John the farm was put up for auction and was purchased by Paddy ‘Caipin’ Wallace from Dromreask, son of Tom Wallace and Norah Wallace. As far as I know all the Wallace families in Tullyleague, Dromreask, Ballyguiltenane and so on are related to one another, there being around eight brothers in the original family away back, hence the reason for so many nicknames on the said families.

 1901 Census for Paddy ‘caipin’ Wallace  as follows –

 Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Wallace      Thomas      35      MaleHead of Family   R C

Wallace      Norah Wallace    32      Female        Wife  R C

Wallace      Patrick ‘caipin’    3        MaleSon   R C

Wallace      Catherine   2        Female        Daughter    R C

Wallace      Ellen           Female        Daughter    R C

Wallace      Patrick       70      Male Father        R C

Wallace      Julia 24      Female        Sister R C

Thomas Wallace was a stonemason by trade. His wife Norah was also called Wallace. Norah came from down in Lower Tullyleague. The aforementioned Johnny Wallace, Tullyleague (step-dancer) got Norah’s home place


 1901 Census for the Dromreask Geoghegan family as follows –

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Geoghegan  Catherine    64      Female        Head of Family    Catholic Religion

Geoghegan  John  32      Male  Son   Catholic Religion

Geoghegan  Mike  28      Male  Son   Catholic Religion

Geoghegan  Catherine (Kate)  22      Female        Daughter     Catholic Religion

 1911 Census for same family as follows –.

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Geoghegan  John  46      Male  Head of Family    Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Kate  36      Female        Sister Roman Catholic

5   Bryan Geoghegan (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire)  b22 9 1865 DNM Sponsors – Catherine Geoghegan.

6   Michael Geoghegan ( Son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) b17 4 1868 at Dromreask, Glin – DNM. Sponsors -Thomas Geoghegan & Bridget Hunt. Michael died Dec 21st 1902 from continued fever, his brother John present at his death in Dromreask

7    Mary Geoghegan (Daughter of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) born Feb 25th 1871 at Dromreask, Glin, died 1947. Baptised 25/3/1851, Sponsors – Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Connell. Mary got married on Feb 14th 1899 to  John Kelly of Monemohill, son of John Kelly, the witnesses being Thomas Lane and Catherine Geoghegan. Children from that union as follows –

Denis Kelly born Feb 20th 1900 at Mohernagh.

Michael Kelly born Aug 10th 1901 at Mohernagh, Ballyhahill..

John Kelly born Nv 8th 1902 at Mohernagh.

Mary Kelly born Dec 11th 1903 at Mohernagh. (mother of Anne Mayoh,)

Margaret Kelly born 1908.

8   Catherine (Katie) Geoghegan (Daughter of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) born May 22nd 1875) DNM. Born at Dromreask, Glin. Baptised May 18th 1875. Catherine  (Katie) died on April 11th 1940 a spinster at Dromreask, Glin, her brother John present at her death.

Found a Johanna Geoghegan born on March 29th 1872 to John Geoghegan and Johanna Lee, Finoe, Ballyhahill. Found a John Geoghegan born on Oct 27th 1869 to same parents. The townlands of Finnoe, Mohernagh and Monemohill are all bordering one another.

 (2)Thomas Geoghegan  (1807 – 1873) 

THOMAS GEOGHEGAN. (1807 – 1873) Thomas was married twice firstly to Ellen O’Connor before 1852 and secondly to  Bridget Hunt on Feb 24th 1857.

Thomas Geoghegan and  Ellen O’Connor who were married before 1852  had the following family –

1  Ellen  Geoghegan was born on 7 May 1852, Sponsors Patrick & Maria Geoghegan.  probably died young as there is a second Ellen

2  Mary Geoghegan. – There was a Mary, aged 62, visiting Ellen Carroll at Ballyguiltenane, who had a grand daughter, Mary Hunt aged 7. That Mary was single. so I can’t throw any light on that one. (Ann Mayoh)  

3  Catherine Geoghegan born circa 1850 – A death cert on Catherine McGrath in 1909 which indicates, if it’s the correct one, that she was born about 1850.    Catherine married Peter McGrath on 16 .05.1873. I have the marriage cert of Catherine Geoghegan, Glin,  farmer’s daughter and Peter McGrath farmer’s son of Glin, May 16th 1873 the witnesses being – Philip McGrath and Mary Geoghegan. Parents – Thomas Geoghegan and Patrick McGrath. (George Langan). Ann is wondering if a Patrick Geoghegan who died in 1873 aged 20 could be a son of Thomas – he doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else and that would give another family in which the first son was Patrick. John, the son born to Bridget Hunt m, 24 2 1857 she has him christened on 23 Sept 1859, transcribed from Glin Parish records.  She thinks  Mike Connolly entered him as b. 1857. Anne (b.1864) she believes to have gone to the US and there married a John Clarke in Manhattan on 15.5.1895 according to an entry on line, possibly Ancestry. She has Johanna b 19 April 1862 from the church records transcript while Mike Connolly has her birth 1.4.1863. Anne is pretty sure that the date of death for John, 14 12 1880 is correct. She thought the informant on the death cert was Kate McGrath, although not identified as his half sister, but she can’t find any record of that at the moment.

More on Catherine Geoghegan b circa 1850 got married May 16th 1873 to Peter McGrath – Witnesses, Philip McGrath and Mary Geoghegan.  If the death registered in 1890 is hers- I know it is a long shot! (The transcript of marriages I have has a degree sign with 2 for Patrick and Mary Mackessy, a 3 for the marriage of Thomas and Bridget Hunt ( their witnesses were Timothy Hunt and Joanna Geoghegan) and a 3 with the same sign for Peter McGrath which would indicate the degree of relationship and in that case  Peter and Catherine were third cousins. Ann Mayoh. 

My thanks to the following – Anne Mayoh, Australia. Mike Connolly, London and Mike Dunleavy, Canada who helped in researching the following.

Thomas Geoghegan second wife Bridget Hunt  b 1829  married on Feb 24th 1857. Bridget died Jan 1st 1907 aged 78 years, her daughter Ellen present at her death in Turraree. (1901 census living with her son Thomas and his wife Mary Lynch in Upper Tooraree)

4 John Geoghegan (23 9 1859  sponsors Timothy and Anne Hunt. I do have the civil record which shows him dying on 14-12-1880, aged 21 with the informant “Kate Magrath” of Glin. Ann Mayoh.

5 Johanna Geoghegan  b(19 4 1862)  Sponsors – Pat Geoghegan & Mary Shine.

6  Anne Geoghegan born at Upper Turraree Sept 25th 1864.

7 Thomas Geoghegan born Feb 12th 1867,  Sponsor Ellen Hunt. Thomas died Aug 25th 1921 his son Thomas present at his death in Turraree.Thomas married Mary Lynch from Templeathea, Athea..  (1901 and 1911 census both listed in Upper Tooraree) – Children as follows –Thomas Geoghegan born April 4th 1901, Mary Anne Geoghegan born Sept 11th 1904 and Bridget Geoghegan – born July 21st 1906.

8  Bridget Geoghegan b( 19 1 1871) Sponsors – Patrick & Bridget Geoghegan. – died in 1880 age 9

9  Ellen Geoghegan b( 1 3 1874) – Sponsors – Patrick & Bridget Geoghegan. 1901 living and working in Glin with Michael Fitzgerald. Ellen died March 8th 1937  a spinster at Turraree aged 63 years, occupation given as a shopkeeper. (Fitzgerald’s had a shop in Glin.)

10. John Geoghegan   b. 1875 Went to New York in 1896 – on Ellis Island records.

Says Ann Mayoh‘I think the John who went to the US in May 1895, aged 26,  could he be the son of John Geoghegan and Johanna Lee who was b.22 10 1869 and not part of the family of Thomas and Bridget. The main difficulty with this apart from the age being about 6 months out is why would he claim to be from Glin when that family was around Newcastle West. I wonder if this family is somehow related to us- a John Geoghegan married Ellen Downey in 1825. There is some reference to John in Rooska being a farmer from Turraree, possibly John b.1802, d. 1874. They had a son John in 1826 (4 April) who married Johanna Lee on 1.10.1854  ( a Downey was a witness) and in 1901 John was 75 and Johanna 60 living at Ballycormick. It seems that John Geoghegan and Johanna Lee moved about as they had a daughter Brigid Geoghegan born on Jan 19th 1867 at Ahanish which is between Foynes and Askeaton. Found a John Geoghegan born on Oct 27th 1869 as above to John Geoghegan and Johanna Lee, Finnoe, Ballyhahill. Found a Johanna Geoghegan born on March 29th 1872 to John Geoghegan and Johanna Lee also at Finnoe, Ballyhahill. The townlands of Finnoe, Mohernagh and Monemohill are all bordering one another. So John Geoghegan may well have been from Glin. (George Langan)  It looks convincing to me and raises the possibility that Thomas (1807), and Patrick (1814) had a brother John (1802) and that John ( 1824 ) fitted in somewhere else, perhaps Brian b 1814 d. 1891 was a brother ( a son born 1865 to John and Catherine was also called Brian). And that doesn’t even take into account John 1795 who went to Canada 1823 and married Ann O’Connor ( obviously he cannot be the John buried at Kilfergus 17 April 1844 aged 53 so b. about 1790, but possibly a cousin) or the John b.1820 who went to Devon in 1857!!! It is all too confusing. Adding to all of that there are in records of British Regiments Register of Service 1756-1900, 3 John Geoghegans one possibly b. 1796 joined up 1816 discharged 1824, another b. 1805 and one b. 1809 all from Rathkeale. Michael b about 1776 was from Glin.   And who was Patrick from Glin who married Joanna Joyce in Shanagolden parish 16 .10. 1842 and where did they go later? (Anne Mayoh.)

Mikie Kinnane, Glenagragra told me that he always heard that Thomas Geoghegan, Turraree and Paddy Barrett, Turraree were 1st cousins but they could never figure it out properly. Well it must have been through the O’Connor’s as Thomas Geoghegan’s first wife was Ellen O’Connorand Paddy Barrett’s father Mick Barrett was married to Kate O’Connorfrom Glenastar, Ardagh. That being the case the said Ellen and Kate O’Connor’s may have been sisters which means that Mick Barrett and Tomas Geoghegan’s father (married to Mary Lynch) were 1st cousins which would leave Paddy Barrett and Tom Geoghegan (married to Bridget Scanlon) 2nd cousins not actual 1st cousins as first envisaged.

Bridget Hunt born 1829  was a sister to Cornelius below and aunt to the celebrated Timmy ‘Fiagh’ Hunt, Killeaney. Jimmy Reidy and his wife Annie Healy now reside in part of a farm that was once owned by the Hunt’s. It is believed that Jimmy’s father Moss Reidy bought that part of the farm maybe from Bill Hunt as in William Hunt aged 10 in below census.  Fiagh is gaelic for Hunt. Jimmy Reidy and myself are 2nd cousins, his grandmother Margaret (Maggie) Lynch O’Connor, Ballyguiltenane, Glin being a sister to my grandfather, George Lynch,

1901 Census for Hunt family Killeaney Mor as follows.

 Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Hunt Cornelius   40      Male Head of Family   Roman Catholic

Hunt Bridget       40      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic

Hunt Ellen 16      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Hunt Bridget       14      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Hunt James         12      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Hunt William      10      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Hunt Mary 8        Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Hunt Timothy ‘Fiagh’  6        MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Hunt Margret      4        Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic


1901 Census for Thomas Geoghegan and Mary Lynch as follows –

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Geoghegan  Thomas      33      Male  Head of Family Roman Catholic Church

Geoghegan  Mary Lynch         32      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic Church

Geoghegan  Bridget Hunt 70    Female        Mother Roman Catholic Church

I was told that Thomas Geoghegan (son of Thomas Geoghegan & Bridget Hunt) married into the Lynch homestead which was located, as it is today on the Turraree/Glin road just a few yards down from Crough creamery. Mikie Kinnane, Glenagragra told me tonight Sunday November 17th 2013 that Thomas Geoghegan’s, Upper Turraree was always known as Lynch’s, I suppose the reason being that Thomas had died in 1921 and it was customary back then for the wife’s to be known by their maiden names. Well according to the marriage certificate on March 12th 1899 Thomas Geoghegan of Turraree married Mary Lynch from Templeathea, Athea at Athea Church  the witnesses being Michael Geoghegan and Ellen Dalton. Thomas was the son of Thomas Geoghegan a farmer and Mary was the daughter of Michael Lynch, Templeathea also a farmer. Mikie also informed me that Bridget Hunt, Thomas Geoghegan’s mother, was an aunt to Timmy ‘Fiagh’ Hunt. He also told me that Jack Connolly, Ballinamadough, Glin had passed to his eternal reward yesterday age 97 years. I spoke with Jack a couple of years ago and he gave me much information on his family. May he rest in peace.  Mary Lynch Geoghegan  died at Turraree on Jan 16th 1945 aged 79 years, a widow, Mary Geoghegan Loughnane her daughter from Church St. Glin present at her death.

 1911 Census for Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynch as follows –

Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Geoghegan  Thomas      44      Male  Head of Family    R Catholic

Geoghegan  Mary Lynch         44      Female        Wife  R Catholic

Geoghegan  Thomas      10      Male  Son   R Catholic

Geoghegan  Mary Anne 7        Female        Daughter     R Catholic

Geoghegan  Briged         5        Female        Daughter     R Catholic

A more detailed look at above family as follows –

Thomas Geoghegan son of Thomas Geoghegan  & Mary Lynch married Bridget Scanlon from Tinnakilla, Turraree and had two sons Bernie Geoghegan and Micheal Geoghegan and one daughter Mary Geoghegan.  Mary emigrated to England, married and had two daughters. Mary passed to her eternal reward a few years ago. Both sons died at a relatively young age, Bernie suffered a coronary and Micheal died  tragically down at Glin.

Mary Anne Geoghegan, daughter of Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynch married Martin Loughnane whose family were originally from Cappagh, Co. Limerick but were living at Church St, Glin as per the 1901 and 1911 census.. Martin was employed by Jack Adams driving the mail-car to Limerick. Adam’s had the contract with the Post Office for collecting the mail from Glin, Athea, Foynes and Loughill and transporting same to the Head Post Office in Limerick City. The marriage taking place at June 14th 1939 at Limerick City Cathedral, the witnesses being Frank Morrissey and Josephine Madigan. Martin Loughnane’s address given as Glin, occupation motor driver and the son of John Loughnane. Mary Anne Geoghegan’s address given as Mental Hospital, Mulgrave St. Limerick.

Brigid Geoghegan daughter of Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynch married Jeremiah (Amsie)  Griffin, Blaine, Athea, Co. Limerick. Family from Amsie & Bridget as follows –

Thomas Griffin, Blaine.

Jerry Griffin, Brookfield House, Athea.

Jeremiah (Amsie) Griffin’s father was Jerry Griffin Ducateen, Newcastle West and his mother was Caroline (Carrie) Normile, Blaine, Athea, Co. Limerick. Jerry married into the Normile place at Blaine. (Blaine is a local name and is part of Dromreask/Dirreen) Family from Jerry Griffin & Caroline Normile as follows –

Jermiah (Amsie) Griffin, Blaine.

Tom Griffin, Blaine.

James Griffin, Ducateen, Newcastle West.

Eileen Griffin, Ducateen, Newcastle West.

Mary Griffin, Churchtown, Newcastle West..

John Griffin, Abbeyfeale.

1901 Census for Normiles, Dromreask/Blaine as follows –

 Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Normile      Michael      45      Male Head of Family   Roman Catholic

Normile      Patrick       43      Male Brother      Catholic

Normile      Mary 44      Female        Sister Catholic

Normile      Caroline     29      Female        Sister Catholic

1911 Census for Normile’s, Dromreas/Blaine as follows –  Caroline Normile had married Jerry Griffin by now –

Michael, Mary or Caroline Normile not listed. Patrick Normile had taken over from his brother Michael as head of the family.

 Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

Normile      Patrick       58      Male Head of Family   Roman Catholic

O’ Connell   Margaret    19      Female        Servant      Roman Catholic

O’ Connell   Bridget       21      Female        Visitor        Roman Catholic

O ‘Grady     James         20      Male Servant      Roman Catholic


(3) Patrick Geoghegan (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) who was born circa 1814,  died June 12th 1892 at Turraree his widow Mary Mackessy present at his death. Patrick was married twice, firstly to Margaret Moore on 28 August 1853.  It is thought that Margaret was one of the Moore’s from the west of Glin/Ballyculhane area. Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Moore had the following two children who are recorded in the Glin Parish Register.

(i) John Geoghegan (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Moore) was baptised on the 23 December 1854, the sponsors being – John Geoghegan and Alicia Shine. Alicia I presume being a sister to the aforementioned Mary Shine. John married Catherine (Kate) Connors 1848-1915, Ballyguiltenane, Glin daughter of James Connors and Margaret Flavin at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin on February 10th 1880. The witnesses were David Ruddle and Johanna Flavin. David Ruddle lived in Knockdown in a farm that was later purchased by Tom Barrett. (Tom Barrett’s son Joe now owns the place) Not sure who Johanna Flavin was, it is likely that she was the daughter of James Flavin, Aughrim and would have been a 1st cousin. She was born in 1842 and died at Aughrim on December 2nd 1908. According to her death certificate she remained single in life. It is not known when John and Catherine emigrated to the US. It is known that they had four children three of whom were born in the U.S. as follows –

Kate Geoghegan born in Glin in 1882.

Margaret Geoghegan, born in the U.S.

Nellie Geoghegan, born in the U.S.

Patrick Geoghegan, born in the U.S.

Margaret, Nellie and Patrick died when they were young as their death ages are recorded in the Hale Cemetery Records as follows with no dates recorded:

Margaret 6 years and 5 months.

Nellie 2 years and 6 months.

Patrick 15 days.

John Geoghegan died in Ansonia, New Haven, Connecticut on the 1st July 1891 at the age of 36. Catherine died on 15 January 1915 at 67 years of age also in Ansonia. Her address at the time of her death was 7 Maple Street, Ansonia. They are both buried in St.Mary’s Cemetery in Ansonia. The informant for Catherine was James O’Connell who was probably her nephew (the son of her sister Mary Connors and Patrick O’Connell). As none of the children are listed on the family gravestone there is no further information about the family available at this time. Don’t know what became of their daughter Kate. (Mike Connolly & George Langan)

(ii)  Bernard  Geogehegan, (son of Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Moore) was baptised on the 1 October 1859. Sponsors – John Geoghegan & Anne Enright. No other records for can be found other than this baptismal record either in the Irish or world records.

Patrick Geoghegan’s second marriage on November 6th 1866 at Glin Church was to his second cousin,  Mary Mackessy, born 1844, Tarmons, Co. Kerry daughter of Thomas Mackessy & Catherine Kennelly of Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Mary had a sister Margaret Mackessy who was married to William Woods, Glenagragra. (my great-great-grandfather) The sponsors for Patrick’s second marriage being Edward Shaughnessy and Bridget Costelloe. Edward Shaughnessy being the grandfather of Ned, Knockdown who died March 27th 2011. The marriage record indicates that Patrick was widowed and his father was also Patrick.  Mary Mackessy Geoghegan died a widow on Aug 21st 1929 aged 75 years. There’s a major discrepancy  with the age on Mary’s death cert  to that on the census return.

1901 Census for Mary Geoghegan Mackessy as follows –

Her husband Patrick Geoghegan not listed presumed deceased.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head     Religion

Geoghegan Mary Mackessy 50? Female Head of Family Roman Catholic

Geoghgan Patt 29 Male      Son              Roman Catholic

Geoghgan Kate 26 Female Daughter    Roman Catholic


1911 Census for Mary Geoghegan Mackessy as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head     Religion

Geoghegan Mary Mackessy 69? Female Head of Family Roman C

Geoghegan Kate 38 Female Daughter  Roman Catholic

I think now that the father of Patrick Geoghegan who married Mary Mackessy has been identified (I assume from a civil marriage cert or other family records) I am leaning towards the interpretation that of the two Geoghegans  who were listed in TAB, Patrick and John, Patrick was ours, while John was the one married to Bridget Murphy, the parents of Catherine who married Thomas Liston in 1852 . I once found a family tree on line for that family some of whom ended up in the US or other counties. From some scrappy notes I have at hand, among Catherine Liston’s siblings were a John , Michael (b 1837 and died 1900), Paul Michael (b circa 1830 and who died in Londonderry in 1905), Bridget who married an Oliver Frost in US, Mary and possibly a Thomas. I assume the Bridget in GV was John’s widow. Maybe the Thomas who married Bridget Hunt was from this family, and not a brother of John and Patrick. In the original Liston data they have John dying in 1848- I can’t help wondering if this is the one whose gravestone is in Kilfergus and who died in 1844. If so that would add weight to John and Patrick being brothers, as clearly some of grandmother’s family including Mum’s Aunt Kate were buried in that grave. (Anne Mayoh.)

Patrick Geoghegan and Mary Mackessy had the following family.

1.3 Bridget (Bid) Geoghegan  (Daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Mary Mackessy) was born September 29th 1867 at Upper Turraree, Glin. Baptised 19/10/1867 Sponsors – Patrick Geoghegan & Catherine Mackessy. Bridget emigrated to the US in 1898 and is recorded on the 1910 and 1920 US census living at 38 Meadow Street, Ansonia, New Haven with Mary Mackessy a widow born in 1852 in New York. Bridget (Bid) is recorded as her niece. The Ansonia Directories records that Mary was the widow of John Mackessy. John MacKessy was born in 1850 and was the brother of Mary and Margaret Mackessy.  Bridget remained living at 38 Meadow Street until she died in 1948 at the age of 81 and is buried in St.Mary’s Cemetery, Ansonia with her sister Mary.

(Mike Connolly.)

1.4  Mary (Minnie) Geoghegan (Daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Mary Mackessy) was born about August 19th 1869. Baptised 21/8/1869 – Sponsors – John Mackessy & Mary Shine.  Minnie emigrated to the US 1887. She must have returned home sometime after 1901 and then returned to the US on 14 October 1905 with brother her Daniel. They were both listed as going to their sister Bridget at 38 Meadow Street, Ansonia, Conn. No census records can be found for Mary after this date but it is known that she married a Thomas Commerford who was a widow and they lived in Detroit, Michigan. When Thomas became ill they returned to live in Ansonia. Minnie was looked after by her niece Mary Teresa Geoghegan until she died in 1955 at the age of 86 years old. (Mike Connolly)

1.5 Patrick Geoghegan  (Son of Patrick Geoghegan & Mary Mackessy)was born Feb 23rd 1871, Baptised 25/2/1871, Sponsors – Thomas & Catherine Mackessy. Patrick was living at home in Turaree with his mother Mary and sister Kate on the 1901 census and with his brother Daniel on the 1911 census. He married Ellen (Nell) Woods on February 19th 1919 who was born on Jan 26th 1895 in Tullyleague,Glin, and died May 9th 1966 in Glenagragra, Glin.  Patrick died April 20th 1944.

Patrick Geoghegan & Nell Woods had the following family:

(i)Daniel Geoghegan was born on 22 May 1922 and  died on 15 June 1942, aged 20 years old

(ii)Patrick Geoghegan was born on  February 14th 1923. Patrick remained single in life and lived at the home place in Turraree.

(iii)Bridget Geoghegan was born on September 30th 1925 Bridget married Joe Atkinson from Co. Wexford and had the following family – Michael, John and Bernadette Atkinson.

(iv)Mary Geoghegan was born on February 18th 1929. She emigrated to the U.S in 1949 where she married John Flynn from Co. Tipperary.  Family from that union as follows -Ellen, Patricia and Margaret Flynn.

(v)Kathleen Geoghegan was born on Jun 21st 1931. Kathleen married Mick Scanlon and had the following family – Thomas and Eileen Scanlon.

(vi)Eileen Geoghegan was born on  October 11th 1938. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1959 and married Timothy Hanley on Aug 31st 1963 and had the following family – Maureen born Jan 3rd 19.., Doreen Jan 29th 19.. and Christine Hanley born July 18th 19.. Timothy Hanley died March 10th 2002 in Florida.

1.6 Catherine (Kit) Geoghegan was born on August 9th 1872. Baptised 10/8/1872 – Sponsors – Daniel Ruddle & Mary Shine. Kit died 24 2 1959. She was living at home with her mother Mary in both the 1901 Census and 1911 censuses. On February 5th 1921 Catherine married William (Bill) Cummane who was born in 1877 in Clounleharde and died in 1931 aged 54 years old. The witnesses for the wedding being Edward O’Shaughnessy and Nora Langan. (Nora Langan being my grandaunt) Bill had a son and two daughters from a previous marriage. One of these daughters married a Mangan from Knocknagoshel whose grandson, Brendan Mangan whom I served with during my time in An Garda Siochana. Brendan has now attained the rank of Chief/Superintendent. The last family to live in the Cummane house were the Long’s. Jerry Long bought the property from Roger Sullivan who initially bought the place from Bill.  Catherine Geoghegan Cummane was godparent to my grand-aunts and grand-uncle Mary, William & Margaret Langan, Glenagragra. Catherine died February 24th 1959 aged 87 years old.

1.7 Johanna Geoghegan was born on February 15th 1874 , baptised 21 2 1874 with John Geoghegan and Ellen Mackessy her sponsors. Her death was registered in GRO Glin District in the first quarter of 1875.

1.8 Thomas Geoghegan was born on May 3rd 1876.  Sponsors – Thomas & Margaret Mackessy. He died less than one year old as the death was registered in GRO Glin in the third quarter of 1876

1.8 Michael Geoghegan was born on April 27th 1878. Baptised 27/4/1878. Michael went to the US in 1899 sailing on the SS New England to Boston and was going to his sister Mary who was living at 38 Meadow Street, Ansonia. He must have returned home at some time in 1902 as he returned to the US on 18 September 1902 on the SS Majestic indicating he had previously been in the US for 2 years and was now a US citizen. The record indicates that he was going to his brother (not named) at 2 West Street. However there is no West Street and none of Michael’s brothers were living in Ansonia at that time. Michael returned home in 1903 and died on Aug 20th 1908 aged of 30 years, his mother Mary Mackessy present at his death in Turraree. (Mike Connolly)

1.9 Daniel (Dan) Geoghegan was born on June 10th 1881. Daniel went to the US to his sister Bridget in Ansonia and travelled with his sister Mary arriving in New York on 14 October 1905. This would mean that Mary returned home at some time between 1902 and 1905. He was recorded in the 1907 Ansonia Directory living at 19 Maple Street and working as a bartender in a saloon. He returned to Ireland in 1908 and is recorded on the 1911 census living with his brother Patrick at  the original Geoghegan home which was located down the field next to where  Patie Geoghegan now resides. (See Census below) Anne Mayoh found a likely entry for Dan in 1901 census in Dublin working as Grocers assistant, aged 21, born in Limerick, a resident of house 32 Clarinda St (Royal Exchange). The head of the house was Margaret Quinlisk aged 68, the Grocer.

Patrick Geoghegan died on 19 February 1944 aged 73 years old. (Mike Connolly)

1911 Census for Geoghegan’s Upper Turraree.

Geoghegan  Daniel (Dan)         32      Male  Head of Family    Catholic Roman

Geoghegan  Patrick        40      Male  Brother       Roman Catholic

Dan opened a shop and later built a creamery next door to the shop and both buildings are standing to this day, February 2nd 2012, the shop being the home of his son Tomas and wife Han Reidy.

Dan married three times. In 1916 he married Catherine (Kit) Reidy who died on Oct 6th 1918 aged 33 years, daughter of James Reidy, Knockdown and Mary Griffin, Glenagragra. Kit died without issue, her widower Daniel present at her death in Turraree.  .

Dan Geoghegan’s second marriage in 1922 to Ellie McMahon from Foynes, family from that union (two) as follows – Patrick Geoghegan, Glin (Magpie Bar), formerly Creagan’s. Patrick married into the place, (a cliamhain isteach to John Creagan’s daughter) & Maureen Geoghegan, Foynes who married Teddy Kearney, Foynes

Dan Geoghegan’s third marriage in 1928 to  Mary (Molly) Costello, b. circa 1888, died May 25th 1953, daughter of Thomas Costello, Clounleharde and Mary Culhane, Ballyguiltenane. Family from that union (one) as follows:

Geoghegan Dan right with Maureen Geoghegan and Dan's wife Mollie on left.

Dan Geoghegan with wife Molly on left and Maureen Geoghegan

 (1)Thomas Geoghegan.

Thomas lives in the home place in Turraree and is married to Hannah (Han) Reidy, daughter of Patrick J. Reidy, Knockdown. Hannah was the niece of Kit Reidy, Dan Geoghegan’s first wife. Tomas Geoghegan and Hannah have three children;  Donal Geoghegan who is married down near Limerick city Patrick Geoghegan, in the home place and Maire Geoghegan who married her neighbour Pakie White, Knockdown.

Dan Geoghegan died on 14th December 1970.

Geoghegan Tomas left, wife Han, White Pakie 

Left – Tomas Geoghegan, his wife Han,

son in law Pakie White and grandson.

Geoghegan Patie & Eileen his sister, Killarney 2011

Patie Geoghegan and his sister Eileen 2011.

Their Geoghehan’s mother, Mary  Mackessy , was 69 years old on the 1911 census still farming. The census records that Mary would have been born in about 1841 and that she had 8 children born alive and that five were still living. There is no death record for Mary in the GRO Register.

In addition, the Mackessey sisters had a brother Timothy Mackessey who married Elizabeth Mulvihill in 1872 at Murhur Parish, Newtownsandes. Witness – Edmund Sheahan. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Mulvihill, Glenalappa. She had at least two other sisters – Mary Mulvihill who married Edmund Sheahan in 1867 & Joan Mulvihill who married Thomas Sheahan in 1888. The two Sheahan’s were brothers. Their sister Mary Sheahan married Thomas O’Connor, Ballyguiltenane. (See O’Connor Thomas 1841-1907)

 More on the Ruddle’s.

1901 Census for Ruddles, Upper Turraree as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head
Ruddle Thomas 43 Male Head of Family
Ruddle Jonoah Barrett 44 Female Wife
Ruddle Andrew J 11 Male Son
Ruddle Mary C 9 Female Daughter
Ruddle Thomas 6 Male Son
Stack Mary 19 Female Servant

 1911 Census for Ruddle’s Upper Turraree as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head  Religion

Ruddle Thomas    54   Male   Head of Family     Roman Catholic

Ruddle  Johannah Barrett  56   Female      Wife        Roman Catholic

Ruddle Andrew (Sonny)  21    Male               Son       Roman Catholic

Ruddle Thomas  16    Male                           Son        Roman Catholic

Ruddle Mary  19   Female                   Daughter         Roman Catholic

Woulfe Thomas  40                       Male Servant         Roman Catholic

Thomas Ruddle was married to Johannah Barrett the same Barrett’s as the Dr. Barrett who had his practice for many years at the west of Glin quite close to where the Ballinamadough road meets the Glin/Tarbert road. It is thought that the Barrett’s originally came from Athea. Thomas & Johannah lived on the Kerry-Line road where Paddy Halloran lived afterwards. (approx. 200yds west from the cross on the right-hand side) Thomas was the creamery manager at the old Cork & Kerry creamery which was located next to Joe White’s, Knockdown.

Andrew Ruddle, (son of Thomas Ruddle & Johannah Barrett) otherwise known as Sonny Ruddle was married twice, firstly to a Donovan girl from the west of Glin and secondly to Margaret Peg (Maggie) Cummanea sister to John Cummane, The Lodge, Knockdown.

1901 Census for Cummanes, Knockdown as follows –

 Surname    Forename    Age    Sex      Relation to head       Religion

Cummane Patrick           46      Male     Head of Family      Roman C

Cummane Ellen Enright 30 Female      Wife                 Roman C

Cummane Michael          8      Male            Son             Roman C

Cummane Mary             2       Female     Daughter       Roman C

Cummane Margaret      1       Female     Daughter     Roman C

Enright Margaret          30      Female  Visitor             Roman C

Enright Johanna            18       Female Visitor            Roman C

1911 Census for Cummane’s

 Surname Forename Age Se xRelation to head  Religion

Cummane Patrick 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic

Cummane Ellen Enright 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic

Cummane Patrick 14 Male Son Roman Catholic

Cummane Mary 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Cummane Margaret 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Cummane William 9 Male Son Roman Catholic

Cummane Daniel 7 Male Son Roman Catholic

Cummane Thomas 4 Male Son Roman Catholic

Cummane John 2 Male Son Roman Catholic

Cummane Ellen Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Enright Johana 26 Female VisitorRoman Catholic

Patrick Cummane was married to Ellen Enright from Templeathea. Their son John Cummane inherited the family farm and married Mary Meade from Killeaney, daughter of Michael Meade and Catherine O’Connor. Catherine O’Connor’s brother Jim O’Connor was married to my grand-aunt Maggie Lynch from Glashapullagh. Family from John Cummane and Mary Meade as follows –

Kathleen Cummane.

Eleanor Cummane.

Mairead Cummane.

Mary Cummane .

Pat Cummane.

Michael Cummane.

Thomas Ruddle, (son of Thomas Ruddle & Johannah Barrett) joined his father as assistant manager at the Cork & Kerry creamery before securing for himself the job as creamery manager at Kilmeedy creamery.

Mary Ruddle (daughter of Thomas Ruddle & Johannah Barrett) married Jim McNamara from Ballygoughlin, Glin, Co. Limerick.

2nd Ruddle Family in Turraree Upper.

Census Years 1901 Limerick Kilfergus  Tooraree   Upper

Residents of a house 12 in Tooraree Upper (Kilfergus, Limerick)

Surname  Forename   Age   Sex     Relation to head             Religion

Ruddle David 42 Male Head of Family      Roman Catholic Church

Ruddle Anne 21 Female Daughter              Roman Catholic Church

Ruddle Patrick (Paddy) 15 Male Son         Roman Catholic Church

Ruddle Katie 12 Female Daughter              Roman Catholic Church

Ruddle James 10 MaleSon                          Roman Catholic Church

Ruddle Bridget 7 FemaleDaughter             Roman Catholic Church

David Ruddle listed as a widower; don’t know who he was married to.

1911 Census for 2nd Ruddle family as follows –

Residents of a house 13 in Tooraree Upper (Kilfergus, Limerick)

Surname   Forename  Age  Sex          Relation to head                   Religion

Ruddle David 54             Male Head of FamilyRoman Catholic

Ruddle Anne 27                    Female Daughter  Roman Catholic

Ruddle Patrick Paddy 26                               Male Son        Roman Catholic

Ruddle Katie 23                     Female DaughterRoman Catholic

Ruddle Bridget 18                  Female Daughter  Roman Catholic

David Ruddle lived down by the river and had the following family of (4) as per above census – James it would seem had by now, 1911, moved to Tullyleague to the farm of  his cousin David Ruddle who was born c1858.

(i)Patrick (Paddy) Ruddle son of (David & Annie Ruddle) married Katie Mulvihill from Coole, Killeaney and built for themselves a house next door to where Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynch lived. The house is still standing today November 19th 2013 but is closed up. Paddy Ruddle & Katie Mulvihill had two daughters Peg Ruddle and Mary Ruddle. Peg who remained single and who had a walking impediment died at a relatively young age, she was in her 20’s I believe. Her sister Mary emigrated to the U.S. Katie Ruddle Mulvihill was an accomplished concertina player and was recorded by Ciaran McMahuna of R.T.E. back in the 1980’s. Katie died February 12th 1988.

(ii)Katie Ruddle (daughter of David & Annie Ruddle) it is thought married a Shaughnessy man from the Glensharrold area. (Cannot substantiate this) They had no family. There were two Shaughnessy families living quite close to one another in Glensharrold. From one of these families came a Margaret Shaughnessy  who married Paddy Sheahan, Knockdown son of John Sheahan and Brigid/Bridget McGrath. Brigid’s father was Patrick McGrath who was married to a Helen Mulvihill. The McGrath family I believe came from Turraree/Tenakilla/Coole area of Glin. Paddy Sheahan and Margaret O’Shaughnessy had the following family – Sean Sheahan, (At rear of Mullane’s Shop) Mike Sheahan (see tribute below) and  Pat Sheahan who both emigrated)  (Paddy must have been blind as he was known as blind Paddy)

Knockdown News-17/12/14

by Domhnall De Barra under Knockdown News

By Peg Prendeville

Mikie Sheahan, formerly of Knockdown, who died recently, was buried during the week in Bury Green Cemetery in Cheshunt, UK. He was obviously as popular in his adopted country as he was at home in Knockdown as he had a lovely piece written about him in “The Irish World”. Mick, as he was known in Cuffley Hertfordshire, was a devoted GAA man and had helped many young people who went to London by helping them find accommodation and work. He managed Robert Emmett’s football team during the 80’s and 90’s. He is survived by his wife Mary and daughter Lorraine and sons Michael and Kevin. May he rest in peace.

Paddy Sheahan had a brother Jack Sheahan who married Ellen Mulvihill, Glenagragra (Scairt) and had the following family that I know of –  Paddy Sheahan, Knockdown, Athea. Nell Sheahan Brosnan, Coole, Glin and Peg (Margaret) Sheahan O’Grady, Glenbawn, Ballyhahill. Ellen Mulvihill was a sister to Tim ‘Padden’ Mulvihill, Glenagragra. (Scairt)

Paddy Sheahan had two brothers – Tom Sheahan who was married to Mary O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill and they had 3 daughters and Mick Sheahan, Knockfinnisk who married a Catherine Downey. Mick married into the Downey house in Knockfinnisk. Mick’s daughter Mary Sheahan married Patrick Kenneally from Clounacloghessy, Shanagolden and their daughter Mairead Kenneally married my brother Patrick Langan, Glenagragra.

In relation to Nell Sheahan Brosnan, Coole, Glin. Following her marriage to Paddy Brosnan, Nell was left the cottage in Coole by Paddy McGrath. This Paddy McGrath may have been her father’s 1st cousin. Paddy McGrath’s wife died at a relatively young age, they had no family.

 Margaret Shaughnessy had a sister Ellen (Ellie) Shaughnessy who married a Collins man.

(iii)Bridget Ruddle(Daughter of David & Annie Ruddle) remained single in life. She joined her sister Katie in Glensharrold and lived out her life there with the Shaughnessy’s.


(iv)James Ruddle (Son of David & Annie  Ruddle) moved to Tullyleague and married his 2nd cousin (Ellen (Nell) Ruddle daughter of David Ruddle.  Even though David had a family of his own that included three sons, still, he signed the place over to his son-in-law from Turraree. James & Nell Ruddle had a son Jimmy Ruddle b1932 who married  Catherine Barrett, from near Listowel, Co. Kerry. They in turn had a son David Ruddle who is now the occupier of both the Tullyleague and Turraree farms. The Ruddle’s lived in the same avenue as the Curtin family in Tullyleague. Joe Sweeney from Co. Clare married Curtin’s only daughter and having little or no interest in farming; they subsequently sold the place on to the Ruddle’s.

 1901 census for Tullyleague Ruddle family as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion

Ruddle David 45 Male Head of Family      Roman Catholic

Ruddle Johanna 44 Female Wife                Roman Catholic

Ruddle Andrew 16 Male Son                      Roman Catholic

Ruddle Johanna 14 Female Daughter        Roman Catholic

Ruddle Jermiah 13 Male Son                     Roman Catholic

Ruddle Ellie 10 Female Daughter               Roman Catholic

Ruddle David 8 Male Son                           Roman Catholic

Looney Michael 19 MaleServant                Roman Catholic

1911 census for same Ruddle family as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion

Ruddle David 56 Male Head of Family      Roman Catholic

Ruddle Johanna 56 Female Wife                Roman Catholic

Ruddle Andrew 26 Male Son                      Roman Catholic

Ruddle Johanna 24 Female Daughter        Roman Catholic

Ruddle Jeremiah 23 Male Son                    Roman Catholic

Ruddle Ellie 21 Female Daughter               Roman Catholic

Ruddle David 19 Male Son                         Roman Catholic


More on the Mackessey’s.

According to the Ellis Island records, a Martin Mackessy age 23 went to the U.S. in 1904. He went to his aunt Mary Anne Mackessy at 38, Meadow St, Ansonia. Later that year his sister Mary Mackessy age 20 years joined him at the same address. 38 Meadow St. is now 70 Meadow St. and is the home of Mary Geoghegan Flynn, daughter of Patrick Geoghegan, Turraree. Mary inherited the place from her aunt, Bridget Geoghegan who remained single in life. My grandaunt Mary Langan and her husband Bill Dillon lived in the upper part of this house before they bought 184 New Haven Ave, Derby, Conn.

In 1908, Elizabeth Mackessy went to her brother Martin Mackessy who was now living at 25, Button Street, New Haven and in 1913 another sister Ellen Mackessy went to her sister Katherine Mackessy to another address in New Haven. (15 Rouche Street?). These Mackessey’s were 1st cousins to my great grandmother Nora Woods Langan, Glenagragra. According to the 1911 Census, their parents were Timothy & Elizabeth Mackessy, Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Timothy was 73 years of age and his wife Elizabeth was 65 years old. They had a son John age 38, a son Timothy age 16 and a daughter Ellen age 19 when the said census was taken. They were married 40 yrs and had nine children, all of whom survived.  According to the Ansonia Deaths Record, Timothy had a brother John Mackessy who died Sept 26th 1897 and is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. John died of pneumonia and cerebral meningitis aged 52 years.

An 1896 Ellis Island record gives a Thomas Geoghegan age 20 born 1876, travelling with a Thomas Mackessy age 21 born 1875, both going to Ansonia. This Thomas Geoghegan was another son of Patrick Geoghegan Snr, and Mary Mackessy, Turraree. Thomas Mackessy was a son of Timothy’s, Tarmons. (see hereunder)

There have been various spellings of the name Mackessey/MacKessy/Macessy/Mackessy over the years.

Family of Thomas Mackessy who married Catherine Kennelly on March 3rd 1835 as follows:

(1) Margaret Mackessy born Jan 21st 1836 at Tarmons. sponsors being Dermot Kennelly and Catherine McMahon. On February 7th 1865 in the parish of Tarbert Margaret married William Quille Woods, my great great grandfather, son of Timothy Quille Woods, Glenagragra. William was born circa 1840. (se