/] 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. Due to the fact that some of my research is compiled from undocumented sources and while I have strived to be as accurate as possible with my account, I cannot categorically  state then how authentic my works are. 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, 217yrs 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 Presidebt 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 Irisgmen 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. Bridgies 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. 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) –





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



Known  in Irish as Murcadh   amd 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 .    It  was  rumoured    around  Glin    that  Mary  O’ Longan   wife of  Jeremiah  Diarmuid  Mc Sweeney    who    was  the   oldest  child of Joseph  O’ Longán   emigrated   to   the U. S. A    and  took  with  her  all   the   O’ Longán writings   .


          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.


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, 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 Jermiah’s wife, Mary.

Patrick Langan. (1)

Patrick (1), who inherited the farm from his father Jermiah, 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 Jermiah’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 couldprove that they were born before, the night of the ‘Big Wind’, January 6th 1830’.

Patrick Langan. (2)

Patrick Langan (2) b1866 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. His wife’s name was Anne Goulding. Children from that union 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 married Bon Wallace of Tarbert Island 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 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.

David Langan. (1)

The Tarbert Connection

David Langan (1), (brother of John, Jermiah etc) who lived in Tarbert was married to Mary Kelly. They had a son Maurice born 06/01/1826. The sponsors were John Downey and Margaret Langan. Was this man my great, great grandfather?  Year wise would suggest that he was as Maurice Langan married a Catherine McCarthy on the 04/02/1855, which would make him twenty-nine years of age at the time. So now, we have three nominees as to who Maurice’s father may have been. In addition, Maurice Lamgan’s son Mick, my great granduncle often, spoke about a David in the family. (David could have been related all right but not necessary on the direct  descendancy). It would appear that David and Mary had another son called David born in 1836. 

David Langan (2)

Son of David (1)

David Langan (2) married Ann Fitzmaurice. Children from that union as follows -:




Sarah Langan (2)

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

Mary Langan.

Mary Langan sister to John, Jermiah 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)

Jermiah……..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 wifes name was Bridget McElligott born c1785 and died at Knockanure after 1841. 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 or five  that we know of. i. Maurice Langan b February 27th 1818. (my greatgreatgrandfather) See further on. ii. Ellen Langan b Sept 2nd 1831 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure. iii. Bridget Langan bApril 6th 1834 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure.  Bridget  was  baptised 06-04-1834. iv. Kate Langan b 1836 and died 1896. v. Patrick Langan bSept 2nd 1840 at Chapel Cross, Knockanure.  Patrick  may have been called after his grandfather, the aforementioned Patrick Langan, brother of Sean, Glenagragra. 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 further on) ii. Ellen Langan, (as above) baptised 12-09-1831 who married a John Ahearn from Knockanure on 04-02-1860. Ellen Langan and John Ahern had at least seven children; the following can be accounted for – Tom (Toss) 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 Toss 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, by all accounts was very well versed in the genealogy department. Mick also said that there was a David Langan in the family.

John Langan (2)


John Langan 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), more than likely the latter as Tom’s son Patrick was born in 1841 and it is unlikely that he, Patrick would have been married and have a son by the age of fifteen. 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 – 40days. 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

A family of Langan’s living in Duagh reads as follows; Patrick Langan married Hanora Keane 15-01-1867.Family of 10 as follows:

Bridget b 14-11-1867.

Hanora b 06-01-1868.

Margaret b 09-06-1870.

Thomas b 04-01-1872.

Maurice b 09-09-1873.

Mary b 13-05-1875.

John b 01-02-1877.

Jeremiah b 01-03-1880.

Catherine b 22-01-1882.

Michael b 29-?-1884.

Once again, the pattern follows on much the same lines as the previous Langan families with the first girl born called Bridget and the first boy called Thomas. Patrick’s father is down as James Langan and Hanora’s father as Daniel Kane. Surprising then that they did not name any of their children after themselves. (See also Jeremiah Langan (1). Jeremiah was married to Mary Keane. Also mentioned is a David Keane son of Daniel. There could have been a connection there just as well even though in Duagh the name is spelt Kane) Patrick is on the 1901 census for Duagh village, age 54. Trade given as a Cooper. His wife Hanora – Seamstress, age 48 Sean O’Histon R.I.P. of Dirreen told Nora Ghauri Langan 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.


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 Glennig. 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, I have concluded that the Tarbert/Knockanure family of Langan’s are the ones that have led us to where we are today.


Kilcolman & Glin Parish.

Co. Limerick.

(My greatgreatgrandfather)

Following some painstaking and tedious research by Nora Gahuri Langan it looks as if we have finally unearthed our true ancestrial 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 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 yet another sister Kate Langan, b. circa 1836 and died circa 1896. (No further details on Kate) 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 (Toss) Ahern age 51.  This would leave Toss 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 (Toss). As previously stated, Toss 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 and 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 married Catherine McCarthy in Ardagh parish Church February 4th 1855. Family from that union as follows – 29-04-1856 ; Thomas Langan. (My great-grandfather) Born- Grouselodge, Ardagh. Died November 24th at Glasha, Athea. 31-01-1858 ; John Langan. (Jack), born at Glendihen, Ardagh. Died February 1st 1941 at Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. Lived his life at Shronowen,Tullamore, Co. Kerry. 22-03-1860 ; Bridget Langan born at Glendihen, 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. 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 and died at Cahera, Glin on Jan 10th 1974. Maurice Langan 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, Kilcoleman, 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. In 1852, we have a Maurice Langan residing in Glenbaun, 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 Cemetary, 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.)


(Son of Maurice 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. Langan Tom, Glenagragra 1930's In the Glin Parish Records 1851-1900, the following records appear. 13-11-1885 – The wedding 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 James Langan and Helen Woods. (Could be the James Langan b24/3/1846, son of Patrick Langan & Ellen O’Brien.)   Helen 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. His father Maurice Langan, deceased. Nora Woods, listed as Hanora, was given as a farmer, living in Glenagragra and was 19yrs of age. Issue from that union as follows -; 20-01-1886 ; Maurice Langan.                                                                                                    Photo Tom Langan late 1930’s. ??-??-1888 ; Kate Langan. 21-05-1890 ; Mary Langan. 23-03-1892 ; Patrick Langan. (my grandfather) 09-06-1894 ; William Langan. (died as a boy circa 1898) 08-12-1896 ; Margaret Langan. 21-01-1898 ; Nora Langan. The birth of Kate Langan not recorded. According to the 1901 Census Catherine (Kate) Langan was 13yrs of age on said date which would make her date of birth1888. Maurice appears under Glin records. The remainder of the family under Athea Parish records, 1827-1900. 1901 Census for Tom Langan as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Langan Thomas 42 Male Head of Family R Catholic
Langan Hanora 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

Tom 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 100yrs. Soon after his marriage, he along with his brother Mick 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 Keber Valley?, at home farthing in the feathers’. 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. ‘’ hel lto 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. 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. 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, (better known 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. 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 form he 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. Said 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.’ 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 that night well. 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;

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. Hotheaded, 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 1.)

Jack Langan was born on 31-01-1853 and lived his life at Shronowen, Tullamore, Co. Kerry. His wife’s name was Johanna Walsh. John died Feb 28th 1941 age 88yrs. They had a son Mick Langan and three daughters, Kitty, Hannie and Molly Langan. Mick was married to Mary Enright/O’Connor from near Gale Bridge. 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 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. 1911 Census for residents of No 6 in Tullamore, Shronowen, Co. Kerry as follows –

Langan John, age 53. (Stonemason)

Langan Johanna, age 41. (Wife)

Langan Mary, age 12. (Daughter)

Langan Catherine, age 9. (Daughter)

Langan Johanna, age 6. (Daughter)

Langan Michael, age 5. (Son)

Lynch Timothy, age 86. (Father in law)

Langan Bridget.

(Daughter of Maurice 1)

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

Langan Mary.

(Daughter of Maurice 1)

Langan Mary, daughter of Maurice was born March 24th 1867. Emigrated to the U.S.

Langan Patrick.

(Son of Maurice 1)

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

Maurice Langan 2,

(son of Maurice 1.)

Maurice was born on July 6th 1871. He was married a Moroney girl from Shanagolden. They lived in Mount David. They had no family. Maurice went to his eternal reward June 1930 age 60yrs.

The following are Maurice’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 Langan 1873-1974, Cahara.

(son of Maurice 1.)

Mick Langan took over the place 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.


Mick Langan

Mary (Wife)

Margaret (Daughter aged 2)

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 to Maria Sexton. Sponsors for this wedding were Patrick Lynch and Maria Healy. Family from that union as follows –

(1) Ellen Langan (Babe) born 20/11/1901.

(2) Maurice Langan b1899.

(3) Mary Langan b1911.

(4) Catherine Langan b1920.

(5) John Langan b1925.

(1) Ellen (Babe) Langan 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 16th 1952, Brooklyn, NY.

James Charles McNeil, b January 30th 1955, Brooklyn, NY.

Terrence James McNeil, b January 7th 1958, Brooklyn, NY.

Thomas James McNeil married Ann Favicchio Nov 1974 in Rockville Centre, NY. Family from that union as follows –

Thomas James McNeil b March 1982, Baldwin, NY.

Bryan Patrick McNeil b Nov 1984, Baldwin, NY.

Katie Ann McNeil b July 1989, Baldwin, NY.

Terrence James McNeil married Rose Ann Portentier, Oct 12th, 1985. Family from that union as follows –

Ryann McNeil b July 1988.

Terrence James McNeil (T,J.) b Sept 1991.

Meghan McNeil b July 1995.

As peviously stated, Barbara Mary McCarthy was married twice. Her first husband James McNeil died 1975. She re-married in 1981 to Ward Murphy.

 (iv) Charles Michael McCarthy (Bud) married Grace Ellen Maloney Feb 5th 1955 in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the U.S. army from 1952-1954.

Family fom that union as follows –

Grace Ellen McCarthy b June 1st 1956, Brooklyn. (Nurse Manager)

Patricia Ann McCarthy n November 8th 1958, Brooklyn. (Computer Analyst for special education children)                                                        

Jeannie Marie McCarthy b Dec 14th 1962, Brooklyn.

Robert Charles McCarthy b Sept 26th 1967, Brooklyn. (Captain in U.S. Merchant Marine’s)

(v) Patricia Ann McCarthy married Stephen Bruce Miller August 20th 1984 I Brooville, NY. Family from that union as follows –

Kevin Charles Miller b Aug 28th 1989.

John Patrick Miller (Jake) b March 16th 1993.

(2) Maurice Langan also went to the U.S.A and married a Scottish woman. He retired to Scotland and died there without issue.

(3) 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.

(4) Catherine Langan (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. (5) John Langan 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.

(More on Paddy’s election further on)

John Langan was as versatile as his forbearers 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 Publis 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 6mths 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.

(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. (Scairt) ??-?? – 1888  –  Kate Langan – (No Record in Athea.)

Maurice Langan. (See Glin Parish Records)

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 Gouldin. 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 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      Langan Mick, Cahara 100th birthday. - Copy

John Langan & his wife Anna, Cahara, Glin.  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. 


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).


English: Western County Limerick A pastoral vi...

English: Western County Limerick A pastoral view towards the hills around Dromada, north of the N21 between Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(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.

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Denis (3)



Head of Family

Roman Catholic


(Johanna Aherne)




Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic


Denis (2)




Roman Catholic


(Mary Aherne)




Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic

1911 Census for the above family as follows –

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Denis (3)



Head of Family

Roman Catholic


(Johanna Aherne)









































Denis (2)






(Mary Aherne)


















(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 –


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Mary McCoy)



Head of Family

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






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 Ballydonohue 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.

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Timothy (Thady)



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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 –

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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.

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(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)


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Mick Quille’s application for pub license 1879.

Quille Woods Jermiah (son of Darby/Jermiah), Dromada was born in the year 1822. We’ll call him, Jermiah (1) for research purposes. 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 (2) 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. (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 (2) b1868 married Bridget Holly b1869 and had a son Jack Woods born c1911 and a son Jermiah Woods (3) 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 (2) 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  heros 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.

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Photo -Jermiah 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 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. Brigid died (not sure of the date) and John M. remarried to Margaret Brandon born circa 1863 and had a daughter Bridget Enright who was 6mths at the time of the taking of the aforementioned Census. Morgan Enright  was a blacksmith who had his smithy 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’. (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 was a native of Co. Galway. Nora died Oct 8th1928. (9) Joanna Woods b1885 emigrated to New York in 1905 and married John Hartney b1887 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 Johanna 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 O’Connor b1895/6-1964, Ballyguiltenane on Jan 21st 1917. Issue from that union as follows – Mary Agnes Woods b1917 who married Lawrence B.Kenniburg b1915-2002 and had a daughter Kathleen Rose Kenniburg b1941 who married John Joseph Doczy b1941 and had the following family – Mark Lawrence Doczy b1966 who married Christine Wray b1962, Paul John Doczy b1969 who married Ashley Resweber b1970, Jack Ryan Doczy b2001 and John Patrick Doczy b1971 who married Amy Pollock b1970 and had a daughter Isabel Mary Ann Doczy b2004. (It was the said Kathleen Doczy who supplied me with her side of the Woods family) Rose Margaret Woods b1921-2003 who married Russell Bagley 1920-1974. John Vincent Woods 1924-1961. William Thomas Woods b1926 who married Jean Ruth Tucker 1931-1993 and had the following family – William Terrence Woods b1950 who married Phyllis Theresa Reaugh b1954 and had the following family – James Peter Woods b1977 and John Terrence Woods b1979. Stephen Thomas Woods b1951-1998 who married Jan Anderson. Janice Marie Woods b1953. Denis James Woods b1953 who married Sofia Estrellita Esqueta DeCastro b1962. Jennifer Lynn Woods b1959 who married Thomas Maher b1953 (2nd husband, her 1st husband Michael Opachick b1953). Margie Ann Woods b1957 who married James George Schmidt b1954 and had the following family – Melissa Ann Schmidt b1979, Kari Anne Schmidt b1979 and Samantha Rose Schmidt b1984. Nancy Jean Woods b1961 who married Charles Woelke and had two sons – William Charles Woelke b1986 who married Amber ? and had a daughter Laura Rose Woelke and Shawn Michael Woelke b1990. Ellen Catherine Woods 1930-1931. James Patrick Woods 1932-1990 who married Joan Lievesley and had a daughter Sarah Woods. John (Jack) Woods died in Chicago on February 6th 1955, his wife Bridie 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 Sepluchre 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.

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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 lives in Turraree, Glin.                                                                 (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 1967. Doreen Hanley b. Jan 29th 1968, married Michael Bicoy. Christine Hanley, b. July 18th 1970. Timothy Hanley died in Florida on March 10th 2002.

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Tea in the bog in Turraree. From left – Danny Wallace, Eileen Geoghegan, Maire Geoghegan, Han Reidy Geoghegan, Bridgie Scanlon Geoghegan,  & Jermiah Woods. Jermiah from Ballyguiltenane.

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 Geoghegan Family also 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 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. (Anne Mayoh.)

They had a son Patrick Geoghegan (below)born August 18th 1854 the sponsorsbeing – 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. Family of John Geoghegan and Catherine Mulcaire as follows –

1  Patrick Geoghegan  (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) b 18 6 1854  m. 26 9 1878 Honora Normoyle-children John (b&d 1879), Catherine (1880-1940), Mary (1883-1961 in US), Johannah (1885-?), John (1886-?), Bernard (1890-1939), Margaret (1892-1972), Stephen (1893-?), Alice (1894-?  married Denis Clifford-2 daughters Catherine and Alice who m. Dan? Hanrahan and lived at Moyvane. I believe a couple of their children are still in the area), Roseanne (1897-? m. Michael Fitzgerald Glin) and Michael (1899- 1930).

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!)

Catherine (1880) definitely died 1903, aged 23-civil record has the informant as Honora her mother.

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)

The Geoghegan’s lived in both Church St. and Mary’s Lane, Glin at one time.

1901 Census for Patrick Geoghegan, Church St, / Mary’s Lane, Glin as follows –

Surname     Forename    Age   Sex    Relation to head   Religion

Geoghegan  Patrick        44      Male  Head of Family    Roman Catholic

GeogheganNorahNormoyle40       Female        Wife  Roman C

Geoghegan  Catherine    19      Female        Daughter     Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Patrick        18      Male  Son   Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Mary16      Female        Daughter     Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  John  14      Male  Son   Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Thomas      13      Male  Son   Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Bernard      10      Male  Son   Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Margret       8        Female        Daughter     Roman

Geoghegan  Alice  6        Female        Daughter     Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Rose  2        Female        Daughter     Roman Catholic

Geoghegan  Michael       1        Male  Son   Roman Catholic

1911 Census for same family as follows –

Surname     Forename    Age   Sex    Relation to head   Religion

GeogheganHanora Normoyle       57      Female Head of Family RC

Geoghegan  Patrick        28      Male  Son   Catholic

Geoghegan  John  23      Male  Son   Catholic

Geoghegan  Thomas      22      Male  Son   Catholic

Geoghegan  Bernard      20      Male  Son   Catholic

Geoghegan  Alice  15      Female        Daughter     Catholic

Geoghegan  Rose Anne  12      Female        Daughter     Catholic

Geoghegan  Michael       11      Male  Son   Catholic


1.1 John (b 1879). Glin burial record states he died at 17 days old.

1.2 Catherine (1880-1903), On 1901Census Died in 1903

Re Catherine b.1880, daughter of Patrick ( christened 18 June 1854) and Hanora. Ann Mayoh has a death for her in 1903 not 1940 which was the date of death of her mother’s  Aunt  Kate b. 1875.  Alice (1894) who married Daniel Clifford whose daughter Alice (1935) married Denis Hanrahan. A brother, Thomas (1888) married Mary Flaherty-she died 1922 and Thomas died 1925 leaving 6 children orphaned, one of whom was Patricia  Geoghegan  George’s father, Michael Geoghegan.  Ann Mayoh also thinks there is some confusion between Patrick (1882) son of Patrick and Hanora who did not marry and died 6.3.1951 and Patrick (1871) son of Patrick and Mary Mackessy who married Ellen Woods in 1920. She also has a Catherine Geoghegan (1872) marrying William (Bill) Cummane  in Glin 5 Feb 1921 as his second wife; she died 24 2 1959. (see further on for Bill Cummane)


1.3 Patrick (Paddy) b1883.

1.4 Mary (1883-1961 in US),  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 marriedFelix Husfeldt in Chicago and they had a son Joseph, b.1919 who married in July 1946 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 . However they had a son Joseph, b.1919 who married in July 1946 Violet Cerruti, who had a son Jerry.  

I have found the photo I took years ago of the burial stone of John Geoghegan confirming what I have said heretofore.

Ann Mayoh.

1.5Johanna  (1885-?) died 1894 aged 8 years old

1.6 John (1886-?). On 1901 and 1911 Census. Went to US in 1911 to aunt Mrs Johanna Barrett, 5428 Morgan Street, Chicago. John (Jack) was a renowned swimmwer and life-saver in his adopted country.

1.7 Thomas (1889).  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 Flaherty-she died 1922 and Thomas died 1925 leaving 6 children orphaned.

1.8 Bernard (1890-1939). On 1901 and 1911 census

1.9 Margaret (1892-1972), On 1901 living at home and in 1911 census living and working in Castlematrix, Rathkeale

1.10 Stephen (1893- 1893) – Died fourteen days old.

1.11 Alice (1894-?) On 1901 and 1911 Census. Married Daniel Clifford-2 daughters Catherine and Alice who in 1935 m. Denis Hanrahan and lived at Moyvane. (see also Catherine b1880 above)

1.12 Roseanne (1897-?) On 1901 and 1911 m. Michael Fitzgerald of Glin)

1.13 Michael (1899- 1930) On 1901 and 1911 (lived in Glin).

(Mike Connolly/Anne Mayoh)


(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) they would all be massacred.

My greatgrandfather 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.

There was a Patrick (Paddy) Geoghegan, Church St. Glin (who is believed to be the brother of Mick) 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 1st day of September 1914 until the 31st August 1915.


(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)


2.  Thomas Geoghegan 

2.  Thomas Geoghegan  (son of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) b24 4 1856) Sponsor Margaret Shine. Thomas got married in 1884 in NZ to Johanna Hayes- children Katherine (1886), Mary (1887m, Thomas Culhane descendants in Canada), Margaret (1891 became a nun d. in US), Steven and ‘Ciss’ (real name? ) twins b. 1993, Michael (1894), Josephine (1895/6 became a nun d. in US), Alice (1896) John (1900) and Thomas (1901) Some descendants still live at Whiskey Hall. (Anne Mayoh)

Thomas (b.24 3 1856) m. 1884 in NZ Johanna Hayes b.1863. The father of Johanna Hayes was Thomas Hayes, Grouselodge, Kilcolman. 2.1 Catherine (b.1886), (born in New Zealand)

2.2 Mary (b. 1887) Not on 1911 census and m, Thomas Culhane descendants in Canada),

2.3 Margaret (b.1891) became a nun d. in US, On 1901 Census living in Kilcolman, Kilmoylan East

2.4 and 2.5 Stephen and ‘Ciss’ (real name? Ellen) twins b. 1993.  On 1901 and 1911 census

2.6 Michael b.1895 On 1901 and 1911 census

2.7 Josephine (b.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 (b.1897). On 1901 and 1911 census

2.9 John (b.1900).  On 1901 and 1911 census

2.10 Thomas (b.1901) On 1911

Some descendants still live at Whiskey Hall.

On the 1901 and 1911 Census  the family were living inBoughilbo , 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. (2nd wife) – children from that union as follows –

(1)Patrick Wallace

(2)Brian Wallace

(3)Catherine (Katie) Wallace.

(4) Michael Wallace

(5) Thomas Wallace.

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 O’Shea. Michael 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.



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      Ellen17      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

Wallace      John14      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Johanna 12            FemaleDaughter                      Roman  C

2nd marriage children.

Wallace      Patrick       5        MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Brien4        MaleSon   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Michael      2        MaleSon   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      MaleHead of Family   Roman Catholic

Wallace      Margaret Geoghegan   50      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic

Wallace      John23 1st marriage    MaleSon   Roman Catholic

2nd marriage c.hildren

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’Sheahad a sister Margaret O’Sheawho was married to John McInerney, Ballyguiltenane. They had a daughter Liz McInerneywho 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 .

(ii)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 Eellen 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 McInerneyhad 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 Maurie 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, (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.

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.

Following the purchase of the Geoghegan farm it is thought that those two Wallace families never spoke to one another thereafter. (The Margaret Geoghegan Wallace’s were of the opinion that the farm should have gone to them)


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      MaleFather        R C

Wallace      Julia24      Female        SisterR 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 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        SisterRoman 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) b18 4 1868) DNM. Sponsors -Thomas Geoghegan & Bridget Hunt.

7    Mary Geoghegan (Daughter of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire)  b28 3 1871 d 1947. Baptised 25/3/1851,Sponsors – Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Connell. Got married on. 14 2 1899 to  John Kelly of Monemohill. Children – Denis Kelly b 1900, Michael Kelly b 1901 John Kelly b.1902, (Mary Kellyb.1903 mother of Anne Mayoh,) & Margaret Kelly b 1908

8   Catherine Geoghegan (Daughter of John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcaire) b22 5 1875) DNM. Baptised 18/5.1875.


(2)Thomas Geoghegan  (1807 – 1873) 

THOMAS GEOGHEGAN. (1807 – 1873) Thomas married (1) Ellen O’Connor before 1852 and (2) Bridget Hunt on Feb 24th 1857.

Thomas Geoghegan and (1.) Ellen O’Connor m ,< 1852  – Family as follows –

1  Ellen  Geoghegan was born on 7 May1852) Sponsors Patrick & Maria Geoghegan.  probably died young as there is a second Ellen

2  Mary Geoghegan. – There is a Mary Geoghegan,a widow, recorded in the 1901 Census living in Turraree Upper with whom I cannot make any connection suffice to say that she may have been married to one of the Geoghegan brother’s. Your comment about Mary Geoghegan, a widow, in 1901 census-I couldn’t find anyone fitting that description except Mary, 69, the widow of Patrick in 1911. There was another Mary, aged 62, visiting Ellen Carroll at Ballygiltenan, 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. Ann Mayoh 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. Perhaps she is  confused with the death of Thomas her father

More on.Catherine Geoghegan b circa 1850 m.16 5 1873 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. 


Much of the following researched by Anne Mayoh, Australia. Mike Connolly, London and Mike Dunleavy, Canada.


Thomas Geoghegan and (2) Bridget Hunt  b 1829  m. 24 2 1857 died 1907 aged 78 years old (1901 living with Thomas and Mary 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 b(25 9 1864)

7 Thomas Geoghegan b(23 2 1867)  Sponsor Ellen Hunt. m. Mary Lynch. died September 1921 (1901 and 1911 living in Upper Tooraree) – Children in 1911 census -Thomas 1900  – Mary Anne 1903 – Bridget – 1908

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

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 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 b1829  was a sister to Cornelius below and aunt to the celebrated Timmy ‘Fiagh’ Hunt, Killeaney. Jimmy Reidy and his wife Annie Healynow reside in part of a farm that was owned by a relative of the Hunt’s. Fiagh being gaelic for Hunt.

1901 Census for Hunt family Killeaney Mor as follows.


Surname    Forename   Age   Sex    Relation to head  Religion

HuntCornelius   40      MaleHead of Family   Roman Catholic

HuntBridget       40      Female        Wife  Roman Catholic

HuntEllen16      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

HuntBridget       14      Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

HuntJames         12      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

HuntWilliam      10      MaleSon   Roman Catholic

HuntMary8        Female        Daughter    Roman Catholic

HuntTimothy ‘Fiagh’  6        MaleSon   Roman Catholic

HuntMargret      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 Hunt70    Female        Mother Roman Catholic Church

Thomas Geoghegan 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. Mikie also informed me that Bridget Hunt, Thomas Geoghans’s wife, was an aunt to Timmy ‘Fiagh’ Hunt. He also told me that Jack Connolly, Ballinamadough, Glin had passed to his eternal reward yesterday age 97yrs. I spoke with Jack a couple of years ago and he gave me much information on his family. May he rest in peace.


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 Anne7        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 Lynchmarried 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 drowned  under tragic circumstances down at Glin.

Mary Anne Geoghegan, daughter of Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynchmarried Martin Loughnane who was originally from Cappagh but was living in Glin at the time. Martin was employed by Jack Adams driving the mailcar 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.

Brigid Geoghegan daughter of Thomas Geoghegan & Mary Lynchmarried 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      MaleHead of Family   Roman Catholic

Normile      Patrick       43      MaleBrother      Catholic

Normile      Mary44      Female        SisterCatholic

Normile      Caroline     29      Female        SisterCatholic


Caroline Normile married Jerry Griffin as above.

1911 Census for Normile’s, Dromreas/Blaine as follows –

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      MaleHead of Family   Roman Catholic

OConnell   Margaret    19      Female        Servant      Roman Catholic

OConnell   Bridget       21      Female        Visitor        Roman Catholic

OGrady     James         20      MaleServant      Roman Catholic




(3)Patrick Geoghegan.

(3) Patrick Geoghegan who was born circa 1814, died circa 1892 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 was baptised on the 23 December 1854, the sponsors being – John Geoghegan and Alicia Shine. Alicia I presume being a sister to 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 11th 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 three children Margaret, Nellie and Patrick. They all died when they were young as their death ages are recorded in the Hale Cemetery Records as follows: Margaret 6 years and 5 months, Nellie 2 years and 6 months and Patrick 15 days but no dates were recorded. Their eldest daughter Kate was born in Glin in 1882. 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). None of the children are listed on the family gravestone so there is no further information about the family available at this time.

(Mike Connolly & George Langan)

(ii)  Bernard  Geogehegan 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 Kilfergus Parish, Glin, was to his second cousin,  Mary Mackessey, b. circa 1842, Tarmons, Co. Kerry daughter of Thomas Mackessy & Catherine Kennelly of Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Mary had a sister Margaret Mackessey who was married to William Woods, Glenagragra. (my great-great-grandfather) The sponsors for Patrick’s second marriage being Edward Shaughnessy and Margaret Mackessy. 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.

1901 Census for Mary Geoghegan Mackessy as follows –

Her husband Patrick Geoghegan not listed presumed deceased.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head     Religion


Geoghgan 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 G 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 (bc 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 Mackessyhad the following family.

1.3 Bridget (Bid) Geoghegan  (Daughter of Patrick Geoghegan & Mary Mackessy) was born about 29 September 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 MacKessey. 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 19 August 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 Commford who was a widow and they lived in Detroit, Michigan. When Thomas became ill they returned to live in Ansonnia. 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 in 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) Woodson 19 February 1919 who was born 26 Jan 1895 in Tullyleague,Glin, and died 9 May 1966 in Glenagragara,Glin,

Patrick Geoghegan & Nell Woodshad 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 14 February 1923

(iii)Bridget Geoghegan was born on 30 September1925

(iv)Mary Geoghegan was born on18 February 1929

(v)Kathleen Geoghegan was born on 21 Jun 1931.

(vi)Eileen Geoghegan was born on 11 October 1938.

1.6 Catherine (Kit) Geoghegan was born on the 9 August 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 Cummane who was born in 1877 in Clounleharde and died in 1931 aged 54 years old. 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 15 February 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 3 May 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 12 April 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 in 1908 at the age of 30 years old. (Mike Connolly)

1.9 Daniel (Dan) Geoghegan was born on 10 June 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         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.

As far as it is known it appears that Daniel married three times. In 1916 he married Catherine (Kit) Reidy who died aged 33 in 1918, daughter of James Reidy, Knockdown and Mary Griffin, Glenagragra. Kit died without issue.

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                      Geoghegan Patie & Eileen his sister, Killarney 2011

Top Photo  Left – Tomas Geoghegan, his wife Han, son in law Pakie White and grandson.

Above – 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 Barrettthe 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 Lynchfrom 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 Lynchlived. The house is still standing today November 19th 2013 but is closed up. Paddy Ruddle & Katie Mulvihillhad 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 Mulvihillwas 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)

Marriage cert of John Sheahan and Bridget McGrath.

John Sheahan & Brigid McGrath

Knockdown News-17/12/14

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) Ruddledaughter 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 Mackessey age 23 went to the U.S. in 1904. He went to his aunt Mary Anne Mackesseyat 38, Meadow St, Ansonia. Later that year his sister Mary Mackesseyage 20yrs 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 Langanand her husband Bill Dillon lived in the upper part of this house before they bought 184 New Haven Ave, Derby, Conn.

In 1908, Elizabeth Mackesseywent to her brother Martin Mackessey who was now living at 25, Button Street, New Haven and in 1913 another sister Ellen Mackesseywent to her sister Katherine Mackesseyto another address in New Haven. (15 Rouche Street?). These Mackessey’s were 1st cousuin’s to my great grandmother Nora Woods Langan,Glenagragra. According to the 1911 Census, their parents were Timothy & Elizabeth Mackessey,Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Timothy was 73yrs of age and his wife Elizabeth was 65yrs 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 52yrs.

An 1896 Ellis Island record gives a Thomas Geoghegan age 20 b1876, travelling with a Thomas Mackessey age 21 b1875, both going to Ansonia. This Thomas Geoghegan was another son of Patrick Geoghegan Snr, and Mary Mackessy, Turraree. Thomas Mackessey was a son of Timothy’s, Tarmons.

There have been various spellings of the name Mackessey/MacKessy/Mackessy over the years so we will go with the current spelling Mackessey, for this research.

Decendents of Thomas Mackessey.

Thomas Mackessey, Tarmons married Catherine Kennelly.Family from that union as follows:

(1) Timothy Mackessey. b. circa 1838.

(2) Johanna Mackessey. b. circa 1840.

(3) Mary Mackessey. b. circa 1841.

(4) John Mackessey. b. 1845.

(5) Margaret Mackessey. b. circa 1846.

(6) Catherine Mackessey. b. 1852.

(1) Timothy Mackessey was born circa 1838. He married Elizabeth Mulvihill on Feb 11th 1872, in the Parish of Newtownsandes, daughter of John Mulvihill. Elizabeth was born circa 1846. Family from that union as follows:

(i) John Mackessey.b. April 12th 1873, Tarmons. Baptised May 11th 1873. Parish of Tarbert R.C. Sponsors: Martin Mulvihill and Catherine Mackessey.

(ii) Martin Mackessey, b. November 10th 1880. Emigrated May 22nd 1904 to Aunt Mary Ann Mackessey, 38 Meadow St, Ansonia.

(iii) Mary Mackessey,b. March 19th 1878, Tarmons, Co. Kerry. Baptised March 19th 1878, Parish of Tarbert R.C. Sponsors: Michael Mulvihill and Ellen Mulvihill. Emigrated on September 22nd 1904 to her brother Martin Mackessy at 40 Maple St, Ansonia.

(iv) Elizabeth Mackessey,b. circa 1890, Tarmons. Emigrated in 1908 from mother Elizabeth, Tarmons to brother Martin now living at 25 Button St. New Haven.

(v) Katherine Mackessey, b. circa 1889, Tarmons. Died May 19th 1950, New Haven, Connecticut. She married Thomas Joseph O’Connor circa 1907 in Connecticut. Thomas, born November 20th 1889 was a native of Co Roscommon. His occupation in 1920 was – Boilerman for railroad. Family from that union as follows:

John J O’Connorb. circa 1915, New Haven. Died before 1998.

Mary O’Connor,b. circa 1917, New Haven. Died before 1998.

Thomas F. O’Connor, b. Jan 15th 1919, New Haven. Military service – Army WW2 African-European theatre, awarded Purple Heart. Member of New Haven Police for 25yrs. Died Oct 23rd 1998 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Married to Uretta Smith.

(vi) Ellen Mackessey,b. circa 1892, Tarmons. Emigrated from father Timothy, 1913 to sister Katherine at 15 Rouche ?, New Haven.

(vii) Timothy Mackessey, b. 1895, Tarmons.

(viii) Thomas Mackessey, b. November 19th 1875, Tarmons. Baptised November 21st 1875, Parish of Tarbert R.C. – Sponsors: Thomas Mackessey and Mary Mackessey.

(2) Johanna Mackesseywas born circa 1840 at Tarmons. On August 19th 1871 she married Daniel Foley in Parish of Tarbert R.C. son of Jeremiah Foley, Kilcolgan. Family from that union as follows:

(i) Jeremiah Foley, b. June 9th 1872, Kilcolgan, baptised June 10th 1872, Parish of Tarbert. Jeremiah was married twice, firstly to Anna Connors, b. circa 1875, Ireland, died September 22nd 1901, Derby, New Haven. Cause of death: puerperal septicaemia, phlebitis. Anna is buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Jeremiah’s second wife was Mary Fallow. (no info on Mary)

(ii) Thomas Foley, b. circa 1876, Co. Kerry, Ireland

) Mary Foley,b. December 25th 1879, Kilcolgan. Baptised Jan 2nd 1880, Parish of Tarbert, R.C. Sponsors: Jeremiah Fley and Margaret Mulvihill.

(iv) Margaret Foley, b. May 2nd 1889, Kilcolgan. Baptised May 17th 1889, Parish of Tarbert. R.C. Sponsors: Jeremiah Foley and Bridget Foley.

(3) Mary Mackesseywas born circa 1841. She married Patrick Geoghegan in 1866 at Glin. Patrick was born circa 1814 and died circa 1892 at Turraree, Glin. (See Geoghegan Patrick)

(4) John Mackessey was born in the year 1845, Ireland and died on Sept 27th 1897 in Ansonia, New Haven. Married to a Mary Ann who died July 25th 1928 at Ansonia.

(5) Margaret Mackessey was born in Tarmons circa 1846. On February 7th 1865 in the parish of Tarbert she married William Quille Woods, my greatgreatgrandfather, son of Timothy Quille Woods, Glenagragra. William was born circa 1841. (see Woods/Quille Timothy/Thady, Glenagragra.)


                Other Geoghegan Records for Glin researched by Mike Connolly.

1.Bridget Geoghegan 1792 – 2 October 1870 in Ballyguiltenane

2.Thomas Geoghegan 1807 – 1873

3. Bryan Geoghegan born about 1814 died 1891 aged 77 buried iun kilfergus, Glin and listed as being from Ballygiltenae.

4. John Geoghegan  born in Glin about 1820 –  moved to England in about 1857 and died 1897 aged 77 years old in Bideford, Devon – retired Railway station Master. Had a son John born Glin in about 1852 (died 1914 aged 62 Sherbourne, Devon) and a son Thomas also born in Glin about 1856 and died 1864 in Bideford, Devon. Married to Bridget (possibly Murphy?) born Glin about 1827 and died in Bideford, Devon aged 54 years old.

5. John Geoghegan age 26 in 1895 to Niagara Falls born Glin about 1869

6. Kate Geoghegan m Thomas Liston – Kate Liston 10 April 1865 record from GRO forTarbert No. 2 District – Glin

7. Mary Geoghegan – born 1849

8.Baptisms from Mike Dunlevy on Ancestry

23 September 1857 John to Thomas Geoghegan & Bridget Hunt 1 October 1859 Bernard to Patrick Geoghegan & Margaret Moore 10 November 1859 Paul to Thomas Liston and Catherine Geoghegan 25 January 1862 John to John Geoghegan & Catherine Mulcane 1 April 1863 Johanna to Thomas Geoghegan and Bridget Hunt

9. From an e mail in Ancestry Families 

My mother’s maiden name was Margaret Culhane. Her father was Thomas Culhane and her mother was Mary Geoghegan. Thomas and Mary were married in 1906 in the Church of Kilcolman, district of Rathkeale. Thomas Culhane was born in 1882 in Grouselodge, son of William Culhane and Mary Culhane (formerly Enright).

William and Mary were married in 1869 , in the Chapel of Ardagh, District of Newcastle. William’s father was William Culhane, residing in Rathnasere. Mary’s father was Cornelius Enright, residing in Skehanagh. Cornelius shows up in the same location on the Griffith’s valuation. I believe that William Jr. died at age 51 in Ballyegna, district of Rathkeale in 1892, but I am not certain that it is the same person.

Mary Geoghegan was born in Clonlehard, district of Glin in 1887. Her parents were Thomas Geoghegan and Johanna Geoghegan (formerly Hayes). From the 1901 Census, it appears that Thomas was born in 1859 in Co. Limerick and Johanna was born in 1862 in Co. Limerick.

10. Another e mail on Ancestry

Some of my cousins and I have been researching Limerick Geoghegans for some time. I came across a list at which notes a Bridget Geoghenan marrying a ? Frost, daughter Annie Frost. Could this be who you are after? Bridget’s parents are given as John Geoghegan b < 1810 at Tooraree, d 1848 and Bridget Murphy. I would love to find a link to the family as they may be connected to my g’mothers family- she was daughter of a John Geoghegan and Catherine Mulcaire who married 1853. They were also from around Glin.

11. Another e mail search – Geoghegans from Glin, Limerick

I am searching for info on Geoghegans from the Limerick area. My gggrandfather John Geoghegan was born 1795 in Glin, Kilfergus Ireland and died Feb.23, 1879 in Dundas, Ont. Canada. He married Ann O’Connor 1822 in Rathkeale, Limerick. She was born 1806 in Rathkeale. They emigrated to Canada 1823 as part of the Peter Robinson settlers. They departed Ireland on July 8, 1823 aboard the Stakesby with 278 people. Arrived safely on Sept. 2. The spelling of our name changed at this time to Gahagan. They lived on land that they had been given in the Ottawa area for a couple of years before moving on to the Dundas area.


 geoghegan duplicate


Quille Woods Catherine (Kate) (daughter of Darby/Jermiah), Dromada, married Jim McGrath, Ballyguiltenane on Feb 12th 1857. Kate is the ancestor of the Sheahan’s, Morgan’s and the Danny Wallace’s, Ballyguiltenane, the Lyons’s of Dromreask and the Riordan’s of Dirreen. McGrath Mary daughter of Jim & Kate above married Tom Sheahan from Knocknagorna. Tom married into the place a ‘Cliamhain Isteach’. They had a son Henry who married Ellen Dillane daughter of Pat, Killeaney and Margaret Mulvihill, Moyvane, circa 1910. Children from that union as follows; Tom, Christopher, Ballyguiltenane. Catherine (Culhane), Ballyguiltenane. Mary (Lyons), Dromreask. Margaret (Moran), Toureendonnell & Bridie (Riordan), Dirreen.

Quille Ellen (daughter of Darby/Jermiah, Dromada, married Patrick Quirke, Abbeyfeale on March 4th 1862. No issue from this union. It is possible she was married previously as an Ellen Quille from Athea parish married a James Kelly from Ballyhahill on March 4th 1848. Witnesses: Jermiah Quille, Ellen O’Sullivan & Robert Kelly. A son of theirs, James Kelly was baptised on Aug 22nd 1850. Godparents: Denis Quille & Ellen Kelly.

*Woods ? was either the daughter of Darby/Jermiah, Dromada or the daughter of Darby’s  son Denis. John Woods, Ballydonoghue is of the opinion that she was a member of the Clounleharde Woods family. She married Paddy Stackpoole, Tullyleague. They lived on the left hand side of the road a few yards short of Wallace’s cross at its intersection with the Glenalappa/Tullyleage road. They had a son whom they called ‘Patin’. (*This has to be clarified)

Other families of Quille’s and Woods that I found in my research are as follows: Woods Patrick, Athea. According to the Athea Parish Records, a Patrick Woods married Joanna O’Connor in 1858. It would appear that they had a son Patrick Woods b1879 who also went to Ellis Island. Woods Denis b1863, blacksmith by trade went to Ellis Island. Woods Mary b1843. (Could be a sister to Denis, above) Woods Michael, Killeaney More. (Tithes) Woods John, Finoo. (Griffiths Valuation) Woods William b1877, Athea went to Ellis Island 1898. Woods Timothy also went to Ellis Island. (Could be the Timmy that died c1901, son of William, Glenagragra).


Quille/Woods Timothy (Thady).


As previously stated, it is the belief that Timothy came to Glenagragra via Ballybunion. Timothy was the son either of Jermiah/Darby or of Denis. Probably the former as he Timothy, had a son Jermiah who moved to Clounleharde circa 1864. He had another son William born 1841 who inherited the family farm in Glenagragra. William married Margaret Mackessey, born 1846, Kilnaughtin Parish, daughter of Tom Mackessey, Tarmons and Catherine Kennelly. On the marriage certificate, William’s address given as Ballyguiltenane Upper also known as Glenagragra. Family from that union as follows:

(1) Nora Woods. b1865/6

(2) Mary (Maria) Woods b1867.

(3) Catherine (Kit) Woods 1869.

(4) Ellen Woods 1871.

(5) Timmy Woods. b1872

(6) Margaret Woods b1875.

(7) Hannah Woods. b1891

  (1) Nora Woods, born November 21th 1865, was my great grandmother. She was known locally as Norrie Quille. It seems that some of the Quille/Woods families were chopping and changing the name by that time from Quille to Woods and vice versa.  Nora, married my great grandfather Tom Langan, (Already referred to) Billy McEvoy’s wife Mary often spoke to Bridget Langan (wife of Maurice, Glenagragra) about Nora. It seems that she acted like a local midwife and was always on hand the moment a baby was due despite the fact that she had to work hard to keep her own family going while her husband Tom was in the army. Hannie (Joan) Griffin of Glenagragra informed me that Nora had brown hair and was quite small in stature. She died circa 1929 aged 64yrs.

(2) Mary (Maria) Woods – born March 26th 1867 at Glenagragra, Glin. No further information on Mary.

(3) Catherine (Kit) Woods – born February 3rd 1869 at Ballyguiltenane, Glin. No further information on Catherine.

(4) Ellen Woods – born March 6th 1871 at Ballyguiltenane, Glin. She was Baptised April 3rd 1871. Emigrated to the U.S. and according to the 1900 Derby Census, she married a John Dennihan (name badly misspelled) and lived at 14 Housatonic Ave. The census gave John, along with his wife Nellie and brother Patrick who was married to a Catherine ? living at the said address. John & Patrick worked for UBB & P Co. Papermills By 1906, both brothers living at 100 Smithy St, Derby, working for the freight depot. By 1908, one of the n’s dropped from the surname to read Denihan. According to the marriages register for the town of Ansonia  1895 John Denihan, Ireland age 22, occupation Labourer married Nellie Woods age 24. It is not known whether there was any issue from that union or not. According to the Kerry Record Site Nellie and John got married November 23rd 1898.

Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001.

Name – John Denihan. Death Date – March 3rd 1960. Death Place – Naugatuck, New Haven, Connecticut. Age – 82yrs. Birth Date – Abt 1878. Martial Status – Widowed. Spouse – Nell. State File – 05309. Reference – Derby, New Haven, Connecticut. Gender – Male. Race – White.

Twelfth Census Of  The United States.

Derby, Connecticut 1900.

John Denihan – Head – Born April 1876, Age 24 – Ireland to U.S 1895. Nellie Denihan – Wife – Born June 1871, Age 28 – Ireland to U.S 1892. Jerry Foley – Boarder – Born Aug 1872, Age 27 – Ireland to U.S. 1894. John Walsh – Boarder – Born Aug 1879, Age 20 – Ireland to U.S.    ? It is likely that Jerry Foley is the son of Daniel Foley and Johanna Mackessey, Kilcolgan who were married on August 19th 1871.

Denihan’s in the Tarmons area during the 1911 census as follows :

Robert Denihan age 69, Kilmurrily, Tarmons, widower with a son Robert age 26 and a grand-daughter Ellen McCarthy age 12 who was born in America. Roberts’s wifes name was Ellen Enright. They were the parents of John Denihan b1876 as above. Robert Denihan was a tenant of Daniel Enright. Another tenant of Daniel’s was Jermiah Cronin. There was a Daniel Enright, a shopkeeper in Tarbert village around that time. It was not unusual for shopkeepers to own lands outside of town, as there were cases where debts were settled between two parties in exchange for tickets to America.

(5) Tim Woods – born December 7th 1872. Baptised December 12th 1872. Sponsors – Michael Griffin & Mary Furey. Tim passed to his eternal reward in Ireland during the year 1901.

(6) Margaret Woods – born 1875. In the Mormon Library, Salt Lake City, U.S.A. listed under Irish births is a Margaret Woods born to William Woods and Margaret Mackessey, Ballyguiltenane on October 20th 1875. This is the first information we have on Margaret, in fact we might never have known she even existed was it not for Kathleen Doczy, grand-daughter of Jack Woods, who visited the above library. (Parts of Glenagragra were known as Ballyguiltenane in the old days)

(7) Hannah Woods – born 1891. A gap of 17yrs between herself and Tim? Her birth is taken from the 1901 Census. Gives her age as 10yrs, occupation – Scholar.  



McCoy Thady.

(Ballydonohue, Glin)

Thady McCoy (father of Mary McCoy b1841 who was married to Quille Denis, Dromada) married McMahon Brigid (Biddy), Ballydonohue, Glin had six children in family – (1)             Mary – as in Quille Denny above. (2)             Ellen – emigrated to Detroit, U.S.A. and later brought out her brothers Paddy and Gerald. They set up a boarding house, also providing meals. One of the brothers invited a Patrick Buckley, a blacksmith who hailed from Co. Tipperary, to dinner in the boarding house. It was there that Ellen met Patrick and they later got married. They had six children, (1) Thomas who remained single. (2) Anna who married an Irishman by the name of Edward Woods and had five children – Helen Catherine (died aged 27) married William McGrath.Edward, married Eileen Callaghan. Agatha, died at the age of 8mths. Corinne who remained single died at the age of 46yrs.  Gymmie (Mary Elizabeth) married James Bechtel from Toledo, Ohio Had four children – Susan who married Richard Stancliff. Anne who married Fred Avele. Tom who married Mary Devlin. Bill who is a medical Doctor. (3) Gerald who married Sophia Hammel and had two boys – William & Gerald. (4) James who remained single. (5) William who remained single. (6) Mary Ellen who married Ralph Bourgeois. (3)             Paddy – went to Detroit; worked with the Edison Co. Married – No family. (4)             Gerald – went to Detroit; was vice President Security Trust Co Bankers. (5)             Johnny – settled in the home place. Married his 1st cousin Brigid Hunt, home from the U.S.A. No Family. Left the place to his niece Kate Quille. See Quille Kate as already referred to. (6)             Mag (Margaret) – married Mike Lardiner, Shanagolden. They had four children – (1) Min (Mary); went to Detroit to her aunt Mrs. Ellen Buckley. Remained single. (2) Bridge (Bridget) – married Pat Mullane, Lisready, Loughill, son of Dan Mullane, Athea & ? Liston, Ardagh. Pat & Bridge had five children as follows – Dannie, married to Nora Cleary, Gardiners Hill, Cork City. Peggy, a nurse in Croom Hospital and single. Mary, married a man from Co. Longford. Kitty, married John Joe Egan from Askeaton. Gerald, married Ita Pierce and settled in the home farm in Lisready.    (3) Nell – married Sam Bicknell, Publican, Glin Town. Had two children – Willie, single, settled in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Peggy, went nursing in England and then went nursing a Mrs. Alan Timms in Africa. Following Mrs. Timms death Peggy married Alan and returned to live in Kilpeddar, Co. Wicklow. Alan worked in the Avoca mines. Peggy died while on holidays in France. Bicknell’s pub, which was formerly owned by John Mangan, spirit dealer (as in Cork & Munster Trade Directory), was bought by Paddy Stack who ran a thriving butcher’s stall there for years. The building is now the property of O’Rourke’s Butchers (Victualler). (4) Mike – settled in the home place and married McElligott from Copeswood, Pallaskenry. They had two children, Willie, farmer in Shanagolden who married Kathleen Houlihan from Fleanmore, Ballyhahill and Peggy who married Sean (Ned) Danaher from Templeathea, Athea.

Tim McCoy

(The Real McCoy)

Tim McCoy was the star of more than 200 cowboy films. His father left his old home in Killeaney, Glin during the time of the great famine and went to live in the U.S. Tim starred in such films as – ‘’War Paint’’, ‘’Winners of the Wilderness’’, ‘’Ghost Town Law’’ and ‘’A Rancher in Arizona’’. He was well acquainted with the neighbouring Indian Tribes and in the year 1920, after serving as a Colonel in the artillery in World War 1, was named Wyoming’s Indian Commissioner. In 1922, he helped to hire 500 Indians for the Western film ‘’The Covered Wagon’’. Soon after, he headed for Hollywood and for the next 45yrs, his name was inscribed across every cinema screen in North America. He died at the age of 86. His wife predeceased him by a few years.                               Riobard O’Dwyer.

In or around the year 1973, two years prior to his death, Tim paid his first ever visit to Ireland and spent several days ‘round the Glin area trying to trace his relatives. His journeying brought him to the hostelry of one John Shaughnessy in Glin town and he enquired from John if he knew anything about his McCoy ancestors. John directed him on to Dick McCoy in Ballyhahill who in turn advised him to return to Glin town and see local Co. Councillor and bar owner James C. Barrett whose wife’s father was Paddy McCoy, a relative of the Ballydonohue McCoy’s. James brought Tim and his son, who had accompanied him on the visit, out to the old McCoy homestead in Killeaney and Johnny Fitzgibbon brought the film star back to Ballydonohue to show him the farm where his father was born. Tim’s father was probably a brother to the aforementioned Thady who was married to Biddy McMahon. The McCoy farm was located on the Shannon side of the ‘Mail’ road directly opposite the Fitzgibbon farm. There is nothing left today of the old McCoy homestead in Ballydonohue except for the diminutive outline of the four walls. Paddy McCoy, Killeaney had a brother John who was the father of the aforementioned Mrs. Barrett, Glin town. Paddy was married to Liz ‘Bess’ Mulvihill and had one daughter Ellie. Paddy died at a relatively young age and Liz married a second time to Dan Culhane, Kinard and had one son Jack and one daughter Annie. Jack, known as ‘Jack Bess’ married Mary O’Connor from Clash, Athea. They had one son Dan and three daughters Babe, Moll and Bridget. Annie was left the family farm and married her neighbour Jim Dillane, Kinard. They had four sons – Tom, Willie, Dan and Mick and one daughter Minnie. Mick born c1895 inherited the farm and married Ellen Sheehan, Ballingoul. Mick,  known as Mick ‘’The Den’’ was a noted footballer.  He died on May 15th 1990 aged 95. His son Jimmy Dillane was the next man to take over the family farm. Ellie McCoy, Paddy’s daughter, inherited the Killeaney farm and got married to Michael O’Connor from Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale. They had four sons and two daughters. Paddy Michael O’Connor, grandson of Ellie, inherited his father’s farm and sometime during the 1960’s, exchanged same for another farm in Manistir near Croom.  Mattie Dillane who became the new occupier of the Killeaney farm, is still farming there today.


Woods Family.


Woods Jermiah of Clounleharde born circa 1839 was the son of Thady, Glenagragra. At Ballyhahill Church in the year 1864, Jermiah married Catherine Flanagan born 1842. He was a famous blacksmith.  It would appear that after leaving Glenagragra he went to live in Tarmons for a time before relocating to Glenbawn/Clounleharde circa 1886. 1901 census for Woods family Glenbawn/Clounleharde –





Relation to head


Woods Jeremiah 60 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Woods John 26 Male Son Roman Catholic
Woods Michael 24 Male Son Roman Catholic
Woods Bridget 20 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Woods Jeremiah 18 Male Son Roman Catholic
Woods James 16 Male Son Roman Catholic
Woods Mary 15 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Woods Denis 12 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 census for Woods family, Glenbawn as follows –





Relation to head


Woods Michael 39 Male Head of Family Romn Catholic
Woods James 32 Male Brother Roman Catholic
Woods Mary 30 Female Sister Roman Catholic
Woods Denis 28 Male Brother Roman Catholic
McMahon Kate 3 Female Niece Roman Catholic

At this stage Michael  Woods had taken over as head of the family. (Kate McMahon was the daughter of John McMahon & Kate Woods, Glenagragra) Jermiah and Catherine Woods had five sons and two daughters as per above census:

Denis Woods.

Jim Woods.

Mick Woods.

Jermiah Woods.

Jack Woods.

Brigid Woods.

Ciss Woods.

Denis, who remained single, died sometime in the year 1955. Denis along with Margaret Quille, Tullyleague were godparents to my grandfather Paddy Langan who was born March 23rd 1892. Jim was married twice. Firstly to a Stackpoole girl from Aughrim, Moyvane and secondly to some yank woman. He had two children from the first marriage, Jer & Mai. No family from second marriage. Jim, like his brother Denis, went to his eternal reward in 1955. There were only a couple of months between the two deaths. Jer married Mary Enright from Monamohill and had three sons who were all born and reared in Clounleharde. All three brothers are into the cattle dealing business. They are:

Jim Woods,

Matt Woods,

Denis Woods.


Griffin Gerry & Matty Woods, Clounleharde

Photo – Matt Woods on right with Gerry Griffin, Glenagragra.

Jer went to his eternal reward in 2003. Mai who remained single lived on in the family home in Clounleharde until her death in 2007. Mick born circa 1877 died at a relatively young age. Story has it that he fell into ill health, brought about from him walking to fairs all over Munster in all kinds of weather. Jermiah, born 1875 was another blacksmith and had his forge in Ballyguiltenane. Jermiah was married to Moll Hanlon, born 1887, from Turraree. They had three sons and three daughters. The three sons, Jer, Bill and Danny remained bachelors and lived out their lives together in the family home. The three daughters, Mary, Nora and ? emigrated and did well. The family had an acute pallid complexion. Jermiah died circa 1942 and was working right up to his final days. His wife Mary (Moll) died July 5th 1964 aged 76yrs. Jack, born 1870 moved to Dromreask following his marriage to Mary Hanrahan, Dromresk (Jack married into the place so to speak, a cliamhain isteach) and had a family as follows – Bill, (in the home place) Tim, (Cloonlara, Co. Clare) Jer, emigrated to England and Margaret married Danny O’Connor, Marian Place, Glin.  (Danny worked for Limerick Co. Council roads dept.)  Jack’s son Bill Woods was married to Bridie Scanlon, Dromreask, daughter of Danny Scanlon and had two children, Anne & John. Mary Hanrahan had a sister Margaret who lived on in the family home ‘till her death. 1911 Census for McMahon’s as follows – (no return for 1901)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McMahon John 40 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
McMahon Bridget 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic
McMahon Anne 1 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Histon Jeremiah 70 Male Servant Roman Catholic

Jermiah Histon above also worked at Kinnane’s for some time. We don’t know where he came from but he died at St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West. Brigid Woods – married John McMahon, Glenagragra. John McMahon’s  father was also called John and Mikie Kinnane was telling me that both father and son  married two Bridge Wood’s, both Woods’s being related. (Clounleharde Woods’s) John McMahon senior, who was a herdsman, left his home and gave the place to his son. He eventually finished up in a cottage down in Killaney close to Woulfe’s shop and quite close to where the Colloppy family resided. The said Colloppy’s were very kind to John.

John & Brigid had three daughters in family, May, Kitty & Nancy. May & Nancy got married on the same day in 1933. May married Paddy Hanrahan from Foynes. Kitty married Paddy Enright, Mail Rd, Glin. Paddy Enright’s son, who was also called Paddy, was a member of An Garda Siochana and was a Sergeant in the Training College, Templemore during my training days there in 1972. Nancy married her neighbour John Dalton, Glenagragra. John married in there. (A Cliamhain isteach). John & Nancy had two sons Jimmy and John and two daughters Josie and Mary. Jimmy is alive and well today and living in the homeplace. John jnr fell victim to the polio outbreak of the 1950’s Ireland. I sold John a volkeswagen car in 1973, a car that I had bought from a colleague of mine in the Garda Siochana.  Regrettably, the car didn’t live up to his expectations and with no warranty to fall back on, George Langan was soon at the receiving end of John’s wrath. Said John, ‘’all the Langan’s were decent people except the man with the shiny buttons’’.  Sorry John, I hope I am forgiven. John went to his eternal reward March 25th 1991 at the age of 44yrs. Josie married Paddy Wilmott in Askeaton. Mary married to a Boyle in Co. Mayo. John Dalton snr. died in 1974, his wife Nancy died in 1981.

Hanrahan John R.I.P.,Ballyguiltenane Dalton Jimmy, Scairt & Kinnane Mikie, Scairt 1994.

Photo 1994 – Left John Hanrahan R.I.P. (son of Ned), Glenagragra,

Jimmy Dalton son of John & Brigid with

Mikie Kinnane, Glenagragra.

1901 Census for Dalton family as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion





Head of Family

Catholic Church






Catholic Church






Catholic Church






Catholic Church






Catholic Church






Catholic Church

Johanna Dalton above was O’Connor from Clounleharde, grand aunt to the present Fr. Michael O’Connor. Pat Dalton age 17 above married Bridget Kinnane, Glenagragra sister to William Kinnane. Catherine, James & Mary Dalton all emigrated to Australia.

1911 Census as follows –





Relation to head






Head of Family

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic

(John age 15 above who married Nancy McMahon)

Ciss married a man by the name of Tom Foley from the Tarbert/ Ballylongford direction. While still with the Woods family a member of same was mentioned in a poem composed many years ago concerning an auction at Connie Cunningham’s, Lower Dirreen. The author of the poem I do not know, probably written by one of the Dirreen poets at the time. This is the version that I got from Paddy Faley.

Auction at Lower Dirreen.

I’ll tell you of this auction that took place in Lower Dirreen

The effects of *Connie Cunningham was laid upon the green

The auctioneer was *Francie Fitz out to make his coin

Ably assisted by his clerk *Pat O’Brien.

The first put up for auction was a table it was no joke

You’d think it was mahogany ‘twas so well painted with the smoke

Francie turned it over as it lay upon the yard

‘Twas purchased at one shilling by a *smith from Clounleharde.

Then put up for auction was the farmer’s *Buckan Ban

You could judge by his pedigree he was loose as any fawn

Francie said he would go cheap he’s fit to win a cup

He was then marked down at nine fifteen to the famous *Hustle Up.

The next put up for auction was a splendid cock of hay

Hustle bid five shillings and smiling walked away

The *D.C. bid seven and six and Francie wasn’t long

Any advance in seven and six ‘tis going yes ‘tis gone.

The manure heap was then put up competition it was keen

Five bob was placed upon it by a son to *Tom Dinneen

Six shillings said *Joe Vaughan but he’d rather it was three

Six and six said Francie Fitz including my fee.

The next put up for auction was a rick of turf they owned in Kyle

Who’ll bid for this splendid rick said Francie with a smile

There was silence for a moment then Collins interposed

Will you take two bob said Collins and the bargain it was closed.

*Connie Cunningham lived at the west of Jim Mullane’s in Lr Dirreen. *Francie Fitz was the auctioneer from Glin. *Pat O’Brien was an itinerent who was taken in by the O’Sullivan family. *The smith from Clounleharde was Jim Woods. *Buckan Ban – old Irish name for a stallion horse. *Hustle Up was the nickname they had on Jim Mullane. Jim came home from America and opened a shop just below Thade Scanlon’s. Jim was married to an Aherne girl, a sister to Jack Dan Liston’s wife. Jim’s daughter married George Riordan from Co. Cork. George was a famous thresher back in those days. His grandson Andy Riordan is the present owner of the place. *D.C. was Thade Scanlon, a local County Councillor. *Tom Dinneen, Knocknagorna. The first Dinneen to appear in Knocknagorna was in 1852 with Michael Dinneen holding 73 acres with  sub-teneant Denis Dinneen. There was also a Pat Dinneen in the townland who held 39 acres.

*Joe Vaughan from Dirreen father to Seamus.

1901 Census for Glenagragra.

                                                   Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
                         Woods William 60 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
                         Woods Margaret 55 Female Wife Roman Catholic
                         Woods Timothy 27 Male Son Roman Catholic
                         Woods Hannah 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

The remainder of the family must have gone away or must have been absent on the day.

Census Population of 1911. Glenagragra.

No record of either Langan or Woods. Seems they never filled in the form in either house, it is likely some of the family had passed to their eternal reward and the remainder had emigrated. In that case, the Woods place would have remained vacant until Maurice Langan took over there when he returned from the U.S. (We will come to Maurice later.) Something else to note, having checked the Applotment and Valuation of the parish of Glenagragra under the Tithe Composition Act for the year 1833 and Griffith’s Valuation of 1851 & ’52 no record of either Langan or Woods but as little.

Glin Parish Records – Births.

1869. – Kit Woods born to William Woods and Margaret Mackessey.

(Where was Kit in 1901 & ’11. Was she in the U.S.?)

1871. – Ellen Woods – Same parents.

(Where was Ellen.Was she in the U.S.?)

1872. – Timmy Woods – Same parents.

(Tim died c1901)

1871. – Kit Woods of Jermiah Woods and Mary Windle. 1873. – Margaret – Same Parents. 1869. – John Woods of John Woods and Mary Connors. 1873. – Mary Woods of Paddy Woods and Joan Connors. 1873. – Margaret Sheahan of Tom Sheahan and Mary McGrath.

(Mary McGrath’s mother was Kit Quill Woods, aunt of Nora (Norrie) Woods Langan)

There was a Woods Timmy listed as being the owner of a farm in Glenagragra and another farm in Ballyguiltenane Upper, close to Wallace’s. (The Wallaces were known as the ‘’Paddy Mike Wallace’s). I can now confirm that Timmy Woods was William’s father, Thade Woods, Glenagragra. Part of Glenagragra was known as Ballyguiltenane Upper back then. According to the Valuation List for Limerick County. Glin 1858-1947 (kindly looked up on my behalf by Kathleen Doczy at the Newberry Library in Chicago) a Timothy Woods held 3acres 1rood and 24sq perches of land in Glenagragra circa 1859. He also had 2rds & 13sq perches held jointly with his neighbours – Patrick Connolly and Henry Wingle. This Henry Wingle would be the grandfather of the Henry Wingle who was married to Margaret Woods, Tullyleague. (see Woods Margaret b1879) (later spelt Windle) Also circa 1859, Timothy, along with his neighbours Henry Wingle, Patrick Connolly, Michael Connell, Patrick Griffin & George Griffin had leased from the Landlord George Goggin 92acres 3roods and 6sq perches of open grazing which I presume was mostly mountain. The Patrick Griffin mentioned would be the grandfather of John Griffin b1885 who became the second husband to Margaret Woods as mentioned heretofore. Moving on to 1863, we have William Woods taking over the Glenagragra farm an indication that William was the son of the aforementioned Timmy Woods.




(Son of Tom)

Photo 1966.

Langan Maurice

Maurice 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.Langan Nora and Breda 1960's 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 1969 and studied law at the university of East Anglia. Syma – born 1972 and Faisal who was born 1974.                                                                       Photo – 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 1968 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 born 1969, 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 Langan homestead now a cowshed. Photo c1988.

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Present Langan home c1988.

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 next to Flavins. 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 arriva.


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)

Photo c1914

Langan Kate & Eleanor

There are no records to state what year Kate was born but looking at the manifest for the ship Carmania which sailed from Quennstown in Cork, arriving at Ellis Island on Oct 5th 1909 it states therein that Kate was 20yrs of age. That being the case, Kate was born in the year 1889. 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 and Mary Sullivan. 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.

Langan Tom. Riordan Ellen, Langan Nora, Riordan Bill,Riordan Elanor 2001

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, Glenagragra)

Photo c1912.

Langan Mary soon after arriving in the us

Mary 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 servent girl at George Lynchs’ of Glasha as per 1911 census. 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.

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)

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


(Daughter of Tom)

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, son of Con Higgins, Glasha. Paddy married into the old Langan home that Margaret inherited. 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)

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 of T.B. during the 1940’s at a young age. (6) Paddy Higgins who was born in the year 1878 went to his eternal reward on August 7th 1954. His wife my granaunt Margaret Langan, passed away October 1st 1981 age 85yrs. (See also Langan Margaret) Family from Paddy Higgins and Margaret Langan as follows -;

(i) Elizabeth (Lizzy) Higgins.

(ii) Thomas (Toss) Higgins.

(iii) Patrick (Pakie) Higgins.

(iv) Nora Higgins.

(v) Liam Higgins.

(vi) Con Higgins.

(i) Elizabeth (Lizzy) Higgins was married to William Burns, Ballyagran. William died October 25th 1992. Elizabeth died January 24th 1995. Had a family. (ii) Thomas (Toss) 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 1960’s – Connie Noonan & Nora Higgins.

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.

higgins 2007

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.


  (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.

(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. 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, married her 1st cousin 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 Greig 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 Greigh.

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, Higgins Mossie, Glasha 1950came home and secured a job with Glin Creamery where he was employed as a lorry driver. Another member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class.


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 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.

Paddy Barrett.

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.)

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 Dick Chawke who was a creamery manager in Granagh. In addition Dick had some land in Granagh and was looking for a good horseman and ploughman that he could rely on. On the recommendation of his brother Willie, Dick hired Paddy for the remainder of that year. It was while working there that Paddy met his future wife, my grandmother Mary (Babe) Fitzpatrick born 1889, who incidentally was a sister to Dick’s wife Johanna Fitzpatrick. Paddy was just around twenty years old when he got married, Babe being three years older than he was. Three times Babe came to Glenagragra with grandfather, the first two occasions her father came back and took her home again but on the third occasion rumour has it that they eloped and tied the knot so to speak circa 1913.

Babe had a nephew, Ned Chawke of Granagh, son of Dick who was a member of the Limerick County senior hurling team that won the All Ireland Championship in 1940.

1901 census for Chawke’s of Clounleharde.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Chawke William 65 Male Head of Family Catholic
Chawke Margaret 65 Female Wife Catholic
Chawke William 30 Male Son Catholic
OSullivan Joseph 24 Male Visitor Catholic
Moloney Thomas 2 Male Nephew Catholic
Nolan Ellie 19 Female Servant Catholic

1911 census for Chawke’s of Clounleharde.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Chawke William 43 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Chawke (Enright) Cathrine (Kate) 30 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Chawke Margaret 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Chawke Mary 4 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Chawke William   Male Son Roman Catholic
Langan Mary 21 Female Servant Roman Catholic

The Mary Chawke in 1911 census emigrated to the U.S.

The Mary Langan (female servant) was my grand-aunt. Mary also went to the U.S.

Well whether Babe and Paddy eloped or not it is believed that Babe was left a large dowry by her now deceased wealthy father.Sometime after getting married Paddy purchased a public-house in Tarbert village, Babe’s dowry I would say playing a big part in procuring in the said purchase. As well as looking after the pub, 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’’.

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. I know my father was born in Tarbert in 1914 in the same house where Jack O’Connor was born. (Jack would later have a sand and gravel quarry in Borrigone) 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.






Relation to head






Head of Family

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic


(Maurice Higgins 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.






Relation to head






Head of Family

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic

O Sullivan




Grand Daughter

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic


Notes for Hanora Griffin 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 Teresa 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.


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 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 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 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 calling 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. 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 his uncle Paddy Langan 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. 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.




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.

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.


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…..’

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 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.

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 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.

Wed Dec 23rd 1942.

Co. Councill meeting on Sat last.

Town Planning & Turf Question.

Paddy Langan and other members present.

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)

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 Concil 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.

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. 

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, whose heart I broke on many an occasion, (sorry nan) 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.

Paddy and Babe had the following family –

(1) Edward (Ned) Langan (my father), born Monday May 18th 1914. See

(2) Mary (Maureen) Langan, born Sat December 22nd 1917.

(3) Hanora Langan, born Saturday April 12th 1920. R.I.P. Sat June 10th 1925.

(4) Margaret (Peg) Langan, born Tuesday June 8th 1923.

(5) Tom Langan, born Friday June 9th 1925.

to be continued.



(With a Langan/Woods connection)

For a more detailed account on the Griffin Families go to the following –

It is thought that the Griffin family originally came to Glenagragra from Kilmurry/McMahon Co Clare in the early to mid 1800’s having been allotted lands here by the then landlord George Goggin. In Griffith’s Valuation records of 1851, we have a Patrick, William and a George Griffin listed, as been the occupiers of lands in Glenagragra. It is most likely that these three men may have been brothers had to be at least eighteen years of age or more by that time, which would indicate that they were born circa 1820/30 or thereabouts. We’ll try and make the picture more clearer as we go along. For convenience sake we’ll number them as follows -:


 (1) Patrick Griffin. (1)

(2) William (Billy) Griffin. (1)

(3) George Griffin. (1)

  Patrick Griffin (1), had a son Michael born 1849 and two daughters Bridget (Bid)Griffin and Mary Griffin born around the same time with the next family member not born until 1864.  Records show that he married Mary Feury (spelt Fury back then) born 1829, Lakyle, Labbasheeda, Co. Clare. (According to the 1911 census Mary was 82yrs. Her age differs in the 1901 census by a year or two but I wouldn’t heed that too much as people were inclined to add or subtract a few years for different reasons back in those days) The Feury’s were neighbours of the Griffin’s across in their native Co. Clare, one and the same Feury’s who migrated to Glenagragra thereafter. For some reason or other there seems to be a gap of approximately ten to eleven years between the third born child and the fourth. It may be the case that some died in infancy. From the information available to me, family from Patrick Griffin (1) and Mary Feury as follows -: i. MICHAEL  GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born in 1851 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick. He died on 17 Nov 1930. He married NORAH FITZGERALD about 1878. She was born about 1859 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. ii. BRIGID GRIFFIN (daughter of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born in 1853 in Glenagragra, Co. Limerick. She married  DAN LISTON. iii. MARY GRIFFIN (daughter of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born in 1854 in Glenagragra, Co. Limerick. She married JAMES REIDY.  iv. PATRICK GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born in Feb 1855 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick. He died in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. He married MARY BARRETT about 1888. She was born in 1860 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. She died in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. v. JAMES GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury). vi. WILLIAM GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born on 24 Jun 1866 in Glenagragra, Co. Limerick. vii. TIMOTHY GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born on 31 Oct 1868 in Glenagragra, Co. Limerick. He died on 19 Mar 1951 in Ballygoughlin, Glin Co. Limerick. viii. GERALD GRIFFIN (son of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born on 02 Mar 1871 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick. ix. JOHANNA GRIFFIN (daughter of Patrick Griffin and Mary Feury) was born on 03 Nov 1873 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick.


(1)Michael Griffin, 1849-1930 (son of Patrick Griffin (1) & Mary Feury)  inherited part of his fathers farfitzgerald noram, that of Patrick Griffin (1). Back then farms were divided with a field here and a field there hence the reason Michael had a field opposite our house in Glasha, another dividing the roadway onto Dan O’Connors estate and the remainder bounding Paddy Flavin’s in which he built his own family home circa 1870 or thereabouts. Michael Griffin married Nora (Nano) Fitzgerald,(pictured right) Park, Athea daughter of Maurice Fitzgerald and a Ms. O’Connell. Nora was born in 1853 and died on July 5th 1950 aged 97yrs. Michael died Nov 17th 1930 age 81yrs. Both interred in Templeathea cemetery. 1901 Census for said family as follows –   





Relation to head


Griffin Michael 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholick
Fitzgerald Norah 42 Female Wife Roman Catholick
Griffin John 22 Male Son Roman Catholick
Griffin Kate 14 Female Daughter Roman Catholick
Griffin Mary 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholick
Griffin Bridget 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholick
Griffin Norah 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholick
Griffin Gerald 7 Male Son Roman Catholick
Griffin Johana 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholick
Griffin Michael 2 Male Son Roman Catholick

1911 Census for said family as follows –





Relation to head


Griffin Michael 62 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Griffin Hanora 54 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin Bridget 20 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Gerald 17 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Michael 10 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Margaret 7 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Michael and Nora Griffin as above had the following family of eleven -:


i. JOHN GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1878 -1975. ii. MICHAEL GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1882. iii. THOMAS GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in May 1883 – 1914/15. iv. KATE GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1887 -1946. v. MARY GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1889 -1970. vi. BRIDGET GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1891 – 1916 (Sept). vii. NORA GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1892 – 1981. viii. GERALD GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1893 1980. ix. JOHANNA GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald). 1896-1980 x. MICHAELl GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born 1900 – 1989. xi. MARGARET (PEG)  GRIFFIN (daughter of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born 1902-1985 xii. PADDY GRIFFIN (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald). Was born 1905-1955. (There may have been two Michael’s born) (i)John (Jack) Griffin (son of Michael) emigrated to the U.S. and married Margaret Woods, Tullyleague. Margaret was a widow having been previously married to Henry Windle, Glenagragra, son of Michael Windle. Henry drowned at a family outing at Rockaway Beach, New York in 1921. (See Woods Margaret & Windle Henry) Jack Griffin & Margaret Woods had a son Gerald Griffin who went to Australia and married Eileen ?. They had two daughters – Tricia and ? ii. Michael Griffin (son of Michael Griffin and Norah Fitzgerald) was born in 1882. (iii) Tom Griffin (son of Michael) also died at a very young age, circa 1914/15.  (iv)Kathleen Griffin (daughter of Michael) emigrated to the U.S. and married a Mr. Nihill. They lived in Buffalo. Kathleen died February 21st 1946. (v)Mary Griffin (daughter of Michael) born c1891 emigrated to New York. She married John Normoyle from Turraree. (Crough) and had the following family – Kitty who remained single in life and Mary who became a nun. Mary Griffin died June 6th 1970. Her husband John died August 5th 1966. (vi)Bridget Griffin (daughter of Michael) died of T.B., Sept 30th 1916 age 26yrs. (vii)Nora Griffin (daughter of Michael)  emigrated to the U.S., married a Mr. McCabe, lived in Buffalo and had the following family – Rita, James (Unmarried), Gerry, and Nora who married an O’Dowd. (viii)Gerald Griffin (son of Michael) married Joan (Hannie) Long, Turraree on April 19th 1932 (Pictured on wedding day 19th April 1932) and had the following family -: Griffin Gerald wedding, 19th April 1932.

(i).Michael (Mike) Griffin.

(ii).Mary Griffin.

(iii).Nora Griffin.

(iv).Gerry Griffin.

(i).Michael (Mike) Griffin  was another who had to endure the heartache of taking the emigrant ship, Griffin Mike in U.S. Army 1950's the S.S. America to the U.S in June 1954. His father and Jimmy Reidy took him to Cobh the night before and he could still hear the bells of Cobh Cathedrial ringing in his ears as he sailed out the Atlantic. Michael took up residency at Kings Park, New York from where he was drafted into the U.S. army in 1956 spending one and a half years in Germany. Michael worked at the Kings Park Psychiatric Centre until his retirement in 1988. He joined the Kevin Barry Division No. 3, Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1968 and in 1997 was honoured as Hibernian of the year by his fellow brothers. Michael and his wife Barbara McWilliams(American born but whose parents came from Co. Carlow) have three children – Michael Griffin, Rosemary Griffin and Joan Griffin. The family have visited Ireland on numerous occasions, one such visit being in 2008 where they had a meeting of the clan so to speak. Because of this get together, the family produced a beautiful Gregorian calendar for 2009 depicting not alone family generation shots but stunning scenery photography to boot. Michael was a member of the successful Glenagragra Dramatic Class and wren boy-group of the early 1950’s. (ii)Mary Griffin spent some time in New York before returning to live in Ireland. She married Ronan Spelman R.I.P. 2002 and went to live in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.                   Griffin Gerald & Ronan Spellman                                                                                                                                                                

 Ronan Spelman on ground with father in law Gerald Griffin on hay.

Nora Griffin married Moss Culhane, Ballyguiltenane most of whose family have flown the nest. Griffin Mary, Nora & B. Quille

Left – Mary Griffin & sister Nora with 1st cousin Bridie Quille R.I.P. November 2012 centre.

  Gerry Griffin who remained single in life inherited the home farm, which is now under plantation. Gerry tells me that Jimeen Carroll’s father in Blaine erected the hay-barn at the west of the house in 1922. Jimeen was just 8yrs of age at the time and would help his father doing odds and ends.           Griffin Gerrys car

Gerry Griffin’s first car, a brand new Ford Angia 1964.

(ix)Johanna (Hannie) Griffin (daughter of Michael) born 1892, a renowned fiddle player married her neighbour Jimmy Long 1890-1973, Turraree and had the following family – (i)Mary Long who married J.P.Collins, Publican, Colbert St., Athea, son of Pat Collins, Knocknagorna. The pub was originally owned by Dan Martin Liston, Dirreen. Dr. McGrath, Mairead’s father had the pub after that, prior to the Collins’ taking over. On October 22nd 1994 Mary and J.P. received an award from Limerick Co. Council in conjunction with Tidy Towns competition for being the best kept business premises in Athea. (ii)Jerry Long, Clounleharde. Jerry married Cathy O’Sullivan, daughter of Tom Sullivan and Margaret Egan from Dromagarraun. Jerry died May 19th 2004. His wife Cathy died Sept 2008. Cathy’s brother Liam died June 15th 1994. For more information on the Sullivan family see B.R.J. 1988 p145, an article written by Eileen O’Riordan, Clounleharde. (iii)Mike Long emigrated to the U.S.A.  He married Betty Moran whose parents came from Athea. I think Mike and herself were 1st cousins. Mike was a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the 1940’s/50’s. (iv)Seamus Long in the home place. Seamus is married to Maureen Reidy, Ballyhahill, daughter of Bill Reidy and have the following family – Liam Long married Angela Normile, Knockdown, August 6th 1990 daughter of Tom ‘Roger’ Normile. John Long married Noreen Dalton Carrickerry, June 30th 2000. Noreen’s aunt Tess was married to Denny Walker, Rooskagh. Micheal Long. Several poetry submissions by Michael to the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journals during the 1980’s.


Johanna (Hannie) Griffin Long died on December 30th 1980. Jimmy Long died November 10th 1973 aged 73yrs.

Jimmy Long was the son of Jerry Long, Turraree and Marie Danaher, Ardagh. Jerry Long was born in 1859 and died Nov 27th 1927. His father’s name was Tom Long. Marie Danaher was born 1864 and died April 10th 1907. Jerry and Marie had the following family – 

(1) Johanna (Hannie) Long who married the aforementioned Gerald Griffin, Glenagragra. Hannie died June 2nd 2000. Gerald died Jan 25th 1980.

(2) Jimmy Long, Turraree. (see above)

(3) Mary Long.

Mary Long went to Dublin and married Sean Lynch from around Lyrecrompane, Co. Kerry. They lived in Marino in the northside of the city. (Marino made famous by John Sheahan of the Dubliner’s ballad group with his composition of ‘ ”The Marino Waltz’. One of their daughters Marie Lynch joined the nun’s. Lynch Mary, Marino, Dublin, niece of Hannie Griffin

Maria Lynch.

(4)Jerry Long

Jerry Long moved back to Lyrecrompane. R.I.P. March 2nd 1985. His daughter Bridie Long R.I.P. married her neighbour Joe ‘The Kerryman’ Quille and they live at O’Malley Park, Limerick City. One son, Tommy Quille, the quiz-man in the Ballyguiltenane and Athea Rural Journal’s..


(5) Bridie Long.

Bridie Long emigrated to the U.S.A. She married Jimmy Feighan came home to Co. Armagh to live, no family. Bridie died February 1975.

(6) Margaret Long.

Margaret Long emigrated to the U.S.A. where she married a Mr.Corrigan from Co. Roscommon. Margaret died at 37yrs of age.

(7) John (Jack) Long

John Long emigrated to the U.S.A., remained single and went to his eternal reward circa 1956. His remains were brought back home to Ireland. Tom Barrett’s hearse from Athea, driven by John Liston (husband of ‘Pixie’) met the remains at Shannon airport. Tony O’Connor who was married to my aunt Joan Lynch was the hackneyman used by the Griffin’s.John was buried in Murhur cemetery.

(8) Michael Long.

Michael Long emigrated to the U.S.A. I think he married a Moran girl from Athea.


Following the death of his wife Marie Danaher, (who was only 33yrs of age) Jerry Long re-married to Bridget Faley, Glasha, aunt of the renowned poet and author, Paddy Faley of Glenbawn. There was no issue from the 2nd marriage.


 (x) Michael Griffin (son of Michael) was a member of An Garda Siochana and lived at 12, Friar St, Youghall, Co. Cork. Griffin Family Cork, Brother of Gerald where he was stationed. Michael married Nell Barrett, Knocknagorna and had the following family – Colette Griffin joined the nuns. She died May 16th 1974 age 33yrs. Noreen Griffin married Stephen Pearse, an Englishman and lives in London. Eileen Griffin emigrated to Australia and remained single. Dora Griffin, unmarried and living in Cork. Michael Griffin died on January 21st 1989. His wife Nell Barrett died circa 2003. (xi)Margaret (Peg) Griffin (daughter of Michael) married Bill Faley, Glasha and both lived in Athea village without issue. Peg died December 23rd 1985. Griffin Mary, Mike, Hannie Peg & Bill Faley 1982

 Left – Mary Griffin Spelman, Mike Griffin, Hannie Griffin, Peg Griffin Faley & Bill Faley.

(xii)(Paddy Griffin (son of Michael) married Delia O’Connell, Publican, Listowel and lived in their premises at 50 Church St. (No family) Paddy died September 4th 1955 age 75yrs.


Griffin's Horse & Trap 1950's. Gerald. Hannie & Nora Griffin Flavin Molly & Griffin Hannie 1950's

Gerald Griffin, Mary & Hanny in trap 1950’s.  Hannie right with Mollie Flavin her neighbour.

Griffin Mary, Nora & Gerry griffin g 2

Left- Mary, Nora & Gerry Griffin 1950’s. Gerry going for donkey derby 1940’s.

Griffin's, Glenagragra,1945. Mother, Mike, Gerry, Mary Griffin & Eileen Adams cousin  Griffin Hannie, Gerry & Mary

Left – Ellen Adams friend, Mike, Gerry, Mary and mother Hannie 1945. (2nd) Pic – Hannie, Gerry & Mary 1940’s.

Griffin Gerry on pony & Mary late 1940's Griffin Gerald & son Mike 1950's

Gerry & Mary Griffin 1940’s.   Gerald pouring milk into tank and son Mike 1950’s.

Griffin Gerald,Hannie,Peg & Mary Griffin1963 Faley Paddy & Griffin Mike 1985

Left –  Mary Griffin Normoyle, Peg Griffin Faley, Hannie & Gerald 1963. Paddy Faley & Mike Griffin 1985.

Griffin Gerald & Hannie at Kate Kearney's Griffin Gerald & Family 1952, Mick, Gda in Cork

Gerald & Hannie at Kate Kearney’s, Co. Kerry.   Gerald, Hannie, Mary, Nora, Gerry & Gda Mick Griffin 1952.


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 Teresa 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. Years after I drew turf out of the bog for the said Bill Kiely. Bill had two brothers, John and Stephen who was the youngest. Sperrin’s Hill was immortalised in verse by Michael Mulvihill, Ballygoughlin and printed in theBallyguiltenane Rural Journal ( B.R.J.) 1988 p112. griffins 2007 2

Griffin homestead 2007.

griffins road 2007

Roadway to Griffins 2007.


Griffin farmyard 2012.


Entrance to Griffin’s 2012.


Roadway down 2012.


Roadway on to Kerryline 2012.


View of Flavin’s/Connell’s from Griffin’s yard. 2012.


(ii) Bridget (Bid) Griffin.

(ii) Brigid (Bid) Griffin born circa 1850 daughter of Patrick Griffin (1) & Mary Feury) Bridget married Dan Liston, Dirreen and had the following family -: Tom, Mick, Paddy, Dan, Mary, Nell, and Bridget Liston. Their son Tom Liston who was married to his neighbour Kit Shine became the parents of the notable footballer and athlete Dan Tom Liston.

(iii) Mary Griffin.

Mary Griffin born circa 1853,  (daughter of Patrick Griffin (1) & Mary Feury) married James Reidy, Knockdown and had the following family -: Patrick J. Reidy, Knockdown. Jim Reidy, Glin. Kit Reidy, Turraree. Hannah Reidy, U.S.A. Elizabeth (Lil) Reidy, U.S.A.

(iv) James Griffin.

(iv) James Griffin (son of Patrick 1 & Mary Feury) lived in some part of Co. Kerry.  (v) William Griffin. (v)William Griffin, (son of Patrick 1 & Mary Feury) lived in either Co. Kerry or Co. Limerick, Ballyculhane if I’m not mistaken.  (vi) Timothy (Thade) Griffin. (vi) Timothy (Thade) Griffin (son of Patrick 1 & Mary Feury) lived in Ballygoughlin and died there on 19-3-1951. He is interred in Kilfergus cemetery Timothy had a son Paddy Griffin who worked for C.I.E. collecting parcels etc from the trains and delivering them throughout the county. Paddy lived on the outskirts of Tarbert but later moved into St. Patrick’s Tce in the village itself. Paddy died October 20th 1975 age 65yrs.  (vii) Johanna Griffin. (vii) Johanna Griffin, (daughter of Patrick 1 & Mary Feury) b. 3/11/1873. No further information on Johanna. (viii) Patrick (Patsy) Griffin. (viii) Patrick (Patsy) Griffin (son of Patrick 1 & Mary Feury) lived in Glenagragra and married Mary Barrett, Knocknagorna daughter of a Mr. Barrett and a Ms. Hayes. 1901 Census for Patrick Griffin & Mary Barrett as follows –





Relation to head


Griffin Patrick 45 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 41 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin Patt 12 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin William 11 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Ellen 8 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Kate 8 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin John 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Michael 5 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Bridget 4 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Margaret 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 69 Female Mother Roman Catholic
Griffin Timothy 28 Male Brother Roman Catholic

  1911 Census for same family as follows –





Relation to head


Griffin Patrick 56 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 51 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin William 21 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Ellen 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin John 17 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Michael 15 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Margaret 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Elizabeth 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Johanna Mary 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 82 Female Mother Roman Catholic

Family from above union as follows -:

(1) Pat Griffin.

(2) Bill Griffin.

(3) Mick Griffin.

(4) Lil Griffin.

(5) Kit Griffin.

(6) Nell Griffin.

(7) Josie Griffin.

(8) Margaret (Peg) Griffin.

(9) Jack Griffin 1894-1980.

(10) Bridget (Delia) Griffin.

(1)Pat Griffin (son of Patsy) went to live in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. He probably was left the place by either his uncle James Griffin or William Griffin.   (2)Bill Griffin, (3) Mick Griffin and (4) Lil Griffin (of Patsy) all emigrated to Chicago.   (5) Kit (daughter of Patsy) who remained single in life went to live in Waterford.She spent much of her time at home in Glenagragra. My father Ned Langan knew her well.   6) Nell Griffin (daughter of Patsy) married Paddy O’Connor also went to live in Waterford. Nell and Kit Griffin were twins. The O’Connor family still live in the Waterford area.   (7)Josie Griffin (daughter of Patsy) emigrated to London, England where she married Harry Pike.   (8)Margaret (Peg) Griffin (daughter of Patsy) married Maurice O’Connell and lived in Glensharrold. Maurice was a creamery manager in Ardagh. They had a son Patrick who emigrated to England and two daughters one of whom Kathleen, joined the nuns. The other daughter Myra married Mathew Broderick in Duagh, Co. Kerry. Paddy Faley and I had the pleasure of paying Margaret a visit back in the early 1990’s. Copy of Langan George at Peg Connell's

Home of Peg Griffin Connell, Glensharrold.

Photo 1980’s.

 Griffin Jack, Glenagragra (9)Jack Griffin (pictured)  R.I.P. April 15th 1980, (son of Patsy) inherited the home place in Glenagragra and married Mary (Mollie) O’Connell R.I.P. October 17th 1993, daughter of Con Connell, Glenbawn and Johanna Dillon, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Family from that union as follows -:   Patrick (Patjo) Griffin, (son of Jack) Athea. Joined the Christian Brothers but later left. He is currently living in Athea village.   Josephine (Ciss) Griffin, (daughter of Jack) Galway. Joined the nuns but later left. Gerald Griffin, London.   Margaret (Peg) Griffin, (daughter of Jack) Athea. Joined the nuns but later left. She married Edsie O’Connor, Athea and ran a Post Office there until her retirement on January 11th 2008 serving the people for over 40yrs.   Christopher Griffin, (son of Jack) Banna, Co. Kerry.   Elizabeth (Lil) Griffin, (daughter of Jack)  Galway. Joined the nuns but left sometime later.   John (Jackie) Griffin, (son of Jack) Glenagragra. Jackie who has remained single inherited the family farm in Glenagragra. griffins 2007

Roadway by Jack Griffin’s, this road is known locally as ‘the new road’.

Photo 2007.


Con O’Connell and Johanna Dillon had the following family -:


(1) Con O’Connell.

(2) Mary (Molly) O’Connell.

(3) Madge O’ Connell, Glenbawn. R.I.P. May 4th 1983.

(4) Hannah O’Connell.

    Con O’Connell lived in New York and San Francisco. He was a renowned fiddle player and I was fortunate enough not alone to meet up with him but to have played a few tunes with the maestro himself on one of his visits to Glenagragra. (See also Langan John, Cahara)   Mary (Mollie) O’Connell married Jack Griffin above.   Madge O’Connell was married to Paddy Scanlon, Lisreidy, Ballyhahill. Paddy worked at Turraree creamery for years giving out the ‘back milk’ to the suppliers. (the term ‘back milk’ when the cream is seperated from the fresh milk)   Hanna O’Connell married Willie Aherne, Dirreen nephew to the two famous athletes Dan and Tim Aherne. They had a family of eight, two boys and six girls.   Johanna Dillon’s mother was a Ms. Moloney.   (10)Bridget (Delia) Griffin. (Daughter of Patsy) Bridget emigrated to London and married a Mr. McKnigh there. (ix) George Griffin. (ix) George Griffin.(son of Patrick & Mary Feury) Born circa 1870. No information to date on George.



William (Billy) Griffin (2) b circa 1820/30.

(as per Griffiths Valuation 1851)

  William (Billy) Griffin married Mary Higgins from Glasha in the 1860’s. Mary was either a sister or aunt to Con Higgins, Glasha and probably the same relation to the Ellen Higgins as in Griffith’s Valuation of 1852. Family from that union as follows -:

(1) William Griffin.

(2) Margaret Griffin.

(3) Mary (Mane) Griffin.

(1) William Griffin, b. 1862 (son of William Griffin & Mary Higgins) was married to Nora Sheahan, The Mall, Glin. They were both schoolteachers in Ballyguiltenane, William taking up his employment there as headmaster circa 1891 and remained there until his retirement in circa 1927. His assistant at the time was Timothy Casey. William’s wife Nora was head female teacher there for some years previous as per Postal Directory of Munster for Glin 1886. William and Nora travelled to school each day by pony and trap. Paddy Faley tells me that he received one penny from William on his first day at school and Paddy’s brother Bill received twopence for bringing him. This was a custom William had introduced during his time teaching there in an effort to encourage the enrolment of new pupils. Paddy also informed me that after making his 1st communion in Glin in 1926 he had his breakfast in the hoapitable home of the said William and Nora.  Says Paddy, ‘in her generosity it was her custom to take the boys in Ballyguiltenane into her hospitable home for breakfast on their 1st Communion day. William and Nora had one son Joseph Griffin who was a professor in Dublin. Joseph remained single in life. He had a house in Glin, which he left either to the Church or to some other religious order. This house was situated on Main St. which was probably the family home at one time although Paddy Faley is of the opinion that the family home was where Dick ‘Mara’ Fitzgerald later lived. William Griffin died April 23rd 1936 age 74yrs. flavins 2007 2

Bill Flavin’s in foreground with O’Connors in background formerly Billy Griffin’s.

Photo 2007.


(2) Margaret Griffin (daughter of William Griffin & Mary Higgins) inherited the home place and married Tom O’Connor, Duncaha, Tarbert. Tom did a ‘cliamhain isteach’, married into the Griffin place. 1901 Census for Thomas & Maggie as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
O’Connor Thomas 43 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
O’Connor Maggie 34 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary 68 Female Mother in Law Roman Catholic
Higgins James 17 Male Servant Roman Catholic

(James Higgins listed being the son of Con, Glashapullagh)

1911 Census for said family –





Relation to head


O’ Connor Thomas 53 Male Head of Family R Catholic
O’ Connor Margaret 45 Female Wife R Catholic
O’ Connor Mary 9 Female Daughter R Catholic
O’ Connor Daniel 6 Male Son R Catholic
O’ Connor Catherine 4 Female Daughter R Catholic
Vaughan Edmond 19 Male Servant R Catholic

Family from Tom & Maggie as follows -:

(i) Catherine (Kit) O’Connor.

(ii) Mary (Molly) O’Connor.

(iii) Dan O’Connor.

(i) Catherine (Kit) O’Connor. (See Feury Mick)   (ii) Mary (Molly O’Connor died at the age of 21yrs. (iii) Dan O’Connor (Connors) married his neighbour Nora (Nonie) Feury, daughter of Tom Feury, Glenagragra. Dan was a holy and devout man and an obliging neighbour, alwaysCopy of o'connor dan ready to lend a hand whenever the occasion arose. I have a vivid recollection of Dan back in the early 1960’s, quarrying for stones on his hill field, that being the field opposite grandfathers. Even though I was only ten or eleven years of age at the time still, I looked forward to listening to Dan as he always had an interesting story to tell. I think he enjoyed my company even if I was a bit of a rascal back then. Dan died September 27th 1972 age 68yrs Family from Dan Connors/Mary Feury union as follows -:


(i) Nora O’Connor.

(ii) Mary O’Connor.

(iii) Tom O’Connor.

(iv) Margaret (Peggy) O’Connor.

(v) Michael (Mikie) O’Connor.

(i) Nora O’Connor was a special needs child and spent much of her life away from her home in Glenagragra. I remember how I used to meet her back in the 1960’s when on my way to the well to fetch some water for my grandparents. The well in question was located to the west of the O’Connor homestead by the side of the little streamlet that flows down to meet the Glasha river by the Kerryline. The same well is still springing crystal clear water to this present day. Nora went to her eternal reward, February 2007. (ii) Mary O’Connor married O’Sullivan and lives at Pallaskenry. (iii) Tom O’Connor spent some time in England and now resides at Pallaskenry. (iv) Margaret (Peggy) O’Connor joined the nuns, her profession bringing her to Kununurra, Western Australia. She has since left the order.o'connor mgt                                                                                          Margaret O’Connor, Glenagragra 1985.


(v) Michael O’Connor inherited the home place and married Nora McMahon from Kilmorna, Co. Kerry. Family from that union as follows -Catherine, Margaret, Danny & Michael O’Connor. o'connor mikie 1998 at brids wedding

Mikie O’Connor son of Dan 1999.

Langan George & O'Connor Tom, Glenagragra 1971

Left – Tom O’Connor son of Dan with George Langan 1971.

Photo taken on a sunday afternoon after 11.30 mass in Athea. See Morris Oxford car HIU-921 the car my father bought from James Horgan, garage in Athea, column changen with bench seat in front, those were the days and nights!…. On right is an Austin Cambridge that replaced the oxford and that took Denny Falahee and myself to Templemore on Feb 23rd 1972, the start of another chapter in the life of yours truly.



Roadway to O’Connor homestead. 2011.

(3) Mary (Mane) Griffin (daughter of William Griffin & Mary Higgins) married her neighbour Dave Connolly, Glenagragra and had three sons – Patsy, Willie, Johnny, and two daughters Mary and Maggie. (See Connolly Family, Glenagragra)



(3) GEORGE GRIFFIN b circa 1820/30

(as per Griffiths Valuation 1851)

  There was a George Griffin along with Connor Carroll jointly paying tithes for 35 acres in Knockdown in 1852 however; neither of their names appears in the 1901 Census for the said townland. George Griffin also had some mountain commonage of 87 acres held jointly with Connor McGrath. This is the same George Griffin as that of Glenagragra. George I believe was married to a Johanna MacGrath a sister to the aforementioned Conor. Further evidence to support that hypothesis is that the McGrath’s gave graves to the Nolan’s in Kilfergus cemetery, Glin. (Margaret Griffin great grand niece of George Griffin was married to Jackie Nolan) In any case, it would appear that George Griffin, Glenagragra had one daughter Johanna and five sons that we know of, one of whom was George Griffin born circa 1856, who inherited the place. This George Griffin who was fluent in Irish and who died circa 1938, married a girl by the name of Peg Doyle.  Peg who hailed from some part of Co. Kerry had the habit of making the following remark – ‘so much done says Peg Doyle after she marrying auld George Griffin’. Whether she meant auld as in old or in some other context, I am not sure, so I cannot say if the said George was actually old when he did marry. 1901 Census for this family –





Relation to head


Griffin George 45 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Griffin Margaret (Doyle) 45 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin John 21 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for this family –





Relation to head


Griffin George 55 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Griffin John 31 Male Son Roman Catholic
Griffin Mary (Dalton) 36 Female Sons Wife Roman Catholic
Griffin Patrick 68 Male Brother Roman Catholic

George’s other brothers were John, Michael, William and Patrick (Patsy) Griffin.  John Griffin and his brother Michael emigrated to New Zealand and by all accounts were extremely friendly there with George Lynch of Glasha (my great granduncle) who had emigrated down under a few years earlier. John Nolan, Ballyhahill, great grand nephew of the said John has in his possession a letter  confirming same. This letter which is dated 1915 was written by John Griffin and posted to his family in Glenagragra. John died in the year 1935 and is buried in New Zealand. Michael Griffin is also interred in his adopted country. An earlier letter home to his kinfolk in Glenagragra John Griffin wrote the following –

Willow Farm,

Te Waewae,

February 26th 1910

‘My dear brother Patrick I have received your letter which gave me great pleasure to know you and brother George and sister Johanna is still living. Brother Michael is dead 14yrs next May. He was married to Mary Mullane, Denis Mullane’s daughter near Athea. They had one daughter, I have not heard from them this last ten years. She lives in the North island. Dear brother Pat my history would be long one and would take a long time to scrawl it down. I started farming in 1882. Brother Michael and myself took 500 acres of land but we sold out about twenty years since. Brother went to the North Island where he settled down in a farm and I remained in the south island. I took up 600 acres of first class land but I may state it was all bush and the railway is now through it. Te Waewae station is in my place and we have also built a Chapel in my place and also a Dairy Factory. I have six children, three boys and three girls. My oldest John is 20 past, George is 18 past, Gerald is 16 past, Margaret 14 past, Winnie 12 past and Mary 9. John is 6 feet three inches high. My wifes name is Mary Dooley. She hailed from the County Galway. I meet George Lynch, Michael Connors and Mrs John Connors, that is Kate Connell, they are all well and very well off. They are making about £1,500 a year. Cousin Pat Culhane, wife and family are all well and doing well. I had a letter from cousin Michael Griffin the same time as yours. I never meet any persons newly out from home. The latest I met was Father Hunt from Athea he held a Mission in our Chapel. He was the best missioner I ever heard. I hope you will let me know how things are. How is sister Johanna situated I have not heard much for years. New Zealand is a good country for any study person. Farmers have to pay men 25 to 30 shillings a week. I found saw mills and flax mills as high as 12 shillings per day and girls get from 12 to 25 shillings per week and get half day off every Wednesday. This is nice climate we don’t get much frost or snow in this part we are living on the banks of the Pacific Ocean. I did not know brother William was dead. Dear brother I must conclude by wishing you and brother George and sister Johanna and all my friends a long and happy life. I would like a trip home but the journey is so long. Good Bye dear brother and sister. Address J Griffin, Farmer, Te Waewae, Southisland, N.Z. In another letter dated Sept 8th 1913 he went on to say how much the family appreciated the presents that they received by post from Glenagragra. ‘It was very thoughtfull of you to send such nice keepsakes’. He was very bad with rheumatism and himself and the wife went to Dunedin 200 miles away for a change. The last twelve months was the wettest he had seen in New Zealand for the 37 yrs he had been there. He plants about 12 acres of potatoes a year. He has a digging machine that could dig about 3 acres a day if he had the hands to pick them. He hadn’t seen George Lynch for awhile but he’ll be going to see him soon. He knows where he lives as he was there about 30 yrs ago. He met George at Invercargill Cattle Show. ‘George lives 70 miles from me’. Pat Culhane and wife were doing well, they are farming 200 acres and they had a daughter in the convent. He went on to say ‘ tell cousin Kate Carroll, Jim Carroll never came to New Zealand, I heard he was in Victoria some years since I heard.’ There wasn’t many around him in NZ from the old place but amongst his neighbours there was a fair sprinkle of Irish. The parish priest had five chapels in his parish which was over 20 sq miles one of the chapels being in his place. There was a mission starting in the parish and the parish priest would be staying with him next week. He finished up by once again thanking them for the presents and thanked God for all the kind mercies to them all. Patrick (Patsy) Griffin b Knockdown c1842 emigrated to the U.S. Following the death of his wife, Patsy returned to Glenagragra and lived on in the family home with his brother George until his death in 1929. (Patrick and George as in the above letters).  Patrick Griffin was a God parent for some of Jim Feury’s children who were baptised in Glin. George Griffin and Peg Doyle had a son Jack Griffin who was known to all and sundry as ‘Jack George’ Griffin, R.I.P. 1960. Jack married Mary Dalton, Glasha, sister of James Dalton and had one daughter Margaret (Maggie) Griffin. Margaret (Maggie) married Jack Nolan from Lisreidy, Ballyhahill. Jack did a ‘cliamhain isteach’, married into the Glenagragra place for a short period of time may I add as he had the farm in Lisreidy bought but a dwelling house had yet to be built there. Jack Nolan had returned from the US having worked there from 1926-1934 during such time he saved enough money to purchase the said farm in Lisreidy. Saving money in America at that time couuldn’t be easy, in fact it was some feat to accomplish as that was the era of the recession and the banks at that time weren’t the safest places to stach any hard earned dough. Jack Nolan and his wife Maggie were great friends with my grand-parents, Paddy & Babe Langan. In fact it was the said Jackie Nolan that nominated my grandfather Paddy Langan to contest the 1942 Co Council election on behalf of the Labour party to which he was elected. (See Dalton’s of Glasha) Maggie died March 24th 1990. Her husband Jack Nolan died July 1st 1986. The Nolan’s were originally from the Moyvane area of Co. Kerry. They were known as the gay Nolan’s, gay as in jolly. Jack Nolan’s father was Johnny and his grandfather was Mike Nolan. Jack had a brother Mike Nolan who was known as ‘The Pope’ Nolan. The fact that he acquired that title had nothing whatsoever to do with religion, the truth being, that a child  he was helping to pronounce some word of similar sounding had some difficulty in doing so. Whatever the word was all the child could say was ‘pope’ and so it stuck to the said Mike. griffin georges 2007

Trees in background where the Griffin home once stood. Photo 2007.



(With a Langan/Woods connection)

Feury’s also at the following site –

A special thanks to Mary King, Australia and Pat Feury, Portland, Maine  U.S.A. for their part in researching many of the Feury/Dillane families. Mary is a relative of the said  Feury’s.

See also

Another family name with various spellings such as – Fury, Fuery, Furey and Feury. For this research, we will go with the latter. The Feury’s it would seem came from Lakyle North, Labasheeda, Co. Clare lose enough to the same place as the Griffin’s. There is no mention of the family in Glenagragra, Dromreask or Ballyguiltenane under Griffith’s Valuation. They must have arrived sometime after the valuation years of the 1850’s. In fact, Thomas Michael ‘Buddeen’ Feury told me that the Feury’s got their Glenagragra farm from the Landlord, Goggin, but so did everyone else in the locality, originally, I suppose. As previously stated the Griffin family had arrived in Glenagragra ahead of their neighbours, the Feurys and it is my belief that a match was made between the aforementioned Mary Feury (See Griffin Family, Glenagragra) and Patrick Griffin with the Feury’s being given part of the Griffin farm as part of the said match. If one looks at the topography (viewing from the top of Feury’s hill) of both the Griffin farm and the two Feury farm’s, you will see my point of view. (The Feury farm was later sub-divided between two sons).

feury's hill 1988

THE FEURY & GRIFFINS FARMS, GRIFFIN’S ON LEFT, JACK FEURY’S CENTRE & ‘BUDEEN FEURY’S ON RIGHT. The direct Glenagragra Feury line is somewhat indistinct in so far as to who was the father of James Feury. Buddy Feury always told me that himself, Buddy and Jack Feury were 2nd cousins, therefore their respective fathers Mick Feury & Tom Feury were 1st cousins and their fathers in turn were brothers they being  James(Jim) Feuty and Thomas Feury. However, on this day April 4th 2013 it seems that Mary King has finally unravelled the said line as per the following e-mail –

Hi George and Pat,
Wonderful news.  As we know marriage entry for Thomas and Hanora Kelly, his father was Thomas and so that confirms James’ father as Thomas.  So Patrick should be father of Johanna. The O’Connors always believed that Hanora married to Denis Mulvihill was an aunt. So it must have been she and my Mary  were Thomas’ and James’ first  cousins. Margaret Feury exists as she was godmother for the William Dillane’s and Mary’s second daughter Mary. We think she is the one, who became Sister Mary Rosario or Sister Mary Ligouri.
Sinon (John) exists in the 1911 Census, he is at Lackyle with the family and the head of the household Michael Francis Feury ( my Mary’s nephew)  says he is 72 and a cousin.  I know in the same year he went before a magistrate, I think for being drunk.  There was a penalty imposed, but they did not take the Age Pension off him.  I will see what details the Age Pension records hold. 
Bye for Now,
So there we have it. Prior to this Mary King and Pat Feury were working on the following theory that  James was born in 1837 and both he and Thomas descended from a Thomas.  Because Thomas was a father on Thomas’ wedding certificate.  Also James’ eldest son was a Thomas. They suspect their mother may have been a Bridget Griffin.  As for Mary Feury married to Patrick Griffin, she could also have Thomas as her father, but it is possible that they are looking at a father, called Michael, as Thomas as a christian name appeared later down the line.

They suspected that James’ and Thomas’ father died young and all the children were raised at Lackyle North.  This is because the Scanlon/ Feury  line, were surprised, because the descendants of Thomas married to Hanora Kelly referred to Hanora married to Denis Mulvihill always as an aunt.  Her wedding certificate shows her father was James. Pat Feury & Mary King have outlined Generation 1,2,3 & 4 as follows –

Generation 1

1. THOMAS FEURY was born about 1770. He died in 1860 in Lackyle Co. Clare Ireland. Thomas Feury had the following children:  i. JAMES FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ) was born in 1801 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He died on 10 Nov 1871 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He married MARGARET CARMODY? in 1838 in County Clare. She was born in 1803 in County Clare. ii.  THOMAS FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare.  iii. LIVING FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ).

Generation 2

i. JAMES FEURY (son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1801 in Lackyle, Co. Clare, Ireland. He died on 10 Nov 1871 in Lackyle, Co. Clare, Ireland. James Feury married MARGARET CARMODY? in 1838 in County Clare Ireland. She was born in 1803 in County Clare. James Feury and Margaret Carmody? had the following children:

Generation 3

(i). MARY FEURY (daughter of James Feury and Margaret Carmody?) was born in 1839 in Lakyle North, Co. Clare Ireland. She died after 1914. She married WILLIAM DILLANE in 1860 in County Clare Ireland. He was born in 1817 in Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He died on 25 Oct 1914 in Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick.

Mary died circa 1914. She  married William Dillane, Kinnard, Glin circa 1863. William died October 25th 1914. William was a farmer. The Dillane’s, (O’Duilleain’s) were a native Irish speaking family. Mary Feury & William Dillane had the following family of 8:

Generation 4

i. MARGARET DILLANE (daughter of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 11 Dec 1861 in Kinard, Co. Limerick. She died in Glin Co. Limerick. She married JOHN STACKPOOL on 14 Feb 1888 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin,  son of Phillip Stackpool and Bridget Dillane. He was born on 04 Oct 1866 in Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 20 Mar 1901 in Kinnard, Glin, Co. Limerick,. ii. MARY ANN DILLANE (daughter of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 09 Nov 1863 in Kinard, near  Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 30 Jun 1938 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia . She married PATRICK JOSEPH DONNELLY on 15 Jul 1888 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, son of Thomas Donnelly and Winifred Bourke. He was born on 20 Feb 1867 in Varna, Co. Galway. He died on 22 Feb 1920 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. iii. JAMES DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 11 Apr 1864 in Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 25 Mar 1950 in Kinard, Limerick. He married ANNE CULHANE on 02 Jun 1895 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin10, daughter of Daniel Culhane and Eliza (Bess) Mulvihill, Killeaney. She was born on 04 Jan 1870 in Killeaney, Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 13 Dec 190 in Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick. This was Eliza’s second marriage having being previously married to Paddy McBoy (McCoy), Killeaney. James and Anne Dillane are interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. Family from James and Anne Dillane as follows: (i) Michael Dillane who married Ellen Sheahan, Ballinagoul, Glin. Mick was a noted gaelic footballer in his day. He died May 15th 1990 age 95yrs. (Michael & Ellen had a son Jimmy Dillane who married Brigid Carr.) See B.R.J. 1993/4 p80. (ii) Mary (Minnie) Dillane who married Thomas Fitzgerald, The Mall, Glin. (iii) Tom Dillane emigrated to the U.S.A. and married a Mary Mulvihill whose father came from Killeaney, Glin. (iv) Dan Dillane emigrated to the U.S and remained single in life. (v) Willie Dillane emigrated to the U.S. and remained single in life. (See also Kate Woods, born March 24th 1866.) iv. THOMAS FEURY DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 16 Jul 1865 in Kinard, Co. Limerick.  He died on 28 Apr 1934 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  He married (1) ANNE TREHY on 11 Nov 1888 in Cairns, Queensland Australia,  daughter of Thomas Trehy and Mary Quinlan. She was born on 16 Sep 1868 in Fethard, Tipperary Ireland. . She died on 19 Oct 1902 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He married (2) ROSE GERTRUDE CROXFORD on 03 Sep 1906 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. v. MICHAEL DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 20 Mar 1867 in Kinnard, Glin, Co. Limerick. He died in 1932 in Glin Co. Limerick Ireland. He married CATHERINE DORE on 31 Jul 1889 in Glin, Co. Limerick, daughter of James Dore and Margaret Fitzgibbon. She was born on 17 Feb 1868 in Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 09 Jan 1907 in Glin, Co. Limerick. Michael was a tailor by trade. It is thought that Michael & Kate had one child. vi. JOHN FEURY DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 01 Aug 1868 in Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 03 Mar 1913 in Queensland, Australia23. He married MARGARET TREHY on 03 Jan 1891 in Cairns Queensland Australia24, daughter of Thomas Trehy and Mary Quinlan. She was born on 02 Aug 1870 in Fethard, Tipperary Ireland25. She died on 10 Sep 1932 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. vii. WILLIAM DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 04 Feb 1872 in Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 08 Dec 1934 in Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia. More About William Dillane: Immigration: 16 Jul 1902 in Queensland, Australia Burial: 09 Dec 1934 in Chillagoe Cemetery, Queensland, Australia viii. TIMOTHY DILLANE (son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 25 Jan 1874 in Kinard, Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 12 Sep 1886 in Kinard, Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. More About Timothy Dillane: Burial: 13 Sep 1886 in Kilfergus Cemetery Glin Co. Limerick Ireland.  

Generation 3.

MICHAEL F EURY (James2, Thomas1) was born in 1840 in Lackyle Co. Clare. He died in 1905 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He married MARGARET SHEENAN on 25 Feb 1868 in KilmurryMcMahon, Labasheeda, Co. Clare, daughter of Patrick Sheenan and Mary Carmody. She was born in 1842 in Kilmurry McMahon, Labasheeda, Co. Clare. She died on Mar Qtr 1895 in Lackyle North, County Clare. Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan had the following children:

Generation 4.

i. LIVING FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan). She married WILLIAM DOWNS. ii. MARGARET FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 11 May 1871. She died in 1872 in Lackyle Co. Clare. iii. JAMES S. FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1873 in Co. Clare. He died on 03 Mar 1908 in San Francisco, California U.S.A.. More About James S. Feury: Burial: 05 Mar 1908 in Holy Cross Cemetery iv. LIVING FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan). v. MICHAEL FRANCIS FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 26 Sep 1876 in Co. Clare. He died on 19 Jun 1958 in Lackyle, Co. ClareIreland. He  married BARBARA HELENA NIMMO on 21 Dec 1904 in St. Bede’s Church, South Shields, England, daughter of James Shearer Nimmo and Christina Miller. She was born in 1880 in North Shields, England. She died on 07 Mar 1951 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. vi. MARGARET FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 06 Feb 1878 in Co. Clare. She died in 1883 in Lackyle North, County Clare. vii. THOMAS FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 13 Aug 1879 in Co. Clare. He married AGNES HALLORAN. She was born about 1884. viii. NANO FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1883 in Co. Clare. She died on 10 Dec 1926 in County Clare. She married MICHAEL O’BRIEN. He was born in 1886. He died on 10 Jun 1965 in County Clare. ix. DANIEL J. FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1884 in Co. Clare. He died in United States of America. More About Daniel J. Feury: Emigration: 19 Apr 1902 in Ellis Island U.S.A. x. JOHN FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1888 in Co. Clare. He died in United States of America. More About John Feury: Emigration: 27 Apr 1907 in Ellis Island U.S.A. xi. HANNAH FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 29 Aug 1891 in Lackyle, Labasheeda, County Clare (Irish birth certificate 9-30-1891)32. She died in Jun 1983 in Lemont, Du Page, Illinois, United States of America (Silver Cross Hospital)32. She married LIVING HALLORAN. xii. BRIDGET FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in Co. Clare.

Generation 3.

HANORA3 FEURY (James2, Thomas1) was born in 1846 in Lackyle, Co. Clare, Ireland2. She died on 13 May 1934 in Moyvane, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She married DENIS MULVIHILL on 17 Feb 1868 in Labasheeda Catholic Chapel ,Labasheeda, County Clare Ireland, son of Jeremiah Mulvihill and Ellen?. He was born in 1847 in Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. He died on 21 Jul 1926 in Co. Kerry, Ireland3. More About Hanora Feury: Burial: May 1934 in Muhur Cemetery, Moyvane Co. Kerry Ireland More About Denis Mulvihill: Baptism: 03 Dec 1868 Burial: 22 Jul 1926 in Muhur Cemetery, Moyvane Co. Kerry Ireland

Generation 4.

Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury had the following children: i. ELLEN4 MULVIHILL (daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 29 Nov 1868 in Aughrim Movyane, Co. Kerry Ireland33. She died on 28 Sep 1954 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, USA. She married PATRICK SCANLON on 10 May 1887, son of Michael Scanlon and Catherine Enright. He was born on 17 Mar 1865 (Movyane, County Kerry Ireland). He died on 28 Mar 1924 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, USA. ii. MARGARET MARY MULVIHILL (daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) wasborn on 21 Feb 1870 in Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. She died on 18Oct 1938 in Buffalo, New York U.S.A.. She married (1) MARTIN LILLIS in Buffalo, NY34, son of Patrick Lillis and Ann Digidan. He was born on 03 Nov 1868 in Ballynacragga, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland34. He died on 25 Dec 1920 in Buffalo, NY34. She married (2) MICHAEL MCGOWAN. iii. JEREMIAH MULVIHILL (son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 14 Apr 1871 in Aughrim Movyane, Co. Kerry Ireland. He died on 22 Oct 1951 in Dromisk, County Limerick Ireland. He married JOHANNA MULLANE, daughter of Denis Mullane and Johanna Scanlon. She was born in 1867 in Athea County Limerick Ireland. She died on 21 Jul 1932 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick Ireland35. iv. MARY MULVIHILL (daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 31 Aug 1872 (Aughrim, Movyane, County Kerry Ireland). She married NICHOLAS MULVIHILL on 19 Feb 1898, son of Thomas Mulvihill and Margaret ?. v. PATRICK MULVIHILL (son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 30 Mar1874 in Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland36. He died on 17 Dec 1964 in Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He married MARY ELLEN GALLAGHER in 1902, daughter of Edward Gallagher and Mary McMahon. She was born on 11 Sep 1873 in Co. Cork Ireland36. She died on 13 Mar 1943 in Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. In the 1901 census, Patrick was a tailor by trade and living in Labasheeda. However by 1911 he was married and living in Glin working in the same profession. Patrick & Mary had 9 children many of whom died very young. Of those who lived, include Thomas Mulvihill who died May 30th 1958. Edward Mulvihill b. 1904, married Bridget Fitzmaurice in New York. Bridget was born in Moyvane. Denis Mulvihill, b. 1905, died November 12th, 1980 at Glin, Patrick Mulvihill, b. November 14th 1905, died December 24th 1983, Jeremiah Mulvihill, b. 1910, died October 23rd, 1961 in New York and Mary Mulvihill, b. 1911 and died July 19th 1992. Mary married James O’Carroll and both are interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. They had one son that we know of Patrick O’ Carroll who married and had two sons – Denis & Seamus. vi. LIVING MULVIHILL (son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury). vii. DENIS MULVIHILL (son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 29 May 1877 in Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. He married BRIDGET FLYNN?. More About Denis Mulvihill: Baptism: 31 May 1877 in Movyane. Viii. Nora Mulvihill (daughter of  Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) born November 2nd 1878 in Aughrim – married Dan Windle, Glenalappa, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. (See James Lynch below). 1911 census for (iii) above –





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Mulvihill Jeremiah 40 Male Head of Family Catholic
Mulvihill Johanna (Mullane) 44 Female Wife Catholic
Mulvihill Hanna 7 Female Daughter Catholic
Mulvihill Denis 52 Male Son Catholic
Mulvihill Mary 4 Female Daughter Catholic
Mulvihill Patt 3 Male Son Catholic
Mulvihill Honorah 1 Female Daughter Catholic
Mullane Johanna 88 Female Mother in Law Catholic
Mc Inerny Thomas 21 Male Servant Catholic

James Lynch 1915-2000.

My uncle, James Lynch, Leitrim middle, Moyvane, Co. Kerry (son of George) was left the farm in Leitrim Middle by his uncle granduncle Dan Culhane who had no family. He was only seven years of age when he left his home in Glasha to take up his inheritance in Leitrim Middle. James married Kathy Windle from Leitrim East, Moyvane, daughter of Dan Windle R.I.P. 1952 and Nora Mulvihill R.I.P. 1964 of Glenalappa, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. This Nora Mulvihill was a sister to Jer Mulvihill who was the father of Denny Jer Mulvihill, Dromreask, Glin. Denny Jer was married to Dora Barrett, Athea. Kathy Windle had a sister Mary Windle who emigrated to the U.S. and died in 1995 age 83yrs. She is buried in Murhur cemetery, Moyvane with her father and mother. Mary was married to Frank Murphy, born in Rochester in the 1930’s and died c1950. They separated after a few years and had no family. My aunt Joan stayed a few days in Rochester N.Y. in 1950 when she was on her way to Chicago and spent a night at the home of Mary Windle Murphy. Kathy had a brother Denny who went to his eternal reward in 1982. James Lynch died on Monday Sept 25th 2000. His wife, Kathy went to her eternal reward on March 18th 2006.


Generation 2

LIVING FEURY (daughter of James Feury and Margaret Carmody?).   ? FEURY (son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare Ireland and had the following child MARY FEURY born in 1832 in Lackyle or Labasheeda Co. Clare Ireland. She died after 1911 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick This Mary Feury married PATRICK GRIFFIN about 1850 in County Clare Ireland. He was born in 1825 in County Clare Ireland. He died in Glenagragra Co. Limerick, Ireland. ? FEURY (son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare Ireland. ? Feury, b. Lakyle North, Labasheeda. This girl became a nun. Was she Bridget Feury ? No further information on this girl to date. For the remainder of this family research  I will concentrate on Jim (James) Feury and his brother Thomas Feury, both of Glenagragra



(Son of Thomas)

The first Feury family in Glenagragra or should I say in the locality (apart from the Mary Feury that was married to Patrick Griffin) that I know of was James (Jim) Feury. The reason I say the locality is that prior to relocating to Glenagragra, many of Jim’s children were born in Clounleharde, in Park to be precise at the home of his wifes people, the O’Donnell’s. His name first appeared in the Clounleharde Voter’s List circa 1886 but many of the families on that list were actually living in the area from 1860 onwards. Jim was born in the 1837 at Lakyle North, Labasheeda, Co Clare and died in Glenagragra circa 1917. His father was called ? and his grandfather was Thomas Feury. Jim  married Joan O’Donnell, Park, Clounleharde at the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill in 1858. Joan was born in Dromreask, Glin in 1838 and died at Glenagragra in 1891. (Did the O’Donnell’s live in Dromreask for a time?) 1901 Census as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury James 64 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 27 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Feury Michael 23 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Richard 20 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 2 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Normile Thomas Male Grand Son Roman Catholic

(For Mary Normile see Mary Feury at (7) below) For the 1911 Census Jim Feury’s son Mick Feury had taken over –





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Head of Family

Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic

Family from Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell above as follows:

(1) Tom Feury.

(2) Patrick James Feury.

(3) Bridget Feury.

(4) John Feury.

(5) Johanna Feury.

(6) James Feury.

(7) Mary Feury.

(8) Michael Feury.

(9) Richard Feury.

The Godparents for the above family baptised in Glin as follows –  Patrick Griffin,  Bridget Griffin, Michael Griffin, Mary Griffin & Thomas Griffin..James Reidy, Knockdown also stood for some of them..(Mary Griffin born circa 1853, daughter of Patrick Griffin (1) & Mary Feury) was married to James Reidy)
1901 census for Reidy’s, Knockdown.





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Reidy James 52 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Reidy Mary (Griffin) 48 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Reidy Patt 22 Male Son Roman Catholic
Reidy Nora 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Kate 15 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Lizzy 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy James 5 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for same family.





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Reidy James 69 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Reidy Mary (Griffin) 60 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Reidy Patrick 33 Male Son Roman Catholic
Reidy Catherine 25 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Elizabeth 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy James 15 Male Son Roman Catholic

(1) Tom Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, 1860 and died December 10th 1934, Jersey City, U.S.A.. He emigrated to the U.S. and on November 9th 1882  he married Margaret O’Sullivan who was a native of Tinnakilla, Ballyhahill. Margaret died October 25th 1932 at Jersey City. They reared a family of seventeen or eighteen as follows – Mary Feury, born October 28th 1889 and died April 1969 in Jersey City. Mary it would appear remained single in life. Ellen Feury (Sr,Aedan) Feury, born in jersey City, joined the nuns and died October 21th 1982 at Montclair. New jersey.. Peter Feury born June 16th 1894 and died March 1978 in New Jersey. Richard Feury, born December 26th 1891 and died in April 1973 in Jersey City. Richard was married to Margaret Susan O’Connor from Kanturk, Co. Cork. Margaret Feury, born May 9th 1898 and died October 15th 1968 in Jersey City. George Feury, born c1902 and died August 1962 in new Jersey. George was married and had a family. James Feury ,born Portland, Maine November 6th 1883 and died c1905 in Jersey City. James it would appear remained single in life. Tom Feury, born June 1st 1888 and died circa October 28th 1889 Jersey City. Eddie Feury,born February 12th 1890 and died April 14th 1893 in Jersey City. Michael Feury ? (dont know if there was a Michael or not) Catherine Feury, born in New Jersey and died July 12th 1989 at Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Catherine remained single in life. John Feury,b? died and is buried at Holy Name Cemetery, New Jersey. Johanna Feury, born April 14th 1887 and died circa April 26th 1887 in Jersey City. Joseph Patrick Feury, born April 27th 1893 and died circa Sept 21st 1893 in Jersey City. Walter Feury born c1904 and died Sept 30th 1962. Married Estelle Kelly. Gerald Feury bJan 26th 1906 and died June 1984 Jersey City. Charles Feury born cOctober 1907 and died Oct 1936 Jersey City. William Feury bDec 24th 1908 and died March 1st 1995 ion Clifton, New Jersey  Feury tom

Photo of Tom Feury & family.

Front Row: Margaret, Sr Aiden(Ellen), Thomas and his wife Margaret O`Sullivan Feury, Richard, and George.
Back Row: Catheine, Walter, Charlie, William, Gerald, Peter, and Mary.

Godparents for the three eldest of Tom’s children as follows – Michael Griffin, Anistasia  Griffin and Pat Griffin, also James and Mary Feury and  Mary Doyle.  In relation to Mary Doyle –  George Griffin, son of George & Johanna McGrath was married to Peg Doyle from Co. Kerry. Mary may be a mispelling for Margaret or else Peg had a sister Mary Doyle. Once they left Ireland, it is thought that  Tom & Margaret Feury  never returned to their native soil again. (2) Patrick James Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell) was born, December 23rd 1861 in Co Limerick and died November 23rd 1936 at Portland, Maine, U.S.A. Baptised in the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill. Emigrated July, 21st 1882. On September 1st 1885, he married Johanna T. Sullivan in Portland, Maine, daughter of Denis Sullivan & Ellen Relehan. Johanna was born March 8th 1863 in Co. Kerry and died December 24th 1940.

Copy of Feury Patrick usa 1927

Patrick James Feury 1927.

Copy of feury Johanna sullivan usa

Joanna Sullivan Feury wife of Patrick James Feury.

Patrick & Johanna Feury had the following family:

Elizabeth Irene Feury, 1901-1996 who married John Edward Curran, Margaret Feury, 1903-1967 who married Leonard Daniel Cash. Madeline Feury, 1904-1995 who married Michael William Flynn. Grace Sullivan Feury, 1909-1978 who married Peter McIver Gunn. Cornelius Alphonsus Feury, 1877-1960.  Married Elizabeth Drysdale.  Second  wife was Mary Kreiby. James Patrick Feury, 1877-1950. Married Leila M. Fox. Augustine Peter Feury, 1888-1956.  Married Anne P O’Connell. Josephine Anna Feury, 1891-1964, who married Waldo T.Skillin. Helen Feury, 1893-1976, who married Joseph Wilfred Hutchins, Mary Wren Feury, 1894-1970, who married Charles Douglas A.Smith. Catherine Feury, 1897 -1897, Charles Henry Feury, 1897-1972 married Albertine Chabot. Edward F. Feury, 1900-1901.

Copy of Feury family usa1927

Front – Patrick Feury & Joanna.

Back Left – Al, Josie, Charlie, Madeline, Peggy, Elizabeth, Helen, Gus, Mary, Grace & Jim Feury. feury paatrick 1900

 Here are Patrick James Feury`s children circa 1900.

 Back Row: Al, Jim, and Gus

Middle Row: Charlie and Josie

Front Row: Mary, Edward, and Helen

(3) Bridget Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell) was born, February 28th 1864 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. She went to her eternal reward in the year 1950 in New Jersey. (4) John Feury(son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)  born Jan 24th 1867 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. John emigrated to Jersey City where he married twice, his second marriage to Annie Normile who was born in Glin, Co. Limerick in 1891. They had one daughter Helen Feury. John’s first marriage was to Bridget ? last name could have been Walshe and had a family of six as follows – Mary Feury born Sept 21st 1895 Jersey City. ? Feury born Jersey City. ? born Jersey City. – this child may have been a male. John Feury born January 24th 1898 Jersey City. Johanna ( Josephine) Feury born February 28th 1899. Edna Feury born circa March 26th 1901 Jersey City –  married Mackessey had a daughter Maureen. Info on what happen to these Feurys is on going. It is believed the boys died early. * Mackessey’s from Tarmons, Co. Kerry were related to the Langan’s via the Woods family. My great great grandmother was  Mary Mackessey. (5) Johanna Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, February 23rd 1869 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick and died q1889  in Co. Limerick. Baptised February 27th 1869 at Glin Church. (6) James Feury (Cards) (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, June 28th 1871 in Co. Limerick and died in Jersey City, U.S.A. in November 1943. They had the nickname ‘cards’ on him for some reason or other. James married Ellen Ryan  and had the following family:  Margaret, born May 11th 1905, Jersey City. James born October 10th 1907, Jersey Cityb.  Johanna (Josephine), born August 3rd 1910, Jersey City. Helen born April 19th 1912, Jersey City. Helen may have married a Barrett. Of all the Feury’s that emigrated, Jim was the only one to return on holiday. It was circa 1930, during which time the new road from Granville’s cross to opposite our house on the ‘Kerry Line’ was being constructed. This road passed by the homes of Thomas Feury & Michael Feury. Jim was a poet and songwriter and on seeing, the task on hand composed a song about the said roadway, two verses of which are in the B.R.J. 1988 p11 in an article written by Paddy Faley entitled – Unsong Local Heroes. James also composed the wonderful poem entitled ‘Cnockeen’ that imposing hillside that overlooks Ballyguiltenane school. Entire poem in B.R.J. 1978 p28. (7) Mary Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, August 9th 1873 in Ballyguiltenane, Glin, Co. Limerick and died June 10th 1949 at Turraree Upper, Glin. In the year 1897,  Mary married Thomas Normoyle bAugust 20th 1869, Glin, (son of Thomas Normoyle &  *Anne Enright)  (Mary’s brother Mick Feury married Thomas Normile’s sister Catherine, see further on) Family from Mary Feury & Thomas Normile 14 as follows – (i) Mary Normoyle, b. 1899 and died January 19th 1992. Mary married James O’Donoghue, b. 1892, R.I.P. May 3rd 1962, Dromreask and had the following family: Thomas J. O’Donoghue who married Delia Duggan from Listowel and had two sons – James & John. Tom along with Paddy Faley, Glenbawn and Pat Brosnan, Knocknagorna founded back in 1977  the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal. (B.R.J.). Tom is the current editor of the magazine. Bridget O’Donoghue. Bridget married David Broderick, R.I.P. Lr. Keale, Athea. Known locally as Davy Brouder. They built a new house in Dromreask near the site of Nonie Foran’s old homestead. Mary O’Donoghue. Mary married David Broderick’s, brother and went to live at Lr. Keale, Athea. More about James O’Donoghue (R.I.P. May 1962). James had a shop for a time in a piece of ground that he had rented from James Lynch, Glasha. My grandfather Paddy Langan later bought that particular piece of ground which was located directly across the road from Bill Flavin’s. James O’Donoghue’s father was also called James and his grandfather was called Patrick O’Donoghue who got married in 1836. Along with James, b. circa 1849, Patrick also had a son Joseph O’Donoghue and a daughter Winifred, both of whom emigrated to the U.S. Joseph went to Michigan. James married Mary O’ Shea, Dromreask. The O’Shea family home was situated at the top of the Blaine Rd facing towards the bog. The Wallace’s, (The Paddy Mike Wallace’s as they were known by) lived there after. The farm is now under plantation. Family of James O’Donoghue and Mary O’Shea as follows: Patrick, Michael, James (above R.I.P. May 1962), Mary (U.S.A.), Bridget, Catherine (nun in U.S.) and Margaret who married McCarthy Padraig (National Teacher) at Ballygoughlin School. Margaret was a teacher herself and was Principal teacher at Glin national school in the 1930’s. (See B.R.J. 1979 p28, B.R.J. 1995 p109, B.R.J. 1982 p66, B.R.J 1998 p57 & B.R.J. 1997 p34.) (ii) Thomas Normoyle, b. 1901. Thomas married May O’Connell and went to live in Loughill. (iii) Michael (Mickey) Normoyle moved to Scairt (Glenagragra Upper), married Margaret Normoyle, Killeaney (No relation), daughter of John Normoyle and Ellie Sweeney.   Mickey built the house in Glenagragra Upper in 1930 on tbe site of a cut away bank of ray-turf. There was a wren party held there sometime after its construction and it was said at the time that Joe ‘Pats’ Mulvihill spent the best part of a day and was exhausted in the process from cutting rushes with a sythe for the making of a passage all around the house so as the party guests had sound ground to walk upon. Many’s the bag of turnips I sold to Mickey & Margaret in the years 1969  to  1971 when i was in that field of employment. Michael (Mickey) Normoyle died Sept 1st 1995 age 94yrs, his wife Margaret died January 1991.They had the following family: Thomas (Tom) Normoyle, who married Bridie McDonagh, a native of Co. Galway, Mary Normoyle who married Michael Fennell, Glenagragra, son of Mick Fennell. John Normoyle who remained single in life, died January 4th 1996. (iv) Johanna (Josie) Normoyle. Josie married a Murphy from Rooskagh, somewhere near Con Greaney’s. She worked for many years at her Normoyle cousins in Turraree. She used to walk over and back each morning and evening across the mountain. (These Turraree Normoyle’s were known as the Pelleck’s) (v) Annie (Nancy) Normoyle. Nancy remained single and lived out her life with her brother and sisters in Dromreask. Many is the week she helped us with the footing of the turf up on Higgins’ mountain during the 1960’s. Annie died October 8th 1970 age 64yrs. (vi) James (Jimmy) Normoyle lived in the home place in Glenagragra. He inherited the place from his uncle Jack Normoyle. He was married to Mary B. Enright, (The ‘Fox’ Enright’s, Aughrim/Glenalappa) and had the following family: Mary Catherine, Jackie, Bridget, Anne & Jim. There was many a wren dance held at Jimmy’s humble abode, one in particular in 1964. Jimmy once described the fields of Glenagragra as resembling nothing but a ballad, they being so long. He was also known to have said that from Blaine to the end of the Line should be put on one 41, (41 being a game of cards) meaning that the land was so poor that it should be played for in one game. Many’s the day I cut and drew home the hay for Jimmy. I remember one day in particular, it was the autumn of 1969 and it happened to be the day after I had taken my first taste of alcohol. I’ll never forget the sickness and Jimmy trying every cure in his book to cure me but to no avail. Jimmy died August 15th 1975 age 76yrs. (vii) Catherine (Kitty) Normoyle. Catherine (Kitty) replaced Nell Enright as servant girl at Johnny & Willie Connolly’s, Glenagragra. Kitty remained single in life. Kitty died January 2nd 1991 age 81yrs. (Nell Enright later married Toss Higgins, both of whom emigrated to Birmingham, England and subsequently became mother and father to Pat (Pakie) Higgins of fitted kitchens fame. There were other offspring’s). (viii) Richard (Dick) Normoyle. Richard died May 1st 1958 at the age of 40yrs following a tragic accident. He was killed whilst drawing a load of turf with ass and cart from Jack Scanlons bog in Dromreask. Apparently the ass sat back trapping Dick in the bog-hole in the process. A loaf of bread and a packet of woodbine cigarettes were found floating on top of the water when his body was recovered from beneath. (ix) Patrick Normoyle. Patrick emigrated to England and remained single in life.. (x) Bridget Normoyle married O’Shaughnessy from Askeaton and had the following family: John O’Shaughnessy & Mary O’Shaughnessy. Mary married a John Normoyle. (xi) John (Jackie) Normoyle remained single and lived out his life with his sisters in Dromreask. (xii) Maurice Normoyle. Maurice emigrated and lived at Worcester, England. He died July 3rd 2002. (xiii) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Normoyle. Lizzie remained single and lived at Dromreask with her brother and sisters. Lizzie also helped us with the turf footing during the 1960’s when we had the long Co. Council banks up in Higgins’. (xiv) Edward Normoyle. Died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick. 1911 Census for Normile’s –





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Normile Thomas 42 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Mary (Feury) 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 13 Female Daughter R C
Normile Thomas 12 Male Son R C
Normile Michael 11 Male Son R C
Normile Johannah 10 Female Daughter R C
Normile James 8 Male Son R C
Normile Annie 6 Female Daughter R C
Normile Katie 4 Female Daughter R C
Normile John 3 Male Son R C
Normile Bridget Female Daughter R C

More on the Dromreask Normile’s – Thomas Normile had a sister Catherine Normile whon was married to Michael McGrath, Dromreask. The McGrath home was situated opposite Paddy Wallace’s. Michael O’Brien lived there afterwards and Mick Fennell after O’Brien. 1901 Census for McGrath’s as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Michael 60 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Katherine (Normile) 50 Female Wife Roman Catholic
McGrath Michael 30 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Patrick 28 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath James 23 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 22 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
McGrath Katherine 21 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
McGrath Edmond 20 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Maurice 15 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrat’s as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Catherine (Normile) 69 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Michael 43 Male Son R C
McGrath Mary 39 Female Daughter R C
McGrath Maurice 25 Male Son R C

Michael McGrath & Catherine Normile had a daughter Johanna McGrath who perished in the river shannon disaster of 1893 when a fishing boat that they had hired for a pleasure trip that day to Co Clare, sank on the return journey from Moyne Quay. In total seventeen people lost their lives on that fateful evening. The owner of the boat, Maurice Murphy and his son Paddy were among the seventeen that perished. Buddy Feury often spoke to me about the said disaster as Johanna was a 1st cousin to his mother Kate Normile.  In fact I made an audio recording at the home of Buddy in 1987 and I listened to that recording again last night, April 9th 2013 and Buddy confirmed to me in that said recording that Johanna and his mother were indeed 1st cousins. The screams coming from the boat were heard on the Kerry mainland as the party were only a few hundred yards from the shore. The locals thought that the passengers were having a good time enjoying themselves on board the vesselt so they didn’t take much notice,  little did they know as to the nature of what exactly was happening. As far as I can recall, Johanna’s body was never found. I think Michael McGrath 43yrs above was the last of that family to reside in Dromreask. He was married to Kate Burke from Tarbert with no issue from that union. (I am open to correction in this) As previously stated Michael O’Brien from Killeaney, from a place there known locally as ‘the yard’, bought the McGrath place. Michael was married to  Liz Anne Fennell a sister to the aforementioned Mick Fennell.  The O’Brien’s relocated to a farm at Altavilla, Askeaton and the said Mick Fennell built for himself and his wife Mary Prendeville a new cottage in part of the vacated farm. Michael O’Brien had two brothers – Pat and John. The three brothers went under the a.k.a. – ‘Dublin’, ‘Bac’ and ‘Citeog’. Michael O’Brien died July 31st 1972 age 60yrs. (Mary Prendeville was a cousin to Anna Prendeville who was married to John Langan, Cahara, grandfather Langan’s 1st cousin. My mother Delia Langan Lynch received her Primary education at Ballyguiltenane National School under the tutorship of Maggie ‘Dave’ Connolly, Glenagragra who was the head mistress there. Her classmates included – Emily Fennell, Glenagragra, (sister to Mick Fennell above) Kathy Morgan Moran, Glenagragra mother of renowned hotelier Tommy Moran, Toureendonnell, Athea, Agatha O’Connor, Ballyguiltenane and Mary ‘Mikeen’ Culhane, Ballyguiltenane who married Bill Hayes, Fairystreet, Athea. The four girls were 16yrs of age when they received their confirmation and remained on in Ballyguiltenane ‘till they reached 7th class. Mother received post primary at the Technical school in Listowel but she didn’t stay there very long as she had the majority of the curriculum learned during her time in 7th class in Ballyguiltenane. During her short time in Listowel, she stayed in B/B at a two-storey house on the left as one enters the town. Mother was great friends with her classmate Emily Fennell and often stayed nights back in her home but eventhough the curse of emigration took Emily to England still, they remained very good friends. When Emily would come home to Glenagragra she would stay several nights back in Glasha with mother, however, over the passing of time they sadly drifted apart and did not see one another after that. I hope that they are now unified once again, joyfully rejoicing with the angels and saints in God’s glorious kingdom. Emily’s  brother Mick Fennell b1907 whom I knew very well was a great poet.  Mick passed to his eternal reward on January 4th 2000 aged 93yrs. Mick was a nephew of Ned Fennell b1865 who was appointed teacher at Ballyguiltenane school in 1886. (For more information on Mick Fennell see Book ‘Year of the Elderly’.) My mother knew Emily’s father and mother very well, her mother being Ellen O’Connor Fennell, Glenagragra, born February 16th, 1876 and died there on June 27th, 1968. Extracts from Ellen’s diary can be found in B.R.J. 1980 p58 & 75. Emily’s father was Michael Fennell b1863 and her grandmother was Catherine Fennell Morgan b1834 from down near Ballybeg and who in 1901 was a widow.  Catherine Fennell Morgan was married to Johnny Fennell. This was Johnny’s second marriage,  having being previously married to Scanlon from Kinard. Catherine’s father was Mick Connors who was married to Windle. Mick Connors’s mother was Aherne. The Fennel’s came to Glenagragra from back near Tarbert having originally arrived there from Co. Clare. 1901 Census for Fennell’s of Glenagragra as follows – Johnny Fennell husband of Catherine not listed – presumed deceased.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fennell Catherine Morgan 67 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fennell Michael 38 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Edmond 36 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Ellen O’Connor 24 Female Daughter in Law Roman Catholic
Fennell Mary Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Fennell’s of Glenagragra – now listed under Ballguiltenane Upper.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fennell Michael 48 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fennell Ellen O’Connor 35 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Fennell Mary 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Catherine 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Hannah 8 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Bridget 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Michael 4 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Norah 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Eileen Female Daughter Roman Catholic


More on the McGrath’s as follows-

Michael McGrath had a brother Daniel McGrath who lived at Turraree Upper in Jack ‘Patsy’ Culhane’s place. Daniel lived to be over 100yrs. He had a son Paddy b1873 who lived to be 95yrs. Paddy in turn had a son Daniel and Daniel’s son Joe born circa 1950 is the current holder of the property.

1901 Census for Daniel McGrath’s Upper Turraree as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mc Grath Daniel 70 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Mary 60 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Patt 28 Male Son Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Ellie 23 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Annie 15 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrath’s as follows – (Patrick (Paddy) had taken over from his father.)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Patrick 39 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 39 Female Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 4 Female Roman Catholic
McGrath Bridget 3 Female Roman Catholic
McGrath Annie Female Roman Catholic

Another family of the same McGrath’s, John & Bridget lived in Ballyguiltenane. 1901 Census for Ballyguiltenane McGrath’s –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mc Grath Patrick 44 Male Head of Family Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath Bridget 43 Female Wife Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath John 80 Male Father Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath Johanna 70 Female Mother Roman Cathcolic
Costello Margaret 26 Female Niece Roman Catholic
Costello Thomas 20 Male Nephew Roman Catholic
OShaughnessy Bridget 13 Female Servant Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrath’s, Ballyguiltenane –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Patrick 58 Male Head of Family Catholic Church
McGrath Bridget 57 Female Wife Catholic Church
McGrath James 38 Male Nephew Catholic Church
McGrath Margret 36 Female Nephews Wife Catholic Church

More on Anne Enright who was married to Thomas NormileAnne Enright’s father was Patrick (Pad) Enright and her mother was Norrie Scanlon both came from Dromreask. Anne had a brother Patrick Enright who was married to Anne Maume from Charleville, Co. Cork.  Mary had another brother who was married to Mary Dalton from Glashapullagh, Athea. This Enright man died at a relatively young age and  Mary re-married to Jack Griffin, (son of George) Glenagragra. Anne had a sister who was married to a man from Islandanny, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry. Following the death of Mary’s husband, her brother in law from Islandanny attempted to take over the Enright farm. The deceased Enright had a brother, the aforementioned Patrick Enright (married to Maume) who was away in the ‘bush’ in Australia and had not been seen since he went out there. Having being eventually tracked down Patrick returnrd home to Dromreask to a land war. A court case ensued in which Patrick prevailed. It is alleged that during a particular visit by the Islandanny man to Dromreask his horse was shot from beneath him. ‘It wasn’t me that shot him, says Patrick, because if it was, tisn’t the horse that I’d have shot’. Patrick Enright subsequently married Annie Maume from Charleville. Annie was born 1878 and died at Dromreask on September 19th 1959 age 81yrs. Patrick and Annie had the following family -: Pat Enright, R.I.P 11-02-1991 Ned Enright, R.I.P. June 3rd 2003. Dan Enright, R.I.P Dec 1999, all of whom lived in Dromreask. There were two other family members, a daughter who lived in Shanagolden and another family member in England. Annie Maume’s father was Garrett Maume and her mother was Neville both from Charleville. 1901 census for Enright’s, Dromreask –





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Enright Patrick 68 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Enright Nora (Scanlon) 64 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Enright Denis 33 Male Son Roman Catholic
Enright Mary 32 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Enright Maurice 29 Male Son Roman Catholic
Enright Timothy 27 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 census for above –





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Enright Hanora (Scanlon) 77 Female Head of Family Catholic
Enright Mary 42 Female Daughter Catholic
Enright Maurice 39 Male Son Catholic
Enright Timothy 37 Male Son Catholic
Enright Mary 4 Female Grand Daughter Catholic


More on the Normile’s of Turraree (Pellek’s).

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Normile Michael 47 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Catherine 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Normile John 19 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Patt 18 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 13 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Michael Normile was married twice, firstly to Catherine ? above with whom he had sons John & Patt. His second marriage was to Costelloe from Turraree with whom he had a daughter Mary as in above census. John Normile b1882 above was married to Mary Griffin, (daughter of Michael Griffin & Nora Fitzgerald, Glenagragra).  Mary Griffin born c1891 emigrated to New York where she married the said  John Normoyle. John Normile and Mary Griffin had the following family – Kitty who remained single in life and Mary who became a nun. Mary Griffin Normile died June 6th 1970. Her husband John Normile died August 5th 1966. These Turraree Normile’s and the Dromreask Normile’s were cousins. As far as I can recall Jackie Normile, son of Jimmy, Glenagragra inherited the Turraree farm.


(8) Michael Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, July 7th 1877 in Co.Limerick and died March 9th 1921 at Glenagragra, Glin. In the year 1905, Michael married Catherine Normoyle, Glenagragra his sister Mary’s sister in law who was 19yrs his junior. Catherine was born in 1867  in Athea and died in Glenagragra, Glin, August 8th 1962. Copy of feury catherine Both Michael and Catherine are buried in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. I remember calling to the Feury homestead on way home from National School in Ballyguiltenane and seeing Catherine in her latter years sitting by her cosy fireside.  Mick Feury was a renowned athlete. He was a member of the great Glin football team of 1899-1912. He was an above average sprinter and if he had, the proper training there is no doubt he would have broken the stoutest of sprint records. He was versatile in the long and high jumps and a talented musician and step dancer to boot. He was a powerfully built man who never trained and travelled to most meetings on foot. Mick was a member of the district council, a seat he held until his death on September 3rd 1921. Paddy Faley has a detailed account on the sporting life of the said Mick in the B.R.J. 1988 p11.(See also B.R.J. 1994/5 p110)

For the 1911 Census Jim’s son Mick had taken over –





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Head of Family

Roman Catholic


Kate( Normile)




Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic






Roman Catholic

Michael & Catherine had the following family:  

(i) Thomas Michael ‘Budeen’ Feury.

(ii) James Feury.

(iii) Josephine Feury.

  (i) Thomas Michael ‘Budeen’, b. 1909 and died October 26th 1993, married Ellen Liston, Dirreen, b. circa 1912 and died at Glenagragra, October 15th 1989. Both interred at Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. Mikie Kinnane, Scairt was telling me that Budeen and Mikie’s mother Kate O’Donnell were 2nd cousins. The O’Donnells came from Park, Clounleharde and later went to live at Ballycormack/Knocknaboula. (Budeen’s grandmother was Joan O’Donnell) Michael O’Donnell, a descendent of the above was married to Mary Kilmartin from Rooskagh. This was Michael’s second marriage having previously wed a McInerney girl from Tullyleague. Michael O’Donnell and Mary Kilmartin lived on the Ardagh road just outside Newcastle West. Mary had three brothers – Mikie, Patie & Johnny Kilmartin. My wife Vera new all the Kilmartin’s very well. Mikie Kilmartin was the only one of the brothers to marry. He married Mary Sheahan and had the following family: John, Morgan, Bill, Mickey, Mary, Nora, Ann, Peg & Eileen Kilmartin. budeens 2007


The old homestead stood immediately to the rear of this house. I remember it well, it had mud walls and there was a large crack on its eastern gable-end, it having been struck by lightning many years earlier. Budeen Feury inherited the music and song from his forebearer’s and won many medals and trophies at several Fleadh Cheoil’s. He had what was known as the Sliabh Luacra style of playing and got much of his tutorship from Hannie Long of Turraree. I remember well an occasion circa 1970, when I was detailed to go drawing out ‘dung’ (farmyard manure) for Buddeen or Buddy as he was affectionately known. The ‘dung’ had to be loaded onto the trailer with pitch forks, no mechanical means back then, and by mid-day I had my fill of it. No sooner had we the dinner ate than I turned to Buddy, who was seated at the top of the table and said -: forget the shit Buddy, take down the fiddle and give us one blast of ‘’The Mountain Road’’. His good wife Nell R.I.P. turned ‘round, looked at her husband and said -: ‘’Jesus Bud’ did you ever hear the like of it and we having men hired for the day’’. I think Budden and myself were two of a kind for not alone did he adhere to my request but played not one, but several tunes that same afternoon in his own inimitable style. Of course I never did believe in ‘all work and no play’ and still don’t. Buddy Feury was telling me of an incident that happened a few years before my grandaunt Margaret Langan Higgins 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. Budeen came 1st in fiddle competition at Athea Fleadh Cheoil on May 8th 1983. 1st place duet with his neighbour Donie Lyons (flute), Athea Fleadh Cheoil, May 20th 1984. He won the Padraig O’Caoimh cup in Scartaglen in 1988. Took honours in the duet competition at Glin Fleadh 1988, once again teaming up with his neighbour Donie Lyons who was on concert flute.  There is a poetic tribute to Buddy Feury by Paddy Faley in B.R.J. 1993 p143. See also B.R.J. 1991 p73 – Good Old Days In Musical Ways also by Paddy Faley.


(ii) James Feury, b. 1909 and died September 6th 1978, interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. In the month of March 1950, James married Teresa Keating, born circa 1912, Glensharrold, Ardagh and died, September 2002 at Drombanna, Co. Limerick. James & Teresa had one son, James Feury born 1954. (iii) Josephine Feury R.I.P. January 26th 1986 married John Hayes, Dirreen son of John Hayes and Bridget Dillon, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Josephine and John had the following family: (i) Catherine Hayes, who married a man by the name of Forde/Griffin. (ii) John Hayes. Married in Mungret, Co. Limerick. (iii) Mary Ita Hayes, emigrated. (iv) Bridie Hayes married to O’Connor, Ballingarry. (v) Michael Hayes. A noted gaelic footballer who won a Co. Senior Championship medal with Athea in 1968. Michael later emigrated. (vi) Joan Hayes. Joan who was born, 1953 married a man by the name of O’Connor from Knockaderry and had the following family: Catherine & Michael O’Connor.

More about the Hayes family.

The Hayes family Dirreen originally came from Knockdown. John Hayes did a ‘cliamhan isteach’ (married into) to a Riordan girl. They had a son John who married Mary Normoyle from Knockdown and had two daughters – Bridget who married Danaher and Mollie who married Cregan from near the ‘Four Cross’s’, Ballyhahill. They also had two sons – Jim Hayes who emigrated and John Hayes who married Bridget Dillon/Dillane and had the following family: John Hayes (above), Margaret Hayes who married Joe White, Knockdown. Bridget Hayes, R.I.P. September 28th 1991 who married Charles Molyneaux, Lyrecrompane. Mary Hayes who married Tom Flavin, Clounleharde. Josie Hayes who married Atkinson, Co. Armagh and Jim Hayes, Mungret. The latter Jim Hayes worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick City. (9) Richard Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born in Ballyguiltenane, Glin, November 1st 1879  and died March26th 1966 in Jersey City, U.S.A. Richard lived in Glenagragra where my brother Patrick Langan and his family now reside. In 1903 at Dromreask, Richard  married Catherine Riordan, Dirreen bNovember 1st 1883 in Athea and died 1983 at Redbank, New Jersey.  Prior to they both emigrating to the U.S., June 9th  1911,(my granduncle Maurice Langan, Glenagragra was a passenger on the same ship) Richard Feury sold the house to a Mr. Ryan. My grandfather Paddy Langan had the house rented from Ryan for a couple of years. This Ryan man was a brother-in-law to a Master Danaher in Athea. DSCF0628

Patrick Langan’s, Glenagragra originally the home of Richard Feury.

Catherine Riordan was the daughter of Ned Riordan, Dirreen, Athea and Johanna Hanley, Rooskagh, Athea, Co. Limerick. She had two sisters Hannie & Kate Riordan and a brother Tim Riordan who married Hannie Hudson, Kilbaha. Tim Riordan’s daughter Josie Riordan married my uncle John Lynch, Glasha. 1911 Census for Richard Feury as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury Richard 31 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Feury Catherine 27 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Feury Edmond 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Richard 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Johanna Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Richard Feury & Catherine Riordan had the following family –

James Feury 1903-1977.

Edward Peter Feury 1904-1962.

Timothy Feury 1906-1906.

Thomas Feury 1906-1906. It would appear the Timothy & Thomas were twins.

Richard A. Feury 1907-1993.

Johanna Mary Feury 1910 -2000.

Joseph Feury 1914-1926.

Michael Feury 1915-1959.

John F. Feury 1916-2002.

Catherine P.Feury 1923-1994.

Eugene Feury 1928-2010.

  1901 census for Riordan’s Dirreen.





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Riordan Edmond 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Riordan Johanna (Hanley) 46 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Riordan Catherine 16 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Riordan Timothy 14 Male Son Roman Catholic
Riordan Johanna 11 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Riordan’s –





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Riordan Edmond 64 Male Head of Family R C
Riordan Johannah (Hanley) 71 Female Wife R C
Riordan Timothy 25 Male Son R C
Riordan Honora 22 Female Daughter R C
Feury James (Son of Richard Feury) 7 Male Grand Son R C

  Note parents age discrepancy between two census.


THOMAS FEURY, Glenagragra.

(Son of Thomas).

Thomas Feury, b. Lakyle North, Labasheeda c1843, died at Glenagragra, Glin, Co. Limerick circa 1927. Thomas, who went by the nickname of ‘Ryan’ was known for being a bit of a prankster and one of his most famous practicul jokes was to make up parcels and leave them on the public road for some passerby (more than likely a cyclist as there were very few automobiles back then) to pick them up. I’ll leave it to your imagination as regards the contents of the said parcels. On February 28th 1865, at the chapel of Killofinn, Labasheeda, Co. Clare, Thomas married Nora Kelly b1843 also from Co. Clare. 1901 Census as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury Thomas 58 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Feury Hanora (Kelly) 58 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Feury Thomas 29 Male Son Roman Catholic
Higgins Daniel 19 Male Servant Roman Catholic

(Daniel Higgins above being the son of Con Higgins, Glashapullagh)

Thomas & Nora had the following family –

(i) Mary Feury, b1866.

(ii) Thomas Feury, b1869.

(iii) Michael Feury, b1870.

(iv) Bridget Feury, b1872.

(i)MARY4 FEURY (daughter of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) was born on 23 Apr 1866 in Co. Limerick, Ireland. She died in United States of America. She married ? MEADE. He was born about 1856 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. He died in United States of America. ii. THOMAS FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) was born on 22 Feb 1868 in Co. Limerick. He died on 14 Jan 1914 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick.  He married KATE SCANLON, daughter of John Scanlon Dromreask and Mary Dalton, Knocknagorna. Kate was born in 1880 in Dromreask Co. Limerick. She died on 27 Jul 1963 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. 1911 Census for Thomas Feury family –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Furey Thomas 43 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Furey Catherine (Scanlon) 30 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Furey John 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
Furey Mary 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Michael 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Furey Bridget 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Nora Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Thomas 69 Male Father Roman Catholic

Family from above union as follows:

(1) Mick Feury.

(2) Tom Feury.

(3) Nora (Nonie) Feury.

(4) Bridie (Birdie) Feury.

(5) Mary (Moll) Feury.

(6) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Feury.

(7) Jack Feury.

(1) Mick Feury, b. 1908 inherited the Connor’s farm in Dromreask, a family that he worked for over the years. There was Luke, Frank, Thade and Biddy Connor in the family. Their mother was a Shine woman. According to Griffiths Valuation 1851, Luke Connor had the said farm, which consisted of houses, land and bog that he had rented from the Landlord, Goggin. It is the belief that the Connor’s originally came from Templeathea as Luke Connors in 1852 was a sub-tenant of Redmond Roche of Templeathea West eventhough he had acquired the Dromreask farm by then. Naturally enough he wanted a farm of his own so he may have held on to the sub-tenancy for a while after getting hold of the said Dromreask farm. You will note that the O’ was dropped from the surname O’Connor. Back in the 17th century many Irish families but not everyone did this in an effort to make it easier to seek employment as O’ indicated being of ‘Gaelic’ descent and thus under English law passed in 1623 one was forbidden to use their Irish name. I don’t know how the O’Longain’s managed to hold onto their’s and still find employment. Mick Feury married Catherine (Kit) O’Connor, sister to Dan O’Connor, Glenagragra and they had one son in family – Tom Feury. (known as small Tom Feury as Mick’s brother who was also called Tom Feury resided with them) feury tom 1985


Indeed the same Mick Feury inherited his father’s stratagems and introduced them to us youngsters back in the 1960’s. Many is the Sunday Mick would join us on the ‘Kerryline’ roadway as we neatly parcelled up some horse manure and left it on the said roadway for some poor unfortunate passerby. The real thrill derived from this prank was the fact that we were all hiding inside the ditch or up on some tree watching developments as they unfolded. One particular person that comes to mind that fell for our wind-up was none other than John Sheehan of Knockdown who might have been cycling home from last Mass in Athea on the day.  I think Tom Geoghegan, Turraree also fell victim to our schemes. Tom, who had a motorcar at the time, would be visiting his sister Bridget who was married to Amsie Griffin at Blaine. Indeed, I also remember a few strangers stopping to pick up their ‘presents’.  Mick Feury was the first person to show me the auroraborealis (the northern lights) in the night sky. I didn’t know what the man was talking about as he pointed to the magnificent lights and the most amusing thing about it to me was the way Mick pronounced auroraborealis. Mick was a funny man. I left home in 1972 and didn’t see Mick for about five years and I suppose in the meantime I had put on a bit of weight. Anyway I happened to meet Mick on the roadway one evening and after he eyeing me up and down for a few seconds, looked me in the eye and addressed me as follows -: ‘By J but do you know what, you’re fallin’ into flesh, ha’. Mick Feury died May 21st 1991 age 83yrs. His wife Kit died March 7th 1993. (2) Tom Feury who remained single in life went to live with his brother Mick in Dromreask. Tom was a very placid and timid person who went about his daily chores not bothering anyone. When televisions came our way back in the 1960’s, Feury’s was one of the first houses locally to have installed such a luxuary. It was there that my brother Eddie and I would go at night to watch our favourite programme, be it ‘The Virginian’, ‘The Long Hot Summer’ or some Western fiction movie. Come the month of August when the ‘All Ireland’s’ commenced half the townland would descend upon that hospitable family. I remember Tom sitting quietly in the corner of the hearth relaxing after his day’s work on the family farm. Tom died in the month of December 1974. (3) Nora (Nonie) Feury married her near neighbour Dan O’Connor, (Connors) Glenagragra. Nonie wasn’t a person for going out very much apart from going to Mass on Sunday’s and Holy days etc. I remember one particular very fine summer’s day in the late 1960’s when we were footing the turf on our Co. Council bank up in Higgins’ mountain. The bank of turf that I refer to was located by the old mud road. Dan O’Connor had a bank of turf next to us and low and behold who arrived on the scene only the said Nonie. It was my first time ever seeing her in the bog. My mother happened to be helping us on the day in question and I remember her saying to Nonie how good it was to see her out in the bog enjoying the fresh air. Says Nonie –  ‘Yerra Delia ‘isn’t pure Ballybunion’. Nonie died in September 2002. (See also Griffin Margaret, Glenagragra) (4) Bridie (Birdie) Feury married a man by the name of Mulvihill and lived in Shanagolden. Birdie was a priest’s housekeeper for many years. I remember well an incident involving Bridie during the big freeze of 1963. There was one particular day during that inclement period; Birdie had the occasion to visit her sister Nonie in Glenagragra. Having been dropped off by hackney at the roadside gate she proceeded to make her way up the snow-covered road to the house. The snowdrifts on the road were so high and deep that Birdie lost her bearings so to speak, resulting in her veering off the said road and as a result being almost buried up to her waist in the massive drift. I can still hear her cries for help ringing out o’er the valley and can see my grandfather Paddy Langan going to her rescue. Birdie lived out her final years with her sister Nonie in Glenagragra. I paid them a visit in 1992 and took a photograph of the two lovable sisters, which later appeared in the B.R.J. 1992/93 p140. (5) Mary (Moll) Feury emigrated to New South Wales, Australia. (6) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Feury died when she was one year old. (7) Jack Feury inherited the home place and married Mary O’Connor, Turraree circa 1940. Mary was the daughter of Patrick O’Connor, Turraree and Johanna Sheahan, Knockdown. Patrick O’Connor was the son of Tom O’Connor. Patrick was known by the nickname of ‘Paddy Holy Man’. Mary O’Connor had three brothers and one sister – Jack & Tom whom remained single and lived next to Danny Faley’s, Turraree. Patrick (Paitin) who married Maureen Nash and Nell, who married Matt Tierney, Templeathea.

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Old homestead of Jack Feury. Photo 2007.

Jack Feury and Mary O’Connor had the following family -:

(i) Tom Feury.

(ii) Mary Feury.

(iii) John (Jackie) Feury.

(iv) Paddy Feury.

(v) Richard (Dick) Feury.

(vi) Joan Feury.

(viii) Michael (Mickey) Feury.

(i) Tom Feury joined the Christian Brothers, later left and emigrated to England. (ii) Mary Feury emigrated to England. (iii) Jackie Feury emigrated to England where he married Margaret Enright, daughter of Jack, Glenbawn. They were later to return and are now residlng in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Jackie’s son Richard was fatally injured at Garryduff, Barna on Sunday Sept 12th 2010 on way home from Listowel races. (three people lost their lives in this accident) (iv) Paddy Feury remained single in life and lives in the home place. (vi) Richard (Dick) Feury who was in my brother Patrick’s class in Ballyguiltenane National School emigrated to England. He now communicates between Glenagragra and England. (vii) Joan Feury married Billy Moloney and resides in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. (viii) Mickey Feury, my school pal and dear friend who was a class behind me in Ballyguiltenane, joined me at the Tech’ in Abbeyfeale in the summer of 1966. We cycled to the village of Athea from where we got McDonald’s school bus to bring us on the remainder of our journey. Mickey graduated with an apprenticeship to Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary, where he qualified as a chef.  He later relinquished the chef business and took up farming instead in the family dairy farm that was bequeathed to him by his late father. Sadly, he received fatal injuries whilst crossing the ‘Mail’ road at Lyons’s funeral home, Derra, on January 19th 2002. Langan Breda & Mary Feury at glin coursing 1956,7

Left Mary Feury with Breda Langan at Glin coursing c1956/7.

On January 26th 2002 I dedicated the following to my good friend -:

Tribute To Mickey Feury.

He’ll be mourned in Glenagragra in Moyvane and in Knockdown

He’ll be mourned in Newcastle West and in far off London town.

For my good friend Mickey Feury has sadly passed away

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Mickey has departed and has left us full of sorrow

The circumstances they were tragic but in this world there’s no tomorrow.

His passing will be remembered forever and a day

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Memories never ceasing I can vividly relate

To Ballyguiltenane school together from nineteen and fifty eight.

To Abbeyfeale thereafter got the bus from sweet Athea

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Christmas holidays, what excitement as we hunted for the wren

With our good friend Tommy Windle we didn’t need ‘Moloney’s van’.

Mickey, our honest cashier ne’er a penny went astray

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

On Sunday’s after worship games of football we’d begin

Often cycled to the village took the long road down to Glin.

He played the game so simple a towering figure in his day

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Our teenage years were passing and we wanted something more

Mickey entered Rockwell and I sought Templemore.

We graduated with distinction our professions took us away

Now the ‘chef’ sleeps in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Yes ! they took him to Kilfergus down by the hills and sea

Down where the birds are singing, where soft winds whistle free.

They dug for him a lonely grave and there he sleeps today

My good friend Mickey Feury, beneath the cold dark clay.

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Mickey Feury 1985.

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Jack Feury, son of Tom.

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Mary Feury O’Connor wife of Jack.


(iii) Michael Feury b1870. No further information to date on Michael. More About Michael Feury: Baptism: 12 Feb 1870 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin, Co. Limerick. iv. BRIDGET FEURY (daughter of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) 1873 in Co. Limerick. She lived in the home place and remained single in life. Died in 1895 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick. My first venture into poetic literature was in fact a poem called ‘The Top of Feury’s Hill which I composed in 1985, thanks to the inspiration of my good friend Paddy Faley, ‘the bard of sweet Glenbawn’.

The Top Of Feury’s Hill.


The beauty of our lovely land is such a sight to see

I’ll tell you of a lovely spot that’s home sweet home to me

It’s part of natures blessing, forever standing still

It’s the place that I call heaven, the top of Feury’s hill.


Oh! what a sight that greets the eye at the closing of each day

When the golden sun it sinks to rest beyond o’er sweet Athea

The silvery moon is rising high its mantle about to fill

To greet the famous ‘Leprechaun’ on the top of Feury’s hill.


You can see right down to sweet Glin town and across to the Shannon scheme

Along the famous ‘Burma Road’ to the vales of ‘New Dirreen’

Turraree, Knockdown and Knockadillaun, Mick Higgins’s famous kiln

Glenagragra and sweet Glashapullagh from the top of Feury’s hill.


Quite plain to me I still can see Ballyguiltenane National School

As I trudge along the beaten path with my schoolbooks, pen and rule

And Jimmy O’Driscoll waiting there, forget I never will

Sure I’d rather sleep in the heather deep on the top of Feury’s hill.


Through the distant fog o’er Higgins’s bog, I see the ruins of a famous home

Of the Faley clan who now have gone to the slopes of sweet Glenbawn

The ‘Paddock’ well with its famous swell is as clear as ever still

Can still be seen through the bright sunbeam from the top of Feury’s hill.


With song and dance I’m in a trance as I gaze o’er the valley green

With the flauting chimes of Donie Lyons and the fiddling of Buddeen

You can hear them play at noon each day from Scairt to the Old Mill

The ‘Flax ‘n Bloom’, in the month of June on the top of Feury’s hill.


The music flair was always there Jack Windle sang his song

Pat Flavin’s concertina and the fiddle of Hannah Long

Fond memories I rekindle as the tears my eyes doth fill

When I hear the ‘Banshee Peeler’ on the top of Feury’s hill.


May God have mercy on the souls of Jack’George’ and Connor’s Dan

Who toiled beneath that summit brown and raised a happy clan

With Gerald Griffin tried and true Maurice Langan and McEvoy Bill

Who chased the hare and rabbit ‘round the top of Feury’s hill.


Ned Langan too has bid adieu Jack Griffin has also gone

The Connolly’s three and Tom Feury, Paddy Barrett and Jimmy Long

And Paddy Langan so dear to me who taught me at his will

The art of making poetry on the top of Feury’s hill.



Maurice Higgins and his brother Pat two men of high renown

Who wed the Langan sister’s in the Church below the town

Their sons and daughters now live on their glasses to you fill

As the trace their father’s footsteps on the top of Feury’s hill.


The tailor Keane resided there I met him in my dream

Quite close to him lived another man whom they called ‘Seamuisin’

One hundred years have come and gone their spirits are here still

As the float across the mountainside on the top of Feury’s hill.


And now it’s time to say goodbye to this landmark in the west

Of natures lovely paradise the place that I love best

And if ever I’ll return again and that I surely will

I’ll end my day’s in solitude on the top of Feury’s hill.



The original name of Feury’s hill was actually ‘Knocknaleague’. There was Tullyleague to the north and Knocknaleague to the south.

As previously stated the Top Of Feury’s Hill was my initial venture into poetic literature so I thought it only proper to forward a copy to man who made it all happen for me, the bard of sweet Glenbawn himself, Paddy Faley. On March 28th 1987 I received the following reply -:



Dear George,


Nature they say can break its way out through the eyes of a cat

Concerning you now this is true with the talent you have got

You say Langan Pat that taught you that, be rewarded, I know he will

The grass will shine on his soul divine from the top of Feury’s hill.


‘Twas on the hill when the moon did spill its beams to all around

To celebrate his victory great we climbed this lofty mound

The bonfires bright that night to light with songs and music shrill

When Langan Pat in the Council sat from the top of Feury’s hill.


Well George ‘astoir’ your love of folklore and your ability to rhyme

And the poem you sent to put in print I have rear over many a time

And I’d like to say Goldsmith in his day should try with all his skill

And his verses great could not compete with the top of Feury’s hill.


Its interesting lines did all combine to bring back sweet memories

Of those long gone whose spirits live on and will, ‘till my life will cease

Then from Haven above where all in love and happiness all doth fill

We’ll be inclined to fly to days gone by on the top of Feury’s hill.


To Vera and you and your daughter too my best wishes fondly go

That God will bless you with happiness wherever you may go

And keep you as carefree as you used to be when you wandered on at will

To view the scene o’er sweet Dirreen from the top of Feury’s hill.


At the end of May when you’ll come this way be sure on me to call

For I’d like to be in the company of one so jovial

Whose mind runs free through sound poetry be famous some day you will

For your great debut is a credit to you on the top of Feury’s hill.


I’ll close for now as I tell you how much I appreciate

Your letter fond to me at hand with your regards so sweet

I met your mum today I was back that way she’s in great form still

Fit to take a walk and have a talk on the top of Feury’s hill.


With fond regards and thanks. Keep your pen working.

God bless,


I called on Paddy the following May as requested and as a result of that visit I composed the following -:


The Bard Of Sweet Glenbawn.


One evening fair in the month of May as the sun sank in the west

Beyond the broad Atlantic o’er Mt. Brandon’s rugged crest

A sudden thought came to my mind as I gazed across the lawn

That I should get acquainted with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


A sudden spurt of energy soon had me on my way

Through ‘Gragra’s scenic valley’s and its hill’s of boggy clay

Along by Knockdown’s lovely vale ‘neath its cloak of ‘ceannaban’

To while away the evening with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


One hundred thousand welcomes as I stepped inside the door

An outstretched hand to greet me as I walked across the floor

A big turf fire was burning bright and the curtains they were drawn

And ‘twas there stood Paddy Faley the bard of sweet Glenbawn.




The kettle soon was on the boil from the goodness of his heart

And it wasn’t long ‘till we were into a plate of apple tart

I pulled a chair up to the fire as he filled up my ‘cupan’

And ‘twas there I dined and later wined with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


It was there we spoke of days gone by when he was just a lad

Of the year’s they cut the famed ‘round bank’ with his brother’s and his dad

Of the wild duck as they came to nest in nearby ‘Cnockadillaun’

Sure they’re just a fading memory now said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


Of the youthful years that they had spent on Glasha’s fertile plain

As he viewed the scene back to Dirreen by the lovely banks of Blaine

To toil beneath an Irish sky and work the humble ‘slean’

And a hungry day ne’er came my way said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


With a loving wife and family, he was inclined to roam

And in the year of ’59 he left his native home

By the steep incline of the ‘Kerry line’ to the banks of the ‘Abha-Bhan’

And ‘tis here I’ll stay ‘till my dying day said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.




We chatted on, all through the night until ‘twas time to part

Then the salted tears ran down his cheeks sure it nearly broke his heart

The hours and minutes quickly passed into the break of dawn

And ‘twas then I bade a fond farewell to the bard of sweet Glenbawn.


May 6th 1987.



As previously stated (See Lynch George) in the year 1868 Mick Faley and his wife Ellen Sheahan came from Templeathea to a corner of George Lynch’s farm in Glasha. Mick was born circa 1838. George was a road contractor and by having Mick Faley nearby, he knew he could expect the new labourer to work in his employment, which he did as did his sons, Denis Faley, (Paddy’s father, who was only nine days old when he came to Glasha), and Dan and grandsons thereafter. 1901 Census for Faley’s, Glasha as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fealey Michael 67 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fealey Ellen Sheehan 69 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Fealey Daniel 30 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fealey Margaret 22 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

They had the following family -:

(1) Dan Faley. (baptised April 12th 1866 in Athea)

(2) Denis Faley.

(3) Ellen Faley.

(4) Johanna Faley. (baptised in Athea on 7th Apr 1870)

(5) Margaret Faley.

(6) Mary Faley.

(7) Bridget Faley.

(8)  Catherine Faley (baptised in Athea on 6 Jan 1876)

(1) Dan Faley (baptised April 12th 1866 in Athea) moved to Turraree following his purchasing of a farm there in 1893. The farm was in the possession a Dalton family and an indenture between the two parties dated March 13th 1893 and witnessed by James Lynch, Glasha and Patrick Griffin, Glenagragra read as follows – This Indenture made the 13th day of March 1893 between Mary Dalton of Turraree, Glin in the county of Limerick widow, Patrick Dalton of same place her son and Catherine Dalton of ame place her daughter of the one part and Daniel Faley of Glasha, Athea in the said county of Limerick labourer of the other part. Whereas Patrick Dalton late of Turraree aforesaid owned a small farm of land containing about seven acres, Irish measure, in said townland as a yearly tenant and whereas the said Mary Dalton the widow of the said Patrick Dalton has been since the death of the said Patrick Dalton in the occupation of the said land as tenant with the consent of the said Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton and of the other children of the said Patrick Dalton and whereas the said Mary Dalton put up the said land for sale by public auction on the 2nd day of March 1893 and the said Daniel Faley attended at the sale and bid for the said land the sum of forty two pounds sterling and was declared the purchaser thereof of the said sum. Now this indenture witnesseth that in consideration of the said sum of forty two pounds sterling (of which ten pounds was paid as a deposit at the auction and the balance has been paid before the execution of this deed) paid to the said Mary Dalton with the consent of the said Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton (the receipt whereof the said Mary Dalton, Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton do hereby acknowledge) they the said, Mary Dalton, Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton do and each of them doth hereby assign unto the said Daniel Faley the tenants interest in all that and those that farm of land containing seven acres Irish measure be the same more or less in the townland of Turraree, parish of Glin and county of Limerick with the buildings thereon as now in the occupation of the said Mary Dalton as tenant from year to year at the yearly rent of £3-10-0. To hold the same unto the said Daniel Faley for all the interest of the said Mary Dalton, Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton and of any other person claiming through the said Patrick Dalton therein subject to the aforesaid rent of £3-10-0 a year. In witness whereof the parties aforesaid have hereunto signed their names and affixes their seals the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delivered by the said Mary Dalton, Patrick Dalton and Catherine Dalton in presence of   James Lynch.                                                        Mary  x  Dalton Patrick Griffin.                                                                Mark                                                                                 Patrick Dalton.                                                                                 Catherine Dalton. 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. The farm in Statute measure came to 12acres, 1rood & 39sq perches.Faley Dan & wife.Turraree. Photo taken 1896. The above seems to be a little confusing, as it appears that Dan was renting the second farm since 1893 the same year as his purchasing the Dalton farm and Paddy Faley is quite certain that there was only one farm in the possession of his uncle Dan. In my opinion, it appears as if they were the same farm of land or part thereof. Dan was married to Hannuie O’Sullivan from Knocknaclugga. Hannie died in the year 1898 whilst giving birth to a son whom they christened Mick Faley. It was Mick’s intention to marry a sister of Padden Mulvihill’s, Glasha but the good Lord had other ideas and in the year, 1928 He took Mick home at the age of 29. Mick suffered from T.B. Dan Faley died March 25th 1960 aged 93. Dan it would appear had great talent for training dogs and one dog in particular whose name was ‘Thady’. What this dog could do (and it would seem that there wasn’t much that he could not do) is relayed in the B.R.J 1989 p137/8 in an article by Danny Faley –‘My Dog Thady’. Take it from me it is well worth reading.                                                                               Photo – Dan Faley & Hannie O’Sullivan 1896.

(2) Denis Faley was born in Templeathea circa 1868 as per 1911 Census. Not alone did he work for the Lynch’s he also helped out his neighbour, Mickie Mullane from time to time. Mickie’s house was situated across the river from Dalton’s kiln on the Knocknagorna side. Mick White from Glenagore had the place after Mickeen, whether he inherited or bought the place I’m not sure. Mick was a big strong giant of a man. No need to ask where the Faley’s got their strength from then. Which reminds me of what my uncle Tom Langan had to say one evening as he was getting into Dan Barrett’s car after spending a hard day working in the bog with one of the Faley’s, crippled no doubt. Say’s Tom, ‘thanks be to God the Faley’s are a dying race’, Paddy and Mick Faley being the only sons with families all of whom were girls. Mick White kept a boar for stud duties which he kept in a shed down at the ‘Cooper ‘ Lynch’s in Glasha. His son Paddy carried on the tradition being big into the boar industry. Mick White spent some time in the U.S. and whilst there relieved many people from the army i.e., take the place of another which was allowed back then. Mick must have got disillusioned with the whole set up as he deserted the forces and made his way back to Ireland in a meat barrel. The White property consisted of three little fields along the bank of the river. Mick Reidy built a house in one of the fields thereafter having received permission from Johnny Mullane to do so. The land and house is currently in the hands of the original owners, the Mullane’s of Knocknagorna.. (See Reidy family). Mick White had a public house in Glin for a time, (whether he had it rented or otherwise I’m not sure) that later became Danaher’s. Paddy White died June, 25th 1961 aged 84yrs at the home of his son-in-law Paddy Faley. Denis Faley was married twice, firstly to Mary Brosnan from Knocknagorna. Mary died at a comparatively young age without issue. Paddy Faley tells me that there was a romantic pathway the entire journey across the mountain from Faley’s to Brosnan’s.


Along that trodden path she tripped

Her young heart light and airy

For Mary knew that someday soon

 She’d become Mrs. Denis Faley.



(2) Denis re- married to Bridget White, Knocknagorna in the early 1900’s. Bridget was born circa 1883, a gap of fifteen years between herself and Denis. Their first date was at Dalton’s of Glasha. Bridge had one look at him and then ran away saying he was too old. Obviously, Bridge had a change of mind, as they became a happy and contented husband and wife shortly afterwards and had the following family -:

Photo – Denis Faley & wife Bridge White circa 1930’s.

 Faley Denis & Bridge, Glasha

i.Bill Faley.

ii.Mary Faley.

iii.Danny Faley.

iv.Mick Faley.

v.Paddy Faley.

vi.Joe Faley.

i.Bill Faley married Peg Griffin, Glenagragra, sister to Gerald. No family from that union. Peg died 23-11-1985. Her husband Bill died 25-01-1991.

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Left – The late Bill Faley R.I.P. and his nephew Denny Falahee.


ii.Mary FaleyCopy of falahee peter

Mary married Peter Falahee, Templeathea  in the 1940’s and had the following family -:

Eddie Falahee who is married and lives in Birmingham.

Bridie Falahee who married Jim Ahern, Athea. Denis Falahee, Templemore who married Breda O’Connor, Glensharrold. Denis joined An Gda Siochana, February 23rd 1972 the same day as me. Peter Falahee’s grandfather’s name was Thade Falahee. Peter’s father was Edward Falahee who was married to Brigid O’Shea. Family from that union as follows -: Jack, Peter, Tim (Ex British Army P.O.W. 1942.) and Bessy who married Bridgeman from near Ardagh. Peter Falahee had a Council turf-bank up in Higgins’s bog quite close to where we had a bank ourselves. Peter died April 6th 1965 aged 64yrs. His wife Mary died June 15th 1991.

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Eddie Falahee and wife Peggy paying a visit to the late Paddy Faley R.I.P, Glenbawn.

Photo 2000.

Faley Paddy, sister Mary & Joe Faley

Left – Paddy Faley, his sister Mary Falahee & brother Joe Faley.

iii.Danny Faley.

Danny was a renowned fowler and angler. He was the first man to catch a trout on the opening day of Glasha Lake. Danny was also the first man locally, to purchase a bushman saw back in 1947. He used it for cutting down trees and cutting them up for firewood. The neighbours thought it was the greatest invention of all time. He worked for Limerick County Council, Roads Dept with his horse and cart thereafter, retiring on March 24th 1982. Danny inherited the place from his uncle Dan Faley. The Weekly Observer Newspaper of January 4th 1989 carried an article on Danny Faley namely – ‘Good Samaratin Work on the Road’. Danny is also mentioned in the A.P.J., an article ‘Fowling and Hunting’ written by this author.  Danny went to his eternal reward on Wednesday April 5th 2006 twelve days short of his 89th birthday. Poem to his memory ‘Our Uncle Dan’ by Gerry Daly, A.P.N. 12-04-2006. Tribute to my brother Dan by Paddy Faley Weekly Observer 19-04-2006 p22 also B.R.J. 2006 p62. (See also Higgins Elizabeth, Turraree.) Faley Dany & Ciss

Danny Faley and his wife Ciss Higgins.

Faley Danny right, Lane Paddy & McGrath Daniel in Glin

Right – Danny Faley, Dan Lane & Danny McGrath in Glin town.

Photo 1980’s.

 iv.Mick Faley

Mick, who died October 16th 1987, was also a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s. He emigrated to Birmingham and married my aunt Peg Langan, Glenagragra. Issue from that union as follows – Mary Faley who married Tony Trueman from Quinton. No family.   Bridie Faley married John Tarpy – One girl, Susan. (Mary & Bridie were twins) Margaret Faley married Chris Dale and had a family of three – Jennie, Matthew and Richard. Joanna Faley married Jim Barber from Edgbaston and had two in family – Alex and Michael. (see also Langan Margaret (Peg)

. Faley Mick & Peg  Faley Mick & Peg on wedding day 1954

Mick Faley & Peg Langan on their wedding day 1954.

Faley Mick & Peg with twins 1955.

Mick Faley & Peg with twins Mary & Bridie 1955.

 Langan Paddy, Maureen & Faley Mick Left My grandfather Paddy Langan, his daughter 

Maureen and Mick Faley c1947.

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Left – Mick Faley R.I.P., Birmingham & Glasha

 (brother of the late Paddy R.I.P., Glenbawn) with his nephew Denny Falahee,

Templemore & Templeathea.

             Photo – 1985 at 30 Station Rd, Harbourne, Birmingham .

v.Paddy Faley

On Monday October 17th 2011 I lost my esteemed and treasured friend the late Paddy Faley from Glenbawn, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. Paddy, in many ways was as much a father figure to me as a friend. Was it not for Paddy’s coaxing and cajoling I may have never written a line of poetry or song. He was a great listner and was always at the ready to offer me advise and help whenever I needed it. One of my last links with the pas,t he could recall from memory many events and happenings from the 1920’s onwards and could also relate stories and fairy tales from his father’s store, stories that he treasured so much, not all of which were fiction. It was only the week before he became ill that he related to me an account on my grandfather Paddy Langan re-his 1942 appointment to the Limerick County Council. The bond of friendship between the Faley’s and the Lynch’s (my mothers side) extends back to 1868 when my great-great grandfather George Lynch invited Known to all and sundry (thanks to yours truly) as ‘The Bard of Sweet Glenbawn,’ he married his 1st cousin Ellen (Nell) White, R.I.P. 18-11-1962, Templeglantine daughter of Paddy White, Glin and Ellen Broderick, Abbeyfeale. This was Paddy White’s second marriage having been previously wed to a Lenihan girl and having one son Mick White who joined the Irish army and died at a comparatively very young age. Paddy Faley bought the southern field, that being the field (already referred to under Lynch George) along by the river that forms the boundry between Glasha and Knocknagorna from Jimeen Lynch, John Lynch’s grandson, circa 1953. Paddy paid Jimeen £10 for the field but had the price he paid for it got back within a year after receiving a grant for draining the place. Paddy had grazing for three cows in the field and would bring the tank of milk on his back down to Johnny Connolly’s in Glenagragra each morning on his way to work. Johnny took the milk to Turraree creamery for him. Paddy eventually adapted his bicycle in such a way as that he could hang the tank from it, which made the chore much easier on him. Following his relocation to Glenbawn, Paddy sold the field to my uncle, the aforementioned Tom Langan. Such are the sign of the times the two fields in question are now under plantation, as is the surrounding mountainside. Paddy worked for Limerick Co. Council Roads dept from the 1930’s until his retirement in 1985.   Paddy was also a member of the Glenagragra Dramatic Class of the early 1950’s. See Paddy’s account of that celebrated class in the B.R.J. 1978 p38/9.


Mossie Higgins standing outside the porch, all that was left of the old Faley homestead when we paid a visit there circa 1988. The said spot is now under plantation.

Paddy together with his wife and family left their home in the mountain in Glasha and moved east to Glenbawn on April 25th 1959. Paddy imortalised that memorable day in verse thus – ‘The Home I Left Behind’ that can be seen in the B.R.J 1977 p8/9. See also ‘The Spot Where I Was Born’ B.R.J 1990 p71. See also B.R.J. 1991 p95 for an article by Paddy on his childhood memories. Paddy and Nell had the following family -:


Peg Faley Prendeville, Glenbawn, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick.

Helen Faley Martin, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Bridie Faley Murphy, Glenastar, Ardagh, Co. Limerick.

Geraldine Faley Tansey, Dublin. (now goes as Ger White, living in Wales 2017)

Philomena Faley Daly, Co. Cavan/Co. Tyrone.

For more on Paddy Faley see his book ‘The Life and Rhymes of Paddy Faley’, published in 2003 by As Duchas Dochas, Bishop St., N.C.W. and available at your local library.


Faley home in Glenbawn c1988.

Paddy’s daughter’s have written many poems over the years which can be found in local newspapers and journals. Here is one from Peg taken from Athea and District Newsletter. For other Newsletters click on link provided below 4d ago –

Knockdown News-02/08/2017

4d ago

By Peg Prendeville

Grandchildren Sleeping over. 

They arrive in all excited with their pyjamas and their toys

And suddenly my quiet home explodes with all the noise

With each one seeking favour as they pick where they will sleep

And I realise I’m in a hole which is big and wide and deep.

Seven happy children