Desmond Hall an OPW managed site


West Limerick preserves many of Ireland's surviving spacious medieval halls. The Desmond Banqueting Hall is an imposing two-storey structure and was used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and entertainment. The Hall, vaulted lower chamber and adjoining tower were all constructed during the 15th century (the hall and chamber were built on the remains of a 13th century structure of similar size). Its restored medieval features include and oak musicians' gallery and a limestone hooded fireplace.




Listowel Castle


Listowel Castle stands on an elevation overlooking the River Feale, above the location of a strategic ford. Although only half of the building survives, it is still one of Kerry’s best examples of Anglo-Norman architecture. Only two of the original four square towers, standing over 15 metres high, remain. The towers are united by a curtain wall of the same height and linked together – unusually – by an arch on one side. Listowel was the last bastion against the forces of Queen Elizabeth in the First Desmond Rebellion in 1569. The castle’s garrison held out for 28 days of siege before finally being overpowered by Sir Charles Wilmot. In the days following the castle’s fall, Wilmot executed all of the soldiers left inside.






Much has been written about the problem of poverty and congested living in the west and north-west of Ireland during the nineteenth century that resulted in the establishment of a Congested Districts Board in 1891. The Board was incorporated into the Land Commission in 1923 by the new Irish Free State Government who devised an innovative approach to congested living in one identified area, the Gaeltacht, a collective term for districts where the Irish language was strong. One answer to the poverty problem was the establishment of a Gaeltacht colony outside of the identified Gaeltacht districts. Families would be moved to fully equipped farms on fertile land in the east. At the same time, the Irish language revival would receive an extra boost in its establishment in the east of the country. The hope was that the language would then spread further. Was it successful? A comprehensive answer to that question can be found in Suzanne Pegley’s 2007 MLitt thesis from Maynooth University.








Muiris Bric, a native of Na Gorta Dubha, Ballyferriter, is now a long-term resident of New Rochelle, New York. Maurice has a great memory for the significant events of his childhood at home in the Dingle Peninsula as in this memory of An American Wake. Muiris says  ‘This is the story of Múraí, real name Séamus Martin and his immigration to Chicago back around 1950’:




I was about six [years old] and I liked to hang around the cowshed when Mam and Dad were milking. I liked the rhythm of the pings when the spray of the milk would hit the bottom of an empty bucket. I told Dad one time & he raised his eyes skyward for some reason.




One evening I heard Mam saying, “Fuair Múraí na páipéir inniu.” (Moorie got the papers today) and then she said, “Beidh sé ag imeacht go B’leá Cliath saras fada.” (He’ll be going to Dublin shortly.) I didn’t understand any of it. I thought he had picked up The Kerryman newspaper but why would he have to go to Dublin then? Mam explained it, he got papers from America certifying that whoever sent them would sponsor him to go there and he would have to go to Dublin for a medical and other certifications. Múraí was going to America.




He was called Múraí due to his strapping height, a fine-looking man. His name was Séamus Martin. I remember him on a donkey coming down the middle road of Gorta Dubha and a few of us had a great laugh because his feet were scraping the ground as he went.




He left for Dublin and about a month later he was due to go [to the U.S.]. Since he was a next-door neighbour, I was there on the night before he left. I was there mostly for a chance of a slice of currant cake with jam and maybe a cup of lemonade. There was an air of celebration about but it wasn’t [a celebration]. That evening all the village visited to say goodbye. I noticed some bottles of porter in a bag and any man who came in was offered one and he drank to the health of Múraí. The women had tea and sweet cake with butter and jam and some biscuits as well. They all sat around talking and reminiscing and  Múraí would nod his head from time to time but he didn’t say much.












Sir John Fitzgerald, 1st Knight of Glin






        FITZGERALD, KNIGHT OF GLIN in [Burkes Irish, 2002]


        FITZGERALD, KNIGHT OF GLIN in [Burkes Irish, 1976]








Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Friday, April 02, 1824; Page: 4


. KERRY ASSIZES; Mr. James Counihan, a dancing master, indicted for burglary and robbery, in the house  of a farmer  named Brean, at Rathcanny, on the 7th January—Guilty. It appeared in evidence that this profligate culprit had three of his pupils pregnant by him at the same time.






Thomas Golden, a well looking Youngman, in the full costume of a Police Constable, was put  to the bar and arraigned for the murder of Thomas Fitzgerald , at Knockanure, in this county, the 17th March, 1822.


James Fitzgerald sworn, is  the brother of the deceased Thomas, who was killed on St Patrick’s Day, two years since; witness went to mass on that morning; there was a riot after mass; witness interfered to make peace, but on his oath never struck a blow, nor was he inclined to strike any person; he was sober; his deceased brother was not in the riot; his house was near the place, and on hearing of the riot, he came to the house of Hanora Connor, at Callig, to bring witness home; witness and his deceased brother left Hanora O Connor’s house for the purpose of proceeding homewards; his brother was walking on the road towards his own house, when the prisoner at the bar came behind him and struck him on the head with a spade tree; there was not an angry word between his brother and the prisoner at the time, or immediately before the blows were given; his brother instantly fell, and was dragged into the house of Hanora Connor; while dragging him in a man named M’Mahon, who was since transported struck the deceased with an iron tongs on the body; witness examined hid brothers head, there was a great hollow on the back part of it; his skull was fractured; he languished until next morning, and then died; M’Mahon was with the prisoner and his party.


Cross examined; There were eight men prosecuted before for this murder- witness swore against others besides M’Mahon, who was transported- his deceased brother had nothing to do with the riot. His testimony was corroborated by two other witnesses.


The Jury found the prisoner not guilty of murder, but guilty of Manslaughter, and his Lordship sentenced him to seven year’s transportation.




(Another case; Rice O’Connor, Attorney and John Hurley about a deed executed 1788 on intermarriage of Francis Russell and Lucinda his late wife. Hurley won the case. See paper for more)




A Survey of Irish Surnames 1992-97


Sean J Murphy





RTE viewers have said that the "best moment" from this year's Toy Show was when Irish singer Dermot Kennedy surprised his superfan Michael Moloney. It is said that his grandfather Michael Moloney, Senior, came from Kilmorna.




From Listowel Connection

Faction Fighting




Kevin Lane has written to us from New York.




Hi, I really enjoy your blog. It reminds me of my grandparents, my father and my own roots. As I get older this is more and more important to me.




My grandmother, Teresa Connor (O'Connor?) was born in Listowel in 1899.  Her family lived in Mill Lane, with another family, the Powers.


My grandfather, Edmund Lane, was born in Mountcollins, near Abbyfeale, in 1896.


They met in New York City and had two sons, one of whom was my father, Dennis Lane.


Dad passed away last year but before he passed, we had begun researching our ancestry.




I read your post about faction fighting in Kerry and vicinity and it reminded


me of a story my Dad told me about his grandfather (my great-grandfather), Denis Aeneas Lane, of Mountcollins.


He was killed by a rock thrown at his head while returning from a fair in Abbyfeale in 1903.


The only information I have seen is the newspaper snippet below, from 1903.


It doesn't say anything about faction fighting, but it sure does sound like one.


I wonder if you have any information about faction fighting in the area around that time.


It would be interesting and help resolve a family mystery!


Regards, Kevin Lane, NYC


BEST WISHES to Nora Lynch of Glasha who celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday last. Athea Tidy Towns organised a celebration in the village to honour the event. Big crowds lined the streets as Nora was brought to the church door by her son Jim. Fr. Tony Mullins was on hand to greet her and sang “Limerick you’re a Lady” for her.  Presentations were made  with music and songs which lasted for about one hour.


Nora was in great form and even managed a verse of “Knockanure”.  A film crew from RTE were on hand to record the event which will be aired on the news sometime over the weekend (info will be on the Athea tidy Towns Facebook page).


Part 2 Nora Lynch centenary






HOLY WELLS Day 14th June; There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing. The Day invites you to become aware of how precious water is. Use this wonderful prayer when you visit a well. Prayer for the Protection of Water.


O God of all creation, teach us how to protect water on which all living beings depend, plants, animals, fish, birds, humans Help us to ensure that water may always flow freely and purely for all your Creation. May your Spirit soften our hearts and enlighten us so that we may act responsibly to protect water, the vital source of life in Our Common Home.


Mary DALTON (caution: not verified) was born about 1810 in probably Athea, Co. Limerick. She died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.


 It is believed that Mary was from the Athea area. Perhaps she was from the same townland as her husband, Patrick, which was Dirreen Lower. If this was in fact the case, then here is a little information acquired on a Dalton family from Dirreen. It is possible that Mary may have been connected to this family:




Geneanet allows you to match your DNA data to other members for free. Unlock your genealogy: find new relatives and common ancestors in more than 1 million family trees.


And it never ends because you will receive alerts when new results are available!




Robert Stanford was born in Ballinastanford near Claremorris, Co. Mayo in 1806. He made his fortune as a soldier, eventually settling near Cape Town in South Africa. Upon his retirement from military service in 1838, he bought the Kleine Valley estate in the Western Cape. The estate covered almost 27,000 acres, making Stanford a prominent land owner. In 1848 he further expanded his property portfolio buy purchasing 52,000 acres of land near Gustrouw. In spite of his prominent position in society, Stanford is perhaps best known for the part he played in The Blockade of the Neptune in 1849.














Kennelly Family DNA


Jun 8, 2019








Welcome to the first Family page on Irish DNA Net. As a Kanalley, there wouldn’t be a more appropriate family to start with than my own.




I’m excited about these pages. The format will be a running blog of discoveries based on DNA for each family. No living individuals will be named, but families will be discussed. My hope is descendants will find these pages and seek to collaborate. Please leave a comment at the bottom if you have info you’d like to share or contact me directly.




So let’s begin: the Kennelly family and what the DNA results have shown.


Surname Overview & Geography




The Kennelly surname is most common in southwest Ireland, specifically in the counties of Kerry, Limerick & Cork in Munster province.




Kennelly is believed to come from the Gaelic O’Cinnfhaolaidh, which originates from ‘ceann’ meaning ‘head’ and ‘faol’ meaning ‘wolf.’




Surname variations include: Kanaley, Kanalley, Kenally, Kenealy, Kenneally, Kenneely, Kineally, Kinealy, Kinnelly, Coneely & Conneely.


Did you know I wrote a book based on my Kanalley / Kennelly family? It’s true. The story focuses on James Kanalley, son of Thomas Kennelly, his wife Mary Wallace, and the impact World War I had on the family. You can find it here:












Travel: For most of the nineteenth century, travel in County Kerry was walking or by horse or donkey & car.   A person walking will average 3 – 4 miles per hour, a person riding or on a horse or donkey cart will average 5 -8 miles per hour. So a person could travel up to 12 miles each day, have time to meet relatives or friends  or do  business (selling at market) within a 12 mile radius.




Jim Ryan or Dr. James G. Ryan is a writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past 25 years His book Irish Church Records has been a standard guide since its publication so we are privileged to get Jim’s views:




The O'Donoghue clan have a great website here





Sr Angela Donoghue aged 100, Melbourne




Sept 2019

Glin Development, the Abha Bhán and Glin Players and all the production team of the Cailín Bán play would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who came and supported this event. It was a resounding success, and one that will be remembered for years to come!




O'Connor, Rehnquist And A Supreme Marriage Proposal






By Nina Totenberg




Morning Edition, · Some personal secrets are so well-kept that even family and friends are oblivious. So it is with the story of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist's marriage proposal to a Stanford Law School classmate in the early 1950s.




When 19-year-old Sandra Day entered Stanford Law School in 1949, her frequent seatmate was 26-year-old Bill Rehnquist, attending Stanford on the GI Bill. The two shared their equally meticulous class notes and eventually were dating regularly. But by December of their second year, she broke up with him while somehow retaining what she called their "study buddy" relationship; she even entered the moot-court competition with Rehnquist, and the pair finished second.

Note Sandra married Connor whose people came from Knockanure.




Jews in Germany say government discriminates against Jewish burials


June 1923: The government was paying to bury poor non-Jews, but the Jewish community had to pay for its members who could not afford a funeral.




May 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm


Donna McGreevy




Mary Anne Buckley (birth around 1866 in Kerry)


I hope someone might be able to help me in a search for the family/homeplace of Mary Anne Buckley. We don’t know who her parents were (trying to find out) but she was in Chicago with Ellen O Connor nee Buckley from Kilbaha (father Timothy Buckley, Mother Ellen Walsh), wife of Jeremiah O Connor from 1890 onwards. The sponsors/ witnesses at family events were Timothy Buckley, Robert Buckley, James Buckley, Mary Griffin, Nellie Keegan, Hannah Buckley, John Buckley and Michael Buckley. I think they were cousins. If anyone has any pointers, it would be great. Have looked at Genealogy.ie, Parish records etc. Can’t seem to find Mary. Many thanks






May 19, 2018 at 12:00 am


Anna Culhane




If the person who posted the comments below (Knockanure Notes – 6th July, 2009) is still wanting information on its the contents, please contact me by email


“INFORMATION Wanted on; Patrick Culhane, of Adrian, Mich., died Sept. 4th, 1908. He was born 1848 and went to America in 1870. Patrick was survived by three children, Thomas and Mary Culhane of Adrian, Mich., and Mrs. William O’Brien of Rochester and siblings Daniel, Michael and John Culane, and Mrs. William Bunce of Ireland, Miss Catherine Culhane and Mrs. Charles Reeling of Rochester, Mrs. Michael Windle of Honeoye Falls and Mrs. John Bunce of Victor. Details from the Victor Herald New York.”


Brief history of Mike the Pies by Vincent Carmody


McElligott and O'Connor families.


Number 28 Patrick St (Upper William Street),


has been the family home for only two families since it was built in the 1890s. The McElligott family who built it, resided there until their emigration to the United States in 1907 and the O'Connor family purchased it that year.


In 1906, as news of the San Francisco earthquake filtered through, William McElligott visualized how his architectural skills could be of value in the rebuilding of the now badly devastated city. Having decided to sell the business, it went up for auction in February 1907.


The successful new owners, Michael and Kate O Connor did not have to travel far to relocate, they had been tenants of Lar Buckley, cooper, at number 24, just two doors down. Here, they had ran a grocery shop and here Kate baked meat pies, which she sold at fair and market days. In an amazing twist, the O'Connors had been in America and had returned to set up a business in their native North Kerry, while the McElligott's were selling out in Ireland, eager to find out could they to make fame and fortune in America.




Michael and Kate concentrated on running the public house and had a busy grocery and flour and meal business, Kate continued with her pie making, so much so, that the pub acquired the name 'Mike the Pies'. Their son, Michael, married Mary McElligott from Moyvane in the 1940's. They had six sons, Michael, Thomas, Roger, Eamon, Denis and Maurice. Mike the Pies is still operated by the O'Connor family, it is as busy as ever and over time has developed into a popular music venue.


The photographs include,


The frontage with the McElligott name on the fascia board.


A family group taken in Moyvane, (c) 1945. including,




Michael O Connor, his father in law, Thomas McElligott, brother in law, Dinny McElligott, Mary (Mac) O'Connor.




Bridget McElligott holding Thomas (Tom) O'Connor and Michael O'Connor.



COSTELLO; A descendant of one of these families called Costello is going to visit Listowel this week and he would love to meet up with his Irish family.


Edward T. Costello living in Arlington, Virigina is visiting Kerry  ( May 13-25) to search for information on his  gt gt grandfather Michael Costello.


Michael Costello (1782-1826) and his family, reportedly from the Listowel area in County Kerry, left Ireland for Canada in 1825 as a member of a group of some 600 Irish families that were resettled in Ontario, Canada under the leadership of Peter Robinson (the Peter Robinson Settlers).  Each adult member of the family was given 100 acres of land and equipment and supplies to assist in settlement.  The immigration plan both reduced land pressure in Ireland and helped settle sparsely populated areas of Canada. Descendants of the original group (who settled in Ennismore Township) of Peter Robinson Settlers can be found both in Canada and the United States. Any information or insights concerning the Michael Costello family would be appreciated to 086-8269870.






COSTELLO; April 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm


Sandy Mulvihill


I have a photo of a Gravestone marker in the Murher cemetery near Mulvane dedicated to Cornelius C. Mulvihill and his wife Mary Costellow. This was erected by J.C. Mulvihill of Nashville, TN and I am trying to connect him with my husband’s great grandfather Edward or possibly Edmund who also lived in Nashville. I have reason to believe they were brother and immigrated together. Are there any remaining Mulvihills in the area? It is such a delight to read the history of your lovely area on this site and look forward to visiting your beautiful country in August. Thank you for making this available.





Kennelly and Mulvihill








Found Ed Kennelly and Mary Mulvihill, Ballylongford had child Johanna on 25 4 1864 and Catherine on 3-3- 1866.


John Kennelly and Elizabeth Mulvihill had Joan on 22-4- 1866


John Kennelly and Hanora Mulvihill had Edward on 16-1-1866


Edward Vaughan Kenealy born 2-7-1819 Cork was a well-known barrister and M.P. in England




Area - DUBLIN (COI) , Parish/Church/Congregation - ARBOUR HILL BARRACKS






Age        35 Date of Death              4 February 1865 Occupation        PRIVATE 41ST REGNT




Area - KERRY (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation - MOYVANE




Marriage of DENIS KENNELLY of NR and MARY GRIFFEN of GORTAMAGOUNA on 12 February 1839


Husband              Wife




Address               NR          GORTAMAGOUNA


Witness 1            MATHEW KENNELLY


Witness 2            WILLIAM GROGAN






Area - KERRY (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation - MOYVANE


Baptism of DANIEL KENNELLY of GORTDROMAGOUNA on 22 November 1853




Date of Birth      22 November 1853 (BASED ON OTHER DATE INFORMATION)


Address               GORTDROMAGOUNA






Sponsor 1            THOMAS LYONS


From Laois to Kerry






(Book review from The Irish Catholic)




From Laois to Kerry by Michael Christopher Keane




(Beechgrove, Ovens, Cork


€20 + P&P; contact: mjagkeane@gmail.com).




J. Anthony Gaughan




This little book falls into two parts. The first deals with the Laois origins and continuing presence in Kerry of the Moores, Kellys, Dowlings, Lawlors, Dorans, Dees, and McEvoys. The second part records the remarkable lives of their transplanter and landlord Patrick Crosbie and his successor Sir Pierce Crosbie,


The above surnames are among the most popular family names in North Kerry at present.  The ancestors of those people once resided in what is now known as Co Laois.  This is an account of why and how they were transplanted to Kerry by Patrick Crosbie in 1607-9.


The surnames belonged to members of the Seven Septs (clans) of the O’Moore territory.  In the early seventeenth century they opposed attempts by the English to pacify the midlands.  Eventually they were vanquished and their leader, Owny Rory O’Moore, was killed in battle.


The authorities in London decided to expel the Seven Septs from their ancestral lands and replace them with loyalist settlers.  Land was available in Kerry following the ethnic cleansing of Munster during the Elizabethan-Desmond war.  Patrick Crosbie, who already had extensive landholdings, was given a grant of some 25,000 acres in North Kerry and undertook to settle the O’Moore Septs as tenant farmers on his new acquisition.


Michael Keane, himself a descendant of one of the Septs, traces the continuing strong presence of the Laois Sept descendants in Kerry through the centuries down to the present day.


He also records that some members of the Seven Septs were able to avoid the transplantation by taking refuge in forests and other inaccessible places.  In addition some of the original transplantees, despite a sentence of death being imposed on those who returned, found their way back to their ancestral lands.  Hence the prevalence of their surnames also in Co Laois today.


In part II the author provides detailed profiles of Patrick Crosbie (d. 1610) and his son Sir Pierce Crosbie (1590 -1646).  Patrick Crosbie also known as Patrick MacCrossan belonged to a family who were rhymers to the O’Moore chiefs.  This, Keane points out, is the generally accepted view of post-1922 historians.  In so doing he makes some insightful comments on the claims of historical revisionism.


Patrick Crosbie was better than most other people at weaving his way through the corrupt and Machiavellian politics of his time.  From the 1580s onwards he was a trusted English ally for which he received grants of extensive landholdings in Queens County (now Laois) and Kerry.




Sir Pierce Crosbie inherited Tarbert along with extensive land and properties in North Kerry and Laois following the death of his father in 1610.  He was close to the royal court, where he acted first as cupbearer and then gentleman to the king’s chambers.  A member of the Irish Parliament and of the Privy Council, he was also a distinguished military commander and was involved in successful campaigns on the continent.  After crossing swords with Thomas Wentworth, the Lord Deputy, he found himself in jail.  However, following Wentworth’s execution for treason, he soon regained his standing at the royal court.


Despite the dominance of the Protestant religion and the advantages of subscribing to it, Pierce appears to have remained a Catholic throughout his life and had a prominent role in the Catholic Confederacy in his later years. When he died in 1646, the Crosbie legacy in Kerry was assured.  By virtue of their extensive landholdings the family was to dominate the local politics and society of the county for the next three hundred years.


This study of the Crosbies and their tenants from Co Laois is a valuable contribution to the local history of North Kerry, and will be of particular interest to those bearing the surnames of the Seven Septs of the O’Moore county.


Pat Scannell Dromin Listowel, buried 14th Nov. 2016, at St Michael's Churchyard.

Related to Kennelly Dromin, Dwyer and Lane from Brosna area. Cousins in Fire service and police USA.





Dennis Sullivan  and Mary Sullivan Sullivan


102 Pioneer Irish of Onondaga


Dennis Sullivan and his wife, Mary Sullivan


Sullivan, came to Syracuse from Killarney, County


Kerry, in 1836. They came here to improve their


fortunes, leaving behind them the life of the far-


mer. Dennis found his first work packing salt,


for which he received the standard price of three


cents a barrel, earning about seventy-five cents a


day. After three or four years he was appointed


sexton of Rose Hill Cemetery, and had charge of


the "pest" house on Highland Street, where the


victims of small-pox were housed. Dr. Pease was


then health officer. For five years he worked as


sexton and superintendent and then lost his job


because of the enmity of a man who hated his race


and did not want an Irishman to be above his


grave. The man's name, strangely enough, was






Dennis Sullivan then bought a farm near Split


Rock and lived there two years. Returning to


the city he bought a horse and cart and spent


twenty years in carting. He drove the same


horse for the whole period of twenty years, surely


a record and a proof of his humanity.






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Thomas Griffin




Welcome as a mother's arms to a sick child is


his native land to the suffering man. In his ill-


ness exile becomes a distressing circumstance.


Thomas Griffin and his wife, Ellen Lynch, and


their nine children came to Syracuse from Tralee,


County Kerry, in 1846. After several years


Thomas fell sick, and in his misery vowed a vow


that he would return to the land of his fathers.


He kept his vow in 1852 but, later, returned to


Syracuse with children and grandchildren. Two


sons, John and James, remained in Liverpool,


England, one son, Thomas, went South. His


daughter Mary married John, son of John and


Margaret Gallavan McDonald of Tralee, and came


with him to Syracuse. The other children who


reached maturity are Bridget, Michael, and Ellen.




Thomas Griffin was a grocer in Tralee, but here


he engaged in the clothing business at the corner of


Clinton and Water Streets. Some of his patron-


age was from travellers on the packet-boat.




One day two Irish boys boimd for the west were


put ashore at the packet-dock to die victims of


ship fever. Father Heas came to administer the


last rites of the Church. There was no shelter


for the unfortunates, for no one dared to receive


them. Thomas McManus as messenger for the


priest found Thomas Griffin ready to construct a


shed in the rear of his premises for the reception


of the dying youths.






Patrick Griffin




Patrick Griffin left his home in Ballylongfort,


County Kerry, to board a man-of-war, the


Rodney, in 1846. With 11 00 men it sailed the


Mediterranean, stopping at many ports, on to


Alexandria. One day they passed a vessel bear-


ing Pope Pius the Ninth and gave him the royal


salute of twenty-one guns. Returning to the At-


lantic, the cruise was along the west coast of


Africa to Cape of Good Hope and thence to Ports-


mouth. Here Patrick was paid off for two years


and nine months of service and with the money








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came to America. First he revisited his home and


saw the dreadful effects of the famine. Many of


his friends were dead.




In Syracuse he for the first time in his life was


sick. The prevalent fever and ague quenched his


desire for further travel. His first work was as


porter in the Brintnell Hotel. There were then


only two houses on Onondaga Street and one or


two on Fayette and nothing but swamp and fields


between the two streets.




WILLIAM TOBIN was in Otisco before 1850.


He was the son of John and Mary Hickey


Tobin, parish of Castle Island, County Kerry.


The other children of the family came to Otisco


after William. They are: William, who married


Mary McGuire; Mary, who married John Long;


John, who married Ann Sullivan; Richard, who


married Joanna Kinney; Patrick, who married


Ellen Ready ; Julia, who married Patrick Kinsella ;


and Cornelius, who married Martha McGuire.




The children of Richard and Joanna Kinney


Tobin are: Mary, who married Michael Lucid;


Sarah, who married Dennis Curtin. Their other


children are Julia, Ellen, James, John, Bessie, and


Kate, the four first of whom went to California.








38 Pioneer Irish of Onondaga


James Lynch


James Lynch was the son of Cornelius and Jo-


anna Dooling Lynch of Tralee, County Kerry,


Ireland. Originally from the city of Dublin,


Cornelius Lynch married and settled among the


relatives of his wife in Kerry. Their sons, James


and John, both came to Onondaga County.




John Lynch, son of Cornehus and Joanna Dool-


ing Lynch, of County Kerry, Ireland, came to


Sahna in 1833, where his brother James had been


estabUshed since 1824. John had married Mary,


the daughter of Dennis Scanlon of County Kerry,


and they had brought with them from Ireland their


eight children. One child was born on board ship


and the youngest was born after they had taken


up their residence on a farm in Dewitt. There






William Fitzsimmons, a native of Limerick, Ireland.


Her two sons, William and Robert Walton Ealden,


served in the I22d Regiment, N. Y. Vol. Inf., in the


Civil War. Robert was nineteen years old when


he enlisted, begging to be allowed to go with his


brother. Both contracted consumption, William


by swimming the Potomac to save some army


records and becoming chilled. He died in Los


Angeles. Most of the Fitzsimmons children


located in California.




Patrick Shaunessy


 T. E. Cheney.  From a Forest to a City.


Patrick Shaunessy and his wife, Mary Bustin,


came from Stone Hall, County Limerick, to


Syracuse about 1830. They had married very


young and Patrick was eager to come to America


when the boys of his neighborhood made up a


party to emigrate. He had paid his pound


sterling as guarantee, but his mother insisted that


he forfeit the deposit and wait until his family


could come with him. The boys who sailed


went down with the ship.








Michael Leyden, from whose note-book the above


extracts were taken, came to this country, from


Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, bringing with him


his wife, Anna Walton, daughter of Thomas, and


their five children, John, Michael, Jr., Mary,


George, and Anna.


The note-book above shows that he left Limerick April I, 1824, and reached New York May


7th, and May i8th left New York, paying eleven


dollars for their passage to Manlius. He evidently


came on to Salina and made various payments to


Mr. McCarthy






John Walsh




It was early in the War of Independence that


John Walsh of Skaneateles enlisted and his


service lasted until peace was declared. In 1775


he enlisted in Col. Paul Dudley Loyrant's regiment,


in Captain William Scott's company, and served


 E. N. Leslie.




Stack  Salina 13


Thomas was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth


Stack McCarthy and when a boy about fourteen,


according to the custom of the country, he was


bound out until he was twenty-one. He went


to Dublin and there learned the draper's trade,


which he and his descendants exercised for more


than a century in this County. Under the condi-


tions of apprenticeship in Dublin, the apprentice


entered the family of his employer and worked in


the latter's shop, for which privileges the appren-


tice's father paid the employer a certain number of


pounds sterling a year. Whether it was the father


or step-father of Thomas who paid the fees, the


term of apprenticeship had not expired when his


mother came to America. When at last he was


free he invested his savings in merchandise and


with his brother John came to join his mother.


John settled in Canada and Thomas at Salt








W. W. Clayton says:


The nucleus of the present church of the Immacu-


late Conception was formed by several families resid-


ing at Fayetteville and Manlius Square from 1846-


1855. Among these may be mentioned John Farrell,


John McCarrick, John O'Brien, and Jeremiah Bohan


of the former place, and Edward Gaynor, John Sheedy,


Patrick Holland, Timothy Holland, John Shea, Patrick


Tobin, William Griffin, John Kennelly, Patrick


Maloney, Michael Foley, Thomas Flattery, and others


residing at Manlius Square.






Church Clark writes^:


Church of St. John the Baptist


In 1829 St. John's Roman Catholic Church in the


village of Salina was commenced and enclosed by the


exertions of Thomas McCarthy and James Lynch and


a few other Roman Catholics and the liberal donations


of their Protestant fellow-citizens in the villages of


Salina and Syracuse, and by collections made by said


McCarthy and Lynch from their friends in Utica,


Albany, and New York. Rt. Rev. John DuBois was


then bishop of the diocese of New York, and for the


two succeeding years the congregation being small was


visited by clergymen only once a month. Rev.


Francis O'Donohue, Rev. James O'Donnell, Rev.


Haes, and Rev. Cummings are the priests (Irish) who


have had charge there.




Family Histories




February 11, 2015 at 12:19 am

Margaret Hicks


Hello Anna Maria, so great to get your reply and to learn of Ron’s coming visit. My sister’s info regarding his poor health must be way off the mark! I have many questions re the family history but I won’t toss them all at you in one go! I have a receipt for the purchase of 2 plots in the Melbourne general cemetery signed by one, Cornelius Kennelly in 1894. John and Mary Kennelly are buried there with Clare and Ron. Before Ron died, we organised a granite headstone and after her death I had it completed, adding a celtic cross and the inscription, “Love never dies’ However, I believe the grave was originally purchased for Bridget Kennelly, but I have no details to complete a headstone for her. Clare told my sister Helen that she could use this plot for herself if she so wished. I have found details that perhaps match Bridget’s arrival in Melbourne. Cornelius seems to have vanished as I can’t find any details for him either. Tho’ some shipping records seem to give a possible date for his arrival in Melbourne.

I read the Parish notes and see that a Mass will be said for Patrick and Mary Kennelly on 15th Feb. Presuming we are related, I shall have a Mass said on the same day in our Parish Church for all the Kennellys of Moyvane who have travelled the journey of life before us. Stay safe and well. Love to all Margaret

Henry Kennelly, Elizabeth Baldwin, Elizabeth Fox, Theft > pocketpicking, 9th July 1729.



Henry Kennelly , Elizabeth Baldwin , and Elizabeth Fox , were indicted for privately taking 6 Guineas and 3 Half-Guines from the Person of Thomas Watson , the 2d of this Instant July ; but there being no Proof against Baldwin and Fox, and only Suspicion against Kennelly, they were all acquitted .