DEATH of Father Patrick J. Larkin, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 63 years, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita. He was 89. Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. A rosary at 8:30 a.m. and  funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Fr. Larkin was born on March 16, 1933, in Carrueragh, Knockanure. He received his seminary education at St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny, and was ordained on June 2, 1957. He was appointed an assistant at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons, Kansas on Oct. 21, 1957. He later served at Holy Saviour Parish, as a teacher at Mount Carmel, as an assistant at Blessed Sacrament Parish, and then returned to Mount Carmel as the director of Religious Education.

Fr. Larkin was named pastor of St. Patrick Church in Harper on July 1, 1967. Before being moved to St. Patrick Parish in Kingman in 1973, he served as the diocesan director of a Thanksgiving Clothing Drive, and of the Bishop’s Relief Collection. While at Kingman he also served on the diocesan Liturgical Commission and the Priests’ Council.

In 1984, after serving for about nine years in Kingman, Fr. Larkin was named pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Neodesha. He was moved to St. Louis Parish in Waterloo and St. Rose Parish in Mt. Vernon in 1986. The next year he was named pastor of Mother of God Parish in Oswego and Sacred Heart Parish in Chetopa. Father served the two Southeast Kansas parishes for about eight years before being named pastor of St. Martin Parish in Caldwell in 1995. He retired three years later. Fr. Larkin was one of 63 priests from Ireland who served the diocese. Father Larkin is sadly missed by his nephews and nieces and extended members of the Larkin Family at home and abroad.


JUBILEE: Four Sisters of Mercy, originally from Ballyduff, celebrated Jubilees in Auburn, California on September 17th, 2022. Sisters were celebrating 240 combined years of profession.  They are -  Sr. Maureen Costelloe & Sr. Grace O’Flaherty each celebrating 70 years, Sr. Sheila Browne & Sr. Clare Marie Dalton each celebrating 50 years. 


HOTIZONS on Radio Kerry Nov 6th 2022; A Cahersiveen woman who founded the Texas based order: Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate is central to the story Sr. Ann Finnerty tells on Horizons at 9 Sunday morning. Margaret Mary Healy Murphy 1833-1907.



Great Ballylongford Woman from Jer

Attachments Mon, 3 Oct 2016, 17:44

to Mary

A new St Louis Centenarian

by Maud Murphy SSL




Thursday, June 18- 2015 was a very special day in the life of the

English Mission, as Teresa Walsh SSL celebrated her 100th birthday.

Teresa liked to remind the sisters that she was born in June 1915,

before the birth of the Irish Free State. She grew up in

Ballylongford, Co Kerry, and after her secondary school years in

Monaghan, she entered religious life there. Sr Brenda, as she was

known as then, was missioned to Yarmouth in 1939 just as World War II

was breaking out. The following year, she accompanied the school

children to Retford where they were sheltered during the war years.

Soon after that, she went to Notre Dame College in Glasgow where she

did her teacher training. She spent short periods in Newcastle, Co

Down, and also in Bury St Edmund’s, but Great Yarmouth was her home

for most of her teaching life. She is fondly remembered there by

parents and past pupils, and many keep in touch with her right up to

the present day.


Teresa has lived a very full life. She loved to write and travel and

see the world and she visited places as far away as Alaska, the Holy

Land and Oberammergau. She was always very close to her family of

origin and they treasure her and love her dearly. Her early retirement

days were spent in Yarmouth, but in 2006 she moved to Newmarket

Convent as she needed extra care. Just a few months ago, she moved

into Kentford Manor Nursing Home, a few miles outside Newmarket, and

it was there she celebrated her big day.


The Staff of the Nursing Home pulled out all the stops and welcomed

the guests with open arms. There were 40 of us at the celebration,

including St Louis Sisters, the Walsh family and staff from Newmarket

Convent who had cared for Teresa until recently. Teresa looked radiant

- Roisín Hannaway SSL made sure of that - and while she seemed a bit

mystified at times, she smiled and seemed at peace with all the fuss.

Some of the more touching moments included: Fr Simon kneeling down at

her side during Mass and speaking to her tenderly for the homily;

opening the very colourful birthday card from the Queen; and the

letter and Centenarian Bounty (£1800 sterling) from the President of

Ireland. We Irish were so proud! The staff served up dinner, Teresa

blew out her candles, and we had birthday cake washed down with


Soon it was time for us to go. But we have so many happy memories of a

very special person on an extra special day. Let us thank God for

Teresa and may her remaining time on this earth be happy and peaceful.



New York NY Irish American Advocate 1967 a - 0495.pdf


May 1967

Three priests and two nuns of the same family all serving in Africa, of whom Holy Ghost Father, Michael Colbert Woulfe, who will offer the Mass is one of those priests from Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa, He is In this country by order of Arch-bishop John T. McCarthy (Co. Clare) to raise $300,000 to build a mission high school and seminary for 200 African boys.

When it is recalled that Father Woulfe's uncle, Cornelius Colbert, one of the youngest leaders who gave his life on the altar of patriotism in the 1916 Rebellion that Ireland might be free, consistently the next generation animated by a higher ideal, serves the poor, the lowly.

Father Woulfe was born In Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. His brother Father Richard, serves with him in Kenya, while his other brother, Cornelius, is in Nigeria, Sister Agatha, In the educational field, is stationed in Nigeria, and Sister Ide administers a hospital in Ghana,

William Geary is chairman of arrangements






1816 – The foundation of the Congregation on January 25.


– Father Eugene de Mazenod with four other companions began to live a community life in Aix-en-Provence, France.






Mahony, Patrick; Born in Leeds, England, on 16 July 1833.Took the habit in Sicklinghall on 16 February 1854


Final Oblation in Sicklinghall on 17 February 1856 (No. 565) Died in Daingean on 21 May 1916






Egan, James; Born in Killarney, Ireland, on December 16, 1792


Ordained priest for diocese of Kerry in September 1816 Took the habit in Grace Dieu on January 24, 1849. Oblation in Maryvale, on January 25, 1850 (No. 273).Died in Stillorgan, Ireland, on March 26, 1869








DEATH: Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Quinlan, Salford Diocese, Manchester and formerly Cahill’s Park, Tralee, died on 10th March 2022, son of the late Thomas and Mary (nee Daly), also pre-deceased by his sister Marie Murphy, his brothers Fr John S.M.A. and Olly (Dublin), brother-in-law Frank Murphy, niece Miriam Murphy and nephew John Quinlan. Survived by his brothers Tommy, Mons. Michael (Salford Diocese), sisters Philomena Casey and Adrienne Young, sisters-in-law Yvonne & Áine, brothers-in-law Derek Casey & J.J. Young, The Clergy of the Diocese of Kerry and Salford, his nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, his long standing housekeeper Marlyn Waldron,




Red Bluff News, Volume XIX, Number 34, 8 July 1904


SAD DOUBLE DROWNING Two Theological Students Find Watery Graves William J. Orr and William Barry Victims of Swimming Accident Neat Paskenta, on Friday Morning




Mr. Barry was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, and formerly resided in San Francisco where an 'older brother Rev. Father Barry, is a curate of St. Patrick’s church. He is also survived by a sister who is a nun in the Dominican Convent at San Rafael.






Press Democrat, Volume XLII, Number 184, 6 August 1915


DEATH AT MIDNIGHT OF REV. FATHER LEAHY OF PETALUMA Much Beloved Priest Dies Suddenly While on an Outing at Duncans Springs—Many Years of Labour in Sonoma County




At midnight the Rev. Father Jeremiah Leahy, beloved pastor of St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church, Petaluma, died at Duncan Springs, where he went a short time since.




Kerry News 1894-1941, Monday, September 26, 1927; Page: 3






Mother M. Veronica Duggan, who died at the Convent of Mercy, Grafton N.S.W., aged 79, was a native of Kerry. She went to Grafton with the first band of Sisters from Bermondsey, London, and founded a number of convents. For twelve years she was Superior of the Order.




Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, November 14, 1931; Page: 5






Mrs. Delhi Murphy, Native Of Kerry.




Mrs. Delia Murphy  a native of Kerry, and daughter of the late Timothy and Catherine Dunleavy, died suddenly at San Francisco. Surviving are her husband, J. J. Murphy, two daughters, one son, two grandchildren, and the following sistors and brothers: Sister Mary Leilia,? of Rome, Italy ; Sister Mary Andrew, of Lancashire, England : Sister Maria Bernard, of Youghal. Ireland : Patrick, Denis and Francis Dunleavy, Mrs. M. Scanlan and Mrs J. Jones of San Francisco: Mrs. ?. Fallon, of llodwocd ? City: John _TWnard and Sheila Dunleavy and Mrs. J. Stack, of Ireland.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Tuesday, September 04, 1928; Page: 3






Most Rev. Patrick J. Keane, D.D., Lord Bishop of Sacramento, died on Sunday at the Bishop's House, Sacramento, California.


Brothers Irish Priests.


He has two brothers in the priesthood in Ireland—Rev. John Keane, S.J., Rathfarnham, Dublin, and Rev. Wm. Keane, P.P., Milltown, Kerry. The diocese of Sacramento covers a territory of 9 2,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada.




Nationalist and Leinster Times 1883-current, Friday, August 05, 1966; Page: 12




REV.- FR. Griffin, a native of Kerry who is home on holidays  from New Zealand, is presently acting chaplain at Moore Abbey, Monasterevan. He is deputising for Rev. Fr. Tynan, who is on holiday. Also visiting the Sisters of Charity at Moore Abbey are Rev. Sr. Gonzaga, Pakistan and Rev. Mother Baptist, Ceylon, both natives of Kerry and who are members of the same order.




Kerry News 1894-1941, Wednesday, May 02, 1934; Page: 6


Dr'. Maurice McKenna, a native of Kerry, has been appointed Medical Officer of Health for the City of Brunswick. Brunswick is a suburb of Melbourne, and is the second city in Victoria.




Dr. McKenna  attended Clandouglas National School in the early days of Masters Maurice Kearney and Jeremiah Deane, when Dr. Shanahan and Master Peter Gleasure were also pupils at that school.


.Dr. McKenna is a nephew of the late Archpriest, Maurice McKenna (Duagh), who was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.




Killarney Echo and South Kerry Chronicle 1899-1920, Saturday, March 15, 1913; Page: 3


A Native of Kerry


It is with feelings of the deepest regret that his many friends and old pupils read the announcement of the death of Rev. Brother Laserian O'Connell, of the Christian Brothers, which occurred on Monday last, at the House of the Order in Wexford.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, November 09, 1918; Section: Front page, Page: 1




"Within the past few days his numerous Irish friends in London paid special honour to the Very Rev. Canon Timothy J. King, a native of the Diocese of Kerry, who--was recently raised to the purple on the nomination of Cardinal Bourne.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, August 28, 1926; Page: 9




Redlands; In more recent times. Monsignor Fitzgerald was made Promontory Apostolic, co that his full title in Rt. Rev. Monsignor T. J. Fitzgerald, P.A., V.F. (llig.it Rev. Monsignor T. J. Fitzgerald, who was at one time a C.C., in Tralee, is brother of the respected P.P., of Fines, Rev. M. P. Fitzgerald, -and the late Rev. J. K. Fitzgerald, P.P., of Ardfert, was his brother.)








Irish Independent 1905-current, Monday, September 22, 1969; Page: 9


Medical Missionaries is a native of Kerry


By Joseph Power


SISTER M. Stella Phelan (44), a native of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, has been appointed Mother General of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.




She, succeeds Mother Mary Martin, who founded the Medical Missionaries in 1937. Mother Stella Phelan, who is in Uganda, where she is Medical Officer in the Medical Missionaries hospital, is expected in Drogheda in a few days’ time.






DEATH of Sister Perpetua O’Keeffe, (Cork, Convent of Mercy, Skibbereen, Co. Cork and formerly of Kilmeaney, Kilmorna, Listowel, on 17th March 2022. Sister Perpetua, (Kathleen), daughter of the late Joseph and Ellen O’Keeffe and sister of Con, Brendan, Sheila, Eileen, Bridie and the late Mai and Theresa. Sadly missed by the Sisters of Mercy, her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, former colleagues and past pupils of Mercy Heights Secondary School.


Reception Saturday (19th) at 10.30am into the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, for 11.00am Requiem Mass, funeral afterwards to Ahavoher Cemetery.




DEATH of Ella Corridan (née Quinlan) The Square, Listowel, on 23rd February 2022. Wife of the late Dr Robert and mother of Pat, Veronica, Catherine, Richard, Robert, Paul, Bernice and John. Predeceased by her sister Margaret (Keane), brother Brendan, stepsisters Rosie (Harty), Bertha (Kenny), Mary (Sr. Brendan) and stepbrother Richard. Sadly missed by her family, sister Ray (Colivet), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, Mary, Marge, Dolores, Annette and Jo and sons-in-law Con and Hugh, nieces, and nephews.





 February 2022;


DEATH recently of Sr. Margaret (Austin) Stack, Liverpool U.K. (order of Servants of the Mother of God), late of Cahirdown, Listowel.





Irish Examiner 1841-current, Tuesday, September 26, 1933; Page: 4




The death of the late Sister Regis Kennelly, of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, which occurred at a private nursing home in Dublin in the 51st year of her age and the 31st of her religious profession, has occasioned genuine and widespread regret throughout North Kerry. She devoted her talents to teaching, and she endeared herself to parents and scholars alike, many of whom travelled many miles to be present at her funeral.


Following Requiem Mass at the Convent Chapel, Listowel, the interment took place. The chief mourners were: Mother Gerard, Presentation Novitiate, Oakpark, Tralee; Mrs. Moran, Keylod (sister); Jerh. Kennelly, Knockanure, M.C.C. (brother); Patk. Kennelly and Patk. Moran (nephews), Eileen Kennelly, Mary Moran (nieces); John J. Kennelly, J. P. Kennelly, P. D. Kennelly, John D. Kennelly, Patk. Kennelly, Timothy Kennelly, Thomas Lyons, B. Cunningham (cousins).











Feb 2020 Tarbert Notes;


The death took place of Sr Sacred Heart Meade, St Vincent’s Convent, Galway and formerly of Glencullare, Tarbert. She died on Wednesday 2 February and her Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Franciscan Abbey Church, Galway on Friday 4 February followed by interment in the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Galway. Aged 94, Kathleen was one of four daughters born to James and Sarah Meade of Pulleen, Tarbert.


All four daughters attended Reenturk Primary School and Kathleen and her sister Delia completed their secondary school education at the Convent of Mercy, Tuam, County Galway and both joined the Mercy Order.


Kathleen entered the Mercy Order as Sr. Sacred Heart and trained as a teacher at Carysfort Teacher Training College. All her teaching career was spent in primary teaching at An Spidéal, Connemara where she was very popular with pupils and staff. Her sister Delia joined the Order as Sr Raphael and her academic career was spent teaching at the Mercy Secondary School in Galway city.


When both sisters retired they lived out their retirement at the Convent of Mercy in Oughterard, Galway where Sr Rachael died in 2008. She was also predeceased by her elder sister Sadie O’Connor who died in Tarbert at the age of 97 on 2 November 2021 and her sister Moira Prendiville. Sympathy of the community to her nephews and nieces and the extended O’Connor and Prendiville families.




Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Sister Sacred Heart (Kathleen) Meade,


Puleen & Religious Sisters of Charity, Galway city who died recently (Ballylongford notes)






Kerry born priest search












 Irish Standard 16 Oct 1915; Rev Jeremiah Leahy Pastor of St Vincent’s Church Petaluma, Cal., died last month aged fifty two a Native of County Kerry, graduated from All Hollows Dublin. Ordained 1888 at St Ballarat, Australia for San Francisco diocese, was assistant at St Vincent’s served at Sonoma and was administrator at St Mary’s Stockton, before becoming pastor at St Vincent’s, four years ago.






A Jubilee is special at any time, but a Golden Jubilee Celebration of Missionary Religious Life is extra special!


On Sunday, 29 April past, Sister Joan O’Connor who hails from Lisselton, Co Kerry, celebrated 50 years as a Columban missionary religious. As she did 25 years ago for her Silver Jubilee, Sr Joan celebrated in Hong Kong, China. For as she said ‘I have spent 39 years of my life working in China Mainland and Hong Kong so I belong here!’




Members of both branches of the Columban family came from China Mainland joining with those in Hong Kong for a very joyful and happy evening in the Sisters’ apartment in Kowloon City. The celebrant and homilist at the Eucharist was Fr Eamon Sheridan SSC, one of the Columban Fathers General Council, Hong Kong.




Joan, being a good organizer, had everyone involved from preparation of the venue to catering, singing, photography etc. Nothing was left wanting.




But the last word was with Joan: during the Mass she expressed how full of gratitude she was for her life as a Columban Sister and for her Columban community, and for how she had experienced the Lord so powerfully throughout her life.














Was ridding Hong Kong of TB one of the greatest legacies of the Columban Sisters?


It was. We had two doctors, Sr. Mary Aquinas Monaghan andSr. Mary Gabriel O’Mahoney, who were internationally renowned for their work on TB. They were linked with Brompton Hospital and the Medical Research Council in London. They did a lot of research and wrote a lot about the treatment of TB, and we did lots of trials of TB drugs to see how effective they were.




Fr. Maurice Flynn Glencullare Tarbert, ordained Carmelite 1980 son of Mary A Dowling and Mce. Flynn.




DEATH of Bridget (Bridie) O'DONNELL (née Moloney), Kilcara, Duagh.


Bridget (Bridie) O’Donnell (nee Moloney), Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home, Listowel and formerly of Kilcara, Duagh and Shanbally, Abbeyfeale, who passed away on Friday, January 28th 2022, Bridie, wife of the late Dan and mother of her late infant son Daniel, is very sadly missed by her daughter Marie McLoughlin, son Dermot, daughter-in-law Claire, son-in-law Jimmy, grand-daughter Ava, sister-in-law Mary and her husband Jack, brothers-in-law Fr. Jack, Tom and his wife Ann, Tony Murphy (Bridie is predeceased by her sister-in-law Kathy Murphy), all her cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.




DEATH on 28th January 2022 of Sr. Peter (Mary) Horan of Presentation Convent, Killarney, and Castleisland, Kerry. Formerly of Brosna. Sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, her Presentation Sisters, relatives, many dear friends and the staff and residents at Our Lady Of Lourdes Care Facility, Kilcummin. Predeceased by her parents Cornelius and Bridget and her brothers Tom, Jimmy, Danny, DC, Fr Neily and Rory.




DEATH has occurred on 2 February 2022 of Sr. Sacred Heart Meade, of St. Vincent’s Convent, Galway City, Galway / Tarbert. Predeceased by her parents James and Sarah Meade, her sisters Sr. Raphael, Moira Prendiville and Sadie O’Connor. Fondly remembered by the Sisters of Mercy in St. Vincent’s and Western Province, her nieces, nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great grandnephews.




Grave Lisselton


"Here lies in the hope of the blessed resurrection of Laurence Mangan Missionary Rector for seven years of the churches of Middleton of the Diocese of Hartford  North America, who returned his soul to God in Queenstown in Ireland the 2nd day of August in the  year  of the restoration of salvation 1863 in the sixty-sixth year of his life, in whose memory Patrick ??? PP, of Keelmachedor had me make this monument. R.I.P.". Inscription in Latin




I don’t know who your Fr Mangan might be. I only came across one Fr Mangan in my research and he was Fr Cornelius Mangan born in Tarbert in 1881 to Daniel Mangan and Mary Malone in Tarbert. He joined the Holy Ghost Fathers and served in Belfast for over 30 years and was a great friend of Eamon deValera and others. A sister of his had a licensed premises in Chapel St Tarbert, one Ellen Mangan. Your man must have North Kerry connections to say he is buried in Lisellton cemetery. Kilmakedar would be in South Kerry and possible Patrick, the PP was a friend of his? The Diocesan Archives in Killarney may have some information on him.


From Patrick Lynch.




HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION:  The Church of the Assumption was built during the years 1966 – 1968 under the leadership of Philip Canon Enright, who is buried in the grounds. The Church replaced St Mary’s Church which was located in New Street and where St Mary’s Boys National School now resides. The land was kindly donated by the Broderick family and the Sisters of Mercy Abbeyfeale. It provides valuable parking for those entering the town of Abbeyfeale today.  In the grounds of the Church, there is a statue to the memory of James Joseph Sheehy who died in 1948 in Chicago. Mr. Sheehy was a native of the area and it was erected by Fr. Vincent J. Sheehy in 1985 who was a priest in Miami. The Holy Water font in the grounds is believed to come from the original Cistercian Abbey. A Grotto has also been erected to the right of the Church.  To the left of the Church, there is a small plot where priests who served in the area or came from the area are buried. Three members of the McEnery family are buried here. Thomas, Patrick and Denis were all priests in the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota. Also, two brothers of the Murphy family, Seán and T. J. were priests in Rockhampton, Australia. Two other priests who preached the Gospels in far-flung places were J. Downey in Canberra, Australia, and Monsignor Daniel P. Collins in Los Angeles. Two local priests are also buried here, Monsignor Dan Gallagher and Canon O’Donoghue.


Abbeyfeale Church






These stained glass windows are donated in memory of Denis and Mary Lyons of Port, Abbeyfeale, Dick and Mary Hartnett of Port, Sr. Theresa, Joe and Eily, Connie, Sr. Immaculata, and Bridie Hartnett of Port, and James and Julia Quirke respectively. The chapel was opened in June 1991 by Bishop Newman.




Listowel Connection


Troy family of Church St.


I posted last week about a Fr. Charles Troy of Ballyfermot who hailed originally from Listowel.


Here below are two extacts from writing by Bryan Mac Mahon who knew the family well:


"...I digress for a moment to call attention to the Troy family, five of whom were


prIests - three were monsignori — who achieved eminence in many aspects of


U.S. ecclesiastical life, including army chaplaincies, college and parochial life.


Miss Mai Quinlan of Church Street reminds me of Fr. Jim’s appearance at the


Eucharistic Congress in 1932 in Dublin dressed as an honorary Indian chief and


leading a troupe of full-blooded Indians!


She too recalled the five priests and Sr. Mary Jane, together with their father,


John and his wife, Bessie, nee McKenna, holding a musical evening in their home


with Thomas Purcell at the keyboard.


The Purcells later lived in Charles St.


The best known member of the Troy family on this side of the Atlantic was ex-kerry


player Father Charlie Troy, Ballyfermot, whom I saw trying to make


peace in Listowel during a Civil War battle for possession of the town.


As a postscript, I am reminded that John Troy’s wife, Bessie has come down to us as a marvellous personality — she impishly interrupted the musical evening by encouraging an itinerant barrel-organ


player to render rauccus tunes outside the window. The evening ended in


uproarious laughter.'




and this introduction to a songbook






"A feature of the publication is the dedication which accompanies each of


thc songs and which provides a sociological or historical dimension for


the publication. “O’ Donnell Abu!”, which he describes as “War Song 1597”


(National Anthem) Poetry by M.J. McCann, Arr. by Thos. J. Purcell, Op 59”,


is dedicated to the soldier and jurist, the Hon. Marcus Kavanagh, Chicago,


 “Who Fears to Speak of Ninety Eight” is dedicated “to my friend Wm. J. O’Neill,




and “The Boys of Wexford” to “M.D. Hennessy, Chicago, Ill”. This last named dedication should have been exchanged with the dedication of “The Patcheen Finn” which he offered to Rev.


Thomas F. Troy of Listowel and Chicago. for the professor and family were very friendly


with Fr, Tom Troy in Chicago, where he served for a while in St, Colmcilles.




Incredible as it may seem, Father Troy, who comes from a brilliant family who


lived a few doors from me here in Church Street, Listowel, was descended,


as also are the McKennas of Listowel, from Thos. McKenna from Monaghan,


and “brave United Irishman” of the ’98 song “The Boys of Wexford”, who


married Jane Foulkes, “the captain’s daughter, the captain of the Yeos”, both


of whom, if local lore is to be believed, made their way to Kerry after the


disaster of Vinegar Hill and who now lie buried in the Hegarty grave at Kilsynan


The Troy family  lived second-next door to us at number 22 Church Street (now O’Halloran’s).








Anniversary Ballybunion Jan 2022; Sr. Hubert Foley Dirra, Asdee.


Fr Tomás Houlihan, Church St, Ardfert; Anniversary January.






Sr. Berchmans Murphy 18-2- 2015.


Sr. Baptist Kirby Duagh and Castletownbere 19-2-2018.


Sr Finian Hearney 19-2-2020 Castleisland.


Mons Tim Harnett Smerla Br. 15 Feb 2016


Br Clement Mccarthy Abbeyfeale Pres. Cork Feb 2016


Sr. Lelia Carey Mercy Tureenageeha died 9-2 2005.


Sr. Austin Brosnan D 11-2 2013.


Sr. Hannah Carmody The Hill Moyvane died before 2012 and after 2008


Sr. Eileen Brosnan Kilmorna in Australia Mid Feb 2018.


Sr. Mary O’Connor Athea11 -2- 2020.


Fr Dan Griffin 12-2-2005 P P Brosna.


Sr. Patricia O’Brien Abbeyfeale 13-2-2012


Sr. Aquin Enright Tarbert Holy Rosary 13-2-2020






Sister Josephine Kennelly (86) entered into eternal life on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at The Village at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Sister was born in County Kerry, Ireland to James and Josephine (Foley) Kennelly. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word on November 21, 1945. She professed her first vows on August 15, 1948 and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1953. In religious life she was known as Sister Urban for many years before returning to her baptismal name. Sister Josephine received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiology from Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word) in 1953 and was a licensed Radiology Technologist. She served in hospitals of the Congregation from 1953 - 1978 including Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio (now CHRISTUS Santa Rosa) and St. Joseph's Hospital in Ft. Worth. She received a Master's Degree in Education from Incarnate Word College in 1968 and from 1978 -1982 was an Instructor at Incarnate Word College in radio technology. Sister Josephine worked with the Patrician Movement in San Antonio for a year before becoming Archivist for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, a position she held for ten years. After serving two years as a patient representative at Santa Rosa Hospital, she retired to Incarnate Word Retirement Community (now The Village at Incarnate Word) in 1996. Sister Josephine loved history and politics. She was very interested in current events and frequently engaged in conversations regarding national and global issues. Sister Josephine is survived and dearly missed by Ellen Orman of San Antonio, who was a dear friend and companion as well as her sister. Also surviving in Ireland are two sisters, Sr. Imelda, SCJM and Sr. James, SCJM and in New Jersey her brother, James, as well as nieces and nephews in the United States and Ireland. She will also be missed by her Sisters in the Congregation. Funeral arrangements include recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 and Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday December 13 at 11:00 a.m., both in St. Joseph's Chapel in The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway . Interment will follow the Mass in the Sisters' Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Arrangements by:








James (Jim) Kennelly, 93, of Bayonne passed away peacefully at Bayonne Medical Center on January 2, 2020. Jim was a proud Irishman, born and raised in the rural townland of Finuge, County Kerry, Ireland. He left home in 1945 to join the Royal Air Force, serving in France at the end of World War II. He emigrated to the United States in 1948 and came directly to Bayonne where he lived with his Uncle John Kennelly and his family. He lived in Bayonne for the next 71 years. Within a few days of his arrival, he had secured a job working at a book warehouse in Manhattan, until he was drafted in 1950. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Korea and Japan (Okinawa) before returning to Bayonne in 1952. He was employed by the Keenan-Cashman Company in Bayonne until his retirement in the early 1980s. Jim was a reserved, kind, and considerate man to everyone he knew. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Helen (Richvalsky), his three sons: James (Linda) of Cambridge, New York, and Stephen and Martin of Bayonne, and his two grandchildren: Brendan of Greenwich, New York, and Terence of New York City, and his sister Christina (Sister Imelda) of Ireland. He was predeceased by his siblings Martin, Jack, Mary, Nora, Peggy, Ellen, (Sister) Josephine, Breda, and Theresa (Sister James) and is survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews in America, Ireland and England. The family would like to particularly thank Jim's caregivers Amy, Shirley, Rosemarie, Joy, Onisti and Belinda, who cared for him with such kindness and consideration, and to our cousin Mary for her many visits and kindnesses. The family would also like to express its heartfelt gratitude to palliative care nurse Susan and the staff of Bayonne Hospital and Grace Healthcare Hospice Services for their compassion and care, as well as Doctor Mutterperl and his staff, Dr. Levine and Dr. Hefferan. Friends are invited to celebrate Jim's life on Monday, January 6, at Sweeney Funeral Home, Bayonne, from 4:00-7:00 pm. A funeral mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 979 Avenue C in Bayonne. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jim's memory to the St. Vincent DePaul food bank; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. ArdheisDé go raibhaanam (May his soul be on the right hand side of the Lord) SWEENEY FUNERAL HOME 857 JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY BLVD BAYONNE , NJ 07002 (201) 436-0930












KENNELLY MICHAEL ADRIAN KENNELLY Of Alexandria, VA, originally from Croughcroneen, Lixnaw, County Kerry, Ireland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Breda; his children, Karen (Damien), John (Jennifer), Clare, Adrienne (Jarrett) and Michael (Rebecca); his brother, Donal (Beverly); and grandchildren, Jett, Ned, Joyce, Henry and Nathan. A visitation will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151. A Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4329 Sano St., Alexandria, VA 22312. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.leukemia.org in his name.






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The Rev Father Leahy


Deep regret was experienced in Catholic circles in Wagga yesterday on receipt of news by Dr. Leahy. of the death of his brother, the Rev. Father Daniel Leahy, in Lewisham Hospital, Sydney. The deceased clergyman was held in affectionate remembrance locally, he having acted here as assistant priest for a considerable period towards the close of the last century. He was then a young and enthusiastic cleric and had indeed only reached the prime of life when his death occurred.


Father Leahy was born in Knockanure. County Kerry, Ireland, in 1866, and was therefore only 43 years of age. He came to Australia about I8 years ago, his first mission being in Goulburn. Subsequently serving Cootamundra, Albury and Wagga. For the last seven years he has been in


charge of the Koorawatha district and was greatly beloved by all classes in his extensive parish. About eighteen months ago the deceased left on a trip to see his people in the old country,


where his father and other members of the family are still living. On his return he seemed to be in the best of health and spirit, and had apparently the promise of a long and useful life before him. Some time ago, however, he caught a severe cold, which greatly prostrated him, and before he


had recovered, caught another chill in attending the obsequies of the late Rev. Father Lane. Becoming seriously ill. he proceeded to Sydney to consult the best authorities, entering


by their advice the Lewisham Hospital for treatment. Dr. Leahy of Wagga, on being made acquainted with his brother's condition, also went to Sydney, and remained with the sufferer for several days. At first Father Leahy seemed to be recovering, and Dr. Leahy then returned to Wagga.


Serious complications, however developed later, and he died as stated, about mid-day yesterday. Dr. Leahv, on receipt of the news, went to Sydney by rail to have his brothers remains conveyed to Wagga, where the deceased expressed a wish to be buried The body will arrive in Wagga by


Wednesday morning's mail train, and a requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s at 9.30am on that day. The funeral has been arranged to leave the church at 11a.m.






























Sr. M Patricia Dillon Pres. Waterford d 31st Aug 1987 a 61.




Greenfield MA Recorder 1997 - 4476.pdf


24 July 1997


Catholic  missionaries  Sister  Therese  Dillon  and  Sister  Eileen  Kiely,  both  of  Ireland,  reach  out  to  touch  The  Irish  Famine  Memorial  statue  moments  after  it  was  unveiled  in Cambridge   Wednesday.




My father arrived in MELBOURNE in 186 ? and my mother nee Julia Dillon of Lyrecrompane with her four children -Johanna, Matthew, Honora ,and Daniel arrived at Melbourne on the 10th of August 1865  Patrick died at Listowel he was between Matt and Hanora .These born in Australia were Julia, Mrs Ryan, Jeremiah who died on 31st of August 1884. James Jerome yours truly ,Elizabeth and Mary Mother Benedict at the Presentation Convent , Windsor ,Melbourne




Mary Margaret DILLON born 1891-04-14 at Kerry, nun in the order of the Little Sisters of the Poor immigration visa from US Consul at Nantes, France date 1924-07-24








Marie Moore, Captain, Nurse. Mary O Grady, Sec. Nts, Bridie Kissane, Treasurer, Mrs J Keane nee Collins Ballygrennan, Mrs C O Farrell, nee Culhane, Church Street, Listowel. Mrs Dalton, nee Cunningham, Glin. Mrs Culhane, nee Goulding, Glin. Mrs D Grady, nee Kearney, NY USA. Pidge Kearney Nts. Mollie Larkin USA. Mrs J O Sullivan, nee Larkin Market St, Listowel. Brenda Moore, Keylod, Nts. Kathleen O Connor England. Mrs Hegarty, nee O Connor Listowel. Kate O Connor Claar Nts. Mrs Marron, nee O Connor Clonmel. Mrs Leane nee O Grady NY. Ellie O Sullivan Australia. Mrs Culhane nee O Sullivan Kinard, Glin. Mrs J Dillon nee Stack, Trieneragh, Duagh. Liz Barrett, Nurse Croom Hospital. Mrs O Carroll, nee Culhane, Church Street, Listowel. Nellie O Sullivan, Australia. Check Marie Moore, Nun.






Death on 11th January 2022 of Jane Ryan, (Nee Murphy) Lislaughtin, Ballylongford and formerly of Sallowglen Tarbert, Jane went to God peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday night. Jane is predeceased by her daughters Maura and baby Margaret, brothers Harry, Fr Liam and Fr Michael, Sisters Joan, Bridget, Sr Marie Jude and Nancy. She is sadly missed by her loving husband Joe, sons Tim and Pat, sisters Phil, Sr Ellen and Lizzy, brothers Jimmy and Nicholas, sister-in-law Kathleen, friends and neighbours.






DEATH of Sr. Assumpta Keane Shalom, Formerly of Mercy Convent Granard and Lixnaw.


Predeceased by her parents Brian and Elizabeth, and her brother, Jimmy. Deeply regretted by her cousins, friends and Mercy sisters, Western Province. Funeral Mass on Sunday 16th at St Mary’s Church Granard at 1.30pm followed by Christian burial in adjoining church grounds.






Prayed for 17 Jan 2022in Listowel Church; Sr. M. Oliver, Enniskillen / Denis B. O’Sullivan, Bolton’s Cross & Bunagara 




Knocknagoshel sister died 13 March 1998 Sr. Mary Paul Curtin (Kathleen) aged 86 attached to Mercy convent Abbeyfeale a native of Loughfuder. Qualified as general nurse in England. Entered Mercy 25 March 1935






The death has occurred of Aeneas Leane, 7 Lower Main Street, Castleisland, Co Kerry.


Peacefully on December 30th 2021 at his daughter Catherine’s residence in Cork, in his 90th year.


Predeceased by his brothers, John and Pat, his sisters: Mary, Sr.Eily, Sr.Nora Mai, Sr.Kit and his beloved sister-in-law Norma Dowd




Jeremiah "Jerry" Kennelly


Born 2 Jun 1880 in Gortdromagowna, Knockanure, County Kerry, Irelandmap


Ancestors ancestors


Son of Daniel Kennelly and Mary (Stack) Kennelly


Brother of Patrick Kennelly         


[spouse(s) unknown]


[children unknown]


Died before 1980 [location unknown]


Profile last modified 17 Oct 2020 | Created 8 Jan 2019




After the death of his parents Jerry and his siblings were raised by their uncle Pats Kennelly and his wife, Ellen, who lived close to the children's parents' farm.




As an adult, Jerry moved to Skibbereen, Co. Cork where he ran a hardware store.




Jeremiah married Mary Catherine (Mary Kate) O'DRISCOLL in 1909 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork.




They had the following children.




    Mary (Mai) Kennelly was born on 1 May 1911 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. She died on 7 Jan 1985. Mai lived in Skibbereen, Co. Cork.


    Donal Kennelly was born on 10 Nov 1912. He died in 1970.


    Kathleen Kennelly was born on 22 Aug 1914. She died in 2001.


    Timothy (Tim) J. Kennelly was born in 1916. He died on 2 May 1968.


    Gertie (Sr. Baptist) Kennelly was born in 1918 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. She died on 26 Nov 2006 in Cork. She was buried on 27 Nov 2006 in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully, Co. Cork. Gertie (Sr. Baptist) was a Presentation sister in Cork.


    Josephine (Jo) Kennelly was born in 1919. She died.


    Dermot Kennelly died on 10 Dec 1982.








Pres Students Celebrate Presentation Day in Castleisland


Posted on December 2nd, 2021




Síleoonagh Mansfield with: Sr. Maureen, Sr. Margaret, Sr. Mary, Sr. Attracta and Sr. Teresa after she made the presentations of flowers and artwork on behalf of the school.




Presentation Castleisland marked the celebration of Presentation Day on November 22nd with a number of events throughout the day.




Presentation Day is a day in honour of the Presentation Sisters and Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Order.




Visiting the Sisters




“Second year students visited the Presentation Sisters in the nearby convent. A large card designed by the art department and a bouquet of flowers were presented by Síleoonagh Mansfield and Maggie Riordan on behalf of the school,” said Presentation Castleisland teacher Annette Leen.




“A message of thanks from the student council was read by Lucy McKenna and Síleoonagh Mansfield.




“The council acknowledged the dedication of the sisters to provide an education to students, to improve their lives and deepen their faith.




Expression of Thanks




“In the splendid November sunshine, the sisters expressed their joy at the visit and thanked all the members of the school community in continuing to lead by the example of Nano Nagle.




“Members of the school choir, led by music teacher Deirdre O’Brien, sang a rendition of One Step Beyond, a song in memory of Nano Nagle.




“The sisters said it was a pleasure to be visited by the students and wished them lots of happiness in the school.




Not Words But Deeds




“Sr. Mary Buckley thanked management and staff, saying “I know they will keep Nano Nagle’s wishes always to the forefront.”




“The sisters also offered Pierce Dargan their support in his new role as school principal. A prayer service was held in the afternoon, to remember the dedication and commitment of the sisters.




“It was a moment for everyone to reflect on the inspiration of Nano Nagle and her vocation to practicing ‘Not words but deeds’.




“Students lit candles in the classrooms and offered prayers for the sisters, families and the school community.




School-Wide Quiz




“The celebration concluded with a school wide quiz on Nano Nagle, bringing great excitement, cheer and competition. The top three winners were: Fiona Brosnan, Megan Dennehy and Ailbhe Fleming,” said Ms. Leen.




Reflecting on the day, Mr. Dargan said that remembering Nano Nagle and the contribution of the Presentation Sisters is a very important part of the school’s heritage.




“The day gives all students an opportunity to reflect on the contributions we can make to others and how we can live by Nano’s vision of ‘Not words but deeds’ in our own lives,” Mr. Dargan said.




Sr. Catherine Moran, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


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The death has occurred of Fr. Denis Dennehy- Artigallivan, Headford, Killarney, Kerry


Dennehy, Fr. Denis, Artigallivan, Headford, Killarney and formerly of the parishes in the Ballarat Diocese, Australia and Papua New Guinea, passed away peacefully on Friday 15th October at University Hospital Kerry. Predeceased by his parents Con and Lena, brothers Neilie, Paddy, Michaél, Dermot, Seán and Ben and nephews Denis and Con. Sadly missed and mourned by his sister Noreen, brother Pete, sisters-in-law Betty, Tina and Nora, brother-in-law Diarmuid, best friend Margaret, the Corneby and Lavery families, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, neighbours, fellow clergy and parishioners in Ireland, Australia and Papua New Guinea.


Sympathy To Betty Dennehy & family, Artigallivan on the death of her brother-in-law Fr.


Denis whose funeral took place in Barraduff last Saturday. After tremendous years of dedicated


service in Ballarat Diocese, Australia & Papua New Guinea, may his good deeds, which were many,


joyfully be a blessing to him as he begins new life in God's Kingdom.


 To the nephews and nieces of Sr. Ciaran (Norah) O'Shea, FMDM, Franciscan Convent, Ballinasloe & l/o Barraduff Village whose funeral took place on Tuesday in Ballinasloe. As Sr. Ciaran is the last of her family, may there be a great reunion in Heaven. May Fr. Denis & Sr. Ciaran continue to enjoy new life and new beginnings in God's Kingdom. Our prayerful gratitude to both for the manner in which they lived their vocations.


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DEATH of Jack  Stackpoole, Lower Athea, Athea, Late of Aughrim, Moyvane, Died unexpectedly at his residence on 20th October 2021. Predeceased by loving wife Bridie, brothers Henry & Tommy, sisters Sr. Mary, Nora, Bridie and Ann, sister-in-law Mary (B.B.) Sheahan. Jack is survived by sons John, Tom, Dan & Peter, daughters Hannah & Helen, sister Kitty (London), daughters-in-law Bernie, Margaret, Lily & Marie, sons-in-law Andrew & Mike, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Sunday (24th October) at 12 noon, burial immediately after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.




DEATH of Father Norman Davitt SVD, who celebrated his 100th birthday on 29 March, died on Saturday 16 October 2021 in Donamon, Co Roscommon, after 80 years in religious life.


ANNIVERSARIES: Brendan Harnett, Denis Leen, Jimmy Mulvihill, Elizabeth O’Dowd, Tim Cantillon, Maurice Collins, Node Guiney, Patrick Healy, David Stack, James Moody, Breda Dore, Marie Buckley, Sean McMahon, Jamie McCoy, Jack Kennelly, Sr. Nuala O’ Leary, Michael McNamara, Eileen Hannon, Moira Donohue, Norah Fitzgerald, 




DEATH of Sr. Catherine Devane of Ballintemple, Cork / Ardfert, Kerry


(O.L.A. Sisters, Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple, Cork) On Friday 17th September 2021 at Ardfoyle Convent, Sr. Catherine, formerly of Barrow, Ardfert, Co. Kerry. Deeply regretted by her nieces Anna Devane Porter and Elizabeth Hawkes, her relatives, friends and the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles. Predeceased by her sister Nellie and brothers Donal, John, Jerry, Fr. Tom SMA, Bro. Dermot OCSO, Willie and Brendan. Requiem Mass at 2.30pm on Monday 20th September at Ardfoyle Convent. The funeral Mass will also be transmitted live on www.olaireland.ie (youtube). Burial afterwards in the Community cemetery.






DEATH of Sr. Catherine (Kay) Joy of Convent of Emilie, Cheshire, UK and late of Greenville, Listowel.


Daughter of the late Maurice and Margaret Joy and sister of Garry, John, Annette, Pearl and Liam. Sadly missed by her family, brother-in-law John McGinn, sisters-in-law Mary, Maureen and Frances, nieces, nephews, relatives, her Convent Community, Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition and her many dear friends. Predeceased by her brother-in-law Patrick Fitzgerald. Requiem Mass and funeral will take place in the UK on 27th September 2021.




DEATH on 31st August 2021, of Sr. M Angela O'Connell of Convent of Mercy Main St., Charleville, and late of Abbeyfeale, in her 95th. Year. Predeceased by her brothers Joseph (twin), Richard & Fr. Vincent CSSp. Deeply regretted by her sisters Nora Ringrose (Corofin) & Ann O'Connor (Dublin), nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, Mercy Community, extended family & friends.


Requiem Mass was celebrated for Sr. Angela in Holy Cross Church, Charleville. Funeral after to local cemetery.




DEATH has occurred of Bro. Albert BREEN O.Carm.  (Gort Muire, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 and Sugar Hill, Templeglantine, on  – August 25th 2021, Brother Albert Seán, son of the late Maisie and Maurice Breen, brother of the late Jimmy, Maurice, Michael Breen, and Bridie Kennedy. Survived by his nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, Carmelite Confreres in Ireland and Zimbabwe, all staff at Gort Muire, and many friends. Funeral Mass  celebrated in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Whitefriar Street, on Saturday (August 28). The Mass may be viewed on www.whitefriarstreetchurch.ie.




Our deepest sympathy to  the  Breen Kennedy and The  Carmerite Order. On the sad passing of Brother Albert. May his gentle soul rest in peace


Marie and Philip Enright Abbeyfeale




Sincere sympathy to the Breen Family & The Carmelite Community. I was so sorry to hear about Bro Albert may he rest in peace, he was a true gentleman and always willing to help anybody who needed it. He will be missed. May be Rest In Peace


Breda Moore Terenure College




Br. Albert a caring, compassionate and attentive person. May you now enjoy the fruits of a faith filled and well spent life here in Ireland and Zimbabwe. RIP to a gentleman.


Fr Stan O Carm and Hession family Malahide, Dublin






The death has occurred of Sr. Sheila McAuliffe of Johnstown, Dublin / Knocknagoshel, Sister Sheila rscj (Society of the Sacred Heart) – August 28th 2021 in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, having been in the loving care of the staff of Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Dalkey. Survived by her sisters-in-law Betty and Gay, her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, her extended family, her religious community, Associates, neighbours and friends. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Johnstown on Thursday, 2nd September 2021.




The General Executive Council of Bethany Bereavement Support for adults extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Sr. Sheila.


Sr. Sheila was an integral part of our Bethany Training over many years retiring in 2016.


She leaves Bethany with the everlasting legacy of her beautiful prayer cards that we are all so familiar with.


 On the final day of every training course Sr.Sheila always finished it with this song, "There is a Place"


and this is the final verse.




In the quiet of the evening, at the close of the day,


We will rest on our journey, to the Lord  we will pray,


May we thank God for blessings,


For the moments we shared,


As we seek for tomorrow, close by us you'll stay.




Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.


Bethany Bereavement Support




Deepest Sympathy to The Mc Auliffe family in the death of Sr Sheila May she rest in peace


I met Sr Sheila when I was doing my Bethany training as she was our Tutor


She was a wonderful person and we kept in touch and myself and a friend that Sr Sheila


Also trained went to her house to visit her and Sr Madeline  several times and they always


Insisted that we have lunch I was so sorry to hear that she had died R I P


I had kept in touch over the years but since Covid I had not been in regular contact Sr Sheila


Was very kind to me when my sister died and came to her funeral on the bus would not let


Me have her collected Sr Sheila spent her whole life in the service of others


The world has lost an angel but our loss is Gods gain


Maureen Masterson










Kerry Sister.


DEATH of Sr. Philomena (Bridget Teresa) Kelly,  “Realt Na Mara” Mercy Convent, Church Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 20th August 2021 peacefully, in the tender care of the staff at St. Vincents Unit, Dungarvan Community Hospital. Youngest born to Bill and Hannah Kelly of Ballinprior, Ardfert, Co. Kerry. Predeceased by her brothers, Mick, Paddy and Maurice and her sister Peg. “Deireadh an áil”. Deeply mourned by her sister-in-law Mary Kelly, Melbourne, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews, extended family and friends and her Mercy Community and Convent Staff.




While watching the beautiful Requiem Mass this morning, online,  (MaryJo was so correct, the church would have been packed in normal circumstances with all the people who were influenced by Philo over her long life), I thought of my first time to meet this wonderful Kerry woman..... August 1970, Arus  Mhuire in Yola where over the next 6 years I experienced a Mercy welcome whenever I visited.. and in Carrick and Dungarvan since she returned home. I learned so much from her over the years and I'm proud to have been her friend. May she now enjoy the reward for her life of giving. Rest in Peace, Philo. Heaven can now enjoy your chuckle!


Catherine Jensen nee Foley




My sincerest sympathy to the Kelly family &the Mercy community on the death of Sr.Philomena.Iv known Sr Philomena since the 1950 s.she was a pillar in the Mercy community  she  volunteered for  the Nigerian Mission  in the 60s, & she also  gave a happy place to many infant boys &girls when they ventured into their new world of  education in the Mercy schoolShe was diligent to the delivery of the Sacred Heat Messenger to many people &continued to do so into her 90s.Sr. Philomena what “foot prints you have left on the sands of time “


May you Rest In Peace in the company of the many Mercy sisters who have preceded you on the journey.


Neil  Hurley.




It is with a deep sense of sadness that I received news of our dear Sr.Philomena’s  death RIP. My sincere sympathy to the Sisters in Dungarvan and to the members of Sr Philomena’s family. I have loving memories of her welcoming presence in Dungarvan Community and the stories  we shared of our times in Nigeria. May she rest in peace.


Sr Agnes Crowley




Sincere condolences to the Sisters of Mercy and Kelly family and all of Sr. Philomena`s friends.  What a wonderful lady she was.  Sr. Philomena left an indelible impression on many people everyplace she served, and through all her ministries in education, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, Parish work, health care, visitation, and many more.   She was a friend to everybody.


Recently, when the time came for Sr. Philomena herself to be cared for, she was reciprocated with great love , care and attention by her Mercy community and staff at "Realt na Mara" Mercy Convent.    Farewell , and thank you to our friend and former teacher.  Rest in Peace Sr. Philomena.


Mary  Morrissey  Beresford






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Nuns and Sisters of the Catholic Church in Australila 1838 – 1918


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Irish Nuns and Sisters of the Catholic Church in Australia 1838 - 1918




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Title:      Nuns and Sisters of the Catholic Church in Australia 1838 - 1918


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Dates:   1838 - 1918


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Women of Vision: Ordinary Women - Extraordinary Lives


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3437       PBVM   VICTORIA            BRIGID CONWAY             NORAH                 JOHN     CRANE JOHANNA           61/11/08                 KERRY   BRANDON           90/07/02              54/05/14              AI=20MAY 1954,P7;ALL HER RELIGIOUS LIFE AT WINDSOR




558         JOSEPHITES        PENOLA               LOUIS GONZAGA             COUSINS             NORAH                                                                   70/08/15              KERRY                   91/08/28              02/07/12              DIED NSW, GRANVILLE.






2141       MERCY BATHURST          IGNATIUS            CROKE MARGARET        WILLIAM              PLUMMER          ISABELLA                 19/01/13              KERRY   TRALEE 55/02/04              05/03/02              FOUNDRESS 1866.ENTERED CHARLEVILLE. BR=ARCHBP,CASHEL.CONVERT






10118    MERCY BATHURST          IGNATIUS            CROKE MARGARET        WILLIAM              PLUMMER          ISABELLA                 19/01/13              KERRY   TRALEE 55/02/04              05/03/02              MTHR GENERAL 1866.UNCLE=JAMES CROKE,CROWN PROSECUTOR,VIC1839






5543       MERCY PERTH   ALOYSIUS            CRONIN               NORA                                                    67/11/01              KERRY                     93/08/06              36/11/06             












9861       GOOD SHEPH     MELBOURNE      RESURRECTION                 DALY      ANNIE MARY     DENIS    COLLINS               ELLEN MARY    68/01/01              KERRY   LISTOWEL            87/01/01              04/06/16              DIED ABBOTSFORD.NAME=SR.M OF THE RESURRECTION.SR=SR.BERNARD






462         JOSEPHITES        PENOLA               FARA     DALY      MARY    TIMOTHY             GALWAY              ELLEN    81/05/29                 KERRY                   97/01/01              65/01/01              DIED KENSINGTON AND ENTERED THERE.




9862       GOOD SHEPH     MELBOURNE      BERNARD            DALY      MARY ELIZABETH             DENIS    COLLINS               ELLEN MARY    56/01/01              KERRY   LISTOWEL            86/01/01              97/06/27              DIED OAKLEIGH.SR=SR.RESURRECTION. AI=3JUL 1897,P15;BORN1856




6323       MERCY BRISBANE            GABRIEL               DEVINE                 ELIZABETH           MICHAEL             CAHILL KATE                 60/03/13              KERRY   TRALEE 78/03/22              85/09/22              DIED BRISBANE.DIP






4965       MERCY ROCKHAMPTN LIGUORI               DOWNING          JOHANNA           DANIEL                 STACK   MARGARET                 60/10/15              KERRY                   86/01/21              39/02/28              DIED ROCKHAMPTON.FTHR=FARMER.






6364       MERCY BRISBANE            ALOYSIUS            DUDGEON          HELENA                JOHN     O'SULLIVAN       HELEN                 57/10/22              KERRY   KILLARNEY          79/11/21              87/03/25             






3549       MERCY GRAFTON            VERONICA JOSEPH          DUGGAN             MARY    DENIS    BARRETT              MARY                 49/02/11              KERRY   BALLYHEIGU       66/06/10              27/07/09              PIONEER 1884. BORN BALLYHEIGUE. AI=21JUL1927,P19






4846       MERCY TOWNSVILLE      GENEVIEVE         FARRELL               JULIA     MICHAEL             DEAN    KATE      80/12/08                 KERRY                   00/06/03              66/09/21              DIED TOWNSVILLE.






10300    MERCY MELBOURNE      PATRICK               FENNELL              HANNAH             MICHAEL             FOLEY    NORA                 70/01/01              KERRY   LISTOWEL                            43/11/22              BURIED WARRNAMBOOL. ENTERED THERE. DIED AGED 73.HABIT 1888




8              JOSEPHITES        PENOLA               FRANCIS              FITZGERALD       JULIA     BRYAN CUNN    FINN      MARY                 36/10/03              KERRY   CASTLEGREG      67/10/04              24/01/10              DIED NTH SYDNEY.BORN=C'GREGORY.FTHR=B.CUNNINGHAM F'GERALD












San Francisco Call, Volume 83, Number 83, 21 February 1898




. O'CONNOR— In this city, February 17, 1898. at St. Mary's Hospital. Rev. Cornelius O'Connor of Ukiah, Cal.. brother of Sister Mary Teresa of Sacramento and Thomas C, J. C. and Michael E. O'Connor, a native of Knockanure. County Kerry. Ireland, aged 50 years. The funeral will take place this day (Monday), at 9:15 o'clock, from the residence of his brother, J. C. O'Connor. 1062 Fulton street, thence to St. Mary's Cathedral, O'Farrell street and Van Ness avenue, where a solemn requiem high mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul, commencing at 10 o'clock. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery






The year 2019 is the Jubilee year for four nuns of the Holy Cross Menzingen in Sri Lanka. Their fidelity to the promise for 50 long year celebrated on 11th. February. Bravo. After years of prayer, guidance, and consideration, they came to the conclusion, that they could remain committed to their promise for life by the grace of God. So they are privileged today, to celebrate this year. May the Good Lord Bless them to continue for Many more years with sound health and faithfulness. We thank God for helping them sail through all the ups and downs of life. We thank God for preserving them in His love. 










    July 17, 1794 – Sixteen Carmelite nuns, lay sisters, and externs become the Martyrs of Compiègne, and are executed ten days prior to the end of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror for refusing to obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy of the Revolutionary government, which mandated the suppression of monasteries and convents.






Sr. Bridget Kelly O.P., Dominican Sisters, Tralee, Co. Kerry and formerly Chancery Street, Dublin, peacefully at Our Lady of Fatima Home, on 23rd July 2021, beloved daughter of the late James & Annie and dear sister of the late Frances, May, Elizabeth, Sr. Teresa O.S.F. (USA), Patrick, James, Frank, Arthur & John. Sadly missed by her loving family, The Dominican Community, her nieces, nephews, the staff and residents of Fatima Home, her relatives and friends.


A private family funeral will take place for Sr. Bridget with the Requiem Mass being celebrated at 11.30 am on Monday (26th July), (only for the Dominican Sisters and residents) in the Chapel at Fatima Home, Tralee. Mass will be celebrated at 11.30 am on Tuesday for Sr. Bridget in St. Michan’s Church, Halston Street, Dublin (streamed on https://halstonstreetparish.ie/our-parish/webcam). Interment will take place at 11.30 am on Wednesday in Rath Cemetery, Tralee.






The death has occurred of Geoffrey O'Donoghue


15 Baile O'Dubhda, John B Keane Road, Listowel, Kerry / Duagh, Kerry


Geoffrey O'Donoghue, 15 Baile O'Dubhda, John B Keane Road, Listowel and late of Ardydonagan, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on June 14th, 2021, at University Hospital, Kerry. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his brother Michael (London), sisters Catherine (New Jersey), Sr. Mary (Australia) and Sr. Margaret (Australia), brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.




More Sisters;


Sr Regina Kenny of Ballyheigue Mercy Clonakilty died 3 March 2021.


Sr. veronica Murphy Kenmare died 23 March 2021 Sisters of Nazareth London, joined 1947


Sr Bridie Browne, Ballyduff (Sheila) and California, Mercy Sister, her brother Tom Browne born 8 Aug 1944, mother was Hanlon. Report Kerrys Eye 8 4 2021.




Writer Mark Patrick Hederman Benedictine, report Leader 12 June 2021




Death of Sr. Anne Daye, Presentation Convent Castleisland, and formerly of Lispole, Dingle, on July 9th 2021.




Kerryman 1904-current, 26.07.1958, page 16


Moyvane Notes;


Visitors; Miss Catherine Culhane, S.R.N., S.C.M Assistant Matron of New Cross General hospital.


Mr Carr with his wife and sister-in-law from Melbourne are visiting cousins Mrs Michael McGrath.


Listowel Notes; Death of Mrs Nora Kissane widow of Richard Kissane, Kilgarvan. She was mother of Fr. Richard Kissane, C.S.Sp. Mauritius. Sr. M Holy Innocents, Indiana, Srs. M Gertrude and Petronilla, Bristol, and Sr. M Louise, Johannesburg, Mrs John O’Connor, Upper Church Street, Listowel and Mrs Louis Murphy Courthouse Road, do.


Kerryman 1904-current, 08.06.1957, page 13


Abbeyfeale Priest on holiday, Fr. Denis O Brien of the Holy Ghost order stayed with his uncles, John and Tim O’Brien, of Purt and with his cousins, the O’Connor Family of Kilconlea. He travelled from Kenya by Rome and met the Pope. He left Shannon for Texas where he to do missionary work. He is nephew of Monsignor T. D. O’Brien and Rev Monsignor B O’Brien Texas.


Ordained Moyvane Student; Fr. Patrick Larkin ordained at Kilkenny on Sunday last is son of Mr. and Mrs John Larkin, Knockanure, Moyvane and nephew of Rev Monsignor P. J. Larkin of Kansas, USA.


Pilgrimage to Knock from Tralee on 16th June is limited this year to 192.




Kerryman 1904-current, 04.01.1958, page 9


Off to Tasmania; Rev John Griffin P P of Devonport, Tasmania, left his native place Killarney after six months holiday, he resided with his mother and his sister Mrs Joseph Murphy and visited the parents of Irish Priests and Nuns working in Tasmania.


Death of Daniel Anglim Tarmons, priests at his funeral, Fr Supple, Tarbert, P.P., Rev J Galvin, C.C. Moyvane, Rev A Stack, Tarbert, Rev T Buckley Tarbert, Rev D Buckley Moyvane.


Moyvane Notes; Church building fund, proceeds for draw for car, £2,800, profit on sale of work and dances for that week £500; Carol singers £55.








Sr. Mary Theresa Scanlon RSJ, born 1922 died 3 Nov 2004. Josephite Ministry Aust & N Z- 1938-1997, memorial Scanlon, Pollough, Grave St Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.




DEATH occurred of Sister Bridget Windle on 17th April 2021, born Upper Aughrim. Sr. Bridget died at Queen of Peace Nursing Care Rathgar, sadly missed by her Community at Notre Dame Convent, Churchtown; the worldwide Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions; her niece Kathleen, John Chris Cunningham and family, Glin (Limerick); nephew David (and Ann), nieces Ellen (and Russ), Kate (and Tom), (Birmingham); niece Angela (and Tom), (Scotland); relatives and many friends and neighbours in Moyvane. Due to current Government guidelines Bridget’s funeral Mass and burial service will be strictly private. View the funeral Mass on Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 11am on the following link https://www.churchservices.tv/notredameconvent


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís Sr Bridget.


Pat and Valerie Cunningham


Sincere sympathy to Kathleen, John Chris & family, the Windle family and Sr Bridget’s Community. May she Rest In Peace.


I have fond memories of her visits to us in Glin Road, Moyvane with Sr Conrad, Sr Electa and Hannah.


Mairéad Shine




 More Sisters


Feb 1961- KELLY—Katherine     (nee     O'Shea),     on  Feb.  13.  Native  of  County  Kerry,    Ireland;    wife    of     the    late    •Rodger;   beloved  mother  of   Sister   Mary  Noella,  R.S.M.,  and  Roderick  J,   of   Denver,   Col. THE  ADVOCATE 




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1961 - 0174.pdf




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1922-1924 - 1371.pdf


...took place at Mt. Carmel Convent, Loughrea, of Miss Agatha McElligott (Sister M. Carmel) daughter of Wm. McElligott, Listowel, and niece of Rev. Patrick McElligott, C ...




More Sisters


The death has occurred of Sister Bella Carroll (Dominic Savio)


Killorglin, Kerry / Enniscorthy, Wexford


Sister Bella Carroll (Dominic Savio) Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy, on 14th April 2021, peacefully, at St.Joseph's Home, Killorglin and formerly of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Sadly missed by her loving family, her sisters Mary, Eileen and Bea, her extended family, her Community and the Congregation of the sisters of St. Joseph.


May She Rest In Peace




More Sisters;


Sr. Aquin Enright, MSHR of Holy Rosary Convent, Bettystown, Co. Meath of Doonard Tarbert aged 94, died 13 Feb. 2020.  Noreen born one of ten children of Tom Enright and Margaret O’Hanlon.




DEATH of Sr. de Sales Horgan, Presentation Sisters, Castle Street, Tralee. Sr. de Sales, formerly of Ballyhorgan, Lixnaw, and Presentation Convent Dingle. Sr. de Sales passed away on 4th April 2021. Predeceased by her sister, Sr. Patrick, Presentation Convent Castleisland and brothers Tim and John. Survived by the Presentation Sisters, her sisters in law, Mary (Ballyhorgan) and Rita (Abbeyfeale), her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.




Heartfelt sympathy to all the family. The holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your consolation, and the happy repose of her soul. There was only one De Sales. A great woman...


Sr Loyola Buckley


Sincere sympathy to the Presentation Sisters and the Horgan family on the death of Sr.deSales. May her gentle soul rest in the arms of Jesus.


Sr Dervilla Tralee




My deepest sympathies to the Horgan family & the Presentation Order.


Sr de Sales was an unfailingly kind and helpful member of the parish community when I was in Dingle. She had a great love for the people of Corca Dhuibhne and did so much good around the parish. I will miss her kindness, good humour and encouragement. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.


Fr Bernard Healy




Sincere sympathy to the Horgan family and the Presentation Sisters at this sad time. Remembering Sr de Sales with gratitude and affection ....she filled our lives with joy and laughter. May she rest in eternal peace.


Norma Foley






We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Presentation Sisters, Mary, Rita and the extended Horgan family on the death of our dear friend, Sr   de Sales. She was a wonderful person and a dedicated member of our choir for many years. Her great loves were Jesus and  St Therèse. Dingle / Kerry football and Daniel O’ Donnell were also high on the list!. May her gentle soul rest in heavenly peace.


Unfortunately we cannot sing for her at this time, but  le cúnamh Dé, will honour her in song at a later time.


Cór Naomh Muire, Daingean Ui Chúis




Sincere sympathy to Sr.de Sales  family and Presentation Sisters. She will be greatly missed by all her Pioneer family .


Kerry Diocesan Pioneer Council












DEATH of Liam Dillon, 62 Church Street, Listowel, on April 2nd, 2021, at the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital, Kerry. Predeceased by his wife Anne and sister Madeleine. Survived by his son Éamon, daughters Colette and Áine, grandchildren Tomás, Liam, Dara, Art, Anna and Evie, brother Noel, daughter-in-law Hazel, sons-in-law David O'Connor and Stephen O'Sullivan, brothers-in-law Willie and Brendan, sisters-in-law Sr. Stella and Mary.






Lena O’Connor (nee McCarthy), St. Ita’s, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Caherlane, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, who passed away, peacefully, at Milford Care Centre on Easter Sunday, April 4th 2021. Lena is deeply regretted by her sisters Kathleen Lenihan and Sr. Esther, brother-in-law Dan, nephews, nieces








    Name: Margaret Casey


    Current Name: Assumpta


    Religious Name: Assumpta


    Last Name: Casey


    Mother's Name: Ellen (O'Shaughnessy) Casey


    Father's Name: John Casey


    Hometown: Born in Carrigeen, County Limerick, Ireland


    Entry Date: August 4, 1913


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: March 30, 1973








Sister Assumpta served as nursing supervisor at all four of the Presentation Sister hospitals.




St. Luke's, Aberdeen, S.D.


St. Joseph's, Mitchell, S.D.


McKennan, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Miles City, Mont.










    Birth Name: Mollie Cronin


    Current Name: Aurelia


    Religious Name: Aurelia


    Last Name: Cronin


    Mother's Name: Mary (Grimes) Cronin


    Father's Name: Michael Cronin


    Hometown: Born in Limerick County, Ireland, in 1903


    Entry Date: September 22, 1920


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: July 20, 1986








Sister Aurelia served for many years as a nurse.




Holy Rosary, Miles City, Mont.


St. Luke's, Aberdeen, S.D.










    Birth Name: Lillian Crowley


    Current Name: Maurice


    Religious Name: Maurice


    Last Name: Crowley


    Mother's Name: Elizabeth (Kennelly) Crowley


    Father's Name: Patrick Crowley


    Hometown: Born in Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland


    Entry Date: November 26, 1927


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: February 24, 1998








Sister Maurice began as a primary teacher, but later served as Presentation College faculty and as a professional speaker. She was known far and wide for her sense of humor.






Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD






Agnes Daly


    Current Name: Columba


    Religious Name: Columba


    Last Name: Daly


    Mother's Name: Maria (Ryan) Daly


    Father's Name: James Daly


    Hometown: Lough Gur, County Limerick, Ireland, 1866


    Entry Date: June 10, 1903


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: May 7, 1972








Sister Columba served in education ministry for many years.










    Birth Name: Susan Daly


    Current Name: Winifred


    Religious Name: Winifred


    Last Name: Daly


    Mother's Name: Maria (Ryan) Daly


    Father's Name: James Daly


    Hometown: Born in Loughgur Kilmallock, Limerick County, Ireland


    Entry Date: July 4, 1910


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: July 19, 1981








Sister was an educator for many years and also served on the Leadership Council. She was head of the education department at Presentation College for nearly 20 years.




Mitchell, S.D.


Bridgewater, S.D.


Aberdeen, S.D.


Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.






Sister Chrysostom Fitzgerald


  Current Name: Chrysostom


    Religious Name: Chrysostom


    Last Name: Fitzgerald


    Hometown: Limerick, Ireland


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: November 7, 1918








    Birth Name: Margaret Fitzgerald


    Current Name: Ita


    Religious Name: Ita


    Last Name: Fitzgerald


    Mother's Name: Alice (Ringrose) Fitzgerald


    Father's Name: Michael Fitzgerald


    Hometown: Ireland


    Entry Date: June 10, 1903


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: October 3, 1957








    Birth Name: Nora Foley


    Current Name: Berchmans


    Religious Name: Berchmans


    Last Name: Foley


    Mother's Name: Catherine (Windle) Foley


    Father's Name: Daniel Foley


    Hometown: Ireland


    Entry Date: October 29, 1924


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: October 11, 1987








Zambia, located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, has the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS. This compounded by lack of employment, leaves the majority of the people in the Kaoma area extremely poor. This ministry is part of the work of Presentation Sisters from Ireland, India, England, New Zealand, Zambia and the United States. The primary purpose of the ministry in Kaoma and surrounding areas is to assist the people in becoming self-sustaining.
















    Birth Name: Margaret Mary Clarke


    Current Name: Aloysius


    Religious Name: Aloysius


    Last Name: Clarke


    Mother's Name: Mary (McDonald) Clarke


    Father's Name: Frank Clarke


    Hometown: Ethan, S.D.


    Entry Date: September 8, 1946


    Current Status: Deceased


    Death Date: June 13, 2001








Sister was a fifth and sixth grade teacher and later taught home economics.




Madison, S.D.


Dell Rapids, S.D.


O'Gorman, Sioux Falls, S.D.




She taught Home Economics at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, SD for 40 years. She was involved with the Search Retreat Program in Aberdeen, SD and was a nurturing aunt to a multitude of nieces and nephews fondly remembered as Sr MM (the nun named after a candy bar)






She’ll teach you how to bake


She’ll teach you how to sew.


She’ll teach you how to keep your ducks in a row.




With her dimple warm smile and


Her hands on her hips and


A bowl of Lay’s potato chips




Trips to the Sachses


In a Tom car


With a nun named after a candy bar.




We Love You




She’ll take you to McDonald’s


It’s Lumpy Linda Day


With DQ for dessert, it’s right on the way




You’ll be in her prayers


For that dreaded test


She’ll make you feel like you stand out from the rest.




Overnights were full


Of games and fun


Animal pancakes, parables rolled into one.




She’ll threaten you in heaven


That you’ll eat all your words


On the way to Tom’s farm, we’ll count all the herds




You may be called Abie, sugarplum or kid It’s great to find the presents that she hid




She’ll play “go fish”


Celebrate Eddy day


Sends a care package when you’re far away




She’ll teach you how to bake and


She’ll teach you how to sew.


I take her love with me everywhere I go


By Linda Johansen Mullen (Niece) and her husband David




A Jubilee message from her family:


Sister MM an amazing individual, celebrates her 50 year jubilee as a Presentation Sister. She grew up in Ethan, SD and joined the convent in her early 20's. She still teaches Home Economics at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Over the years, Sr. MM has taught thousands of students how to cook, sew, how to parent and how to enjoy life.


As she goes about her life's work, she always keeps her favorite candy, M&M's, in her pocket and in her office for treats for her students. With Sister MM around, every school party and family holiday has lots of M&M's. Her nieces and nephews report finding them under their pillows when they go to sleep at night.


In addition to her teaching duties, Sister MM gives of herself continually by making quilts, visiting the sick, working with youth retreats and helping others. She has gone on my trips to Appalachia with students to help the poor. You can be sure on these journeys that she brought M&M's to share. 4 cases were donated








Kerryman 1904-current, 13.02.1960, page 8


 Extracts from Kerryman Notes; Knocknagoshel Girls teacher Miss Tessie Keane, NT, is leaving and teaching in Kenya, she was in the village for 8 years, she was a native of Knock, Tralee and a supporter of the Gaelic League;


 Final Profession of Sister Mary Bernadette Healy of Scart at Convent in Brisbane, Aus; Miss Peggy Donoghue , daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Donoghue of Cummer, Knocknagoshel, is home from America.




Kerryman 1904-current, 13.02.1960, page 8


Lyreacrompane Notes; Death of Mrs Margaret Keane, nee Corridan of Lisroe, Duagh. She was mother of Rev John Keane, Manchester, Sr. Columba, France, and Sr. Xavier Loretto Abbey, Gorey. Death of Mr Denis McCarthy, Beecherstown, Duagh.


Fianna Fail Cumann Islandanny, Chairman Sean Broderick, Shronebeirne, vice Chairman Mr Danny Brosnan, Rea, Duagh. Secretary Mr John McAuliffe, Pilgrim Hill, Duagh.


Lixnaw Notes. Death of Mr Maurice Twomey of Ballyrehan, was brother to Sr. Philomena Twomey,


 St. Philips Convent, East Lambert, San Antonio, Texas.


Castleisland; Death in France of Miss Josephine Lyons who was governess with a family of an Ambassador, sister of Miss Babs Lyons Main St., and Professor Patrick Lyons of England.


Back from Australia, is Sr. Patrick Joseph Leane, Annabeg a member of of the order of St Joseph of the Sacred heart, she spent 22 years in Western Australia. Other local priests in Australia include Archbishop Prendiville, Rev Eddie McSweeney and Rev J M  Herlihy.




Kerryman April 16 1961


Death at advanced age Rev Mother M Dominick, Presentation Convent Dingle, daughter of late Mr Peter Kearney, N.T. and Mrs Kearney of Cordal, she was one of five sisters who became nuns. She had a sister Mrs Mary Murphy, Dublin, brother Peter Kearney.




Kerryman Knocknagoshel Notes 22 July 1961


Mother Stephanie if Maherafelt Convent, Derry, visited Family in Ballinacartin KNG:


DUAGH: On holiday, Sr. Columba Keane, from UK; Sr. Spinola Sheehy, from UK; Sr. Joseph Sheehy from Kilkenny;


Ballybunion on holiday; Sr. Augustine Stack of Doon and Seattle;






In the early 18th century new seeds of God’s creative dream were planted in the heart of a young Irish woman named Nano Nagle who went on to become the Foundress of the Presentation Sisters in Ireland in 1776.


Nano Nagle




"She was a woman who, in her simplicity, dared greatly...


dared to let herself be guided by the Spirit of God.


And when he, like some will o’ the wisp on the mountains,


led her from the warmth of what was safe and comfortable,


out past the four walls of what was “enough” and “reasonable”,


away from the security of the familiar, tried and proven,


she followed with laughter in her heart.


For she had caught a glimpse of the Divine delight


in reversing human logic, in drawing power from weakness,


wisdom from folly, life from death.


In this lay her strength.


This is Nano Nagle." 


Raphael Consedine PVBM


Four pioneering Sisters among Nano’s followers, Sisters Bernard Kirwin, Magdalen O’Shaughnessy, Xavier Maloney and Xaverius Lynch, carried her vision and spirit to the shores of Newfoundland in 1833. They came at the invitation of Bishop Michael Fleming to establish a school that would offer improved educational opportunity for girls and young women in St. John’s. Nano’s vision had birthed a response that was both broad and penetrating. For the next 175 years our sisters continued to respond to this call. Academic learning, spiritual development/religious education and a deep appreciation for the arts and music were central to our education ministry among students, teachers and parents.












On Friday 20 July 1866 the first Presentation Sisters left their homeland, family and friends, and set out from Fermoy to make the long perilous journey to Tasmania. A group of four professed sisters and five postulants boarded The Empress at Queenstown, Ireland, and arrived at Hobart three months later to open, at Richmond, the first Presentation convent and school in the Southern Hemisphere. From Limerick six sisters and a postulant arrived in Melbourne on 21 December 1873 to found a convent and school at St Kilda, the summer resort for the growing capital of the newly established colony of Victoria.




Meanwhile, across the border in New South Wales in the flourishing but sparsely populated Riverina, the recently established town and district of Wagga Wagga was appealing for religious. Again the Presentation Sisters answered the call. Consequently, in May 1874, five sisters arrived from Kildare. In 1886 from the little village of Lucan, just out of Dublin, three sisters and seven postulants left for the Lismore mission. Coming through England, they were joined by another postulant and arrived in Lismore in August 1886. The party of four sisters and five postulants who arrived in Geraldton, Western Australia in July 1891 was made up of three sisters and and one postulant from Sneem, one sister from Mitchelstown, one postulant from Tipperary and three from Cork.




On their arrival in the Australian colonies the Presentation Sisters continued to answer the call of the needy throughout the continent. This sometimes involved making long, hazardous journeys to scattered outposts. Sisters from Wagga Wagga established new foundations in Elsternwick (1882), Hay (1883) and Longreach (1900). From Hay a group travelled in 1900 to the goldfields of Western Australia. This group formed a union with the Geraldton Congregation in 1969.








Presentation Sisters came to India in the year 1842.


In the spirit of our foundress, Nano Nagle, sisters in India promote education at primary, secondary and professional levels, thus bringing out All Round Development of the child.


 The task of the Presentation School today is to accompany the students to discover the light within themselves and share it with others, to make them God centered and other person centered; to enable them to be responsible citizens in the world of our times and play their unique role in the transformation of society.








Presentation Sisters left Clonmel in Ireland for Manchester in 1836 to work in the inner city. In time, convents were opened in Buxton, Audenshaw and New Moston. 1919 saw more Presentation Sisters arrived from Ireland to open a convent in North Yorkshire.


Presentation Sisters also arrived from India specifically to encourage young women to go to India to join the Presentation Sisters in their ministry in Madras. The number of Sisters in England grew. In 1953 more Sisters arrived from Ireland to work in Bicester, Swindon, Birmingham, Brockworth, Corsham and Sheffield.






The Latin American Unit comprises six missions in three countries Chile, Peru and Ecuador.


In Chile there are two missions:    Lo Valdivia, Curico founded in 1982


    Iquique founded in 1992. Peru also has two missions:


    Eucalyptus de Villa, Lima founded in 1993.    Mariategui, Lima founded in 1995


The remaining two missions are in Ecuador: Chone founded in 1993. Quito founded in 1988


The Presentation Sisters have also served in Santiago, Chile between 1986 and 1999, in Flavio Alfaro, Ecuador from 1983 to 2001 and in Guayaquil, Ecuador during the years 1997 to 2002.






When Presentation congregations in Ireland, England, India, Pakistan, Africa and the Philippines came together in 1976 to form the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 17 of the Irish motherhouses and the English congregation had branch houses in the United States. There were a total of 23 houses--11 in California, three in Alabama, two in Arizona, two in Mississippi and one in each of the states of Utah, Colorado, Florida, Louisanna, and Georgia.


In 1978 a Southeast Region which included the houses in Alabama, Louisianna  and Mississippi was established.  In 1981 the North Presentation Congregation joined the Union and its houses in Georgia and Florida became part of this region.


Also in 1978 a Western Vice-Province was created to encompass houses in California and Utah. When Crosshaven became part of the Union in 1981, its houses in Arizona were incorporated into the Vice-Province




In 1982 the autonomous foundation of San Antonio, Texas, fused with the Union and became part of the Vice-Province.


The Southeast Region and the Western Vice-Province united in 1989 to form the United States Province.


In 2013 the Sisters of the Fargo, North Dakota, Congregation fused with the Union and are now part of the United States Province.






New Zealand


The first group of Sisters brought the Presentation flame to Taita (Wellington) arriving in 1951.






Four sisters from India to come to Zimbabwe, then called ‘Southern Rhodesia’, in 1949. They were: Sr. Marie-Louise Frost and the late Mother Bernard, Srs. Aloysius (Bertha) Griffin and Dorothea Carroll. Bishop Chichester had invited the Presentation Sisters to Mount Mellery mission in the Eastern Highlands near the Mozambique border. Our Sisters were engaged in both teaching and nursing and were joined by others from Matlock. Our first African Sister, Aletha Matiswairi was professed in 1980. The Liberation War which ended triumphantly with Independence for Zimbabwe in 1980 caused our rural missions in Mt. Mellery, Avila, St. Benedict’s and St. Killian’s to be closed at various stages, for reasons of safety.




Western Province/ Mongu


In February 1970, at the end of the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War, and after three weeks of house arrest, all Presentation Sisters were deported from Nigeria with no hope of return. One of the Sisters, Cecelia Thackaberry, died in that War.


Within a short time of their return to England the Sisters received an invitation to go and work with the Holy Cross Sisters in Mongu, Western Province, Zambia. On acceptance of that invitation our Zambian mission began on September 10, 1970 with the arrival Srs. Gertrude, Elizabeth and Aiden.






The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 39, Number 21, 16 May 1908


Five young ladies of Irish birth were received recently into the Presentation Convent at Veprey, Madras, India. Before they changed their bridal attire for the religious dress, a touching and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Father Vandenburg, S. J




Presentation Nuns Boston College


The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 46, Number 4, 15 July 1911


—Ed. Review.] Ireland the Land of Religious Vocations. Holyoke, Mass., June 25, 1911. Editor Review:— A western paper describes as a truly grand scene the reception of nineteen young Irish maidens into the order of the Sisters of Charity at the Convent of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. On the same occasion eighteen novices made their solemn vows. Ireland continues to supply the world with religious subjects. Recently at the Convent of Mary, Mafeking, South Africa, three Tipperary girls—Mary, Ellen, and Brigid Ryan, were received. Mrs. Murphy of Newmarket, Co. Clare, Ireland, has eight daughters nuns in the Presentation order, all labouring in India. Mr. Martin Hehir of Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, is the proud father of five daughters all members of the Presentation order. The twin daughters of Sir Edward Fitzgerald, Bart., Cork, Ireland, were recently received at Saint Marie's of the Isle Convent of Mercy in their native city, receiving the names of Sisters Ethna and Brigid. Three members of one family, the Misses Kavanagh of Castledermot, Kildare, were received recently at the Notre Dame MotherHouse, Namur, Belgium. The Reverend Mother General of the La Sainte Union Sisters is at present in this country making arrangements for the arrival of one hundred young members of her order, who will be engaged as teachers in parish schools of New England dioceses. Although the order is a French one, the majority of the Sisters are Irish by birth or blood, and the Sisters on their way here have all been engaged at their professions in schools in Ireland and England, and hold excellent certificates from the English education Board.
















Presentation USA.










New Zealand Tablet, Volume XIX, Issue 8, 21 November 1890, Page 7


The Very Rev. Thomas Jackson, Vicar-Apostolic of Northern Borneo and Labuan, now making a brief stay in Boston, mentions among other interesting details, that his first co-adjutors in the almost incredible hardships of the Borneo mission were two Irish priests, and that every one of the nine Franciscan nuns, who have since come to his assistance, are Irish. This statement suggests a glance at Irish missionary activity in other remote, needy, and dangerous portions of the Lord's vineyard. Everywhere we find the Irish priests rivalled in numbers, courage, and self-denial only by their French and Belgian brothers while in what may be called lay missionary work, the ubiquitous Irish race is without a peer. The missionary training school of the Fathers of the Holy Ghost, at Black Bock, Dublin, Ireland, is yearly sending dozens of young Irish priests into Zanguebar, Senegambia, and Senegal, on the coast of Africa. Cardinal Lavigerie had the help of a valiant Irish soldier, ex- Pontifical Zouave in establishing some of his first missionaries in Central Africa. Australia and New Zealand have been so largely the spiritual conquest of Irish nuns, priests and people, that Cardinal Manning, who last year claimed America's first Catholic Centenary as St. Patrick's fifteenth, might also claim the approaching Australian Centenary as the sixteenth for the Apostle of Ireland. It stirs the Irish heart to remember, too, the first Irish missionary priests in Australia bore the mark of honour, the convict brand, for their sympathy with the Irish uprising of '98. Priests of the Josephite Order, to which Father Jackson belongs, have been for nearly twenty years working among our negro population in the Southern States. Their membership is largely Irish or Irish- American. A leading spirit in missionary zeal among them there is the Rev. John B. Slattery, rector of St. Joseph's Seminary, Baltimore and their first American-trained priest, the Rev. Michael Heffernan, ordained from the same seminary a few months ago, is also of Irish blood.— Pilot








A PIONEER NUN. Press, Volume LXV, Issue 19751, 16 October 1929, Page 16


(Press Association Telegram)


(DUNEDIN, October 15. Mother Mary Bertrand, the last of the band of pioneer Dominican Sisters who came to New Zealand sixty years ago, and who established the Dominican Convent in Dunedin, celebrated the sixtieth year of her life as a nun to-day. The celebrations included Pontifical High Mass, a garden fete, and a presentation, which took the form of a scholarship in her name providing tuition in the convent for secondary pupils.






Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 197, 21 August 1945, Page 3


DIAMOND JUBILEE OF ORDER The diamond jubilee of the arrival of the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Auckland, and the founding of the Children of Mary in St. Benedict's Parish was celebrated with Mass in St. Benedict's Church by Dr. F. Terry. Present at the celebrations was Sister Mary Bernadette, the first New Zealand postulant, who returned from training in Australia in 1886, accompanied by other sisters.


In 1884. two members of the order, Sister Mary Theresa and Sister Mary Casimir, accompanied by Misses Chitty and Chevalin, arrived in New Zealand and opened a school close to the church. In 1901, St. Benedict's was nominated provincial house.






Bishop Liston, speaking at St. Benedict's Hall on the value of the 60 years' work, made a presentation of £300 to the sisters to start a fund for the proposed retreat house. Past pupils and friends were present. Solemn Requiem Mass for the deceased sisters and Children of Mary was offered yesterday.






New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9167, 6 April 1893, Page 5


[BY TELEGRAPH. —PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Dunedin, Wednesday. Three young ladies made their profession as nuns at St. Joseph's Cathedral to-day. The service was very impressive. One of the nuns is a niece of Bishop Moran, another a sister of Father Lynch, and another, a lady from Gore, is a cousin of an Irish Bishop.






Marlborough Express, Volume XLVI, Issue 260, 2 November 1912, Page 2


THE GREATER LOVE. [PRESS ASSOCIATION.] NEW YORK, Oct. 30. At San, Antonio six Sisters of Charity perished in a fire which destroyed an orphan asylum. The sisters were heroically trying to save their charges. Two orphans were killed and 85 saved.


The Mother Superior and other Irish and French nuns dashed into the burning dormitory, grasped the babies, and handed them out to the firemen stationed, on a ladder against the burning building. Several sisters, then jumped to the life net, but missed and were crushed to death on the ground. The Mother Superior and two nuns were overcome by the flames and perished in the ruins.








New Zealand Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 16199, 8 April 1916, Page 2


Mr. John Redmond. M.P., and Mr. R. Barry O'Brien have issued an appeal for funds with which to establish in County Wexford the Benedictine community of Irish nuns which had its home at Ypres from the time of William 111. until the recent destruction of the town by the Germans.


Two of the flags which the Irish Brigade captured from the English at the battle of Ramillies were deposited in the Irish convent at Ypres, and a part of one of them has been preserved to this day. The nuns, who were forced to fly from Ypres, are now living in London. A sum of £1050 is needed for the purchase of their new home in County Wexford. '"Under the calamities of war," says the appeal "they fled from Ireland; under the calamities of war they have returned."






Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 124, 26 May 1923, Page 20


'APPEAL FOR A NEW HOME. An effort is being launched in England to raise £40,000 in order to re-establish the homeless nuns of Ypres Abbey in another, sanctuary. At a meeting' of the Catholic Truth Society says the Daily Telegraph," it was explained that the 'Abbey of Ypres, which stood, in the Rue St. Jacques, was built in. 1665 for British and Irish nuns, and during the whole of its history it maintained an unbroken connection with the mother countries, the community always consisting of British subjects. In October 1914. the abbey was bombarded, but the nuns remained until a month  later, when, yielding to orders for complete evacuation, they became homeless wanderers. The building was entirely destroyed, but its ruins were always a sanctuary for British soldiers.








The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 21, Number 3, 14 January 1899


The Boston Transcript learns from the latest issue of Le Clerge Franciis that Paris possesses no less than 128 different religious congregations of women, with 550 houses of various kinds. The inhabitants of five are exclusively devoted to a contemplative and penitential rule with educational activity; while forty-two are exclusively devoted to teaching, twenty-five to the care of the sick, and the majority of the rest combine the various works of charity and mercy. One order, called the Sisters of Motherly Help, devote themselves to the care of poor mothers and their babes, and also nurse in the houses of the rich. A goodly number of societies are devoted to nursing the sick in their homes, and thus they do much good in the poorer parts of the city. The Little Sisters of the Assumption not only attend to the sick, but take entire charge of the house, children and kitchen of the sick poor, acting just like domestic servants of the poor, accepting not even food in return. The " Blind Sisters of St. Paul," consisting partly of " seeing " and partly of " blind " members, offer a home for life to poor, blind girls from the age of four years onward, let apartments to blind women and provide a kind of hospital together with medical assistance to poor girls afflicted with eye diseases. The Little Sisters of St. Anne take care of consumptive children ;




the Franciscanesses of the Immaculate Conception devote themselves to the street arabs and beggar children who swarm in Paris; the Sisters of Mary of the Atonement and the Sisters of the Child Jesus look after young servant girls, the latter particularly those from Normandy and Brittany ; other Sisters occupying themselves with the care of homeless shop girls and factory hands, prisoners, fallen women, orphanages and foundlings. In fact, there is no conceivable variety of social misery and evil for which Christian charity has not been organized by some of these Parisian societies of religious women.








The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942) Sat 2 Dec 1899 Page 24


Twenty-nine young ladies from various parts of Ireland — Carlow, Kilkenny, Kerry,


Clare, Galway, Leitrim and Fermanagh, left Queenstown recently in the Cunard


Line steamer Etruria for New York, enroute for San Antonio, Texas, with the object of entering on a religious life there. They were in charge of Sister Benedict, of the Order of Divine Providence, of which order the young ladies purpose becoming postulants. Last July Sister Benedict, who is a native of County Carlow, came to Ireland for the purpose of obtaining young ladies






Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954)Sat 4 Sep 1909 Page 43




Again the Daughters of the Cross have to record the loss of one of their Sisters, who died at Anand on Sunday, 18th July, after an illness of only a few hours. Sister Agnes Mary was born in Kerry, Ireland, in April, 1865, and joined the congregation at Liege in October, 1884.Two years later she arrived in India, and since that time worked with the greatest earnestness in the convents at Karachi, Igatpuri, Bandra, Panchgani, Dadar, and finally at Anand, of which house she was made Superioress in December, 1908. In the first week of July, cholera broke out in that locality, and some of the orphan children confided to the care of the Sisters; contracted the disease. A few cases proved fatal. However, on Sunday last it was hoped that the epidemic had ceased, an intimation to that effect


having been written by the Superioress herself, little thinking that she would be the next chosen victim. Sister Agnes Mary saw without fear death approaching, and was perfectly calm and resigned to God's holy will. During the years she spent in India, and in whatever house she laboured, she was ever a subject of the greatest edification to her Sisters in religion and to all with whom She came in contact. Her happy disposition endeared her to everyone, and her loss will be keenly felt. Quietly and religiously she spent her days, and one may truly say: "She went about doing good." Her death was a fit crowning to her life—a victim to duty, she has fallen at her post.


R.I.P.—Bombay "Examiner."






The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)Wed 24 Feb 1915 Page 2. (Extracts)


Dame Theresa, a Benedictine nun, and niece of John Redmond, who was


in a Benedictine convent 'at Ypres during the German bombardment,


and is now safely lodged in Oulton Abbey, Staffordshire, publishes extracts from her diary, giving her experiences of the war.


Describing the British entry into the city of Ypres she says:


"We were actually engaged In the litanies with the words, 'From all evil good Lord, deliver us, each sister joining in the responses. Good Lord, deliver us, with a full soul when suddenly we heard the heavy tramp, tramp, tramp, of soldiers and the sound of singing. We trembled, thinking- of the terrible Uhlans answering; the "Good Lord, deliver us. in their midnight carouse.


But Judge of our surprise and our amazement when we found out that it Was an English song, and lo Mingled with our cries of supplication, came as it were in answer. 'Here we are. Here


we are again. We almost joined in, but of course we dare not. We were just wondering


in our Irish hearts whether or no it was an Irish regiment that was first to enter, thinking of the dear old standard, with the harp on it of the days of the Irish Brigade. ''Suddenly we got our answer in a


gruff brogue. We heard the song which everyone seems to be singing everywhere , else and always, I't's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary.'"Dame Theresa brought back with her to England the old banner of the Irish Brigade; who fought in the service of France against England in the seventeenth century, which was preserved in the Ypres convent.




Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954) Fri 12 May 1944


Two Irish Nuns were killed in air-raid on Rome, it was stated on the Vatican Radio.


"We regret to state," the announcer said, "that according to a communication received from the Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Rome, two Irish Sisters lost their lives on February 17 in an air raid on Marina. Nineteen Sisters were killed in the raid. The two Irish victims are: Sister Mary of St. Agnes (Mary O'Keeffe, of Comer, Co. Cork, and Temple Valley, Co. Waterford, and Sister Edward of St. Francis (Ellen Bowler, of Togherough, Hisbolis, Co. Kerry.




Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932)Sat 5 Aug 1876 Page 7




In Lisbon there is to be seen the Convent of Bom Successo which is kept by Irish


Dominican Nuns. This convent is one of the many Irish houses which the traveller is sure to meet with in Catholic countries, and was founded in the year 1639, in the very worst days of the Irish persecutions. It owns its origin to a promise given by Philip II, of Spain to Father Dominick O'Daly, on


condition that he would succeed in raising a regiment in Ireland for the purpose of fighting for the Royal cause in the low countries.




Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Thu 20 May 1954 Page 7


Deaths of Two Presentation Nuns


Double Requiem at Windsor Convent


Rev. Mother Mary Ita (Cagney),a cousin of His Grace Archbishop Mannix, died at the


Presentation Convent, Windsor, on Sunday last, 16 May. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th


year of her religious life. Born at Croom, County Limerick, Ireland, she entered the Presentation


Order in 1885, twelve years after the foundation of the Windsor Convent.


SISTER MARY BRIGID On Friday, 14 May, Sister Mary Brigid (Conway) died at the Presentation


Convent, Windsor, at the advanced age, of 96 years. Born at Brandon, Kerry, Ireland she was


at the 64th year of her religious life, all of which was spent at the Windsor Convent Unobtrusive


and kindly throughout her long life,












Catholic Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1932 - 1942)Thu 7 Nov 1940, Page 26


Irish Nuns and Brothers Home from Gibraltar, Twenty-seven Irish Christian Brothers and 33 Irish Loreto nuns are among the many thousands of women and children who have reached England


after having been compulsorily evacuated from Gibraltar. Ninety-seven per cent, of these


evacuees are Catholics. There should have been 34 instead off 33 nuns, but one Sister


Lorcan O'Connor, was killed in an air raid in which three other lay sisters were injured.


The Bishop of Gibraltar, Right Rev. Richard J. Fitzgerald, is remaining at his post.


The Christian Brothers had 1400 boys under their care in Gibraltar — in their college at


Line Hall Road, the Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph's, and Our Lady of Lourdes. They have


been teaching in the town for 60 years. Special services for the evacuees have been arranged at


St. Patrick's, Soho.




Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954)Thu 27 Aug 1942, Page 1




Prior Park College, Bath, and the Bar Convent, York, were among the notable Catholic buildings damaged during recent German raids on Britain. At the Bar Convent five nuns were killed. There were no casualties at Prior Park — which is conducted by the Irish Christian Brothers — but serious damage was done to the building. A new wing was partially destroyed,










Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, 16 July, 1927; Page: 5




Sister Mary Augustine Kennelly died after years of suffering, at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Sacramento, on the morning of Sunday, June 5. For a time she taught music at St. Joseph Academy, Sacramento, and later she ministered to the sick at the old Mater Misericordiae Hospital on Twenty-third and R streets, Sacramento. Born in North Kerry, Ireland, Sister Mary Augustine came from a family of priests and religious. Her uncle, the Rev. Martin Kennelly, died in China last year after forty one years of service there in the mission fields. The Rev Patrick Kennelly of Australia, who visited her about three weeks ago on his way to Ireland, is another uncle, and also Bro. James Harrington, S.J., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Her two aunts, Sisters Mary Berchmans and Margaret, are at St. Joseph Academy, Sacramento. There are two cousins also in the priesthood. One of these-the Rev Robert Kennelly, left for China last September to take the place of his uncle; the other, the Rev John Kennelly, is in England. The funeral took place from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, with a solemn requiem Mass, with the Rt. Rev Mgr. Horgan as celebrant. The Rev. Father Bennett assister as deacon, the Rev Fr. Connors of Roseville as sub-deacon, and the Rev. Fr. Lyons as master of ceremonies. The following priests were present in the sanctuary:—The Rev Fr. Ellis, Rev Fr. Murphy, Rev Fr. Edward. O.F.M, Rev Fr. Azevedo, Rev Father McHugh, Rev Fr. Grant, Rev Fr. Horgan, Rev Fr. Donnelly, Rev Fr. O'Connor, Rev Fr. Hayes, Rev Father O'Meara. Present also were the Sisters of Mercy St Joseph Academy, Mater Misercordiae Hospital, and Stanford Home, also Sisters of St Francis, all of Sacramento, and Sisters of Mercy from Grass Valley and Red Bluff. Sister Mary Augustine was laid to rest in St Joseph cemetery.




Leaving Sydney on March 8, the four-masted German barque, Lizbeth, arrived at Cobh on Wednesday, after a voyage of 120 days. Of 13 old-time windjammers, racing in the past six months for Europe from Australian ports, only one now remains to make port. This is a Finnish ship which sailed from Port Lincoln on Feb. 17 1927.




Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, 09 May, 1942; Page: 2




The five nuns killed when a convent was hit during the raid on York are, states " The Universe," Mother Patricia O'Connor, teacher, and Sister Brendan Murphy, of the domestic staff, both from Ireland; Mother Vincent Jordan, head of the Convent's Elementary School; Mother Gerard McClorry, infirmarian and Mother Agnes Clayton, teacher. Two other Sisters were injured in going to the assistance of the buried nuns.




Irish Examiner 1841-current, Tuesday, 13 June, 1961; Page: 7


Two Irish nuns on the way back to their mission in Burma and a young Irishman on his way to take up a post in Iraq, were among the nineteen people killed, yesterday, when a Dutch airliner plunged into a sand dune three miles short of Cairo Airport as it came in to land.


The nuns, members of the Good Shepherd Order, were Sister Paschal Curran, a native of Coars. Cahirciveen. Co- Kerry, and Sister Stanislaus Ryan, of Donohill near Tipperary Town Both were In their forties. The third Irish victim was twenty-four years old Gerald Shields, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim,




Sister Paschal was a daughter of the late Mr. Cornelius Curran. N.T. and Mrs. Curran. of Coars National School, five miles from Cahirciveen She had been 25 years in religion and was in Rangoon for most of that time. Her recent visit home was her first in 31 years.




Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, 15 October, 1910; Page: 2




King Manuel and his mother, Queen Amelia, who are now Staying at the Government House at Gibraltar, have decided to leave for England shortly, while the Dowager Queen Maria Pia and the King's uncle, the Duke of Oporto, will take up  their residence in Italy.


It is now officially announced that King Manuel, before leaving Portugal, sent a pathetic farewell letter to his people through the ex-Premier.


The young King declared that his conscience was clear , and that his flight, which was forced on him by circumstances , must in no way be taken as an act of abdication


The  censor's hand is still busy with messages from Lisbon, but the telegrams, which have been received indicate that the city is now  slowly, resuming its normal appearance. while it is stated that the Republic has been accepted throughout the provinces.


The strictness of the censorship, however is reflected in the announcement that the Republican Government has refused delivery of all cipher telegrams addressed to the Italian diplomatic representatives  in Lisbon.


An order has been issued for the banishment of all Religious Orders.


Terrible scenes of looting were witnessed  at the early stages of the revolution. Mobs raided the churches  and monasteries and destroyed religious  emblems,  and altars and works of art of great value. Shameful excesses were recorded by the special correspondent of The London "Express" who gave a vivid" description of what he saw.


The soldiers helped the mob in their efforts to destroy the churches and persecute the priests and nuns. Several Jesuits were killed in defending their monasteries. There are 250 priests in Lisbon jails, and 300 nuns have been arrested.  It is stated that the Irish Dominican Friars and Nuns in Lisbon will not be molested in any way. As a result of the confiscation of the convents and monasteries enormous riches, come into the hands of the Government. A prominent member of the Catholic Church in England believes that the Religious Orders which are now being expelled, will, in time, return to Portugal. The Italian Government has made arrangements to avail of an existing law in order, to prevent the Portuguese Religious Orders from settling in Italy. Several churches were opened in Lisbon on Tuesday, and the Religious Orders flying foreign flags have been supplied with guards to prevent any attack. King George V. has ordered the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert to proceed to Gibraltar to embark King Manuel and Queen Amelia. Spanish anti-clericals are organising a great demonstration to celebrate the triumph of the Republic in Portugal. A number of refugee Portuguese-nuns were hissed at Bada  Joz.


The Republican Minister for Foreign Affairs say that the new regime will enable Portugal to take her place by the side of the other European Powers, in defence of justice and peace.




Presentation USA.












Kerry Examiner 1840-1856, Tuesday, 05 August, 1845; Page: 3


ANOTHER DREADFUL FIRE IN QUEBEC. Our Montreal advices, which reach to the 12th instant inclusive, communicate the melancholy intelligence that Quebec had been devastated by a dreadful fire, which broke out on the evening of the 28th of June,1845 and destroyed 1,300 houses.




Tralee Chronicle and Killarney Echo 1843-1881, Friday, 09 November, 1855; Page: 4


Rev Dr. Cahill’s Letter. To the right Honourable Lord Viscount Palmerston.




Judge Kane of Philadelphia had been hearing evidence In regard to the alleges recruiting for the British army In the United States. One of the chief witnesses was a Mr Strobel, whose evidence contains some extraordinary, if true, disclosures. This man, Strobel, whose


Social standing appears to have been such that Sir Gaspard Le  Marchant  asked him to dinner and the officers  of the 76fh Regiment - associated with him on terms, of equality, swears positively that a plan for the enlistment of men In the United States, for the British  service, was concocted by Mr. Crampton , the Governor of the British Province and himself  and a commencement of enlistments was made under it.


Rathfarnham, October 27, 1855. My Lord the American papers of last Saturday week brought to this country the astounding intelligence contained in the extract just quoted: he goes on to criticise the British establishment and army officers and protestant bible men. See paper for full details.




Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, 21 May, 1898; Page: 4


"Frorester sends us an interesting letter relative to the housing of the artisan class in Killarney. He state of things existing in the lanes of the so-called "Eden of the West" as revealed in this letter, do not redound to the credit of the local civic body, and we trust that the gentle reminder conveyed in the letter will have the desired effect.




A subscription list has been started in aid of the family of the young man Deady, who was killed recently at Fenit while engaged in shunting operations on the pier. The deceased was the principal support of aged parents.




On Wednesday evening next the people of Tralee will be afforded a rare musical treat, when the members of the Musical Society will give their second grand concert. The concert will be given in the Concert Hall, which has been specially renovated for the occasion. The unpleasantness hitherto experienced owing to defective ventilation has been entirely removed. (Edited)




Lovers of the manly game of handball will be pleased to learn that the Castleisland ball court has been re-opened after a lapse of nearly seventeen years. Court opened by Mr Henry Williams, his father-in-law Mr William Clifford owned the court formally. Lifelong player from Killarney Mr J R Styles is sure to give encouragement.(edited)




Kerry Sentinel 1878-1916, Saturday, 08 April, 1916; Page: 3


Irish Volunteer Captain. THREE MONTHS' HARD LABOUR, A case which aroused considerable interest in South Clare was heard at Sixmilebridge Petty Sessions by Mr M'Elroy, R.M, and five other magistrates. It was at the prosecution of District Inspector M'Clelland, and the defendant was Michael Brennan, Captain of the Meelick Irish Volunteers, and Hon Sec of the Clare County Board of these Volunteers. The charge was that he did, at Meelick, on the 17th March, make use of language likely to cause disaffection to his Majesty, contrary to the rules, etc, of the Defence of the Realm Act. In a second summons the charge was that said language was likely to cause mutiny, sedition and disaffection.


Mr H O'Brien, solr, Limerick, was for the defence.


Sergeant-Patrick M'Carthy gave evidence that there was a parade of Sinn Fein Volunteers outside Meelick Chapel on St Patrick's Day. Most of them were in uniform, and a number carried bandoliers and cartridges, while three had rifles, and others single and double-barrelled guns. He heard the defendant, who was the captain, use the language. Constable Sliney gave corroborative evidence.


Mr Moran did not call any witnesses, and addressed the Court at considerable length. He submitted this prosecution was grossly unfair and unjust, as similar language bad been used in the North of Ireland by Galloper Smith and Sir Edward Carson, and the Government had made no attempt to prosecute. Sir Edward even threatened the Government that he would bring the Kasier over. Chairman—If you bring Sir Edward Carson before me and prove your case, I'll be delighted to convict him, and so would the other magistrates. Mr Studdert—He would get "socks" (laughter). Mr Moran said his client only gave what he gave, right and legal advice to the people to keep their guns, to retain their own property.In the course of a lengthy judgment, the chairman (Mr M'Elroy) quoted the stirring words of the great Prelate, the Archbishop of Tuam, a great Irishman, against whom even Mr Brennan would not be so presumptuous as to put his opinion, in the appeal in his Pastoral to rally to the flag of the country in this great crisis. He also quoted a speech of Mr John Redmond, the Leader of the Irish people and a great statesman. Here the defendant laughed.


The Chairman said he noticed that Mr Brennan laughed at the mention of Mr Redmond's name. That was an outrageous thing for any Irishman to do in any assemblage of decent Irishmen. These young men should be real soldiers and not tinpot soldiers. If such language was to be tolerated there would be complete anarchy in the country. Defendant said that he had only obeyed orders from Headquarters, and any orders he got from Headquarters he would obey and pass on, and stand by them. He did not retract one word of what he said. The Chairman said that the “Headquarters" that gave such advice to young boys should be prosecuted.


Dr Frost, J.P, said - the young men should fight against the powers that desecrated churches, outraged women and torpedoed an hospital ship, killing 15 nuns.


The Chairman said the bench was unanimous in convicting defendant and sentencing him to three months with hard labour in Limerick gaol.




Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Thu 7 Oct 1926, Page 9


The returns of the census taken in the Twenty-six Counties on April 18 last, the result of which has been so eagerly awaited, were made public on Sunday morning. They came as the most unpleasant surprise the Irish people have had for years. The general belief was that the population was increasing. The returns show an enormous decrease. 'Although there were nearly a quarter of a million more people born than died during the 15 years since the 1911 census, the population has dropped by 166,000, a net loss of 404,000 in the period. The bulk of this loss has occurred


since 1922, and is another proof of the bad bargain made in the "Treaty."


Taken with the Six-County census, the figures of which were commented on in these columns a few


weeks ago, the Free State returns show that Ireland has now only a population of 4,229,124, having lost from emigration since 1911 exactly 502,000 men and women. The number of males to females is 1000 to 973 in the Free State, as against 1066 females to every 1000 males in the North-East. Although Belfast's population grew enormously since 1911, Dublin still holds the lead with


419,000. Another interesting item disclosed by the census returns is that there are nearly 2,000,000 Irish born men and women resident in other countries. The bulk of them are in America, but there are as many as 105,033 in Australia, and 34,419 in New Zealand.




Belfast Weekly News


The Protestant Standard (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1895) Sat 7 Jun 1884. Page 8






In a court deep in Munster, this conversation is reported to have taken place


Solicitor: At the scene of the accident, Mr O'Shea, did you tell the Garda officer that you


had never felt better in your life?' O'Shea the farmer:' That's right, sir.'


Solicitor: 'Well then, Mr O'Shea, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously


injured when my client's car hit your cart?'


O'Shea:' When the Garda arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and


shot him. Then he went over to Darcy, my dog, who was badly hurt, and shot him.


Then the policeman came across the road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, 'How


are you feeling?'


I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to


say: 'I've never felt better in my life












In 1933, what if you were Jewish, your family name was Hitler and you were living in the heart of Brooklyn? What would life be like for you and your two young children?


Back in June of that year, JTA ran a story on the Hitler family living in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and the struggles that members of this Jewish family were facing because of their last name.


At that time, according to Rose Hitler, there were more than 30 Jewish families living in the New York area with that surname.


This story is among 250,000 articles that are available online in the JTA Archives.




Nuns Killed








Jesuit, or, Catholic sentinel (Boston, Mass. : 1833), Volume V, Number XLVIII, 29 November 1834


Boston, Nov. 26, 1834. Received, of Bishop Fenwick, the sum of seventy nine dollars and twenty cents, the same being taxes assessed by the Assessors of the town of Charlestown, upon the land and buildings of the late Convent of Mount Benedict, for the year 1834, and which were  this day demanded by Solomon Hovey Jr., Collector, agreeably to instructions received by him from the Assessors to that effect, although said buildings had been destroyed by a mob in August last. j $79,20 (Signed) Solomon Hovey Jr., Collector. Our readers will observe in this day’s paper, a copy of the receipt for taxes paid to the town of Charlestown for the year 1834, on the buildings, &c. of the late Convent—which taxes were demanded by order of the Assessors, and insisted on being paid, notwithstanding the destruction of said buildings in last August, by a mob. This is, truly, paying for protection with a vengeance. We always supposed, indeed, that delicacy would have prevented any call of this kind from that quarter; but it seems; whether protection be experienced or not in Charlestown, the taxes must be paid. If this be not hard, to use a common phrase, we know not what hard is.








The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 2, Number 24, 14 December 1895


 Evidence of kindly relations between Irish Catholics and Protestants may be seen in the action of the Protestant rector of Cahirciveen, in Kerry, who, sending Canon Brosnan a subscription for the O Connell Memorial Church, accompanied it with a letter, one part of which ran thus: " You and I have worked together for many years for the promotion of the welfare of our people, not, I am thankful to say, without some success; and we have at all times let it be seen that cordial friendship is quite consistent with firm attachment to our conscientious convictions. I take this opportunity of saying with much gratitude that, during my long residence of  twenty-eight years among them, I have received nothing but unvarying respect and kindness from your flock ; and I shall never forget how, on two occasions, when laid low on a bed of illness, you and they acted towards me.






The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 24, Number 20, 17 November 1900 PDF


The bishop of Rockhampton, the Right Rev. Dr. Higgins, at one of the meetings of the Sydney Congress, spoke on "The Church in Ireland during the Nineteenth Century." He said the recurring famines from 1819 to 1846, and the evictions which followed the disfranchisement of the freeholders, the deaths from pestilence and hunger during the closing years of the forties, the emigration of over 7,200,000 persons from 1830 to 1896, all had combined to thin the ranks of the Catholic Church to a degree it would be difficult accurately to estimate. Yet in 1891, Ireland contained a population of 4,704,750, of which the Roman Catholics formed over three-fourths. The spiritual wants of these were administered to by four archbishops, 24 bishops, and 3,282 priests —2,736 secular and 546 regulars. Besides imposing cathedrals, there were in Ireland 2,325 churches, many of which were models of architectural beauty. There were 320 convents of nuns, 21 diocesan colleges, 16 colleges for the education of lay students, 22 intermediate schools, and 48 boarding schools for girls, with an aggregate attendance of 15,430 pupils. In the primary education department, under the National Board, the Church had, in 1891, 8,301 schools, with an attendance of 590,535 Catholic children, and under the Christian Brothers 320 schools, and 30,000 pupils. Besides the Patrician Brothers and the Presentation Brothers, the Brothers of the Christian Schools were working in the cause of the education of youth.




KIllarney Echo and South Kerry Chronicle 1899-1920, Saturday, 22 April, 1911; Page: 3


R. I. C. Constables Michael Birt and Thomas Moloney, Kerry, are among those who received favourable records recently,




Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, 24.04.1839, page 4 (Edited)


Extract of a letter from Rome, dated the 23d March —  “Never at any period has this city been crowded as at present, and the arrivals appear to be daily increasing .  One of the singular effects  of this influx is that several persons are actually compelled to metamorphose their carriages into lodgings, and remain in the streets, Until their friends are fortunate to procure something  in the shape of apartments, which, though frequently of the meanest description, Nobles, Gentry, &c., are happy to obtain at any price. Amongst the various presentations this week to his Holiness. I noticed that of James O'Connell, of Lakeview, County Kerry. John Moloney Esq. of Ballinaboy, in your County  Richard Gore Daly, Esq., Co. Galway, with some other Irish gentlemen. , Mr. O'Connell has been, I understand, traveling for his health, which is quite restored, and he leaves immediately after the ceremonies of the Holy Week, en route for " the Emerald Isle.''




Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, 29 November, 1913; Page: 9




The following appear among the news of deaths in New York and vicinity reported in New York " Advocate ":— Doyle.—October 28, Bridget Doyle' (nee Naughton), native-of Caherciveen, County Kerry, wife of Michael Doyle, at her residence, 342 E. 31st et. ; O'Connor—Margaret (nee Barrett), wife of the late Jeremiah and mother  of Mrs. Lawrence P. Byrne, Mrs. E. E. Walsh, John J. Jeremiah J. and Joseph A. O'Connor, native; of Listowel, Co. Kerry, at Chicago. Moloney.—John J. Moloney, aged 7 years 3 months, at his residence, 687 Amsterdam av., beloved son of John Moloney and Margaret Moloney (nee Moriarty), native of County Kerry. McCleary.—October 26, Thomas McCleary (nee Canning), native  of parish of Bolerin, County Kerry. Late residence, 485 Bedford av., Brooklyn. Langan.—October 24. George son of Patrick and Nellie Langan. Parents from County Kerry, Ireland. Late residence, 416 West 56th St.


Keating.—October 27, at 890 Steinway av., Long Island City, Nora, beloved daughter of John and Margaret Keating, native of Rathkein, Caherciveen, County Kerry.




Foley.—Maurice Foley, beloved son of the late Maurice and Mary Foley (nee Nolan), fond brother of John, James, Patrick, Dennis, Michael and Mrs. Wm. Hancock; native of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Funeral Monday, November 3, from brother's residence, 1348 Elburn Avenue, to Holy Family church.




A meeting of the Committee appointed in connection with the above project was held on Sunday last in Ardfert. The Treasurer gave an account of the collection which had been made in the village a few, evenings before. He had on hands over £23, with promises amounting to about £5 more. The committee of the last sports held in the village met also on Sunday, and unanimously voted the money (over £20) lodged to their credit in the Bank to the new Committee.


The Committee have now been granted A free site by Mr. Lindsey Talbot-Crosbie, who has also promised a very generous subscription; the farmers have agreed to draw the gravel and stones free, and with close on £50 on hands the Committee feel that they are on the road to success.


The following were appointed to make a collection in Tralee during the week—Mr. Thomas Grace, Mr. Thomas Allman,  Mr. Michl. O'Flaherty, Mr. James Kissane, Mr. M. S. O'Sullivan, Mr. John Healy, Mr. E. P. Dowling, Mr. Michl. Maguire and Mr. John Collins.


As some mistaken opinions are held regarding the aims of the Committee in erecting this Hall, it may be as well to give briefly the object the Committee have in view. Their aim is to erect a hall, well lighted and well heated, to which the young men (and old ones who may so desire) can come in the evening to read, to chat, to play, to hear an occasional lecture and enjoy a good concert or play from time to time. There will be no distinction of creed or politics. Membership will not be confined to the inhabitants of the village. It will be open to all inside and outside the village on the same terms. Nest meeting—Sunday, 30th Nov. THOS. J. NUNAN, Hon. Sec




The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 50, Number 22, 15 November 1913


The late Eugene O'Keefe of Toronto, Canada, gave more than




$500,000 to the Church during his lifetime. About seven years ago he built and equipped St. Monica's Church in North Toronto, also the rectory, at a cost of $40,000. He had intended building another church, but on consulting Archbishop McEvay, he was told of the great need in Toronto for a seminary for the training of English-speaking priests. He then built St. Augustine's Seminary at a cost of $450,000. He also endowed two Chairs in the Seminary. Again when the need arose for a church for the Poles of Toronto, Mr. O'Keefe came generously to the front and bought a large Presbyterian church costing about $39,000. He lived to see the dedication of St. Augustine's Seminary, an oft-repeated wish.




FOR THEIR SISTERS' SINS. Thames Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 14576, 19 July 1913, Page 5


(Per Press Association.)


LONDON, July 18, Members of the non-militant suffragists' pilgrimage, en route 'from Land's End to London, were mobbed and stoned  at Bath.


A petition for presentation to the King has been signed by 470 teachers and graduates of London University, asking His Majesty to grant a pardon to Mrs Pankhurst.


Mrs Pankhurst is provisioning her flat at Westminster in anticipation of a police siege.




Kilkenny People 1895-current, Saturday, 11 March, 1939; Page: 7




A Reception given by the Soviet Ambassador and Mme. Maisky at the Soviet Embassy, London, on March 1, was attended by many foreign Ambassadors and Ministers, Naval, Military and Air Attaches, etc.


Amongst those who accepted invitations were  Mr. Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister; Sir Samuel Hoare, Viscount Halifax,  Sir John Anderson, Sir Thomas Inskip and Mr. J.W. Dulanty, High Commissioner for Eire, representing the Fianna Fail Government.


At the top of the staircase was a life-size picture of Stalin, the all-powerful Dictator of godless Russia.


The Reception was a very elaborate function. The money that paid for it was of course part of the plunder of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Russia and the spoils robbed from the Russian peasantry.




HITLER: The number of children killed by Hitler and his Nazis is not fathomable and full statistics for the tragic fate of the children will never be known. Estimates range as high as 1.5 million murdered children during the Holocaust. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of institutionalized handicapped children.




Plucked from their homes and stripped of their childhoods, the children had witnessed the murder of parents, siblings, and relatives. They faced starvation, illness and brutal labor, until they were consigned to the gas chambers.




This is the story of the children of Izieu - but there are no happy endings. In 1944 the Nazis from Lyon sent three vehicles to the tiny French village to exterminate the children of the orphanage known as La Maison d'Izieu. Here 44 Jewish children in age from 3 to 18 were hidden away from the Nazi terror that surrounded them.






Irish Press 1931-1995, 06.10.1961, page 1


Defeated outgoing candidates were: Fianna Fail: D. J. Moloney (Kerry North). H. M. Johnston (Meath), W. Kenneally (Waiterford), Mrs. M, B. Ryan (Tipperary North), F. Loughman (Tipperary South), Sean Browne (Wexford). Fine Gael: P. J.  Lindsay (North Mayo). Independents: T. Byrne (Dublin North West). Sinn Fein: J. J. Rice (Kerry South), J. J. McGirl (Sligo-Leitrim). Labour: D. Larkin (Dublin,






Tablet Page 11, 20th April 1844


This being the first day of Term, and it being supposed that Mr. O'Connell and his co-conspirators would be called up for judgment, there was a large crowd assembled round the courts from an early hour, and the excitement appeared much greater than during the trials.


Big break


Mr. O'Connell knows his duty to his God and to his country—Mr. O'Connell knows this country has suffered too much from rebellion—Mr. O'Connell knows that a great deal of Political servitude, I will say suffering, ought to be borne rather than encounter the misery of one month of civil war. (Hear' hear.) And if our rulers have the madness to push things to that extremity, Mr. O'Connell will go into prison with a light and cheerful step.


Tablet Page 8, 4th December 1841




RESPITE AND PARDON OF CONVICTS.—Her Majesty, wishing to show an act of royal clemency on the happy occasion of the birth of a Royal Prince, has been pleased to notify to the Right Hon. Sir James Graharn, the Secretary of State for the Home Department, that those convicts who have, behaved themselves well shall have their punishment commuted ; and that those who seem deserving of such a mark of clemency, and who are now lingering on board the hulks at Deptford, Woolwich, Sheerness, Portsmouth, Pembroke, Cork, and other prisons, shall have their liberty granted to them.




Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, 24.04.1839, page 4 (Edited)


Extract of a letter from Rome, dated the 23d March —  “Never at any period has this city been crowded as at present, and the arrivals appear to be daily increasing .  One of the singular effects  of this influx is that several persons are actually compelled to metamorphose their carriages into lodgings, and remain in the streets, Until their friends are fortunate to procure something  in the shape of apartments, which, though frequently of the meanest description, Nobles, Gentry, &c., are happy to obtain at any price. Amongst the various presentations this week to his Holiness. I noticed that of James O'Connell, of Lakeview, County Kerry. John Moloney Esq. of Ballinaboy, in your County  Richard Gore Daly, Esq., Co. Galway, with some other Irish gentlemen. , Mr. O'Connell has been, I understand, traveling for his health, which is quite restored, and he leaves immediately after the ceremonies of the Holy Week, en route for " the Emerald Isle.''




The following can't be printed and read too often -MATRIMONIAL JARS—If people would but consider how possible it is to inflict pain, and perpetrate wrong, without any positive intention of doing cither, but merely from circumstances arising through inadvertence, want of sympathy, or incapability of mutual comprehension, how much acrimony might be spared, Half the quarrels that embitter wedded life, and half the separations that spring from them, are produced by the parties misunderstanding each other's peculiarities, and not studying and making allowance for them. Hence unintentional omissions of attention are viewed as intended flights, and at such are resented, these indications of resentment for an unknown offence, appear as an injury to the unconscious offender  who, in turn, widens the breach of affection by some display of petulance or indifference, that not unfrequently irritates the first wound inflicted until it becomes incurable. In this manner often arises the separation of persons who might, had they more accurately examined each other's, hearts and dispositions, have lived happily together. —Countess of Blessington.




    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 22 January 1952 p 1


     St. Francis de Salle convent in Ismailia, where Irish - born American nun Sister Anthony, shot through heart while British troops were fighting terrorist’s. During Seuz crisis.




The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Mon 17 Jul 1922 Page 1


The casualties at Limerick thus far number twenty, including Miss Mary Mitchell, a nun, belonging to the Sisters of Mercy.




Tribune (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thu 25 Feb 1915 Page 8


Part of letter from Irish Nun to a friend.


You would see at present sights of sadness, crowds, who are obliged to fly from


their houses, men, women and children of all ages, some of them half covered. They are from Belgium and from the North, where is still the battlefield. For the last, few weeks we have in our convent sixteen Carmelite nuns, who left their convent in Belgium in flames, and had only time


to fly away at night; they had just time to escape, and they were the last leaving the town — all the inhabitants had already fled. We also have four other poor sisters from another convent, and our own sisters who were, obliged to leave their own convent at Arras, who were obliged to fly for


the same reason. Thank God, we have place for all, as it is a great act of charity. We should be very glad if it happened to ourselves to meet somebody kind and charitable; it makes the cross much lighter to carry. We have been some time ago in great danger on account of the great desire of the Germans to get to the northern French coast. Until now our gallant English soldiers have been able to prevent their advancing; but, alas! how long and how dreadful it all is, and frightful every day!


'Now, my dear ? , I know it is very mean of me to ask you if you could, or if it was possible to, send


a little offering to me, as you may easily guess at present, with all the poor wounded soldiers, and as we are a great, great number in our convent, also all these poor refugees, so I am  sure you won't forget us. God will bless you for such an act of charity. The receiver of the letter sent a little offering, but, as she thinks that some readers of this paper may desire to assist this good, kindly nun, her address is: Madame St. Cletus; Religieuse, Convent de Bon Secours, Rue St. Martin, Boulogne.


(The nun was forty years in France).




Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Thu 18 Aug 1938 Page 19


London Letter (Edited)


Prisoners Under the Terror Gain Freedom on Intervention of American Ambassador and


British Foreign Secretary


LONDON (by Air Mail), July 30.From Our London Correspondent.


Through the personal intervention of the Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, the Barcelona Government


has released twenty-eight Spanish nuns from. Red territory. The nuns, members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, were taken on board the British battleship Hero at Barcelona, and last week-end they arrived in London. Very significantly, the Red Government imposed a condition of silence on the nuns before allowing them to go—they must grant no interviews, keep away from Nationalist sympathisers, and "abstain from politics." These nuns primarily owe the safety they have now reached to the American Ambassador in London, Mr. J. P. Kennedy. Some months ago, on


his arrival in London, he went to the Sacred Heart Convent, Roehampton, to make arrangements for the education of his daughters. While he was talking with the Reverend Mother, she mentioned the plight of thirty-four nuns of her Order in Red Spain and asked him to use his influence to secure their release. The Ambassador immediately took up the matter with the Foreign Office, and pressed his pleas so successfully that Lord Halifax made it a matter of his own personal concern, too. In addition, the Home Office agreed to waive all the aliens' restrictions, both with regard to entry and length of


stay in the country. The difficulty then remained to get the Barcelona Government to move, and that was finally achieved.


The W.A. Record (Perth, WA : 1888 - 1922) Sat 21 Sep 1907 Page 4


(Snippet of article on Ireland)


ANTRIM.— The late riots at Belfast have called the world’s attention to that city. The following is a list of the previous riots which occurred in there : —Much rioting at Belfast through Rev. Mr. Nanna's open-air preaching, July-September 1857; Fierce Orange' riots on account of the foundation of- the O'Connell...Monument at Dublin — 9 lives lost and 150 persons injured, 10-27 August 1864; More rioting because of O'Connell Monument, 30th April 1865; Severe rioting ; much destruction


of property, and many persons injured. Civil war raging between Catholics and Protestants 15-21 Aug. Peace restored Aug. 22nd. 1872; Orange riots, at . West Belfast, with loss of life ; suppressed


by police and . military, 3-13 June ; more rioting and the town proclaimed, 21 July ; violent conflicts between the mobs and the military and police ;


11 killed, and many wounded; order restored by additional- military, 9 August to Sept. 1886


Rioting renewed and again suppressed, 14, 15 August 1886. ?.


Rioting, with two fatalities, 19-20 September, 26 - September, and 29 September. A Commission to inquire into the riots began to sit 4 October 1886


Report, published ; Protestant attacks on the police -about 25 January 1887.


Renewed Orange rioting, and the police compelled to fire, making fifty arrests, 29-30 January 1887-


Sharp rioting in Shankhill road, the Orange quarter, suppressed by the troops and police, houses being looted, 6-7 June 1898. Orange riot, attributed to offensive language used at certain,


-open-air meetings, one death, 21st May ; 1899. United Irish League demonstration attacked by Orange Party at -7 p.m., the Riot Act being! read, and the troops being called out, 5th June ; police stoned in further rioting, and made 40 arrests, 6th June 1899. Renewed rioting, 1.4-15 August 1899






Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954)Thu 31 Mar 1921 Page 9


Belfast Riots






Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932) Sat 30 Jun 1877




Captain J. C. Buckley, who sailed across the Atlantic in a small boat, the City of Ragusa


one and a half tons, in 1871, from Liverpool to Boston, was buried on Easter Sunday in


Pittsburgh , Pa. He was also a distinguished soldier, having served with honour in the


Papal and Austrian armies. He was made member of the Order of St. John, with the


title of Knight, for valuable services. A native of Cork, near 'the Limerick border, he


had several times circumnavigated the globe, and was only in his forty-fifth year at the


time of his decease.






Kerryman of 26 August 1972 reports Sr. Ann Mercy Order Brisbane home on visit to her brother Pat Horan in Moyvane. With same order also home Sr. Patricia on a visit to her brother Mce. Walsh of Tarmons.


Kerryman of Sept. 2 1972 p34 in Moyvane Notes tells us that Sr. Brendan of Sisters of Charity, Westmeath and Sr. Rose of presentation, Cork was on holiday in Knockanure with their niece Mary O’Carroll N.T.




More Sisters


KENNY (Clonakilty, formerly Rosscarbery, Co. Cork and Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry): On March 3rd 2021 peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff of Ward 2b, CUH. Sr. REGINA. Predeceased by her parents Mary and Maurice, brother John, sisters Hannah, Margaret, Nora, Nell and Catherine. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her nephew Michael, nieces Christina, Nell, Teresa, Mary and Noreen and their extended families, the Sisters and staff in Arus Muire, the Sisters of Mercy Southern Province, her cherished past pupils and many dear friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.






Death on 11th January 2022 of Jane Ryan, (Nee Murphy) Lislaughtin, Ballylongford and formerly of Sallowglen Tarbert, Jane went to God peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday night. Jane is predeceased by her daughters Maura and baby Margaret, brothers Harry, Fr Liam and Fr Michael, Sisters Joan, Bridget, Sr Marie Jude and Nancy. She is sadly missed by her loving husband Joe, sons Tim and Pat, sisters Phil, Sr Ellen and Lizzy, brothers Jimmy and Nicholas, sister-in-law Kathleen, friends and neighbours.






DEATH of Sr. Assumpta Keane Shalom, Formerly of Mercy Convent Granard and Lixnaw.


Predeceased by her parents Brian and Elizabeth, and her brother, Jimmy. Deeply regretted by her cousins, friends and Mercy sisters, Western Province. Funeral Mass on Sunday 16th at St Mary’s Church Granard at 1.30pm followed by Christian burial in adjoining church grounds.






Prayed for 17 Jan 2022in Listowel Church; Sr. M. Oliver, Enniskillen / Denis B. O’Sullivan, Bolton’s Cross & Bunagara 




Knocknagoshel sister died 13 March 1998 Sr. Mary Paul Curtin (Kathleen) aged 86 attached to Mercy convent Abbeyfeale a native of Loughfuder. Qualified as general nurse in England. Entered Mercy 25 March 1935






The death has occurred of Aeneas Leane, 7 Lower Main Street, Castleisland, Co Kerry.


Peacefully on December 30th 2021 at his daughter Catherine’s residence in Cork, in his 90th year.


Predeceased by his brothers, John and Pat, his sisters: Mary, Sr.Eily, Sr.Nora Mai, Sr.Kit and his beloved sister-in-law Norma Dowd


Gertie (Sr. Baptist) Kennelly was born in 1918 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. She died on 26 Nov 2006 in Cork. She was buried on 27 Nov 2006 in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully, Co. Cork. Gertie (Sr. Baptist) was a Presentation sister in Cork.








DEATH on December 5th 2021, of Sr. Kathleen Murphy, Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Beechwood House, Beechwood Gardens, Newcastle West, Co Limerick and formerly of Coolikerane, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Survived by brothers and sisters, Judy, Brendan, Peggy, Mary, Nora, Joan, Eileen, Ben, Pat and Jerry, her nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in law, relatives and friends. Sadly missed by her Sisters as a treasured member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Requiem Mass at 1pm in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, Co Cork, on Wednesday , burial afterwards in St Mary's Cemetery, Millstreet.






Death on 5th December 2021 of Sr. Monica Daly of St. Marie Madeleine Postel Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Roscrea, Tipperary / Limerick, And formerly of Castletown, Co. Limerick.


Predeceased by her parents John and Annie, brothers Fr. Paddy (Augustinian), and Dan, sisters Sr. Mary, Sr. Alice and Una. Deeply regretted by her religious community, relatives and friends.


Funeral mass in Mt. Carmel Nursing Home Chapel at 3.00pm on Wednesday, 8th December 2021. Burial afterwards in the adjoining St. Cronan's Cemetery, Roscrea.








The death  occurred on 12 November 2021 of Sr. Laboure (Nora) WALL of Limerick City, Limerick / Dromcollogher, Limerick. Mount St. Vincent, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick and formerly of Mondellihy, Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick. Sr. Laboure (Nora) died peacefully, in Catherine McAuley House.


Pre-deceased by her sisters Mai Tuohey and Kathleen, brothers James, Fr. David, Michael and Patrick. Sadly missed by her Sisters of Mercy, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in the Wall and Tuohey families, especially Gerard Wall and Mary Tuohey.


Reposing at St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, on Monday, 15th November, from 3.30pm, with prayers at 5.30pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday, 16th November, at 11.30am followed by burial in St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery.




My sincere condolences to Sr. Nora's extended family and friends and especially the Sisters of Mercy. I had the privilege of getting to know and work alongside Sr. Nora in Doras from 2009. Nora was a wonderful person and so committed and dedicated to the work of Doras. She always went the extra mile to support and promote human rights and justice and with such compassion. It was only last week that I read Sr. Nora's Poetry book and will treasure it more now. Thank you for all your work and support of Doras since 2000. May you Rest in Peace Sr. Nora.


Karen Mc Hugh




My sincere sympathy to the Wall and Touhey families and to her Mercy sisters as Sister Labouré leaves this life for her Eternal Reward. She was my first Principal when I joined the illustrious staff in Mount Trenchard in Sept 1968. Free Secondary Education had been recently introduced. Sister Labouré embraced the concept by amalgamating my local co-ed Alma Mater, Saint Senan’s with Stella Maris boarding school for girls. She welcomed me as a newly minted BA, H,Dip graduate.


I admired her effortless management skills, her generous nature and her commitment to the principles of a broad education for a broadening church of students.


Thank you Sister Labouré. May you rest in peace, having lived your life in sincere and far-reaching dedication to the good of others.


Mary Mc Namara Fitzsimons Cork and Toomdeely Askeaton




The death has occurred of Bridget (Breda) Shine (née Sexton)


Bothar Buì, Newcastle West, Limerick. Formerly of Templeglantine, Co. Limerick, 17th November 2021, peacefully, in the loving care of nurses and staff at St Catherine's Nursing Home. Wife of the late Murt. Deeply regretted by her son John, daughter in law Helen, granddaughters Méabh, Alice and Sarah, sister Sr Philomena Patrick, nephews, relatives and friends.




Edward (Eamonn) Tobin (Mallow Street, Limerick and Cross Roads, Thomondgate, Limerick. Late Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home. Formerly of Musgraves. Past President Bohemians R.F.C., M.A.R. and Past President of Munster Branch), November 18th 2021 peacefully at Limerick University Hospital. Regretted by his sisters Chris (Ryan) and Kathleen (Mullaney), nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. Predeceased by his brothers Patrick and Thomas, sisters Anne (Cooney), Sr. Baptist RSM, Sr. Philomena RSM and Margaret (Peg) (O’Grady).




Death has occurred of Fr John E (Jack) Butler S.D.B. October 1 2021


Pallaskenry, Limerick / Thurles, Tipperary / Maynooth, Kildare


And formerly Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and South Africa. In his 94th year at Fenor Hill Care Facility, Urlingford. Deeply regretted by the Provincial & Confréres of the Salesian Order, Pallaskenry and Maynooth, brother of the late Queenie, Martin T, Thomas, Joe, Patricia (Moloney), David, Gus, Jim, Frank, Maeve, Nancy and Billy. He will be greatly missed by his sister in law Noreen, his many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family and friends.




The death has occurred of Sr. Angela  O'NEILL on Friday 15th October 2021


Sisters of Mercy, Newport, Tipperary / Drombanna, Limerick


Sisters of Mercy, Newport, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Drombanna, Co. Limerick.


Sr. Angela died peacefully, in Catherine McAuley House.


Sadly missed by her sister Gertie, brothers Fr. Charles, Pat & Tony, sister-in-law Moyra, brother-in-law Brendan Howard, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, her Mercy Community and her many friends.


Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Saturday, October 16th, from 3pm to 5pm for family, her community and close friends only.


Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlunkard Street on Sunday, October 17th, at 12noon. Funeral afterwards to St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery.




Fr. Liam Ryan O.S.A. (St Augustine’s, Ballyboden, Dublin 16, formerly of Augustinians Galway, Drogheda, New Ross, Dungarvan and Limerick, late of Barna, Galbally, Co. Limerick) 3rd November 2021, peacefully. Predeceased by his brother Dan. Deeply regretted by his loving sister Anne (Halley), brothers Tom, Andrew and Denis, sister-in-law Helena, nephews, nieces, the Augustinian Community, relatives and friends.




Limerick Leader 1905-current, Wednesday, 20 April, 1955; Page: 3


County Limerick Born Priest Deals With Dangers of Present Age


"PATHER DENIS McEnery, a native of Abbeyfeale, and who was educated in St. Munchin's College, Limerick, delivered a most interesting address to the Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Father McEnery, it should be mentioned, is Assistant Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Virginia. His address is as follows:—


Edited full talk on original paper






DEATH on 9th December 2021 Sr. Mary Galvin of Limerick City, / formerly of Duagh, / Mallow,


Predeceased by her brother Dan and very recently by her sister Sr. Patricia. Sadly missed by her sister Sr. Stanislaus, brother Gerard, niece Máire, nephews Pat & Liam, nieces-in-law, nephew-in-law, grandnieces & grandnephews, her Sisters of Mercy Community and her many friends.


Funeral arriving for Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlunkard Street on Sunday, 12th December, at 2pm. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery.




Died Jan 1 2015; Sr. Felicitous Joy, Jan 1 2017; Sr Noella Crowley, Jan 1 2020, Fr James Hannon, Ballybunion.


Death 3 Jan 2011, Ml Francis Kennelly KB Jesuit.


Jan 1920, Fr James H O’Connell, Carlton


Jan 5 2015, Fr Denis Quirke,


Jan 2019, Sr. Theresa (Sheila) Murphy Malahide.


Died Jan Sr Joan Harnett Presentation Killarney and Lisrue, Duagh.


D Fr Dan Daly 7 Jan 1976


Jan 7 1946, Fr Denis J Moloney, , born 1881.


Bishop Michael McAuliffe Jefferson died 9Jan 2006.




DEATH has occurred on 24th November 2021 of Sr. Patricia Galvin of Limerick City, / Mallow, / Formerly of Duagh, Co. Kerry. Pre-deceased by her brother Dan. Sadly missed by her sisters Sr. Mary & Sr. Stanislaus, brother Gerard, niece Máire, nephews Pat & Liam, nieces-in-law, nephew-in-law, grandnieces & grandnephews, her Sisters of Mercy Community and her many friends.


Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlunkard Street on Friday, 26th November, Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Goretti  Francis Stack, 







DEATH of Eileen O'Connor-Mills, Loughanes, Lisselton, Co. Kerry and late of London. Peacefully, on November 20th, 2021, at Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home.  Sister of the late Mary Burke. Survived by her brother Gerard, sisters Sr. Joan, Carmel and Bridget, brothers-in-law John and Tom, sister-in-law Kathleen, nephew Gearoid, nieces Denise, Ciara, Claire, Joanna and Dorothy, extended family, neighbours and friends.


Funeral arriving to St. Teresa's Church, Ballydonoghue, on Monday afternoon at 12.45 p.m, with the Requiem Mass for Eileen being celebrated at 1.00 p.m,




John M Feheney


Hi Jer


The following entry from my Good Seed, Fertile Ground (2016) may be of interest to you:


Scollard, Sr Mary Celsus (1906-96) PBVM


Mary Bridget Scollard was born in Knockfinisk, Athea, Co. Limerick, on 31 January 1906. She was educated at the Mercy Convent Boarding School, Newcastle West. She joined the Presentation Sisters, Sexton Street, Limerick, on 8 September 1923. When receiving the religious habit, she also received a new name, Sister Celsus. She completed her teacher training and became Principal of Janesboro National School in 1951. In 1967, she moved to a new Presentation Convent in Roxboro Road, Limerick. She continued, however, to teach at Janesboro School until her retirement in 1975. She died on 28 December 1996, aged 90 years. (TA, 125; PBVM, BOL)


Best wishes








DEATH has occurred of Sr. Dolores O'Carroll, Clonakilty, formerly Lixnaw On November 10th 2021, predeceased by her parents Maurice and Bridget, brother John Joe and sister Breda, survived  by her brother Jerry, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Anne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, the Sisters and Staff in Arus Muire, the Sisters of Mercy, Southern Province and many dear friends and colleagues.




DEATH on 1st November 2021 of Sr. Joan O Keeffe, Convent of Mercy, Doncaster, England and formerly of Islanderagh, Rathmore, Co. Kerry. Pre-deceased by her parents Daniel and Catherine and her sisters Sheila (Moynihan) and Eileen (O' Sullivan) and her brother Seán. Deeply regretted by her loving sisters Sr Teresa, Kathleen (Dolan) and Ann (King), her brother Dermot, sister-in-law, brother-in- law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by the Sisters of Mercy. Sr Joan's funeral in Doncaster. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Rathmore at a future date.






Brendan Quinlan, Coolnaleen, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on October 28th, 2021, in the loving care of the staff of Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home. Predeceased by his devoted wife Angela, daughter Noreen, stepsisters Rosie (Harty), Bertha (Kenny), Mary (Sr. Brendan good shepard sister), stepbrother Richard and his sister Margaret (Keane). Deeply missed by his children Michael, Richard, Eleanor, Aidan, Oliver, Angela, Valerie and Eric, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters Ella Corridan and Ray Colivet, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, loyal friends, neighbours and the staff of Lystoll Lodge.



DEATH of Jack  Stackpoole, Lower Athea, Athea, Late of Aughrim, Moyvane, Died unexpectedly at his residence on 20th October 2021. Predeceased by loving wife Bridie, brothers Henry & Tommy, sisters Sr. Mary, Nora, Bridie and Ann, sister-in-law Mary (B.B.) Sheahan. Jack is survived by sons John, Tom, Dan & Peter, daughters Hannah & Helen, sister Kitty (London), daughters-in-law Bernie, Margaret, Lily & Marie, sons-in-law Andrew & Mike, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Sunday (24th October) at 12 noon, burial immediately after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.



Tom Stack, 2 Upper William Street, Listowel (formerly Stack McGrath's Bar and Stack's off licence) and late of Cahirdown, Listowel. Peacefully, on October 29th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family and in the care of Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Bea. Much loved and cherished father of Marie and Martin. Sadly missed by his son-in-law Sean (Hennelly), daughter-in-law Viv (Canty), grandchildren Niamh, Eve and Bea, great-grandchild Jay, his sister Sr. Margaret (England), niece, nephews, relatives, neighbours, friends and the staff of Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home.



DEATHS: Sr Philomena Kelly, Mercy Sisters, Dungarvan, Co Waterford and


Ballinprior and Abbeylands, Ardfert. August 2021.






From Athea News




From Tom Aherne Athea News


DANIEL O’BRIEN: The very popular Dean Daniel O’Brien, retired parish priest of Newcastle West, died on Monday July 15, 1985. He was about to board  a bus to go on holiday when he died suddenly. He had a great interest in the spiritual and cultural life of the town. Though in his 81st year he was his usual alert self. Dean O’Brien was dogged in his later years  by  failing eyesight but he  stoically  endured this infirmity and never let it limit his horizons. He was born in William Street Limerick in 1904, and educated in Saint Munchin’s College and Maynooth where he was ordained in 1928. He commenced teaching in Saint Munchin’s in 1929, and remained there for thirty years, ten of which he spent as President. He was an outstanding linguist- Greek, Latin and Irish being his forte and was a fine classical scholar. He was appointed to Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish in 1959, and Newcastle West in 1964, on the death of the dearly loved Monsignor Hannon.




Coming to a rural parish in Ardagh/Carrigkerry was a great challenge  for a priest with his city background. Yet he rose to the challenge  in typical manner.  He made a whirlwind tour of the parish visiting every home and listened to the people’s problems with great patience. He quickly got to know he was in charge of a parish with a conflicting way of life.  In Ardagh a well to do Agricultural  Community containing  some of the best land in the county and the tail end of the Golden Vale. In Carrigkerry district, completely opposite, a hillside community of small farmers similar to the problem areas in the West of Ireland. In Carrigkerry Dean O’Brien quickly made an impact. His first priority was to get the people organised. He was ably assisted by Rev Michael O’Connor, a native of Ballyguiltenane Glin, who was the curate in the parish  at the time.  A Parochial  Committee was formed in Carrigkerry. For the first time in its history, a second Mass was celebrated  each Sunday at Saint Mary’ s Church in Carrigkerry.




Building and woodwork classes commenced under Mick Kennelly Shanagolden, and lasted for two years. A Group Water Scheme  got under way and a milk collection was organised. Surveys were carried out amongst the small farming community and an Open House Meeting was held in Carrigkerry and all political parties attended.  All rural organisations  were represented, and as a result  the electoral  division in West Limerick  qualified for social welfare. In later years, the same divisions became a disadvantaged  area.  All this and more as a result of Dean O’Brien’s dynamic approach to the problems of his parishioners. The list of his achievements at both ends of the parish  are too numerous to mention here, yet, he was only P.P. in the parish for five years, before being transferred to Newcastle West in 1964. He retired in September 1979, and his fifteen years of ministry were marked by some outstanding achievements. His passing is deeply regretted in the Ardagh/ Carrigkerry parish.








A lovely celebratory mass was said here in Athea on Saturday evening last by Fr. Duggan, to remember Fr. Michael Moroney who was ordained 50 years to the priesthood and is now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for many years. There are some lovely photos in front of the altar depicting various aspects of his life. Mike Hayes a near neighbour gave an insight into his life as did his sister Siobhán. He hopes to make the journey home in July. We congratulate him on his GOLDEN JUBILEE and send good wishes from his home parish.


Athea Notes 15 6 2021












Fr. William Arthur (Billy) O’Carroll born 22 June 1932 to John O’Carroll and Nora O’Leary of 68 Strand Street Tralee. Kiltegan priest Ord 23 May 1959. Died 20th may 2020, care unit Kiltegan.



July 2021


DEATH has taken place of Jennie Kennelly (née Fitzgerald), Moybella, Lisselton and late of Coil, Listowel, on July 10th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Paddy, parents Mary and Chris, brothers Paddy and Billy and deceased members of the Kennelly and Fitzgerald families. Survived by her sons Tom, Chris and Fr. Padraig, daughters Maria and Eileen, sons-in-law John and Tom, daughters-in-law Anna and Debra, grandchildren Cathal, Tadhg, Eoin, Sinead and Aoife, nephews, and nieces.


Death of Gerald Fitzgerald, Coolkeragh, Listowel, on July 13th, 2021. Survived by his wife Peggy, sons John, Liam and Brendan, grandchildren Seán, Sarah, Ciarán, Ciara, Emer, Cadhla and Damhin, daughters-in-law Cora, Aine and Maeve, brother-in-law John Joe, sisters-in-law Annie, Maureen and Nodie. Gerald was first cousin to Jennie Kennelly and his mother Nora, came from Derry.


Death of Margaret Aherne nee Sheehy of Laurel Court, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Meen, Listowel, on 8th July 2021, wife of Dan, mother of John & Andrew and sister of Fr. Seán, Anna, Marie, Betty and the late Brendan. Also survived by granddaughter Molly, daughters-in-law Amy & Sarah, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandniece, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.


Death of Sr. Anne Daye, Presentation Convent Castleisland, and formerly of Lispole, Dingle, on July 9th 2021.


SYMPATHY to Fr. Joe Nolan and family of Lisselton on the death recently of their sister Marianne in California.




24 June 2021


THE death has occurred of Fr Gerry O’Reilly, OFM, born in Limerick, was a former assistant novice master at the Franciscan Friary in Killarney.


He passed away, in Pretoria, South Africa at the age of 81.


Fr O’Reilly was a brother of Miriam d’Arcy of Ross Road in Killarney whose late husband, Paddy  d’Arcy , was a former Kerry County Manager.








THE death of the Franciscan Order member who had been based in Killarney when he first followed his vocation. Roscommon native Fr Seán Gildea, OFM, had been an officer in the Irish Army but abandoned a military career to join the Franciscans.


He entered the novitiate in Killarney in September 1952 and celebrated his First Profession there a year later.


After further studies in Galway and Leuven in Belgium, he went to Rome where he was ordained in 1959. Fr Sean, who was 97 when he passed away on June 11, spent an incredible 43 years on the missions in Zimbabwe – then known as Southern Rhodesia. He returned to Ireland in 2003




June 2021; Death of Fr Bernard Jones who spent a number of years based in the friary in Killarney and was also part of Franciscan community in Rossnowlagh.


Fr Bernard celebrated his First Profession of vows in Killarney in 1984 and he had also served in Waterford, Multyfarnham, Dublin and Cork.


He passed away, on his way to hospital in his native Cork in May.




Sr. Kathleen O'Sullivan, Good Shepherd Sisters, London and formerly of Currans, Farranfore, Co. Kerry. Peacefully in her 94th year, on June 8th 2021, in the presence and care of her loving Community. Predeceased by her late sisters Eileen, Sr. Christina, Sheila, Mary and her late brothers Pat and Fr. Hugh. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her brother John (Currans), sisters-in-law Betty and Jinny, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, many friends and most especially, her fellow Sisters of the Good Shepherd Community.




May Her Gentle Soul Rest In Peace




Sr. Kathleen's Funeral Mass will take place in London on Friday June 18th 2021 with burial in the nearby Cemetery.






Brother Seamus Campion C.Ss.R. (Redemptorists, Mount St Alphonsus, Limerick) on June 15th in University Hospital, Limerick.


Predeceased by his brothers Frs Pat and Con (Columban Fathers) and Michael; and his sisters Sheila (Bree), Sr Eileen M.M.M. and Mary Paul (Clancy).


Mourned by his Redemptorist Community, his sisters, Breda and Sr. Angela, O.P., nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and a large circle of friends.


Brother Seamus’ remains will be brought back to Mount St Alphonsus on Wednesday evening. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 18th, at 12 noon, followed by burial in Castlemungret Cemetery. Attendance at the funeral is restricted to Redemptorists and members of Brother Seamus’s immediate family. The Funeral Mass will be streamed on www.novena.ie/webcam





2021; Golden Jubilee of is ordination. Fr John O’Shea was ordained on the 12th  of June 1971. During his fifty years in the ministry, Fr John has served in a variety of pastoral settings including chaplaincy to NIHE (UL), director of Limerick Social Service Centre, Chaplain to the Defence Forces, as well as parish priest of Corpus Christi, Moyross, Limerick City and Abbeyfeale. We wish him continued blessing in his ministry. An interview with Fr John with Bishop Brendan Leahy is now on the diocesan website at www.limerickdiocese.org. or google Bishop Brendan Leahy in conversation with Canon John O’Shea.