Fr. Branch “was at the forefront of integration in the Catholic Church,” with many ‘firsts’: he was among the first African American students at his high school and later at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, “he was the first African American seminarian” (


PARISH CLERK: Bridie Daly (1942 - 2015) served the Irremore district as Parish Clerk with great pride and distinction.  She came in Sept. 1988 and retired through ill health on Sunday, July 19th, 2015. Her 27 years of commitment to St. Senans Church was total and absolute, she was dependable and reliable served with Fr. Roger Kelliher, Fr. Dave McElligott, Fr. Pat Crean Lynch, Fr. Dick O’Connor, Fr. Pat Moore, Fr. Gerard O’Connell and Fr. Brick.

Memorial Cards

 TREOIR Information


Farewell to a native son of Kilbaha

It is with profound sense of sorrow and deep regret that we record the passing of Frank Thornton, Chicago, Illinois on October 21, 1997. He was 89. Frank was born in Kilbaha near Moyvane, County Kerry on August 29, 1908. It was then and still is an area rich in Irish heritage, culture and tradition. He played a leading role in the founding of Comhaltas here in North America.

Of all the great personalities who illuminated the Comhaltas scene here in the early seventies, there is little doubt that Frank Thornton was one of the most memorable. An extraordinary man in every sense of the word, the very embodiment of a joyous spirit, in love with all things Irish, particularly traditional Irish music, song and dance. He brought consistent and unflagging enthusiasm into his work for Comhaltas. One could only gasp with wonder at the sustained energy with which he had been endowed.

At a very young age, Frank got his first lessons on the flute from his Uncle Jerry, a renowned flute player in that time period. He came to America in 1929 during the Great Depression. It was very hard to find work. He often recalled how he stood in line for hours at Montgomery Wards while job applicants were being interviewed. When my time came to be interviewed, I was extremely polite. The man asked me where are you from?' I said 'Ireland.' Moved by his sincerity of heart and his meaningful approach, Frank was hired. He was one of a very few hired on that occasion. He went on to serve at Montgomery Wards for the next 9 years, when he joined Chicago Police in 1938. Most of his distinguished services with the police department was on foot patrol, in an area near Lawrence and Milwaukee Avenues, where he endeared himself to the business community and citizens alike. He retired from Chicago Police in 1965.

Almost from the time of his arrival in Chicago, Frank threw himself wholeheartedly into promoting Irish music. He started to teach tin whistle to the young people in his area. The basement room of his home would be filled. Lessons were free and many times he bought instruments as well for those who couldn't afford them. He went on to form the Thornton Fife and Drum Band, a colourful and spectacular group of musicians all dressed in green and gold, solid reflection of his great love for Ireland and for his native County Kerry. His three sons, Jimmy, Jerry and Frank were all members of the Band.

In 1959, Frank led a group of Chicago-based Irish musicians on a tour of Ireland. It was the first ever performing group from America. They performed 23 concerts in 27 days. The great Chicago Pianist, Eleanor Keane Neary, was part of that group.

This trip to Ireland would always have a profound bearing on Frank's life thereafter. The weather was just dreadful over the North Atlantic. The plane developed engine trouble and was forced to land at Gander, NewFoundland. Soon after departure, the trouble reoccurred and the plane had to return to Gander again.

Recalling the awful experience Frank said, 'my thoughts went back to my mother who prayed daily for our safety. All on Board were praying the Rosary as the plane bounced from one air pocket to another. 'I swore in my heart I would never fly to Ireland again.' However, this transatlantic experience and pledge for the future did not keep him away from the Emerald Isle. He made 12 more trips, mostly by boat.

In 1956, Frank thought the time had come for a more positive and unified association of Irish Musicians in the various cities of America. Together with a few distinguished musicians here, among them the late Ed Reevy of Philadelphia, Louis E. Quinn of New York, and Johnny McGreevy of Chicago, others too. He founded the l.M.A. Irish Musicians Association of America. Guided by Frank Thornton as its first president, the organisation quickly grew in strength and number. In 1963 there were 27 IM. clubs flourishing all across America. In 1969, Frank organised the first ever concert tour of Irish champion musicians from Ireland. This prestigious group was led by the then Comhaltas President Labhras O Murchú. This led to the founding of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann here in 1972, when the then Chief Comhaltas Organiser, the late Diarmuid O Cathain came here as the Ardchomhairle representative. He soon made contact with Frank Thornton, who supplied a list of names and contacts that played a vital role in the establishment of Comhaltas here, especially the Annual Concert Tours.

Bill McEvoy





Services Held for Leo Clifford


RINGWOOD, N.J. — Last week, a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Leo Clifford, OFM. The 89-year-old friar died Feb. 16 2012 at Holy Name Friary. He was a professed Franciscan for 69 years and a priest for 65.

At Leo’s request, there was no visitation. Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, celebrated the Feb. 20 liturgy at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J. Burial followed at God’s Acre Cemetery in Ringwood.

Early Years

Leo was born March 21, 1922, in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, to John and Catherine Clifford. He was baptized Diarmuid Brendan Clifford. In 1939, he graduated from St. Brendan’s College in Killarney. Diarmuid then studied for two years at St. John’s Seminary, Waterford.

In 1941, he entered the Order of Friars Minor at the Franciscan Friary in Killarney, receiving the name Leo. He professed his first vows there in 1942. Leo then studied philosophy at University College, Galway, and theology at St. Anthony’s College, Newcastle, Galway. In 1945, he professed final vows and was ordained a priest the following year.


Following his ordination, Leo served in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland, and in Manchester, England. During these seven years, he developed an extensive preaching ministry and was engaged in radio work, under Fr. Agnellus Andrew, OFM, a pioneer in Catholic communications.

In 1954, Leo was given permission to come to the United States to continue this ministry, and for the next 50 years devoted himself to preaching, especially through retreats for religious, parish missions, and days of recollection. While engaged in the preaching ministry, he was stationed at three Province friaries. Leo spent his first year at St. Francis of Assisi Friary in New York City. In 1955, he moved to St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. From 1967 to 2003, he lived at St. Stephen of Hungary Friary in New York.

In 1993, Leo formally transferred from the Franciscan Province of Ireland to Holy Name Province.

Videos of his talks have been featured for many years on EWTN television network.

In 2003, Leo retired to St. Anthony Residence in Boston and in July 2010 moved to St. Anthony Friary in Butler. Due to health reasons, he was transferred in November 2010 to Holy Name Friary, the Province’s long-term healthcare facility.

Leo is survived by his nieces Mrs. Maire Baily and Mrs. Caitriona Lyne and nephew Hon. Judge Leo J. Malone, all residing in County Kerry. Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Caitriona Lyne, Bunrour Ross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.


Memorial contributions may be made to: The Franciscans — St. Anthony’s Guild, 144 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001.

— Compiled by Theresa Bartha and Dominic Monti, OFM






Limerick man, Fr Alfred Loughran, OFM, who has served for over 40 years in El Salvador and other Central American countries, has had a statue uveiled in his honour.



Alfred was parish priest in the town of Gotera during the civil war which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands in El Salvador. During that time the friars strongly defended the rights of the ordinary people.




The celebration took place after the Fiesta Mass of San Francisco on the 4 October 2010. The local bishop presided at the Mass and afterwards the celebration took place in the square in front of the church, which also has the the local municipal offices and the goverment . The friar was given a small plaque saying that the the municipal authorities had agreed to name the square " Plaza Cultural Fray Alfredo O Lochráinn". After a few speeches the Bishop blessed the bust and it was unveiled.



Fr Alfie writes: "I suppose it was because I have been the longest serving parish priest in the history of the parish. Most of the Irish friars who ministered in El Salvador, Brendan Forde, Crispin, Pat Hudson, Livín, John Dalton, Peter O Neill, Gerrry Moore, Ronán Ciarán O Nuanáin, Michael Lenihan, have all lived and spent time in Gotera. I was the longest serving Irish friar, having spent almost twenty years there originally and then returning here again two years ago. I see this honour as acknowledging the contribution made by all the friars who served the people."






Friar Michael Lenihan, OFM, from Co. Limerick, has been appointed by the Holy See as first bishop of La Ceiba in Honduras, Central America. We congratulate Michael and assure him of our support and prayers as he undertakes the responsibility of organising the new diocese.

The new diocese of La Ceiba covers an area 4,640 kmq, with a population 547,709, of whom 398,800 are Catholic. There are 22 priests and 42 religious ministering in the area. Michael was former vicar general and parish priest in the diocese of Comayagua, Honduras. The bishop-elect was born in Abbeyfeale in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1980. Before going to work in Central America in 1989 he was stationed at Mulyfarnham, Co. Westmeath, and Wexford friary.




The parish priest who married my GF and GM was named John Hartnett.

According to his personel file his father was John Hartnett and mother was

Margaret O'Connell,

He was born Jul 2, 1873 in Abbeyfeale

he had 3 sisters: Mary Smith, Nellie O'Connell and Bridget Dalton.

He was naturalized in Mar 2, 1904. He worked as a parish priest at St

Teresa’s and St. Cecelia's in San Francisco until his death on Mar 19, 1946.

He was ordained on Jun 17, 1897 at St Patrick’s in Carlow, Ireland.


The death occurred Oct 2014 of Sister Anne Doyle in the United States. She was aged 94 and was one of a family of four boys and six girls who grew up on a small family farm in Tieraclea, Tarbert. A pupil at Tarbert Girls National School she and two of her sisters Margaret and Kitty enrolled in the Order of Nuns of St Katherine Drexel in the United States, all qualifying as teachers. From 1942 until 2002 Sister Anne taught all grades in Louisiana, Alabama, New Orleans, Chicago and various other postings. She worked for many years among the poor Indian tribes of New Mexico. She received a B.A and M.A in Education. She was predeceased by Sr. Imelda(2011) and Sr. Brigid (1980) and is survived by her sister Rita in England, to whom our sympathy is extended.


Timothy K Cotter OSA 1916-’88, born Dromtrasna, Bishop of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Archbishop James Leen, Mauritius.

Fr Edward Leen CSSP, Kimmage.

Fr Dan Leen CSSP Blackrock College.

Fr Richard Harnett CSSP Kimmage.

Fr Con Collins Limerick.

Fr Dan McEnery- Duluth, Minnesota.

Fr Tom McEnery, Do.

Fr Pat McEnery, Do

Fr Denis McEnery, Do

Msgr Pat Leahy- Dodge, Kansas.

Fr Thomas O Donoghue, Duluth, Minn.

Msgr Dan Harnett- Mobile, Alabama.

Fr Peter Harnett, Galveston, Texas.

Fr Michael Murphy, Mill Hill, Africa.

Fr Tom O Callaghan, Brisbane, Australia.

Fr John O Callaghan, Do.

Fr Pat Collins, Los Angeles.

Fr Richard Harnett, Do.

Fr Michael Collins, Purt and Los Angeles.

Fr Dan Collins, Do, Do,

Fr Tom Greaney, New Street, and Los Angeles.

Fr Tony Lyons, Knocknisnaw and California.

Fr Con O Connell, Caherlane, died 21-3-1995 aged 84 , China 1935 and Philippines to 1990.

Fr John O Sullivan, Ord. 1931in Alabama.

Fr Jack O Donnell, son of Tom and Julia.

Fr Tim Corridan, Knockmaol

Fr J O Donnell, CC Castlemahon 1937. native of Abbeyfeale Hill.

Fr Sean Danaher,Ord 1943, died July 15- 1985.

Mons Dan P Collins, St Laurence Martyr Parish, LA. Ord Rome, 1935, died 1994.

Fr T J Murphy, Rockhampton, Aus. born Aug. 1918?. Ord. 1937, died 1992.

Fr Tom McEnery, Deluth, died 1983.

Fr Pat McEnery, Deluth, Min. died 1957.

Fr William Moriarty, of the Railway Station.

Canon Kevin O Donoghue, Menevia ? Wales.

Fr Vincent O Rourke, CSSP, Kimmage.

Fr Dermot McCarthy, - Limerick.

Fr John Browne – Limerick.

Fr Con Daly, CSSP, Kimmage.

Fr Dan Murphy, Limerick.

Fr Tim Murphy, Rockhampton, Aus.died 1997.

Fr Seam Murphy, Do.

Fr Pat Carroll, - New York.

Fr Con Woulfe, CSSP, Africa.

Fr Richard Woulfe, Do.

Fr Michael Woulfe, Do.

Fr Willie O Neill CSSP, San Francisco.

Fr Pat Harnett, CSSP. Kenya.

Fr Michael Moloney, SJ. Duluth.

Fr John Moloney, Los Angeles,

Fr Bill Lane, Seattle, Washington.

Fr Tom Lane, Do.

Fr Sean Danaher, Birmingham,

Fr Dan Hackett, CSSP, Kimmage.

Fr Denis O Connell OMI Channel Islands.

Fr Michael Curtin, OP, Newbridge College.

Msgr. John Enright, Kansas.

Fr Michael Enright, Do.

Fr Michael O Connell, OMI Brazil.

Fr Con Connell, Columban.

Fr Dan Harnett, Westminister.

Fr Denis Lyons, Orange, Calif.

Fr Jerry Downey, , Canberra,

Fr John O Donnell. Limerick.

Msgr. William O Donnell, Los Angeles.

Msgr. John Healy, LA.

Msgr Michael Lane, Limerick.

Fr Tim Leahy, Salesian, Lesotho.

Fr John O Connell, Rockhampton,

Fr James Cotter, Detroit.

Msgr John Galvin, had four brothers priests in California.

Canon James Colbert. Kilmorna ?



DEATH; Fr. William P Lane born 1925 at New Street, Abbeyfeale, died in Seattle, Washington USA on Saturday, October 19th 2013. Following Requiem Mass Fr Bill Lane was burial in Seattle on Monday, October 28th 2013 on his 88th birthday. A Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Bill Lane late of Abbeyfeale and Seattle will be held in Abbeyfeale Church on Wednesday, November 15 next at 7pm.







Fr Tim Leonard

Fr Maurice Richard Woulfe b 1891.died 24th Nov 1962 at Wolverhampton.

Fr Casey PP Abbeyfeale d 29-12-1907 a 63yrs.

Fr Finn CC Came to Athea 21-5-1926.

Fr James P Mulcahy Ord. Waterford 15-6-1933 by Bishop O Brien.

Fr Pat Crowley Ord. St Pats Maynooth 21-6-1942.

Fr Bernardine Dore OFM Ord. Rome 5-7-1936.

Fr James O Connell Ord. All Hollows 21-6-1936.

Fr Ml Murphy Ord. Mill Hill London 11-7-1937.

Fr Dan Harnett Ord. Rome Dec 8th 1931.

Fr Francis A Murphy Ord. Syracuse Sept 23rd 1933.

Fr John J O Donnell Ord. Maynooth 18-6-1933.

Fr Ml Breen Ord. Maynooth June 5th 1932.

Fr James L Ahern Ord. June 1950.

Br J B Fleming Cabra d 9-12-1928.


Also Br Dalton.

Fr Pat Woulfe b Cratloe in 1934 was in Coolcapagh.


Br Maurice Harnett joined Christian Brothers c1924 USA.

Abbeyfeale Area Cards.



Rev Charles Mullins CC died 22nd Sept 1960 a42.


Sr. Teresa Hurley Pres. d 26-4-1962 a 86.

Fr Vincent O Rourke CssP Ord. 1933.

Fr Richard Fitzgerald AM Ord. Newry 1955.

Sr. Baptist Hurley Pres. Listowel 10th July 1905.

Fr Tim Moloney San Francisco d 1965 a 50.

Sr. Alphonsus Moloney d 1977.

Sr. Gonzaga Moloney d 1994 sister of above.

Rev Ml J Moloney SJ Zambia d 1984.

Fr Joseph Moloney OFM Galway 1875-1954.

Fr Tim Moloney Ocist.Roscrea d 1993.

Fr John Baptist Moloney Parteen d 1957 a 85.

Fr Denis J Moloney 1889-1946 USA.

Fr Tom Moloney Calif. d 1986.

Br Baptist Moloney Pres. d 1910 a 66.

Sr. Magdalen Moloney Mercy d 4-3-1960.

Sr. Consilio Moloney

Sr. Rosari Hayes Mercy Abbeyfeale d 1993.





Monday, March 9, 2009

The Bishop who started the National Shrine . I have no birth place of his parents yet.


Today in 1932 marks the death of Bishop Thomas J. Shahan (1857-1932), fourth Rector of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Born to immigrant parents in New Hampshire, he studied for the priesthood in Montreal and in Rome, where he was ordained in 1882. While he was in Rome he earned a doctorate in theology. After a short time in parish work, Father Shahan was named Chancellor of the Diocese of Hartford. In 1888, he was invited to join the faculty of America's new pontifical university in the nation's capitol. Before going there he studied in Berlin and Paris. In 1891 he started teaching early Church History at Catholic University. Shahan was a major force behind the publication of the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia (still an in valuable resource) and wrote over two hundred articles on it. In 1909 he was named university rector, and in 1914 he was named a bishop. (Until the 1960’s, the CUA rectorship carried a bishop’s rank with it. Presumably it still could.) As rector he oversaw the expansion of the faculty, the student body, and the campus buildings. He also started contruction on the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Among other things he was active in the creation of the American Catholic Historical Association, and served as President of the Catholic Educational Association for nineteen years. In 1928, Bishop Shahan retired after nineteen years at the helm of the university and died in 1932.



This story was told by C. Shine a Carpenter at Newtownsandes

21-6 1934, school collection Knockanure


Fr O Connor was my granduncle. He was a powerful strong man.

Lord Adare was building a castle one time the gave the contract to a Englishman, but he told the Irish were to get work. The contractor brought a great big strong man from England with him, and any one that could bar stones with him got work .A labour men brought a letter from FR. O Connor of Shanagolden looking for work but they could not bar stones with the English man so they were sent away. Fr. O Connor gave a letter to a poor man and he went to lord Adare to get work . He was barring stones with the strong man and he was sent away because he couldn`t carry keep up with him . " For Fr. O Connors sake give me work" said the poor man. "If Fr. O Connor were here himself I`d give him work" said the foreman. When Fr. O Connor heard it, he got an old suit of clothes and he put them on and carried his letter to Adare looking for work. He started working with the strong man. When the bar was full Fr. O Connor said " Is that all you`re going to carry" The strong man said "the load maybe be too heavy when you get to the top with it. With that Fr. O Connor put on a few more stones on the load. When they were going to start he gave a little shake and broke the Englishman’s back. Everyone got work after that



He died in Shanagolden and some friends were there when he dying and he said to them "If the parishioners want to keep me don`t go against them. The parishioners buried him in Knockanure graveyard beside the wall.






(1840- 1907)

Taken from Abbeyfeale Church Newsletter of December 06.



William Casey was born at Castlequarter in the parish of Kilbehenny Co. Limerick in December1840. The old parish records give his date of baptism as the 10th December 1840. Though situated in County Limerick, the parish belongs to the Diocese of Cashel and Emly. He was one of five children -Patrick, Owen William, Nora and Mary born to John Casey and Johanna Kiely who farmed on a roadside farm not far from the village of Kilbehenny. It is believed that his early education was at a local hedge school. He spent a short time at Mount Melleray School and went from there to St. Colman's College in Fermoy. It was through his education in the Diocesan College of St. Colman's that he was later ordained for the Diocese of Cloyne at Carlow College on the 2nd of July 1868.

William Casey's family background was that of a comfortable farming family. William Casey was a fine athlete, fond of weight throwing, running, jumping and all outdoor sports. He had achieved champion status in his own locality and in Carlow. Many events would have combined to influence his early years. Most likely he had heard of the cruelty inflicted on the Irish people by the anti-Catholic Penal Laws. The priests of that time were subjected to intense intimidation. On one such occasion the Parish Priest of the neighboring parish of Ballyporeen, Clogheen and Burncourt was hanged outside Clonmel jail on the 15th March 1766. He was Rev. Nicholas Sheehy. The Famine of 1847 and the misery endured by the less well off tenant farmers must also have left a lasting impression on the young William Casey. Another likely influence was the Young Ireland and Fenian movement and the Risings of 1848 and 1867.

At the time of William Casey's ordination there was a shortage of priests in the Diocese of Limerick. Bishop Butler of Limerick appealed to his friend Bishop William Keane, the Bishop of Cloyne for the loan of a priest to do temporary duty in a Limerick parish. Father William Casey was the priest who was loaned to the Diocese of Limerick. He came on temporary duty to Banogue in County Limerick soon after his ordination in 1868. Father Casey came on temporary duty to Abbeyfeale on the 6th January 1869, but returned to Banogue and Manister for a further term of temporary duty in 1870.

Father William Casey was appointed permanently to Abbeyfeale on the 18th November 1871, and there he remained until his death on the 29th December 1907. At the time of Father Casey's coming to Abbeyfeale the Parish Priest - Rev. Michael Coghlan was in poor health so a great lot of responsibility rested on the shoulders of Father Casey. He became very aware of the great injustices being perpetrated on the tenant farmers by grasping landlords who demanded exorbitant rents at a time when farm incomes were pitifully low. Another great champion of the under -privileged at that time was Michael Davitt, son of a Mayo emigrant. He had founded the Land League in Straide , Co. Mayo on the 17th April 1879. The Land League motto was the achievement of the 3 F's for landholders - Fair Rent, Free Sale and Fixity of Tenure. It was exactly what Father Casey of Abbeyfeale was fighting for. One of the earliest branches of the Land League was founded in Abbeyfeale on the 29th September 1879.

On the death of Rev. Michael Coghlan P.P. on the 14th June 1883, Father Casey was appointed P.P. of Abbeyfeale. The population of Abbeyfeale at that time was 4,700. This was soon reduced by a fever plague, which swept many people to an early death. Father Casey arranged for patients to be cared for in four Temporary Fever Hospitals. Both Father Casey and his curate Father Byrne contracted the disease but narrowly escaped death.

At that time evictions were a common occurrence. At one time over 50 tenants were evicted from the O'Grady estate in Ballaugh. Father Casey arranged for the provision of Land League huts where needed. These huts came from Dublin, ready to be assembled. One house in Abbeyfeale, which was used to accommodate those evicted, was known as "the eviction house". Evictions at Meenahela were also memorable, as the women there fought the bailiff and R.I.C. police with stone- filled stockings and succeeded in postponing the intended eviction.

Because of his early athletic experience, Father Casey soon turned his attention to the formation of an athletic club in Abbeyfeale. This was before the G.A.A. was founded. The founding of the G.A.A. was a great bonus to a man who valued so highly training in all forms of sport for the youth of Abbeyfeale. Soon his team of footballers was traveling to outside venues and competing successfully. A very useful ally at these matches was a newly- formed Brass Band. The Band accompanied the football team to all matches and acted as a sort of intimidating presence. The Brass Band was also called out on occasion when tempers were frayed at eviction time or when the local R.I.C. Barrack was under threat of attack. The Band's rousing marches were intended to instil fear in the hearts of their opponents. Father Casey was Chairman of the County Limerick Board of the G.A.A. He was also Chairman of the County Limerick Committee of Agriculture and Technical Education.

Because of the misery he saw among his parishioners, caused by the abuse of alcohol, Father Casey established a branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association in Abbeyfeale. Using local labor, he organized the building of a Temperance Hall. Members of the Temperance group had their regular meetings here. The Hall was also used regularly for Band practice. Unfortunately, the Hall was burned to the ground by the Black and Tans on the 21st September 1920. Stored in the Hall were the Band instruments. Only the very few instruments, stored underground at the base of the Father Casey monument in the Square survived into the succeeding years. The fire marked the end of Father Casey's Band.

His great love for, and natural facility in speaking the Irish language soon found expression when he established a branch of the Gaelic League in Abbeyfeale Town.

Father Casey's life was characterized by great charity to the less well- off. It is related that he received a substantial legacy during his lifetime. This was soon dispersed among the deserving poor. It is also said that in his final illness, he prayed to be spared until the Christmas dues were paid as there was no money to defray his funeral expenses. His wish was granted. He died on the 29th December 1907 and was buried in St. Mary's Parish Church. On the 16th December 1968, prior to the demolition of this Church, the remains of Father Casey and three former Parish Priests were re-interred in St. Mary's Cemetery at the rear of the present St. Mary's Boys School. On the 29th December 1910, a monument to the memory of Father Casey was unveiled in Abbeyfeale Square by Bishop Murphy, Bishop of Mauritius and a native of Knocknagoshel. The memory of Father Casey and his outstanding contribution to the spiritual, physical and temporal well being of his parishioners is still strong in Abbeyfeale. Commemorating the centenary of his death is just one expression of their appreciation.







DEATH: Sr. Anthony Joseph( Catherine) Mulvihill died on December 15th 05 at the Holy Faith Convent in Rockferry, Liverpool, she was born at Lower Athea on the 15th of August 1915 to Ned Mulvihill (carpenter) and Ellen McKenna (teacher). Sr. Anthony Joseph entered the Holy Family Order on January 29th 1934, went to (Ceylon) Sri Lanka on 21st August 1935, in 1958 she became principal of Kalutera School in Colombo, all Europeans were expelled from Sri Lanka in 1970, returning to England Sister continued her work in schools, libraries, Pastoral Ministry and was also Mother Superior at Liscard, in 1990 Sr. Anthony Joseph retired to Rockferry.


Oct 17th 02 notes


Death has taken place of Bishop James Collins CSSR Bishop of Mircena Brazil, born 22nd of February 1921 son of Michael Collins and Catherine O Connor of Moyvane. He lost his mother who died leaving eight children when James was fourteen months. Testimony to their aunt who reared the family four members joined the religious life Bishop James, Fr Pat who died 1969, Brother Canice died 1957 and Sister Theophane. Requiem Mass for Bishop James was celebrated at the Redemptorists Church Limerick on Monday 6th of October in the presence of sixty priests and a large congregation of family and friends. Bishop James Collins was laid to rest in the Church Grounds after Mass.


Bishop James Collins was Ordained Priest 3rd of September 1944 made Bishop 14th September 1967 retired 14th of February 1996. The Diocese of Mircena has about 10,000 Catholics for each Priest.



Jan 19 -06 notes


DEATH has taken place on January 9th 06 of Bishop Michael McAuliffe retired Bishop of Jefferson City, son of Jack McAuliffe of Lower Athea and Bridget Broderick of Knocknagorna, he is survived by brothers Joe and Bill, Jack and Larry predeceased him. Bishop McAuliffe’s grandparents were Lawrence McAuliffe of Meenoline North and Catherine Wright of Gortnagloss











Carroll Rev. Fr. Australia 30/11/1905 from Kilmallock, Co. Limerick


Cregan Very Rev. Dean Bruff 23/01/1892 parish priest, Bruff; born at

Dore Robert, Very Rev. 11/01/1881 ex-Superior of the Augustinians in Limerick.

Fitzgerald Edward (Rev.) Foynes 27/07/1922

Fitzgerald Edward (Rev.) Foynes 27/07/1922

Gorman J., Rev. Newcastle West 28/12/1916 parish priest of Manister

Rev. James Fitzgerald Gregg; obituary (funeral report, 21/01/1919)

Gregg Henry George 09/12/1890 son of Rev. Canon Gregg Maxwell Gregg

James Fitzgerald, Corbally 31/10/1905 Dean of Limerick; also funeral, Very Rev. report, L.C., 04/11/05

Griffith Christopher John Barrington Street 30/11/1880 infant son of Rev. J. H. Griffith,

Hallinan John, Rev. Ardagh, Co. Limerick 08/05/1917 Parish priest of Ardagh; obituary

Hammond Very Rev. Dean St. Ita's, Newcastle West 06/08/1898 parish priest, Newcastle (funeral report, 9/8/1898)

Hanrahan John, Rev. Fr. George Street 03/03/1896 Augustinian

Harkness George Law, Rev. England 25/01/1917 son of late Rev. Robert Harkness,

Hayes J. J., Very Rev. 11/12/1906 died in Australia at 24(25?) years

Magner J. M., Rev. Fermoy and The Phillipines 20/04/1916 educated at Mount St. Alphonsus,

Mulqueen James, Very Rev. Shanagolden 06/01/1894 parish priest, Shanagolden

O'Connell Very Rev. Fr. 24/01/1889 rector at Church of St. Alphonsus

(Redemptorists); funeral report

O'Connor Gerald, Rev. Rockhill and Bruree 11/08/1921 parish priest of Rockhill

O'Donnell P., Rev. Templeglantine 09/05/1899 c.c.

O'Dwyer Edward, Rev. Dr. 21/08/1917 Bishop of Limerick; obituary and funeral report.

Plunkett William, Very Rev. Australia 18/09/1900 rector at Redemptorists, Limerick,


Scanlan Bartholomew, Rev. Castleconnell 19/05/1903 parish priest, Castleconnell





Gerald Francis O'Donnell, 98, of East Syracuse, passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Saturday, March 21, 2015.


Gerald was born on December 15, 1916 at 101 Second Street, East Syracuse. He was the son of George O'Donnell, Lisselton and Katherine (Dillon) O'Donnell of Tarbert who immigrated to USA  from Ireland. Not until he met Genevieve (Whipple) O'Donnell in 1937, did he realize he and his future wife were born in the same house.


Gerald grew up on Winton Street, Syracuse, and moved to East Syracuse when he married Genevieve in 1939. He began working at the New York Central Railroad in East Syracuse in 1949. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1979 from what later became known as Conrail.


He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He took great joy in his large family, six children, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. At 97 he travelled to Houston, TX, to celebrate the marriage of his great-granddaughter, Sarah. His marriage to Genevieve had been the perfect example of what marriage and family should be all about. Their greatest legacy is the loving family they leave behind. They taught all of us to always love one another. He was a great man but the type of man who was humble and did not realize how very special he was. We are so thankful to God for his beautiful life and certain he is rejoicing in heaven with his wife, Genevieve, and all those he has loved and lost.


He had been a devout member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, having been baptized there in 1916. Gerald had been a life member of the East Syracuse Fire Department for over 75 years. He and his wife lived on Frederick Street in East Syracuse since 1942.


He was predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Genevieve (Whipple) O'Donnell, 2010; a son, Daniel D. O'Donnell, 2008; daughter-in-law, Carol Ann O'Donnell, 1995; grandsons, Lewis O'Donnell, 1998 and Richard DeLing, 2004; a sister, Mary (O'Donnell) Mallette, 1997 and a brother, William O'Donnell, 2011.


Survived by three sons, George (Bettie) of Canyon Lake, TX, Robert (Melanie) of Jupiter, FL, Gerald (Frances) of Canastota, NY; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Farsaci of Naples, FL and Mary Alice (Richard) DeLing of Indian Land, SC; one daughter-in-law, Sally (Previtire) O'Donnell, Clay, NY; 11 loving grandchildren, George O'Donnell, TX, Kevin O'Donnell, TX, Heather Livingston, TN, Danielle Gerard, Canastota, Bonnie Martin, LA, Gerald O'Donnell, Syracuse, David Farsaci, SC, Tamara Dyckman, NC, Rob DeLing, NC, Kristen Blayer, NJ and Ryan O'Donnell, FL; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 31 2015 at St. Matthew's Church in East Syracuse.  Arrangements by Delaney-Greabell-Adydan Funeral Home, 241 Kinne St., East Syracuse. Burial  in Collamer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to AVOW Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples, FL 34105 or St. Matthew's Food Pantry, 229 West Yates Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057 would be appreciated. To offer condolences please visit



Biography of Rev. Jeffrey Hartnett


from: Memorial & Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas, 1892, p. 373.


REV. J. A. HARTNETT, Rector of St. Patrick's Church, Dallas, is a native of Erin's Isle, county of Limerick, Ireland and a son of Daniel T. and Hanora (Donough) Hartnett. The father died in Weatherford, Parker county, Texas, in July, 1890, aged seventy years, and the mother now resides at the homestead in that county, aged sixty-eight years. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are still living:1. Thomas D. Hartnett, a railroad contractor through Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, and is now in Indiana on a contract for a railroad leading frorn Chicago East

2. Michael D. Hartnett, a hardware and farm implernent merchant of Graceville, Minnesota

3. Cornelius D. Hartnett, a wholesale grocer of Weatherford, being the senior member of the firm of C. D. Hartnett & Co.

4. Bridget Hartnett, wife of Charles Nolan, a farmer of Ankeny, Iowa

5. Margaret Hartnett, wife of John Hartnett, a railroad contractor and farmer near Weatherford

6. Augustine Hartnett, an Ursuline nun of Dallas, and known as Madam St. Mary Augustine

7. A. Hartnett8. Daniel D. Hartnett, a retail grocer of Weatherford.


     Rev. J. A. Hartnett's father's half-brother, John F. Meagher, is ex-Governor of Minnesota. Daniel T. Hartnett was a man highly respected for his honesty and industry, and his children grew to mature years under the best parental influence, as is evinced by the business tact and high standing of each. They are all persons of prominance in their line, and are respected by a large circle of acquaintances.     Rev. J. A. Hartnett came to America with his parents in 1863, and to Texas in 1871. He was educated at St. Mary's College, of St. Mary's Kansas, and his theological studies were pursued at St. Mary's Seminary, of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was ordained July 5, 1891, and first served as assistant at the Pro-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, located at the corner of Bryant and Ervay streets, Dallas. Two months later be was appointed to his present position, which he has filled successfully and satisfactorily. His congregation is increasing rapidly, and in fact, has almost doubled since his pastorate began. Since early life Father Hartnett has taken kindly to theology, his reading and studies.