Released in 1944, and set in the period between the 1920s to the 1940s, The Fighting Sullivans is a true story about an Irish family in Waterloo, Iowa. The Sullivan parents were blessed with six children — five boys and a girl.




In their service during World War II, the Sullivan boys made military history by serving together on the same ship. That was their deal with the Navy: “If we go, we go together.” This was a band of brothers in truest and noblest sense, and the movie helps us understand how and why this loyalty came to be.






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


Pallaskenry, Limerick / Thurles, Tipperary / Maynooth, Kildare


And formerly Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and South Africa. In his 94th year. 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 Sheila O'Regan (née O'Toole) Dromrahnee, Ardagh, Limerick / Ballinasloe, Galway. Formerly of Hearnsbrook, Killimor, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Died suddenly at her residence on 22nd April, 2021. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Willie, sons Brian and Cian, daughter Emer, brothers & sisters Frances, Catherine, Noel, Austin, Willie, Joe, Michael, Martin and Grainne, daughters-in-law Annie & Danielle, son-in-law John, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.




Deepest sympathy to Sheila’s family especially her Sister Gráinne, we met them both this Tuesday afternoon in Listowel Park and had the most lovely chat with them about books, they seemed to be having the most loveliest happy picnic that it was such a shock to hear the news of Sheila.


Sheila used to interview me every year before Writers Week and we had the best chats and more often forgot we were even on radio. She was so so lovely that I am so sorry to be even writing this note. Thinking of you all during this sad time. M


Máire Logue Listowel




So sad about Sheila’s passing R.I.P.


Lovely memories of Sheila in The Book club and her generous hospitality and sharing of books read.


Politics and RATHKEALE Historical Society


What a wonderful lady!


Sincere sympathy to Willie and family!


Ar dheis Dé a hanam dílis


Esta & Tim. Donovan


Timothy and Esta Donovan




Sincere sympathy to Willie, the O'Regan and O'Toole Families on the sudden passing of Sheila. She was a sitting member of the Board, and a Volunteer at West Limerick 102fm, local community radio where she brought a professionalism and charm to both roles. Her preparation and choice of interviewees for the Exchange programme was always interesting and stimulating. As a personal favour she acted as MC for the fledgling Women in Media, Ballybunion and also as MC for the Awards presentation for Limerick PPN, all done easily with style, integrity, and intelligence. Sheila was a true community person who valued everybody and showed respect and dignity to All.


May she rest in peace.  Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh aici.


On behalf of the Board of West Limerick 102fm.


Anne, Patrick, and Róisín Cummins




I was shocked and sad to hear about Sheila's sudden passing yesterday.  She was always so vibrant and full of life, which makes it difficult to believe the news of her passing. She had immense talents and used  her natural abilities for the benefit of the community. She gave so much of herself to the west Limerick and Newcastle West community over the years and always had a encouraging word. She will be greatly missed. My sympathies to  Willie, Ever, Brian Cian, her grandchildren and the wider O'Toole and O'Regan families.  May she Rest in Peace.


James Lawlor




Sincere Sympathy to Willie, Brian, Cian & Emer on the sudden Death of Sheila. We were shocked & saddened to hear the sad news. Sheila was a wonderful woman & involved in many activities including Radio & community affairs. Will be a big loss to the West Limerick area. R.I.P.


Charles & Carmel O'Brien, Ballingowan, Newcastle West




Sincere sympathy to Willie, Brian, Emer & Cian, on the sad and untimely passing of Sheila. Sheila was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. May her gentle soul rest in peace


Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dílis.


Mary King, Newcastle West Library.


Mary King, Limerick City & County Libraries




I wish to convey my sincere sympathy to my good friend Willie on the sudden passing of Sheila and to sons Brian, Cian and daughter Emer, extended O'Regan  & O'Toole Families.   Sheila was a wonderful lady who always had a warm welcome for me anytime I visited down through the years.    May she rest in Eternal Peace with the Angels.


Michael Dalton, Cullinagh, Newcastlewest




Heartfelt sympathy to Willie, Brian, Emer, Cian and the extended O'Toole and O'Regan families on Sheila's untimely passing. Sheila's warmth, integrity, hospitality and wonderful sense of humour will long be remembered by all of us. Rest in Peace dear Sheila


Newcastle Branch Fine Gael




My sincere sympathy to Willie, Emer, Brian, Cian and all the relatives on Sheila's sudden death. It was always a pleasure to be in her company to chat about current affairs, local issues and the merits of multitudinous holiday destinations. Sheila was a kind and wonderful presenter on West Limerick 102 and a mine of information to the listeners. Her devotion to West Limerick community organisations and issues was apparent and she will be sadly missed. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Liam O Mahony, Bishop Street, Newcastle West






Did you know that the ships doctor on the Titanic was a Tralee man?  built 111 years ago now Over 109 years  since its sinking ,,,,,,,,,,, There were 2,224 people aboard the luxury liner when it left Cobh, or Queenstown as it was then known, and for 1,514 of these unfortunate passengers it would be the last time they ever saw land.




Since the sinking of the Titanic many of its passengers have entered the history books.




Some because of their heroism and some, like the vilified White Star Line chief J Bruce Ismay, for their alleged cowardice in the face of disaster and death.




The stories of the Titanic's survivors and its victims make for fascinating reading and shine a light on a class system that faded away just a few short years after the liner met its end.




Among these many stories are the tales of a handful of people from Kerry, from a renowned doctor to an impoverished emigrant servant girl, who have become part of the Titanic legend.




Perhaps the most interesting of the Kerry born passengers on the Titanic was the ship's doctor, Tralee-born William O'Loughlin, who lost his life in the disaster.




William O'Loughlin was born and grew up on what is now Ashe Street in Tralee and which was then known as Nelson Street.




In 1872 having completed his studies in medicine in Dublin and at the age of 21, he decided to pursue a career at sea.




He would spend the next forty years of his life serving as a doctor on a range of ships and liners eventually rising to the position of Dean of Medicine for the White Star Line, the company that owned the Titanic.




When the Titanic launched in 1912, Dr O'Loughlin had become something of a curmudgeonly and avuncular figure. At the age of 62 he was beginning to tire of life at sea and protested at having to constantly transfer between the many ships owned by the White Star Line.




When he told Titanic Captain Edward Smith that he was considering retiring, the captain chided him, called him lazy and told the Tralee man to pack his bags and come with him.




He was subsequently appointed as the Titanic's chief surgeon, a prestigious position that brought him into contact with many of the most famous and wealthy passengers on the liner.




During the Titanic's brief maiden voyage, Dr O'Loughlin regularly dined with the ship's designer Thomas Andrews and was often in the company of the ship's most prominent passengers.




On the night of April 14, 1912, just hours before the Titanic sank, William O'Loughlin was dining with some of ship's most famous passengers in the Titanic's packed main dining room.




Seated at the same table as John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest passenger of the Titanic, Captain Smith, Thomas Andrews and White Star Line Director J Bruce Ismay, Dr O'loughlin became involved in a lively discussion about the technical marvel that was the Titanic.




With the boat making record time, bets on when the liner would reach New York were made at the table prompting Dr O'loughlin to raise his glass and lead a toast to the ship.




His exclamation "Let us drink to the mighty Titanic" was greeted with cheers in the dining room with all diners enthusiastically joining in the toast.




Just six hours later the Titanic would be at the bottom of the Icy north Atlantic.




Dr William O'Loughlin, who had always said he wished to be buried at sea, never made it off the Titanic. He was last seen arm in arm with his two assistants quietly waiting for the "mighty" liner to plunge into the depths.




Bridget Delia Bradley was born in Ballyhulla just over the Cork/Kerry border near Ballydesmond, or Kingwilliamstown as it was then called.




The fifth oldest of nine children, 22-year-old Bridget Bradley had planned to travel to the US to start a new life and escape the poverty of her birthplace.




She paid £17 and 14 shillings for a third class ticket and boarded the Titanic with four companions at Queenstown on Thursday April 11, 1912.




When the Titanic began to sink, Bridget Bradley was one of the few lucky steerage passengers who made it to a lifeboat and survived, though witnesses said later that her fate could have been very different.




As her lifeboat was being lowered into the water she suffered an attack of panic and believing the Titanic would be safer she attempted to climb up the ropes back onto the sinking liner. Her life was only saved after one of the crew dragged her off the rope and back into the lifeboat.




Bridget Bradley eventually made it to Ontario in Canada where she found work, married and eventually died in 1956.




In 1953, having been persuaded by her family to attend, she was an emotional guest of honour at a screening of Clifton Webb's movie Titanic.




3 July 2020 Limerick Post


FORMER United States Ambassador to Ireland and sister of former American President John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, has been remembered in County Limerick following her recent passing.




The last of JFK’s siblings, Kennedy Smith died aged 92 on June 17 at her home in New York. The U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998, she played a pivotal role in forging the peace process in Northern Ireland where she was warmly received for her unorthodox diplomatic approach.






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In October 1994, 15 months after she was appointed the United States Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Kennedy Smith took up an invite of late local historian Michael Quinlan to visit Lough Gur.




Jean visited Lough Gur in recognition of the fact that her grandfather and JKF’s grandfather first came from Lough Gur and then moved to Bruff and onto America. During her visit to County Limerick she named the newly-refurbished Honey Fitz Theatre in honour of her grandfather who got his nickname due to his sweet sounding singing voice.




In a letter to Mr Quinlan, inviting him to join her for Thanksgiving at her Phoenix Park residence following her visit to Limerick in 1994, she wrote: “One of the many things I am especially thankful for this year is the hospitality you extended to me when I visited your community.




“My sister, Pat, and I so appreciated the hospitality you showed us during our visit to ‘Fitzgerald Country’. It meant very much to both Pat and me that the town of Lough Gur would honour Honey Fitz and our Fitzgerald side of the family in this way. I know that neither of us will forget your generosity and kindness.”




Former chairman of Lough Gur Development, Tom Tierney, who attended that Thanksgiving dinner at the US Ambassador’s residence, remembers her Limerick visit with great fondness.




“Jean Kennedy Smith’s visit in 1994 was a wonderful occasion and the achievement of a life long goal of Michael Quinlan to bring a Kennedy back to their ancestral roots in Lough Gur. It was a wonderful occasion which then resulted in a number of us attending the US Ambassador residence in Dublin for Thanksgiving that November where we sang the songs associated with JFK grandfather John Francis Fitzgerald aka “Honey Fitz” to the delight of the Ambassador,” Mr Tierney told the Limerick Post this week.






DEATH of Dr. John Corridan  (Bishopstown, Cork and formerly of Listowel.):On Feb 3rd, 2021 in his 101st year, husband of the late Patricia and father of Mary-Pat and Candy (O’Callaghan).




Sincere sympathy to Mary-Pat ,Candy and the extended Corridan family.  John was always full of enthusiasm and had a very active mind. With Dr. Jack Magner, Pathologist., he founded and developed the Cork Tumour Registry in the Bons.-----the first in Ireland. It has now  become  the  National Cancer Registry           


May he rest in peace. ----James Lucey






Your dad taught us social medicine/epidemiology. He was a gentleman, but he was way ahead of his time. He gave us detailed lectures against the fat-diet hypothesis and so on, when few were taking that tack. He proved to be totally correct, but a good while after he'd retired.


A great man has passed away. He once told me that I was a great mine of useless information, which was true. I told him that I was delighted to be so. We both laughed.


Fear cneasta,


ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Dr Garry Lee




Professor John Corridan taught Social and Preventative Medicine to a generation of Cork Medical Students.




The breath of his lectures was vast encompassing Epidemiology, Public Health, Social Determinants of Illness, Health Economics and Administration , and even Interpretation of Medical Publications.




His knowledge and wise insights were all the more remarkable given the difficulty in accessing up to date information in a pre computer era, when he was a pioneer in his discipline.




Although we may not have appreciated it at the time, we used the foundations he gave us far more in our medical careers than other topics we so rated as students.




Would that those directing Covid 19 policy in the UK applied the principles Professor Corridan taught us in the 1970s.




I remember him most fondly for what he taught me and his kind patient manner.




I wish Mary Pat , Candy and all the Corridan Family my deep sympathy at this time.




Richard FitzGerald



The death has occurred of Margaret O'Donoghue (née Cronin)


Keale, Athea, Limerick, & late of Knockalougha, Duagh, Co. Kerry.


Peacefully at her home in her 99th year surrounded by her loving family on 5th February 2021.


Predeceased by her husband Timothy, daughter Margaret & son-in-law Gerard Slowey.


Survived by her family, sons Denis (Athea), Michael (Templeglantine) & Patrick (Athea), daughters Theresa (Clare), Mary (England), Eileen (Mountcollins) & Christina (Athea), brother John Paul, daughters-in-law Ita & Mary, sons-in-law Mick, Billy & Patrick, 19 grandchildren, 19 great grand-children, nephews, and nieces.


Requiem Mass will take place in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Sunday at 10.30am, burial immediately after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.


The Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/athea


My deepest sympathies to the O'Donoghue Family on the death of your dear Mother. She was a great Mother, a tireless Lady who worked diligently all her long life, a credit to Duagh, and a great and humble person. I am sure she is at peace now with the Lord in heaven. I am privileged to have known and cared for her spiritual needs over the past four years in Athea. She reared a great family who cherished her.  God bless them all.


Fr Brendan Duggan CSSp Athea




My sincere sympathies to the O’Donoghue and Cronin families


On the death of Margaret.  May she rest in peace.


George Daly and family, Newcastle West. George Daly




Our deepest sympathies to O'Donoghue family on the death of your beloved mother. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Paud & Eileen Mulcahy  Templeglantine






Deepest sympathy to all the O'Donohue family on the death of Margaret May she rest in peace








Our deepest sympathy to the O’ Donoghue Family. We knew Margaret as Mrs. O’ Donoghue and she was always very kind to us when we called over in our young days. The Garrygloss grandchildren met Margaret in recent years when we called on the Wren on St. Stephen’s day. May she rest in Peace.


Sean Ahern & Family






FRANCIS and sheila Walsh and family Derk


Our sincere sympathy on the death of Margaret. She was a lovely kind welcoming lady. May she rest in peace.


Mike and Mary O Donoghue Ballyvourney.


Mary O Donoghue






Our deepest sympathy to the O 'Donoghue family on the passing of ur Mom .


May she rest in peace.


Johnny  & Marie O Donoghue Kingsland




My sincere sympathy to the O Donoghue family and to John Paul on the passing of Margaret May her gentle soul rest in peace


She was a lovely person and I enjoyed my visits to see her she was very welcoming and kind I am  thinking of you all at this very sad time she was privileged to be in her own home right until the end  and was well cared for May the light of Heaven shine upon her and may she rest in peace xx


Benny Thade McCarthy Duagh













Richard (Dick) Cunningham, Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Peacefully, on January 12th, 2021. Predeceased by his brother Dónal and sister Breda Thomas. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his brothers Brian Óg and John Chris, sisters Peig Lally (Tralee) and Joan Moriarty (Cloghane), brother-in-law Paddy, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Anne, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, neighbours and his many friends.


Moyvane Village


Remembering Dick Cunningham from Kilbaha who passed away today. A staple of many the sing-song in Brosnans or where ever Jerry Brosnan was organising one. Jerry is in Heaven already scheduling the next one for them both. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.








Moyvane Village


Eileen McElligott talking about the Fair Day in Moyvane. The first one was in 1949. Dinny Macks pub would open at 6am and you could get 24 pints for a pound!








Moyvane Village


The Funeral of Denis Flaherty - taken too soon. Our condolences to the family and friends. As Fr. Kevin said, with his difficulties, they didn't demolish him but polished him to be a unique and wonderful character in our Parish.


Wonderful tribute from the Community with the guard of honour and songs at the cemetery.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Many thanks to Conor Hogan for recording and producing this video.








Funeral of John McGrath




As his brother Michael said in his eulogy, "We hope one day we will see him again and he will be forever in our thoughts and memories".




Moyvane Village


Tribute to the late John McGrath by his good friend John Mulvihill.


To everyone that loved John and was lucky enough to have known him he has left a lasting impression.


John was a character and a loveable rogue full of fun and mischief. He always made time for everyone, and lived life to the full with a smile on his face


John loved nothing more than a good night's craic and wherever he was there was craic for sure. He had plenty of party pieces to entertain.


John enjoyed sport both participating and watching. He played soccer with Lenamore Rovers and Newtown Athletic, football and badminton with Moyvane. At times you might even see him pulling out the box of fags from the socks or shorts for a half time puff.  He also enjoyed playing cards, a game of pitch and putt, and chess. He would have an occasional flutter on the horses and when lucky celebrated in style and sharing his success with his friends.


John enjoyed working diligently on the family farm with his two brothers, and building upon his late father's legacy. He took pride in seeing the results of their collective hard work as well as helping out his neighbours and friends in the farming community of Moyvane.  


To John the most important things in life were his fiancée Erin, his family and his friends.


He was a loyal friend to so many, generous with his time and would drop everything to help when he was needed.


He was dealt a cruel blow 12 months ago when diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He faced this challenge with courage, determination and an unbreakable spirit and positive attitude.


One of the special things about John was his ability to make people feel welcome and put a smile on their face.


We will treasure always our great memories of John and he will forever be in our hearts.


Go ndéana Dia grásta air.


DEATH of John Paul McGrath, Ahalanna, Moyvane, on January 26th, 2021, son of the late Peter. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his beloved fiancée Erin, mother Carmel, siblings Micheál, Clare, Ciaran and Donal, uncles, aunts, brother-in-law Maurice, sister-in-law Cathy, nephews, nieces, extended family, cousins, the Stack family (Carrueragh), neighbours and a large circle of friends.




John Paul McGrath


1st August 1979 - 26th January 2021








DEATH of John Moloney, Clarr, Moyvane, on January 31st, 2021, Predeceased by his parents Mick and Mary, brother-in-law Liam Casey. Survived by his wife Marian, daughters Ciara, Niamh and Deirdre, grandchildren Aoibhín, Jack, Erin, Keela, Sive, Joe and Darragh, brother James (Clonakilty), sons-in-law Daniel, Ian and Alan, brother-in-law John (Bristol U.K), sisters-in-law Joan, Kathleen and Nora, nephew Conor, niece Claire (Australia), and extended family.


Clounmacon Gaa


It's with a very very heavy heart that I pen these few lines this evening.


Our former trainer, manager, player and great friend John Moloney passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.


John was only diagnosed a few short weeks ago, so it was a huge shock to hear of his passing.


What a great character he was.


He loved life, his football, his family and was a great craic!


I could write quite a lot about John, he had so many qualities, so many strings to his bow.


However, I'll try and stick to his times involved with our club!


John would have joined Clounmacon set up in the mid 80's.


Didn't have much success with regards to medals at that time but always enjoyed his playing days with the Black and Amber and had many a good story to tell from those days, most of them amusing!


Though he would have been wing back in his younger years with Moyvane, he played most of his football with Clounmacon in the forwards.


Not really known for his scoring prowess, he was more of a workhorse.


However if you were to go for a 50-50 ball with Moloney, you'd know about it.


Put simply, he'd nail you!


He wouldn't really mean it but if it meant you or him getting the ball, well you'd earn it!


As the years moved on, alot of younger players from the community became involved with the club and John reluctantly retired when he was about 46 years old and I mean reluctantly!


In fairness to him, he spotted talent in these younger lads and put his name forward to manage the team.


This would have been the Spring of 1995 and this decision would certainly pay dividend in the years to follow.


In the Winter of that year, we were beaten in the Junior final in Finuge by a Denis Kennelly inspired St. Senans team.


The following year Brosna beat us at the semi final stage in  Mountcoal.


However the signs were good, everyone put the heads down and we reached the final once again in '97.


This was fixed for Ballylongford on the 13th of December.


The weather was very poor leading up to this game and it was to be a curtain raiser to the senior final.


Somebody from one of the senior teams complained to Bernie O'Callaghan, chairman of the NKB at the time that the junior final should be postponed or moved.


Moloney objected to this, the junior players deserved their day out too.


Bernie sided with John and Clounmacon won their first championship victory for 30 years in Bally that day!


Jesus, we went wild!


We ended up in Quilters Bar that night, with a great sing song and John Moloney in the thick of it and soaking it all up.


To an outsider looking in and reading this it may be difficult to understand, after all twas only the junior championship!


However for those involved, they could tell you how important that day was for all of us and the townland and club that is Clounmacon!


That team went on to win 3 in a row of those championships in North Kerry under the guidance and stewardship of John Moloney and we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.


We trained the very same and every bit as hard that time as any senior team.


In fact in '99 Moyvane seniors trained with us and they won the senior championship while we won the junior!


This year really capped it for John and he also celebrated his 50th that Christmas to crown it!


John stayed on for a few more years after but his credentials had gone up and he was a wanted man!


He moved on to manage Moyvane senior team and other adventures.


However, he will be forever remembered in our club as the main man reason for our successful stint of the late 90s.


John was a players manager and changed the mindset of those involved in administration at the time.


He brought sponsors on board, players got meals after games, physios were brought in when required (often)!


He also changed the mindset of the players.


The word "lose" was cast aside.


He made the dressing room a winners enclosure!


John didn't like to lose - in fact he hated it and took it badly.


He couldn't figure out lads laughing and joking after losing a final.


He'd often say, "what in the name of God is wrong with them fellas", or worse!


That was just his make up.


John would crack up when Kerry lost an important game.


Meet him in the street or The Kingdom and he'd be freaking out over it!


Eventually he'd get over it like us all.


John was old school in other ways.


I remember doing a coaching course with him some years back.


The instructor, who shall remain nameless for now won't forget Moloney!


The instructor was more or less telling us the way football should be played.


How to use the spare man in 14 v 15 situations, things like that!


Interesting stuff but John disagreed with him on several things.


The instructor was more intrigued than annoyed and I often think these days, the way football has gone, was the wrong man doing the teaching?!


That was John though.


If he agreed with something you said, he'd say so.


If he didn't agree, he'd say so, deadly straight!


John did an awful lot of good things for people away from football.


He'd a great heart, with great passion and if he was committed to something he was wholeheartedly so!


If you were lucky enough  to be able to call him a friend, then none more loyal could you have.


Though tears they fall this evening, I smile when I think of the good times spent in the company of a great friend.


Remember the song boys.....Simply the Best!


John Walsh, Club Chairman.


On behalf of the club, we  extend our deepest sympathies to Marion, Ciara, Niamh, Deirdre, James, Ian, Alan, Daniel, grandchildren and all John's extended family. God be good to him and may he Rest in Peace.




Moyvane Gaa


It was with great sadness that we learned of John Moloney's passing.  John was a GAA man through and through, whether it be on the pitch, on the sideline or as an avid supporter.  Many a great discussion was had with John regarding Kerry's victories and defeats.  We have several great memories of John and many stories will be told in the weeks to come of his prowess on the playing fields.  We offer our most sincere sympathies to Marion, James, Ciara, Niamh, Deirdre, Ian, Daniel, Alan, his grandchildren and extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.




Sincere sympathy to Marian, Ciara, Niamh, Deirdre, brother James and the extended Moloney family on the sad passing of John. John was a tremendous servant  of the GAA who served Moyvane  Clounmacon and Feale Rangers  in various roles with distinction. We will always cherish his many tremendous uncompromising displays in the Green and Gold of Moyvane wearing his beloved number five shirt.John was also very proud that he represented Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Championship. John it was a privilege for us to have you as our friend. May you rest in peace.


John, Marie , Marina, Roisin, Cormac Mulvihill and Ena O Leary




It was with shock and sadness that I learned of John’s sad passing. So many memories of lining out with John on pitches all over Kerry and West Limerick in what was a golden era for Moyvane football. He was a terrific player  and a fierce competitor. Deepest sympathies to Marian, Ciara, Niamh and Deirdre, brother James and all his family and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Seamus Kennelly






To Marian, Ciara, Niamh and Deirdre, brother James, sons-in-law, grandchildren and extended Families. It was with huge sadness, and complete shock that we learned of John’s passing, John made a huge and vital contribution to life in a variety of ways, a very committed family man, a master in his profession, and his loyal and undivided love of the G.A.A. which we were all privileged to have enjoyed and shared with him over many  years. Rest In Peace John. 


Solas na bhFlaitheas da anam uasal.


Billy & Mary Enright & Family Ballymackessy Ballylongford




Marian, Ciara, Niamh, Deirdre and sons in law we are so sorry to hear of your loss. To you also James and your family sincere sympathy. Granddads are very important people in children's lives and he should be with you for much longer. Meeting him was always a pleasure and football was the usual discussion. He was a true Moyvane man and gave great service to Moyvane GAA. To all your extended family sincere sympathy. Rest easy John.


Timmy & Anna Maria Kennelly


Timothy O Neill Lane, lived at Kilmorna with his relations for some time, they in turn had relations in Church Street, Listowel just yards from Bryan McMahon.


Another great Listowel man John R Rice, B.A. M.D. Surgeon at Rotunda, Dublin. Medical Officer Listowel Workhouse foe six years, Surgeon in Crimea for two years, in Government Hospital Hong Kong for two years and according to the Daily Alta, Cal of 9th June 1865 was living at 254 Fourth Street, between Howard and Folson N.W. Corner. Another branch of the Rice Family went to NZ and fought in the War.


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I was very sorry to learn on Thursday of the death on the previous day of the inspirational, charismatic, intelligent, entertaining and knowledgeable Brian Goggin, the incredible historian of Irish waterways.  I feel compelled to add my own tribute to the many that have already been published.


My attention was first drawn to Brian's Irish waterways history website about a decade ago, by my cousin Antoin Daltun


 and by Paddy Casey of the Clare Roots Society.  I have since recommended it to many others, with the explanation that it looks like it might be the official website of the lavishly funded Waterways Ireland, but is actually the single-handed work of one man holed up in an old canal barge, usually moored somewhere around Castleconnell.


In the era of cloud computing, when one's digital legacy usually evaporates as soon as the first bills for domain registration renewal and hosting are left unpaid, I was glad to find Brian's family using his website to pay their own tribute and to host tributes from others:




Brian specialised in the heyday of the canals between 1825 and 1850, roughly from the invention of the steam engine to the development of the railways.  He even dressed in the style of that era when giving lectures.  But, like all good historians, he struggled to confine his attention to just one specialist era.


I felt as if I had known Brian and his work forever, so appreciated having my own searchable archives of e-mails, Google Calendar entries, etc., to remind me of when we first met.  I discovered that I first attended one of Brian's many wonderful and entertaining lectures on 25 November 2011 in Mountshannon.  It was organised by Gerard Madden


, and Brian shared the stage with another late lamented champion of Irish waterways, Dick Warner.  I must have introduced myself to Brian and handed him my card after that lecture, as the first of many entertaining and informative e-mails from him arrived three days later, to tell me that he had checked my website and found the reference to the book that I co-wrote with Mike Harrison, who "had the misfortune to be my tutor (1972-6)" when Brian studied at Trinity College Dublin.  TCD Economics Department was just one of many common interests that made it feel like we had known each other forever, even though I am definitely a landlubber.


When we set up the Kilrush and District Historical Society a few months later, I made sure that Brian was near the top of the list of potential speakers.  He gave his lecture, called "Up and under: when Kilrush led the world", to the society on 30 April 2013.  Unfortunately, I think that was before we started recording our lectures.  One image that sticks in my mind from that talk is that of the humble egg, which Brian explained could be laid in West Clare one morning and served on a breakfast table in Liverpool, if not London, the following morning, such was the efficiency of the public transport system on the waterways.  There was no leaving passengers at bus stops in order to maintain social distancing requirements on board.  Another oft-repeated image that I'm sure initially came from Brian is that of the Shannon Estuary as the motorway of the 19th century.


More lectures over the years included one on Shannon Steamers to the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society on 4 November 2013.  I seem to remember others in venues such as the Hunt Museum in Limerick and St. Flannan's Cathedral in Killaloe.  The titles were often similar, but such was Brian's vast knowledge that the content was always completely new.


When the Killaloe Ballina Local History Society was established during Heritage Week in August 2017, Brian was again the first port of call, and he gave the first of three lectures to the new society on 29 November 2017.  As I was reminded in the tribute e-mailed to members last night  by Deborah


 or Arlene


 or Rose Anne


, the next lecture that he delivered for the society, entitled "Why Killaloe lost its Steamer Fleet", took place on 28 February 2018, during Storm Emma, known as the Beast from the East.  Although the town was covered with snow and ice and the main street was closed to traffic, fifty people showed up to hear Brian speak.


Unfortunately, I missed his third and last talk to the Killaloe Ballina Local History Society on 15 January of this year, as it clashed with a Kilrush and District Historial Society committee meeting.  My last phone call from Brian some time before that was to tell me that he had had surgery for bowel cancer and train trips to archives were becoming difficult.  He treated this as just a minor inconvenience to his ongoing research, and wanted my advice on hiring a researcher to obtain source material from the archives for him.


The online tributes from his family and others reveal that he had a terminal diagnosis in August and spent his last two months with his family preparing his vast collection of historical material for publication by them in two books in about a year's time, something to look forward to in these sad times.


As I wrote this, I found three of Brian's e-mails from 2014 and 2017 still languishing in my overflowing inbox, one of which solved a recent puzzle.  When Kilrush and District Historical Society briefly emerged from COVID-19 lockdown in July, Paul O'Brien


 and myself found ourselves giving a walking tour of Cappagh.  At that time, I dug out our research on Paterson's Hotel, and ended up scratching my head and kicking myself for not documenting my sources as I looked for the origin of some of our detailed information on what was officially called the Kilrush Hotel & Tepid Baths.  The source was not James Paterson's descendant and biographer Angus Campbell


, but of course Brian Goggin.  In that half-studied 2017 e-mail, he had first asked if I had "considered the possibility that Paterson's Hotel may have been outside the town proper, perhaps at Cappa?" and had supplied two newspaper advertisements to support his discovery, later confirmed in the Registry of Deeds and elsewhere, that what is now known as Cappagh House was Kilrush's first hotel.


Brian will be missed, but at least we have recordings, such as those by Scariff Bay Community Radio at




and by Maurice and Jane Okeeffe


, available at









Anne O'Mahony (née Conway), Glouria, Lisselton, Co. Kerry and late of Owenbeg, Easkey, Co. Sligo. Peacefully, on October 11th, 2020, at Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel.


Condolence Book for Anne O'MAHONY (née Conway)


Glouria, Lisselton, Kerry / Easkey, Sligo




Deepest sympathy to Maurice, Danny, Oliver, Martin,& Cathal, on the sad passing of Anne, &all extended Conway& OMahony families, Anne was a lovely lady a wonderful nurse & colleague, it was a privilege to have worked with her in LCH& St Josephs, where the care & love she gave her patients & families was exceptional, treasured memories of time spent working there with her. Our thoughts &prayers are with you all at this sad & difficult time. Rest in Peace dear Anne. Mary Curtin.


Mary & Chas Curtin & family Moyvane




The most thoughtful person to set foot in the parish, our Nurse of The Year finalist went from nursing her own football family to caring for others obligingly.  Personable and professional in her own unique quiet way, the world is a lesser place with her passing.




Sincere condolences to Moss, the boys and her extended family – she will be sorely missed by everyone around her. 




Thanks for being you Anne and rest in peace among the other angels.


Brendan, Ballythefireside




Our sincere sympathy to Maurice Danny Oliver Martin John and Cathal, and extended o Mahoney and Conway families. Ann was a gentle caring nurse friend and colleague. It was a pleasure to work with her in Dublin and Listowel. May your gentle soul Rest In Peace In heaven Ann


Susie and John Foley Tarbert




Mossy and family, so sorry to hear that Anne has gone home to heaven. She was a wonderful, kind and compassionate lady. She was so kind that my mother in her final days. Thanks for everything you did for her, Anne.


Have a wonderful journey into heaven.


Miriam Scanlon


Singapore and a native of Glouria- Miriam Scanlon




It was with deep sadness that I learned of Anne’s passing this morning. Sincere condolences to you Maurice and her boys whom she loved dearly, any time I visited her in Áras Mhuire and mentioned your names it brought a smile to her face. Anne was the most gentle and kind person to work with  she will not be forgotten. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


Ina and Pat Ahern




It is with  deep sadness that we learned  of Anne's death this evening.  Our sincere condolences  to you Maurice and the Boys, whom Anne loved so much. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.


Anne was the most caring, gentle  and kind nurse to enter any house.   Anne was so kind to mother during the last seven years of her life. It was an honour and privilege  to  know her.


Thank you Anne for all you have done for her.


May your gentle and kind soul  rest in peace in the arms of the Angels  in your new home in heaven  tonight.


Christy and Margaret Moriarty Trippol Ballybunion




Just after learning of the sad passing of Ann R.I.P. Our deepest sympathies to you Maurice and all of the O'Mahoney and Conway family on Anne's very sad passing. Indeed our family will always be grateful and thankful for the wonderful care and help that Ann gave my dear mother in St Joseph's prior to her passing eleven years ago. Ann was a lovely woman whom we will never forget, May she Rest Peacefully in Gods Kingdom.


Billy & Mary Enright & Family Ballymackessy Ballylongford




May you Rest in Peace Mom.


We met in 2018 Christmas you were already very sick but still could talk and walk and laugh, with a big love heart, every morning you came to our room and call me Mary, you forgot Oliver but you remembered me this new girl in your life.. we were good girlfriends, you loved me, I had never imagined my mother in law would be such a good heart lady.. my lucky also unlucky.. Miss you, from Shenzhen, China.


Xiaoxiao Zhou O'Mohony




Sincere  condolences to Maurice,  Danny,  Oliver, Martin,  John, and Cathal  the  extended O Mahony and Conway families on the death of Anne---Anne was a wonderful kind and caring Nurse friend and colleague---many happy memories of when we worked together in St Josephs, LCH, May Anne rest in peace  ---Dan and Maureen Hartnett, Bunaghara, Listowel.




My deepest sympathies to you Maurice, your sons and the Conway family on the untimely death of Anne.


It was with great sadness that I learned of her death today. I will never forget Anne’s kindness, gentleness, her dedicated care and professionalism, particularly shown to my late mother while she was a resident in Oaklands.


Thank God for a wonderful human being who contributed so much to the nursing profession and who brightened and enriched so many lives. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and those who knew her.


Grant Anne eternal peace.


Delia Carr, Dublin




Deepest condolences to Maurice and family on the untimely passing of Anne.As a staff member of Listowel Community Hospital I can see that her memory will live on as she is so highly spoken of by her colleagues and also in the many framed photographs and albums on display. A true lady and an excellent nurse. May she Rest in peace.


June and Con Whelan








October 2020; Veronica Doyle ( Nee Reidy) Irelands first single Lung Transplant recipient ( 2005) sadly passed away on Sunday the 27th of September under the care of the staff of UHL. Raised in Basin View Tralee County Kerry. Veronica after a time in the UK returned to Abbeyfeale to raise her 3 children.




After a period of serious illness, 56 year old Veronica, received the unexpected but welcome news on the 11th of May 2005 that a donor lung may be a match. The phone call received on that day to her home in Glenashrone,  Abbeyfeale was the beginning of many years of a new lease of life for Veronica. Relieved of 24 hr oxygen, Veronica embraced her new beginning with both hands. Regular trips to Castlegregory and  Tralee ensued. Adventures in her car with her sisters Eileen, Katie, Marie and brother Denis began.




Veronicas new lease of life allowed her to complete educational courses in Abbeyfeale, gave her the ability to do what she loved baking and cooking. Her home baked produce was always welcomed by her many friends who regularly visited Veronica. Not many people left her home without tasting her beautiful Quiches, tarts and scones or left without a photocopy of a recipe to try at home. Veronica’s favourite thing was discussing the perfect pastry, stuffing or sauce.




Veronica’s love of photographs leaves a lifetime of memories for her three children Geoffrey, Jeremy and Emma and her grandchildren. There is a photo on hand to reminisce from almost every excursion or event Veronica attended in the last 15 years.




Veronica never forgot her Donor, each Christmas she would write a letter of gratitude to the anonymous donor and family. This letter would include thanks and also stories of her adventures that she had undertaken that year and which would not that would not have been possible without the selfless act of Donor organ Donation.




Veronica remained under the excellent care of the Mater Hospital, Professor Jim Egan and his team until her death. The continued support and guidance and medical attention that she received from the team was always acknowledged by Veronica with the highest regard.




Veronica used her ability at public speaking to represent the Irish Lung Foundation and this was very much appreciated. Veronica always spoke from the heart and this came across in whatever radio programme, television or newspaper article that was published about Lung Organ donation and Veronica Doyle.




As her health began to deteriorate, the home support provided by the HSE was essential to support Veronica’s family in enabling her to stay in her own home. Her children and family will always be indebted for this support. Her GP Dr Mike O Donnell was a constant support and guidance for Veronica throughout and before her illness.




Veronica left a lasting impression on many people and will leave a huge gap in their lives.




RIP Veronica


Rita Daly nee Finucane of Moyvane & Tralee, Co. Kerry and South Africa, peacefully on 10th July 2020, beloved wife of Austin (Ballinorig, Tralee & South Africa), dear mother of Sharon, Amanda, Colleen & Fiona and sister of Noreen (Listowel & The Philippines). Sadly missed by her loving family, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.




Sincere sympathy to Austin, The Daly Family and Noreen on the passing of Rita. May she Rest In Peace. Austin, you were always well liked and welcome in Lisanearla back in the old days and hope those memories will help you in this sad time.


Gerard & Eileen Lenihan.




Our deepest sympathy to Austin and family and Noreen and family on the sad passing of Rita, May she rest in peace.


Breda & Tom Harley & Family, Dublin




DEATH on 11 July  2020 of Jimmy Ruddle, sympathy to his wife Catherine, daughters and sons, Hélene, Ann Marie, Carol, James, Patrick, David, and Denis; sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and grandchildren, niece, and nephew. Mass in Moyvane for the happy repose of Jimmy, at a later date.




So sorry to hear of Jimmy's  passing.


We remember  Jimmy   as a care free character


When we would meet when he parked his car in our outside farm when he called to his outside farm


Which my dad later bought part of back in 1983.


We used to meet Jimmy in St Itas  recently  and he always smiled when we mentioned my Dad


 Jimmy Bridgeman.


May he rest in peace.  He was a lovely  man.


Mike Bridgeman. Mike and Maria Bridgeman




My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences on ye're loss.


I will always remember with great fondness the daily trips from school in the




May he rest in peace.


Micheál Donnellan




Jimmy, its with sadness I hear of your Dad's passing and my sympathy goes out to you and the family at this time. Hold onto dearly the fond memories you have of your Dad and they will help you through this difficult time and in the times ahead.


David Sheahan, Assistant Commissioner






June 2020

   The following is a beautiful reflection which Willie Pearse’s grand-daughter Claire   shared lovingly at his funeral Mass.  


      (Inserted in this week’s Newsletter at the request of Hannah & family)




The love we have for Grandad Willie,  will never fade away,


we’ll think of him, our special friend, throughout each passing day.




We’ll walk into the room and see his empty chair; Although we know he’s resting, we’ll feel his presence there.




With the power of the world, he had it in his hand, we’ll sit and laugh together, the memory will withstand.




The memories of his laughter his warm and loving smile, his eyes so full of happiness his heart that of a child.




Memories are forever be they laughter or of tears. Memories we will treasure through all the coming years.




Memories are a treasure, time can’t take them away and we have so many wonderful memories of Mike Joe that we will cherish forever –sometimes with laughter, sometimes with tears, but always with love. After leaving school in Lenamore he worked in various jobs –with farmers, with the Board of Public Works, in Listowel Mart, with a builder, as an honorary milk man with Tom Manaher, at Newtownsandes Co-op and finally in Tarbert Power Station where he made many wonderful friends for life. Although his two sisters Noreen and Mary moved to England, all three kept in regular contact with each other.  This was very important to Mike Joe and he loved their visits home, always looking forward to meeting them for a good catch up.  Stories were recalled of days gone by and new memories were made.  Even though they were separated by land and sea they always held a special bond.  As Noreen said to me only recently she “always knew she could rely and depend on Mike”.  In later years this bond was nourished and strengthened through friendship with his brother in law Ron, nephew Tim, grandnephew Aidan and grandniece Niamh.  Mom and Dad had a very special bond.  Their love and friendship towards each other was plain for all to see.  Their friendship towards each other was plain for all to see.  They both enjoyed doing their own thing and also loved doing things together. Dad was so proud of Mom in many ways.  An example would be if Mom mentioned a singer she thought was good his reply would be “sure Nell aren’t you just as good if not better”. Dad and Joe were firm friends.  He welcomed Joe into our house as if he has always been there.  As he always said,“Joeen, you are one of us”.  As for myself, I never had any hope of being involved in GAA in some capacity.  Like I said to Dad, “for a man who only had one daughter, he raised a great son”.  He took me to my first Moyvane game along with my first Kerry game, a Munster Final in Cork.  We travelled with his lifelong friend Seamus who unfortunately took a wrong turn on the way home, causing us to go somewhat astray.  I was warned not to mention our detour when we eventually got home but rest assured Mike Joe got a great kick out of the fact that “Roche took the wrong turn”.  Mike Joe loved to read.  The Independent newspaper arrived each day and was handed over before any other messages were removed from the bag.  Any kind of book would do –sports, history –politics –fiction –the longer the better.  Mike Joe read not just for pleasure but to retain the information.  One thing is for sure –Dad was the easiest person ever to buy a present for –A book.  Another pastime he enjoyed was crosswords and puzzles.  He had great satisfaction when he managed to finish an extremely difficult one.  If he got stuck for an answer I would hear “Ains, have you a few answers on the yoke” –the ‘yoke’ being Google.  Even with the help of Google, it was still Mike Joe who actually ‘finished’ the crossword. He had an interest in most sports.  He was a Liverpool supporter, an avid horse racing fan, liked to watch rugby and enjoyed both playing and watching darts.  It was GAA however that was his true passion.  He loved to watch hurling and Tipperary was his hurling team of choice.  The feats of Nicky English, Babs Keating and Pat Fox were often spoken of in our kitchen. Although he mainly played underage football with his beloved Moyvane, his involvement as a supporter spanned many enjoyable years.  He told me he attended his first Moyvane game in Stacks Field and to make the experience even better –we beat Listowel on the day.  He stuck with the Moyvane teams through thick and thin down through the years, celebrating their victories both big and small.  In recent years, although he had stopped attending games, he loved to hear about the victories of our current underage teams.




He attended his first Kerry game with his father when he was 9,again like my first game, a Munster Final in Cork.  He loved travelling to games and he and his beloved Eileen spent many enjoyable years travelling with the Kerry Supporters Club.  When he eventually stopped travelling, I was given the task of relaying to him the ins and outs of the game.  It is worth mentioning that in Mike Joe’s opinion, all Kerry victories were to be cherished –but he felt it was always just a little bit sweeter when we beat the Dubs. Mike Joe’s knowledge and memory when it came to GAA was well known, not just in the Boro, but also further afield.  He seemed to have a natural ability to watch a game and memorise all of the action.  Often I would quiz him by calling out different dates only to be regales with the winning All Ireland and North Kerry Champions of that year along with the team line outs, subs, scorers and who they defeated.  When Moyvane GAA decided to celebrate its Senior North Kerry Championship titles, Mike Joe was often called upon to ensure that the correct players and scores were included.  As someone said about him recently he was Moyvane’s very own Memory Man.  He was the ‘go-to’ person to find out facts or even to settle an argument.  So many people have helped us out over the past days.  Their love and support has been invaluable along with their genuine affection for Mike Joe.  We appreciate their kindness and generosity from the bottom of our hearts. Reading through the numerous beautiful messages of support we have received, certain works keep re-appearing –gentleman, quiet, unassuming, friendly and knowledgeable, just to name a few.  To us, Dad was all of the above and so much more.  We are so happy for him that his departure from us was so peaceful.  Dad has gone to join his parents Tim and Nora, sister Mary, brother in laws, Ron, Michael and Tom and his son Patrick.  It was half time for Dad here on earth but there is a long second half for him to enjoy in Heaven.  May the angels guide him and may his gentle soul rest in peace.  We will love him always and forever.   “For we’ll n’er see another like the gallant Mike Joe


”Eulogy given by daughter Áine at her Dad’s Funeral, Moyvane Church, Friday 29th May 2020.


May 2020

   Anne, A Teacher With A Difference


People die in character in much the same way they have lived.  This is totally true in the case of much loved and respected Anne Prendiville who died last Wednesday surrounded by Finbar, Robert, Emer and extended family.  Having no sooner gotten our heads and hearts around the news of her serious illness, now we are shocked and numbed by her quick death.  Having taught in Murhur N.S. for close on 33 years, Anne shared a great legacy in the fact that some of her pupils ended up sending their children to be taught by her.  


A great teacher who never left anything to chance and looked out for those pupils who needed that extra bit of care.  Her faith and the beautiful way she practised it was a joy to behold.  Anne and Finbar were a great team and Robert and Emer are testimony to that.  I have invited former work colleagues Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Mary B. Curtin and a parent Carmel O’Connor who was taught by Anne and her children were taught by her too to pin a few lines in appreciation, which they gladly accepted.  Carmel’s tribute is on the back page.  


                         Gabriel reflects………


Anne Prendiville joined the staff of Murhur National School, Moyvane, in 1982 having previously taught in Clondalkin in Dublin city. Initially she taught the senior classes but eventually she moved to her beloved infant room where she proved to be an inspired and dedicated educator. Never boastful, she took great pride in her pupils for whom she wanted the very best. She had the pleasure of teaching her two children, Robert and Emer, during her long years of service in the school. A fine teacher, a loyal colleague and friend, she loved to engage with her pupils who held her in high affection and esteem. A highlight of the school year was the annual Christmas pageant she produced with her infant classes where her highly developed sense of drama and deep religious conviction was evident in the commitment and passion of the young actors. Anne retired in December 2015 after a lifetime of service to the school and to the community. In her private life she loved to read. Indeed she was an avid book collector whose library was a veritable repository of first editions that included a comprehensive collection of books by the writers of North Kerry. She was also a connoisseur of antiques and wooden artifacts of which she had a large collection from many countries. She had a great interest in all things religious and since her retirement visited the Holy Land on three occasions, the last being at Christmas 2019. A lifelong learner she continued her interest particularly in history after she retired. Anne was a proud woman – proud of her family, proud of her school, proud of her parish. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. There was nothing she loved more than to be at home with her family in Carrueragh. Her death leaves them, and us, under a great pall of sadness. But, woman of faith that she was, we know that she is looking down on us from the heaven that is her reward.  Our deepest sympathy goes to Finbar, Robert and Emer, her daughter-inlaw Mairéad and loved grandson Finn and loving sister Ena and extended family who are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam uasal.


                                                                                                                                 Mary B reflects……


Our school community has been hit with such sadness as we have learned of the passing of our former colleague and teacher Anne Prendiville.  Anne was a wonderful teacher who nurtured all the children who she taught.  She had such a love for every child under her care.  She was a mother-figure to them all.  Her knowledge was immense and that shone through in the children that left her classroom.  She had a love of nature and her nature walks to the wood were definitely a great source of knowledge.  She had such a green finger and enjoyed planting seeds and flowers with the children.  Anne also was a dear colleague and great friend to the staff of our school.  We all have fond memories of our time together.  It was a pleasure for some of our staff to have been taught by Anne in their primary school days and to teach with her also in Murhur N.S.  She would tell you about the history of Moyvane in a heartbeat and if you needed to know about ancestry she was the person to go to.  We keep her in our prayers today.  Our heartfelt sympathies we send to her loving family who she treasured so much, her husband Finbar, son Robert and daughter Emer, her daughter in law Mairéad, adored grandson Finn, her sister Ena and family.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam díl



There are lots of very fond memories of Anne in our home.  Along with teaching my boys, Patrick and Donnacha, she also taught me in her early years at Murhur NS.  For Anne, teaching was not a job, she was devoted to her role and to her children.   I had always considered Anne a great teacher but for me, once I became a mother, I really appreciated her real talent for the role... She knew how to get the balance right.... she loved and cared for her children / students like a mother but there were very clear boundaries where we all knew not to cross!   Anne taught both my boys in junior and senior infants and as a  mother, those early days of school are always filled with trepidation.  I never once left the school concerned or anxious, always in the knowledge that my children were in the safest and best of hands (in every way) with Anne.   I will be eternally grateful to her.   Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam.   Carmel O’Connor, Murhur.






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” (www.cathstan.org)


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.

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 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 delaneygreabelladydanfh.com



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.