Ordained in 1964, Fr. John Shanahan returned from the UK in 1968 and took up position in the Millstreet Parish. He remained here for a year or so, until he was reassigned to Ballinskelligs. He served in eight different parishes, spending the last 22 years in Valentia.
On July 22nd, Fr. Shanahan retired after 51 years of service, and the Kerryman has a piece on his retirement this week.
You can read the article here.
I had always thought that in the 19th century, the landlords owned all the land in the area. However, while they owned the largest tracts of land, there there were 50+ other landowners in the Millstreet area. The below list of local landowners is from a list of all landowners in Cork in 1871.
|Name of Owner||Address of Owner||Extent||Valuation|
|Barrett, Thomas||Liskehane, Millstreet||13||3||10||3||5|
|Bourke, Garrett||Donoure East, Millstreet||9||3||10||1||15|
Bridget Buckley was born in Derragh, Cullen, in 1822, the daughter of William Buckley and Catherine Sullivan. Bridget emigrated to the US in 1849. Her brothers Timothy, William, Daniel and John emigrated at about the same time. They all lived for several years in Massachusetts before Bridget, William and Daniel acquired farms in Iowa, together with the Irish spouses they met and married in the US.
Does anyone have any information about this Cullen family? About family members who remained in the area? Bridget has more than 300 direct descendants living mainly in the US. They will not all come to visit you, I promise. But many are eager to learn more about their Irish ancestor.
Marilyn Cummings Warman, Delft, the Netherlands, <email>