Death Notice: Sr. Ann Margaret O’Connor, Kippagh, Millstreet & Brentford, Middlesex, England

On 25th May, 2015, suddenly at St. Mary’s Convent, Brentford, Middlesex, Sr. Ann Margaret O’Connor of Millstreet and Brentford, Middlesex, England.

Deeply mourned and sadly missed by her loving family, the Sisters of the congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, relatives and friends.

Remembrance Mass  at St. Patrick’s  Church, Millstreet on Monday 8th June at 7.30p.m.

Funeral will take place in Brentford, Middlesex.

May she rest in peace.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

When Ballydaly was once part of Kerry

1797 Civil & Eccleastical Map by Beaufort
1797 Civil & Eccleastical Map by Beaufort which shows the East Fractions to the west of Millstreet and to the north of Cullen (click the map to enlarge)

When looking at historical maps of the Millstreet area from the 18th Century, we noticed that Kerry extended into Ballydaly and a totally detached part of Kerry was just north of Cullen. Intrigued having never heard of this, we did some research, this  is what we found out:

“Referred to as the East Fractions, they were exclaves of the barony of Magunihy in County Kerry. They existed from the suppression of County Desmond in the sixteenth century until 1843, when detached parts were transferred by Richard Griffith under the Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Act 1836 to the adjoining baronies. The fractions were part of the MacCarthy Mór territory from which Magunihy was delimited.”

It is not fully clear as to extent of the fraction around Ballydaly. Officially it was just the townlands of Balldaly and Kippagh, but it is mentioned elsewhere in different places that the Ballydaly fraction included Coolanarney and Coomacheo, and the old maps would seem to support this. We have recreated the map below showing the Ballydaly Fraction and the [read more …] “When Ballydaly was once part of Kerry”

Kippagh Mountain Lake

2014-08 Kippagh Lake with Cattle_
Cattle drinking at Kippagh during the summer of 2014 – by ir8mn

The skylark sing above the bracken hill
That voice once heard one never can mistake
And sunlight down the silent mountain steal
And light the dark waters of Kippagh lake.

The lake trout to the shallow waters swim
They like to feel the warmth of the sun
And tiny rill that has spring as it’s source
Down from the mountain through the bracken run.

In centuries gone i heard old woman say
The Gaelic bards to Kippagh mountain came
And found the inspiration for their songs
In land too wild and [read more …] “Kippagh Mountain Lake”