Rathmore RC Parish: Location of Chapels in 1845

The February 3, 1845 baptism of my great-great-grandfather Patrick Harrington (1845-1915) is recorded in the parish registry of Rathmore RC parish. According to the register, Patrick’s parents were John Harrington and Catherine Crimmen, and the family’s residence was Knocknaloman. Rev. Eugene Murphy performed the baptism.

I am trying to determine the chapel in Rathmore RC parish in which Patrick’s baptism probably occurred. Lewis’s “Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” (1837) identifies several chapels in the eastern district of the parish as of 1837–one at Knocknacoppel, one at “Griorguillea” (I assume Gneevgullia?), “recently rebuilt”, one at Knocknagree, and one described somewhat mysteriously as being “attached to the establishment at Rathmore open to the public”. [ref]

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage website states that the current Roman Catholic church at Rathmore, St. Joseph’s, was not built until about 1865, but that there was an “earlier building” on the site, built in about 1800–presumably also a chapel. [ref]

My assumption is that if there was any kind of chapel at Rathmore in 1845, Patrick’s parents would have had him baptized there, since Rathmore was closer to Knocknaloman than the other Rathmore parish chapels.

If anyone is aware of other good sources of information about which chapels existed in Rathmore parish in 1845, or any other information that might provide a clue as to where Patrick may have been baptized, I would be very interested in hearing of it.

Thanks in advance for any possible help!
Bob Kenney, Potomac, Maryland <email>
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Who was Sylvester O’Sullivan?

A few days we got a message inquiring about a Sylvester O’Sullivan and family who was a hotel keeper in Millstreet at the time of the 1901 Census:

“From the 1901 census I have discovered my gt-grandfather: SYLVESTER O’SULLIVAN who owned a hotel at 43 Main Street, Millstreet, he was born in 1843. Wife ELIZABETH, four daughters , one of whom was my maternal grandmother: Kathleen sometimes known as Catherine. She married an RIC officer in 1907 who was stationed in Macroom. The other sisters were: Ellen, Maria, Lillie (widowed with daughter aged 5 in 1901) Any relatives out there? – Catherine valerie Harden [1]”

We did a bit of background research, and there really was little else substantive could get on Sylvester O’Sullivan (even with such an uncommon name). From what we can gather, Sylvester ran the hotel for about ten years in Millstreet before retiring around 1907, where he retired moved to Monkstown, below Cork City.  This is what we found:  [read more …] “Who was Sylvester O’Sullivan?”

Looking for descendants of Mary Buckley, Laught / Rathcoole / Millstreet

I am submitting this post in the hope of finding relatives of my g-g-grandmother Mary Buckley who are still residing in the Milstreet-Rathcoole-Laught area. My wife and I are from the US and will be in the Millstreet area in July, and would love to say hello to any cousins we are able to identify there.

Mary Buckley (1845-1885) was a daughter of Timothy Buckley of Rathcoole and Ellen Healy of Crippleford. They were married in Dromtariffe parish in June 1833. They had at least six children, five of whom lived to adulthood–John, Honora, Denis, Mary and William. Mary married Patrick Harrington of Ballinagree and emigrated to the US in 1868, settling in Concord, Massachusetts. She and Patrick had eight children; Mary died young in 1885.

Mary’s sister Honora and brother William also emigrated to the US and they too settled in Concord. Honora did not marry but William married Catherine Kiely, who I believe may have been from Dromtariffe parish as well. They had two children, and I have a copy of a letter from one of them, Mary Ellen Buckley, to her cousin in Ireland Liam O’Buachalla in 1916.  [read more …] “Looking for descendants of Mary Buckley, Laught / Rathcoole / Millstreet”

John & Margaret McCarthy Dennehy marriage 1936

We are trying to find the family of John and Margaret McCarthy Dennehy  of Rathduane/Millstreet who were married 15 Feb. 1936. John is the son of Timothy Dennehy, and Margaret is the daughter of John McCarthy and wife Mary Morgan McCarthy.
Margaret is the younger sister of John McCarthy who immigrated to USA, and we think John is the grandfather of Diane.
If you are part of the McCarthy/Dennehy family of Rathduane, please contact us.
Diane Rollo:   <email>
George Pearson:  <email>

[read more …] “John & Margaret McCarthy Dennehy marriage 1936”

The Godsil’s of Millstreet

Hello Millstreet, I am writing to you from San Antonio, Texas. I have been researching the Godsil Family for years. My 3x great grandmother was Ellen “Nellie” Godsil born in Millstreet in 1810 and died in Jersey City NJ in 1900. According to her death certificate her parents were William and Mary Godsil. I believe Ellen’s older brother was William Godsil who was born about 1800 in Millstreet and died in 1882 in Millstreet. He was a weaver. I believe two of his children were Timothy Godsil who was the informant on William’s death record and Mary Godsil Mattmore, DOB 1847 and emigrated to America married Patrick Mattimore and died in 1882 in Jersey City, NJ. My 3x great grandmother Ellen Godsil married Jerry McCarthy but he died at the age of 35 and is buried in the Old Cullen Cemetery. His daughter Mary McCarthy Sullivan traveled to Ireland in 1909 to erect his tombstone. I believe Ellen remarried a McSweeney. She emigrated to America in 1880 as a widow and lived with her daughter Mary McCarthy Sullivan. Any help would be appreciated.

Chaille Fox Lazar <email>  [read more …] “The Godsil’s of Millstreet”

Genealogy: John Healy and Margaret Hinchin

Hello, I was hoping someone had information on my gggrandparents John Healy and Margaret Hinchin. Both born around 1832 in Cork. Their children were born in Cullen Cork and lived in Millstreet for a while.
Margaret’s father was Daniel Hinchin b. about 1804 her mother was Margaret Ahern b. about 1804. Margaret had sisters born in Keale, Johanna, Abina. John Healy had sisters, Ellen and Hannah. All the siblings born in the 1830’s.
Margaret Hinchin died in Keale, Cork in 1901.

Thanks, Kate (from irelandxo.com)

Ó Dálaigh Ancestral Remembrance Day


On June 4th the Daly Gathering for 2017 will take place in Ballygriffin, Mallow.

There are lots of speakers on the day, but one that may be very interesting to us in Millstreet: “The Dalys of Millstreet and Novohaldaly Cork to Clare to Buffalo, New York”, presented by retired U.S. Navy Captain Karem A. Daly, Niantic, Conneticut (3:15pm to 3:45pm)

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Karen Daly, earned her Doctor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and holds advanced licensure and certification in psychiatry, specializing in psychosomatic medicine. [read more …] “Ó Dálaigh Ancestral Remembrance Day”

Looking for Dineens of 20 Upper Mill Lane

Looking for information on 1901 census about Building 20 Upper Mill Lane, Drishane, Millstreet. My father’s uncle James Dineen was a tailor in Millstreet until his death in 1915. His wife Nora (Casey) Dineen was a dressmaker and they had a Jeremiah Riordan, age 15, living with them. He might have helped them with their business. Our family will be visiting Millstreet this summer and would like to visit their home at Building 20 but it, doesnt appear on Google maps. Does anyone know where Upper Mill Lane is ? Also would LOVE to chat with any Dineen, Casey or Riordan Family!
Debra Dineen, Arizona, USA

Admin’s notes: Upper Mill Lane is generally known as Mill Lane. 20 Mill Lane is on Google Maps here
[read more …] “Looking for Dineens of 20 Upper Mill Lane”

Does anyone know of Crippleford?

Bob Kenney has been researching his family tree and is stuck at his great great great grandmother. She was Ellen Healy of Crippleford, and her marriage to Timothy Buckley on June 1, 1833 is listed in the Dromtarriffe Parish Register.

He had been trying to locate Crippleford, but after some time failed, so he asked us, but we’ve never heard of it, and no-one we asked has heard of it either. So we’re wondering if anyone of our readers has heard of it, or could ask someone that might know. Bob would be delighted if someone could help him out. If so please leave a comment below, or contact us directly [contact details are on our Contact Page].

A few thoughts:

1.. There are a couple of references to Crippleford online, all referring to “Thomas Wallace born Jan.6, 1806 in Rethcool, Duhallow, Cripleford on the Blackwater in County Cork,Ireland”. [1] [2]. There are also more references to Crippleford in the parish register, so it’s safe to say that the name did/does exist in the Dromtarriffe Parish area.

2.. It was normal for [read more …] “Does anyone know of Crippleford?”

Millstreet Old Age Pensions

MILLSTREET OLD AGE PENSION COMMITTEE – Very Rev. J.Canon Casey, P.P. V.F., Chairman, presided. There were 136 claims before the meeting; 96 claims were passed at the maximum of 2s 6d; 8 were allowed 2s, and 2 were allowed 1s6d per week, and the remainder adjourned to the next meeting; 4 claims were passed for the Old Age Pension at the rate of 5s per week, and 2 cases were sent forward for reinvestigation. Since October 20th, the Committee have passed 350 claims, over 300 being allowed 2s 6d , and the remainder from 2s, 1s 6d and 1s per week, a large number of claims for the district not being heard yet. The Committe haveheld several special meetings so as to facilitate the passing of the claims – Irish Examiner 22nd December 1916


The Old Age Pensions Act 1908 introduced a non-contributory pension for eligible people aged 70 and over. It was implemented from January 1909 in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. To be eligible, applicants had to be 70 years old, to have an income of less than £31.10.00 per annum and to ‘be of good character’. During the first three months of 1909, [read more …] “Millstreet Old Age Pensions”

Kelleher / Sweeney from Aubane

Greetings from the USA. My mothers family came from Millstreet. This is the info I have: Patrick D. Kelleher born in the Aubane section of Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland on 3-15-1851. He was the son of Daniel and Mary (Sweeney) Kelleher. He came to the USA about 1871, bringing with him his sister’s youngest daughter. He settled first at Factory Hollow in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA living there with his sister Mrs. Mary Daley. He was at marriage a farmer living in Greenfield aged 28.

I have been over to Ireland the last three years in a row. I brought my mother the last 2 trips, one of which we did take a short trip to Millstreet to look at gravestones. Could not find a Kelleher headstone anywhere……..poor attempt at humor! So many Kellehers and Sweeneys that I could never sort it out. I will be making a trip again in 2017. Any connections on distant relatives would be appreciated.

Thank you, Larry Bruffee

Genealogy: Murphy / Noonan, Lisnaboy

To whom it may concern:

My name is Mary O’Leary. I am currently living between Cork and the US. I am tracing the Irish ancestors of a friend of mine Lisa Foley in the United States.

Lisa’s maternal great grandfather came from Lisnaboy, Cullen, Millstreet, Co Cork.

His name was John Murphy, he was born around 1876 in Cullen. His parents names were John Murphy and Julia Noonan (Nunan). He emigrated to New Jersey around 1896.

He married Hanor/Norah O’Leary born around 1877 also in Cork (perhaps Millstreet). I am not sure whether they married in Ireland or the US.

Hanor/Norah O’Leary’s parents names were Daniel O’Leary and Johanna Murphy.

John and Hanor/Norah had four children all born in New Jersey Hannah (Anna), Julia, Daniel and Mary. Hannah(Anna) married Stephen Hughes and had two daughters Rita and Patricia. Rita is the mother of my friend Lisa.

I would appreciate any assistance on this matter. Could you direct me to somebody who could help me or do you know are there church records available locally?

The information I am looking for somewhat falls after the 1901 and 1911 census and earlier census information is sparse.

Thanking you in anticipation. Kind regards,
Mary <email>

Buckleys in Derragh, Cullen

Bridget Buckley from Derragh, Cullen. She died in Iowa in 1895 aged 78Bridget 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>

Sullivans of Kilmeedy West

My wife’s grandfather, James Sullivan taught for many years in Keimaneigh School, Ballingeary. In 1884, he married Catherine Cronin from Gougane Barra. He died aged 46 in 1896 leaving a large family and he is buried in St. Gobnait’s cemetery in Ballyvourney. His wife died in 1916 and is also buried there.

His father was Owen Sullivan and was present at the marriage.

He had a brother, Owen, who married Catherine Horgan and lived in Kilmeedy West. He had several children and one of them, Jeremiah used to correspond with his cousins in Keimaneigh in the 30’s and 40’s. We understand that the farm in Kilmeedy is no longer in the family.

We are trying to establish the Ballyvourney connection as some of the Sullivan families there agree that there is a family relationship, but are unable to make an exact identification i.e. in which townland in Ballyvourney was the original family located and to which Sullivan family was he related.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Best wishes, John Derby <email>

[read more …] “Sullivans of Kilmeedy West”

In search of the Mahoneys

I am researching my Irish heritage and from census records I am aware my great great great Grandfather Michael Mahoney (Mahony, as seen spelt this way in some websites) lived his last days with his daughter Kate O’Keefe and son-in-law Michael at House #5 Shanbally, Knocknagree. He died in 1901.
On 19th Feb 1846 Michael married Catherine Brosnahan at Rathmore with Nohaval and Kilcummin. I am trying to establish which church they were actually married in and whether that church still exists. I assume they lived in the immediate area all their married lives.
I am also trying to discover where they are buried. I am not sure in what year Catherine who may also have been known as Kate died but I assume it was before Michael in 1901.
I am aware they had at least one child, Daniel, who moved to New Zealand in the late 1870’s. Daniel was my great great Grandfather.
Any help would be most appreciated.
Grahame Benvie <whiskers@ihug.co.nz>

Local Suppliers to the Cork Butter Market in 1884

Cork Butter Market

Below is a list of farmers / creameries from the Millstreet area who were delivering butter to the Cork Butter Market in 1884, which taken from the Original Survey of February 1884.

It would be interesting to know how many firkins were supplied by each person, but that data (along with more like the presence of inspectors) is not shown here, but can be seen in the original documents.

This digitised info as well as all the suppliers from around Munster are located on corkarchives.ie. The original forms are available to view in the Archives research room by appointment. A copy of a form may also be obtained on request: Email: <email> or, Tel.+353 (0)21 4505876.

Post Town Address Last Name First Name Form No.
Co. Cork Millstreet Hegarty Jeremiah 22
Co. Cork Boherbue O’Connor Cornelius C. 33
Co. Cork Millstreet Rahilly Michael 48
Cullen, Millstreet Lisnaboy Murphy Daniel 76
Cullen, Millstreet Laghtsigh Murphy Denis 67
Cullen? Lislehane? Sullivan Eugene 54
Cullin, Millstreet Ahane Duggan Timothy 120
Cullin, Millstreet Lisnaboy Hickey Denis J. 56
Millstreet Keanicorega? Buckley Timothy 257
Millstreet Ballinatona Creedon John 227
Millstreet Ahane Hickey Daniel 318
Millstreet Lisnaboy Hickey John J. 46
Millstreet Glenleigh Howards Jerome 255
Millstreet Tubber Kiely Timothy 320
Millstreet Claraghatlea Looney Jeremiah 327
Millstreet Glountane More McSwiney Dan 279
Millstreet Keale McSwyney Bryan 333
Millstreet Coolsherane ? Murphy Julia 65
Millstreet Coolnarney Noonan Denis 66
Millstreet Mologhroe, Cullin O’Keeffe Jeremiah 319
Millstreet Knockgorm O’Sullivan PJ? 252
Millstreet Ballydaly Sullivan Denis J. 216
Clonbanin Cross, Banteer The Island Twomey Timothy 256

Original Parish Registers now available online

2015-07-09 Millstreet Parish Baptismal Register 1853 to 1865 - front cover
Cover of the Millstreet Parish baptismal register from 1853 to 1863

We’re lucky that the Millstreet Parish (and Kerry Dioscese) baptism and marriage registrers have been digitised and indexed online since 2009, but yesterday the National Library of Ireland have put the microfilm of the of the Catholic Church Registers (pre 1900) for the whole country online. So where we had the information previously, we can now go and see the original entry in the parish registers.

There are four Registration Books for the Millstreet Parish (click the links below to see each one):


Bordering Millstreet Parish, other register books of interest are:

map - Millstreet & surrounding parishes
Map of Millstreet and Surrounding Parishes – Parishes in blue are in the Kerry Diocese, Parishes in white are in the Cloyne Diocese, and parishes in green are in the Cork & Ross Diocese


Having browsed some of the records, and having compared them to the online records, it became obvious that whoever was transcribing the online records left entries blank where [read more …] “Original Parish Registers now available online”

Mary Nicholson of Main Street (née Buckley, of Carrigacooleen)

I am looking for information about my Great Grandmother, Mary Nicholson (Buckley). I understand that she was born in 1865/6, and prior to marrying John Nicholson in 1887/1888 lived in Carrigacooleen, Millstreet. They appear in the 1901 and 1911 Census at 9 Main Street.

Her son, and my Grand Father, Patrick Nicholson, appears in the 1901 Census as a ‘visitor’ in the home of Patrick and ‘Nanno’ (Nora) Buckley in Carrigacooleen. Their son, Denis Buckley, may have been a witness at the marriage of John Nicholson and Mary Buckley. In the 1911 Census( England) Patrick Nicholson appears as the nephew of John and Abina Buckley, in London. John Nicholson died, I understand in 1940.

I would very much appreciate any information regarding where he may be buried. I do not have any information with regards when Mary Buckley died, or where she is buried.

Kind Regards, Declan <email>

[read more …] “Mary Nicholson of Main Street (née Buckley, of Carrigacooleen)”

Genealogy: Charles Chenery Justice

Dear sir/madam,
I shall be over in Millstreet on 4th/5th May, tending to my Nans grave.
One of my aunts has sent me a photo of a plaque in Drishane cemetery and would like some more information, it is for a Charles Chenery Justice, who we believe died in early 1879. I’m hoping that I could meet up with someone who could enlighten me.
Many thanks
Paul Justice <email>

Genealogy: Dr. Michael W. O’Keefe

Michael W O'Keefe, born in Millstreet in 1852 012-800On St. Patrick’s Day, I send along a pic of my great-grandfather, Dr. Michael W. O’Keefe, 1852-1926, born in Millstreet, son of Daniel & Catherine O’Keefe, so it is said, and sent to the US about 1860 to be educated by his older brother Rev. Dennis Aloysius O’Keefe (1840-1868), a priest who sent the boy Michael to a Catholic school (St. Charles) in Maryland.

Dennis had parishes in Uxbridge, Mass., and then Clinton, Mass., and died while raising funds to build a church. His parishioners built a huge monument to him in the graveyard (instead of a church?).

Michael went on to the College of the Holy Cross in [read more …] “Genealogy: Dr. Michael W. O’Keefe”

Genealogy: Cornelius Casey

MY great-grand father, Cornelius Casey was born in Ireland about 1842.  My problem is I do not know where in Ireland he was born so I have hit a brick wall. I did hear Bantry but that could be where he left from.  He staked a mining claim in New Zealand in 1868. I have not been able to find him arriving in New Zealand but think it would have been shortly before he staked his claim as I think that maybe why he went to New Zealand was for the mining.  He married Ellen Keohane in 1872 in NZ.  She was baptised in the Parish of Caheragh, Co. Cork in 1845 the daughter of James and Catherine Keohane (McCarthy).  I do know that he returned to Ireland from NZ in May 1908 and returned to NZ in November 1908.  I have researched every avenue in NZ and cannot find anything that gives me a clue.  I was looking at an Irish genealogy site and came across a Cornelius Casey name from Millstreet and for some reason I could not get this connection out of my mind.  So was wondering if there are any Casey families in Millstreet that are researching the name and maybe able to make a connection with me.  Or anyone that can help me.  I would be most grateful.
Thank you, Marie Casey <email>  [read more …] “Genealogy: Cornelius Casey”

Historic Graves Recording in Drishane Cemetery on Tuesday 3rd March


The annual blessing (pictured above) of the graves at Drishane Cemetery on Sunday, 11/11/2012.  On this Tuesday, 3rd March 2915 a group coordinated by IRD Duhallow and under the overall leadership of John Tierney,  will – under the guidance on this occasion of Mary Hackett from Waterford and formerly of Rathmore –  be doing a very interesting recording of the graves in Drishane Cemetery from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday.  A number of days have already been devoted to work on Drishane Cemetery but at least one further day is necessary to complete this all-important Project.   Mary has indicated that LOCAL PEOPLE WHO WOULD VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST AT DRISHANE CEMETERY ON TUESDAY, 3rd MARCH ANYTIME FROM 9.30 TO 4.30 WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.   People interested in participating are very welcome to just arrive on the day at Drishane Cemetery where guidance on helping will be provided.   Full details, if required, from Mary McHugh at IRD Duhallow – 029 60633.    (S.R.)

The project’s website is at historicgraves.com/graveyard/drishane/co-drsh

Michael Angelo O’Callaghan

We received the below email this evening. Does anyone know if the school records for Millstreet are held somewhere, and if they are accessible? or does anyone know of these O’Callaghan’s?

Dear Sir/Madam,
I’m trying to get information on my Great Uncle, Michael Angelo O’Callaghan. There is a possibility that he went to school in Millstreet. He was born in 1868, so I imagine he started school in 1873. I don’t know if records go back that far, but if they do his name might appear on them. If you can trace him, I would be more than pleased if you could inform me what Secondary school he went to, and if College, which one. Any information at all would be very much appreciated. Thank you

Roots Query in the Millstreet Area

Historic pictureI am trying to trace a Jeremiah ( Jerry) Kelleher who lived in Millstreet or surrounding area before he left for America approx early 1900s. No further info re his home address is known.

He married Hannah Desmond from Cobra, Clondrohid ( my grand aunt) and they lived in 84 Forest Ave., Brockton, MA., USA.

They had a family of four ( all deceased), Eleanor, Joseph, Lillian ( RIP 1997) and Margaret. Jeremiah died in USA pre 1942.

Their Great Grand Daughter is visiting Ireland in the next two weeks ( 1st Oct 2014) and we would love to trace Jerry’s Millstreet roots and relations, anyone with any info please e-mail rogerosullivan @yahoo.com or phone 087-2207491

Attached photo is Jeremiah and Hannah.

Many Thanks.

Roger O’Sullivan, Farran, Co.Cork………..We thank Roger for this query and would encourage anyone who may have relevant information to make contact with him. (S.R.)

Ardnageeha Dispensary

Hi, my name is Pat O Riordan and I hail from Curraraigue and I am now living in Leap near Skibbereen. My mother Mai Mullane now diseased came from Ardnageeha Cullen. I am doing some research on the family. My uncle Con Mullane owned the land on which a doctor’s house and Dispensary was built.
I am wondering if there is any information available on when it was built, The names of the Doctors who worked there. I would appreciate any information or perhaps where I might be able to find information on the house a and the dispensary.

Kind regards, Pat O Riordan

Genealogy: Looking for information Patrick Byrne

I am hoping you can help me. I was really pleased to find your community website as I am trying to find information regarding a Patrick Byrne who came from Millstreet, Cork. During the late 1930s, early 1940s he worked in London as a builders labourer. I understand he had a family in Millstreet. Frustratingly this is all the information I have, I am doing this research on behalf of my mother and it is important to her to find out what became of him. Would it be possible to post a message on your website to see if it means anything at all to any descendants of any Byrne families?

Many thanks and kind regards, Sharon Lees <email>

Genealogy: The O’Sullivans who owned Clara Mountain

Hi! My name is Richard Alexander Florczak III. I live in Hudson, Florida. My grandmother, Nora Maureen Florczak has family who lives in Millstreet, Ireland. Her maiden name is Sullivan. Her father (my great-grandfather) was Cornelius Sullivan. His family were once one of the most wealthiest families in Millstreet.

The head of the family was Daniel Sullivan (my 2nd great grandfather). His wife (2nd great grandmother) was Mary Cronin. I don’t know how many children they had. But I know a little bit about the family. My great grandfather (Daniel and Mary’s son) was Cornelius Sullivan. He went by Con to his friends. He owned a mountain called Clara Mountain. His family owned thousands of acres. One of his sisters was mentally challenged and was taken care of by the Cloistered. Cornelius gave all of his land and the Clara Mountain to the Cloistered nuns, due to them taken care of his sister all of her adult life. I know two more children and that is it. One of Con’s brothers were Jeremiah Sullivan. He was born in Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland. One of Con’s sisters was Johana Sullivan. She was born in 1925. She became a nun when she came to the United States. She died in 1975. [read more …] “Genealogy: The O’Sullivans who owned Clara Mountain”

Genealogy: Buckley Family Reunion

On 5 October from 10 to noon I will be hosting a reunion for the extended family of Denis and Ellen Walsh Buckley from Knocknakilla/Millstreet. Denis’s son Richard born about 1850 would be my 2nd gr grandfather who married Hannah O’Hayre from Newmarket I believe. Hannah’s parents were Donal and Mary O’Connor O’Hayre with a son Jeffry and possibly Thomas. Richards siblings were James,Daniel,Patrick,Hanora,Michael,Denis,Edmond and John. Michael married Ellen Kelliher about1875. My next door neighbor in Boston is Mary Kelliher whose grandfather would have been Thomas Kelliher born 1864 in Millstreet, Mary’s cousin would be John O’Leary from Millstreet currently – trying to see if there is a family connection.ANY RELATIONS TO ANY OF THE ABOVE ARE WELCOME PLEASE BRING ANY FAMILY PHOTOS AND STORIES. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING PLEASE CONTACT ME OR BERTIE BUCKLEY 02958827 SO THAT WE CAN GET A HEADCOUNT. GOOD LUCK TO CORK AGAINST CLARE !!!!!! – from Jack Buckley <email>

Genealogy: McNamara’s over the Post Office

I am a Benedictine nun writing from the USA, and I was hoping to be in touch with someone who knows anything of the family of my great grandfather, Jeremiah McNamara who emigrated to the USA and settled in Boston late 19th, early 20th century.

My father, now deceased, told me that his ancestors lived in Millstreet, County Cork, above the Post Office. However, the sister of his grandfather was born in Macroom.

Her name was Mary and her parents, Daniel and Margaret McNamara, came to Boston with their five sons and five daughters. Mary (Sr. Rosalie Josephine) became a Little Sister of the Poor in Jamaica Plain, Boston, but died in the motherhouse in London, England.

I have put in this query to the folks in Macroom as well.

Thank you so much for any hints you may have!

Mother Therese McNamara, O.S.B. <email>