On the recent passing of Lady Elizabeth O’Connell

The recent passing of Lady Elizabeth O Connell  R. I. P. marks another chapter of the long association of the McCarthy O Leary family with Coomlogane which commenced with the acquisition by Denis O Leary of the lands of Coomlogane from Lord Muskerry on 29th September 1781. Elizabeth was a surviving member of the Coomlogane line of the family. Her Grandfather William died in the Boer war on 27th February 1900, and was  survived by his widow Mary née Considine and their 5 children John ( Elizabeth’s father) , Mary Ellen, William, Heffernan (Donagh)  and Amy. They were the last children born in the Great House.
    John, William & Donagh served in the Great War.  William was killed in action aged 22, John and Donagh survived but John who had married Rose Mary Fogarty died in the early 1920s. Elizabeth was the only child of the marriage and later married Sir Morgan O Connell.
    Both Elizabeth and her husband had family connections with Daniel O Connell the Liberator. Elizabeth’s great grandmother Jane Frances McCarthy O Leary (nee O Connell)  was a niece of Daniel O Connell. Elizabeth’s mother Rose Mary lived in London and died on 9th May 1953 survived by Elizabeth who went on to have a long and happy life in Killarney.
    The abiding legacy of the family will be the gift of the lands for
The Church, Cemetery, Presbytery and Schools by Eileen McCarthy O Leary in 1811.

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