The death has occurred of Michael ( Mick) Kennelly


Croughcroneen, Dysert, Lixnaw, Kerry


On May 23rd 2015. Very peacefully in the tender and loving care of the matron and staff of Listowel Community Hospital. Michael ( Mick ) Kennelly. Very deeply regretted by his brothers Dan, Dennis, Gearoid and Paddy, sisters Kathleen, Mary and Margaret, brothers in law, sisters in law, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, very kind neighbours and large circle of friends.


Reposing at his home in Dysert Sunday evening from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral to arrive to St. Michael's Church, Lixnaw Monday for 2pm requiem mass. Burial afterwards in Kilfeighney Cemetery. Donations if desired to Palliative Care, Tralee General Hospital.




The death has occurred of Fr. Gerard (Gerry) O'REILLY OFM


Pretoria, South Africa and late of, Limerick City, Limerick


Fr Gerard died on 21st June 2021, suddenly in Pretoria. Beloved brother of Miriam (d’Arcy), Willie, Dermot & Noel (predeceased by his brother in law Paddy d’Arcy). Gerard will be greatly missed by his loving and heartbroken family, nephews, nieces, cousins, sisters in law and many friends, especially by the Friars and his parishioners in his adopted homeland of South Africa, where he spent 52 years as a dedicated servant of God.



John O’Halloran R.I.P. Remembered




Junior Griffin has been in touch to tell me of the passing of another old handballer.




John (also known as P.J.) O’Halloran was a neighbour of Junior’s in Bridge Road. He was one of the many young men who loved the handball alley and spent many happy hours there.




John lived in Killarney where he was a teacher in the Community College. Like Junior he went on to play badminton and was very involved with the Killarney club. Junior met him on an almost weekly basis during the badminton season. He says the chat was rarely about badminton, but about handball, Bridge Road and Listowel in general.




John passed away last September. May he rest in peace.





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 ar.


January 2021.




June 30 2001 12:11 AM


The death took place on Friday of Mr John Williams (Sean MacLiam), Corrigmore, Templemore Road, Roscrea.




A native of Coolprivane, Ballyporeen, he was brother of the late Bro D.F. Williams CFC (1917-1994), who was Superior in Nenagh CBS from 1971 to 1979.


John came to teach in Cistercian College in 1955.




The Funeral Mass on Sunday in St Cronans Church was concelebrated by Rev Michael Harding CC, Dom Colmcille O'Toole OCSO, Rev Bonaventure Melvin OCSO, Rev Colm Hogan CC, Rev M.b.Frawley CSSP. Interment afterwards was at Mount St Joseph abbey. The Past Pupils Union was represented at the funeral by Mr Gerard Maher, President, and Mr Michael Houlihan , past president.


To his wife Teresa, sons Kevin, Joseph and Oran, daughter in law Nollaig, brother, sister, sympathy is extended.






Date Published: Friday 5th March 2021. Date of Death: Friday 5th March 2021


A Tribute to Mr. Pierce by his grand-nephew, Paddy Flynn


“My granduncle Micheál Pierce of Killarney Road, Castleisland passed away on Friday, in his 91st year on earth. He lived a very long and happy life.


Micheál was the first of the cohort of the boys’ secondary school in Castleisland to pass the Leaving Certificate in the late 1940s.


Move to Dublin


He then moved to Dublin and was the first member of my family to earn a degree, a Bachelor of Commerce at University College Dublin, where I finished my studies today.


Micheál went on to work at The Irish Press, taught for a period in England and devoted his final years and great majority of his life to working with his dear friend Sr. Consilio and Cuan Mhuire in Athy, Co. Kildare.


As another Sliabh Luachra native, Micheál’s heart always remained here and with thoughts of Castleisland and Ballyheigue.


May God be good to him.








The Irish Times is running a series called Lost Lives in tribute to people who have died with Covid 19. Here is what it has about Listowel man, Joe O'Carroll R.I.P.








Joe O’Carroll








Joe O’Carroll was a happy-go-lucky, gentle soul who was deeply connected to his hometown of Listowel and Kerry roots despite living abroad for nearly four decades.




Born on October 1st, 1962, Joe was one of 10 children who grew up on a farm in the townland of Tullamore. His sister Mairéad, who was one year older, recalls the happy years her brother and siblings spent growing up in rural Kerry.




“Life on the farm was mad but they were the happiest times of our lives. Joe was a very happy-go-lucky chap who loved the outdoors and machinery. But like so many others, he went abroad to look for work in construction.”




Joe moved to London aged 19 where he started working on a cousin’s construction site. He would continue to drive machinery on sites for the rest of his life and returned home to visit family in Listowel twice a year.








“He loved to go to the Listowel races and always came back at Christmas. It was such a joy for my mother to see him coming through the door, she loved him coming back.”




Joe loved Irish music, particularly traditional Irish songs, and never lost his Kerry accent. “It was kind of like he never left home. He spent all those years in London but his Kerry roots were very important to him.”




Joe worked long hours in construction and never missed a day’s work. “He was happy to get up early in the morning and work hard all day and then meet friends at the weekend,” remembers Mairéad. “He had a huge number of friends and was very sociable. He loved hanging out with all nationalities, he got on with everyone.




“He had total generosity of spirit with his time and money and he’d light up a room. He was always smiling.”




On March 27th, Mairéad called her brother and discovered he was feeling unwell with a suspected tummy bug. She could hear his laboured breathing on the phone and urged her brother to call the emergency services. Joe was brought by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital and spoke to his sister by phone on the 28th to reassure her that he was feeling okay.




However, early on March 29th he was transferred to ICU. His family was contacted on April 11th and told his condition had deteriorated and the priest had been called. Joe died on Monday, April 13th aged 57.




“It was devastating, right up until the day he died we never gave up hope. He hadn’t been ill before that, he was a very healthy man all his life.”




On May 6th, Joe was cremated at Kensal Green in West London. The hearse carrying his body to the crematorium was followed by a JCB draped with the Kerry colours. “All his friends lined the route and the JCB drove behind all the way through the streets of London. It was such a beautiful tribute. He had so many friends, that’s the measure of the person he was.”




Joe’s ashes were sent back to Ireland and he was buried with his father and sister on June 13th in Listowel. “It was deeply upsetting but it gave us some comfort that he was going to join his father. Joe was a beautiful, gentle soul who was dearly loved by family and friends alike.”


John Hume


Let the record speak. In the 21-year period of the current troubles, 31 per cent of those who have died were members of the security forces. Fourteen per cent were members of paramilitary organisations. Fifty-five per cent were ordinary civilian men and women from both sections of the community, 69 per cent of them from the Catholic community and 31 per cent from the Protestant. And who killed all those people? The statistics are devastating: 44 per cent were killed by the Provisional IRA and 18 per cent by their fellow-travelling ‘Republican’ paramilitaries. Twenty-seven per cent were killed by Loyalists. Ten per cent by the British Army. Two per cent were killed by the RUC and 0.28 per cent by the UDR. In short, people describing themselves as Irish Republicans have killed six times as many human beings as the British Army, 30 times as many as the RUC and 250 times as many as the UDR.




And wait! One of their main claims is that they are the defenders of the Catholic community. Of the 1194 members of the Catholic community who died, 46 per cent were killed by Loyalist paramilitaries, 37 per cent by people describing themselves as Republicans and 17 per cent by the security forces. And in the last ten years since 1 January 1978, of the 305 members of the Catholic community who have lost their lives, 112 (37 per cent) have been killed by people describing themselves as Republicans, 105 (34 per cent) by Loyalists and 88 (29 per cent) by the security forces. In the last twenty years Republicans have killed more than twice as many Catholics as the security forces and in the last ten years they have killed more than the Loyalists. Some defenders! And I haven’t even mentioned their ‘mistakes’. Was it O’Casey who said: ‘The gunmen are not dying for the people, the people are dying for the gunmen’?




In addition, all the major grievances today within the Nationalist community are direct consequences of the IRA campaign: the presence of troops on our streets, the harassment and searching of young people, widespread house searches, prisons full of young people, lengthening dole queues leading to the emigration of many of our young people, checkpoints, emergency legislation … If the campaign were to cease, these grievances would disappear.










REMEMBERING ALL WHO HAVE DIEDIN THE PAST FIVE MONTHS. Today the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven As a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people. The weekend of the Feast of the Assumption (Saturday 15th) I invite  parishes  throughout  the  diocese  to  remember  all  who died  since  the  advent  of  the  corona  virus  restrictions  five months ago. The restrictions have truly impacted on our funeral traditions. •No loved ones at the hospital bedside• No sympathising in funeral homes •No shaking hands No gathering after the burial for light refreshments or lunch Initially just ten at the funeral Mass It  has not  been all  negative.  Many  have  found  the  guard  of honour of neighbours along the route to church or cemetery very moving and supportive. Confined to home and with time on their hands people have had time and space to remember and grieve.  Some  have  found  the  simple  low-key  funeral  very intimate  and  personal.  Christ  Jesus  always  finds  ways  to console and strengthen. This weekend of the Feast of the Assumption we remember all who have died since mid-March. whether their deaths were linked to the corona virus or not whether sudden or after a prolonged illness, tragic or peaceful some were a great age others quite young. Together we pray for and honour all the deceased, and we offer our  support  to  their  loved  ones  who  mourn  them.  Amid  the heartbreak  of  their  going  from  us,  there  is  the  hope  and consolation  that  they  are  gone  to  God.  We  entrust  them  to God’s mercy. Our Lady who witnessed Jesus death on the Cross knows the anguish of those who mourn. Our Lady who was present when the  Risen  Christ  appeared  to  his  disciples  has  full  faith  in Christ’s  offer  of  eternal  life  to  all  of  us.  The  Feast  of  the Assumption gives us confidence that our loved ones who have died are alive with God. God our Father, you crowned the Blessed Virgin Mary on the day of her Assumption with a glory beyond compare. Grant that by her prayers, we may be saved by the mystery of your redemption, and share with her in the glory of eternal life. the new beginnings.  Bishop Ray Browne






Brooklyn Eagle http://bklyn.newspapers.com/search/#query=county+kerry&offset=9

17th Feb. 1923 JULIA Bowler Dougherty, died at her residence 555 Wilson Ave,, in Brooklyn for 50 years. Survived by four daughters , interment Holy Cross.

Michael McMahon husband of Nellie O Shea, father of Eileen, brother of Catherine McMahon, native of Tralee. Residence 8426 23 Ave. Interment Holy Cross.

24 Aug. 1948 Brooklyn Eagle. Death of Nora Dolly Dowling nee Neligan of Coolard House, Listowel on Oct. 22nd 1948, Mass Holy Cross Church W 42d Street, Internment Calvary Cemetery.

From the Eagle 25 years ago, Eagle of 22 April 1947 .April 1922 Irish Republican Army Soldiers prevented Michael Collins Finance Minister in Sinn Fein Cabinet from addressing a scheduled address at Listowel.

Eagle of 18 Aug. 1940. Engagement of Miss Adelaide Josephine Kunkel to Michael J O Brien of Rockville Centre son of Mrs Daniel O Brien of Listowel, wedding in October.

Eagle 6 June 1915, Rev William D Buckley ordained at Church of John the Baptist on May 29th 1915, by Bishop McDonnell, celebrated his first Mass at St Ambrose Church today. Son of the late Denis J Buckley of Newtownsandes . Early education at St Michael’s Listowel under the Rev. J Breen, left Ireland 1907, entered St Charles College Ellicott City MD, graduated with honours June 1909.Theological studies made at St Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, got his AB Degree 1910. AM in 1911 and STB in 1914. He was Professor of Latin and Greek at St Charles College Catonsville, MD from Sept. 1914 to May 1915, he will be located in the Brooklyn Diocese

Eagle 26 Jan. 1893; Died William Dowling on 25 Jan. 1893, he was a native of Listowel, Co Kerry, internment Holy Cross Cemetery.

Eagle 11 Nov.1888. Birth on Nov. 2nd 1888 , wife of George Hurst Ryall, Brooklyn, 293 Broadway New York, formally of Dublin, Cahir, Listowel and Tralee, a son, Irish Papers please copy.

Eagle 13 Jan 1936; Mary Connors nee O Connor 434a Lexington Ave. died Jan. 12th 1936, born Newtownsandes, survived by husband John, Mass at St Ambrose Church, DeKalb and Tompkins Ave. Interment Holy Cross.

Eagle 22 Nov. 1931; Tom Culhane died Nov. 21 1931 a native of Newtownsandes, husband of Nora Moore, brother of Patrolman P J Culhane NY Police, Mrs Margaret Begley, Mrs MT Mahoney, Mrs M McElligott, Hannah Culhane and Mrs P J Culhane. Served with 146th machine gun Batt. Company B in France. Residence 401 E 139th Street, Bronx. Mass at St Jerome’s Church, interment Calvary Cemetery.

Eagle 17 Dec. 1940 , p13. John Begley motorman on the Flushing Line IRT District?. Died suddenly at home401E 135th Street, Bronx. Mass at St Jerome’s Church, burial Calvary Cemetery. Born Knocknagoshel, brother of Mrs Hannah Nash and Mrs Margaret O Connor, both of Manhattan and Charles Begley of Ireland, his wife Margaret Culhane of Newtownsandes.

Eagle 18 Oct.1938. Michael O Brien, pen pal for him Timothy O Connor, Courthouse Road, Listowel, aged 12 years.

Eagle 30th Oct 1949; Brooklyn Man of the Week, By Jeanne Toomey.

Edmond Fitzgerald, refused to sign oath of fidelity to the King and today he is chief probation officer of Brooklyn Court. Red Haired lives at 8201 4th Ave. with wife Francis and four children. 5ft nine inches is on leave to establish probation service in Israel.

He has handled 16,000 paroles from state prisons.

Born 47 years ago at Brandon, Co Kerry, not being home for 25 years, going to visit his mother Hanora. His father marine engineer died 1921 leaving nine children, the youngest a year old.

He gave up his place in Maynooth after changing mind about vocation to his friend Fr Jack Lane, who is now Professor at Maynooth. Edmond Fitzgerald before going to America was involved with IRA in his student days and had secured teaching post at St Michael’s Listowel. He did not get involved in the Civil War, was neutrals and left the Country.

Eagle 5 Dec. 1944 p9; Death of Mary O Brien nee O Donnell wife of late Thomas. Mother of Michael T and sister of Mrs Dennis Collins, Michael M and Dennis J O Donnell, died Dec. 4th 1944, a native of Cahir Hayes, Abbeyfeale, Funeral from Funeral Chapel Euclid Ave. and Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Mass at Church of St Malachy Van Sickien Ave. near Atlantic Ave. internment Calvary Cemetery.

Eagle 29 June 1947; Death of Mary Murphy nee Wren of Abbeyfeale on 27th June 1947, wife of the late James, mother of Mrs Michael Mulcare, Mrs Maurice Leen and Jeremiah Murphy, grandmother of James and Mary leen. Funeral Chapel 188 Street, Webster Ave. Mass at St Francis Xavier Church Lurting Ave., Bronx, internment Calvary Cemetery.

Eagle 3 Sept. 1922, fleeing rebels loose dinner at Abbeyfeale. A detachment of Nationalist surprised irregulars after chasing them the regulars returned to eat dinner prepared for the enemy, roast beef and boiled ham.

Eagle 27 Dec.1941Con Dore died suddenly on June 5th 1950, husband of Mary, father of John, Con, Pat, Sheila and Maureen. Son of Bridget of Athea Co Limerick. Brother of Michael of Bronx, Catherine Ehler, Mary Brennan of Yonkers, NY and David and Bridget in Athea. Funeral Chapel 141 6th Ave. Mass at St Francis Xavier Church, internment St John’s Cemetery.

Eagle 29 Nov 1940; Death, Mary Ann Flavin nee Greaney of Athea, wife of the late John, mother of Mary, Margaret, James, John, Tom and Tim. Sister of Catherine Ambrose, Margaret Sullivan, Michael, William, Dennis Greaney. Her home 434 4th St. Mass at St Saviour’s Church 8th Ave. 6th St. Internment Holy Cross, member of Rosary Society, Director, Jere J Cronin.

Eagle 29th Sept. 1954; John Moran died Sept. 22 1954, a native of Toureen Donnell, Athea. Husband of Joan nee Mullane, father of Margaret Phelan and John Moran, brother of Molly Brenn, Tom and in Ireland Ned, Pat and Michael Moran. From Charles J Brady Funeral Home 232 Utica Ave. Mass at St Mathew’s Church , internment Calvary Cemetery.

Eagle Aug 2nd 1953 p 17; Death Nora A Mulvihill nee O Connor on 1 Aug. 1953 of Jefferson Ave. Native of Direen, Athea, wife of Late Tim J . mother of Mrs Anfee Kelly, Catherine and Jerard Mulvihill, sister of Mrs Nellie Quinn and the late Mrs Bridget Mahoney, funeral from Gallagher Sons Home 25 Aberdeen St. between Broadway and Bushwick Ave. Mass at Our Lady of Good Council, internment Holy Cross.

Eagle June 1950; Death of Mrs Margaret Greaney Sullivan of 258 94th Street. Mass for her at St Patrick’s Church 4th Ave. 95th St. She died Wednesday, born Co Limerick, spent many years Park Slope Section, was of St Saviour’s Church , moved to Bay Ridge 2 years ago. Survived by husband Pat Sullivan retired inspector for Brooklyn bus company, had two daughters Margaret M Sullivan and Sr. Laurentia S.S.N.D. stationed at St Leo’s Convent Baltimore, a son Tom P Sullivan, two brothers Dennis and Michael Greaney and three grandchildren.



1917-06-14 Chicago Tribune (IL) KISSANE


Ella Kissane, nee Coughlin, beloved wife of Thomas Kissane, mother of

Daniel, daughter of the late Daniel and Nora Coughlin, sister of Mrs.

Alice Moran, Mrs. Kate Holly, Bridget and John Coughlin and the late

Cornelius, Sister Simeon, Order of the Sacred Heart, Mrs. Mary

Brassil, Mrs. Margaret Hayes, and Mrs. Annie Enright. Native of

Clounamon, Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland. Funeral Friday at 9

a.m. from late residence, 2032 Cortland-st., to Annunciation church,

where solemn high mass will be celebrated; autos to Mount Carmel



Taken from Limerick Library newspaper deaths




O'Brien Monsignor, Rev 12/02/1885 Newcastle West


O'Clery male 27/05/1913 Ealing, London Papal Count;

son of John Walsh O'Clery, Limerick; obituary



O'Connell Cornelius 19/12/1905 Athea, Co.Limerick accidental





O'Connell Denis T. 25/08/1906 Clash, Abbeyfeale drowning




O'Connell Maurice 11/02/1908 Knockagorna, Athea local

politician; announcement


O'Connor Bartholomew 05/07/1902 Fealesbridge, Abbeyfeale

death notice


O'Connor Dermot

28/06/1904 at grandparents'

residence, Abbeyfeale; son of Jerh and late




O'Connor, Dublin; death notice






O'Connor F. H. B., Major

10/02/1916 Abbeyfeale First World War casualty;

killed at Ypres; funeral report




O'Connor female (née Bicknell)

16/02/1918 Tarbert Island wife of T. M. O'Connor and

daughter of late William Bicknell;





O'Connor Francis 14/06/1904 Glin shopkeeper; suicide;

inquest report




O'Connor Gerald, Rev.

11/08/1921 Rockhill and Bruree parish priest of Rockhill

and Bruree; obituray




O'Connor James

28/11/1899 Ballyhahill Hill, Co. Limerick death notice




O'Connor Jeremiah, Rev.

15/10/1927 Parochial House, St. Mary's, parish priest, St. Mary's;

obituary (funeral report,



Limerick 18/10/1927)




O'Donnell John

02/06/1898 Killeedy centenarian


O'Donnell John

02/06/1898 Killeedy former workman at

Glanduff Castle; centenarian; obituary


O'Donnell P., Rev. 09/05/1899 Templeglantine Catholic

clergyman; obituary


O'Donovan William 22/12/1927 Mill View,

Shanagolden obituary


O'Grady Ada Catherine

02/06/1921 Rathfredagh daughter of late James

O'Grady, JP; death notice


O'Grady Ada Catherine (née Bruce)

23/12/1902 Rathfredagh, Newcastle West widow of James Waller O'Grady;

death notice (funeral






O'Grady Anne Isabella

11/04/1916 Kilmore House, Limerick daughter of late Rev. Carew

Smyth O'Grady, former Rector



of Athlacca

and grandaughter of late O'Grady, Kilballyowen;



death notice


O'Grady Carew Smyth, Rev.

22/11/1887 Athlacca rector of Athlacca and

Dromin, son of Darby O'Grady,



report (death

notice, 22/11/1887)


O'Grady Dowager Madame

21/03/1895 Kilballyowen




O'Grady Standish

24/08/1905 Youghal, Co. Cork Clerk of Crown and Peace for

Cork County; buried in




funeral report and death notice (further report




O'Keeffe Joseph, Rev. 13/10/1925 Rathfarnham. Dublin

native of Limerick; obituary




O'Keeffe Timothy, Rev.

20/12/1923 Dublin Jesuit priest; native of

Limerick; obituary




O'Leary Eilleen

13/04/1907 Glin primary school

principal, Kiloughter, Newcastle West; funeral





O'Leary Mary

26/11/1907 Glin principal, Glin Girls'

National School; obituary




O'Mara Mrs. 11/02/1904 Ardagh "descendent of several

illustrious families in West Limerick"


O'Neill Miss

15/09/1906 Abbeyfeale accident on railway

platform, inquest


O'Riordan male

28/08/1919 Rome Catholic clergyman; Rector

of Irish College, Rome; native



of Feenagh,

Co. Limerick; obituary


Orpen Richard Theodore

17/08/1926 Barbados, West Indies Chief Justice of Barbados; son

of Rev. Orpen, former



Bishop of

Limerick and Ardfert; obituary


O'Shaughnessy John

15/05/1906 Ivy House, Glin age 21, son of Patrick

O'Shaughnessy; funeral report


O'Shaughnessy Joseph

08/11/1890 Newcastle West


O'Shaughnessy Michael

07/06/1910 Fleanmore, Glin funeral report


O'Shaughnessy Michael

28/12/1911 Ballyhahill, Glin local politician;

obituary (condolences, 04/01/1912)


O'Shaughnessy Patrick 12/12/1911 Newcastle West JP and

local politician; obituary


O'Shaughnessy Patrick M. 25/09/1900 Glin district

councillor; funeral report


O'Shea James 19/02/1927 Parochial House,

Kilmallock Catholic clergyman; obituary (funeral report, 22/02/1927)




O'Shea Jeremiah, Rev.

30/10/1928 Glin parish priest, Glin;

native of Ballingaddy, Kilmallock;




(funeral report, 01/11/1928)


O'Sullivan female

28/12/1905 Tournafulla farmer's wife; road





O'Sullivan Mr. 04/03/1905 Croom Workhouse aged



O'Sullivan Mrs

29/12/1925 Ballybunion, Co. Kerry wife of William O'Sullivan,

prominent Munster courser




O'Sullivan Thomas George

03/09/1918 Lieutenant, Royal

Engineers; First World War casualty; son



of Dr. & Mrs

O'Sullivan, Limerick and brother-in-law of J. J.




Secretary of Limerick Co.Co.; obituary




05/09/1918) (additional details,




War Graves Commission)









Philippine-American War, 1899-1902.

It took three years for America to win the Philippine-American war. I


The Courage to Combat Violence Done in the Name of Islam

Fr. Roger J. Landry

The Anchor


November 12, 2010


Halloween proved to be particularly ghastly for Syrian Catholics in Baghdad

as they went to Church for the Sunday afternoon Mass. During the Eucharistic

Celebration at Our Lady of Deliverance Cathedral, as these Christians were

peacefully and prayerfully worshipping God, nine Muslim terrorists burst

into the Church, gunned down three priests in the sanctuary and with bullets

and bombs attempted to massacre the entire congregation, leaving 58 dead and

75 wounded. After the mass execution, the “Islamic State of Iraq,” an

Al-Qaeda affiliated slaughter-society, took responsibility for the action

and declared in a press release that it was only the beginning. “Starting

today all the churches and Christian organizations and their leaders are a

legitimate target.”


That statement made plain what Christians in Iraq and in several other

Muslim countries have been experiencing on the ground, that certain

fanatical and homicidal Muslims consider them “legitimate targets” not only

for discrimination but also for death simply on the basis of their Christian

faith. During the recently concluded Synod on the Middle East held in the

Vatican, Iraqi bishops spoke of what the Christians in the country have had

to endure over the past few years: kidnappings, the bombings of churches,

schools and parish centers, violence to Christian businesses and

livelihoods, the brutal murders of an archbishop and several priests. The

Halloween massacre by nine Muslim terrorists shouting “Allahu akbar,” [“God

is great”] as they sought to exterminate an entire Christian congregation,

is a sign that these terrorists are not bluffing when they say they consider

“all the churches and Christian organizations” legitimate targets for



Canadian columnist, Fr. Raymond de Souza, wrote in an article last week for

Toronto’s “The Catholic Register” that it was time to stop ducking the

question of genocidal violence by those acting subjectively in the name of

Islam. “May we now speak of the Muslims who want to kill us?,” he candidly

asked. After mentioning the necessary disclaimers — “Christians and Muslims

have often lived together in peace,” “only a minority of Muslims are

homicidal fanatics,” and “terrorism is a corruption of Islam” — he stressed

that we have to “speak frankly of those Islamic jihadists who wish to kill

Christians because they are not Muslims.” If the blood of Abel, the first

innocent to be killed, cried out to heaven, he continued, “the blood of

these latest Iraqi martyrs screams out to heaven and earth. Does the world

want to listen?”


That the world has been turning a deaf ear to the cries of Iraqi Christians

was emphasized by Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan of

Antioch in Lebanon. “Christians are slaughtered in Iraq, in their homes and

churches, and the so-called ‘free’ world is watching in complete

indifference, interested only in responding in a way that is politically

correct and economically opportune, but in reality is hypocritical,” said

the Patriarch, who from 1995-2009 was the Bishop of Our Lady of Deliverance

of Newark, NJ. “There are a few churches and Christian institutions left in

Baghdad, not so great a number that it is not unreasonable for them to be

protected, security-wise,” he continued, saying that the protection provided

by the Iraqi government is “far less than what we have hoped for and



The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land said in a joint statement that it’s no

longer a time for words, but for decisive action on the part of those who

have the responsibility to provide order. “Words of distress, condemnation

and incrimination are no longer enough in the face of the horror that is

taking place repeatedly in Iraq, especially with regard to Christians over

the past years, and which reached a pinnacle of savage insanity with the

massacre” on October 31 in Baghdad. “The time has come for those who are

responsible to own up to their responsibility, to stand up to those who have

lost any sense of humanity, curbing their insatiable thirst for blood and

reckoning with and punishing anyone who plans or carries out such criminal

acts.” They specifically called upon the Arab League, the Organization of

the Islamic Conference, and the United Nations Security Council, “before it

is too late,” to focus on “the danger of those who seek to exploit religions

for the purpose of a clash of civilizations”.


Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the United States

Conference of Catholic Bishops, called on the U.S. government to get

involved, saying that the United States bears responsibility for working

effectively with the Iraqi government to stem the violence. “Having invaded

Iraq, the U.S. government has a moral obligation not to abandon those Iraqis

who cannot defend themselves.” He called upon the United States “to take

additional steps to help Iraq protect its citizens, especially the most



For the United States to get involved in protecting Iraqi Christians from

being slaughtered, there may need to be a culture shift among political

leaders, citizens and the media. The present administration seems incapable

even of suggesting that some terrorism is done subjectively in the name of

Islam, whether it concerns the recent bloodbath of Baghdad Christians or the

horrendous slaughter of nearly three thousand innocents on September 11,

2011. The media also needs to examine itself. Media outlets have recently

been obsessed with the threat of an obscure Florida pastor to burn the

Muslim holy book or the possibility of anti-Muslim discrimination concerning

a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, but they have basically

ignored not just routine anti-Christian discrimination in our country but

also things far more serious than Koran-burning, such as when terrorists,

purportedly following the Koran, brutally decimate an entire Catholic parish

in Baghdad. It’s time for American citizens in general, and Christians in

particular, to rise up and — while reaffirming that anti-religious bigotry

and the desecration of holy books must always be opposed — reaffirm that the

mass murder of innocent human beings is incalculably worse, and to demand

that the government do what it can to assist the Iraqi government in

eliminating it.


We also must squarely face the unpleasant reality that terrorism done in the

name of Islam is not going to disappear on its own or be resolved by

dipomacy. As Fr. de Souza wrote in a National Post column earlier this week,

“The blood on the altar makes it clear. No amount of goodwill, no amount of

dialogue, no amount of circumlocutory evasions, no amount of supine

prostrations — nothing will dissuade the jihadists. … The jihadists respect

neither man nor God, not even their own. They have killed their fellow

Muslims and bombed mosques. The Christians killed on Sunday were Iraqis,

their fellow Arabs, their fellow citizens, their neighbors. They kill

because they are seized with a murderous hatred. The least we can do is to

summon a righteous anger in return.”


Not just a righteous anger but a resolve.


One of the great Christian paradoxes is that, on the one-hand, Jesus calls

us to turn the other cheek, to love our enemies, to rejoice when we’re

persecuted, and to recognize that if he was hated, tortured and even

murdered, many of us will be as well. Some have falsely interpreted this as

if the Christian needs to lie down and allow himself and others to be

slaughtered. But these imperatives need to be balanced by the recognition

that Jesus is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep and

likewise calls us to lay down our lives for each other, to protect others

from ravenous wolves of the natural and supernatural orders. The right to

self-defense, even to using lethal force when other means are incapable of

stopping aggressors, becomes a moral duty for those whose offices entail the

protection of others.


Many have been failing in their responsibility to protect the innocent

Christians in Iraq and elsewhere from violence carried out subjectively in

the name of Islam. No devout Christian should ever be allowed to be a

“legitimate target” for being murdered. It’s time for the widespread

dereliction of duty in their regard to stop.


De Courcy, Ferdinand Edwin born 12/24/1836 in Ballylongford Kerry; died

3/28/1912 Private Corporal and Sergeant K company Second Infantry 22

December 1857 to 22 June 1861 Second Lt. 13 Infantry 14 May 1861 First Lt24

Oct 1861 Regimental Adjutant 1 Oct 1862 to 12 Nov 1864 Captain 21 November

1865 Retired with rank of Major 24 Feb 1891

Driscoll, John born 1837 in Kerry entered Army as a drummer boy at age 12 in

1849 died ? Private corporal Sergeant and First Sergeant A company First

Artillery 12 June 1855 to 28 June 1864 Second Lt. Second Infantry 7 June

1864 transferred to First Artillery 22 August 1864 first Lt. 1 December 1865

Mustered out 5 December 1870

War one

Captain Jerome Walsh - Disembarked 24 Sep. 1919 - Theatre of War, France -

Catholic Chaplain. Ref. Public Record Office (WO 374/71550). He served in

the British Army for 4 years, 3 months. He was born Timothy Walsh in 1878 at

Coolaclarig, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. His parents were Thomas Walsh

& Hanorah Buckley. He was in the Franciscan Order of priests and Jerome was

his religious given name. (source: Martin Kennelly, nephew)



Jno Collins, 19, 5' 8 1/2" of Kerry, Catholic, recommended by W Sands JP,

laborer, enl 9-13-1848

John Dee, age 22, 5'9 3/4" of Kerry, Catholic, recommended by W.Sandy JP,

laborer, enl 9-16-1848,

Jno McKenna 21, 5' 8 1/4", of Kerry, Catholic, married two times, one to a

woman from Tipperary 4-5-1854, next to a woman from Tipperary 10-5-1869,

recommended by Sub inspector Blennerhaupt, laborer, enl 9-14-1848,

Barn or Basn Cantellon, 19, 5' 8 1/2" of Kerry, Catholic, rec by Rev E.

McCarthy, laborer, enl 9-14-1848,

Garrt Stack, 21, 5' 7 1/2" of Kerry, Catholic, married 12-31-1853 but did

not say where his wife was from, recommended by W JSands JP, laborer,

Thos Molloney, 20, 5' 8 1/8", of Kerry, Catholic, married 12-29-1856 to a

woman from Roscommon, recommended by Re. H Hartnett, was a laborer,


Pat Dillane, 21 years old 5'1/2" of Kerry, Catholic, recommended by Geo Dunn

JP, laborer, enl 9-13-1848,




Emma Maturin JOHNSTON, born in Ramelton on 24th June 1845. She remained a

spinster and lived with her brother Benjamin & family in Listowel Co Kerry.

She died in Listowel and is buried there



J16255) Benjamin Maturin JOHNSTON born in Ramelton on 31st October 1849. He

worked in the Bank of Ireland, in Tralee Co Kerry, Castleblaney Co Monaghan,

Ballybay Co Monaghan, Dundalk Co Louth, before founding the Bank of Ireland

in Listowel, Co Kerry. He married Christina STAPELTON, in Newcastle West, Co

Limerick, on 17th February 1876. Christina was born on 28th December 1849 in

Jersey , Channel Is, daughter of David STAPELTON, Quartermaster in the Royal

Navy, and Christian MAGILL, (see MAGILL). Benjamin & Christina retired to

Malahide, north Co Dublin. He died on 8th November 1928 and she died on 27th

June 1933. They are both buried in St Andrew's Church graveyard, Malahide.

Benjamin & Christina had 2 sons & 5 daughters :



J162551) Benjamin Charles Maturin JOHNSTON, born 3rd December 1876 in

Tralee, Co Kerry. He was Manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, with

postings in Tientsin and Peking, China, in Hong Kong, in Ipoh, Perak,

Federated Malay States and in Manilla in the Philippines.

He married Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) SANDES in 1909 in Hong Kong. Frances

was born on 25th August 1869, daughter of the Rev Samuel Dickson Sandes and

his wife Sophia Julia nee Besnard. Benjamin Charles died on 21st November

1945. Fanny died on 12th June 1953. They are both buried in the Parish

Church graveyard, Orford, Suffolk. They had two children :



Benjamin Stephen Bernard JOHNSTON, born in Ardfert, Co Kerry, on 19th

September 1912.

Stephen married Joyce BARON (born 1908) in 1937. He had a distinguished war

record flying “Pathfinders” in the RAF. He was awarded the RFC and the AFC.

Before and after the war, Stephen was a Rubber Planter in Malaya for Dunlops

and was murdered by Communist terrorists on 17th August 1951. He & Joyce had

two children??


Christina Emma (Ina) JOHNSTON, was born on 11th April 1878 in Tralee, Co

Kerry. She married Dr Arthur STANLEY, on 5th August 1903 in Listowel, Co


This was a double wedding with Ina’s sister Alice marrying Dr Robert Cox.

He and Dr Arthur Stanley were Medical Officers in Shanghai. When Robert Cox

came back to Ireland for the wedding, he brought Arthur Stanley with him to

be his best man. Arthur fell in love with Ina, and they were all married on

the same day!




Mellicent Kathleen Lucy Ethel (Lucy) JOHNSTON born 1879 in Castleblaney,

She married Dr Leslie Wren CROSBIE, Ballyheigue Castle, Ardfert, Co Kerry.

The marriage took place in Listowel on 9th December 1897.

Leslie Crosbie was the son of Pierce CROSBIE and his third wife Margaret née


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[153] William Nolan (???? - c1860) - from Gortcurreen towland, Listowel, Co. Kerry, IE

[154] Johanna Buckley (???? - ????) - from Ireland

Children: Catherine "Kit" (1812), Denis, Patrick (c1825), James (1828), Margaret (1830) and William (c1828)
















William was born in the area of Gortcurreen, Listowel, Co. Kerry, and likely belonged to a Nolan sept which is well represented in county Kerry and which, according to MacLysaght, was originally part of the Corca Laoidhe (i.e. the Tribes of Leinster).


More Information on William, Johanna and children:



William most likely married Johanna Buckley in Listowel in the early years of the 1800s. They lived on a 3 acre lot rented from the Earl of Listowel and located in Greenville in the townland of Gortcurreen, on the northern bank of the old course of the River Feale, just west of Listowel. In 1851, the Nolan homestead and property was evaluated at $2.65. Based upon valuation records William died sometime before 1860. Johanna seems to have preceded him, since the property immediately passed on to their son Patrick.




Catherine "Kit" Nolan (1812-????) m. William "Bill" COSTELLO of Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry;

Catherine and William had four children: Thomas "Tom Billy" (c1836), John William "John" (c1844), William Nolan "W.N." (c1848), and Johanna (c1849). In 1862, Catherine's son, John, a hedge schoolmaster in Ireland, emigrated to Canada and took a position as a school teacher in Renfrew, Ontario. In 1874, at Fitzroy, Quebec (sic Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario; not far from Renfrew, Ontario), John married Elizabeth Copps. Shortly thereafter, his sister Mary, his brother William "W.N." and his family joined him in Canada landing in Quebec city sometime around 1875. Also around this time John seems to have explored job opportunities out west, reaching the Calgary area even before a police outpost had been set up there (1877) and before the first passenger train had arrived (1883). In the 1881 census, John's sister, Mary is shown living with John's family in Renfrew Village but it is not known where William "W.N." and his family were living at the time. However, in 1883, on the first passenger train to arrive in Calgary, were John's wife and children, his brother William and his family. William's wife, who was pregnant at the time, soon gave birth (in November) to a baby boy named John Calgary COSTELLO who is recorded as the first white baby born in Calgary. John stayed on and made a life for himself in Calgary while William only stayed on for a while. He is still listed in the 1891 census for Calgary as a merchant but by the turn of the century he had moved on. In 1904, William was working for a mining company in Washington state and had settled in Everett, just north of Seattle, WA. He died in 1918.


Denis who is presumed to have never married

Patrick (c1825-before 1886) m. Margaret Dee (c1839-c1908)

Patrick succeeded his father at Greenville where he and Margaret had two daughters: Julia (1860) and Catherine "Katie" (1862).


James (1828-1888) m. a widow, Mary Hough, née O'Rourke, circa 1854

James moved to Limerick where he established a successful "bread stuffs and feeding stuffs" store at 43 William Street. James and Mary had six children: William Michael (1855-1941) who married Ellen Mary Murphy (????-1941); Michael James(1859-1944) who became an M.D.; Johanna (before 1862-1891); Patrick James (1862-1913) who became a lawyer, emigrated to Canada and married Mary Elizabeth Lee in Calgary, Alberta; Mary (c1864) who died young; James Joseph (1869-1897) who became a journalist and married Charlotte (Harriett) Russell


William (1828-1905) m. Mary Kett (1846-1876) at Six-Mile-Bridge, Co. Clare, in 1864

William moved to 3 and 4 Cornmarket Row in Limerick where, by 1865, when his first child was born, he and his wife Mary had established a successful pawnbroking business. Seven more children would follow but two died at a young age in 1871 and the last child born before Mary's death in 1876 would also die within the year. Stricken with grief after the loss of his wife after less than 12 years of marriage, William was unable to care for his remaining 5 children. Polly, the oldest and aged about 11 at the time, went to live with her maternal grandmother and the boys, ranging in age between 2 and 7 were "farmed out". For the next 15 years William's whereabouts are unknown but, eventually, he seems to have decided to settle in Alberta, Canada, where his sister Kit had already settled with her family in the mid-1880s. In the 1891 census for Alberta, William is listed as a farmer living in Pine Creek, Alberta. By the time of death in 1905 he had moved to Calgary where his sister and family lived and worked as a porter for Calgary's Holy Cross Hospital. To staff and patrons of the hospital he was affectionately known as "Dad".


William and Mary's children were: Margaret Mary "Polly"(1865-1953), Denis William (1866-1871), Mary (1867-1871), Patrick James (1869), Michael William (1871), Martin William (1872-1910), James William (1874-1906) and Bridget Mary (1875-1876). Of William's children, Patrick James (1869), Michael William (1872) and Martin William (1872) went to the United States. Polly (1865), the oldest, and James William (1874), the youngest, remained in Ireland. The latter married Anne Nolan but they did not have any children.


Margaret (1830-????) m. circa 1850 Thomas MOLYNEAUX, publican and grocer, of Church street, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Margaret and Thomas had 5 children: Margaret, Catherine (c1855), Patrick, Hannah and William B.


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Kate in Chicago



Jan 1859: Of PATRICK MORAN, a native of Recunnell, near Dingle [co. Kerry],

who came to this country about 12 years ago and was last heard from in Iowa.

Please address

his wife, Mary, (maiden name Fitzgerald) Cabotville, Massachusetts, or his

brother, Denis Moran, Staunton, Augusta co, Virginia.



I am looking for any information about the family of Michael J. Moran,

originally from Freeland, Luzerne Co. PA. He was a tinsmith there in 1900,

and in 1906, moved to Phillipsburg, NJ, where he also was a tinsmith. His

wife was Isabella Mary Malloy Moran, and they had 9 children. One of them,

Loretta Grace Moran was my maternal grandmother.

Thanks for any information.

Bill Metzgar




Maybe this will help some. My great grandfather and mother were Patrick,

born in 1846 and Ellen Mary. Ellen Mary had the last namealso of Moran or

Morin. According to records, they left Ireland and moved to Canandaugua

Canada, From there into Michigan where they were married. Patrick was

training as a catholic preist for nine years prior to leaving the church and

marrying Ellen. After marrying, they moved to Edenburg, PA, near Harrisburg.

They had two distinct groups of children, From EDENBURG, they moved to

Pittsburgh, PA. One group of children including Frances, Lanetta, Margaeret,

Antoinette, and Blanche.


The other group of children were Nellie, TImothy (My grnadfather), Jane

Francies, Annie, Marg, Catherine, and Blanche E THis group resided on Negley

Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA

Blanche was married to the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, Joseph Moran Barr.


Hope some of this helps.



Hi... i'm doin my son's gen line and i'm stuck!


A Mr. Moran married Catherine ____ b 1800 VA d 15 MAR 1883 Morgan Co IN. She

had a blip in the newspaper when she died:


The Martinsville Republican 15 March 1883

From Hynsdale -

Aunt KITY MORAN has been very sick for some time and is not expected to

recover. She is past 80.


The Martinsville Republican 12 April 1883

Deaths: CATHERINE MORAN- age 83


Hynds Cem, Morgan Co IN: Moran Catherine 15 Mar 1883 Age 82Y 8M 21D.


In the 1850 census she's head of household with children i presume:

Stephen age 24 VA

Elizabeth age 18 VA (she continues to live at home til mom died - then poof)

C. M. age 16 VA

William age 13 VA (this is my son's line)

Sarah J age 10 IN


In 1860 she has a nephew Thomas HITE who grows up in her home, and he

possibly had a sister "Malicy".

Elizabeth, Wm and Sarah are still at home.


In 1870 she lives with dau Elizabeth and the nephew.

Wm married a Jane Collier and they have children in 1870 then in 1880, again

i presume, they've died as the children are in other homes as "servants" or

married and i can't find the parents anywhere.


Does anyone have any info on this family? Who is Mr. Moran that Catherine

married origionally? What is her maiden name?

Where'd the children go? i haven't found them in any local graveyards. Who

are the HITEs?


Thank you!




Re: Terence James Moran

Posted by: Ralph Connors (ID *****9163)Date: June 14, 2010 at 07:34:56

In Reply to: Terence James Moran by Catherine von Ibsch nee Moran of 3259



Hello Catherine:


I search Irishgenealogy.ie, a new, free, online database of Co. Kerry &

Dublin church B/M/D records. I found this:


Baptism of TERENCE MORAN of LENAMORE on 1 April 1854 (Assumed) Parish of






Further details in the recordDate of Birth 1 April 1854 (Based on other date





For a marriage of the possible parents:


Diocese of KERRY, Parish of BALLYLONGFORD R.C.

Marriage of DERMOT MORAN of NR and MARGARET CONNOR of LENAMORE on 1 January

1860 (Assumed)

Husband Wife



Occupation NR NR

Father NR NR NR NR

Mother NR NR NR NR

Further details in the record

Priest (NO ENTRY)


Witness 2 JOHN MORAN


Using another database, for many of the other counties in Ireland for

Terence Moran B 1859 +/- 4 yrs, with the father's forename unknown, I found

3 rcds: 1858 Leitrim, and 1859 Leitrim. Father's respective forenames were

John, and John.


Hope this helps.




Nora Adams




ADAMS. - Nora. Passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2011, aged 79 years. Loved wife of Paddy (dec.). Loving Mother of John, Patrick, Margaret, Elizabeth and Maureen. Loving Mother- in-law of Bill, John, Frank, Paul, Gill and Helen. Loving Nana of Chris, Bec, Lauren, Katie, Lizzy, Taryn, Paddy, Natalie, Daniel, Elise, Laura, Jack and Tom. Future Grand- Nana to baby Daly. Remembered with love A Mother and Grandmother with a heart of gold and a fighting spirit to the end. No distance was too great to see the girls for a chat. I will miss your apple pies and classic Irish sayings. Sadly missed and always in our hearts. - John, Gill, Bec, Katie, Paul and Ryan. To our beautiful Mum and Grandmother, we will treasure your love and words of wisdom. Your strength will live through us forever. Love always. - Pat, Helen, Paddy, Natalie, Danielle and Harry. You were our strength through all the hurdles, our Mother, Nana, friend and confidante. You have taught us love and loyalty which will be with us forever. Always loved and never forgotten. - Margaret, Paul, Chris, Crystal, Lauren, Eddie, Lizzy, Chris and Great Grand child to be. To the most beautiful, gentle Mother and Nana, your family was your life and your legacy. We will miss you always Love you - love you too - Elizabeth, Frank, Laura, Taryn and Magnus. x x x x x Our beautiful Mum and Nana, it broke our hearts to watch you lose your fight. May you now enjoy your well-earned peace at last, knowing how much we all truly loved you. You gave so much and asked for so little. We will miss and remember you every day. Love you forever. - Maureen, Bill, Daniel, Belinda, Elise, Jack and Tom. x x x x x x x


Funeral Director Info


Published in Herald Sun on January 14, 2011




DEATH has taken place of Nora Adams nee Stack on Jan. 12, 2011, aged 79 years. She was predeceased by her husband Paddy over three decades ago. Nora was Mother of John, Patrick, Margaret, Elizabeth and Maureen. Loving Mother- in-law of Bill, John, Frank, Paul, Gill and Helen. Nana of Chris, Bec, Lauren, Katie, Lizzy, Taryn, Paddy, Natalie, Daniel, Elise, Laura, Jack and Tom. Future Grand- Nana to baby Daly. Requiem Mass for Nora Adams will be celebrated at St Peter Julian Eymard Catholic Church Hull Road, Mooroolbarkon Wednesday 19th January 2011, Nora will be laid to rest at Templestone Cemetery, Victoria, Australia, following Mass.


Nora Adams was born at Moyvane to Pat Stack and Margaret Flaherty a native of Knockanure on June 15th 1931; she is survived by siblings Mike, Richard, Tim, Han, Theresa and Mary. Pat, John, Jim and Bridie predeceased her.



KERRY. A Nonagenarian.

The death is announced of Mrs. Maurice Leonard, which occurred recently at Liselton, at the ripe old age of 90 years. The deceased, who was much respected in the district, leaves a large family to mourn their loss. Some of her sons are in this Colony, one being resident in the Temuka district. Her funeral was one of the largest seen in the district for years. Mrs Leonard was a consistent and practical Catholic, and she died fortified by the rites of the Church.


DEATH Dan Keane Jan. 2012.

Dan Keane


The Kerryman

by Dan Keane

He came across from Denny Street,

A boy about fourteen.

I felt a beauty in his voice

That filled the passing scene.

He kept his course with solemn step

He neither rushed nor ran,

But advertised the ware he sold:

"The Kerryman, The Kerryman."


I heard and watched with eager eyes

As down the Mall he went,

His eyes ne'er wandered left nor right

From his avowed intent.

He sold and thanked, he thanked and sold

But still maintained the song

That drew the customers to him:

"The Kerryman, The Kerryman".


The voice was round and strong yet sweet

And rich in every tone;

There in that crowded busy street

He just shone out alone.

A few wee imitators

He did not even scan,

But kept his course with dignity:

"The Kerryman, The Kerryman".


I heard him quicken up his pace

As customers came nigh

"Kerryman, Sir! Kerryman, Sir!"

Was his appealing cry.

But that was many years ago

I wonder where he is gone

Who thrilled my heart to hear him shout

"The Kerryman, The Kerryman".




Willie's Car

by Dan Keane

No more he'll drive his motor car in country or in town,

They dug a grave in Murhur Church and laid poor Willie down.

He trod the earth for eigthy years till called to Heaven's bar

And no more we'll hear the hooter of Willie's motor car.


This car it was a model ingeniuosly designed,

Its mechanism perfect and controlled by Willie's mind.

In every modern aspect it was car complete

And its travelling speed was governed by the power on Willie's feet.


If perchance the gears would stick, then Willie's sheer delight

Was a gentle push from rearward to get the gearstick right.

But when delivering telegrams he was not slow to state

That for motor car manoeuvering he'd need a wider gate.


The car was ever free from rust, the paint was always new

And the steering kept responding to Willie's point of view.

Its parking rights were legalised immune to all offence

And its lamplight was a beacon from the soul of innocence.


A mechanical chameleon that changed to suit the scene,

It was a hearse, a hackney car or a private limosine;

Poor Willie he was likewise in professional regard -

An undertaker, parish clerk or at times a civic guard.


Still the zenith of his pleasure was before a crowd to stand

To perform his parish duties with bell rope in his hand.

His spirit stirred to beating bronze as solemn swells would rise

And his mirth was manifested in his wild expressive eyes.


He never new hire purchase, no tax was ever owed,

It was insured by statute of every traffic code;

It was a very special car that none could comprehend

For 'twas shaped in Willie's garage in the land of let's pretend.


So Willie drove for many a day on country road and street

With his own pecular friendship for all that he would meet;

His stainless soul and happy heart kept Heaven's gates ajar -

I feel I hear from Paradise the sound of Willie's car.