Sorry for the interruption - just a long shot to see if it is possible to get any information on a family who were from Newtownsandes!




The names I have are




Annie Kennelly - born 1880 died 1951 in Melbourne Australia. Annie left Ireland 1911.




Annie's parents were Michael and Mary




Annie had a brother James whose only address was c/- Post Office Newtown Sandes




and a sister Kate Stack, whose address in America was Long Island New York (and whose daughters are Margaret (Peggy) and May.




I've attached copies of the documents I have.




I'm researching the history of family member Hannah McGuirk (Buckley) - Hannah and Annie were lifelong friends.




Common family names I know - so just a long shot!








Graham Webster



These really are some of my favorite posts, because it makes me happy to remember that there are so many ordinary, unremarkable children in the world who are cherished, doted on, lavished with affection just because they exist. They are not adored because they learned to speak at an early age or because they smell better than most children. They haven’t earned their parents’ love because they are especially clever or easy to care for, or because they show early promise for a lucrative career in show business. They are beloved simply because they are children; and, when all is well, parents love their own children better than they love anyone else. They are beloved simply because they exist.








Before Lockdown Local events.mp4








Trip to Galway and Dublin before lockdown


National Famine Commemoration Day 2020, scheduled for  in Buncrana, Co. Donegal but due to current Covid 19 circumstances, the ceremony held at the Edward Delaney Famine Sculpture in St. Stephen's Green. The coverage will be alive nationally and internationally on RTE New Now on


Read more ; Quakers in Kerry During the Famine by Kay Caball, Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Series 2, Vol., 18, 2018.


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GLIN to WUHAN: For the last 8 years Glin Knights Cycling Club  has held an Annual Sportive to raise money for various Charities and organisations raising over €90,000. Unfortunately our 2020 sportive has been cancelled due to COVID-19.


However we still intend to raise funds this summer as all of our members and friends are going to joining up to compete in a 9,000km challenge. The planned weekend is the 20th and 21st of June. This is the distance from Glin to Wuhan. There is no limit to the Km’s anyone can do, so some may do 20km and others may do 300km (of course weather dependant). We hope to have 60 to 70 cyclists taking part from their homes and all of the time abiding by the guidelines set out by the HSE. We will list out km covered at the end and hopefully we’ll hit our target or even break it.




A Catholic priest has said he does not believe babies were buried in sewage chambers at a Tuam mother and baby home run by nuns, even though a state inquiry has ordered an excavation to verify the existence of a mass grave.






Historian Tom Holland is known primarily as a storyteller of the ancient world. Thus, his newest book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, came as something of a surprise for several reasons. First, Tom Holland is not a Christian. Second, Holland’s book is one of the most ambitious historical defenses of Christianity in a very long time.






Mount Everest is Visible From Kathmandu, Nepal for First Time in Living Memory


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CNA Staff, May 20, 2020 / 05:05 pm MT (CNA).- The bishops of Minnesota have permitted parishes to resume public Masses, and to defy a statewide order prohibiting religious gatherings exceeding 10 people.








John Waters attacks media ‘hoax’ over Tuam scandal


Writer criticises the use of ‘Holocaust’ to describe mother-and-baby home deaths




HISTORIAN Brian Nugent says the evidence from the Tuam site shows that babies were not 'thrown in a septic tank' but actually re interred in an ossuary after the county council started building in the area.








Vice President Lyndon Johnson waxed enthusiastic about the best and the brightest to his mentor, Speaker Sam Rayburn. They were all so brilliant, LBJ raved, especially “the fellow from Ford with the Stacomb on his hair” (Robert McNamara). Mr. Sam paused (perhaps taking a contemplative sip of bourbon-and-branch) and then replied, “Well, Lyndon, you may be right and they may be every bit as intelligent as you say, but I’d feel a whole lot better about them if just one of them had run for sheriff once.”



Message: Hi,Great web site!

Has anyone got any info on this family? Patrick Hennessy was a publican at 49 Church Street Listowel 1901 census.


Peter Christopher Hennessy born Listowel 23/12/1901

Brother Thomas Patrick Hennessy born Listowel 05/09/1898 died an infant

Mother Mary O Connor Born circa 1867(34 years 1901 census) 2nd wife of Patrick Hennessy married 21/11/1897


Father Patrick Hennessy Born circa 1852 (44yrs 1901 census} Married Mary Walsh 05/08/1880 - 7 Children:


Half siblings Margaret Hennessy 15/07/1882

Michael Hennessy 04/11/ 1885

Edmund Hennessy 13/11/1887

Johanna Hennessy 28/07/1889 (recorded as - Hannie 1901 & Hannah 1911 census)

Honora Hennessy 03/08/1890

Mary Hennessy 08/05/1892

Patrick Hennessy 02/09/1894


Grandparents Michael and Margaret Hennessy (nee ?)

Thomas and Mary O Connor (nee?)


Aunts and Uncles James O Connor and 4 more not yet named O Connors

Unknown Hennessy Aunts and Uncles







February 17, 2016 at 11:20 pm


Joan Nulty


I love the different versions of the valley of Knockanure, my mother always sang it and told us the story, I printed the article for her a few weeks ago, she was so happy to have a copy at last


my history lesson is great, doing some work for my niece in England as she would never know any of this stuff as her dad was born in Co. Meath, and I was born in Limerick, my mother is Margaret Hurley, nee Dalton, from Parkanna, Athea


WILLIAM BURNS is a retired Judge from Montana, U.S. whose ancestors emigrated from Causeway area in 1849.  Michael Burns was born in Addergown in 1821 and married Mary Fitzgerald in Causeway in 1845.  Bill is visiting Causeway & Ballyduff area and attend Masses on 20/21st Feb. 2016. He is anxious to know if he has any relatives around Causeway/Ballyduff.  He can be contacted at   





I was born Catherine Doody in 1951,daughter of William Doody b 1918 Islandanny Duagh to Humphrey Doody and Catherine Fitzmaurice. I have traced 5 of Humphreys siblings to Indianapolis. Humphreys's

sister Catherine Doody married Timothy Broderick of Lacka East in 1908. 2 sons on 1911 census (Lacka East): John Broderick b1908 Kilmorna, and Michael Broderick b1909, Kilmorna. Any Broderick

relatives reading this please get in touch. Now working on the Brosnan and Barry ancestors of a cousin. Her maternal grandparents were John Brosnan from Shronebeirne Duagh and Catherine Barry from

Lacka East Duagh. They married in 1919. John had siblings who went to Chicago and Catherine had siblings who went to Pittsburgh. I would love someone to explain to me how you define the boundaries of

Islandan(n)y. It has come up on birth & marriage records of people living in the townlands of Lacka East, Shronebeirne & Sluicequarter. I cannot find it on a map. Where was it and where did

the name come from please? I really enjoy browsing through this website. Looking forward to a visit to Kerry in a couple of weeks.


In reply to Lucy Robinson re Relihans of Duagh
Replies: 2
Re: In reply to Lucy Robinson re Relihans of Duagh

I believe that I m related to the Relihans of Duagn Can you help? This is my connection. Any info helpful. Catherine A. Briggs, Portlnad, OR

Mary Relihan married Mortimer Daly,

They had 7 CHILDREN:
1. Patrick J. Daly b. Aug 21,1888 in Duagh, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry, died a Catholic Priest-Monsignoir in San Luis Obispo, California

2. John Daly who had at least 2 sons: Patrick Daly & Thomas Daly who were Catholic Priests

3. Thomas Daly who had at least 3 dtrs: Philomena who married a William Curtain, and a nun (name unkn), and a dtr named Mrs Michael Kennedy

4. Mortimer Jr. Daly, a Catholic Priest;

5. Nora Daly married to a Danaher, who had 4 children 3 sons and a dtrr: Timothy Danaher & Mortimer Leo Danaher are Catholic priests-Monsignoirs, Peggy Danaher married to Tom Stack, and Patrick Danaher.

6. Margaret Daly married to a Stanley

7. Mary Josephine a nun.

In reply to Lucy Robinson re Relihans of Duagh

Surnames: Relihan, Hartnett
I believe that your great-grandfather, Thomas Relihan, was the son of Michael Relihan and Catherine Hartnett, and a brother to my grandmother, Ellen Relihan, of Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. When Ellen, 18 in 1878, decided to go to California, her brother Thomas went with her as chaperone. Thomas worked in the gold mines of Nevada and on a "plantation" near Los Angeles before returning to Ireland. He married Mary Brosnan and had a son, Michael, known as "Mick the Yank" because his father had been to the U.S. My aunt and cousin visited them in 1937 in Duagh. I have a photo from that trip showing the Irish Relihans in front of the house where Ellen Relihan was born. I have more information, including Ellen's letters to her father, and will gladly share.

Re: In reply to Lucy Robinson re Relihans of Duagh

Surnames: Relihan, Hartnett/Harnett
Sorry! I mixed generations in my previous message to you. My records indicate that Thomas Relihan, your great-grandfather, did indeed marry Mary Dillon upon his return to Ireland from the U.S. My records of their children include Catherine (m. Hartnett); Fr. Thomas (who died in 1935 in California); Ellen (m. Dillen); Mary (m Kelly); James; Margaret (m. Connell); John; and Michael (your grandfather) b.1890. Michael married Mary (sic) Bresnen (sic). They had eight children: Fr. Thomas Relihan, who was living in Susanville, California, in 1979; James; Michael; Daniel; Ellen (m. Bryan Gribbon/Gribben); Mary; Philomene (m. Michael Giles), and Catherine (m. Sean Downey).

First Name : Karen Marguerite Moloney
Comment : Id like to send you a poem Ive published entitled The Hill Is Alive--about my experience in the old graveyard of Knockanure. Could you please let me know how to submit it to you? Thanks--Karen Marguerite Moloney

First Name : Sean
Comment : My GGGG Grandfather, Edward OConnell c.1770, is buried in the old Knockanure cemetery. His son James 1800-1868 moved over to Lahardane, Ballybunion way and married a Hennessey. They both died in Listowel. Id love to hear from anyone who might have any ide

First Name : Anne
Comment : Interesting site.HELP Johanna Mulvihill ( nee Scanlon ) m) Thomas Mulvihill(B) 18.5.1830 Moyvanne his Mother Ellen Connell father Micheal we would appreciate some help in finding more info. re this family. They did settle in australia. cheers Anne

First Name : Bob
Comment : Hi, Came across your site whilst researching a Kerry man Father Dan KELLEHER (born 1909) who died in a car accident in Berlin, Germany on 15th June 1956 and was later buried somewhere in his native Kerry. He is mentioned in your history part between entri

First Name : Brigid OBrien
Comment : This is just great. Found the Valley of Knockanure video and its just lovely. Athea looks good. Thanks, Brigid (OSullivan) OBrien

First Name : Thomas
Comment : Please note that Clan Mulvihill is meeting 30 June 2007 at Kirbys Lantern Inn, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Mulvihills from four continents will be attending


First Name : Knockanure Notes
Comment : 07 February 21 Knockanure KNOCKANURE FASHION SHOW: Tarbert Comprehensive School will hold their annual Fashion Show in The Lanterns Hotel Tarbert on the 7th March Ticket sellers will be calling to the houses over the coming weeks your support woul

First Name : James
Comment : Excellent site. I descend from the Purcells of Knockamoohane. You show my ancestors in the Listowel Cemetery---Charles Purcell, died 1813. James Kevin Purcell

First Name : cathy carley
Comment : GDAY From Australia Just located your Home page thru a irish mailing list Im interested in Co kerry research in Listowel Area as my ggrandfather John Thomas Doody born circa 1860 and Sister Mary Josephine Doody born circa 1864 in Kerry I think..Their fa

First Name : william john
Comment : searching for family members in mitchelstown,fermoy and surounding area

First Name : John
Comment : Grandad came from Moyvane but had to leave in the 30s due to supporting the wrong side and his sister marrying a Protestant!!

First Name : Paul
Comment : Searching for info on the following:- Maurice Flynn (from Ballyguilton,Drumsreask,Glin, Co.limerick. Married on the 23rd of Feb 1867. in the Church of St Marys Moyvane. Bridget Crinnane (Curnane/Culhane?) from Kilbaha (leitrim?)Moyvane, Co.Kerry.

First Name : MICHAEL
Comment : A great site, thank you!! My grandpa was from Newtownsandes (Moyvane),Joseph F. Sullivan (OSullivan) 10/28/1892. Any info if possible. Thanks again!!!




First Name : Jean
Comment : Great site - found headstones useful! Is Leitrim West included in your area? I am researching Fitzmaurice family from there in early 1800s

First Name : Jer
Comment : Connor of Islandanny. contact

First Name : Jeanne
Comment : Very fascinating site. Its the first that gives me a clue on the place Im looking for: Islandanny. gggrandmother Margaret OConnor and all her siblings born there in 1830s. I know its close to Listowel and Duagh but I cant find it. Can you please point me

First Name : Primrose Blair
Comment : Trying to find information on the Kennelly Family of Mount St. Patrick, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

First Name : Mary Doherty
Comment : Hello nice to see this site.Im Mary Doherty from Donegal (nee Kennelly from Listowel in Kerry) Moved permanetnly to Donegal from London in 2001 after meeting my husband there in 1998. regards Mary

First Name : Jim Kennelly
Comment : Just checking in! Bemidji,MN,USA Jer, I am still trying to get info on Timothy Kennelly who immigrated to USA circa 1820s. Married Katherine OConner.

First Name : Hannah
Comment : hi, is your Knockanure the same as the moyvane site found your site by chance I was born in Ballyshannon, County Keep up the good work

First Name : mike
Comment : Excellent work,its a credit to you.As my grandmother-nora flaherty,and my great grandmother-catherine goulding both came from knockanure i have a personal interest

First Name : robert Walsh Fister
Comment : This site is great, My great & great great grandfathers came to Kentucky in 1852. John R Walsh & Patirick Walsh, Also Mary Stack, Richard Gregory, Ellen Gregory. Any info is appreciated, Newtownsands. Your country is beautiful, someday I will get there.

First Name : Paddy Waldron
Comment : Jer, the 1911 census led me to the wonderful story of the will of John Stack MP in the Irish Times of 26 Jun 1897 etc. He died on 6 Mar 1897 and the newspaper item that you report must have related to the 50th or 51st anniversary of his death. Must touch

First Name : Bryan Barrett
Comment : Born Tralee, antecedents Stack on maternal. You listed Nicholas Moore Stack, actor, and others. Am researching family to time of Cromwell, have lots but will be glad to learn more and share. Of interest is your mention of John Jones, must be John Paul Jon

First Name : Diane
Comment : My gggrandfather was supposedly from NewtownSands. He left under less desirable circumstances so says family lore, to avoid being hung during the famine. His name was Bryan OConnor, son of Michael and Catherine and supposedly one of 15 children. I would l

First Name : ej
Comment : Hi, My great great grandfather Mortimer OConnor (married Elizabeth Reed), emigrated to America in 1862. He is listed variously as being from Newtonsland/Newtonland and/or County Limerick. But his death certificate says Newtonsandes, County Limerick. We c

First Name : moss
URL : connell
Comment : hi.verry good site could spend hours going through all the history of north kerry west limerick and many other places keep up the good work jer

First Name : mairead
Comment : i trying to locate the lynch family from knockane listowel there grandad was denis lynch and that is as far as the tree goes can u help thanks


irst Name : Mary Elizabeth
Comment : I am so delighted to come across a website which features a letter from my paternal grandfather, James Jerome kennelly{Kenneally in Australia}. His father Daniel married Julia Dillon in Fermoy on the 18th of August, 1854. How can I get a record of that

First Name : Peggy
Comment : Still trying to make contact with descendants of Flavin/Flahavan (John and Mary nee Collins Flavin)family, who had sons leave Ballybunion to Ballylongford area in the 1850s. Flavin family has marriage to Hanrahans, Costelloes, Stacks and Collins families.

First Name : Brian Sheehan
Comment : Hi, My grandparents and prervious generations were from Gortdromsillaha, near Moyavne and I would welcome some feedback as I have gathered together a lot of genealogical information on the family and the Finucane Family from Tarbert.

First Name : Richard
Comment : Anyone with an interest in Patrick Kennelly (aka Kennealy) of Woodford, Listowel? Ive found some correspondence about his internment in 1921. Richard Callanan, London, England

First Name : Jer
URL : ************************
Comment : My computer crashed lost all information please contact me again

First Name : Noel O Connor
Comment : In relation to below please note there is a correction to be made; re:Jer Shanahan Inchamore his wife Mgt Died May the 7th 1912 aged 53 years his son Jer Died 21st of January 1911 aged 14 years son Michael Died October 3rd 1918 aged 29 years his d

First Name : Karen Moloney
Comment : Father William Moloney is my 3rd great-uncle. It was great to find this biographical information about him on your site. Its the first time Ie learned about the boards for snow shoes! Karen Moloney, Salt Lake City, Utah

First Name : Adrian
Comment : Anyone doing a history of the Knockanure/Moyvane/Newtownsandes Kennellys

First Name : michael
Comment : thanks again for this site I am still reseaching info on my grandpa Joseph F. Sullivan or (OSullivan)born 10/28/1892, any info please . thanks

First Name : jer
Comment : checking

First Name : Thomas
Comment : Great site. My father came from Moyvane to New York in 1927. He was born in Moyvane in 1907. His mother was Mary Moore from Tarbert. This year my son Michael visited Moyvane and brought back a stone from my fathers house.

First Name : dennis
Comment : My father denis scanlon came from newton sandes.

First Name : Joan ODea
URL : terry
Comment : I am researching John Kiely who died and was buried I think at Knockanure 21st August 1891

First Name : John
Comment : Cead Mile Failte From Connecticut USA Originally from Abbeydorney and Lixnaw where my family still reside. United in Friendship,Unity and Christian Charity.

First Name : Lori
Comment : Hello! Your website came up in a search for my father, John Thomas Kennelly. One of the Illinois Kennellys. If you have any info, contact me at

First Name : Dr. Joseph Stokes
Comment : Just looking to see how all of you are getting on! 20th May

First Name : Maxine
Comment : It has been interesting finding out about the places where my GG father John HILL was born c1846?1850. Thanks for putting it together! From Mandurah in Western Australia

First Name : Sharon
Comment : Hi, the Synans listed in Listowel Churchyard are my family. I would love to obtain a copy of a photograph of the gravestone, if you have one. Please contact me by email (found on my website. Thanx, Sharon

First Name : Marilyn
Comment : Im doing research on my Mulvihill line from Listowel, arriving in Peoria, IL 1837. Thank you for this terrific website.

First Name : Helen
Comment : Delighted to have come across your website. Am researching the families of John OConnor (1875-1959) from Kilbaha, and his wife, Catherine Shanahan (1891-1986). Johns parents were William OConnor and Johanna Cunningham, and Catherines parents were Richard

First Name : John
Comment : Searching forBunce family. My grandfather Thaddeus born Jan 6 1856 Newtownsands, father Patrick, mother Mary (Scanlon), 5 brothers 4 sisters. He came to Phila. Pa. in 1872. Brothers Michael & Patrick also came to U.S. Thanks.

First Name : Collins
Comment : I know my father, Michael Collins who left Moyvane in 1948 would have got a kick out of seeing his name on your web site. Good Luck and hope to see you all this summer. Denis Collins

First Name : Barbara
Comment : My Great Grandfather Denis Kennelly came from Newtownsandes to Australia abt 1880. His parents were Martin Kennelly & Margaret OConnell. I visited Newtownsades/Moyvane in 1993 and visited the cemetery where my GG Grandparents appear to be buried. While I

First Name : John
Comment : great site -- keep up the good work!

First Name : Rosemary
Comment : My grandmother was Nellie Buckley of Coolkeragh. Her sister-in-law was Anna Enright of Listowel. Your site has a lot of information.

First Name : Padraig
Comment : Congratulations on a great website. I have gathered information on the descendants of Michael and Margaret(nee Cunningham)Hanrahan of Kilbaha,Moyvane:John, William and Michael stayed in Ireland while Johanna, Jane, Ellen and James emigrated to Australia.

First Name : KerryKate
Comment : Checking back with new e.mail address. Kerry Kate's Genealogy Research Great site for Newtown/Moyvane Thanks for all the hard work you put in for the rest of us to share

First Name : Mary
Comment : Maiden name "Keniley". I was told our family roots were in the Kerry, Cork and Limerick counties. The name has been changed so many times along the way that I'm having problems starting the search. Also looking for ties to the "Canty" and "Cochran" famili

First Name : Mary
Comment : Searching for family of John Joseph Lynch born May 18,(possibly 1891) son of Patrick Lynch and katherine Scanlon born in Newtownsandes.

First Name : Margaret
Comment : Some interesting data here. I have a lot of other Co Kerry areas on my web site. keep up the good work *s*


First Name : Donna
Comment : What an incredible site! Some of my Shine relatives are from the area, and my great-granparents were married in the church in Moyvane. Last year I spent some time in the area and can't wait to go back. The information you've put on this website is so help

First Name : Marie
Comment : Very interesting site. Would like to see something on football, in particular around 1931. A relative of my mother, Con Brosnan captained the All Ireland winning team that year. Also, wasn't Maurice Walsh the novelist from Lisselton? Best wishes for the s





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Tommy Barrett, John Jack Mulvihill, Patrick Curtin, John Scanlon (Manager)

Front L-R: DJ Keane, John Mc Grath, Mark Hanrahan, Brain Stack, James Kennelly, Cathal O' Connor, Oliver Carmody





Hi all,


I previously left a posting on 30/12 regarding the Lyons family asking for help with my research. At the time I didn't know my great great grandmothers name but now I have more information. Her name was Mary Dillane and she was married to John Lyons. They had children Hannah born 1844, John born 1848, Ellen born 1850, Patrick (my great grandfather) born 1856, Denis born 1860, Johanna born 1863. They were all born in Duagh parish. I think son John married Catherine Donoghue in 1876. Patrick was a policeman and I believe Denis may have been too. I think the surname Lyons was quite common in Co. Kerry. If anyone recognises the family can you please contact me.



Janice Young nee Lyons.









Hi to all my ex neighbours, I hope you are all well.

May be you can help me, I'm trying to trace information from the 1911 census, in particular Thomas Hickey married to Winnie who were 38 and 39 in 1911 and had children James aged 3, Jeremiah 2 and Cornelius aged 8, just wondering if they were any relation to Thomas and Mary Hickey nee Stack late of Knockaunbrack.

Any feed back would be much appreciated.


Kind regards to all that may still remember me.


Ray Beer Ray








Love your site and will be back often to look. On looking thru your messages, have found a few to comment on. Reidy/Dillon- I don't know if Knocknagoshel is near my Connell's from Lyre, Patrick and Julia Dillane Connell, married 1822 Lixnaw. Some of their children went to a small area in Connecticut, Jeremiah b. 1840, and John b. 1839. first lived in Washington, DC before moving to Norfolk, CT. I was there this last summer there are many grave inscriptions siting the parish they came from. I recall many Dillons and some Reidy's as i believe there is a connection to my O'Connells. A nearby town Winsted has William, Maurice, and Joseph Reidy plus others i am sure.

A Daniel Reidy was pallbearer at Lizzie O'Connell funeral 1908,Winsted

Father William Reidy of South Manchester, Connecticut was celebrant of Jeremiah O'Connell funeral 1930, Winsted, also Edward, and Daniel Reidy were pallbears of same funeral.

David D. Reidy, residing in Winsted had a son named Dillon.


On looking around for Julia Dillane, I have found a Baptismal record for julia Dillane Nov. 22, 1806. Parents David and Ellen Finucane. I noted some one else here looking for a Dillane/Finucane connection.

thanks for the great site.


T Stafford







Hi, I'm researching my family history which is Kerry based and I was wondering if any descendents of my family who might live in Kerry would be able to help with my research.


My great-grand father was Patrick Lyons who was born in 1856 in , I believe, Duagh. His father was John Lyons, a farmer, and I am not sure of his mother's name. Patrick joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1876 and was recommended by an inspector at Listowel Barracks. He retired as Head Constable in 1903 to Tullamore, Co Offaly which was one of the counties he served in and where his wife Mary Anne came from. He died in 1945. He may have had a brother called Denis.


Any information would be gratefully received.


Janice Young (nee Lyons)

Essex, England







Hello, all.


I'm seeking information on Dillanes & O'Learys of Listowel/Duagh with connections to Duagh Finucanes. If anyone recognizes these lines, please do contact me.


My great, great grandparents were David Dillane, born about 1805-1810 in Listowel/Duagh, and Mary O'Leary, also Listowel/Duagh born, also born about 1805-1810.


The earliest Listowel baptismal records on line for any David Dillane date to 1807 and 1808:

1] David, son of John & Bridget Brown, sponsors Prenderville, Hogan[1807]; 2] David, son of Mathew & Bridget [1808]


I don't think that either of those is my David Dillane. At a guess, from naming patterns of their sons, David's father was probably an Edward/Edmund, or a Patrick or a Michael, in that order of likelihood.

And David's grandfather was probably a David Dillane. Other family given names include Timothy.


Most of the baptismal records for their children are missing from the on-line database. The ones that I've located are:


1] Patrick, bapt. 3/30/1830, Duagh;

2] Michael, bapt. 10/28/1832 , Duagh

3]Catherine, bapt. 1/7/1843, Dromin, Listowel


Sponsors of these children had surnames Finuscane, Lyons, Dillane (Michael). There seems to have been several lines of Dillanes who carried the given name David in this period in both Listowel/Dromin and Duagh. I presume that my David's grandfather was a David Dillane and all these lines with fathers named David whose children were baptized during the 1820s and 1830s were closely related.


This family immigrated to Pittsburgh PA, 1848, and settled temporarily in a neighborhood with Finuscanes who remained in Pittsburgh. The Dillanes went on to Iowa, where various Lyons served as sponsors in baptism to several grandchildren.


My great great grandfather's children spoke of themselves as being from Listowel.


Karen e-mail







Hello all,




I have been researching my family history for the past year and just found this wonderful website, so I thought I would post my Lyreacrompane connection.




I don’t know much about my Hickey family, but I do know they are from Lyreacrompane. My mother, a Hickey, was born in Duagh Parish, and grew up in Kerry, adjacent to Abbeyfeale. Her Hickeys came from Lyreacrompane. My grandfather was Jeremiah Hickey (1888-1957), the son of James Hickey and Ellen (Ellie) Lyne (Lyons) of Lyreacrompane, Knockaunbrack, Trienearagh, and County Kerry, Ireland. Jeremiah married Bridget Dower in 1921. My great-grandparents James and Ellen had, I believe, 10 children, all from Lyreacrompane: Cornelius (1868; wife Mary Cronin), Margaret (1869; Husband Michael Ahern), Thomas (1872; wife Minnie), Michael (1874; wife Elizabeth Ahern), Denis (1876), James (1879), Mary (1883), Patrick (1886), Jeremiah (1888), and Ellen (year unknown).




We are also related to Dower (Dore) and Connor or O’Connor from that general area, and the O’Briens from Purt.




Would love to make connections and get additional information about family.




All the best,


Joanne Flood Schwind


New York, USA



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According to research, communing with nature isn’t just a nice recreational activity. Natural settings increase a sense of self-worth and decrease stress — two important factors in priming the mind to learn. One study has even shown that natural settings can help relieve symptoms of AD/HD. When children with AD/HD participated in the same activities both inside and outside, those in the outdoor settings experienced fewer symptoms.

6. Behind every smart child is a collection of good books

While reading to children is crucial, don’t underestimate the importance of simply giving your kid access to a lot of books. Studies have found that a child raised in a book-friendly environment — with at least 50 children’s books in the home — scores five percentile points higher in math and reading than kids with less access to good reads.


7. Attend to the body and wake up the mind

The body-brain connection is far from fully understood, but research suggests that children’s learning abilities are inextricably tied to physical vitality. When 33 schools in Ontario, Canada, participated in a program called Living School aimed at increasing student’s physical activity by about 20 minutes a day and improving nutrition, some schools bellyached about lost class time. But in the end, participating school showed enormous improvement. Overall scores climbed 18% in just two years. Third-grade reading scores alone shot up by 50%. Ontario’s education experiment suggests that sometimes basketball practice facilitates learning as much if not more than another after-school tutoring session.

8. Child labor with a higher purpose

According to new research, children of all ages who perform household chores gain valuable skills, which they can apply to school learning. In one study, children as young as two years old who performed household chores like matching socks or wiping up kitchen spills ended up having more-successful educational experiences and careers.




Mr G phoned me today to arrange delivery of my pork. He has been raising rare-breed, free range pork in the foot of the Dublin mountains and selling it direct to public. Like all small producers, he is passionate about his product. The quality of this pork is second-to-none. Rare breed pork, such as Gloucester Old Spot and Middle Whites, roam outside, all day, every day, in a large field, doing what pigs should do - rooting around, turning over the soil, digging, rolling in mud. They stay in their family unit, each family having its own, purpose-built wooden hut, laid with straw. The sow births naturally without the need of farrowing crates. A few days before the birth she gathers the straw together to make a nest and because she has been allowed to act naturally no piglets have been lost.

As a consumer, or as Carlo Petrini calls us, a co-producer, I too have a responsibility for this port. I pay €100 deposit when a piglet is born. This is my pig which will then be cared for until ready for despatch with any veterinary bills paid for by Mr G. These are happy pigs. The piglets stay with their mother for up to 9 months at which point they are transported to a small, independent slaughter-house. The carcass is then transported to the local butchers, owned by the slaughterhouse, and cut and packaged to my requirements. It is then delivered to my home by Mr G, ready for my freezer.

The cost to me? €9 per kilo, i.e., the average price of supermarket pork, which is intensively reared, indoors, with the use of farrowing crates, the piglets being removed from their mother when less than a month old - I'm sure I don't need to describe the conditions of intensive farming but it's as bad as you imagine.

In Slow Food we are all very good at championing "Good, Clean and Fair" but how many of us, honestly and truly, put this into practice? Go now and have a look in your kitchen, how many products are locally produced? How many are seasonal? Or is it full of mass-produced, supermarket brands?

Unfortunately, this is the last pork I will receive from Mr G as he is "shutting up shop" as he can't find enough customers for this excellent product. How many more small producers are we going to lose because we, the co-producer, don't actually practice what we preach and simply prefer the convenience of the local supermarket and its impersonal, mass-produced food?