All Families and Individuals


Martin KENNELLY was born in Barragougeen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died. Martin married Johanna HEFFERNAN.

Johanna HEFFERNAN was born in Lisselton, Co. Kerry. She died in Deceased. Johanna married Martin KENNELLY.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary (Mamie) KENNELLY was born in Feb 1917. She died on 15 Nov 2008.
  M ii Dermot (Dermie) KENNELLY died in 2002.

Peter Francis RALFS [Parents] was born in 1930 in Kensington, London. He died on 3 May 2009 in Cook Islands. Peter married Eva HAUGE about 1969. The marriage ended in divorce.

Peter was a solicitor and also worked in property management. He lived at Holland Place Chambers, Kensington from 1956 until 1969 and lived for a time in the Bahamas in the 1970s. He later lived in Selsey in West Sussex but also had a property in the Cook Islands.

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

Living.

Living [Parents].


William (Bill) SHINE [Parents] was born on 22 Jun 1873 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 17 Jul 1954 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. William married Mary Ann KEARNEY on 28 Jan 1913 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Bill lived in Kilbaha.

We have information on Bill's family from Dan Keane's account of tradespeople in Moyvane in the book The Boro' and the Cross (2000). Dan tells us that Bill was a descendant of a Mr. Shine who came to Kilbaha, Newtownsandes from Co. Cork (perhaps Cobh) with his brother and sister. The siblings lived for a time on a farm in Kilbaha, which eventually passed down to Bill [this would be Bill above]. Bill's son, Connie Bill, inherited the farm and after his death it became the property of Patrick Kearney of Kilbaha (a relative of Bill's wife, Mary Kearney, perhaps?).

It appears Bill's ancestor's brother eventually returned to Cork while Bill's ancestor met a local woman, whose surname was Mulvihill. As Dan Keane tells us "I don’t know anything of his romances or if the girl had any influence on him, but he was in a coach with his brother on their way to Cobh, he leaped from the coach and came back to work as a cooper". Dan does not mention of what became of Bill's ancestor's sister but her brother who stayed in Kilbaha married Miss Mulvihill and he moved to her farm.

I was presuming that it was Bill's grandfather Daniel Shine who came from Cork as he married a Mary Mulvihill, but Dan Keane tells the name of the Shine sibling from Cork who stayed on in Kilbaha was Con (Cornelius): "...it was from this farm [i.e. the siblings' Kilbaha farm] that Con Shine (grandfather to the present Connie and Jack on the Glin Road) came and married into the farm where Connie now resides, marrying a girl by the name of Mulvihill who owned the farm". Perhaps it was Bill's great-grandfather, whose first name was probably Cornelius, who came from Cork. Any help in clarifying which of Bill's ancestors was from Cork would be much appreciated. Please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

According to Dan Keane, the Kilbaha branch of the Shine family is the only one to be known as the Coopers, even though the Dirreen and Athea (both Co. Limerick) Shines also share the same Cork ancestor. We are also told that a "Dan Shine (brother to Molly Shine, the teacher) was also a cooper. His residence and workshop was where Bobby Stack and family now live." However, we do not know if Dan was a Kilbaha or Dirreen/Athea Shine.

The Shines were also involved in the making of traps (for use with ponies) and trap wheels. "Con Shine, grandfather of Bridie Shine (née Shine), Glin Road, worked at the trade for years. His sons Con and Dan carried on the trade."

However, neither Bill above nor his father, Con, was a cooper or trap maker (they were farmers), although there were Shine families in Newtownsandes village and the townland of Gortdromasillihy who were coopers. These were, no doubt, connected to Bill's family.

Mary Ann KEARNEY [Parents] was born on 7 Aug 1881 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died before 17 Jul 1954. Mary married William (Bill) SHINE on 28 Jan 1913 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  F i
Catherine (Kitty) Mary SHINE was born on 12 Dec 1913 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died in 1964 in Glin, Co. Limerick. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Kitty, who never married, suffered much ill health in the later years of her life. She was only 50 years of age when she died.
  M ii Cornelius (Connie Bill) SHINE was born on 11 Jul 1915. He died on 26 Apr 1968.
  F iii Margaret (Peggy) SHINE was born on 17 Nov 1916. She died on 8 Nov 2011.
  F iv Mary SHINE died.

Patrick MULLANE [Parents] was born about 1845 in probably Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 1 Jun 1912 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. Patrick married Margaret KEARNEY on 6 Feb 1875 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Margaret KEARNEY [Parents] was born about 17 Mar 1853 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 19 Mar 1853 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died after 22 Oct 1917. Margaret married Patrick MULLANE on 6 Feb 1875 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Margaret's baptismal sponsor was Margaret Kearney.

On the birth records of her children Margaret's surname is written as "Cartney".

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Cornelius Mullane and Michael Hanrahan.

They had the following children.

  M i John MULLANE was born on 2 Mar 1876. He died after 1920.
  F ii Mary MULLANE was born on 10 Dec 1877. She died on 25 Sep 1967.
  M iii Daniel (Dan) MULLANE was born on 1 Jun 1879. He died in 1920.
  M iv
Cornelius (Con) MULLANE was born on 12 Sep 1881 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died before 1920.

Con lived in Athea, Co. Limerick. I have been told that he predeceased his brother Dan who died in 1920.

Although we believe Con died before 1920, a newspaper death notice has been found for a Cornelius P. Mullane, a merchant of Main St., Athea, who died at his residence on 2 April 1945. He was the father of Sr. M. Cornelius, Bon Secours Home, Cork and was "deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, family and relatives". Burial took place in Knockanure Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Was this our Cornelius? Or was our Cornelius the Cornelius Mullane of Athea, mentioned in another newspaper death notice, who died on 17 January 1959 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick? He was "deeply regretted by his sister, nieces and nephews" and he was buried in Knockanure Cemetery. My hunch is that our Con was one of these two Cornelius Mullanes from the death notices.
  F v
Ellen (Eileen) MULLANE was born on 18 Oct 1884 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.

Eileen was Michael's twin.
  M vi
Michael MULLANE was born on 18 Oct 1884 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.

Michael was Eileen's twin.
  F vii
Johanna MULLANE was born on 20 May 1887 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  M viii
Myles MULLANE was born on 2 Dec 1888 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  F ix
Hanora (Nora) MULLANE was born on 21 Jan 1890 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.

John O'CARROLL [Parents] was born about 1840 in possibly Clounamon, Asdee, Co. Kerry. He died in between 31 Mar 1901 and 2 Apr 1911 in probably Gurtard, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. John married Mary KEARNEY on 20 Feb 1868 in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

John and Mary farmed in Gurtard (sometimes spelled Gortard), Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Mary KEARNEY [Parents] was born about 1845 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 22 Oct 1917 in Gurtard, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Gale Cemetery, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Mary married John O'CARROLL on 20 Feb 1868 in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

Marriage Notes:

The marriage was witnessed by James Harrington of Kilbaha, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry.  

They had the following children.

  M i Maurice O'CARROLL was born on 12 Oct 1871. He died on 16 Jun 1928.
  F ii Johanna O'CARROLL was born on 15 Jul 1873. She died on 3 Nov 1946.
  M iii Daniel (Dan) O'CARROLL was born about 22 Feb 1875. He died after 18 Apr 1941.
  M iv John (Jack) O'CARROLL was born on 29 Jan 1877.
  F v Mary Ann O'CARROLL was born on 25 Dec 1878.
  M vi
William O'CARROLL was born on 24 Apr 1880 in Gurtard, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 25 Apr 1880 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. He died in probably before 22 Oct 1917.

Baptismal sponsors were Patrick Kearney and Johanna Carroll.
  M vii
Patrick (Pat) O'CARROLL was born on 22 Jan 1882 in Gurtard, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 24 Jan 1882 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were Patrick Kearney and Johanna Kearney.
  M viii
Michael O'CARROLL was born about 1887 in Gurtard, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Daniel (Dan) M. MULVIHILL [Parents] was born in 1858 in probably Clounbrane, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 29 Jun 1935 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Daniel married Johanna (Joan) KEARNEY on 8 Jun 1899 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Dan was from Clounbrane, Moyvane, according to his marriage certificate. He farmed in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane.

Dan and his wife, Joan, may have been second cousins.

Johanna (Joan) KEARNEY [Parents] was born about 4 Apr 1865 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Apr 1865 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died after 29 Jun 1935. Johanna married Daniel (Dan) M. MULVIHILL on 8 Jun 1899 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Johanna's baptismal sponsors were John Brassil and Elizabeth Thornton.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Dan and Johanna were Michael Kearney and Mary Mullane.

They had the following children.

  M i Michael MULVIHILL was born on 1 Sep 1900. He died on 30 Dec 1979.
  M ii Daniel (Danny) Francis MULVIHILL was born on 22 Jun 1903. He died on 17 May 1966.
  F iii Honora (Nora) Teresa MULVIHILL was born on 3 Jul 1904. She died on 19 Sep 1958.

William MCELLIGOTT was born in Clounbrane, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died after 18 Dec 1897. William married Catherine O'CONNOR.

Catherine O'CONNOR was born in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died. Catherine married William MCELLIGOTT.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary Ann (Maine Ann) MCELLIGOTT was born about 1874. She died on 18 Dec 1957.

Luke O'CONNOR [Parents] was born in possibly Rathmore, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Rathmore, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Luke married Mary FOX.

It is believed that Luke was a descendant of Hugh O'Connor of Cloonfree Castle, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Hugh was apparently a brother of a Col. Roger O'Connor. However, it is believed that Hugh was from from the O'Connor Don branch of the family, whereas Roger was a member of the O'Connor Roe clan, although the two branches did intermarry quite frequently. There was a Hugh O'Connor Roe, born in 1752, to whom Luke was apparently related. Hugh's father was also named Hugh; he was born about 1720 and married a Mary O'Connor. Was either the father or son named Hugh O'Connor the Hugh O'Connor of Cloonfree Castle?   

Note from Helen: Luke above is not related to me but I have included his family in my family trees because they appear to be related to another O'Connor family from the Elphin area connected by marriage to my husband's family. Mary O'Connor (1843-1906), who married my husband's relative John Gordon in 1869, was related to Luke above but an exact connection has not been established. Mary's father was Martin O'Connor from Elphin. Could Martin have been a son of Luke's? If  anyone has any information as to how Mary might be related to Luke's family, I would be very grateful if you would contact me at Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

Mary FOX was born in Woodfield, Co. Roscommon. She died. Mary married Luke O'CONNOR.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas O'CONNOR died in probably Woodfield, Co. Roscommon.

Thomas lived in Woodfield, Co. Roscommon.
  M ii
Luke O'CONNOR died in probably Beechabbey, Co. Roscommon.

Luke lived in Beechabbey, Co. Roscommon.
  M iii James O'CONNOR died in 1839.
  M iv
John O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) died.

John was a doctor from Rathmore, Co. Roscommon. Because he was a brother of a Rev. Peter O'Connor, also of Rathmore, we are assuming that John was a son of Luke O'Connor and Mary Fox who lived in Rathmore and who had a son named Peter who was a priest.

We know of John's existence from the obituary in The Nation newspaper of his niece Eliza Gunning who died on 16 May 1865 in New York City. Eliza was "the beloved wife of Michael Gunning, formerly of Athlone, and niece of Dr. John and Fr. Peter O'Connor of Rathmore, Co. Roscommon, aged 31 years". We do not know which of John's siblings was the father - or mother (there may have been a sister or sisters we are unaware of) - of Eliza.
  M v
Peter O'CONNOR died on 11 Nov 1838.

Peter was parish priest of Croghan (also spelled Crohan), Co. Roscommon.

James O'CONNOR [Parents] was born in probably Kilcroy, Hillstreet, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1839 in en route to Canada. James married Margaret GANNON.

Margaret GANNON was born in Boyle area, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1839 in Grosse-Ile, Québec, Canada. Margaret married James O'CONNOR.

It appears Margaret (whose name is sometimes given as Catherine or Mary) came from a prosperous family as the obituary of her son Luke in The Irish Times of 6 February 1915 tells us that Luke's Gannon relatives "possessed a small estate called Clooneraff...a grocery shop and a hotel in Boyle".

Margaret and her own family, however, were not so well off. Having been evicted from their farm because they were unable to pay the rent, Margaret and her husband, James, emigrated to Canada with their children. However, tragedy struck when James died during the voyage and Margaret and their baby son died shortly after arriving in Québec.

Note: Many thanks go to Patricia B. Swan, Emeritus Professor at Iowa State University, for her generosity in providing much of the information you see below on the children of Margaret and James. Patricia is not related to the O'Connors or the Gannons but happened to came across the information on the family in the course of her academic research.

They had the following children.

  F i Catherine O'CONNOR was born about 1816. She died on 19 Jan 1907.
  M ii Patrick O'CONNOR was born in bet 1818 and 1822. He died in Nov 1869.
  F iii Margaret O'CONNOR was born about 1820. She died in Oct 1902.
  M iv
Michael O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born about 1825. He died in 1915.

It is probably more likely that Michael was a nephew rather than a son of James O'Connor.
  M v Owen O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) died.
  M vi Thomas O'CONNOR was born about 1828. He died on 15 Mar 1899.
  M vii
Luke O'CONNOR was born on 21 Jan 1831 in Kilcroy, Hillstreet, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. He died on 1 Feb 1915 in London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

Luke emigrated to Canada as a child with his family. However, his father died during the voyage and his mother and baby brother died of smallpox shortly after their arrival in Quebec in the middle of an epidemic. An elder sister (which one we do not know) brought Luke back to Ireland and he was sent to live with an uncle in the Boyle area of Co. Roscommon while his sister left Ireland again to live in the United States. I have been told that Luke worked briefly as a porter in the hotel in Boyle owned by members of his mother's family but did not like it and ran away to England at the age of 18 to join the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. However, an article in The Skibberreen Eagle of 20 February 1915 tells a slightly different story: an uncle of Luke's took him in following his return from Canada and suggested that Luke become a priest. Apparently Luke was not averse to the idea but then the uncle died and Luke went to London "to bespeak the interest of a cousin" [this was a first cousin of Luke's (name unknown) who was a military surgeon]. In London Luke was "so attracted by the glib tongue of a Westminster recruiting sergeant that he took the Queen's shilling and was drafted into the 17th Lancers. His cousin bought him out but in July 1849 - then just seventeen [although he would in fact have been 18 at this time] - he enlisted again", this time in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Army life suited Luke, promotion was swift, and by the time of the outbreak of the Crimean War he was already a Colour Sergeant. Luke was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery at the battle of the Alma (1854) during the Crimean War, in which battle the Russians were defeated by the Franco-British armies. The medal was presented to Luke by Queen Victoria at the first VC investiture in Hyde Park, London on 26 June 1857. Luke also served during the Indian Mutiny and was present at the relief and capture of Lucknow at Cawnpore; and in 1873 he fought at Ashanti. Luke later became a Major General and in 1913 was knighted by King George V, becoming Major General Sir Luke O'Connor.

In his obituary in The Irish Times of 6 February 1915, which interestingly does not mention his family's tragedy in emigrating to Canada, we are told that when Luke made a visit to Boyle in 1873 the whole town turned out to greet him. We are also given a physical description of Luke: "In appearance Sir Luke O'Connor was a tall slight man, with unmistakeable Celtic features. His face was very prepossessing, though deeply seamed and pitted by smallpox".

Details of Luke's will are provided in The Irish Times of 9 April 1915. His net estate was worth over £10,000 and he left a considerable amount of this to various Irish charities. Of the remainder, £200 was bequeathed to a Charles John Sibeth of Marsham St., London, £200 was left to a Miss Hute, a niece [this must have been Belle Hute), and £100 went to a cousin, Richard Gannon Thwaites of Chissington, Christchurch Road, Streatham, London [was this the cousin who was a military surgeon?]. Luke's medals, with the exception of miniature medals which went to his brother [no name specified], were left to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The wording of the will suggests that the brother who was to receive the miniature medals was the only brother left, indicating that it was Daniel who was the recipient as Danel was still alive at the time of Luke's death.

Much more information on Luke is available in Brian Humphreys' book, 'From Irish Orphan to VC Hero: The Lifestory of Major General Sir Luke O'Connor' (published 2021).

Although I am not related to Luke I have included his family in my family trees because I am told they are related to another O'Connor family from the Elphin area connected by marriage to my husband's family. According to family lore, Mary O'Connor (1843-1906), who married my husband's relative John Gordon in 1869, was related to Luke but the exact connection has not been established. All we know is that Mary's father was Martin O'Connor from Elphin. If anyone has any information as to how Mary's and Luke's families are related, I would be very grateful if you would contact me at Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

  F viii Mary O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in 1832.
  M ix Daniel O'CONNOR was born on 16 Jul 1834. He died on 17 Mar 1925.
  M x
'unknown' O'CONNOR (male) was born in 1839. He died in 1839 in Grosse-Ile, Québec, Canada.

Home First Previous Next Last

Surname List | Name Index