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John D. BROSNAN [Parents] was born about 28 Nov 1868 in Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 1 Dec 1868 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 22 Oct 1929 in Lacca East, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh, Co. Kerry. John married Hanora (Nora) HUDSON on 24 Feb 1906 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

John and his wife, Nora, farmed in Lacca (also spelled Lacka) East, Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry. I have also seen their address given as Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry, which is not strictly correct but is the address sometimes recorded for the family in church records. Note that Islandanny is not itself a parish or townland; rather it is regarded as the area that comprise the six townlands of Sluicequarter, Rea, Knocknacaheragh, Pilgrim Hill, Lacca East and Shronebeirne.  

It is said that the Brosnans of Islandanny are descended from two Brosnan men (presumably related) from Castleisland, Co. Kerry who settled in Islandanny and ended up owing most of it. As the years went by, the Brosnan families sub divided their land between them to such an extent that at one point there were 17 Brosnan families living in Islandanny.

The nickname of John's branch of the Brosnan family is "Chawkes", the name originating with John himself. Apparently at the time there was a man by the name of Chawke who worked locally as perhaps an inspector of drains or something similar. One day, John saw Mr. Chawke walking down the street ahead of him and, wanting to speak to him, started calling out "Chawke, Chawke, Chawke...". People found this funny and from then on started calling him "Chawke"!

Although John was born in Duagh, he was baptised in Athea, Co. Limerick, the home parish of his mother, Ellen. It was common practice at the time to have the first-born child baptised in the mother's parish church. As the eldest child, John presumably inherited his family's farm in Lacca East.

John died at his home in Lacca East in 1929 aged 60, having suffered from chronic gastritis for about six months.

Hanora (Nora) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 9 Dec 1879 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened in Dec 1879 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 21 Jun 1958 in Kilcara, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Hanora married John D. BROSNAN on 24 Feb 1906 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Jeremiah Brosnan and Helen Brosnan, both from Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  F i Ellen (Lil, Ellie) BROSNAN was born on 23 Jan 1907. She died on 16 Apr 1996.
  M ii Daniel (Dan) J. BROSNAN was born on 6 Apr 1908. He died on 21 Dec 1969.
  F iii Johanna (Hannie) BROSNAN was born on 28 Sep 1909. She died on 1 May 1990.
  M iv William (Sonny) BROSNAN was born on 10 Nov 1910. He died on 24 May 1981.
  F v Mary Ita (Ita) BROSNAN was born on 28 Dec 1912. She died on 13 Nov 1991.
  F vi Hanora (Ciss) BROSNAN was born on 2 Jan 1915. She died on 2 Oct 1989.
  M vii
Denis BROSNAN was born on 3 Oct 1916 in Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 3 Oct 1916 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died on 7 Oct 1995 in Newton, Massachusetts.

Denis was baptised on the day he was born. Sponsors were James Hayes and Bridget Hayes. Denis, who never married, lived in the United States.
  M viii John Joseph (John Joe) BROSNAN was born on 11 Apr 1919. He died on 14 Apr 2016.
  M ix
Edward (Ned) Benedict BROSNAN was born on 23 Jan 1922 in Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 26 Jan 1922 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died on 7 Jan 1997 in Bunagara, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Ned's baptismal sponsors were Michael Sheehy and Ellen Brosnan.

Ned never married.

James M. HAYES [Parents] was born on 2 Sep 1873 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 12 Sep 1873 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 23 Apr 1956 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. James married Bridget HUDSON on 13 Feb 1909 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Other marriages:
FLANNERY, Margaret

James inherited Fairy Street House and family farms.

Bridget HUDSON [Parents] was born on 21 Nov 1883 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 22 Nov 1883 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 28 Apr 1928 in Athea, Co. Limerick. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Bridget married James M. HAYES on 13 Feb 1909 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Bridget's baptism were Thomas Hayes and Honora Mulvihill.

Bridget was only 44 years of age when she died of heart failure. She had had previous heart problems but her death was unexpected and sudden. The youngest of her eight surviving children was just two years old. Her husband, James, later remarried.

Note: Bridget's aunt Johanna Hudson was married to Tom Hayes, a second cousin of Bridget's husband, James Hayes.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Thomas H. Danaher of Athea, Co. Limerick and Margaret Hudson of Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  M i
Michael John HAYES was born on 6 May 1910 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 7 May 1910 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 8 Jan 1927 in Fairy St., Athea, Co. Limerick.

Michael's baptismal sponsors were Michael Hayes and Mary Doody.

Michael attended Mungret College, Co. Limerick between 1925 and 1926. Sadly, he contracted tuberculosis and died, at home, at the age of just 16 in January 1927.
  M ii William (Bill) HAYES was born on 9 Feb 1912. He died on 13 Aug 1985.
  M iii James Patrick HAYES was born on 4 Sep 1913. He died before 13 Aug 1985.
  M iv
Thomas (Tom) James HAYES was born on 7 Oct 1914 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 8 Oct 1914 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 30 Jan 1959 in Fairy St., Athea, Co. Limerick.

Tom's baptismal sponsors were Patrick Brouder and Johanna Hayes.

Tom, who never married, lived in Birmingham for a time before returning to live in Ireland.
  F v Mary Helen HAYES was born on 13 Feb 1916. She died in 1990.
  M vi
Patrick Edward HAYES was born on 4 Dec 1917 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 5 Dec 1917 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 2 May 1981 in probably Birmingham.

Patrick's baptismal sponsors were John Brosnan and Hanora Brosnan.

Patrick, who never married, lived in Birmingham.
  F vii Johanna (Hannie) Ita HAYES was born on 29 Oct 1918. She died in Jul 2004.
  F viii Helen (Eileen) Mary HAYES was born on 4 Mar 1921.
  F ix Bridget (Bertha) HAYES was born on 12 Oct 1923.
  F x
Hanora (Nora) Margaret HAYES was born on 8 Mar 1926 in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 10 Mar 1926 in Athea, Co. Limerick. She died on 29 Mar 1927 in probably Fairy St., Athea, Co. Limerick.

Nora's baptismal sponsors were Edmund Barrett and Margaret O'Donnell.

Nora died at the age of one of broncho-pneumonia.

Denis (Den) MCENERY [Parents] was born on 19 Jul 1876 in Tubbertureen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 21 Jul 1876 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 15 Nov 1932 in Tubbertureen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Knockanure Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Denis married Margaret (Mag) HUDSON on 25 Feb 1916 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Den's baptismal sponsors were William Ahern and Bridget Ahern.

There is a 1911 census entry for Den's family in Tubbertureen (also spelled Tubbertoureen, Tubberatooeen and other variations). Den was 34 and single at the time and living with his widowed mother Mary who was aged 71. Members of the household also included Den's siblings Con (aged 32), Maggie (27) and Nora (25). We are also told that Mary had been married 46 years and had four children born alive, all of whom were alive at the time of the census. However, Mary had actually had 12 children.

Den farmed in Tubbertureen. He died of colon cancer aged 56.

Den's uncle Michael McEnery was married to Mary Hudson who was an aunt of Den's wife, Mag.

Margaret (Mag) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 27 Nov 1885 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 29 Nov 1885 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 7 Apr 1966 in Tubbertureen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Knockanure Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Margaret married Denis (Den) MCENERY on 25 Feb 1916 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Mag's baptism were Maurice Cunningham and Hanora Cunningham.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Cornelius McEnery of Tubbertureen, Moyvane and Johanna Hudson of Kilbaha, Moyvane.

They had the following children.

  F i Ita MCENERY was born on 23 Jan 1917. She died on 28 May 2006.
  F ii Johanna (Hannah) MCENERY was born on 18 Mar 1918. She died on 30 May 2011.
  F iii Bridget (Bridie) MCENERY was born on 7 Apr 1919. She died in 1985.
  F iv Catherine (Kathleen) MCENERY was born about 1920. She died on 4 Jul 1991.
  M v Denis (Denny) MCENERY was born on 3 Sep 1921. He died on 26 Dec 2012.
  F vi Noreen MCENERY was born on 14 Nov 1923. She died on 8 Feb 2009.
  M vii William (Sonny) MCENERY was born on 24 Oct 1924. He died on 29 Jun 1980.
  F viii Madeleine (Margaret) MCENERY was born on 15 Apr 1927. She died on 10 Aug 2008.

Michael LYONS [Parents] was born on 27 Jul 1886 in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 29 Jul 1886 in St. Mary's Church, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He died on 25 Mar 1969 in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Michael married Johanna (Hannie) HUDSON on 12 Aug 1924 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Michael's baptismal sponsors were Daniel Lyons and Catherine Lyons.

After their marriage Michael and Hannie lived in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.

Johanna (Hannie) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 11 Jan 1895 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 13 Jan 1895 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 7 Nov 1962 in Limerick. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Johanna married Michael LYONS on 12 Aug 1924 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Hannie's baptismal sponsors were John Scanlon and Mary Scanlon.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Patrick Lyons of Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and Helen Brosnan of Islandanny, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  M i John LYONS was born on 29 Mar 1925. He died on 22 Jun 2012.
  F ii Hannah Mary (Ann) LYONS was born on 10 Jul 1926. She died on 1 Mar 2010.
  M iii
William LYONS was born on 5 Dec 1927 in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 7 Dec 1927 in St. Mary's Church, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He died on 21 Nov 1945 in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.

William's baptismal sponsors were Patrick Lyons and Catherine O'Connor.

William was only 17 years of age when he died.

  M iv Michael Joseph (Joe) LYONS was born on 5 Oct 1929. He died on 24 May 2017.
  M v Living.

Patrick "Paddy Broder" BRODERICK [Parents] was born on 21 Jun 1896 in possibly Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 24 Jun 1896 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died on 28 Jan 1993 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Paddy Broder married Ellen HUDSON "Nell Broder" on 1 Feb 1923 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Paddy's baptismal sponsors were Michael Sheehy and Hanora Broder. Paddy had a twin brother named John.

Paddy lived with his wife, Ellen, in Coilagurteen on a farm given to them in the 1920s by Ellen's eldest sister, Mary Ann, and her husband, John Doody, who had no children. Mary Ann and John lived with Paddy and Ellen for the rest of their lives. By the 1970s Paddy and Ellen were living on Church Road, Moyvane.

Paddy was a member of the old IRA. He died at the age of 96.

Ellen "Nell Broder" HUDSON [Parents] was born on 2 Jun 1898 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 15 Aug 1976 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Nell Broder married Patrick BRODERICK "Paddy Broder" on 1 Feb 1923 in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were John Broderick of Shronebeirne, Duagh, Co. Kerry and Helen Brosnan of Pilgrim Hill, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  M i
William BRODERICK was born about 1924 in Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 19 Dec 2002 in Sacramento, California.

William was ordained a priest on 5th June 1947. He served in the Sacramento diocese of California.
  M ii
John BRODERICK was born about 1925 in Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died about 1926 in Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

John died in infancy.
  M iii John (Sean) BRODERICK was born in 1927. He died on 20 Oct 2011.
  M iv Patrick (Patsy) BRODERICK was born in 1928. He died on 6 May 2004.
  M v Edward BRODERICK was born in 1930. He died on 18 Mar 1997.
  F vi Living.
  M vii
Thomas (Tom) BRODERICK was born in Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died in 2002 in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tom was a police superintendent in the Curragh, Co. Kildare.
  M viii
Joseph Brendan (Brendan) BRODERICK was born about 1938 in Coilagurteen, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 30 Mar 1991 in Sonoma, California.

Brendan, who was ordained a priest in 1964, served in Sacramento, California. He died at the age of about 53.
  M ix Living.

Henry (Harry) MCMAHON [Parents] was born on 5 Nov 1890 in Beale, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. He died on 16 Apr 1974 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Kilconly Cemetery, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. Henry married Hanora (Nora) CUNNINGHAM on 9 Sep 1933 in probably Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Harry and Nora farmed at Beale Hill, Ballybunion. Harry's youngest brother, Fr. Michael (Monsr.) died at The Dalles, Oregon, USA, on 10 July 1973. His other brother, Ted, died in Beale on 23 October 1976, and his sister Kate died in Beale on 14 April 1967. Both Ted and Kate were unmarried and lived on the farm with Nora and Harry. Harry had four other siblings, all sisters: Mary, Lillian, Nora and Bridget.

Hanora (Nora) CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born on 6 Dec 1896 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 8 Dec 1896 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 19 Feb 1988 in Beale, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Kilconly Cemetery, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. Hanora married Henry (Harry) MCMAHON on 9 Sep 1933 in probably Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Nora's baptismal sponsors were Jeremiah Kennelly and Honora Kennelly.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

Dermot BROSNAN [Parents] was born about 25 Oct 1835 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 25 Oct 1835 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. Dermot married Elizabeth THORNTON on 15 Feb 1868 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

I have also seen Dermot's surname spelled as Brosnahan.

Elizabeth THORNTON [Parents] was born about 1845 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died. Elizabeth married Dermot BROSNAN on 15 Feb 1868 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Marriage Notes:

There is a note in the parish register alongside the marriage record for Elizabeth and Dermot that reads "cosanguinitas in (what looks like) 3º et 3º" which means they were second cousins (1º meaning siblings, 2º meaning first cousins, etc.). The parish record also tells us James Thornton of Kilbaha witnessed the marriage.


Dermot and Elizabeth's civil marriage record gives Dermot's name as Jeremiah (the names Dermot and Jeremiah are interchangeable in Ireland) but he went by the name of Dermot. The civil record also gives their ages: Dermot was 30 and Elizabeth 22. The witnesses were as John Stack and Michael Hanrahan, different to the church record.


Timothy (Tim) RIORDAN [Parents] was born on 11 Mar 1886 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 13 Mar 1886 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 3 Dec 1973 in Upper Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Timothy married Johanna (Hannie) HUDSON on 9 Feb 1918 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Tim's baptismal sponsors were Michael Graddy and Johanna Conners.

Hannie and Tim lived in Upper Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.

Johanna (Hannie) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 31 Dec 1888 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 1 Jan 1889 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 7 Jul 1961 in Limerick. She was buried in probably Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Johanna married Timothy (Tim) RIORDAN on 9 Feb 1918 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Hannie's baptism were Daniel Kennelly and Catherine Casey.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Michael Ahern and Nora Thornton.

They had the following children.

  F i Johanna (Josie) Mary RIORDAN was born on 26 Nov 1918. She died in Oct 2009.
  F ii Margaret (Peg) RIORDAN was born on 28 Sep 1920. She died on 6 May 2011.
  M iii Edmund (Eamonn) RIORDAN was born on 10 Nov 1921. He died on 12 Sep 2006.
  F iv Living.

William STACK [Parents] was born about 1843 in Gortdromagowna or Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 28 Jun 1918 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. William married Margaret DILLANE/DILLON on 30 Jan 1875 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

The name of the informant on William's death record is Patrick Shine, a "cousin", from Newtownsandes. However I have not been able to determine how exactly William and Patrick were related. The only Patrick Shine from Newtownsandes that I have in my family tree who was alive in 1918 was born in 1871 to Con Shine and Kate Reidy. Was this Patrick the cousin named on the death record?

Margaret DILLANE/DILLON [Parents] was born in 1847 in possibly Knockanasig, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died on 6 Feb 1911 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Margaret married William STACK on 30 Jan 1875 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Marriage Notes:

William and Margaret's addresses on their civil marriage record are Gortdromasillihy and Knockanasig respectively.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary (Minnie) STACK was born on 18 Jun 1876. She died on 20 Jul 1968.
  M ii Edmond (Ned) W. STACK was born on 4 Jan 1878. He died on 9 Nov 1957.
  M iii
John STACK was born on 20 Jun 1879 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died before 20 Sep 1967 in New York.

John was ordained a priest in 1907. He was later appointed pastor (parish priest) in Rockaway Beach, New York, and was known as "The White-Haired Padre".
  F iv Margaret (Madge) STACK was born on 3 Mar 1881. She died on 23 Jul 1952.
  F v Catherine (Kathleen) STACK was born on 27 Feb 1883. She died on 20 Sep 1967.
  M vi
Thomas STACK was born on 19 Apr 1885 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 20 Apr 1885 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 19 May 1886 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Thomas died of pneumonia aged one.

Edward J. BUCKLEY [Parents] was born about 1876 in New York. He died in about 1965 (6 Dec) in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. He was buried in St. John Cemetery, Queens, New York. Edward married Mary (Minnie) STACK.

An obituary I have seen states that Edward was born in New York and spent his early life in Ireland, later returning to New York where he joined the New York City Police Department. The obituary does not give a year of death (just the day and month) but it does state that Edward died at the age of 89 so I have calculated his year of death from his approximate year of birth.

Edward and his family lived in Woodhaven, Queens and may have moved there from Brooklyn.

Mary (Minnie) STACK [Parents] was born on 18 Jun 1876 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 20 Jul 1968 in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. She was buried in St. John Cemetery, Queens, New York. Mary married Edward J. BUCKLEY.

Minnie emigrated to the United States around 1898.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret M. BUCKLEY was born about 1910. She died.
  M ii
Dennis F. BUCKLEY was born on 18 Jul 1915 in New York City. He died.

Dennis lived in Woodhaven, Queens, New York.

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