Descendants of John FINUCANE (to contribute information, please email

First Generation

1. John FINUCANE was born in 1754 in Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died about 1803 in probably Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Kilnaughtin Cemetery, Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

According to William (Bill) Hudson's work 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants' (written in 1960 and available in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin and in Tralee and Listowel libraries in Co. Kerry), my Finucane family (my great-great-great grandmother was a Margaret Finucane) is connected to the family of John above who, sometime in the 19th century, divided his large farm in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely between two sons [no names are given]. One of these sons was the grandfather of Pat Finucane of Faranawanna who helped Bill with his Finucane research in the late 1950s. Pat told Bill that his (Bill's) great-grandmother Margaret Finucane (and my great-great-great grandmother) was a sister of the two sons who got the land in Ardmore, and therefore a daughter of John above. Unfortunately no documented evidence has been found to support this.

Further confusion arises from the fact that 'The Hudsons of County Kerry' also tells us that it is possible that Margaret was a daughter of (perhaps another?) John Finucane who lived in Ardmore around the same time but whose only known children were John and possibly Francis. Given the Ardmore connection, they may be the same family as the Finucane family described above. However, John, son of John and possible brother of Francis, emigrated to the United States whereas John, son of John who divided the land, remained in Ireland. It is possible that Margaret is related to one or both of these families but I am unable to make a definite connection. If anyone has any further information on any Finucane family from Carhoonakineely, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch by emailing Thank you.

Note that I have seen Carhoonakineely spelled as Carhoonakinella.

John married Catherine (Kate) LYNCH. Catherine was born in Coolnanoonagh, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died.

A Thomas Finucane and his wife, Mary Connor, raised a family in Carhoonakineely. It is possible that he was connected to Kate above and her husband, John. In case they are related, we can tell you that Thomas and Mary had at least four children: Patrick (born in 1829), John (1832), Catherine (1836) and Thomas (1840).

They had the following children.

+ 2 M i John FINUCANE was born in 1795. He died in 1850.
+ 3 M ii Thomas FINUCANE died in possibly 1849.
  4 M iii
Daniel (Dan) FINUCANE was born in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died.

We have no further information on Dan although there is a Daniel Finucane listed in Griffith's Valuation (1851/52) who jointly leased land in Carhoonakineely with a John Finucane.

We also know (from that a Daniel Finucane of Ardmore, Carhoonakineely who was married to an Ann Langan had at least four children (all born in Ardmore): Margaret (born in 1824), Thomas (1828), Daniel (1831) and Hanora (1834). There was also a Daniel Finucane of 'Carhunakinela' who was married to a Mary Buckley and who had sons named Patrick (born in 1844) and Michael (1845).  Could one of these Daniels be Dan above?

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