Descendants of Michael HAYES (to contribute information, please email

First Generation

1. Michael HAYES was born in abt 1760s in probably Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in probably Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick.

Notes from Helen: Many thanks go to Thomas FitzGerald, a descendant of Michael above, for contributing most of the information below on the extended Hayes family of Fairy Street. This information is the result of extensive genealogical research carried out in the 1980s by Thomas's granduncle Gerald FitzGerald. I am also very grateful to Tom Moloney of Duagh, Co. Kerry, another Hayes researcher, who has kindly shared all his information on the Hayes family of Fairy Street, Templeathea.

I have been that Richard J. Hayes (1902-1976), code-breaker during World War II and director of the National Library of Ireland from 1940 to 1967, was a descendant of Michael's but it appears this is not the case. Although Richard was born in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, his family was not native to the county. Newspaper archives, census returns and birth/marriage records tell us that Richard's father, also named Richard, was manager of the National Bank in Abbeyfeale at the time of Richard's birth and was subsequently posted to Claremorris, Co. Mayo where Richard junior grew up; Richard senior was born in Co. Clare (probably Ennis) where his own father, Ambrose, was manager of the National Bank in Ennis; and Ambrose's father, who was named Richard, was from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and Ambrose married a Catherine Daniel of Clonmel in Clonmel in 1852. Also, according to a newspaper article, Richard from Clonmel was descended from "an old Co. Wexford family".

Online research also tells us that Richard junior's talents as a code-breaker were initially proved in 1940 when he decoded a cipher found on the first German agent to be captured in Ireland. Apparently Richard went on to become one of the most prolific code-breakers of World War II. He had married Clare Columba Keogh in 1928 and they had six children.

Although I myself am not directly related to the Hayes family, two members of my Hudson family of Kilbaha (in the Kerry parish of Newownsandes/Moyvane) married great-grandsons of Michael above: Hanora (Johanna) Hudson married Tom Hayes in 1881, and Johanna's niece Bridget Hudson married Tom's second cousin James M. Hayes in 1909. I hope the information below is helpful to Hayes researchers.

Michael married 'unknown' O'SULLIVAN. 'unknown' was born in Knockbawn, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died.

They had the following children.

+ 2 M i Thomas (Tom) HAYES died.
  3 M ii
John HAYES was born in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in Athea, Co. Limerick.

John never married.

He died tragically when he went to retrieve cattle belonging to his sister Bridget Aherne, which were being seized for non-payment of taxes. An altercation occurred and John was shot and killed by a Michael Colbert.
+ 4 M iii James HAYES died before 1852.
+ 5 M iv Michael HAYES was born about 1798. He died on 25 Oct 1842.
+ 6 F v Bridget HAYES died.
  7 F vi
Margaret HAYES was born in Fairy Street, Templeathea, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died.
Margaret married 'unknown' WOULFE. 'unknown' was born in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died.

No baptism records were found in the Athea register for anyone with a surname of Woulfe whose mother was Margaret Hayes. Perhaps Margaret and her husband had no children.
+ 8 F vii Johanna HAYES died.

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