John Hanrahan was born in 1956 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was the eldest of the 10 children of Michael Hanrahan and Peg Cunningham and was known locally as “The Major”, even though he had never been in the army.
John was the only one of Michael and Peg’s children to remain in Kerry. Four siblings emigrated to Australia, one lived in Co. Galway, another in Co. Cork, and three are thought to have died as children.
John married Elizabeth Buckley and they had 11 children.