Shanahan Photos

Catherine (formerly Shanahan) and Jack Bill O'Connor


Catherine (known as Babe) Shanahan, pictured here with her husband, John (known as Jack Bill) O’Connor, was born in 1891 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now Moyvane) in Co. Kerry. She was the eldest child of Richard Shanahan of Kilbaha and Catherine Nolan of Lenamore, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. After her mother died when she was only about 13 years of age, Babe helped raise her three younger siblings: Ellie (see next photo), Bridget and Jack.

This photo of Babe and Jack Bill was taken on their wedding day in 1916. They had four children: Willie, who ran the family farm in Kilbaha; Mary (Leahy), who lived in Knockanure, Co. Kerry; Richard (known as Dick and Richie) who lived in Tralee, Co. Kerry; and Hannah (Sr. Patricia of the Bon Secours order) who lived in Cork.

Babe died in 1986 at the age of 95, 26 years after the death of Jack.

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