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42. Denis O'SULLIVAN (Julia DOODY , Johanna ) was born about 28 Jul 1895 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 28 Jul 1895 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 31 May 1971. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Denis's baptism were Richard Murphy and Mary Dennehy.

Denis married Mary SWEENEY, daughter of Jeremiah (Jerry) SWEENEY and Mary 'UNKNOWN', on 14 Feb 1920 in probably Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. Mary was born about 1900 in U.S.. She died on 21 Jan 1978 in Mallow, Co. Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore New Cemetery, Co. Cork.

Mary was an only child. She grew up in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork following the family's return home after a period living in the United States. Her surname sometimes appears on documents as McSweeney.

They had the following children.

+ 124 F i Maura O'SULLIVAN was born on 4 Feb 1921. She died on 6 Nov 2020.
+ 125 M ii James (Jim) O'SULLIVAN was born about 1923.
+ 126 M iii Jeremiah (Jerry) O'SULLIVAN was born on 7 Feb 1925. He died on 26 Dec 1988.
+ 127 F iv Living.
  128 M v
Eugene O'SULLIVAN was born about 1927 in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 28 Sep 1967 in Lusk, Co. Dublin. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Eugene emigrated to Australia in 1950, working initially for his uncle Eugene (O'Sullivan) cutting cane in Innisfail, Queensland. He then moved to Brisbane where he was employed as a dock worker for a time before moving to Sydney where he worked at the docks (possibly as a crane driver) and in the painting and decorating business. Eugene never married. He was a fine singer, and he and his brothers, Jim and Jerry were well known among the Irish community in the city.

Eugene was a superb athlete, a newspaper article describing him as "the Brisbane wharfie and distance runner who has broken every Queensland record from three miles to ten miles”. At the age of 25, sponsored by the Waterside Workers' Federation, he had the opportunity to train with world champions Vladimir Kuts and Emil Zatopek in Moscow. On his way to Russia Eugene won a 3,000 metre steeplechase in Canton (now Guangzhou) and a 5,000 metre event in Peking (now Beijing), beating  the Chinese champion, Chin Chow, on both occasions. While in Moscow he competed in the World Youth Festival where he finished third.  

Selected to represent Australia at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Eugene turned down the opportunity as it would have required him to take Australian citizenship, meaning he would have to pledge allegiance to the Queen, an obligation he was unwilling to fulfil. Efforts were then made by the Australian Olympic Council to arrange for him to represent Ireland. The Irish Olympic Council, however, set a standard equal to Australian record time which Eugene could not meet and so he never took part in the Games.

The picture on the left shows Eugene winning The Hungry Mile road race (actually 1.7 miles) in Sydney in late May or early June 1966. Click on the photo to enlarge.

  129 F vi
Hannah O'SULLIVAN was born about 1929 in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 10 Mar 2021 in Enniskeane, Co. Cork.

Hannah lived in London for many years before retiring to Co. Cork. She lived in Enniskeane.
Hannah married Frederick (Fred) W. BINGE, son of Victor A. BINGE and Ethel 'UNKNOWN', in 1957 in Harrow, London. Frederick was born in 1923 in West Bengal. He died in 1985.

It appears Frederick's parents moved to Britain from India with their young family in 1934.

Frederick survived a U-boat attack on a ship he was serving on during World War I. On 23 February 1943, while travelling south of the Azores, the SS Empire Norseman was torpedoed. All 53 on board were picked up by HMS Totland before another U-boat strike sunk the ship. The survivors were then transferred to Dutch merchant ship Maaskerk and were landed in Trinidad.

Frederick and his wife, Hannah, lived in South Harrow in London.
        Hannah also married Living.

43. Margaret (Madge) O'SULLIVAN (Julia DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 27 Nov 1897 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 21 Apr 1925 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Madge died died of tuberculosis aged only 27. She is buried with her parents in the O'Sullivan family plot in Donoughmore Cemetery, although her name is not listed on the headstone.

Margaret married John (Jack) LYNCH, son of Daniel LYNCH, on 2 May 1918 in Burnfort Church, Glantane, Co. Cork. John was born about 1879. He died on 16 May 1966 in Nazareth House, Mallow, Co. Cork. He was buried in St. Columba's Cemetery, Bweeng, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Jack was a farmer. Madge was his second wife, his first wife, with whom he had two sons, having died. Jack had been living in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork before his marriage to Madge and later lived with Madge and their young family in Glynn in the cottage where Madge had grown up. The cottage eventually passed to a nephew of Jack's third wife, Ellie, but it is not known if it remains in the ownership of this nephew's family. It was derelict when seen by me around 2004.

They had the following children.

  130 F i Living.
  131 F ii Living.
+ 132 F iii Living.

49. James (Jim) DOODY (Michael (Mike) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 14 Nov 1896 in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. He died in Apr 1979 in North Cotswold, Gloucestershire. He was buried in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

Jim lived in Gloucestershire. It is thought he may have worked as a harness maker (possibly with his father who also worked in the saddlery business) before leaving Ireland. I have also been told he may also have worked in the insurance business in Ireland.

James married Audrey Mabel BROWN on 22 Dec 1947 in Ashton, Lancashire. Audrey was born on 22 Jun 1918 in Hackney, London. She died on 18 Jul 2000 in Colchester, Essex. She was buried in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

Audrey was living in Morecambe, Lancashire in 1939. We do not know where she and her husband, Jim, met, but during and immediately after World War II both worked at a relief centre in Windrush Camp in Gloucestershire, initially looking after prisoners of war and subsequently taking care of people displaced by the war. Audrey, Jim and their family later moved to Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

They had the following children.

  133 M i Living.
  134 F ii Living.
        Living married Living.

52. Thomas (Tom) Frances DOODY (Michael (Mike) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 13 Jan 1903 in 117 George's St., Cork. He died on 30 Nov 1953 in 8 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, Dublin. He was buried in St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork.

Tom became a doctor, graduating from UCC in 1925. He then moved to London and it is known that in 1939 he was living at 854 Lea Bridge Road in Leyton. Not long afterwards he returned with his young family to Co. Cork where he ran a practice in Ballymartle and Carrigaline before moving to Crosshaven around 1943. The family later moved to Dublin where they lived at 8 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey. Tom died in 1953 aged only 50.

Thomas married Gertrude Marjorie Payne (Marjorie) DAY in 1932 in Hammersmith, London. Gertrude was born on 6 May 1905 in Gloucester. She died on 20 Oct 1989 in probably Dublin.

Marjorie was a teacher. In the 1939 Register Marjorie is described as "teacher (secondary) BA diploma education UK Bristol, English, History subsidiary. At present supply teacher for West Ham education authorities in Shalbourne". She was living at the time in Shalbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Marjorie and her husband, Tom, and their family moved to Tom's native Co. Cork with their family in the early 1940s. They later moved to Dublin where they lived at 8 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey. At some point after Tom's death in 1953 Marjorie moved to Grange Court, Rockfort Avenue, Dalkey.

They had the following children.

  135 F i Living.
  136 F ii Living.
+ 137 M iii Michael DOODY died on 2 May 2012.
  138 F iv Living.

54. Patrick (Paddy) Joseph DOODY (Michael (Mike) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 28 Mar 1907 in 6 Lavitts Quay, Cork. He died about 1982 in Caithness, Scotland.

Paddy became a doctor, graduating in 1931. He later moved to London where he was appointed Medical Officer of Health for the London borough of Merton. He and his family lived in Wimbledon where the Patrick Doody Clinic is named after him. Paddy spent his retirement in Castletown, Caithness, Scotland.   

Patrick married Wilhelmina J. ROSIE in 1944 in London. Wilhelmina was born about 1911 in Caithness, Scotland. She died about 1992 in Caithness, Scotland.

Wilhelmina was a nurse.

They had the following children.

+ 139 F i Living.
+ 140 F ii Living.

64. Matthew Joseph RYAN (Ellen (Ellie) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 23 Feb 1895 in Co. Tipperary. He died in 1969 in Harrow, London.

The 1911 census tells us that 16-year-old Matthew was living with his family in Balfast and working as a paper machinist. He emigrated to the United States in August 1918 and we know from his World War I Draft Registration Card that he was living and working in Naugatuck, Connecticut in September 1918 (his address at 57 Oak St. being that of his aunt Catherine Kiely). The Registration Card also tells us that he had had the tops of four fingers amputated on his left hand. Matthew appears to have moved back to Ireland shortly afterwards as he was married in Belfast in 1919 giving his address as 10 Gamble St., Belfast (his family lived at 14 Gamble St.).

Matthew later settled in England and we know from the 1939 Register that he and his wife and family were living at the time at 48 Ferdinand Street, St. Pancras, London.

Matthew married Sarah MCKEOWN, daughter of John MCKEOWN and Elizabeth (Lizzie) COFFIELD, on 12 Dec 1919 in Belfast. Sarah was born on 1 Aug 1891 in Ardaghy, Carlingford, Co Louth. She died in 1983 in Brent registration district, London.

Sarah grew up in Belfast. Her address at the time of her marriage was 177 Grosvenor Road, Belfast.

Marriage Notes:

Sarah's occupation on the marriage certificate is shop assistant while Matthew's is sailor.

Matthew and Sarah had the following children.

  141 M i Living.

65. Catherine (Kathleen) RYAN (Ellen (Ellie) DOODY , Johanna ) was born in 1896 in Co. Tipperary. She died in 1992 in Syracuse, New York.

Kathleen emigrated to the United States in 1919. At the time of the 1930 and 1940 censuses she and her husband, Edward, and their family were living in Cazenovia, New York. Living with them in 1940 were a niece and nephew, Kathleen Golden who was 18 years of age and 14-year-old Charles Golden, both born in New York.

Catherine married Anthony Edward (Edward) SMYTHE on 19 Apr 1924 in Syracuse, New York. Anthony was born in 1898 in Ireland. He died in 1945 in Cazenovia, New York.

Edward emigrated to the United States in 1914. He was working as a night watchman at a die press company at the time of the 1930 census, and 10 years later he was a school janitor.

They had the following children.

+ 142 F i Mary Kathleen SMYTHE was born on 12 Mar 1925. She died on 24 Mar 2019.
+ 143 M ii Edward (Eddie) F. SMYTHE was born on 18 Aug 1927. He died on 10 Jun 1994.
+ 144 F iii Living.
  145 F iv Living.
Living married Vincent (Bob) Anthony MEIER. Vincent died.
  146 F v Living.
        Living married Living.

68. Johanna Mary (Violet, Vi) RYAN (Ellen (Ellie) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 16 Apr 1902 in 127 George's St., Cork. She died on 29 Aug 1963 in Newmarket, Suffolk. She was buried in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Johanna was called Violet or Vi by some family members. According to family sources Johanna was born in 1904. However, the 1939 Register, available on the Findmypast website, gives her date of birth as 16 April 1902 which, interestingly, is the same date of birth as a Matthew Ryan, located on the Irish Genealogy website, who was born in Cork to a mother whose maiden name was Doody. As we know that Johanna's brother Matthew Joseph listed here who was born on 23 Feb 1895 survived to adulthood it looks like a transcription error occurred (giving Johanna's father's name rather than Johanna). I am therefore assuming that Johanna was actually born on 16 April 1902.

In the 1939 Register Johanna is listed with her parents at 71 Burnham Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Her husband, Harry, who was a member of the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) is not listed, presumably owing to war duties. There are two lines in the Register after Johanna's entry which are blacked out and I am assuming these lines relate to two of Johanna's children. The reason for blacking out names on Findmypast is to protect the privacy of people who may still be living.  

By 1953 Johanna, Harry and their family were living at No. 20 P.T.C., R.A.F. Cranage, Middlewich, Cheshire. Johanna and Harry later moved to Newmarket, Suffolk.  

Note: The Birth Register mistakenly shows the name Matthew instead of Johanna but there is a note written alongside the entry explaining that there is an error.

Johanna married Harry Douglas LITTLE, son of George Arthur T. LITTLE and Charlotte Elizabeth DAVIDSON, about 1932. Harry was born on 14 Apr 1907 in Cheshire. He died on 30 Aug 1959 in Royal Air Force Hospital, Ely, Cambridgeshire. He was buried in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Harry was a member of the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) His address at the time of his death was 164 Windsor Road, Newmarket, Suffolk.

They had the following children.

+ 147 F i Barbara Winifred LITTLE was born on 13 May 1932. She died in 2003.
+ 148 F ii Margaret June LITTLE was born on 13 May 1932. She died in 1996.
+ 149 F iii Elizabeth Delia LITTLE was born on 13 May 1932. She died in Jan 2015.
+ 150 M iv Alexander Noel LITTLE was born on 12 Dec 1933. He died on 3 Aug 1984.
+ 151 F v Living.
+ 152 M vi Michael Matthew LITTLE was born on 19 Jan 1940. He died in 2002.
+ 153 M vii Living.
+ 154 M viii Living.

75. Monica Esther M. RYAN (Ellen (Ellie) DOODY , Johanna ) was born on 4 Apr 1914 in 14 Gamble St., Belfast. She died on 20 Jun 1997 in Comox, British Columbia, Canada.

Monica married Cecil Meigel ARRIETA, son of Justo (Justin) ARRIETA and Cecelia Bertram MELROSE, on 14 Apr 1940 in Hampstead, London. Cecil was born on 5 Nov 1908 in Hammersmith, London. He died on 21 Aug 1981 in Comox, British Columbia, Canada.

Cecil was a commercial traveller for a wallboard manufacturing company (according to the 1939 Register). He served with the R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II and spent time as a prisoner of war after his plane came down in Germany.

In 1953 Cecil changed his surname to Ryan (his wife's surname) by deed poll.

The family later emigrated to Canada.

They had the following children.

  155 M i Living.
        Living married Living.
  156 M ii Living.
        Living married Living.

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