Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:21 am

Hi Mary,

Thanks for replying again – I was afraid you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the flood of records relating to the family of Thomas McNamara of Ayle Upper and then the huge amount of research on all McNamaras in Derryeaghra and Ayle Upper by Jimbo. I agree with Jimbo that Derryeaghra would have been considered to be part of Ayle – it was part of the Ayle Estate plus it was a very small townland (80 acres) – see this description at the time of the first sale of the estate in 1850: ... est003.htm

As you can see from the work done by Jimbo we have no way of knowing how many children were born to Thomas in Ayle Upper (abt. 1810-1885). We only know of Margaret (who married Michael Noonan), Patrick (who married Honor Powell), Michael b. 1860 and Bridget/Delia for whom more research is needed, but there must have been more children that we do not know of. Likewise with Thomas in Derryeaghra (abt 1795 – 1865?). Jimbo shows that he had a son, Michael, who married Margaret Moloney, but there were other children, I’m sure. It would be foolish to say that the Thomases who were born in Ayle are limited to the two that we have found. It’s quite possible that Thomas in Derryeaghra had a son called Thomas born about 1820, who later moved to Derryfadda.

You mention the murder of William Sheehy in 1860 and the event and court case was well covered by the newspapers of the day, but it is probably a mistake to swallow entirely everything they say. A posting by “longlocks”, in 2012, entitled “Biddy Early (Wise Woman of Clare)”: viewtopic.php?t=3730, includes a link to one report in the Limerick Chronicle, which I have transcribed here:
Dreadful Murder of Alderman William Sheehy !!!
It is with sincere sorrow we have to record the death of Alderman William Sheehy, on Monday night, or early on yesterday morning, by most foul and bloody murder, which has since more disgraced our country, and stigmatized it for barbarity by the commission of the hightest crime that man can commit in violation of Divine or human law, - The late Alderman Sheehy was, as his civic title imparts, a member of the Town Council of this city, and represented the Irishtown ward; he was also a member of the Board of Guardians, and was most zealous in the discharge of his duties towards the poor, and the ratepayers; he likewise took an active part in assisting in the administration of the local affairs connected with the medical charities, whilst as a trader in his native city, he was much respected by all who had business transactions with him; and, it is well known, by merchants of the first respectability, who were appointed arbitrators in a law suit in which he was some years ago concerned, and who, in the capacity of arbitration, had the Inspection of his books, that he accommodated numbers of his fellow traders with the loan of monies in large amounts whenever the exigencies of trade compelled them to become borrowers, and this he did without availing himself of the powers of his position of lender by charging either discount or commission. In 1857 he became possessed of the lands of Oyle [Ayle], near Tulla. This property he purchased under the Incumbered Estates Court. It contains 550 acres of land, and he paid for it the sum of £800, subject to an annuity of £200, payable to an old lady of 80 years of age, widow of the late Robert Unthank, and whose maiden name was Mary Creagh, and whose first husband was McNamara – this this land he cultivated 70 acres, and resided latterly in a small two roomed thatched cottage, which he had fitted up for his own accommodation, and in which it is said he used to sit until a late hour at night reading. On Monday last he was in this city on business, and displayed his usual buoyancy of spirits and [?] active temperament. He left somewhere about 3 o’clock, and arrived at Oyle about six, and joined his labourers in the haggard, and when the business there was finished he retired with his ploughman who was also his caretaker to his cottage, where the kettle was put down; to use the language of this poor man who is our informant, and tea was had and agricultural arrangements spoken of, and at 10 o’clock the steward left for his own home, which was at a considerable distance from the cottage, and on the other side of a hill which intervened. When the steward returned at early morning to resume the duties of the day, he was horrified on seeing the cottage a blackened heap of smoking ruins, and on his arrival at the scene he found that the cottage door had been forced, and the strong lock pushed back, and under a heap of the ruins, which came from the burning roof, was the headless, armless, and feetless trunk of his unfortunate master, and which was so far preserved from the devouring element by the heap of debris which fell upon it. The remains of the deceased were found in the passage which led from the sittingroom to the outer door, and beside it, lying where the hands of the deceased stretched out when he fell, were his pistols, which he must have taken down from the chimney-board in order to defend himself from his murderer or murderers, when he heard the crashing at the outer door. The woodwork of the pistols was burned off, but, strange to say, their charge remained unexploded. A gun shot wound was discovered on the side of the body, and marks supposed to be made by bullets were also found on the evenly plastered surface of the wall of the cottage, which coupled with the other circumstances already noticed, demonstrate that the deceased was shot and then that the murderers set the cottage on fire. It appeared that the deceased had not retired to bed, as the remains of his trowsers were found upon the portions of the legs which escaped the fire. His slippers were also discovered, but no trace of his head, nor legs, nor arms have been discovered, it being supposed that they were consumed, and that in removing the rubbish from off the body they became undistinguishable from the ashes by which they were at first concealed from view.
An inquest was held on the remains of the murdered man on yesterday, by Matthew Canney, Esq., coroner for the county of Clare, when a verdict of “Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown” was returned, and since then two persons have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in this act of blood. It has been said, and it is publicly reported, that the cause of this atrocious and inhuman outrage which may be placed side by side with any murder committed by the Druees[?], was the eviction of tenants from these lands, and of ejectments brought by the deceased in order to turn out a large number of families, but the very contrary is the fact. – the deceased never turned a tenant off the lands since they came into his possession but one – an old cup-tosser and fortuneteller named Early, who was a disgrace to the district; and his late ejectments at Killaloe dwindle down to a process for trespass on grass lands, brought against an old herd of the name of Flannery, and against whom he obtained a decree, more for the settling of a disputed question of right, than for pecuniary gain, and, strange to say, this old herd was not to be found at his place of abode when his presence was required at the inquest. It is also stated that the deceased was harsh to his dependents and to those about him, but they state that he was the reverse; that he was most kind to the poor; that he always gave employment to those who would work, and kept many out of the workhouses and to conclude[?] upon this melancholy subject, we can only repeat the language of one of his men – “a better man for the poor never lived.”
These facts will be corroborated by his rent books, in which will be seen the amount of monies lent to his tenantry for the purpose of improving their holdings, one of whom he never oppressed, but, on the contrary, was kind, humane, and generous to all.
Since the above was put in type we have ascertained that a portion of the skull of the deceased with some of the brains adhering to it was discovered amongst the ruins; and also that but one of the pistols was in his hand when he fell. He was cautioned on Sunday by the Chief of Police of the district, not to travel late at night, and to have a second person to reside in the house with him as company, and for defence in case he would be attacked.
I first read about the murder of William Sheehy in The Other Clare Vol. 19 (1995), in an article entitled “Wilful Murder Against Some Persons Unknown,” by Kieran Sheedy (pp 53-57). Sheedy explains that the land bought by William Sheehy was just one third of the McNamara estate: “The lot totalled 650 acres and included land in the townlands of Baurgegaun, Upper and Lower Curragh, Gorteenreagh, Derrynanave, Stone Park and Carheen”. He describes the acrimony between various people, as shown in the Feakle Petty Session reports and the Killaloe Quarter Sessions prior to the murder. A lot of detail follows and I skip over it here. Sheedy goes on to say
The harvest of 1860 had been a poor one (the first of three successive bad harvests) and William Sheedhy visited his tenants on horseback and agreed to reductions in many cases [note 13: Paddy O’Malley, Gorteenreagh, Feakle told the author that following a visit on horseback from William Sheehy, his grandfather’s rent was reduced from £14 to £8]. But the straitened circumstances of the overall population had led inevitably to a corresponding increase in agrarian unrest, and William Sheehy was aware of the danger it implied when he threatened proceedings against a minority of tenants for arrears of rent [note 14: Munster News, 28 October 1860].

Sheedy goes on to give the names of the men arrested after the murder. These were men who were known to be on bad terms with William Sheehy. They were Tom Flannery, the husband of Biddy Early, his uncle Martin ‘Whiskers’ Flannery, Martin Minogue, Martin Tuohy (who had recently returned from Australia), and also John Keeffe, Daniel Keeffe, John McNamara, Thomas McNamara and John Burke. “But it was acknowledged that there was not a shred of evidence to link any of the suspects with the killing.” Sheedy concludes his article saying “The identity of his killers has never become known, and the only visible reminder of his labours to-day on the land at Carheen (or of his tenant’s holdings) is a single stone-built outhouse."


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by MaryDooley » Sun Nov 06, 2022 5:00 pm

Thanks Sheila, I had found the report on the incident itself but couldn’t find anything on the arrests, which is interesting and fits with a vague family history that Thomas was implicated but believed to be innocent.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:05 pm

I don't attempt to follow any Linnane (a surname too readily distorted or spelled many ways) but I do follow McNamara. Just now going through my McN notes of Feakle, I am showing what I retained that may be of use if you wish to further track down the elder Peter Linnane (of Tithe Applotment days), as this younger Peter (wife also named Ellen) seems to have a birth year that could fit him in as the elder Peter's son, those years missing from the Tulla baptism register:
Sharon, I agree with your comment that the Linnane surname has too many variations. I was not at all familiar with the name in the USA, so surprised that it was fairly common in Ireland. As Sheila suggested, Linnane was frequently spelt as "Lennon" in records. Ellen Linnane, born in Tulla in 1902 to John Linnane and Ellen Hogan (family #10 on my Linnane list), arrived in the USA in 1924. And she still went by Ellen Linnane when she applied for USA citizenship in 1934. However, in the 1930 census, she was very likely the "Nellie Lennon", age 24, born in Ireland, 1924 arrival in USA, a domestic servant for Moise Cohen in New York.

And thank you very much, Sharon, for sharing your notes on the two Linnane headstones located at Old St. Mary's Cemetery in Taunton, Massachusetts. Your link timed out, but I was able to find it here:

I had seen these two headstones on the findagrave website, but unlike your source and that above, there was no actual transcription of what was written on the headstone. The digital photo was taken in 2013 and when you zoom into the photo it is all a big blur. So I was not aware that Peter Linnane was from Feakle, County Clare, although the findagrave contributor did include information from MA marriage & death records as well as newspaper obituaries: ... er-linnane

According to excellent Massachusetts marriage and death records, the Peter Linnane and Michael Linnane of Taunton were identified as children of Patrick Linnane, and sometimes as the children of Patrick and Mary Linnane. The common parentage, plus having adjacent headstones, we can safely assume that they were brothers and both from Feakle.

So Peter Linnnane of Taunton would not be the son of Peter Linnane of Glandree who was married to Ellen Hayes. There were several "Lennon" families living in Caher Feakle Catholic parish, Sleiveanore townland in particular, as noted by Sheila, and also Linnanes from Knocknageeha townland. With a Patrick Linnane of Feakle being the father of a Peter, born about 1825, and a Michael, born about 1833, I looked for Patrick in the 1827 Tithe Applotment books for Feakle Parish. I could not find Sleiveanore townland at all; perhaps it was included in Kilanena townland? ... le_tab.htm

However, in the 1827 Tithe Applotment books, there was a Patt Linnane of Kilanena townland, with "Knocknageeha East" in the remarks. The only Linnane (or Lennon) in Feakle Parish. I had previously come accross the Linnanes of Knocknageeha, as descendants of Peter Linnane and Ellen Hayes of Glandree (two children in Manitowoc, family #4 in my Linnane list) have Patrick Linnane (≈1815 - 1903) of Knocknageeha and Peter of Glandree as siblings (and no other siblings). I don't see any evidence for this. It would be far more likely that Peter Linnane of Glandree was a sibling of John Lennane of Glandree (married to Catherine Lahiff) with identical property details in the Tithe Applotments. And, I reckon, that Patrick Linnane (≈1815 - 1903) of Knocknageeha was the elder brother of Peter Linnane (≈1825 - 1861), and Michael Linnane (≈1833 - 1896) of Taunton, Massachusetts.

Only a few of the many Linnane of Knocknageeha family trees on the ancestry website have Patrick Linnane of Knocknageeha in the 1827 Tithe Applotments as the father (or any other father) of their Patrick Linnane (≈1815 - 1903) of Knocknageeha, married to Bridget Noonan (≈1833 - 1913), with a first born son named Patrick Linnane (≈1858 - 1940).

Sharon, ten years ago you responded to a posting by a Linnane descendant of Knocknageeha:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4435&p=6927&hilit=K ... eeha#p6927

Linnane of Knocknageeha, Feakle Civil Parish, Caher Feakle Catholic Parish:

Patrick Linnane (≈1780? ≈ 1790? - prior to 1864 ?)

If this Patrick Linnane was indeed the father of Peter, Michael, and Bridget Linnane of Taunton, MA, then his wife was a "Mary".

"Patt Lennane" appeared, along with "Patt Hoy", "Frances Molony", and "Jas Hoy", as shared occupiers of land in Kilanena townland (Knocknageeha East in small print) in the Tithe Applotment book for Feakle Parish dated 25 October 1827. Total 50 acres; total valuation of land over £35; "rectorial tithes" and "economy tithes", both at 9 shillings 10 pence.

http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarc ... _00024.pdf

For 1855 Griffith Valuation for Knocknageeha townland, the shared leaseholders from 1827 Tithes have split up. Patrick Hoy is in Plot 4 AB. John Molony (Francis) is in Plot 2 AB. Patrick Linnane is in Plot 3 ABCD, over 60 acres, total valuation £9. ... h=&height=

The Patrick Linnane of Griffith Valuation could be the same individual as the 1827 Tithe Applotment book, or perhaps his son, also named Patrick Linnane, born about 1819. Patrick Linnane of the 1827 Tithes appears to have died prior to the 1864 start of civil death records.

1.0 Patrick Linnane (≈1819 - 1903) and Bridget Noonan (1833 - 1913) were likely married about 1851 based upon birth of first child. No marriage record in Caher Feakle Parish (records begin 1840), or Tulla Parish (1819), perhaps married in Feakle Parish (records begin 1860)?

In the 1901 census, Patrick Linnane (age 86, retired farmer), Bridget Linnane (age 63), with their married eldest son, Patrick (age 40) as head of household, daughter-in-law, grandson, and two other adult children:
<Knocknaguha, Killanenna, House 3; Knocknageeha, Killanena, House 7> ... a/1087622/

Patrick Linnane, 88 years old, married, farmer, of Knocknageeha, died on 12 September 1903; informant his son, Patt Linnane (Tulla registration). ... 590924.pdf

Patrick Linnane and Bridget Noonan were the parents of nine children, who are well documented on the ancestry website with many family photos. Below is just a brief outline to determine if any went to Taunton, Massachusetts or Manitowoc, Wisconsin, which would indicate a family connection.

............ 1.1 Mary Linnane, was baptized on 18 August 1853, residence Knocknageeha; sponsor Mary McMahon. Married Thomas Madden of Caher on 19 February 1878. ... l/1085258/

............ 1.2 Bridget Linnane, born about 1856, unknown baptism. To New South Wales in 1879.

............ 1.3 Margaret Linnane, "Margaret Lennan" was baptized on 10 December 1857, no residence; sponsor Margaret Noonan. To New South Wales.

............ 1.4 Patrick Linnane, born about 1858, unknown baptism. Patt Linnane, of Knocknageeha, married Anne McNamara, of Currakyle, daughter of Michael McNamara, at Flagmount chapel on 2 March 1897 (Scariff registration). Patt Linnane, a widower, married Mary Sheedy of Deerpark, daughter of James Sheedy, on 15 February 1900 (Tull registration). <Knocknaguha, Killanenna, House 3; Knocknageeha, Killanena, House 7>

............................. 1.4.1 James Linnane (age 11 in 1911)
............................. 1.4.2 Delia Linnane (age 10 in 1911)
............................. 1.4.3 Margaret Linnane (age 8 in 1911)
............................. 1.4.4 Mary Linnane (age 4 in 1911)
............................. 1.4.5 Patrick Linnane (age 1 in 1911)

............ 1.5 Peter Linnane was born on 10 May 1864, residence Knocknageehy (Tulla registration). To New South Wales.

............ 1.6 Michael Linnane was born on 2 February 1867, residence Knocknageehy (Tulla registration). A Michael Linnane died in the first quarter of 1867 at age of 0; Tulla on-line registration not yet available.

............ 1.7 James Linnane was born on 6 February 1868, residence Knocknageehy (Tulla registration). A carpenter, moved to Kings County. ... n/1468098/

Married Mary Anne Coonan on 28 November 1905 (Roscrea Registration). ... 705605.pdf ... a_/557243/

............ 1.8 John Linnane was born on 26 March 1870, residence Knocknageehy (Tulla registration). <Knocknaguha, Killanenna, House 3; Knocknageeha, Killanena, House 7> Married Mary O'Shea on 11 July 1914.

............ 1.9 Anne Linnane was born on 14 June 1872, residence Knocknageehy (Tulla registration). <Knocknaguha, Killanenna, House 3; Capparoe, Scariff, House 14> Married John Bolton on 14 February 1906.

2.0 Peter Linnane (≈1825 - 1861), age 27, son of Patrick and Mary Linnane, married Ellen Galligan (≈1828 - 1904), age 23, daughter of John and Catherine Galligan on 18 July 1852 in Taunton, Massachusetts.

"Peter Learance" 1852 marriage per MA State Vital Records, 1841 - 1920:

"Peter Leauane" 1852 marriage per MA Town Clerk Records, 1626 - 2001:

Peter Linnane died on 23 August 1861 in Taunton, the death record states Patrick as the deceased in error, father reported as Patrick Linnane.

Ellen Galligan Linnane (age 69), was living in Taunton with her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Conaty, in the 1900 census.

............ 2.1 James Linnane (1853 - 1854), "Died June 27, 1854, aged 1 year 2 months 10 days" per headstone transcription at Old St. Mary's Cemetery in Taunton.

............ 2.2 Patrick C. Linnane (1855 - 1930), born 15 March 1855 in Taunton (per MA Birth Records, 1840 - 1915). Patrick C. Lennane, age 26, born in Taunton, son of Peter and Ellen Lennane, married Anne E. Finnen ("Finnan" in 1870), age 24, born in Taunton , daughter of Patrick and Anne Finnen, on 15 September 1881 in Taunton (MA Marriage Records, 1840 - 1915).

In the 1900 census, the "Linnan" family were living on Main Street in Falmouth, Barnstable County, MA.

............................. 2.2.1 James J. Linnane (age 16 in 1900)
............................. 2.2.2 Nellie L. Linnane (age 14 in 1900)
............................. 2.2.3 Anna Linnane (age 13 in 1900)
............................. 2.2.4 May Linnane (age 11 in 1900)
............................. 2.2.5 Frank Linnane (age 7 in 1900)
............................. 2.2.6 Helen Linnane (age 2 in 1900)
TAUNTON, May 29—Patrick C. Linnane, for many years a city employee, died today at his residence, 152 Weir st. He was formerly employed by the Old Colony Road and the United States Fisheries' Station at Woods Hole. He was a charter member of Taunton Court, M.C.O.F.

Besides a widow he leaves a son, Francis P.; three daughters, Mrs Edward J. Sheehan of Falmouth, Mrs Charles C. Cain Jr., and Mrs Fred A. Clapp; one sister, Mrs Francis P. Conaty, and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at the residence, followed by a high mass of requiem at St. Mary's Church.

The Boston Globe, Massachusetts, 30 May 1930
............ 2.3 Mary Linnane (1857 - 1857) "Mary, Died Sept. 3, 1857, aged 3 months 17 days" per headstone transcription at Old St. Mary's Cemetery in Taunton.

............ 2.4 Ellen Linnane, born 3 September 1858 in Taunton (per MA Birth Records, 1840 - 1915). Ellen M. Lennane, age 20, daughter of Peter and Ellen Lennane, married Francis P. Conaty on 7 May 1879 in Taunton (MA Town and Vital Records, 1620 - 1988).

............................. 2.4.1 Francis J. Conaty (age 20 in 1900)
............................. 2.4.2 Peter L. Conaty (age 18 in 1900)
............................. 2.4.3 Alice M. Conaty (age 16 in 1900)
............................. 2.4.4 Thomas J. Conaty (age 12 in 1900)
............................. 2.4.5 Bernard S. Conaty (age 12 in 1900)
............................. 2.4.6 Charles C. Conaty (age 9 in 1900)
CONATY. Mrs. Nellie M. Conaty, widow of the late Francis P. Conaty, loving mother of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis J., Peter L., Thomas J., Bernard S., and Rev. Charles C. Conaty.

Rosary this evening 8 o'clock at the chapel of Cunningham & O'Connor, 1031 South Grand Avenue. Solemn requiem mass Friday, 9:15 a.m., at Holy Spirit Church, West Pico at Dunsmuir. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Los Angeles Times, 25 September 1941
............ 2.5 Catherine Linnane (1860 - 1917), born 16 October 1860 in Taunton (per MA Birth Records, 1840 - 1915). Catherine A. Linnane, "age 50", daughter of Peter and Ellen Linnane, died in Taunton on 5 December 1917.

3.0 Bridget Linnane (≈1831 - 1858), "Bridget Linnon", age 24, born in Ireland, was living in the "Peter Linnen" household in Taunton in the 1855 MA state census. Relationships are not reported in this state census, but her death record three years later would indicate that Bridget and Peter were siblings. "Bridget Linnan", age 30, single, born in Ireland, died in Taunton on 2 March 1858, parents Patrick and Mary Linnan (per MA death records, 1841 - 1915; on ancestry website, cannot find on FamilySearch).

4.0 Michael Linnane (≈1833 per marriage - 1896), age 21, son of Patrick Linnane, married Ann McCarty (≈1831 - 1873), age 21, no father listed, on 10 January 1856 in Taunton.

"Michael Laman", per MA State Vital Records, 1841 - 1920:

Ann Lennane (McCarthy), married, age 42, born in Ireland, daughter of Michael, died in Taunton on 12 January 1873 (MA, Town and Vital Records, 1620 - 1988).

Michael Lennane, widow, age 70, laborer, born in Ireland, son of Michael (incorrect, does not agree to his marriage record) and Mary Lennane, died in Taunton on 27 January 1896 (MA, Town and Vital Records, 1620 - 1988).

............ 4.1 Bridget Linnane (1857 - 1858) ... et-lennane

............ 4.2 Mary Linnane (age 13 in 1870) ... ry-lennane

............ 4.3 Ellen "Nellie" Linnane (age 11 in 1870) ... len-gibson

............ 4.4 Catherine Linnane (age 9 in 1870) ... a-hathaway

............ 4.5 Patrick Henry Linnane (1865 - 1909), (age 5 in 1870) ... ry-lennane

............ 4.6 Lizzie Linnane (age 2 in 1870) ... th-lennane

............ 4.7 Agnes "Anne" Linnane (1870 - 1873)

............ 4.8 Rose A. Linnane (1872 - 1873)


Of the eight children of Patrick Linnane (≈1819 - 1903) and Bridget Noonan (1833 - 1913) of Knocknageeha who reached adulthood, five married and remained in Ireland, and three went to Australia — none went to the United States, to their presumed cousins in Taunton, Massachusetts (my theory) or their presumed cousins in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (theory by Manitowoc descendants). The Patrick Linnane of 1827 Tithes in Knocknageeha townland is surely the father of Patrick Linnane (≈1819 - 1903) living in Knocknageeha in the 1901 census. There was only one Linnane, a Patrick Linnane, at the time of the 1827 Tithe Applotment records for all of Feakle parish. The headstone of Peter Linnane of Taunton states he was from Feakle Parish. Massachusetts civil records state that Peter Linnane, and his siblings, Bridget and Michael, were the children of Patrick and Mary Linnane. Therefore, I reckon, that the Taunton Linnanes must be from Knocknageeha townland and their brother was Patrick Linnane (≈1819 - 1903) married to Bridget Noonan (1833 - 1913). It is interesting that three children of Patrick Linnane (≈1819 - 1903), none of them convicts, chose to go to New South Wales and not Massachusetts.

In researching the Linnanes from Caher Feakle Catholic Parish, I see now that Margaret Linnane of Glandree who married James Halloran of Feakle on 11 February 1834 in Tulla Parish (#8B on my Linnane listing) went to live in Caher Feakle Parish. I had searched only Feakle Parish and found no sign of this couple. James O'Hallerin and Margaret Linane had a daughter, Mary O'Hallerin, on 7 June 1846, no residence (unfortunately); sponsors Nance and Michael Molony (Caher Feakle baptisms, 1842 - 1861). Probably the tail end of their children. However, with only a quick look, I could find no Halloran in the Scariff or Tulla civil marriage records with a James Halloran reported as their father.

Buried at St. Mary's cemetery, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin was a James Halloran (≈1822 - 1877) and his wife Margaret Halloran (≈1832 - 1902), who lived in Maple Grove. Both born in County Clare. However, they would obviously have been too young to be the couple who married in 1834 in Tulla Parish. Plus, Wisconsin records indicate that Mrs. Margaret Halloran was Margaret Meany. From the births of their children, it appears the Hallorans first settled in Ohio prior to moving to Wisconsin. ... s-halloran ... t-halloran

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:07 am

Manitowoc, Wisconsin led to the Linnane families of Glandree, and back to the story of the widow Margaret Linnane and the young John Linnane, still unidentified, who both testified at the trial of four Glandree men in 1847 who were sent to Bermuda.

Descendants of only one Linnane family of Glandree appear to have remained in Ireland by the time of the 1901 Irish census, the descendants of Bridget Linnane (1848 - 1889), the daughter of Michael Linnane (≈1797 - 1877) and Mary Cunneen (≈1804 - 1874). Bridget Linnane married James Molony of Kilenena in 1871. Further research of this Molony family has surprisingly revealed a connection to the Land War violence and Moonlighting attacks of the 1880's.

James Molony and Bridget Linnane were the parents of nine children, but only one son, Michael Linnane, who was born in 1877. Michael was living with his father, a widower, in both the 1901 and 1911 census. Michael Molony, farmer, of "Maherbaun, Tulla", son of James Molony, married Mary McMahon, of Maherbaun, daughter of farmer Denis McMahon; witnesses John Loughery and Annie McMahon (Scariff civil registration). ... 328864.pdf

The witness at the marriage, John Loughery, was a first cousin of Michael Molony and was living with his uncle, the widower James Molony in Glendree in the 1911 census, where he was reported as 11 years old and born in the USA. John Loughery, of Glendree, born about 1901, was reported in the Glendree National School Register, 1904 - 1921; his "previously school attended" was "American" (per transcriptions at Clare Library donated by Jane Halloran Ryan of Tulla Reaching Out): ... ree_ns.htm

As already mentioned in the Loughery family tree, John Loughery was the son of Patrick Loughery and Ellen Moloney, born in Brooklyn. John Loughery was noted on the pension/medal applications (associated with the Irish War of Independence) of James Burke and John Moroney as having been one of their Irish Republican Army commanding officers of F (Glandree) Company of 5 Battalion of East Clare Brigade: ... ns_a_d.pdf

John Loughery of F (Glandree) Company of the Irish Republican Army doesn't get a mention in any of the County Clare specific histories of the Irish war of independence and civil war (by Joe Power and others). This is not a big surprise as likely thousands of men were involved and all their stories couldn't be included in one book. Plus, after the Irish civil war ended, John Loughery at the age of 24 returned to New York City on the SS Doric arriving on 20 April 1925.

1925 passenger listing:

John Loughery was the son of Patrick Loughery who during the Land War period was a leader of the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Crusheen, sometimes called the Crusheen Invincibles.

Patrick Loughery got a mention in a 2009 posting by Paddy Casey entitled "Gun law in Crusheen 18 Aug 1887", transcribing a pamphlet / Irish Times news article from 1887: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=686
The following is from "Three months of the National League: a record of the working of the National League branches in Ireland for the months of June, July, and August, 1887" at: ... s_djvu.txt

Yesterday morning printed notices were found by the police posted up in the village of Crusheen, near Ennis, the scene of the firing into the house of Patrick Loughry on Monday night. The notices to threaten to shoot Ned Kennedy a farmer, who is also rent warner on the property of Mr. James Vesey Fitzgerald, D.L., if he does not give up the Farm of Viewmount, from which the widow Stackpoole had been evicted eight years ago. The farm had been derelict for a long time till Kennedy took it at half the former rent. Two men, with their faces disguised and armed with revolvers, came into his house on Sunday morning about 7 o'clock. They took him out of bed, and marched him down to the shed of an old house a few yards away, put him upon his knees, and then fired, slightly wounding him in one of his legs. Kennedy then gave up the farm, but took it back again a few months after, and has remained in occupation of it for the past three years. —
Irish Times
, 19th August, 1887.
The timeline of events in the above article is very confusing, perhaps purposely so. The Irish Times was "predominantly Unionist in outlook" (per wikipedia), as was obviously the "Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union" who published "Three months of the National League" in 1887. It appears that in 1887 they both wanted to exaggerate the level of crime and make it a top political issue. However, the attack on Ned Kennedy took place in 1882, and not in 1887 as implied by the Irish Times. The root cause of the violence was an eviction back in 1879:
Ennis, Monday

Some eviction proceedings in this locality lately were freighted with sad experiences when we consider the position of the family and the inclement weather. The late Mr Denis O'Loghlen, held a farm of sixteen acres, called Viewmount, in the immediate vicinity of Crusheen, the lease of which had expired on his death about a year ago. The rent reserved was 12 shillings 6 pence [per acre]; a moderate sum, it must be admitted, and it was natural that the landlord should ask a rise. The sister of deceased, the Widow Stackpool, and her daughter and her niece, who had been all living together, were anxious to keep their little home, and offered to pay double rent—25 shillings an acre—which was beyond the Government valuation, and by competent judges said to be the highest letting value of the land. It seems the landlord and the agent held a different opinion; they demanded £2 an acre [20 shillings equals 1 pound], and would take nothing less. The mediation of influential friends failed to effect any arrangement; an ejectment decree was obtained, and put into the sheriff's hands for execution. When Mr. Pilkington, a day or two ago, proceeded to the discharge of his duty, he found Mrs Stackpoole lying on a sick bed. The officer, in compassion to the widow, quitted the house, declaring he would forfeit his situation rather than put her out. The painful circumstances of the case having come to the knowledge of Viscount Gough, that benevolent nobleman had them provided with a new home at Ashfield, a small farm on his property between Crusheen and Gort, and furthermore, he has promised to give them the land when the present letting for six months' grazing expires on the 1st of May next. One of the girls is the only daughter of a deceased officer of the army.

Weekly Irish Times, Saturday, 20 December 1879
The widow Mrs. Stackpoole was a "sister of the deceased", Denis O'Loghlin, of Viewmount, Crusheen, who at the age of 75, a bachelor and "Gentleman farmer", died on 14 March 1877, ; witness William Stapleton (not stated, but his brother-in-law), present at death in Crusheen (Ennis registration): ... 212648.pdf

In 1855 Griffith Valuation, Denis O'Loughlin (≈1802 - 1875) was living in Drummanneen townland, Inchicronan Parish (Crusheen), in Plot 2a, 27 acres, with a valuation of £18. He was the lessor to three sub-tenants, in Plots 2bcd, thus making him a "Gentleman farmer". When you look at Plot 2a on the corresponding historical map, it states "Viewmount". ... h=&height=
Clare Farmer's Club

A monster meeting of the Clare Farmer's Club was held yesterday, says the Irish Times of Saturday, at Ennis. . . . Mr Thomas Burke proposed the following resolution, which was seconded by Mr Martin Reidy, and passed unanimously:—"That this club takes this, the earliest opportunity, of condemning in the strongest manner the conduct of Mr J. F. Vesey Fitzgerald, J.P., Moyriska, in evicting the widow Mary Anne Stackpoole at Viewmount, under the harshest circumstances, and is of opinion that such actions on the part of landlords or agents ought to be checked by Government with the force it has hitherto solely and liberally expended in repressing a justifiable and legal agitation."

[iDublin Weekly Nation[/i], Saturday, 17 January 1880
Mary Anne Stackpoole, widow, 79 years old, "Gentlewoman", died at 5 Bushfield Terrace in Donnybrook, Dublin, on 13 October 1886; informant her niece Anna Stapleton (Dublin South civil registration): ... 784409.pdf

There is just one O'Loughlen of Crusheen family tree on the ancestry website and they have identified Mary Anne's parents as Malachy O'Loghlen (1768 - 1852) and Anne Lynch (1772 - 1849) along with four other children. Little information was provided on Mary Anne except the very important clue that Pillip Stackpoole married Mary Anne O'Loghlen in Viewmount in 1824; the source was the Westmeath Journal of 24 June 1824.

We know from the later news articles that the widow Mary Anne Stackpoole had been married to an "officer of the army". This might well be Philip Stackpoole's promotion to the 49th Regiment of Foot in 1813, and also his death in 1827:
49th.—Ensign P. Stackpoole, from the Royal Meath Militia, Ensign, without purchase.

Saint James's Chronicle, 3 August 1813
In Ennis, Lieutenant Philip Stackpoole, half-pay 49th Regiment.

Saunders's News-Letter, 1 June 1827
So Mary Anne O'Loghlen (≈1807 per death record - 1886) and Philip Stackpoole (? - 1827) had only been married for less than three years at the time of his death. This explains why the widow Stackpoole was the mother of just one daughter, who, I reckon, must have been born between 1824 and 1828. When the widow Stackpoole and her daughter and niece were evicted in 1879, it appeared to me that her daughter was unmarried, but I could find no suitable Stackpoole in the post 1879 civil death records. If the daughter was married, she would have likely married prior to 1864 civil marriage records. Unlike the niece, the daughter's identity remains a mystery.

Philip Stackpoole of the 49th Regiment ("Princess Charlotte of Wales's") of Foot would have fought in the Napoleonic Wars. It was also interesting that the eviction of the widow Mrs. Stackpool was described as "sad" due to the "position of the family". The widow Stackpoole was described a "respectable lady" in news articles and a "gentlewoman" in her civil death record. Viscount Gough apparently came to her rescue. Mary Anne Stackpool was living at 5 Bushfield Terrace in Donnybrook in Dublin when she died in 1886. The Bushfield Terrace was built about 1883 according to a real estate website detailing the sale of neighboring 3 Bushfield Terrance (for sale at Euro 1.295 million in 2018). A very nice property. Her niece, Anna Stapleton, age 48, single, was living at The Sheds in Clontarf in the 1911 census and her occupation was "living on interest of money". When Anna Maria Stapleton, of Vernon House, Contarf, Dublin, died on 10 March 1919, she left "Effects £521 10s. in England". ... -4/4286134 ... heds/5585/

I would have had greater sympathy for an evicted widow who was of the poorer classes; the widow Mrs. Stackpoole of Viewmount certainly wasn't very poor when she was evicted in 1879. Like her brother, Denis O'Loghlen, a "gentleman farmer", Mrs. Stackpoole likely sublet the farm to others, perhaps even at a nice profit. She offered to pay 25 shillings per acre when the landlord requested 40 shillings per acre. After being evicted her move to Dublin appears to have worked out okay. The widow Mrs. Stackpool and the Viewmount farm appear to me to be an odd choice for the Land League in Crusheen to make their rallying cry against evil landlords, but this appears to have been the case. The Viewmount farm sat empty for one year until the bailiff, Edward Kennedy, took over the farm. This led to an increasing level of violence:
The Land Agitation in Clare.
A correspondent of the Irish Times, writing on Monday says:—

A public meeting was held yesterday at Crusheen, a village within seven miles of Ennis, under the auspices of the Irish National League, which was represented by Mr. T.S. Cleary, chief organiser in Clare. The chair was taken by the Rev. Peter Meade, P.P. Though the weather was unpropitious, there being heavy showers of rain during the day, the farmer from all the surrounding districts came in large numbers, and there could not have been less than three thousand persons present. Heading the procession was a body of mounted men, about sixty in number, and the entire cavalcade proceeded to Viewmount, a farm within a short distance of the village. They marched triumphantly over the land with bands playing and banners flying, the horsemen galloping wildly in all directions, and the foot men levelling every wall to the ground. This exhibition of feeling was occasioned by the farm in question having been "surrendered" by a man named Neddy Kennedy. It appears that an aged lady, Mrs. Stackpool and her two nieces [should be one daughter and one niece?] held the farm of Viewmount . . . [description of circumstances as noted in prior articles] . . . The farm remained unoccupied for a considerable time, and then no other person could be got to take it but Kennedy, who is bailiff on the property. He has now surrendered the land owing to the cry raised against him, and feeling that his life was in danger. The rev. chairman, referring to the Viewmount raid, said that the Land League had inculcated principles which practically put it out of the power of any man to take a farm belonging to another, and if a landlord evicted a man the land would be left there to rot (cheers). He looked on it as a great moral victory over an exterminating landlord (renewed cheers).

Mr. Cleary said it was a grand vindication of the principles of the Land League, and a protest in the most formal manner against those who wished by the power of an unjust law to depopulate the country (cheers).

With the exception of the Viewmount incident the proceedings passed off in a quiet and orderly manner, and without the slightest disturbance.

Dublin Weekly Nation
, Saturday, 20 November 1880
The Land League's victory was short-lived as Neddy Kennedy returned to Viewmount.

On Sunday morning threatening notices were found posted on the chapel gates of Crusheen and Ballinruan, signed by that iniquitous character, "Rory of the Hills," demanding the immediate exit from the farm of Viewmount of the present tenant, Neddy Kennedy, under penalty of death. The circumstances connected with his possession of the holding are peculiar. It is situated in the immediate vicinity of Crusheen, and was held under lease by an aged and respectable lady, Mrs Maryanne Stackpool, widow of an officer of the army, and she had been living with her niece and her only child, a daughter. The rent received was 12s 6d an acre, and on the expiration of the lease of the landlord, Mr J.F. Vesey Fitzgerald,

Bassett's Chronicle, Saturday, 25 June 1881
(From Our Correspondent.)

A couple of nights ago a rick of hay, containing about six tons, belonging to Neddy Kennedy, was set on fire at Viewmount, Crusheen, and consumed. Kennedy is land bailiff to Mr J F V Fitzgerald, D.L., Moyrusk, and took this farm, from which the widow Harpool [Stackpool] had been evicted in 1879. This land remained unoccupied for nearly twelve months, and, when no other tenant could be got to take it, Mr Fitzgerald gave it to his bailiff, who had since continued in possession. Kennedy and his family are boycotted, and this is a sufficient explanation of the malice prepense.

Dublin Daily Express, Tuesday, 11 October 1881
Four men, armed with pistols, entered the house of Edward Kennedy, in the village of Crusheen, situated midway between Ennis and Gort, co. Clare, on Sunday night. They dragged him out of bed on to the road, then marched him in a half nude state to the shell of an old house close by, where they made him go on his knees. They then fired three shots over his head and one at his legs, which were slightly scorched by powder. Kennedy is land bailiff on the Vesey Fitzgerald estate. He took a farm from which an old lady, the widow of an officer, and her daughter and niece, had been evicted two years ago. More evictions are pending on the same estate in the neighbourhood, and to the latter and not the taking of the farm Kennedy attributes the outrage. In the evening, after Lenten devotions, a procession, composed of immense numbers, paraded the village roads, headed by the Crusheen band, cheering for the suspects [Coercion Suspects], and groaning for rack-renters and land grabbers. The Stipendiary Magistrate and the police were present, but did not interfere.

London Evening Standard, Tuesday, 14 March 1882
The attack on the bailiff Edward "Neddy" Kennedy at Viewmount in Crusheen took place on Sunday morning, 12 March 1882. The details of the attack are identical to the Irish Times description in its 1887 news article, which read as if the incident occurred in that same year.

The attack on Edward Kennedy was only a fortnight after the shooting of Michael Moroney of Leighort More on the night of 25 February 1882. While there were many arrests in 1882 under the Coercion Act, these suspects were held without charge or trial. So there was never a trial or anyone charged with murder in the shooting of Michael Moroney of Leighort More (there was a Special "Parnell" Commission in London in 1888/1889 which detailed this crime - see page 21). However, in April 1883 eleven men from the district of Crusheen, including Patrick Loughery, were arrested in what was called the "Crusheen Conspiracy". The subsequent magisterial investigation, including the testimony of an informer, provided "extraordinary disclosures" on the shooting of Edward Kennedy of Viewmount. The testimony also sheds light on the Moonlighting attacks of 1882 in general, I reckon, including the shooting of Michael Moroney of Leighort More.

The Magesterial Investigation of the Conspiracy in Clare, to be continued.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Wed Nov 30, 2022 5:29 pm

Hi Jimbo

The lecture given by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, “Safe as Houses: The Journey of Liam Mellows through Clare”, to the Clare Library History Week 3-7 October:, mentions the Moloneys (and also the Hogans), mostly between the 20 min point and 30 min point, I think.

The first page of the witness statement by Sean Mac Conmara, made in 1954, mentions the Loughreys, among others, as belonging to the Invincibles: ... WS1047.pdf

There is information on Patrick Loughrey on this site: ... ree=falvey

I took these few notes from the Clare Journal and just one (I think) from the Clare Freeman while I was subscribing to the British Newspaper Archive. One or two are just headings but I’ve included the dates to make research a bit easier for anyone interested in the Crusheen Conspiracy Case:

Thur 29 Feb 1872: At View Mount, Crusheen, Mrs. Stapleton, deeply lamented. (This was Margaret Bedelia Stapleton, widow, aged 66; informant Wm Stapleton, Dromanin: ... 277249.pdf)

Wed 17 Nov 1880: An enthusiastic land meeting was held in Crusheen on Sunday last. The Tradaree Parnell Escort Band passed through the town en route for Crusheen about 12.30, and escorted M T S Cleary. They returned at 7 p.m. followed by a very large concourse, notwithstanding the drenching cold rain. A large procession formed at Crusheen, and passed over the farm of Viewmount, belonging to Mr J F V Fitzgerald, and from which a Mrs Stacpool, an aged lady, and her two nieces, were evicted twelve months ago. The walls and fences were levelled to the ground, and the farm as now a perfect waste. Rev P Meade, P P, afterwards presided over the meeting at which the usual resolutions were passed.

Sat 7 Apr 1883: Mr Clifford Lloyd, Special R.M., arrived in town last night, and several arrests were made this morning at five o’clock. The Head Constable and six police, with the Sub-Inspector, visited the house of Mr Patrick McInerney, near the Corn Market, and made a thorough and vigilant search, but we understand no criminating documents were found. Mr McInerney, however, was arrested in Jail-street, where he was on duty collecting the customs of the fair. The following young men have also been placed under arrest: - James Hanrahan, Ballyvanan; Thomas and Pat McNamara, Knockreddan; Pat Walsh, Ballinruan; James Kennedy, Crusheen; Charles Hart, Bohernacarta; and James Brady, Ballyvanna.

Wed 11 Apr 1883: The excitement consequent to the arrest of Mr Pat McInerney, and the Crusheen young men has not abated. Everyone wonders what the charge could be. The police are reticent, and give but a little information as they possibly can, thereby causing speculation and talk. It is generally believed that the police have certain information of a secret society in Crusheen, which caused all the moonlighting incursions of last year, but how to connect Mr P McInerney with it everyone is at a loss to understand, as he was considered as easy-going, good-tempered, hard-working, and obliging individual. Miss Jane Coffey, a farmer’s daughter, from Ballinruan, was arrested and lodged in the jail, pending the investigation on tomorrow. It is said her incarceration is due to the fact of her leaving for America, she being wanted as an important witness. Two young men were arrested on Monday, in addition to the names we published on Saturday last, Denis Hanrahan, Knockreddan, and John Harte. The latter was arrested in Queenstown, he was about leaving for America. The Station Master at Crusheen, Mr Cunningham, has disappeared since Saturday night, but whether his flight has anything to do with the present scare is a matter of conjecture; one thing certain is, that his books and accounts were all correct and in perfect order.
(Separate) A Limerick telegram reports that shortly after the arrival in Limerick of the Clare train a man named Michael Higgins was arrested on a charge of being implicated in the alleged conspiracy to murder at Crusheen, county Clare. The accused was taken before a magistrate, and remanded in custody. He is stated to be a farmer.

Sat 21 Apr 1883: The Crusheen Conspiracy Case.

Wed 4 Jul 1883: Crusheen Conspiracy Case.

Sat 24 Nov 1883: In the Crusheen Conspiracy Case all the prisoners and their bails have been notified by Mr Murphy, Crown Solicitor, that the trial will take place at Cork Winter Assizes on 7th December next.

Clare Freeman, Wed 2 Jan 1884:
Cork Winter Assizes. The Queen v. Loughery and 10 Other Traversers. (Special Telegram to Clare Freeman). Cork Wednesday.
Mr Wm. H. Frost, Solicitor for the accused, telegrams that all the Traversers have been this day ordered by Mr Justice Johnston to be discharged on their own recognizances to appear to take their trial on the indictment found against them at the last Ennis Assizes, save Patt McInerney, who is ordered to give bail with two sureties to the same effect. They all return home today, as it appears the Crown do not feel that they have evidence to corroborate the informer Tubridy.

Jimbo, you refer to the murder of Michael Moroney on a couple of occasions, but I don’t believe that it was a murder. Given the state of medicine at the time, the amputation by Dr. Moloney is just as likely to have led to his death as the shooting. Of course I’m not an authority on amputations in the 1880s, but I think that often, after an amputation, Sepsis set in and led to the death.


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Fri Dec 02, 2022 10:03 am

Hi Jimbo

Over a year ago, we got to talking about the “Bridget” – as the Irish domestic servant was called in America. Our conversation is on page 33 of this thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6965&start=480
We talked about Emily Dickinson’s Irish servant, Margaret Maher. Well, you may be interested to hear that Louisa May Alcott also had experience of Irish servants, but hers was not so good. Frank McNally, in 30 Nov. Irish Times, writes about it: ... -policies/


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Mon Dec 12, 2022 9:37 am

Thank you, Sheila, for sharing the recent Irish Times article on Louisa May Alcott, and especially for the link to the podcast, “Safe as Houses: The Journey of Liam Mellows through Clare” by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh. Very interesting history and professionally done. Liam Mellows, whose goal was to get from Galway to Scariff where a relative lived, certainly took a wrong turn when ending up near Ballyoughtra.

The story of Michael Moloney unexpectedly coming upon Liam Mellows and his comrades while searching for a stray horse was also told in the 1954 witness statement by Sean Mac Conmara. ... WS1047.pdf

In the 1911 census, I reckon Michael must be the Michael Moloney (age 25) living with his father, Patrick Moloney (age 67), and mother Catherine Moloney (age 56) and three sisters in Ballyoughtra townland, House #5. According to the podcast / witness statement, Michael Moloney was an Irish Volunteer, and Sean Mac Conmara was his superior officer. In 1916 Michael Moloney would have been about 31 years old. ... ra/370792/

From Sean Mac Conmara's testimony, "Mellows spent five months in that mountain home, the hut on Maloney's land, along with his comrades" and that Moloney kept horses and cattle on land that he owned in the "Knockjames Mountains". In the Scarriff Rate Book of 1921, Kiltannon District Electoral Division, his father Patrick Moloney leased a house in Ballyoughtra, Plot 4, and there is also a Patrick Moloney holding land/bog in Kilduff Upper, Plot 3, which is located between Ballyoughtra and Derryulk Upper townlands (Derryulk also known as Knockjames). Next door in Kilduff Upper, Plots 1 and 2, reported in the 1921 Rate Book was the house & land held by the widow Hanna Hogan. ... on_ded.htm

I reckon it was Hanna Hogan's grandson who provided the testimony in the podcast (starting about the 11 minute mark) and was introduced by the narrator as: "Con Hogan, whose father Tom (age 14 in 1911) farmed the land in East Clare where Liam Mellows would eventually end up". James Hogan (age 65) & Hanna Hogan (age 43) & children of Upper Kilduff in 1911: ... er/370829/

In looking at the google satellite map view, Kilduff Upper looks fairly mountainous and wild, and is out of the way, a perfect hideaway. The mountain hut still exists, they visited it as part of the podcast, but it's not viewable on the satellite view so it is either hidden in the trees or else I could be completely mistaken about Kilduff Upper plot 3 being the location. I suspect that the Hogans ended up acquiring the Kilduff lands of the Moloney family of Ballyoughtra explaining the slight discrepancy between the podcast and Sean Mac Conmara's testimony regarding which family owned the land.

When Michael Moloney was searching for his horse and came upon Liam Mellows (an English born Wexford man, with a Dublin accent, per the podcast), after exchanging a mutual "good morning", Moloney said to Mellows, "you're a Dublin man". Upon which Mellows asked "How did you know that", Moloney responded, "Oh, sure I worked in Dublin for years". This exchange was according to Sean Mac Conmara's testimony, who also stated "Maloney had, in fact, been employed for some time in that city as a barman". Michael Moloney (age 25) was a "grocer's assistant" supposedly living with his parents in Ballyoughtra in the 1911 census. But I reckon he must also be the Michael Moloney (age 24), a grocer, born in County Clare, reported in the 1911 census at House 62.1 on Lower Dorset Street in Inn's Quay in Dublin, along with two grocer's assistants (Wes Harly, age 20, born in Roscommon; Matt Moloney, age 15, born in Clare). This is, surprisingly, the third double counting discovered in the Irish census just during the search for the missing Civil War soldier Thomas McNamara of Glandree and might raise a few questions on the accuracy of Irish population figures. ... wer/18691/

The 1911 census taker for Lower Dorset Street did align the House numbers reported on the census with the actual street address (Michael Moloney's neighbors on the census can be found on the Dublin city directory). 62 Lower Dorset Street was a "well-established spirit grocery" which went up for sale by auction in 1905 (Irish Independent, 8 November 1905).

Historical trivia: a few doors down at 68 Lower Dorset Street, Peadar "Peter" Kearney was born on 12 December 1883 to John Kearney and Kate McGuiness, a grocer & provision merchant (North Dublin civil registration). In 1907, Peadar Kearney wrote the lyrics to "A Soldier's Song" (in Irish, "Amhrán na bhFiann"), which is now Ireland's national anthem. ... 995279.pdf

The Irish Post Office, An Post, issued a commemorative stamp in 2007 for the 100th anniversary of "A Soldier's Song", with a depiction of a girl's choir from Dublin and the Tricolor. Peadar Kearney (1883 - 1942) will have to wait for the 100th anniversary of his death in 2042 to get his own postage stamp, hopefully. Although, after An Post has failed to commemorate Percy French (1854 - 1920) in any manner and ignored the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Fenian Rising, I would not count on this. Peadar Kearney's nephew, Brendan Behan (1923 - 1964), was commemorated at the 50th anniversary of his death (see Irish stamp on page 35).

Sheila, thank you once again for sharing the link to the Liam Mellows podcast as it was very interesting. However, Moloney in this part of Clare is a very common surname. I don't see any possible family connection between the Moloney's of Ballyoughtra and the family of James Moloney and Bridget Linnane of Glandree.

Michael Moloney's parents, Pat Moloney of Ballyoughtra and Catherine Keehan, were married in Tulla on 31 July 1880 (you must search using "Pat" and not "Patrick" to obtain the below marriage record, not sure why). Pat Moloney (age 51 in 1901, age 67 in 1911) of Ballyoughtra might be the Pat Molony baptized on 14 February 1844, to parents Pat Molony and Biddy McNamara of "Baloughter" in Tulla Parish. ... 039755.pdf

James Moloney, who married Bridget Linnane of Glandree, was the son of John Moloney of Killanena in Caher Feakle parish. His sister, Ellen Moloney, married Patrick Loughery of the Crusheen Invincibles, a widower with three young children, on 11 February 1885 in the Catholic church at Killanena: ... 966346.pdf

The ancestry website includes a typed summary of the Crusheen baptism register, 1860 - 1900, organized alphabetically by family. Pat Loughery and Ellen Molony had three children baptized (Margaret on 10 Nov. 1885; Corny on 24 April 1887; Kate on 18 January 1890). I could not find a civil birth registration for any of their children.

"P. Loughery", family of eight, of Crusheen, lessor Misses Butler of Castlecrine, were evicted in 1889 (other reports state 1887, see newspaper below, and later reinstatement), and appear on "East Clare Evictions", # 62, with the remark "Family emigrated to America", which was sourced from a Clare Champion article of August 1903. ... _index.htm

The Sub-sheriff, Mr J McMahon, accompanied by a staff of bailiffs, and escorted by upwards of one hundred police, proceeded on Friday to the locality of Crusheen, for the purpose of evicting two tenants on the property of the Butlers, minors. Colonel Graham, the agent, was also of the party. Their advent was announced by the ringing of the chapel bell at Crusheen, and they were met on the arrival by a large concourse of people and the local brass band. The evicting party first visited the house of Patrick Loughery, amid the groans of those assembled. They removed the furniture and handed over possession to the agent. They next proceeded to the Widow Reddan's, three miles distant, followed by the crowd, the band playing "The Peeler and the Goat." This poor woman's effects were thrown out on the roadside, but she was re-admitted as caretaker. The entire force, half of which were armed with rifles, then retraced their steps towards the village, where a conflict appeared imminent, Loughery with a number of men having rushed between the armed and unarmed constables, but after a short scuffle they retired and allowed the police to proceed. Loughery immediately re-took possession of his holding, where he intends to remain pending further action. It may be mentioned that he is the young man who some months ago caused a sensation by the disclosure of the "informer manufacture system," in connection with which he obtained £10 from Head Constable O'Halloran, on the pretence of assisting him in the furtherance of the vile scheme.

Dublin Weekly Nation, Saturday, 16 April 1887
The shooting into the home of Patrick Loughery in 1887 was only noted briefly in the Irish Times article (see last posting), with the emphasis on the violence against the bailiff, Edward Kennedy, which actually occurred in 1882. The following news article provided greater detail of the 1887 shooting including how Patrick Loughery's brother-in-law, a Moloney, and possibly James Moloney of Glandree, was visiting at the time and nearly got hit by one of the bullets:
Ennis Tuesday night [16 August 1887]

About ten o'clock last night (16th) two shots from revolvers were fired into the house of Patrick Loughry, who keeps a public house in the village of Crusheen, and there is something remarkable connected with it, inasmuch as Loughry is the man who, it was alleged, had been offered and accepted a £10 note eventually found its way into the Bodyke Eviction Fund. It appears that Loughry had been arrested with others in April, 1883, on a charge of conspiracy to murder, and the Crown having failed to produce any evidence to incriminate him, the prosecution fell through. His brother-in-law, a man named Moloney, and another man named Griffey, were sitting in the small room off the shop. Loughry had just supplied them with liquor and gone out in the yard, and immediately after two shots from a revolver were fired through the window, which is immediately in front of the street. Moloney had a narrow escape, one bullet passing close by his head, lodging in the wall. The police patrol came into the village immediately after, and arrested a young man named Michael Quigley, herdsman of Mr. Nicholas Butler, J.P., Walterstown, whom they saw walking away from the precincts of this house. He was searched, but nothing was found to incriminate him.

Dublin Daily Express, Wednesday, 17 August 1887

As mentioned above, Patrick Loughery and Ellen Moloney had a daughter, Kate, baptized in January 1890 in Crusheen Parish. Their next child, a son, Patrick was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1894. Thus, a fairly short window for their arrival to the USA between 1890 and 1894, and despite traveling with young children, including a "Cornelius", I could not find their passenger listing. New Haven appears to have been very popular with Fenians and Irish Nationalists. Their next daughter, Winifred, was born in Brooklyn in 1897. Ellen Molony Loughery was expecting another child when her husband, Patrick Loughery, died on 5 April 1900 in Brooklyn. In the 1900 USA census, taken on 2 June 1900, Ellen Loughery (age 30) was a widow living with five daughters (including her three step-daughters) and two sons at Baltic Street in Brooklyn:

1900 census:

John Loughery, born on 1 July 1900, was age 5 living in the Bronx with his mother, Ellen Loughery, age 38, a widow, and other siblings in the NY state census of 1905:

1905 census:
Evicted Tenants (Ireland)

RETURN prepared pursuant to Section 3 of the Evicted Tenants (Ireland) Act, 1907, giving particulars of all cases in which an evicted tenant (or a person nominated by the Estates Commissioners to be the personal representative of a deceased evicted (tenant) has been, with the assistance of the Estate Commissioners, reinstated, either by the landlord or by the Estates Commissioners, as a purchaser of his or his predecessor's former holding or part thereof, or provided with a new parcel of land under the Land Purchase Acts, during the Quarter ended 31st March, 1909.

Source: reinstated Evicted Tenant reports (available on Findmypast, access free at Family History libraries)
For County Clare, there were 23 reinstated tenants listed on the report ending 31 March 1909. From the estate of Misses Butler [of Castlecrine], "Loughery, Mrs. Patrick", of Knockreddan, was reported with a year of eviction as 1887, annual rent £25, over 133 acres, poor law valuation £28.

Amazingly, 22 years after having been evicted, the widow Ellen Moloney Loughery, living in New York, was able to get reinstated in their Crusheen lands in 1909. Her victory was short-lived, literally. Ellen Loughery, at the age of 45 years, died in Crusheen that same year on 19 December 1909. The certified cause: "That the deceased Ellen Loughery was found dead in a stream of water at Sunnagh about 12 o'clock noon on the 22nd December 1909 and the jury find that on her way home she accidentally slipped from a stone which was used in crossing the stream on her way home and was drowned accidentally. Information received from John Frost, Coroner for East Clare." ... 519211.pdf

Ellen Loughery when returning to County Clare in 1909 appears to have left her children behind in New York. In the 1910 census, taken on 15 April 1910, John Loughrey, age 10, was living in Manhattan with his brother-in-law, Patrick Murphy (age 32), his sister Mary Murphy (age 25) and two older siblings:

1910 census:

In the 1911 Irish Census, taken on 2nd of April, John Loughery, age 11, was living with his uncle James Maloney in Glandree and enrolled at Knockjames School. James Maloney's daughter, Annie Maloney, age 26, had returned to Glandree from Brooklyn at the time of the 1911 census for a visit, and it is very likely that she returned to Ireland with her young orphaned cousin, John Loughery. ... ee/370593/

The lyrics of "A Soldier's Song" remind me of John Loughery (1900 - 1971), born in Brooklyn, and later an I.R.A. commanding officer of F (Glandree) Company of 5 Battalion of East Clare Brigade, with its chorus, "Some have come, from a land beyond the wave", and also of his father, Patrick Loughery (≈1858 - 1900), a leader of the Crusheen Invincibles, with its second verse, "In valley green, or towering crag, Our fathers fought before us".

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Tue Dec 13, 2022 11:35 am

Hi Jimbo

Thank you very much for that posting. And thank you for pointing out that Michael [‘Goggins”] Moloney* belongs to the Baloughtra Moloneys and not to the Moloneys in Glendree who were connected by marriage to Patrick Loughery. I distracted you from your Linnane research, but, like other distractions in the course of this thread, my mistake led to this latest posting by you- so interesting to read.
Another possible mistake I may have made is in saying that Dr. Moloney had amputated Michael Moroney’s leg. I have since then tried to find where I got that idea, but failed. I can’t find anything on this thread, and I’ve looked at the notes I took while subscribing to British News Archive, and the only amputation I noted was carried out almost twenty years previously, by Dr. Moloney, on a girl whose hand had become mangled in the flax mill in Kiltannon. The report headed “The Late Accident at Kiltannon Flax Mill” was published in the Clare Journal of Thur 8 Dec 1864. I was struck by the lack of any pity for the girl; she was considered very lucky. I don’t know if she was given a first name, but I think her surname was Moloney. But I don’t think it possible that I would have confused that amputation with one carried out on Michael Moroney – the whole scenario is so different. I remember imagining that Michael Moroney was taken from Cloonagro on a horse cart (or “car” as we called it here) all the way to Tulla Workhouse. Is it possible I imagined the ampution too?
*Michael Goggins Moloney is mentioned in the witness statement by Michael O'Dea in 1955: ... WS1152.pdf

I was interested to read about the ejection of Mrs. Reddan. Although there is a townland called Knockreddan in Inchicronan parish (Crusheen), there are no Reddans there at the time of Tithes (1834), but there’s a Mich’l Reddin sharing with Edward Corbett in Abbeyview, which is in Sunnach townland: http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarc ... _00225.pdf. For Inchicronan, the Tithe Applotmen books include an opening page (I don’t think this goes for all parishes), which shows us the large number of townlands owned by Henry Butler Esq. at that time: http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarc ... _00207.pdf. The Reddans were still in Sunnagh (Toberbreeda) in 1901 and in 1911 (Tubberbreeda).
Abbeyview house (not to be confused with View Mount) was later occupied by a few different familys, one of whom was the O’Grady family*. Thomas Coffey in his “The Parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen)” (1993) includes a chapter, “The Houses of Inchicronan”, and writes of Abbeyview that it was
the property of the Butler’s of Castlecrine. It was built about the year 1778 and was occupied by Mr Henry Butler. In the year 1802 Mr. Denis Reynolds of Abbeyview applied for a game licence. In 1887 a bogus eviction was carried out by the Butlers when they took possession from a widow named Reddan on her own insistence to protect her interests against her own son. She was allowed back as caretaker. (The parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen), by Thomas Coffey, p 97).
*Many of the O’Gradys in Co. Clare must be descendants of the O’Gradys of Tuamgraney, where there is an O’Grady castle: ... -co-clare/ It may be that the Ballyvanna and Sunnach O’Gradys were among those.
At the time that Coffey was publishing his book, Abbeyview house was still standing. The family who had the farm at the time had built a new bungalow nearby. I don’t know if Abbeyview house is still standing. The houses that were “important” at the time would not be considered very commodius now, and might now be considered to be just old two-storey farmhouses. There was another such house called “Boscobel” in Sunnach townland. Coffey says,
It is little more than a quarter of a mile beyond the entrance gate to Abbeyview house, and on the opposite side of the road. The house is still inhabited, and Mr Daffy is in residence [1993]. His family purchased the house and lands from the Loughreys in 1887. (The parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen), by Thomas Coffey, p 97).

The only big houses in Crusheen parish mentioned in the Landed Estate Site are Ballyline/Millbrook (Butler), Bunnahow and Walterstown (Butler): Looking under “families” I expected to find a mention of Lahardan (Already in ruins at the time that John O’Donovan visited, and called locally “An Cabhal Mór” = the great skeleton, or ruin), which was had been the seat of the Fitzgibbon, later Vesey Fitzgerald family, up to the early 1800s, but did not see it named in the piece on that family. The landed estate site has a new look now, but I think I prefer the old one.

Jimbo, I see that there was a Linnane family living in the townland of Ballyvanna (Crusheen DED) in 1901 and 1911, plus a Mary Linnane, living alone, age 76, in 1901, but not there in 1911. There was just one Linnane tenant (Thomas Linnane) at the time of Griffith’s (1856): ... ballyvanna. The townland of Ballyvanna is on the same road as Abbey View and Boscobel and is adjacent to the townland of Sunnach. These townlands and the townland of Cappamore are very close to the north of the parish of Clooney. I think of Clooney as a meerkat standing on his hind legs, and the head of the meerkat (the townland of Derrycalliff)f is jutting into the parish of Crusheen. Although the townland of Derrycaliff is officially in Clooney, many records give address as Crusheen.


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Wed Dec 21, 2022 8:30 pm

Sheila, the 1955 witness statement of Michael O'Dea, born in Drumcharley, and a member of the East Clare Brigade during 1917 - 1921, was very interesting — thanks for providing the link. Especially his comment that while working as a grocer's assistant in Dublin, he had joined a "Grocers' Company" of the Irish Volunteers in 1913. I suspect Michael O'Dea would have known Michael "Goggins" Moloney of Ballyoughtra, also a grocer in Dublin about the same time period.

And thank you for providing a link in your posting on November 20th to the Falvey family website with its biography and nice photo of Patrick Loughery (≈1856 - 1900). ... ree=falvey

The Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette
article of 14 April 1883 with the headline "The Conspiracy in Clare" was very long. Fortunately, the above biography for Patrick Loughery includes a good summary of the Crusheen Conspiracy magisterial investigation. From the testimony of John Tubridy, a Crusheen shoemaker, who was the star witness for the prosecution, I've transcribed only one small section:
Examination [of John Tubridy] continued—He [not clear which of the defendants] told me they went to my house [to make plans] to fire at Ned Kennedy, and that I was to be one of the party; I asked them why would they pitch on me for; he said maybe I would not have to [do] it at all, that Patt Loughery and John Harte were to go to Jerry O'Keeffe in the parish of Tulla to see if he could send men to do it the way they would not be known. Loughery would send men to O'Keeffe if he wanted them in return; . . .
Tubridy's testimony about swapping men between Crusheen and Tulla for moonlighting attacks was interesting, but not too surprising as they would want to avoid identification. I reckon this might explain the moonlighting attack of 25 February 1882, only two weeks prior to the shooting of Ned Kennedy on 12 March 1882. First, James McNamara and Michael Moroney of Cloonagro townland were attacked, followed by James McNamara and Michael Moroney of Leighort More townland. Were the moonlighters from Crusheen and did they make a mistake in shooting Michael Moroney of Leighort More? When Moroney died days later, his funeral was well attended according to the testimony of the priest. The widow, Catherine Doyle Moroney, was awarded £500 in compensation and remained in Leighort More marrying the eldest son of Michael Moroney of Cloonagro townland.

Sheila, your last posting also confused the two Michael Moroney's. Michael Moroney of Cloonagro was stabbed on 25th of February of 1882 and would later testify in December 1888 in London at the Parnell Commission, "Begorra, one of them gave me a stab with a bayonet" (see testimony on page 21). Michael Moroney of Leighort More was shot in the leg that same evening and died later of his wounds.

With regards to Abbeyview, I wonder if this location is similar to Ayle House, whereby residents of neighboring townlands say they are from Ayle in various records as it was the more well known name. Evidence for this theory was discovered when researching "Patrick and Thomas McNamara of Knockreddan" who were two of the "Crusheen Conspiracy" defendants at the April 1883 magisterial investigation. Along with the others they were released in late 1883 / early 1884 for lack of evidence. Upon researching this McNamara family further, I am certain that Patrick and Thomas were brothers, the sons of Patrick McNamara, Sr., of Knockreddan. Their elder brother, Daniel McNamara, had a son Thomas McNamara born in 1875 (see 4.1 in family tree below) and the civil birth record listed both Abbeyview (under the date of birth) and Knockreddan (as residence of father).

In the 1855 Griffith Valuation report for Knockreddan townland, parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen), Patrick McNamara and Thomas Tierney share Plot 5, consisting of 54 acres, lessor James Butler, both with "house, office, & land", each valued at £10. ... h=&height=

"P. McNamara", family of four, of Crusheen, lessor Misses Butler of Castlecrine, were evicted in 1889 (likely in 1891, see below comment) according to the listing of "East Clare tenants evicted between 1878 and 1903", # 65, which was sourced from a Clare Champion article of August 1903. Unlike with Patrick Loughery, I could find no newspaper article documenting the eviction. ... sgiven.htm

We've previously come across the Misses Butler of Castlecrine who in 1891 evicted the family of Matthew McNamara (≈1824 - 1894) and Anne Halpin (≈1845 - likely 1913) of Uggoon, a family of eight. Anne Halpin McNamara, the "Widow McNamara", #36 on the listing of East Clare evicted tenants, was a widow in 1903, but not when the family was evicted in 1891. I discussed this eviction briefly on page 10 of this thread, back in October 2018.

The timing of the eviction of Patrick McNamara of Knockreddan was more likely in 1891; this is the year of eviction reported in their later reinstatement in 1909 and the same timing as the McNamara's of Uggoon. Plus, a Patrick McNamara, a farmer of Knockreddan, appears as a defendant of numerous petty session complaints through 1891. It is difficult to determine if the evicted "P. McNamara" was Patrick McNamara, Sr. (reported at Knockreddan townland in 1855 Griffith Valuation) or his son named Patrick McNamara (of Knockreddan, arrested part of the Crusheen Conspiracy in 1883).

When Anne McNamara, the daughter of Patrick McNamara, Sr., of Knockreddan, was married in February 1886, her father was reported as still living. But I was unable to find the death record for Patrick McNamara to determine if he was still living in 1891, the year of eviction.

The 1891 eviction of the McNamara's from their Knockreddan lands would have terrible consequences for the McNamara children. They were no long of the farmer class, but laborers who had to work the farms of others. This could be very dangerous, depending upon who you worked for.
Brutal Assault on an Evicted Tenant

At the last Ennis Petty Sessions before Mr Newton Brady, R.M., presiding, Daniel Kearney and John Kearney, brothers, and sons of Bryan Kearney, farmer, O'Brien's Castle, near Spancilhill, were returned for trial at Clare Winter Assizes for a brutal assault on Pat M'Namara in Ennis, on the 22nd June [1894]. It is supposed that he was struck with a weight on the side of the head which felled him to the ground, and from the effects of which he got concussion of the brain and was removed from the County Infirmary in an unconscious state. He is not yet completely recovered, though able to attend the court to give evidence. He could not tell which of the Kearneys struck him, but Daniel Kearney was identified by three witnesses, Henry and Andrew McMahon, and John Flaherty, all living in the Borheen. They saw Daniel strike the blow that knocked down M'Namara, and the injured man himself stated that he had been previously assaulted by John Kearney. M'Namara is one of the evicted tenants on the Butler property of Knockreddan near Crusheen, and the ostensible reason for the attack on him was—that he worked for James Grady, of Ballyvanna, who bought the interest in a farm which others bid for and tried to get. The prisoners were admitted to bail in £100, with two sureties in £50 each. Bryan Kearney and Mathew Clune were Daniel's sureties; Stephen Claney and Pat Roughan, Church-street, Ennis, were sureties for John. In connection with the assault there was also a charge against their cousin, Michael Kearney, of Carahan. It was dismissed.

Flag of Ireland, Dublin, Saturday, 21 July 1894
Patrick McNamara in 1894 was working for James Grady of Ballyvana townland, Crusheen, who along with his large family was living in Ballyvana, House #1, in the 1901 census. ... a/1068407/

I am fairly certain that the assaulted Patrick McNamara, was the son of Patrick McNamara of Knockreddan Griffith Valuation, but could not find him living in County Clare in the 1901 census. Having been brutally assaulted, did he immigrate to New York, the same as the Loughery family after their eviction?

Similar to Ellen Moloney Loughery, Patrick McNamara appears among the 23 reinstated tenants listed on the report ending 31 March 1909. From the estate of Misses Butler [of Castlecrine], "McNamara, Patrick", of Knockreddan, was reported with a year of eviction of 1891, annual rent £9, over 27 acres, poor law valuation £10.

Eighteen years after having been evicted, Patrick McNamara, Jr., was able to reclaim in 1909 the McNamara lands at Knockreddan. However, his return does not appear to have been welcome by some of his neighbors as evidenced by the petty session reports of Crusheen.

The six petty session cases #19 through #24 at the Crusheen petty session of 21 August 1909 detail the hostilities of the 4th day of August 1909 between Patrick McNamara and his Tierney neighbors of Knockreddan. Patrick McNamara of Knockreddan appears as the complainant in four cases, and the defendant in two others. The charges by both parties were mostly of assault and use of threatening language, and both parties were found guilty and fined 5 or 10 shillings. In the Griffith Valuation of 1855, Patrick McNamara (Sr.) and Thomas Tierney shared Plot 5 in Knockreddan. From the petty session charges, including one trespass charge by McNamara, I suspect that when the McNamara's were evicted in 1891, their lands were taken by the Tierney family, who were not so happy for Patrick McNamara to return in 1909.

In the 1911 census, Patrick McNamara, age 54, farmer, single, was living in House 1 in Knockreddan, along with John Loughery (age 40, a widower) and his three young children, including Patrick (age 10), all reported as "lodgers". ... an/370326/

In 1901, John Loughery (age 33) had been living with his wife Bridget (age 30), and their four very young children, including Patrick (age 0). They are living in the household of Bridget's parents, Michael and Kate Hurley. This is confusing since Patrick Loughery was born on 20 February 1901 to John Loughery and Bridget Commane of Knockreddan. Yet, Mrs. Bridget Loughery's parents were Michael and Kate Hurley in 1901? ... n/1087207/

Although reported as a "lodger" of Patrick McNamara in 1911, John Loughery might possibly be related through marriage, but I'm not sure how. Julia McNamara, the sister of Patrick McNamara, married John Moloney of Killanena, the brother of Ellen Moloney who married Patrick Loughery in 1885, as well as James Moloney who married Bridget Linnane of Glandree in 1871.

Crusheen baptism records do not start until 1860. But fortunately, Mrs. Julia McNamara Moloney of Killanena submitted a search request of the 1841 and 1851 Irish Census for her family in 1917. She listed her parents as Patrick and Anne McNamara of Knockreddan, and listed their children in birth order as: Jeremiah, Daniel, Bridget, Julia, Anne Mary, Pat, and Thomas (first image).

http://censussearchforms.nationalarchiv ... sp?id=1277

The search request was successful: reporting in 1851: Patrick McNamara, head, age 32, married 1839; Darby, age 12, Danl, age 9; Bridget, age 7; Judy, age 3; Mary, age 1 (second image).

Table II, under 1851, also reported: Patt McNamara, age 46, head of family; Mary, died 1848, age "6 / 12", as in 6 months (transcribed by National Archives as "7" in error); Bridget, died 1843, age 2; Mary Mack, mother, age 80; Margt Heffernan, cousin, age 14.

The 1841 census search results: Patt and Anne McNamara, no ages, married 1836; Darby, age 2, son; Margt McNamara, mother, age 60; Dennis McNamara, servant, age 27; Bridget McNamara, age 3, with comment "died 1840".

I am not so familiar with the 1851 search forms, and in particular the "table" information which reported two deaths. The National Archives in their "help" guidance for the 1851 census might be referring to this table: "An interesting Table of Cosmical Phenomena, Epizootics, Famines and Pestilences in Ireland, from the earliest records published, was also compiled by the Assistant Commissioner, aided by the eminent Irish scholars, Dr. O'Donovan and Mr. Eugene O'Curry, MRIA."

Patrick McNamara, Jr., and Thomas McNamara were born after the 1851 census. Parents "Patt and Anne McNamara" of the 1841 census, are only "Patt McNamara" in 1851, with no mention of Anne McNamara. This might be a simple oversight, as there is no mention of her death in the "table", and they go on to have two other children after 1851.

McNamara of Knockreddan, Inchicronan Civil Parish, Crusheen Catholic Parish:

Patrick McNamara and Anne were married in 1836 according to the 1841 census. The 1851 census stated their marriage as 1839, but given the death of their daughter Bridget, reported in the 1841 census as having died at the age of 3 in 1840, an 1836 marriage appears to be more accurate.

Maiden name of Anne McNamara is unknown. Her death also unknown. Some doubt whether Anne was still living in 1851 census as discussed above.

Patrick McNamara was living at the time of the marriage of his daughter Anne McNamara in March 1886. Could not find the civil death record for Patrick McNamara (after only a quick look).

Patrick and Anne McNamara were the parents of ten children born between about 1838 and the early 1850's.

1.0 Bridget McNamara (≈1838 - 1840, per 1841 census)

2.0 Jeremiah "Darby" McNamara (≈1839 - after 1864), age 2 in the 1841 census, and age 12 in the 1851 census.

Darby McNamara was the baptism sponsor for Thomas Tierney, the son of Thomas Tierney and Margaret Cahill of Knockreddan, on 11 December 1862 (Crusheen baptisms, 1860-1880).

Darby McNamara, of Knockreddan, was also a defendant in the Crusheen petty sessions on two minor assault charges on 1 May 1862 and 14 April 1864. His later whereabouts are a mystery. Darby or Jeremiah does not appear in later Irish civil marriage or death records or the Irish census. His younger brother, Patrick, would take over the McNamara lands in Knockreddan. He likely emigrated.

3.0 Bridget McNamara (≈1841 - 1843), died in 1843 at age of 2 years per 1851 census table.

4.0 Daniel McNamara (≈1842 - after 1875), age 9 in the 1851 census.

Daniel McNamara was the baptism sponsor for Hanna Loughery, the daughter of Cornelius Loughery and Sarah Keogh of Boscobell, on 25 September 1866 (Crusheen baptisms, 1860-1880).

Daniel McNamara, farmer, of Crusheen, son of farmer Pat McNamara (alive), married Eliza Houlihan, of Crusheen, daughter of Thomas Houlihan (dead), on 15 July 1874 at the Catholic chapel in Ennis, by the parish priest Peter Meade; witnesses James Morrissey and Mary McGrath: ... 124824.pdf

............ 4.1 Thomas McNamara, was born on 7 April 1875 , Abbeyview, father Daniel McNamara of Knockreddan, mother Elizabeth Houlihan (Tulla civil registration). Thomas Mack was baptized on 7 April 1875, residence Abbeyview, at Crusheen Parish; sponsors Patt Mack and Kate Houlihan. ... 136124.pdf

Later whereabouts of Daniel McNamara and his family are a mystery. Similar to Darby McNamara, he likely emigrated from Ireland. But where?

5.0 Bridget McNamara (≈1844 - after 1860), age 7 in 1851 census.

Bridget McNamara and her brother, Daniel McNamara, are the likely baptism sponsors in 1860 for a child born to Peter Tierney and Honora Cornheady, no location, but in other baptisms reported from "Dereenaclouna" (Crusheen baptisms, 1860-1880).

Later whereabouts of Bridget McNamara are unknown. She may have died between 1860 and 1864, but more likely she married and / or emigrated.

Note: the Crusheen Baptism register (1860-1900) includes the family of James Corbett and Bridget McNamara of Sunnagh townland, with a son (James) born in 1862. However, the 1901 / 1911 census reports reflect an elder son, Edward, born about 1857, prior to the start of the baptism register. Thus, Bridget McNamara of Knockreddan would have been too young, I hope, to have gotten married to James Corbett of Sunnagh.

6.0 Mary McNamara (≈1847 - 1848), died in 1848 at the age of 6 months per 1851 census table (you must really zoom into the document to see that it states "6 / 12"; transcribed as "7" in error).

7.0 Julia "Judy" McNamara (≈1848 - 1931), age 3 in 1851 census.

Julia McNamara, "age 26", of Knockreddan, daughter of farmer Pat McNamara, married John Moloney, age 28, farmer, of Kilenena, son of farmer John Moloney, on 19 February 1881 at the Crusheen chapel, by the curate Michael Foley; witnesses John Brody and Margaret Hanrahan (Ennis registration): ... 019849.pdf

Julia Moloney, of Killenena, age 73 years, married, wife of a farmer, died on 27 November 1931; informant her nephew, Pat McAllen, of Knockanenna <Corbehagh, Killanenna, House 4; Knockanena, Killanenna, House 1> . Pat McAllen was the son of Patrick McAllen and Anne Moloney of Corbeha, born on 16 February 1889. ... 323743.pdf

John Moloney and Julia McNamara (age 48 in 1901, age 60 in 1911) were the parents of five children, two living at the time of the 1911 census: <Killanenna, Killanenna, House 10, House 8> In 1917, Mrs. Julia Moloney of Killanena submitted the search form for the 1851 and 1841 Irish census.

............. 7.1 Margaret Moloney (≈1883 - 1899), unknown civil birth record; died on 21 January 1899, at age 14 years, residence Killanena; informant father Patt Moloney (Tulla civil registration).
............. 7.2 John Moloney (1884 - prior to 1911), baptized 29 June 1884 per Crusheen baptism register summary (1860 - 1900, on ancestry website) - their only child to be included, as later baptisms would likely be at Caher Feakle parish. Unknown civil birth record. Died prior to 1911, likely prior to 1901.
............ 7.3 Pat Moloney (1885 - after 1911), was born on 8 September 1885, residence Killanena, Tulla registration. <Killanenna, Killanenna, House 10, House 8> Living with parents in both 1901 (age 15) and 1911 (age 25) census.
............ 7.4 Michael Moloney (1887 - after 1911), was born on 21 April 1887, residence Killanena, Tulla registration. Not living with family in 1911, very likely the farm laborer, age 24, living next door in the household of James Brody of Killanenna. <Killanenna, Killanenna, House 10, House 7>
............ 7.5 Mary Moloney (1889 - 1901), of Killanena, was born on 1 January 1889, mother reported as "Johanna McNamara" (Tulla civil registration). Mary Moloney died on 8 June 1901, age 12 years (Tulla registration). <Killanenna, Killanenna, House 10, x>

8.0 Anne "Mary" McNamara (≈1850 - 1909), age 1 in 1851 census.

Anne McNamara, of Knockreddan, daughter of farmer Patt McNamara (living), married Patt Baker, farmer, of "Carhukiel" (Carhookyle or Carrowkeal in Crusheen), son of farmer Michael Baker (deceased) on 9 March 1886 at the Catholic chapel at Crusheen by the parish priest Timothy Hogan; witnesses Michael Baker and Anne Hanrahan (Ennis registration): ... 950131.pdf

Anne Baker, "age 53", married, wife of a farmer, of Carrowkeal, died on 9 July 1909 at the Ennis workhouse (hospital). <Carhoolkyle Beg, Crusheen, House 3; x> They don't appear to have had any children. ... g/1068436/

9.0 Patrick McNamara (≈early 1850's - after 1911), was born after the 1851 census, and prior to 1860 start of Crusheen baptism records.

Patrick McNamara and his sister, Julia McNamara, are the likely baptism sponsors on 3 December 1875 for Simon, the son of Pat O'Neil and Margaret O'Connors, of Knockreddan (Crusheen baptisms, 1860-1880).

Patrick and his younger brother, Thomas McNamara, were defendants at the Crusheen Conspiracy investigation in 1883, and were released in late 1883/early 1884 due to a lack of evidence. The McNamara family of Knockreddan were evicted in 1891 by the Misses Butler of Castlecrine. Patrick McNamara, now a laborer, was assaulted in Ennis in 1894 for working for the boycotted farmer James Grady of Ballyvana townland, Crusheen. Patrick McNamara was reinstated in the McNamara lands at Knockreddan in 1909. <unknown in 1901; Knockreddan, Toberbreeda, House 1> Patrick McNamara was single and age 54 in the 1911 census, reflecting a birth year of approximately 1856, but ages are rarely accurate in the census, so likely born closer to 1852.

10.0 Thomas McNamara (≈early 1850's - after 1887), was born after the 1851 census, and prior to 1860 start of Crusheen baptism records.

Thomas and his elder brother, Patrick McNamara, were defendants at the Crusheen Conspiracy investigation in 1883, and were released in late 1883/early 1884 due to a lack of evidence. Thomas McNamara of Knockreddan appears in the Petty Session court registers of Crusheen and Six Mile Bridge as a defendant in three complaints between 1882 and 1887. On 29 June 1882, for assaulting others on the streets of Crusheen (withdrawn). On 29 June 1885, he and Thomas Gorman for attempting to rescue a prisoner from R.I.C. custody at Crusheen (dismissed). On 30 August 1887 for being drunk on the public road at Bunratty (paid fine).

Later whereabouts of Thomas McNamara of Knockreddan after 1887 are unknown. He likely emigrated, which I reckon was the case for his elder brothers, Jeremiah and Daniel. Did they go to the same country? It would be far easier to attempt to trace forward his brother Jeremiah "Darby" as this name is far less common than "Thomas".


Julia McNamara Moloney in submitting an 1841/1851 census search request in 1917 provided excellent genealogy information for Crusheen parish which lacks baptism records until 1860. Interestingly, there are no family trees on the ancestry website that "claim" the McNamara's of Knockreddan as their ancestors. In 1911, Julia McNamara Moloney reported that she had five children with only two who were surviving. When she died in 1931, it was her nephew, Patrick McAllen, that was the informant. A nephew through Julia McNamara's marriage to John Moloney, this death record provided key evidence of another Moloney sibling.

And when John Moloney, Sr., of Killanena, a widower, died at the age of 94 years on 20 July 1897, the informant was "Julia Moloney, daughter of deceased, present at death Killanena", but who was surely his daughter-in-law.

John Moloney civil death record (#221, not #215): ... 658764.pdf

John Moloney (≈1803 - 1897) and unknown spouse, of Killanena, and their known children (likely others) in order of marriage:

1. Anne Moloney and Patrick McAllen on 13 February 1866; lived in Corbeha, Killanena.

2. James Moloney and Bridget Linnane on 20 February 1871; lived in Glandree.

3. John Moloney and Julia McNamara on 19 February 1881; lived in Killanena, Killenena.

4. Ellen Moloney and Patrick Loughery on 11 February 1885; lived in Knockreddan, Toberbreeda and USA.


On 16 August 1887, when two shots were fired into the home of Patrick Loughery in a moonlighting attack, and his visiting brother-in-law, a Moloney, was nearly hit, this Moloney is more likely to have been John Moloney of Killanena, and not James Moloney of Glandree, based upon this new research.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Fri Dec 23, 2022 11:00 am

Hi Jimbo

Sorry for yet another mistake – this time writing Cloonagro instead of Leighort More.

Also, I think I gave the impression that Boscobel House was in the same townland (Sunnach) as Abbeyview House, but, because it is at the other side of the road, it is in Knockreddan.

Yes, I remember the eviction of the family of Matthew McNamara of Uggoon, and was interested to read about the eviction of P. McNamara in 1891. I think you are right in saying that these Knockreddan McNamaras emigrated.

Like you, I am puzzled by the Michael Hurley stating in the 1901 census form that Bridget Loughery (Commane) is his daughter. Here is the record birth of Patrick on 20 Feb 1901, Knockreddan: Pat of John Loughery, Farmer, and Bridget Commane, Farmer: ... 756897.pdf. I suspect that they were lodgers, just as they were later in 1911 when living with Patrick McNamara. In that census, Loughery is spelled “Louchrey” and I notice that Patk McNamara’s house is owned by Reps Mrs E Louchrey: ... 001805507/

The Hurleys are a bit of a puzzle in themselves. I think they used to live in Moyrhee in Ruan parish. The Dysert-Ruan marriages show the marriage on 9 Feb 1864 of Michael Hurley to Kate Cahir. The marriage was registered in Corofin and here is the civil record: ... 270572.pdf
Three baptisms are recorded in Dysert-Ruan baptisms:
8 Apr 1865: Baptism of Bridget to Michael Hurley and Kate Cahir. Civil record: ... 314908.pdf
28 Jun 1868: Baptism of Michael to same couple. Civil record: ... 261528.pdf
4 Jun 1874: Baptism of John to same couple; address: Moyrhee commons. Here is the civil record of the birth of John: ... 153153.pdf

I am wondering if the Hurleys, who are in Ranaghan (also in Ruan parish) in 1911, are the same family (minus Michael senior):
1911 census: Michael Hurley aged 41 and mother Catherine, widow, aged 74. Also Bridget “daughter”, aged 46, and John “son” aged 38: ... an/351946/. Three children born, three alive. (Their house is owned by Thomas Crowe (Landlord)). If they are the same family, Michael senior must have died between 1901 and 1911, but I can’t find a record of the death. The fly in the ointment is that there are Hurleys living in Ranahan in 1901: ... n/1068182/.

There was another Hurley family living in Moyrhee, who I think might be Patrick Hurley and his wife Catherine Hayes (see Dysert-Ruan baptisms). The marriage of Patrick Hurley to Catherine Hayes must have taken place well before 1864, as the Ruan baptisms show that they had a son, Patrick, baptised in 1854. Patrick and Catherine are not there by 1901, but I am almost certain that a Patrick Hurley* who is there in 1911 is their son.
* 1911 census, Moyree Commons (Muckanagh DED): ... ns/351933/
The marriage of Patrick Hurley to Nora McInerney in 1909 is interesting in that Nora is from Knocmeal in Crusheen parish and the witnesses, Pat Considine and Mamie Hanrahan, sound like they may be from that locality: 23 Feb 1909: Marriage of Pat Hurley, Farmer, Moyrhee, son of Patt Hurley, Farmer, to Norah McInerney, Knockmeal, daughter of Thady McInerney, in Crusheen chapel; witnesses: Pat Considine, Mamie Hanrahan: ... 641066.pdf
So I am wondering if the marriage of Henry Linnane, Ballyvana, to Bridget Hurly in 1904, is in some way connected to the Hurleys who were in Knockreddan in 1901: 10 Feb, 1904: Marriage of Henry Linnane, aged 40, Farmer, Ballyvanna, son of Thomas Linnane, Farmer, to Brigid Hurley, Farmer, Moyrhee [Ruan parish], daughter of Patrick Hurley, Farmer, in Ruan chapel; witnesses: John Culligan, Mary Ellen O’Connor: ... 708994.pdf

Jimbo, while searching this forum for items relating to Crusheen, I came upon some postings under the title of “McNamara of Crusheen”: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=708&p=5964&hilit=Crusheen#p5964/ and was interested to see that, according to Gerry Kennedy, the Castlecrine Butlers, or their agent, evicted a Timothy McNamara from Knocknamucky townland (Crusheen parish) about 1900/01. Those Butlers seem to have been busy doing evictions.

By the way there is a connection between Michael O’Dea, who wrote the witness statement, and the Lougherys, if somewhat distant: In 1933 Michael married Mary McCormack whose mother was Anne Vaughan, a daughter of Edmund Vaughan and Catherine Loughery:
22 Feb 1933: Marriage of Michael O’Dea, Farmer, Drumcharley, son of Laurence O’Dea (Deceased), Farmer, to Mary McCormack, Main Street, Tulla, daughter of John McCormack, Shop Keeper, in St Joseph’s Church, Limerick; witnesses: Mortimer P. O’Brien, Mary Moloney: ... 249531.pdf

25 Apr 1906: Marriage of John McCormack, Tradesman, Tulla, son of Michael McCormack, Publican, to Anne Vaughan, Ballinruan, daughter of Edmund Vaughan, Farmer, in Ballinruan church; witnesses: John Torpey, Lizzie Vaughan: ... 685409.pdf

1 Feb 1874, Ballanruan: Birth of Anne to Edmund Vaughan, Farmer, and Catherine Loughery: ... 158192.pdf
See also Crusheen baptisms for the baptism of Anne in 1874: ... 0/mode/1up. Edmond and Catherine were married before 1864, so we don’t know the name of Catherine’s father.

Finally Jimbo, well done for finding the request by Julia Moloney for a search of the 1841 and 1851 censuses. I never think to look at that resource.


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Sat Dec 24, 2022 9:03 am

Hi Jimbo

I woke up at 4 am and had a brainwave: I remembered that “camán” is Irish for “hurley”. So I looked at MacLysaght just now and, sure enough, he says that Commane or Ó Comaín has become Hurley in parts of Cos. Clare and Cork, due to the mistaken belief that it derives from camán, a hurley.
It is still hard to understand why Bridget would call herself “Commane” when her parents were happy with “Hurley”. Maybe she had become imbued with the spirit of the Gaelic Revival and thought “Commane” was more authentic.
I’m too busy today to think anymore about this, but will get back to it soon.
Happy Christmas. Nollaig Shona:


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Wed Dec 28, 2022 9:58 am

Hi Sheila,

Merry Christmas. Bravo, well done in using your Irish language skills to solve the mystery of how the parents of Bridget Commane Loughery of Knockreddan could be Michael and Kate Hurley. Your explanation might require you to revisit your comments on the Hurley family of Moyrhee and Ranaghan, both in Ruan parish. Wasn't the 68-year-old Michael Hurley of the 1901 census the same as Michael Commane of Knockreddan, Plot 4b, in 1855 Griffith Valuation; lessor Henrietta Stapleton? If not, maybe his son? Or otherwise related to Patrick Commane of Plot 4a?

In the 1834 Tithe Applotment book for Inchicronan Parish, the townland of Abbeyview becomes Sunnagh townland in the 1855 Griffith Valuation. The townland of Knockreddan is not listed on the 1834 Tithe Applotment book for Inchicronan Parish. Just by the common lessor names (Considine, McNamara, Tierney), and not attempting to reconcile the acreage, I reckon at least three townlands (Controversy, Sunnagh North, and Derrenneclara) of Tithes were consolidated to form Knockreddan townland at the time of Griffith Valuation. ... an_tab.htm

Sheila, the Misses Butler of Castlecrine with their frequent tenant evictions do come across as rather unkind and very unsympathetic individuals. But perhaps we should not be too quick to judge; "to walk a mile in their moccasins" as the saying goes. The Reverend M.B. Corry, the curate at Quin Parish, gave a long speech at a monster meeting at Six Mile Bridge in February 1887 that put the blame squarely elsewhere:

On Sunday [27 February 1887] a monster meeting, attended by about 4,000 persons, was held at Sixmile-bridge. The meeting was held principally for the purpose of receiving the rents from the mountain tenants of Mr Desterre, who refuse payment in consequence of his treatment of Mr John Frost of Rosmanagher. . . . [several long speeches] . . .

Rev Father Corry, CC, Quin, who was loudly cheered. He said it gave him very great pleasure indeed to stand on this platform beside their brave and valiant parish priest, Father Little (cheers). Having alluded to the promising outlook of the political situation, he said he had listened to Lord Randolph Churchill last autumn, and looking at his attitude and the attention he had given to his moustache, he (Father Corry) said in his own mind—"Why this man thinks more of his moustache than of the integrity of the Empire" (laughter). . . . .

. . . We have got not far away from here a military gentleman if you please, called Graham (cheers). For the present I will call him Colonel Jinks (laughter). I wrote to him on behalf of the tenants of the Misses Butler of Castlecrine, and by way of episode, let me tell you that he is married to their mamma (laughter). It has been said over and over again by young ladies "save me from my stepmother," but I would say to those that if that were true, they might say "save me from my steppapa" (laughter). He cannot be brought to understand that any reduction should be given to those, who though it is no fault of theirs but the depression of the times, are still in arrears; he cannot believe that reductions ought be given on judicial rents. Well, I will call all these ideas in the mind of Colonel Jinks, "Jinks baby" (laughter) but there is one thing certain that the tenants in the parish of Clooney are determined like men to say that it is not only possible to give reductions on arrears, but he must give concessions also on judicial rents. Father Corry, in conclusion condemned in strong terms the action of Mr O'Connell towards his tenants near Tulla, and said he had been informed on good authority that the rents in some instances on his property were some 800 percent over the valuation. The day or reckoning was coming at last. The handwriting was on the wall just as Balthazar saw it of old . . .

Munster News
, Wednesday, 2 March 1887
The Rev. M.B. Corry (≈1849 - 1915) gave a great speech. Perhaps too political for his superiors, as the following year the Rev. Michael B. Corry arrived in New York on 27 August 1888 on the SS Etruria. He visited relatives, the Boland family of Buffalo, according to the local Catholic Union newspaper of 13 September 1888. Michael B. Corry must be the son of Charles Corry and Norry Boland of Kilmacduane Parish; his youngest sibling, Daniel Corry, was baptized on 3 May 1854, just making the Kilmacduane baptism register (1854 - 1880). By the 1901 census, the reverend went by Michael B. Curry. His nephew, Michael Murray, was living with him in both census years. "Michael Murrihy" was born in 1876, the son of Patt Murrihy and Margaret Corry, who was the daughter of Charles Corry per their 1869 civil marriage record. ... s/1702227/ ... st/365728/ ... 460497.pdf

In newspapers accounts of the 1887 evictions, the Butler sisters were frequently reported as "Misses Butler, Minors", when, in fact, they (Anna Frances, Sophia Mary, Henrietta Jemima) were nearly 30 years or older at the time. Their father, James Butler, had died before the youngest daughter was born in 1857. The below excerpts are from Sheila's posting on Clare Journal news:
Clare Journal, Mon 10 Aug 1857: Deaths. At Lower Leeson-street, Dublin, James Butler, Esq., of Castlecrine, in this county.
Clare Journal, Thur 17 Sep 1857: Births. At Limerick, the wife of the late James Butler, Esq., of Castlecrine, of a daughter.
When James Butler of Castlecrine died in 1857, he may have left the family in debt or perhaps the estate had to be divided between his widow and surviving brother, Henry Butler (1835 - 1885). Not sure of the reasoning, but there was a
GREAT SALE of Stock, Breeding Mares, Young Horses, Foals, Produce, and Dairy Utensils,
On THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th Instant [1857]
And of valuable Machinery and Tools, Timber, Slates, Forge Fittings and Sundries, at Castle Crine, County Clare, on the following day.

Has been retained by the Executors of the late JAMES BUTLER, Esq., to bring the entire of this very important collection of Property to Public and Unreserved Competition, at DRUMULANE, on THURSDAY, the 19th:

39 Milch Cows, in calf to Comet; 2 Three-year-old Heifers, in calf to Comet; 1 Three-year-old Heifer (dry); 6 Three-year-old Fat Bullocks; 5 Two-year-old Store Bullocks; 4 Two-year-old Heifers; 7 Yearling Heifers; 13 Yearling Bullocks; 24 Calves; 50 Breeding Ewes; 16 Fat Ewes; 8 Fat Wethers; 50 Lambs; 2 Rams, bred at TRAVERSTON.


Eleven Horses, as follows:—(No. 1) Bay Brood Mare, 7 off. by "Black Prince": (No. 2) Bay Brood Mare, 6 off. by "Black Prince," with Foal at foot, by "Frederick"; (No. 3) Bay Colt, 3 off. by "Fencer"; (No 4) Bay Filly, 3 off. by "Fencer"; (No. 5) Bay Colt, 3 off. by a Clydesdale Horse, out of a fine gray Mare, will make a powerful Draft Horse; (No. 6 and 7) Two Bay Fillies, 2 years each, by "Getaway"; (No. 8 ) Bay Horse, 5 off, trained to single or double Harness, is a good Hunter; (No. 9) Good Farm Black Mare; (No. 10) Good Farm Bay Horse; (No. 11) Good Riding Mare, And about 80 tons Hay, 2 large Stacks Oats, 75 Keelers, Churn Barrel, Stillions, Coolers, Carts, Cars, Tackling, &c., &c.

A Collection of valuable Machinery, Carpenters and Smiths' Tools, Slates, Timber &c., Patent Improved Sawing Bench, and set of Circular Saws, by Tuxford, with Railroad complete, Vertical Drilling Machine, Plaining Machine, valuable Self-acting Lathe, Pully-band, Taps and Screws, Inch and 1¼ Rope, lot Anvils, Bellows, Shafting, and useful Sundries.

Sale at 12 o'Clock each day. Terms Cash, and 5 per Cent. Commission in addition to the biddings.

JOHN BERNAL, Auctioneer
23, George Street, Limerick.

Farmer's Gazette and Journal of Practical Horticulture, Saturday, 14 November 1857
Fascinating that the advertisement for the auction provided the genealogy of the horses and even the cows. The two mares sired by Black Prince were 7 and 6 years old. James Butler in 1850 must have read the below advertisement (which provides a further two generations back for Black Prince) :

(The Property of Colonel Wyndham,)
WILL Stand this Season at the Model Farm, SPANCIL HILL, within Three Miles of Ennis.
He is got by the Saddler, out of Diamentina, by Rubens.
Black Prince is Six Years old, of splendid shapes and action, and stands Sixteen Hands High.
Thorough-bred Mares: £2 and 5 shillings to the Groom.
Half-bred Mares £1 and 5 shillings to the Groom.
[further pricing, a 50% discount for tenants of Col. Wyndham]
Money to be paid at first service, as the Groom is accountable.
N.B.—The Proprietor will not be accountable for any accident that may happen to Mares or Foals.

Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser, Thursday, 7 March 1850
The widowed mother of the Misses Butler, Mrs. Sophia Mary (Irvine) Butler, married Major John Higgin Graham in 1860, which likely improved their financial circumstances:
July 4 [1860], at Ferns, county Wexford, by the Rev. C. Elrington, Rector of Roydon, Norfolk, Major J. H. Graham, 22d Regiment, to Sophia Mary, widow of James Butler, Esq., of Castle-Crine, County Clare.
Dublin Evening Mail, Wednesday, 11 July 1860
Two Butler sisters, Anna Frances Butler (age 47) and Henrietta Jemima Butler (age 45), were living in Castlecrine in the 1901 Irish census, with their step-father, John Higgin Graham (age 75, widower, retired colonel, born in East Indies) as the head of household. ... e/1083737/

Of the three Butler daughters of James Butler of Castle Crine, only one got married. Lady Sophia Mary Butler married Lieutenant Colonel Lionel Massey, son of Eyre Barron Clarina, on 23 August 1887 in County Clare. ... 943717.pdf

Lady Sophia's step-father was a witness at the marriage. The 1887 marriage of one of the Butler daughters, a very prominent marriage, I reckon, would have required a large dowry. This may have led Colonel J.H. Graham to be less flexible in negotiating rental terms leading to the 1887 eviction of Patrick Loughery, family of eight, from their Knockreddan lands.

When Lionel's elder brother, Eyre Challoner Henry Massey, fourth Baron Clarina, a bachelor, died in 1897, Lionel Massey succeeded the title, Lord Clarina. In both the 1901 and 1911 census, he and Lady Clarina were living at Elm Park in Limerick, the location of many a house party: ... e/1495660/ ... ne/624352/
Lord and Lady Clarina are entertaining a house party this week at Elm Park, County Limerick, for shooting, their guests including, amongst others, Lord and Lady Rathdonnell. Lady Clarina was one of three Butler co-heiresses of Castle Crine. She is Lord Clarina's second wife, and a graceful, charming woman. Her little daughters are extremely clever dancers (especially at Irish jigs), and her stepdaughter, Miss Mary Massey, is a first-rate amateur actress.

Daily Mirror, Tuesday, 24 November 1903
The numerous house parties at Elm Park and Castle Crine, and attending the parties thrown by others of their social class, would not have come cheap. The tenants of the three Butler co-heiresses I suppose would end up paying for the Irish jig lessons and hunting parties etc. And if their tenants could not pay they would be evicted as with the Loughery family of Knockreddan in 1887, Patrick Reddan of Sunnagh in 1888, John Gorman in 1888, John Harte of Knocknamucky in 1890, the Matthew McNamara family of Uggoon in 1891, and the Patrick McNamara family of Knockreddan in 1891, Bridget Rochford of Feakle in 1891, Bridget Tobin of Derrycalliff in 1898, and the family of Martin McNamara of Carrownacloghy in 1903.

Colonel J.H. Graham and Mrs. Sophia (Irvine) Butler would have four children together. The story of the Graham children and Butler family are told by a grandson of Colonel Graham, in "The Memoirs of Keighley Edward Graham 1904-1974", edited by Grant Miocevich, and donated to the Clare Library: ... graham.htm

The Memoirs of Keighley Edward Graham are truly excellent with great photos of both the Butlers and Grahams. None of the four Graham children were living at Castle Crine at the 1901 census, the memoirs describe the Col. Graham descendants living in Canada, South Africa and Australia.

The Clare Library also has a "Pictorial History of the Butler-Grahams of Castle Crine", donated by Ian Crawshaw, who purchased the old photo album at a second hand bookshop in West Yorkshire in 1970: ... istory.htm

Sheila, with a google search of "Knockreddan" and "reinstatement", I discovered an on-line version of the quarterly evicted tenant listings and subsequent reinstatement under the Evicted Tenants (Ireland) Act of 1907. The below link will take you to the quarterly report ending 31 March 1909 on page 8 with County Clare tenants (this included Loughery and McNamara of Knockreddan evictions). Scroll up for the quarter ending 31 December 1908, page six, with a further six evictions/reinstatements of tenants of the Misses Butler (out of nine total from Clare). Scroll forward for the 30 June 1900 report with just two evictions listed from H.S. Vandeleur properties. A total of three quarterly reports: ... &q&f=false

The 31 December 1908 report listed the 7 January 1891 eviction from Uggoon of the McNamara's; annual rent at date of eviction as stated in tenant application: £13, 10 shillings; area, 21 acres; poor law valuation: £14, 10 shillings; name of tenant: James McNamara.

Sheila, since James McNamara was listed as the tenant of the Uggoon lands in 1908, this must lead us to revisit, yet again, our below assumptions (from page 31 of this thread) of how Matthew McNamara (1877 - 1969) ended up with the McNamara farm at Uggoon townland:
Sheila, the theory that Matthew McNamara (1877 - 1969) went "to America in April 1907 to discuss with his three brothers in Chicago who will take over the family farm. He draws the short straw and must return to Ireland" is a bit farfetched and not supported by any evidence. Only his brother John McNamara was in Chicago in 1907; his brother William McNamara was in New York; his brother James was still in Glandree. I reckon it was always decided that Matthew, the oldest son of Matthew McNamara and Anne Halpin, would inherit the Uggoon lands. Matthew had three younger brothers. John left for Chicago in February 1904, and William left for New York in April 1904. His youngest brother James, born about 1889, would eventually leave Ireland as he would not inherit any land, and Matthew knew this. Prior to marriage and loads of children, Matthew wanted to see the world and visit his brother in Chicago and other siblings in New York. With only a short window of remaining freedom, Matthew arranged with his brother James to work the land for a few years in his absence and also look after their mother.
This is not at all what happened. In 1901, Matthew McNamara (age 23) was a Laborer living with his widowed mother, Anne Halpin McNamara (age 55), and younger brothers, William (age 19), and James (age 12) at a Rural District house in Glendree. Their land at Uggoon had not yet been reinstated. ... e/1087483/

Being a Laborer with no farm land would have led to poor marriage prospects, I reckon, so Matthew McNamara (1877 - 1969) went to America in April 1907 and joined relatives in Chicago. It was the youngest son, James McNamara (≈1889 - 1966), who was reinstated in 1908 in their Uggoon lands. At which time, Matthew McNamara decided to return from Chicago and claim the Uggoon lands as his inheritance being the eldest son of Matthew McNamara and Anne Halpin. James McNamara, perhaps not too pleased, then left for America arriving in New York on 23 April 1910. Matthew McNamara (age 35) was living with his mother, Anne Halpin McNamara (age 67), and nephew, James McNamara (age 12), still at the Rural District House in Glandree in the 1911 census: ... ee/370559/

In the Rural District Rate Book for Glendree of 1921, Anne McNamara was still reported at the Rural District council house, 1 acre, split from GV Plot 27 of Glendree townland. In the same rate book, Matthew McNamara was the occupier of Land only, 34 acres, GV Plot 8ABC, of Uggoon Upper townland — the same plot of land in Uggoon as his grandfather, Andrew McNamara (≈1790 - 1869) as of the 1855 Griffith Valuation. ... e_ded1.htm

I previously mentioned the civil death record of an Anne McNamara, a laborer's widow of Tulla, who died in 1913 at the age of 70 at Scariff Union hospital, as a possibility of being Anne Halpin McNamara. However, based upon the Scariff Rate Book for Glendree, Anne McNamara was still living in 1921. Could not locate her civil death record, perhaps she also went to America? Her son, James McNamara (≈1889 - 1966), would settle in Chicago and during WWI enlisted with the 40th Infantry, Company B, and served between 1917 and 1920. James McNamara of the 40th did not go over to Europe, but remained at various military camps in the Midwest.

The memoir of the grandson of Colonel J.H. Graham was very interesting. A pity that the story of James McNamara (≈1889 - 1966), who was evicted along with his family by Col. J.H. Graham from Uggoon at the age of two, and then reinstated in 1908, has not been passed down in a similar manner. But we know that James McNamara had many stories to tell. Private James McNamara of the 40th Infantry in the 1920 census shared a military hut at Camp Sherman with other foreign born soldiers from Russia, Germany and Poland. They were likely together for three long years, and far from the fighting in Europe would surely have passed the time telling stories of their homelands. There is clear evidence that James McNamara shared stories of his Glandree homeland, as a fellow soldier, Russian born Peter Czerepowizky, in completing an application for veteran's compensation in 1934 (see form on page 31) would even declare that he was born in Glandree, Russia.

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Fri Dec 30, 2022 1:21 pm

Hi Jimbo

Thank you once again. Yes, I think it very likely that Michael Hurley in Knockreddan, in 1901, is the Michael Commane who is there in Griffith’s Valuation, or maybe his son. Thank you for pointing that out. I’ve been looking for some evidence that Commane became Hurley by looking at the baptisms and marriages recorded in the parishes of Crusheen, Quin-Clooney, Dysert-Ruan, but found nothing. This change by the Knockreddan Commanes, pointed out by your, is the only one I can see. The Civil Records (online), which often provide translations, as in "Carraig" to "Rock", for instance, does not provide any Hurley records following Commane records, or vice-versa. I’m thinking that the change from Commane to Hurley was quite rare. Anyway, it’s clear now that Michael and his daughter, Bridget, do not belong to the Moyrhee or Ranaghan Hurleys. I made too many leaps there.
The name Commane features only once in the Crusheen baptisms, which start at 1860: 2 Feb. 1865: Baptism of Mary Commane of Michael Cummane and Catherine Grady, Knockreddan; sponsors: Pat Grady, Catherine Neylan (Moylan?): ... 0/mode/1up. I failed to find a civil record of the birth of Mary Commane.
Knockreddan deaths were registered under Tulla, and I found the death of a Bridget Commane in 1866, but the image is not yet available, so no address.
I found one Commane death, from Crusheen parish, registered in Ennis: 20 Nov 1896, Ballygassan: Death of Bridget Commane, married, aged 58, labourer’s wife; informant: Michael Commane, husband, Ballygassane: ... 667588.pdf. The 1901 census, Ballygassan, (Crusheen DED) shows Michael Comane, aged only 50, widower: ... 000461379/, but by 1911 Michael Commane has aged by 24 years and is 74: ... an/352171/. This Michael may be related to the Hurleys in Knockreddan.

I enjoyed the 1887 speech by Rev Father Corry, but I think he showed a poor knowledge of the bible, common among Catholics, who were not trusted to read or interpret the Old Testament for themselves, when he said that it was Balthazar who saw the writing on the wall. I think that should be Belshazzer. Balthazar was one of the Magi (The Wise Men), who, we are told in the gospel by Matthew, came to see the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. Their names are not given in the New Testament, but I see in Wikipedia that “traditions and legends identify a variety of different names for them. In the Western Christian church, they have all been regard as saints and are commonly known as: Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar: ... al_account
Anyway, that is nitpicking, and what is important is that Fr. Corry shows that it was the “military gentleman”, Mr. Graham, who was the one who “cannot be brought to understand that any reduction should be given to those, who though it is no fault of theirs but the depression of the times, are still in arrears”. A very good description of the pressures on the gentry and landowners in the 1880s is given in the novel, A Drama in Muslin (London 1886), by George Moore (: It is a baggy novel, and I must confess I had it on the shelf for a long time without reading it. Then I discovered that the priest in it, who shows some rather uncouth manners, is based on Fr. Thomas Considine, P.P. of Ardrahan, originally from Liscannor. This depiction of Rev. Considine upset some of the local gentry very much. Adrian Frazier, author of George Moore, 1852-1933, (2000), says,
In early February, with his novel only through its first few weeks of serialization, GM told his mother that he would not dare go to Moore Hall that winter: “I hear my book has given so much offence that it would be better for me to keep away … Of course, I regret nothing.” He had to confess that he was no longer on speaking terms with Mrs. Moore’s sister, Anna Blake Murphy, “nor indeed [with] any of the Irish lot". Mrs Martyn had banned him from Tillyra for his depiction of the parish priest of Ardrahan.
I refer to A Drama in Muslin in a posting on Fr. Thomas Considine on this forum:viewtopic.php?t=7024

Thank you very much for finding the on-line version of the quarterly evicted tenant listings. It was interesting to read of reinstatement of Mrs. Patrick Loughrey in 1887, a date which coincides with Thomas Coffey’s quoting Mr Daffy as saying, with regard to Boscobel House [Knockreddan], that his family had purchased the house of lands from the Loughreys in 1887 (The parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen), by Thomas Coffey, p 97).
It was also interesting to see that Patrick McNamara was reinstated in 1891, as you had already mentioned in your previous post. I neglected, in my reply to that posting, to say what a good job you've done on those McNamaras, a family I’d thought completely disappeared.

Jimbo, you then move on to Matthew McNamara of Uggoon and I’d almost forgotten him. I did not remember that he’d gone to Chicago and returned to Uggoon again. You may be right in thinking that his mother went to Chicago sometime after 1921. It was interesting to read about James McNamara and about his Russian comrade who declared in his application of veteran’s compensation that he was born in Glandree, Russia!


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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Jimbo » Sat Dec 31, 2022 9:35 am

Hi Sheila,

Congratulations, once again, in figuring out that Commane had morphed into Hurley for at least one family in County Clare. Also very impressed with your Old Testament knowledge to catch the newspaper's error of Balthazar instead of Belshazzar. But I wonder if it was your Bible knowledge or maybe you're just a big fan of Johnny Cash:

My previous posting had cut off the Rev. M.B. Corry's speech mid-sentence; here is the remainder of the paragraph referring to Belshazzar (but stating Balthazar)
. . . The day of reckoning was coming at last. The handwriting was on the wall just as Balthazar [should be Belshazzar] saw it of old when he laid sacrilegious hands upon the sacred vessels of the temple; and have not the landlords done the same. They laid sacrilegious hands on the Priests who were the xxered [spelling?] vessels to serve in the temples of the Lord, and he was surprised that a more vigorous and determined attitude had not been assumed because of the sacrilege that had been committed by Lewis at Woodford. The Priesthood of Ireland would share in the people's sorrows as they had shared in their joys. Alluding to Lord Inchiquin's recent speech he said—Edward Donoch having collected a lot of bile went over to get rid of it in the House of Lords. He made a speech and of course, as usual, he denounced Clare. He said that in the part of the county he came from they were on the border of rebellion. He wanted the League suppressed because he said "if you do that you will take the Priests from the people." Ah, it is not in Edward Donoch's power, nor was it in the power of Morough-a-Tethaine, and despite Lord Inchiquin who showed the white feather, and the Priests would stand together through thick and thin, and Denoch or Merrogh or anybody else would not be able to separate them; we shall support our cause which is just and true, and if you be only true to us we shall be true to you (cheers).

Excerpt from Munster News, Wednesday, 2 March 1887
Sheila, I reckon the Rev. M.B. Corry's command of the Bible was very strong and it was the newspaper reporter that made the error. In reading the full paragraph above, there may have been several errors. Who is "Edward Donoch", possibly Donoghue? Is "Morough-a-Tethaine" another reference from Babylon? Searching both google and the newspaper archives drew blanks. I reckon newspaper reporters back in the 19th century would have been very challenged to get an accurate version of speeches put down in print and made many mistakes.

When the Rev. M.B. Corry "condemned in strong terms the action of Mr O'Connell towards his tenants near Tulla, and said he had been informed on good authority that the rents in some instances on his property were some 800 percent over the valuation", he was referring to Mr. Daniel O'Connell of Kilgory whose tenants had adopted the Plan of Campaign.

As mentioned in my prior posting, the Rev. Michael B. Corry went to America in August 1888. This was only a short trip and he had returned to Ireland by the end of the year. In 1893, he returned to the USA, this time as the Rev. Michael B. Curry, arriving in New York on the Etruria on 24 April 1893, and he would be away from Ireland for three years.
Another visitor here is the Rev. M.B. Curry of Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, who has come to collect for a new church in that town, of which the Very Rev. Dr. White an old friend of Vicar General McNamara, is pastor. Father Curry was the guest of the vicar general last Sunday and received some generous assistance from his parishioners, many of whom hail from the place where the new church is to be erected.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
, Sunday, 14 May 1893
By December of 1894, the Rev. M.B. Curry had made his way to San Francisco, where he would remain for three months:
Rev. M.B. Curry Here From Tipperary to Raise Funds.

Rev. M.B. Curry, a Catholic clergyman of Tipperary, Ireland, arrived from the East yesterday and is stopping at the Occidental. He has been sent to America by the Bishop of the diocese of Killaloe to obtain funds to assist in the erection of a cathedral. The new edifice, which is now in course of erection, will cost $150,000, he says. Of this amount $85,000 has already been raised, principally by the Irish people within the diocese, for although Rev. Father Curry has been engaged for the past eighteen months in raising funds in the East his efforts have not been as profitable as he had hoped. He has now come to San Francisco to secure what aid he can from the Catholics in this diocese.

San Francisco Chronicle, 6 December 1894
Michael W. Stackpool, the Fenian and Irish Nationalist from Killadysart parish, died in San Francisco on the 15 January 1895. The Rev. M.B. Curry was just one of two priests who attended his funeral:

The Irish Patriot Buried With Civic and Military Honors.

The funeral of the late Captain M.W. Stackpool, which was held on Friday was largely attended. The remains, which had been lying in state at the hall of the Knights of the Red Branch, of which the deceased was a leading member, were preceded by a detachment of the Third Infantry Regiment, National Guard of California, and the Knights of the Red Branch Rifles, headed by a military band playing a dirge specially selected for the occasion by Professor Tully.

The pall-bearers were J.J. O'Brien, Colonel Patrick Boland, Herbert Spencer, Thomas R. Banerman, M. Flannery, Thomas Lyons, Matthew O'Donnell and James Conliff.

In the funeral cortege were many personal friends of the deceased, including Rev. Father Curry of Nenagh island [Ireland], at present visiting this city; Rev. Father Crowley, Jeremiah Mahoney, Colonel Thomas F. Barry, Dr. Brennan, . . .

. . . [see this complete obituary and two others on page 35] . . .

The San Francisco Call, Friday, 18 January 1895, page 3
As mentioned previously on page 35, Michael W. Stackpool, a noted Fenian, was buried with civic and military honors, but other than his burial at Holy Cross, it was not very religious. The funeral service was held at the Knights of the Red Branch hall, and not at a Catholic Church with a requiem mass. If the Rev. Curry, a strong Irish Nationalist, had not been visiting San Francisco, there would have only been one Catholic priest, the Rev. D.O. Crowley, in attendance.

The County Clare born Rev. M.B. Curry was a very interesting priest — will start a separate thread in 2023 to discuss further. I had a look to see if the Rev. Denis Oliver Crowley (1852 - 1928) was also from County Clare. However, according to his obituary, he was born in Bearhaven-Castletown on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork. He appeared to be very homesick for Ireland, and in search of an easy rhyme can be forgiven for changing his homeland from "Beara" to "Beare" in this 1889 poem:

When fanned by the halcyon breezes
___That down from the Indian Isles
Careen over Caribbean waters,
___Where summer eternally smiles,
I've dreamt of thee, sweet, sunny Erin,
___And oft times away o'er the foam,
In spirit, I lovingly wandered
___The haunts of my boyhood—my home;
For, oh there is naught in the tropics
___In beauty, with thee can compare
Loved land of the bard, and the brehon—
___Sweet Mountain-girt Valley of Beare.

Away where the calm Sacramento
___Rolls down over nuggets of gold,
And thousands of freemen are herding
___Their flocks upon mountain and wold,
I've sauntered when twilight was brooding,
___And sipped the delicious perfume
Of oranges, limes and bananas
___And trellised vines fair in their bloom;
But oh, than the fair Occidental,
___There is one land I cherish more dear—
'Tis the sweet happy home of my boyhood,
___The Mountain-girt Valley of Beare.

I've roamed thro' Yosemite Valley,
___And gazed with excessive delight
On torrents that there, 'neath the sunshine
___Leap down inaccessible height;
I've climbed the Sierras' proud summits,
___And basked in the sunshine and glow
Of a beautiful, calm, Indian summer,
___By the waters of lonely Tahoe;
But oh! to my eye thou art fairest
___Of all fair climes of the sphere,
To my heart thou art nearest and dearest—
___Sweet Mountain-girt Valley of Beare.

When the day-god's last lustre is gliding
___The slopes of the grand Golden State,
And the modern Argonauts' fleet ships
___Come home through the famed Golden Gate
I stray o'er the New El Dorado,
___The land of the free and the blest,
And sigh for that Emerald Island
___That gems the Atlantic's white crest
For fate, so relentless and cruel,
___Doth cause me to linger still here,
And pine for my home by the ocean—
___The Mountain-girt Valley of Beare.


"A Chapter of Verse" by California's Catholic Writers; Edited by Denis Oliver Crowley, Charles Anthony Doyle. Published for benefit of the Youth's Directory (1889).

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Re: Information is wanted of Thomas McNamara, of Glandree,

Post by Sduddy » Sat Dec 31, 2022 10:57 am

Hi Jimbo

Thank you for that very fast reply. I agree that Fr. Corry did know the Old Testament very well, and some of those allusions he makes are probably allusions to it. In truth, I was seizing on an opportunity to explain that the Catholic laity were discouraged by the hierarchy from reading and interpreting it themselves. This may explain why the ordinary people that Asenath Nicholson visited, just before the Famine, enjoyed the pieces that she read to them. It was most interesting to see Fr. Corry at Michael Stacpoole's funeral. Good work by you in finding that he went to San Francisco and was present at that funeral. I look forward to hearing more about Fr. Corry when you make a posting on him.
Jimbo, I was just about to add to my reply to your previous posting when I saw your latest. So I will go ahead now and add it here:

Hi Jimbo, again

I forgot to say thankyou for giving the link to the Memoirs of Keighley Edward Graham, by Grant Miocevich, which included under “see also” a link to the “The Butler-Grahams of Castle Crine, Sixmilebridge, County Clare: a pictorial history”, by Ian Crawshaw. That, in turn, gave a link to “The Butlers of County Clare”, by Sir Henry Blackhall. I’d read that article previously, indeed, but this time I took more notice of the introduction and the piece on Grallagh, Boytonrath and Doon: ... allagh.htm. The Doon here is not the better-known Doon in Broadford – it is the townland of Doon (or DoonMulvihill), which lies close to the border with Galway. If you scroll down to where a there’s a note no. 59, you will begin to read about the residency of the Butlers in Doon. Anyway, the mention of Doon reminded me of a document sent to me by Gerry Kennedy, with whom I had been in touch, and who thought I might be interested in it. He had forgotten when he had come upon it himself, but thought it had been given to him by Eddie Lenihan (author) about 15 years previously. All of this is my roundabout way of introducing the document and making it available to anyone who may be interested in it – see: ... e-1900-pdf. Gerry Kennedy explained in his email, sent in 2010,
a book called Illawarra Pioneers, (1988) Illawarra Family History Group, Ed. Dr Winifred Mitchell. On page 120 there is a reference to a Francis McNamara, b.1807, from Inchicronan who emigrated to Australia in 1841. I am attaching a copy of the relevant entry , pg2 of PDF.
The rest of the PDF document is a copy of papers which were inserted in the book by me. Unfortunately I have no idea who the author was. I think Eddie Lenihan gave me the papers about 15 years ago but they make interesting reading. The information supplements the information in the book and it is interesting to note mention of entries from family Bible. I’m sure the Doon referred to is Doon Crusheen and not the one near Broadford. There were Mitchells in Doon at time of Tithe Applotment Books and Tierney,Connors and Markham (Clooneen) are all associated with the parish
Jimbo, with your continued interest in the various McNamaras of East Clare, I think you will be interested in adding just a mention of these McNamaras from Doon to your collection. These McNamaras are not included in the Tithe Applotment Books, so, if it were not for this document, there would be no trace of them.


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