A Flurry of Military Marriages, Ennis 1855-56

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A Flurry of Military Marriages, Ennis 1855-56

Post by Sduddy » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:55 am

“Around 1855 the people of Ennis petitioned the government to move the Clare Militia’s headquarters to Ennis [from Clarecastle]”, writes Kieran Kennedy in “The Clare Militia 1793-1909”, The Other Clare Vol. 27 (2003). The move must have taken place in 1856 and I think the soldiers must have looked very smart and won the hearts of the Ennis girls - hence the flurry of marriages (below), which petered out after a while. The fever hospital in Ennis became Clare Militia’s headquarters and Kieran Kennedy says that by 1891, there were 135 males and 35 females resident in the Ennis quarters. 1891 was also the year this painting was exhibited at the Royal Irish Academy: “Military Manoeuvres” by Richard Thomas Moynan: http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery ... manoeuvres - The leader of the band has the soldier’s helmet - but he’s been spotted.

26 Nov 1855: Patrick Stafford, 85 Longford Rifles, to Susan Haire, both of Ennis, in the presence of John Curtin and Susan Honan.

01 Dec 1855: Matthew Maxwell, 85 R. Longford Rifles, to Mary McNamara, both of Ennis, in the presence of Patrick Moran and Jane Carroll

01 Dec 1855: Thomas Kernan, 85 R. Longford Rifles, to Margaret Moran of Ennis, in the presence of James Barrett and Mary Anne Moran.

07 Jan 1856: Connor Hogan, 88 Foot Reg., to Catherine Meade, both of Ennis, in the presence of John Burly and Anne Lynch.

04 Apr 1856: Peter Garry, Sergeant of 87 Foot, to Mary Clancy of Ennis, in the presence of Patrick Conroy of 87 Foot, and Mary Edwards.

29 May 1856: Michael O’Brien, of the Limerick Militia, to Catherine McNamara, in the presence of Michael Purcell and Catherine Davis.

11 Jun 1856: Patrick Robinson, 74 Clare Militia, to Mary Mullin, both of Ennis, in the presence of James Morrissey and Catherine Collins.

11 Jul 1856: Thomas Finucane, 94 Clare Reg., to Mary Fitzgerald, both of Ennis, in the presence of Timothy Leader and Mary Dinan.

27 Jul 1856: John Cullinan, 94 R., to Mary Kean, both of Ennis, in the presence of Patrick Flaherty, late 94, and Anne Neylan.

27 Jul 1856: Michael McGrath, late Longford Rifles, to Mary Byrnes of Ennis, in the presence of Michael HInchy and Alice Manly.

10 Oct 1856: Denis Glynn, late of 24 Regiment, to Judy Real, Widow, both of Ennis, in the presence of Edward Connors and Catherine Connors.

23 Feb 1857: James Forde, Soldier, to Catherine Rynn, in the presence of Pat Hasset and Honora Hasset.

24 Mar 1857: General Doyle to Mary Hannon in the presence of James Morrissy and Bridget Connell.

15 Apr 1857: James Beany(?) of the 17 Foot to Susan Honan of Ennis, in the presence of Corporal Michael Breen, 17 Foot, and Susan Stafford.

07 Aug 1858: Francis Markham, Pensioner – Ist European Fusiliers, to Sally Pyne, in the presence of James Morrissy and Bridget Shaughnessy.

02 Feb 1859: Patrick Thynne, Pensioner – 96 Foot, to Bridget Creagh, Mill Street, in the presence of Catherine McMahon and John Clanchy.

04 Mary 1859: Peter Ging, Sergeant – Clare Militia, to Mary McCarthy, both of Ennis in the presence of Serg. Charles McCarthy and Margaret Doherty.


Sheila

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