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  1. Christina Mattocks

    Hello to all in Moyvanne and Knockanure! I am still researching my family history.
    If anybody knows of Bridget Roch (Greaney) and Terry Roch could they please contact me.

    My Grandmother was Mary Hunt who was born in Carhooearagh the daughter of James Hunt and Bridget Carroll. Bridget and James were married Murhur Church in 1876.

    James was the son of Cornelius Hunt and Bridget Aherne. They were married over the border in Athea in 1855.

    Bridget Carroll was the daughter of John Carroll and Mary Nolan and Mary was the daughter of John Nolan and Mary Fitzgerald.

    If anybody out there has any little bits of information, it does not matter how small I would be very grateful to receive them.

    Thank you so much for reading this

  2. Michael O Connor

    Hi all,

    I visited Knockanue graveyard recently, My O Connor family were all buried here till 1970.

    My da was a cousin of Peggy and Brother John, and Davey from near Gortagleanna. His Grandmother Margaret was at Lisiniska in 1901 census.

    I note the following inscription on gravestone in family graves.

    “Erected by P.Mullane in memory of her father John O Connor who died 13/4/1852, aged 96 years
    and her mother Mary who died 24/1/1861, aged 93 years.”

    does anyone know where John and Mary or daughter … P.Mullane lived., I suspect family originated Direen. and Lower Athea.

    Michael O Connor

  3. Jackie Silcock

    Hi, love the site find it very interesting, I have family roots in Moyvane. My Grandmother was born there Fannie Buckley,Daughter of Harriet and John Buckley, she was born in Shamrock Cottage where I am hoping to visit this year.

    Many thanks for your lovely site looking forward to visiting.

  4. John Stack

    Evening all,
    I have started on the family tree and I’m trying to track down any reference to an Edward Stack, my great grandfather who, i’m told came from Moyvane, to Craughatouke, Moynsha on the DuaghAbbeyfeale border, where our branch of the family continue to live today.
    I can make no obvious connection so far to Moyvane from Church or State records. Edward married a Vianna Shanahan in 1880 in Duagh. My father recently passed away and always maintained that there was a Moyvane link, and also that our branch of the Stacks was related to Tommy Stacks’ branch.
    Any info however vague will be very welcome!
    John Stack

  5. Jeannette

    My neighbor Timothy Driscoll, who turned 90 years old this, hopefully, God willing, will be going to Ireland next year. His father, Timothy Driscoll, from Moyane, North and his mother, Nora Stack, came from Newtownsandes, Kerry. I have more info on his family if you need it to answer my question.

    My question is: Is there a way for me to find out for him is there are any descendants from his families still living in Newtownsandes?

    Thank you for any assistance you can give to me.

  6. niall doherty

    any one trying to trace their north kerry roots will be able to do so from this friday onwards, with the help of“the north kerry reaching out heritage and tourism project,, not too sure of thier web address yet but as soon as i know i will post on this page, also hope to have a face book page by friday, but if you would like too contact them with an email, their address is [email protected] or [email protected] or you can private mail me at [email protected]

  7. niall doherty


  8. Jim Kennelly

    This website is wonderful!

    My grandfather, James Kennelly was the younger brother of Tim Kennelly who had 15 children early in the 1900’s with his wife Mary Jane Hanrahan. My grandfather James came to america around 1900. Eventually one of Tim and Mary Jane’s children, Fr. Michael Kennelly,SJ, came to america at 15 (1930) to live with my grandfather James, and his children (including my dad, also James). Fr. Mike, as we knew him, rose to become a college president (Loyola University 1970-74).

    Any chance the Kennelly’s still own the farm where Fr. Michael grew up? I would think Tim inherited it from his father in the early 1900’s. Fr. Mike was from Kilbaha Parish, Moyvane and I have heard about the farm and the village growing up.

    I would love to hear from descendants of Tim and Mary Jane Kennelly. This site is a joy. Thanks for creating and maintaining it.

    Oh, does the Moyvane GAA sell those green and gold jerseys to supporters? Love to purchase one.

  9. Michael O Connor

    I see in notes a query re Maurice O Connor 1883,

    He could possibly be my great Grandfater who lived at Lisaniska, 1901 census, He was 17yr in1901 so would have been born 1883/4. I tried to get birth cert for him and only Maurice o connor, born in 1883 , in Newtownsandes, was Maurice , son of Maurice, and Margaret, Craughatuscane,


    Michael O Connor, Wexford.

  10. John O'Connor

    My grandmother, Juia Manaher was from MoyVane and left Ireland in the early 1900’s. She settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and married Jeremiah
    O’Connor. She had 6 children, 2 young girls who died before they were 2, and 4 boys. Her youngest son, Jerome Vincent died in Normandy on D-Day.
    Her son John had 5 children, Patience O’Connor Wooten, Mary Lee O’Connor Chapas, Myself, JohnJr., Dennis Michael and Terrance Paul. I know there are still some Ma naher relations in MoyVane and have visited there. We are also related to the Larkins and Brodricks.

  11. ger greaney

    Please note that all are welcome to the first open meeting of North Kerry Reaching Out at the Seanchai Centre Listowel on Monday night August 29 at 8pm.
    The Organisation intends to set up a website and an on line magazine to help those outside the county research their North Kerry connections and in turn promote tourism and genealogy here in North Kerry. Training will be provided to those who wish to help in any way. It is also hoped to host a welcome home week in North Kerry in late 2012.
    Well run web sites like this one here in moyvane are vital sources of information to our Diaspora and form an important link between past and present, so well done to all involved.
    So finally remember The Seanchai Centre Monday Night at 8pm August 29th where after the meeting our own Vincent Carmody will give a presentation and slide show on times gone by.Please support this initiative. Thank You.

  12. Sean O'Connell

    Fr John Joseph O’Connor landed in Sydney from his native Ireland in January 1953, a young man of 26 with memories and a huge suitcase. He grew to love his adopted land and, in the words, of Fr Paul Bateman in the homily at his funeral Mass, “we sensed the sacrifice he made even to forgoing his final rest in a Kilmorna grave”.
    More than 650 past and current parishioners, family and friends attended the Vigil and Requiem Mass at St Jude’s Church, Holder, which three decades earlier he had helped to build.
    The principal celebrant was Archbishop Mark Coleridge, assisted by Archbishop Francis Carroll, a former classmate Bishop David Cremin, and more than 40 priests and deacons.
    John Joseph O’Connor was born to John O’Connor and Margaret Dillon on 23 May, 1927, at Rathoran, Kilmorna, County Kerry. The youngest of 10 children, he was ordained at All Hallows College, Dublin, on 22 June, 1952.
    He arrived in Goulburn on 21 January, 1953, and within days was sent to Gundagai as assistant priest. Over the years he also served at Boorowa, Queanbeyan, HMAS Harman, Bungendore, Cootamundra, Jugiong, Laggan, Narrabundah and Bombala before his first appointment as parish priest to Koorawatha. In February, 1972, he was asked by Archbishop Cahill to found the new Canberra parish of Holder.
    Mr Kevin Croker, who gave a reflection at the Mass, said Fr O’Connor would tell the story of the ladies of Koorawatha parish sending him off to his new parish with the car loaded with practical items such as brooms, a mop, bucket and cooking utensils.
    Fr Bateman said Fr O’Connor started at Holder with nothing, but “he won the ready support of his new parish family in building the fine church dedicated to St Jude. He was held in high esteem by all and was loved by all.”
    It was only failing health that caused him to lay aside the pastoral care of his beloved people at the age of 68, after more than 42 years of labours in the diocese. In retirement, re remained in constant touch with many and often filled a gap in other parishes, as well as caring for Mother Teresa’s Sisters at Queanbeyan.
    Fr Bateman described him as a fine priest, a speaker who was clear and to the point, a man of vast knowledge in many spheres, a grand host, excellent cook and connoisseur of fine wines. He had a quick and ready sense of humour. A keen fisherman, he loved to be among the salmon in his times in Oreland in the stream below his sister’s house where his mother spent her final years. Mr Croker said Fr O’Connor “loved people and was a warm and welcoming host. The men will remember the days of grilled cabanossi on the barbeque after art union pay-in nights. He was a great supporter of the ladies of the parish in the days of St Jude’s Ladies Group and later the CWL. He was generous with his time and was always willing to be part of any social activity organised by the parish or school. We all remember the parish Christmas party – the barbeque held in the back garden of his house in Mulley Street. His cheeky nature was not only well known in Eire but also very much in this neck of the woods. “Fr O’Connor had a marvellous rapport and love of the children of St Jude’s School; knew all their names, their birthdates and where they fitted into the family structure. In later years he would marry the children he had baptised and then in turn would baptise their children.” Fr O’Connor is buried with his brother the late Fr Morgan O’Connor, a former Yarralumla parish priest, at Woden cemetery.

  13. geraldine meehan

    hi my grandfather lived in house 10 gortdromagownagh newtownsands florence meehan as far as i know he moved to tipperary he died when my father was young.his brother denis sister helena his mother name mary a woman called ellen brennan also lived there would love to know if i still have relations living in newtownsands.thanks geraldine meehan 0857474370

    • Jim R

      Hi Geraldine, this is several years after your post, but my grandmother, Mary Meehan is related to the Meehan’s in this house. Her brother’s were Florence and Denis and her sister, Helena. Her mother was Mary and Ellen Brennan was her grandmother. Her great grandparents were Thomas Meehan and Johanna Collins. My grandmother travelled to America in approximately 1912. Any information you have on these relatives is greatly appreciated.

      • William "Scott" Meehan

        My name is William “Scott” Meehan. I have a detailed genealogy of the Meehan’s from the Abbeyfeale area in an Excel spreadsheet. They cover the area in and around Abbeyfeale/Listowel. Moyvanne/Newtownsandes, Duagh, Islandanny, Knocknasna, Six Crosses, ….

        I am in Ireland now July 2017 visiting all of the Meehan’s and relations in the area. I have been through the Abbeyfeale Parish office records twice. There is one error in the transcribed records from the old books. A major one. This is my third trip visiting relations.

        Dare I say that no one has a more detailed account of the Meehan’s in the area.

  14. Katie Kent (McEnery)

    I would like thank everyone who attended Hannah Barnes nee McEnery funeral on June 9th 2011. I was overwhelmed by the response from the local community. My Mother would have been delighted. I couldn’t have dealt with all the arrangements without the help of Siobhan Collins and Peg Darmody,so thank you girls. Also a special thank you to the singer.

  15. Betty Britton

    The Aherne Family of Moher Cross,would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral of Anthony Aherne,and also for all the kind wishes, cards, and flowers.Much appreciated xxx

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