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  1. Lora Kraus in Guestbook

    My great grandmother was Nora O’Connor, from NewtownSandes. She followed her older sister Johanna and brother Maurice to St Paul, Minnesota, USA around 1896 when she was 18. Her younger brother Michael, immigrated to Minnesota a few years later. Their mother was Johanna O’Connor and I believe there were more siblings born after Michael, the youngest named Dan who remained in Moyvane. I do not know who my great great grandfather was. Nora married my great grandfather, John Francis O’Sullivan and they raised a family in St Paul, Minnesota, including my grandfather, Maurice O’Sullivan. My mother was Patricia O’Sullivan.

    My grandparents, parents and myself have visited Ireland a number of times and years ago, had the pleasure of spending some time with family in Moyvane, Mary Catherine (nee O’Connor) and Dick Fitzmaurice and Katy and Mick Walsh. My mom is no longer with us but my uncle, John O’Sullivan has been helping me to try and fill in the gaps. I have found many cards and letters from Katy and Mary Catherine in my mom’s things as well as a couple notes from Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

    I am truly hoping someone can either provide me with some direction to continue my search or share any information that would help me fill in the gaps in my great grandmother, Nora O’Connor’s family. Thank you for your consideration,
    Lora Kraus

  2. Sean O’Grady in Guestbook

    My brother posted in 2011 as we sought more family history. Thomas O’Grady (born in Moyvane in 1898) is my grandfather. It appears the Horan and Keane families have females who are siblings of my grandfather. We are coming to Ireland in May and seeking anyone who can tell us more about our grandfather’s organization of the Volunteers in Newtownsandes and his time fighting for the cause. Our family history says he fled for America in 1923 after time in Mt Joy and Tuam. Any information is appreciated!

  3. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    Newtown people included in American Paper
    T h e Newtownsandes boys had a packed house at Gannon’s Hall last S a t u r d a y night. I t was t h e first ball a n d social of this popular association of N o r t h Kerrymen a n d t h e y o u n g men and women from t h e old village a n d its s u r r o u n d i n g s t u r n e d o u t
    New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0838.pdf
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  4. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2023 February 1 Knockanure
    RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure.. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.
    “Trad Scene” on West Limerick 102FM traditional music and song on Saturday evening 6-8pm, with Mike Barrett.
    NEK Community Responder Group will be holding their AGM in Knockanure Community Centre on 16th February at 8pm.
    BLOOD Transfusion Service, are holding a Clinic for donations in the Community Centre Ballybunion, Thurs. 2nd Feb.’23, from 16:45 – 20:00. To book appointment please phone 1800 222 111.
    PARISH: Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am. 2nd Collection weekend 28th & 29th Jan. for the Needs of the Holy Land.
    Pastoral Council meets 7th Feb. at 7.30pm. Items to be discussed to the Office by Feb. 4th please.

  5. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    Knockanure Notes for 2023,
    PARISH: Pastoral Council meets 7th Feb. at 8pm. Items to be discussed to the Office by Feb. 4th please. Youth Leadership training for 14-19 year olds in a parish setting open to all young people in all parishes. The Training day will be on the 11th February in Listowel provided by our diocesan youth team. Contact Brian on 0874545409 if interested. Workshop for PPC took place as Fr. Ger Godley provided an overview of how the Pastoral Council should operate in Parishes, stressing that we are moving from where the Parish Priest was the centre of focus to where the Parish needs to assume responsibility for its direction and the PPC should assume the animating vote.

  6. Thomas Hanrahan in Guestbook


    My name is Thomas Francis Hanrahan and my father, who grew up in Moyvane, was Thomas Matthew Hanrahan. I believe the Hanrahan family still runs the farm there that my dad had grown up on before immigrating to NYC in the United States.

    I don’t have much more than that other than there are many Hanrahan’s I have lost touch with over the years. Someday, I hope to visit my fathers place of birth.

    Thank you for listening.


    Thomas F. Hanrahan

    • Eily Walsh

      Was he from Aughrim, Moyvane and any years of birth?

  7. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2023 January 4 Knockanure
    PARISH: Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm; Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am, and Parish Office closed from Thurs. 22nd Dec. to Thurs. 4th Jan.’23.

    RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure.. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

    Rockchapel Comhaltas: a “Seisiún” in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel on the 6th of January at 8pm.

    CELEBRATE UKRANIAN CHRISTMAS in St. John’s Church Ballybunion Saturday morning 7th January at 9.30 a.m. All welcome to join the celebration.

    DEATH of Jim O’Connor, Rathoran, Kilmorna, on December 25th, 2022. Predeceased by his parents Davy and Ita, brother David and nephew David O’Brien. Jim will be remembered by his children Louise, Jonathan, Bríd and their mother Ann, his wife Anneke and her children Connor and Móirín, brothers John and Morgan, sisters Carina, Geraldine, Mary and Cora, aunt Bridie Harnett (Ennis), daughter-in-law Krissy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces. Requiem Mass at Abbeyfeale Church on Thursday for Jim, followed by burial afterwards in Reilig Íde Naofa Cemetery, Abbeyfeale.

    DEATH of Sr. Emmanuel O’Sullivan, St. Leo’s Convent of Mercy, Carlow and formerly of Listowel, on December 29th 2022 at the Catherine McAuley Nursing Home Beaumont. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Mary and by her siblings Noirin, Maureen, Brigid, Thomas and Elsie. Survived by her sister Pat, her community, cousins, relatives and friends.

  8. Nicholas Warrington in Guestbook

    Wishing all in Moyvane a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
    Soon I will be back in Newtown again, the home of my ancestors for centuries.
    Hope all is well,

  9. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2022 December 28 Knockanure
    THANKS to all who went beyond the call of duty over Christmas, both in the church and the community. Thank you very much to all who supplied, various details for the notes, without your help, it would be impossible to keep going.

    THANKS to all who participated at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure Christmas Prayer Service on Tues. 20th Dec. in Corpus Christi Church Knockanure, great variety of music, singing and prayers. Wonderful talent was displayed and was greatly appreciated.

    • Jer Kennelly

      Hope to continue notes in 2023
      See Newownsandes site

  10. Jer in Guestbook

    for Knockanure notes 21 Dec 2022

  11. Karl Schipper in Guestbook

    I am working on genealogy on a Collins family from Moyvane. I am interested in the history of the roman catholic church in the 1800–1910-time frame. I would like more detail than I could locate – which is that 3 have been built since the late 1800’s. I would like to know when the various churches were built and what happened to them. If I understand the information correctly the current church is the Church of the Assumption, which was bult in 1956. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • Nicholas Warrington

      Hi Karl,
      the current parish church (of the Assumption) was built in 1956, the previous church I believe was called St Mary’s and was at least 100 years old. This was knocked down to make way for the current church. There are some photos of the old church on this website.
      There were also several churches in the surrounding townlands, over the centuries. There was one in Muhur, and one in Kilbaha I believe.
      Irish genealogy is a very good website for records, and there’s also a website called helen’s family trees which has some info on Moyvane families.
      You could always contact the parish priest for any information you’re seeking.
      His name is Fr Brendan Carmody and his contact details can be found in the parish newsletters on this website.
      Hope this helps,

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      The church in Moyvane, that was replaced by the Church of the Assumption (current church) was built in 1837. The Parish Priest at the time was Fr. John Long. When that church was built a holy water font was brought from either Knockanure church or Murher church by Big Tom Scanlan of Leitrim Middle. It was inscribed Rev. Maurice O’Connor 1776. (Big Tom Scanlan (1794) was a nephew of Fr. O’Connor whose sister, Ellen was his mother) His father was Michael Scanlan (1764) The current church was officially opened on August 25, 1956. Parish Priest was Fr. Dan O’Sullivan.

  12. Breda Scully in Guestbook

    Best of luck in the All Ireland Final on Sunday. My Dad, Joe Kearney, was from the Glin Road in Moyvane. He fell in love and married my Mam, a Leitrim woman, in Manchester, they settled in Longford back in the 70’s. Dad passed away, suddenly, in August 2016. This weekend, I am proud to fly the Kerry flag, as always, in memory of my wonderful Dad… He was very fondly known in Longford as “Kerry Joe”. And as Dad always said ” Up the Kingdom”..

    • Nicholas Warrington

      Hello Breda, I’ve recently got in contact with your brother Michael as the Mulvihill’s are having a reunion on July 30th in Moyvane. If you’d like more information please contact me on Facebook. Im also in contact with your cousin Kathy.

      My grandma is Jen O’Carroll’s daughter.
      Kind Regards,

      • Denis Charles MULVIHILL

        How did the Mulvihill Reunion go? I am seeking any info regarding Michael Mulvihill (B.1800), married Ellen Connell. I cannot progress any further back than Michael (my great/great/great/grandfather).

        • Nicholas Warrington

          Hi Denis, it went well thank you.
          They’re aren’t on my family tree I’m afraid, there are lots of Mulvihill families in Moyvane, but I’ll ask some other relatives who have done family trees over the next couple of days.

          • Denis Mulvihill

            Appreciate that.

  13. KEN DUCKETT in Guestbook

    Hi Johanna Long, My mum’s family were Hanlons and Stacks from Asdee. My cousin is still there. Have you got your gt grandparents names and were they from Asdee too?

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