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  1. KEN DUCKETT in Guestbook

    Fairly recently I saw posts of Conor Kinsella and Paul Buckley regarding Buckley families from around the area. I’m tracking the large family of Michael Buckley and Honora Shine of the Hill Gortdromasillahy, they were born about 1895 and it seems that many or all of their 11 children emigrated to around New York. From obituaries I have found 9 children Paddy, Liam, Cornelius,Marie, Fr Dennis, Edward (Ned), Fr Michael, Daniel J. Buckley and Joseph Vincent Buckley which shows 9. Has anybody got knowledge of this family and who and where the other two went.
    Conor and Paul are you happy for me to e mail yourselves?

    • Nóirín

      Hi Ken,
      I am Michael and Honora’s granddaughter. You can email me at [email protected].

    • Sean Buckley

      Hi Ken, I have the full family tree for Michael & Honora, One of their children , Daniel Joseph was my Father. He came over to England in the 1950’s. I have been back to Moyvane many times. Please get in touch as my own research came to a dead end. But I have lots of information and produced a family history in book form with photos. How are you interested / related ??

  2. Paul Buckley in Guestbook

    Jeremiah Buckley – Bridget O’Connor

    I’ve hit a brick wall researching my great grandparents. Jeremiah Buckley – Bridget O’Connor, both lived in Newtownsandes 1870s-1940s. They had three sons, John (Jack) Buckley who remained in the village until he died in 1987, Maurice (my grandfather) who moved to England and Jeremiah who emigrated to New York.

    Any information on any of the above would be gratefully received as I’m struggling to find out anything from the usual sources !

    Thanks in advance

    • Paul Buckley

      I’ve found a bit more information about Bridget’s parents – They were John O Connor (born approx. 1826) and Kate/Catherine (born approx. 1838)

    • Conor Kinsella

      Hi Paul my mother is a relation of Jeremiah Jack and Maurice Buckley Man is a daughter of John O’Connor of Glennalappa moyvane and Ellen Reidy Ballyheigue Jeremiah visited us many times in Wexford and we visited jack many times also

  3. Joe in Guestbook

    Hi, travelling to Tralee next weekend and I am looking to visit the memorial on the way. Would you please be able to give me directions?


  4. Tom Lyons in Guestbook

    Greetings and Happy New Year! My name is Tom Lyons and I live in New York City. My grandfather, Michael J Lyons was born Feb 6, 1880 in Killomero, Ballylongford to James Lyons & Margaret Sullivan. He was the oldest of, to my knowledge, 5 siblings. The remaining were Bridget b.1881, Jeremiah b.1884, James b.1886 & Thomas b. 1888. Michael came to New York around 1900 where hi aunt, Ellen Sullivan, introduced him to Ellen Butler from Knockanure. They married in 1902 and went on to have 11 children. I see here in the Moyvane Newsletter the mention of a Dano Lyons and Linda Lyons. I’m curious to know if either of them, or anyone reading this, has any connection to or knows of descendants of the Lyons or Butler family? I appreciate your time and thank you in advance for any information you may provide!

    • Martin Moore


      James Lyons of Larha married Margaret Sullivan of Killomoroe in Ballybunion Feb 1879.

      They had at least 5 children:- Michael, 1880; Bridget, 1881, Jeremiah, 1884, James [1886] and Thomas [1888].

      You can get these at

      • Tom Lyons

        Thank you Martin for taking the time to reply! Actually, the information I had came from the site you mentioned! It has helped me tremendously with my research. My interest was peaked when I saw the mention of a Dano Lyons & Linda Lyons in the newsletter. I know nothing of Michael’s siblings and was hoping to see that there were possibly descendants who still lived in the area. To my knowledge only Michael came to the States but not 100% sure. Again, thank you for your reply! Hopefully, after relocating from New York to Florida, I will have the opportunity to visit the area and walk the earth from where my roots are planted!

    • Tomasina Lyons

      Hi Tom, I’m Tom’s daughter (,Tom Lyons, son of Michael & Nora Lyons) if you’d like to contact me. – [email protected] James Lyons was my Dad’s grandfather. Awaiting your email.

      • Tom Lyons

        Thanks for your reply. I contacted you via email you provided. Awaiting your reply.

  5. Con Shanahan in Guestbook

    My great grandmother, Bridget Hoare (Hore) moved from North Kerry (possibly Moyvane) to Ballysteen, West Limerick along with her siblings during or shortly after the famine where she married my great grandfather Cornelius Shanahan in April 1858. Many years later, in 1905, her brother Simon Hoare was killed when he ‘fell from a common cart’ near Ballylongford on the Tarbert Road probably whilst visiting his relatives. The coroner’s report has not survived but a brief report of the accident was carried in a local newspaper. (All of the Simon’s children emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920’s). I have received information that there may be a connection between the Hoares and the Kearneys of Moyvane and would appreciate any information that might throw some light on this one way or the other.

  6. Geraldine in Guestbook

    Hello my name is Aimee Leigh Aherne I am 15,my dad was Micheal Anthony Aherne of Moyer Cross I do not have any contact with any of my dads family,Their choice would like to see old pics or hear from anyone who knew him,he died when I was seven please help me if you can thank you.

  7. PJ Mackessy in Guestbook

    Hello There PJ Mackessy hear living in Tipperary, Just want to wish you all in Moyvane A Very Merry and Peaceful Christmas………. My Mom Came from There and you could hear the pride in her Voice when ever Mom Spock of her Home in MoyVane….R.I.P. Mom ( Ne, Mary Scanlon) Mary Mackessy Thank you for letting me write hear………

  8. Robert Burns in Guestbook

    I just found out through DNA and my own research that my Great Grandfather Daniel Burns was born in Moyvane in 1842. From what I found out, his Father was Michael Burns and his Mother was Mary Mcelligott ,
    My Great Grandfather was married to Catherine Mannion. They left Ireland in the 1860s and settled in Baltimore Maryland USA and had 4 children,
    There has to be some Burns’s left n Moyvane.
    If these names mean anything to anyone, please contact me at [email protected].

  9. Martin Moore in Guestbook

    Interesting story

  10. Margaret Doyle Phone: 0872891691 in Guestbook

    I am researching my Family History.
    I am particularly interested in James Murphy who married Ellen Laide in Newtownsandes some time between 1908 and 1912.
    I have 2 different Civil Records for their Marriage.
    The first states that on 6th November 1908
    James Murphy, bachelor, prison warder of Maryborough, Queen’s County married
    Ellen Laide, spinster, nurse of Newtownsandes, Kerry. Her father was Richard Laide.
    The marriage was solemnised by Thomas K. Lyne C.C. in the Roman Catholic Church of Newtownsandes.
    The second certificate gives the date of their marriage as 18th October 1912.
    All of the other information is identical on both records.
    The actual date of marriage is the only fact that differs.
    James Murphy was recorded as single in the census of 1911.
    Another intriguing fact is that on 11th March 1914, James Murphy was tried for Forgery of a Marriage Certificate at the Tralee Assizes! He was acquitted.
    I feel that your church record is likely to be accurate.
    Any information about the Richard Laide & Anne McCarthy family would be appreciated. Thank you

    • patricia meyer

      Hello Margaret1

      The name Ellen Laide jumped out at me when I read your entry here.

      My grandmother was born in Newtownsandes in 1902 to a sizeable family (16, though not all lived to maturity) named Kearney. Her mother’s maiden name was McElligott. In the 1911 census, a nurse, Ellie Laide, lived with the family in house #20. Ellie was listed as single for that census which might be helpful to you in dating her marriage.

      Best wishes searching forward.

      Patricia O’Grady Meyer

    • Jer

      Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, March 14, 1914; Page: 2 (Just a snippet from long list of business)
      Kerry Spring Assizes -JUDGE’S ADDRESS. CRIMINAL BUSINESS. (Mr M J Nolan was on the Grand Jury)
      The Lord Chief Baron and Mr. Justice Dodd opened the business of the Kerry Assizes on Wednesday in the Tralee Courthouse. There are only six criminal cases, and these are not of an important kind.
      (Cases include Highway robbery from a bank official between Listowel and Abbeyfeale, three prisoners were tried at Cork, two found guilty and jury disagreed over the third. Mr Gleeson and O’Connor charged over £19 0s 5d about getting around illegal payment; Burning House, Mrs Kelly and Dillon had joint attics and Kelly charged with burning; Robbery of Pawn Shop. Policeman in Moyvane changing date on his marriage certificate, married 1908 and changed it to 1912, he James Murphy married Helen Laide in Newtownsandes.

  11. Nicholas John Warrington in Guestbook

    I have found out that my relatives, the Mulvihill family of Kilbaha’s graves in Murhur Cemetery were knocked down in the 1950s by another Mulvihill family who had the next plot. The other Mulvihill family put their relatives graves on my families plot without permission. They then put a small grave which reads The Mulvihill Family Kilbaha R.I.P for my relatives pretending that they had not taken our family plot. I was wandering if anyone knows who to contact to find who is buried in my families plot and if there is old records that show who own which plot in Murhur Cemetery. Thank you

    • Martin Moore

      Same happened to our family grave there.

  12. Jim Kennelly in Guestbook

    I would like to know what happened to the farm in Kilbaha, Moyvane owned by Jimmy and Mamie Kennelly. Jimmy passed on his 92nd birthday in 2005. Mamie in 2008. They both supposedly passed away in Kilbaha and were buried in Murhur Cemetery in Moyvane. According Helen’s Family, Jimmy and Mamie had seven children, all of whom were listed at “living” under the current update. Anyone know this family? Or if they still own this farm in Kilbaha? Coming to the Village in 10 days and would like to see it. Have walked Lavalla South and the Hill Road from Knockanure Road to the Limrick County Line via Google Streetview wondering which farm might be the one my grandfather grew up on. Would love to see it. When we are in Moyvane the week of July 17th to the 20th. Any help/information would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Jim Kennelly in Guestbook

    A branch of the Kennelly family returns for the first time to Moyvane after 112 years to visit this July 18-21. Jim Kennelly, brother of Tim Kennelly, son of Daniel Kennelly and Catherine Thornton, left for America in September 1906. We hope to say hello and find out what happened to the family farm…

    • Jim Kennelly

      The Kennelly farm was in Kilbaha, not sure yet if North, South or Middle, but investigating. It was in the care of Tim Kennelly and his finance, Mary Jane Hanrahan, (a lovely singer according to an article on this site) when Jim emigrated to New York City in September 1906. One of Tim and Mary Jane’s 15 children, Michael, eventually came to New York and lived with Jim and his family (which included my father) while he completed his high school education before entering into his training to join the Jesuit order. Fr. Michael Kennelly went on to serve as President of Loyola University in New Orleans and be named a member of the Papal Household. Although probably not the same branch, we’re still looking forward to stopping by Kennelly’s Homevalue Harware in the village, seeing Our Lady of the Assumption Church, the Co-op, the GAA football pitch, and seeing as much as we can of the Middle Plain.

  14. Lee Morris in Guestbook

    I am a Huddersfield Town supporter and Eoin Hand, who I’m led to believe is a resident of Moyvane, was the manager of my football club between 1988 and 1992. I write to former players and managers of Huddersfield Town to ask for their autographs and also their thoughts on their time at the club and what they think to the club’s current situation (being in the Premier League). I have been trying to contact Eoin for many years but to no avail. I am wondering if anyone on this page could help put me in touch with Eoin? Or alternatively put Eoin in touch with me? I’d be grateful for any help. Cheers!

  15. Donna McGreevy in Guestbook

    Mary Anne Buckley (birth around 1866 in Kerry)
    I hope someone might be able to help me in a search for the family/homeplace of Mary Anne Buckley. We don’t know who her parents were (trying to find out) but she was in Chicago with Ellen O Connor nee Buckley from Kilbaha (father Timothy Buckley, Mother Ellen Walsh), wife of Jeremiah O Connor from 1890 onwards. The sponsors/ witnesses at family events were Timothy Buckley, Robert Buckley, James Buckley, Mary Griffin, Nellie Keegan, Hannah Buckley, John Buckley and Michael Buckley. I think they were cousins. If anyone has any pointers, it would be great. Have looked at, Parish records etc. Can’t seem to find Mary. Many thanks

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