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  1. Maureen Porter in Guestbook

    Hi Pat
    It’s me again still searching for my Great Great Grandparents John and Catherine O’Connell they had a daughter Bridget in July 1861 ,I would love to know where they were married and Catherine’s maiden name.I am coming over to Ireland in two weeks and it would be great if I could trace them, thanks for all your help

  2. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    Visit of Our Lady of Lourdes statue to Abbeyfeale Cancelled

  3. Maureen Porter in Guestbook

    Hi Pat
    Thanks for your help but not the right parents, it shows on Bridget’s birth certificate that they were o’Connells ,I think they got married between 1857-1861 but are a complete mystery,my family are treating me to trip over to Ireland in June and I would love to have found where they came from.
    Thanks for all your help

  4. Maureen Porter in Guestbook

    Hi it’s me again been trying to find my great grandparents since 2014 their names are John O’Connell and Catherine O ‘Connell nee Sullivan they had a daughter Bridget in July 1861 who was baptised in Moyvane but later came to Britain, I would love to find out where her parents originated from ,any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks very much

    • Patricia O'Grady Meyer

      hello maureen.

      i did a very brief look into the above records and came up with a John Connell marrying Catherine Sullivan on 22 Feb 1841 In Kerry-Castleisland. It does not give the parent’s first names nor their towns of origin in the record but lists the witnesses as Timothy Devine and Maurice Harrington.

      another quick look into Bridget showed a birth to the same named parents on 7 Jul 1861 in Moyvane (Ahalahana)

      not sure this is of much help. best of luck.


  5. Martin Moore in Guestbook

    Hi, It should be possible to get these details as there are still some family members in the Listowel area. As I understand it there were 2 families, both related, one living at Ballinruddery and other at Soldiers Houses, Dromin, Listowel. Dromin is on the Listowel Tarbert road. I believe that one of the family may have gone to Donegal also.
    Hope this is of some use. Martin Moore, Tralee.

  6. James Devereaux in Guestbook

    Hi looking to find any info on Devereaux family that lived around listowel grandfather was born in listowel to a James and Molly (Brady) Devereaux round 1930s!! Regards James

    • CB

      James Devereaux was the brother of my Great Great Grandfather, Michael. His parents were John and Ellen Devereaux of Ballinruddery. Happy to share information.

      • James Devereaux

        Have you collected any further info over the years or family tree?

  7. Margaret Hicks in Guestbook

    I have posted several times previously,but have received no reply. Could someone please help me with information re John Kennelly, Cornelius Kennelly and Bridget Kennelly who left Moyvane in the mid to late 1880’s /90’s and came to Melbourne Australia. John married Mary O’Dea in Melbourne. Bridget died in 1894? I know where her grave is but have no details to put on a headstone. Bridget is buried beside John & Mary with their two youngest children, twins, Veronica ( Ron) and Clare. I have ensured that the headstone for them has been renovated and completed with a celtic cross and the words, ‘Love never dies’.

    • Jer

      Was Kennelly a Labour man in Parliament and O Dea from County Clare

      • Margaret Hicks

        Hi Jer! Yes, Pat Kennelly was a labor member of the Victorian Parliament and later a Senator in the Federal Parliament till he resigned in 1974. Uncle Pat died in 1980. His son Ron died last December. So excited to get a reply!The O’Dea’s did come from County Clare.

  8. Colleen Hanrahan in Guestbook

    My father Thomas Hanrahan was born in Moyvane and I’m searching for my family there. All ideas and conbections welcome. Would like to visit soon.

    • Jim Kennelly

      A Mary Jane Hanrahan of Moyvane married my Great Uncle Timothy Kennelly in November, 1906. They had 15 children and owned a farm in the Moyvane’s Kilbaha townlands just southwest of the Moyvane town center, which until 1930 was known as Newtownsandes. Timothy was baptized at Assumption Parish in 1881. Mary Jane Hanrahan was born in 1888. Think she was baptized there. Believe they were married there but don’t have those records yet. Mary Jane Hanrahan Kennelly was noted for her lovely singing voice around 1930 (she would have been about 42) in an article about Moyvane in Song on the Moyvane website. She had brothers according to that article, so perhaps she is an Aunt or great Aunt of your Father Thomas. Will be in Moyvane area for four days next week and will hopefully get a look at some things related to her. Glad to pass along any Hanrahan connections I see.

      • Joe Kelly

        I am grandson of Mary Jane Hanrahan and Timothy Kennelly. My mother was Eilis now deceased! I remember meeting my mother’s uncle Jim when he visited Cork from USA. He always wore a straw hat! I live in New Jersey. [email protected]

  9. Edmund Fitzmaurice in Guestbook


    My name is Edmund Fitzmaurice and I Iive in New York, USA. My great-grandfather, John Fitzmaurice, was from Moyvane and came to Philadelphia approximately 1880-1890. In Philadelphia, he owned a bar. I was hoping someone might have some information about him.

    Also, I am traveling to Ireland Oct 15-26 and was hoping to stop by the village of Moyvane. Are there any activities happening in the villiage on Oct 22-24?

    Thanks so much,


    • Eamon Fitzmaurice

      Any address there are a lot of Fitzmaurice’s in Moyvane. We can check it out for u
      Eamon Fitzmaurice

    • AC McVey

      Edmund, My husband’s gr grandfather is also a Fitzmaurice, born in Moyvane, lived in Philadelphia & worked as a bartender.

      I did a search of your John Fitzmaurice that might give some clues. Some info is from
      1916 Death JOHN FITZMAURICE of 1479 N 53rd St Phila Pa male white married age 43, occ: Bartender, Born Ireland Father: Edmund Fitzmaurice b Ire, mother: Mary Fitzgerld (Fitzgerald?) b Ireland Date of Death Dec 27, 1916 cause: Valvular heart disease Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeardon, PA

      1920 U.S. Census 550 Madison St Philadelphia PA owns home
      Rose A Fitzmaurice 42 widow, to U.S. 1893 Naturalized, 1898, b Irel
      Edmond J. son 23 b PA, accountant Telegraph Co
      Ann N daughter 21 b PA clerk newspaper
      Mary J. daughter 13 b PA
      Ann niece 6 b PA

      1910 Philadelphia 1479 North 53rd St
      John Fitzmaurice, 38 married 14 years, to US 1890, naturalized
      Rose wife 33 3 children b Ire, to US 1892
      Edmund 13 Anna 11 Mary 4

      1900 census Philadelphia 822 Pennock St rents
      John Fitzmaurice,b Sept, 1871 28, married 5 years b Ire as were parents, bartender
      Rose wife b Apr 1875, 24 yo, 2 children, 2 living b Irel (Rose A. Curran)
      Edmund son b June 1896, 3 b PA
      Anna b Nov 1898, 1 b PA

      ??? 1892 NY Passenger List , embarked at Liverpool John Fitzmaurice 21,male, to Pennsylvania, 1 piece of luggage, steerage, Ship: Umbria, date of arrival: April 4, 1892 Nationality: Irish
      1896 Pennsylvania Federal Naturalization Records JOHN FITZMAURICE a Native of Ireland and a subject of the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland now residing in the City of Philadelphia aged twenty five years,….sworn to this 7 day of October A.D. 1896 signed: John Fitzmaurice , 2731 McLellan (circuit Court, Eastern District, Pennsylvania)

      ??? 1953 Death Emily J. Fitzmaurice on April 23, 1953 father: Edmund Fitzmaurice Mother: Mary Ann Fitzgerald, born Kerry Ireland, b May 1872, age 50, single, dressmaker, self employed , single , congestive heart failure, burial Holy Cross, Yeadown, Delaware Co, PA. Informant: Catherine Fitzmaurice of 1834 W Thompson, Phila PA, same address at Emily


      I am seeking any Irish records on my husband’s gr grandfather & his parents & siblings. MICHAEL FITZMAURICE 1844-1923. Born Leitrim Middle, Moyvane to Thomas Fitzmaurice & Margaret Moore. Some records say he was born March 10, 1845. To U.S. appx Oct 1868 & working as a bartender in Philadelphia in 1870. Wed Annie Collins in 1879 in Phillie & children are: Catherine 1880- , Thomas 1884-1885 , John 1886 -1911, Anna 1889-1975, Marguerite Milligan 1892-1985.

      Michael’s brother, John Fitzmaurice, stayed in Moyvanne with wife Johanna Scanlon. Their son William 1878- 1939 lived in Philadelphia with his uncle, Michael in 1900. John’s son, Michael, b 1890 in Newtownsandes spent many years in Pennsylvania before returning home to Ireland. He dies in Dublin in 1980. I do see that on Feb 10, 1836 in Moyvane the RC marriage of Thomas Fitzmaurice of Moyvane & Margaret Moore of Clounbrane with witness Cornelius Quinn & Thomas Moore. I do not know anymore about the Irish Family. My father in law spoke of being cousins to the Irish Fitzmaurice priests, Rev. Francis Fitzmaurice b 1880, Rev John E b 1839, Edmund, etc., born in Newtownsandes & Tarbet.

  10. Fergus Moloney in Guestbook

    Ellen Sheehy married Micheal Lynch on 31st January 1893 in Moyvane church,Co Kerry. I do believe they were living in Gortdromagouna outside Moyvane village by the census of Ireland in 1901 and 1911. Ellen Sheehy was my great grand aunt. If you are related to that family. Please write to me. Fergus

  11. Catherine C. Crawford in Guestbook

    I am searching for information on the Ahern/O’Sullivan family from Dirreen, Athea,
    particularly the Tadhg O’Sullivans, Listons, Histons, Aherns, Fealeys, Kellys – the generations prior to the marriage of Julia O’Sullivan and Patrick Ahern in the mid to late 1800s.
    I’d be most appreciative.

    Catherine Crawford

  12. Barbara ODonnell in Guestbook

    I am looking for a Mary (Greaney) Culhane. She was married to Morris (aka Mossie) Culhane (now deceased) I believes he lives in Moyvane Listowel County Kerry Ireland. They had 2 daughters Caroline and Elizabeth. Mary’s father was Mick Greaney of Knocknagoshel


    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      Hi Barbara,
      Just saw your post. Yes, Mary Culhane lives in Moyvane. If you would like to contact me at I will fill you in. She lives beside me.
      A.M. Kennelly

        • Catherine (O'Sullivan, Ahern Cooney) Crawford.

          Martin, Are you referring to the O’Sullivan, Ahern,Walsh, Shanahan, Kennelly, Cooney connection? If so I believe you are correct about relations still existing on Athea. However no one responds. I wooild bre delighted if you would help me out,

          • Martin Moore

            This came to my email address and I am not sure if it is meant for me. If I can help you, I will but as this seems to be linked to a request re Culhanes I do not know anything about them. My email address is [email protected] and I have a passing interest in some Moyvane and Knockanure families. Martin Moore

  13. John Roche-Randall in Guestbook

    My father, Patrick Robert Roche, was born in Moyvane North on March 22, 1902. I am looking for any relatives that may still reside in Moyvane, as my wife, brother and I will be traveling to Ireland from Sep 1-11, this year and would love to meet up with them. Any help would be appreciated.

    We would also like to know how we may be able to find more information about my Dad: e.g., what Church/school he attended and the source of any written documents, such as birth certificate, school records, etc.

    We would especially like to meet with Gabriel Fitizmaurice at that time, since he is such a wealth of information about your lovely community.

    • Seamus Roche

      Just seen this
      I’m a second cousin living in Moyvane your dad & mine mickle roche were 1st cousins none of your cousins live here but you have a cousin john roche in ballylongford a few miles away This was the homestead of the roche’s before your grandfather mick & my grandfather tom came to moyvane

  14. Denis Collins in Guestbook

    Happy St. Patricks Day to one and all!!

  15. Mary Murphy in Guestbook

    just research that my great, great grandparents were married in Moyvane 7 SEP 1857 (John O’Shea and Johanna Donahue). So, I’m adding your lovely town onto my visit list of Ireland!
    I do have one question. The parish record lists the town Miss Johanna came from as ‘C l o u n p r u h u s’ ?? I am not finding such a town. Closest, I think, was possibly ‘Clontuskert, a.k.a. Cloonturskan’ in Roscommon. I’m just wondering if that makes sense, and if that area is near you?
    Dia leat!

    • Jer

      Irish Examiner , 12.03.1892, page 5
      Reports on O Shea the last Waterloo Veteran.
      A Kerryman

    • Martin Moore

      Yes, Clonprohus is in Moyvane. It is not a town, just what is known as a townland or parish district.

      • Mary Murphy

        Thank you!

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