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  1. Frank Gregg in Guestbook

    Regards to all in Moyvane, from Buffalo NY. It was great to see Kerry win another all Ireland football final. My daughter Siobhan said that the Buffalo Bills should take a page out of the Kerry play book.
    I really enjoyed listening to the match on radio Kerry. This is a great site, keep up the good work.

  2. Maureen Porter in Guestbook

    My great grand mother was born in Ahalahana Moyvane in 1860 her name was Bridget O’Connell , her parents were John O’Connell&Catherine nee Sullivan .They came to the UK when she was a baby.I have had no luck in tracing them I wonder if anyone has heard of them .I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Seamus Roche

      Go to national archives of Ireland 1901 & you will find John o Connell married to Catherine with a son also more info. there

      • Maureen Porter

        Thanks for your reply but they left Ireland in 1861 so they won’t be on the 1901 census list

        • patricia o'grady meyer

          There is a family tree on that follows a Bridget O’Connell born about 1861 in Limerick to a John and Catherine of Ireland. In the 1881 Census, John and Catherine live in Deptford/St Paul with Bridgett 21 born in Ireland, Annie 16, Margaret 13, Catherine 11 and David 8, all born in England. Bridget eventually marries a Samuel Raggett in St. Paul, Deptford(town), (County) London and appears in an 1891 1901, 1911 England Census. Bridget died in St. Olave London in June 1928. They had a slew of children (8 documented). Do you think this could be her?

          • Maureen Porter

            Sorry to have not replied,I had found all those details the problem is I cannot find where Bridget’s parents came from and where they were born, there are so many with the same name.I would love to find out and go and see where they lived I have never been to Ireland a place I have always dreamed to see,perhaps this could be my lucky chance.
            Many thanks Maureen

  3. Mary Beth Gannon-Keegan in Guestbook

    Does anyone in Moyvane do genealogy research? If not, can you let me know how to get church records pre 1855 for that area. I have tried online church records for Kerry but can’t find anything that old or older for Moyvane/Murhur. I lost my mother to cancer and I promised her that I would continue her quest. Any help would mean the world to me.

    Looking for anything possible marriage record of my great-great-great grandparents Edward Mulvihill and Catherine Shea. His father may have been a Dennis Mulvihill circa 1700s. I believe Edward’s brother was a Michael Mulvihill who married Mary Cregan. My Edward came to America during the famine and ended up in LaSalle County, Illinois. He and his wife died mysteriously and left their son an orphan at a very young age.

    My mother and I went to Ireland not long before she died. We went to Listowel which we enjoyed so much. The priest at the church was not very helpful but the one in Ballybunion was, as was a kindly Teddy Flaherty at the Old Galey cemetery. We didn’t realize until we got back to America that we should have been looking in nearby Moyvane. My mom was so proud to be a Mulvihill, it meant the world to her. I even named one of my sons Mulvihill. Any help finding records on my ancestor Edward Mulvihill and his wife Catherine Shea would truly be appreciated. My name is Mary Beth Gannon-Keegan, I live in the Chicago area. My email is [email protected]

  4. Barry Conway in Guestbook

    Hello: Though I now live in California as a retired journalism professor, I’m originally from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada and a direct descendant of Michael Conway from Glin, Limerick and Margaret Mulvihill of Newtownsandes, Kerry, and who were part of what we refer to in Canada as the Kerry-Limerick Chain (i.e. hundreds of West Limerick/North Kerry families who emigrated to the Ottawa Valley between the 1825 and 1850s).

    As such, I’m hoping to visit Moyvane next March to continue my research into the family of Nicholas Mulvihill and Mary Kennelly, and whose daughter, Margaret (1834-1901) was my great grandmother. I’m hoping you can help me with two things:
    1) A recommendation for local accommodation — I can’t seem to find any bed & breakfasts, hotels, etc. in Moyvane on the Web; any suggestions would be helpful; and
    2) wondering if you could direct me to any Moyvane genealogists/local historians who might be able to meet with me between March 23-27, 2015.

    I have assembled a considerable amount of documented research on early to mid-19th century families from you area (e.g. Costello, McMahon, etc.) and would be happy to share some books/papers with anyone (e.g. local librarian) in Moyvane who might be interested.

    Anyone can reach me by e-mail at [email protected]. Thanks for any help you can provide

  5. Marcia Furler in Guestbook

    I am trying to locate a Connie O’Driscoll Murphy who lived in Australia for some years and became a good friend. I notice that your newspaper mentions someone of the same name. Would it be possible to give me her contact details or give her mine, if indeed she once lived in Canberra Australia. Her husband’s name is Willy.

    Thank you.

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      Hello Marcia,
      Was talking to Connie to-night. She comes to our Bingo every Thursday night, lovely lady, great fun. Next time I meet her I will tell her and get her number or you can mail me at the above address and I will pass on yours.

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      Hello again Marcia. Talked to Connie tonight and she would love to get in touch with you again. Mail me at [email protected] with your details and I will pass them on to Connie.

  6. Colleen Finnegan in Guestbook

    I have a question, Is there a farm or village named “beaurock” in Kilmorna, because that is what my grandfather Michael Finucane wrote of his fathers residence, James Finucane on his passenger list when he arrived In New York in 1907. I can’t seem to place it on the map. However, i do know their farm was in lissianka in 1901.

    • Jer

      Carrueragh may be the word, to stranger it would be hard to write it down.

      • Colleen Finnegan

        Jer, thank you so much you’ve been a great help to me!

    • Matt McMahon

      The name could be also be “Beenbrack” where there were at least two Finucane families – it would also be part of Lisaniskea.

      • Colleen Finnegan Whelan

        Matt, yes you could be right. The passenger list does say Beaurock, but that could be a bad translation that was filled in and misunderstood. It’s reads “Father, James Finucane, Beaurock, Kilmorna, County Kerry” as the next of kin.

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      Perhaps the word is Beenanaspuck. I found a James Finucane married Mary Diggins, Moybella, Lisselton in Ballybunion on 22, January 1884 and they had a son, Michael born 15, November 1884 and a daughter, Mary born 29, September 1886. When people arrived at Ellis Island many were unable to write so the names were corrupted in the pronunciation. For instance two I know of, Whelan became Whalen and Jameson became Jamieson. I don’t have a subscription to the site or to ancestry so I can’t check any further for you. Hope this helps.

      • Colleen Finnegan Whelan

        Yes, Anna Marie, thank you. My research was a little confusing as there are so many Finucanes in the area in the 1800’s! James Finucane is my great grand father and Mary Diggins is my great grandmother. I do know they married in 1884 and had a son Michael (my grand father). They also had a daughter Margaret and Mary and another son William. I found a census in 1901 for a residence at 11 Lisaniska, Newtownsandes, Kerry. James is listed as a widow in 1901 and lived there with his children Margret 10 and William 12. Michael was 16 and worked as a servant on a local farm owned by the Hunt family. (Also on the farm are my great great grandparents, Michael Finucane 85, retired farmer and Mary Finucane 80). I cannot find anything on Mary (Molly) and wonder when she died and of what. I checked the grave sites throughout the area to no avail. Michael Finucane (my grandfather) immigrated to the U.S. in 1907 as a Finucane. He got married to Anna O’Keefe in 1908 and that’s when he changed his name to Finnegan. We always knew our name was Finucane in Ireland. Thank you so much for your response and I cannot wait to visit the area with my sister and cousin Maureen Finnegan (daughter of James Finnegan).

        • Matt McMahon

          Colleen, yes I am almost certain that I know the family, since I was growing up in the area I was very close to the family of Bill Finucane ( William in the 1901 census). If you wish to continue the conversation offline my email is [email protected]

  7. Deborah Robertson in Guestbook

    I am looking for descendants of Daniel C. Mulvihill (1849-1889) and his wife Margaret Mulvihill (1855-1922). Is there anyone you can direct me to who is knowledgeable about this family and their history? I am doing research on behalf of a descendant of their daughter Margaret (1889-1967) who came to Canada and married William Dougald Kennedy in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1926. She is hoping to find more information about their birth places and photos of the family.

    I’d very much appreciate any assistance you could provide,

  8. Anna Maria Kennelly in Guestbook

    Recently I was in Murhur graveyard and found an unusual name on a very old gravestone. MARUNKEN NELLY Died 12 Jan 1802 Aged 25 years. Haven’t been able to find anyone locally who has heard of the name, wonder if anyone out there has heard of it.
    A.M. Kennelly

  9. Michael Hirons in Guestbook

    We’re trying to locate a house where my mother used to live, and understand it’s been empty for several years. It belonged to the Barry family, and have been told the land had been sold years back. Great website by the way!

  10. Susan Connolly in Guestbook

    HILL Family connections. My great grandfather John Hill b 1850 who came to Australia has Newtownsandes listed on his death certificate as his birth place. John’s parents were listed as Roland and Ellen Hill. Thanks for making the guest book available to people like me who are tracing their Irish ancestors.

  11. Mary Twohig in Guestbook

    Anyone looking for their ancestors should google” Helen’sFamily Tree “

  12. cathy lindsay in Guestbook


    I am trying to trace my Irish ancestors and believe Johanna married a Michael Lane (from Abbeyfeale). Michael died in 2007 and I haven’t been able to trace Johanna’s death yet.
    Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

  13. Nuala Brangan in Guestbook


    I am hoping somebody can help me, i am looking to get in touch with an old friend of mine, his name is Damien O Connor. He grew up there, his parents used to own the Centra.

    • Louise Keane

      As far as i know Damien is married and living in Limerick

      • NUALA

        Thanks Louise. You don’t by any chance have an email for him? Or could you pass on mine.

        • Louise Keane

          Sorry i don’t have his email but if you give me yours i could try and get it to him for you.

          • NUALA

            That would be great thanks Louise. It’s: [email protected]

  14. Lisa Craig in Guestbook

    I am planning to visit Ireland in a few months and would love to visit the area my great …grandfathers and mothers home town back in 1800’s His namre was Michael Shea and he married Hanora Windle in 1877, I’m pretty sure his dads name was Michael as well but thats all I know. Michael I think was from Glenalappa and Hanora aughrim. I was told Michaels Fathers Parish was from Moyvane. would love to know a little more information. Much appreciated Lisa Craig from New Zealand.

  15. Hud Cofb in Guestbook

    My grandfather, Jim Kennelly left Moyvane for America August 25, 1909. His brother Tim and Mary Jane Hanrahan were married in November 1909. Tim and Mary Jane farmed the land Tim inherited from his father Daniel. They had 15 children bet. 1910 and 1926, including Michael in 1914 who came to live with my grandfather and his family in New York in 1929. Michael eventually became a Jesuit priest and and president of Loyola University.

    I imagine some of his brothers and sisters decedents may still live in or near Moyvane. Just curious if any of you out there had a grandfather or great grandfather Tim Kennelly, a farmer (he died in 1955, Mary Jane in 1970)? their children included: Fr. Michael Kennelly SJ, Danny Kennelly, (1910-2005) John Joe Kennelly ( a champion Irish Step dancer) Jimmy Kennelly (1913-2005) Elizabeth Kennelly Kelly. Tim Kennelly, Mary (Mai) Kennelly Conlon. These all might have been grandparents to adult villagers today. I’ve traced our family in Moyvane back to Daniel Kennelly’s marriage in 1876 to Kate Thornton in the Kilbaha Moyvane church. Daniel’s father John Kennelly owned a farm that the Kennelly’s supposedly farmed for more two centuries from the 1700’s to 1900’s.

    If anyone out there has a family connection to any of these folks above. I’d love to hear about it. Much thanks. PS: You have some great athletes in this village!

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