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  1. Elizabeth Jacobs in Guestbook

    I was reading the News and noted that tomorrow there is to be a Mass for Father Michael Hanrahan of Kilbaha.
    I am looking into my family history and my grandfather Michael Hanrahan came to Australia c1990.he came from Kilbaha South and He was the son of James Hanrahan and Ellen Sheahan married 21/1/1862.
    I think James was the brother of Michael,Denis,Patrick and Cornelius.

    I will be in Moyvane in July and am wondering if anyone in the parish can help me with contacting the descendants of my great grandfathers family.

    Thank you for your help
    Elizabeth Jacobs

    • Catherine Patterson

      Hi, I’m interested in your post. My great great grandfather was Denis Hanrahan. I’m wondering if he is the same Denis in your post. His father may have been named Thomas, but I’m not sure. I don’t know his mother’s name. Denis was born about 1804 in Ballybunion. He married Mary English, and had children, Honora, Mary, and Ellen, (my great grandmother) She was born in 1830, and died in 1910 in Oakland, California. She was married to Daniel Moriarty. If any of this sounds like it could be your family, please write.

  2. Patrick Mulvihill in Guestbook

    I am trying to determine the parents of my great grandfather Edmund Mulvihill. Edmund was born in 1828 in Newtown Sandes (Moyvane) and immigrated in 1848 to the USA. In 1852 Edmund and possibly a brother, William?, or John?, travelled to CA to prospect for gold. After returning to Illinois, he married Ellen Wolfe in 1854 in Ottawa, IL and immediately moved to Clinton County, Iowa where they settled and remained. I believe that Edmund had a younger brother Cornelius who was born about 1832 in Co. Kerry and came to the United States in about 1862 and also settled in Iowa.
    I currently believe that Edmund Mulvihill’s parents were Jeremiah Mulvihill and Catherine Buckley and they were married on February 25, 1827 in Lixnaw. The Priest gives Jeremiah’s place name as Behans.” The subsequent baptism of their daughter, Mary was at Moyvane on Feb. 7, 1832 and the place name is given by the Priest as “Bridge.” What “bridge” is being referred too? Pound Bridge? Moyvane Bridge? Or another?

    I was in Moyvane with my family in 2011 and Michael O’Carroll of Ballylongford (his Mother was a Mulvihill) joined us and showed us the old Moyvane cemetery south of town. Michael said the 3 Mulvihill plots separated the descendents of the 3 Mulvihill brothers who were sons of the original settler in the area.
    Does anyone know the names of the father, his wife, and his 3 sons? I would also like to know any dates or the time period when this would have occurred?

    Thanks for any help!

  3. Patience O'Connor (granddaughter of Julia Manaher and Jeremiah O'Connor) in Guestbook

    My grandmother Julia Manaher immigrated to the United States from Newtownsandes in the early 1900’s. She spoke lovingly of Moyvane and Newtownsandes. I have been to Ireland many times but have never to the home of her birth which I plan to do soon.
    Know her cousins or the O’Connor cousins were the Stacks. Just beginning my search for her and Jeremiah’s “roots and rising” – not sure if he was a native of the same area or if they met on the boat that brought them to America. If anyone has any knowledge or can suggest how I might gather more knowledge would greatly appreciate an email.
    Patience O’Connor
    Washington, DC
    January 25, 2014

  4. bill Kelly in Guestbook

    Merry Christmas every body & a happy new year .

  5. Jim Horgan in Guestbook

    My grandmother was Ellen Mulvihill from Gurtomoshillihy and I was wondering if anyone knew if there was any connection to the Mulvihills from Glenalappa.

    Love the new website!

    Jim Horgan

    • Sean Buckley

      Jim, I have an Ellen Mulvihill on my family tree that I have done much research on, I have her husband as Con Shine. I have Ellen’s death on 22/5/1939. If we are talking about the same lady please get in touch.

  6. Catherine O'Connor Coyne in Guestbook

    The updated postings/info/pictures from the Moyvane website is great.

    The one missing posting, which was on the old website, are the songs being sung from Brosnan’s Bar……..especially the one by Jerry Brosnan singing ‘Up the Boro’

    The songs convey the great feeling for the love of football in Kerry.

    Is there a shop or website where a Kerry flag may be purchased?

    Thanks to Tom O’Connor for the return of my lost camera!

  7. Brigid McGrath in Guestbook

    Oh, I just left a message but forgot to ask if anyone remembers plays/shows that my grand father Michael McGrath used to put on locally in the 40/50`s. I have copy of one play he wrote, but apparently there were more, and I`d be interested to know if anyone remembers them.

  8. Brigid McGrath in Guestbook

    Thanks for putting together this resource. I was browsing the site as I was looking for images of anyone my Dad might have known in the 1950’2/60’s when he was growing up in Moyvane. He is Martin McGrath. He is 67 now, and is not well at the moment. I thought it might be good to show him some images from his homeland. Martin and his sister Eileen were children of Michael McGrath and Mary (May) Kennelly. They left for England in the 50`s, but Martin lived with his grandmother Bridget Shine for some years until he left for England himself in the 60`s. If you know my Dad, and have any images here you think he might be interested in please let me know. Or any images of his parents/grandparents. I`d also love to see them myself. I`ve visited myself several times as a child, and again about six years ago. My great grand mothers old house was being used as a storeroom for fence posts, and had almost fallen down. I expect it`s gone now. Lots of love to all in Moyvane xxx

    • denis flaherty

      the house d you visited in moyvane is now owned by my brother eddie and is stil standing we remember matty mcgrath staying there with bridge shine as you know there was no photoes in those days / there neighbour patty fitzmaurice would have known a lot about them but he died last year .are you mattys daughter what age are you i live accross d road from d cottage
      keep in touch
      regards denis flaherty

  9. Brian Duffy in Guestbook

    Urgently trying to trace relatives of Michael Dee, Son of Patrick & Mary Dee (n Guiney I believe) of MountCollins, Limerick/Kerry.

    Michael dies serving with the Irish Guards in Holland in 17 Sept 1944 an is buried in VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY Netherlands.
    The people of the village he liberated wish to commemorate him and as looking for relatives
    phone me 0879397371 with any information. Thanks

  10. Maureen Volpe in Guestbook

    Trying to track down some more of my grandfather, Timothy Lyons, Moyvane roots.His mom was Margaret (Maggie)Connell, she was born in 1866 in Keloid, and went to the US & met & married Thomas Lyons, from Ballygarrett, Lixnaw in 1892 in NYC…She had 2 sons, my grandfater Timothy & his older brother Tom. She died when Tim was quite young and then is father died a few years later…He had an aunt on his fathers side who brought the boys both back to his uncle Daniel Lyons farm in Ballygarrett, where he grew up (his older brother died shortly after their return of TB)His grandparents would be Timothy Connell & Mary Fitzgibbons, and as far as we can tell didn’t really know their daughter’s children. They were married in 1864 in Keloid, Moyvane and we think Mary was born Jan 27,1841 in Dirrigalun, Dromtariffe. We are trying to figure out her parents, maybe Thomas & Julia Fitzgibbons (nee Brien), her siblings Thomas 1843 & Honora or Ellen 1847…Any additional information or local family connections as to where they might be buried etc would be great…We are currenlty in Ballybunion for a few months & would love to track some of this down while we are here. We met Julia @ Mail Cross Garden Centre while buying some plants and she is trying to point me in the right direction, but any advice would be much appreciated 🙂

  11. Ed Devylder in Guestbook

    My ancestors Margaret Shehan married John McAuliffe in the early 1850s. Their daughter Catherine McAuliffe was born in 1859 and died in Ansonia, Connecticut, USA in 1939. Does anyone have any information or leads regarding them?

    Thank you.


  12. Cornelius Dee (Con) in Guestbook

    My family roots originate from Ballylongford, North Kerry.
    I reside in London whilst my upbringing was in Murroe, Co. Limerick.

  13. Robert Patrick Walsh Fister in Guestbook

    My G G Grandfather John R Walsh came from your area with his son my G Grandfather Patrick E Walsh abt 1850. My G Grandmother Mary Stack came to the usa thru New Oleans on Feb 27 1852 with her half brother Richard Gregory. The ships records show that Mary was 20 and Richard was 6, those ages were recorded in 1852. I would like to have someone there in moyvane or surrounding towns do some look up for me, please cantact me if you would be willing to do so for a fee. John R Walsh was born about 1810 or so, that is marked on stone, Partrick E Walsh was born abt 1830 or so. Patrick E Walsh married Mary Stack abt 1855 in Paris Kentucky USA. As you can see that my name has walsh heritage as my mother named me for her father Robert Patrick Walsh, He was born to Patrick E Walsh and Mary Stack Walsh. I will not stop looking for info on this family that came from your lovely land until I get the family names of my ancestors.
    Thank you and tell Ger Kennelly that Bo said hello.

    E_MAIL [email protected]

    Thanks again, Robert Patrick Walsh Fister

  14. Howie in Guestbook

    I enjoy the writings of Dan Keane and would like to buy some of his books/poems.

    Howie McNiff
    25 James P. Kelly Way #19
    Middletown, New York 10940

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