Selected Families and Individuals


John FINUCANE [Parents] was born in 1795 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died in 1850. John married Julia O'SULLIVAN.

There is a Griffith's Valuation (1851/52) entry for a John Finucane who, with a Daniel Finucane, leased a house and 11 acres in Carhoonakineely from a Richard Hinde Esq. Could John and Daniel be our John above and his younger brother Daniel? The only other Finucane to occupy land in Carhoonakineely at the time was a Patrick Finucane who, with a Thomas Quinn, leased a house and garden of one acre from Mr. Hinde.

Julia O'SULLIVAN was born about 1798 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died in 1846. Julia married John FINUCANE.

They had the following children.

  M i John FINUCANE died.
  M ii
Daniel FINUCANE was born about 18 Mar 1823 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 20 Mar 1823 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

No baptismal sponsors were recorded.
  F iii
Catherine FINUCANE was born about 20 Feb 1826 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 22 Feb 1826 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.
  M iv
Thomas FINUCANE was born about 30 Nov 1828 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 2 Dec 1828 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were John Mulvihill and Mary Hussy.
  M v
Patrick FINUCANE was born about 27 Jul 1831 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 29 Jul 1831 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.
  M vi
Michael FINUCANE was born about 6 Apr 1834 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 8 Apr 1834 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were Jeremiah Shaughnessy and Margaret Shaughnessy.
  M vii
Dermot FINUCANE was born about 30 Jan 1835 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 1 Feb 1835 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were Blakney Kitson and Joanna Sullivan.
  M viii James FINUCANE was born about 9 Jun 1837. He died in 1927.

Patrick (Patsy) FINUCANE [Parents] was born in 1839. He died on 27 Dec 1916 in Kilcolgan, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Kilnaughtin Cemetery, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Patrick married Margaret MCEVOY on 22 Feb 1868 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

Patsy was a successful farmer. He bought a small farm in Kilcolgan in Tarbert which he gave to his son Jim. He also bought a 240-acre farm in Tarbert known as The Pottery, of which Faranawana (also spelled Farranawanna) was a part. This farm was given to another son, Pat. The Farranawana farm is now sold, but descendants of Patsy's still live in Kilcolgan. The Finucanes of Pierpoint in Tarbert are also descended from Patsy (through his son Tom). I am told that the old family farm in Ardmore has been sold to the Irish government which, owing to the deep water off Ardmore, plans to develop a port on the site.    

There is a 1911 census return for the household in Kilcolgan Upper of 27-year-old James Finucane and his sister Annie aged 21. This record may relate to the household of Patsy's son Jim. No 1901 or 1911 census return was located for any Finucane family in Carhoonakineely.

The Irish Calendar of Wills and Administrations tells us that Patsy left his estate (valued at £2,321) to his son, Rev. Daniel Finucane.

Margaret MCEVOY [Parents] was born in 1849 in Ralapane, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died on 13 Feb 1917. Margaret married Patrick (Patsy) FINUCANE on 22 Feb 1868 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

According to the 1911 census, Patsy and Margaret had 10 children born alive, seven of whom were alive at the time of the census. However, it appears that thay may actually have had 12 children born alive (see list of children below). I believe the seven children alive in 1911 were Tom, Mary, Katie, Pat, Jim, Daniel and Annie.

Note that Ralapane, Margaret's birthplace, is sometimes spelled Rallapane.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas (Tom) FINUCANE was born on 13 Feb 1869.
  M ii
John FINUCANE was born on 10 Dec 1870 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 15 Dec 1870 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.
  F iii
Catherine FINUCANE was born on 19 Jan 1873 in Ralapane, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 30 Jan 1873 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

Catherine died in infancy.
  F iv Mary FINUCANE was born about 1874.
  F v Catherine (Katie) FINUCANE was born on 20 Apr 1875. She died in Oct 1949.
  M vi
Daniel (Dan) J. FINUCANE was born in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died after 1948 in Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

Dan was parish priest in Castlemaine, Co. Kerry and later in Killorglin, Co. Kerry.
  F vii
Ellen (Ellie) FINUCANE was born on 12 Aug 1879 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 17 Aug 1879 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.
  F viii
Margaret FINUCANE was born on 20 Mar 1882 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 25 Mar 1882 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Margaret may have died in infancy.
  M ix
Patrick (Pat) FINUCANE was born on 8 Jun 1884 in possibly Ralapane, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 12 Jun 1884 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died in 1960.

Pat farmed in Faranawanna in Tarbert. He gave valuable family tree information to Finucane cousin and researcher Bill Hudson in the late 1950s. Pat and two of his siblings married three O'Connor siblings from Gortdromasillihy, Newtownsandes (now called Moyvane), Co. Kerry: Pat married Hanora (Nora); Jim married Mary (Mol); and Annie married Jack. Nora, Mol and Jack were children of Cornelius O'Connor.
  M x
James (Jim) FINUCANE was born on 7 Dec 1886 in Ralapane, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 26 Dec 1886 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

Jim farmed in Kilcolgan, Tarbert.
  M xi
William (Bill) FINUCANE was born in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died.
  F xii Joanna (Annie) FINUCANE was born on 17 Jul 1890. She died.

Matthew (Matt) MULVIHILL [Parents] was born about 1841 in probably Kilpadogue, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died on 12 Jun 1921 in Doonard Upper, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Matthew married Ellen FINUCANE on 26 Jan 1865 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Matthew was a farmer, land agent and rent collector. He lived with his wife and family in Doonard, Tarbert.

Ellen FINUCANE [Parents] was born about 28 Feb 1843 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 2 Mar 1843 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. She died. Ellen married Matthew (Matt) MULVIHILL on 26 Jan 1865 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were John Finucane and Margaret Quinn.

They had the following children.

  M i Cornelius (Con) MULVIHILL was born on 24 Feb 1865.
  M ii
Thomas (Tom) MULVIHILL was born on 21 Apr 1868 in Kilpadogue, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 23 Apr 1868 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died on 23 Mar 1906 in Gisborne, New Zealand. He was buried in Makaraka, Gisborne, New Zealand.

Tom became a priest. Following his ordination in Maynooth College in 1892 he went to Edinburgh where he ministered for about four years. Owing to failing health it was decided that New Zealand would offer a healthier climate in which to carry out his duties, and in 1896 he arrived in Auckland where he served at St. Patrick's Cathedal. Two years later he was appointed parish priest of Gisborne. Tom was only 38 years of age when he died.
  F iii
Bridget MULVIHILL was born on 25 Feb 1877 in Kilpadogue, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Feb 1877 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.
  F iv
Margaret MULVIHILL was born on 27 May 1880 in Kilpadogue, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 29 May 1880 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

John FINUCANE [Parents] was born in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died. John married Ellen DOWD in 1869.

Ellen DOWD died. Ellen married John FINUCANE in 1869.

Ellen and James, who lived in Doonard, Tarbert, had eight children.


James FINUCANE [Parents] was born about 9 Jun 1837 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 11 Jun 1837 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. He died in 1927 in probably Doonard Lower, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. James married Henrietta (Harriet) FITZELL.

Baptismal sponsors were Patrick Finucane and Catherine Finucane.

Henrietta (Harriet) FITZELL [Parents] was born on 6 Dec 1840 in Cockhill, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably Doonard Lower, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Henrietta married James FINUCANE.

Harriet and James eloped (and Harriet's sister Bessie eloped with James's first cousin Daniel Finucane). The marriage was disapproved of as Harriet was Protestant and James Catholic, so much so that James and Harriet were evicted from their home (in Carhoonakineely?). They found a place to live in the townland of Doonard Lower where they raised their 14 children. Descendants of theirs still live in Doonard Lower.

James and Harriet are listed in the 1911 census of Ireland. Other Finucane families living in Doonard Lower at the time of the census, who are likely to have been related to Harriet and James, were:

James (aged 40), blacksmith and farmer
Bridget (28), wife
Thomas (2), son
Catherine (4 months) daughter
James and Bridget had been married two years and had two children born alive, both of whom were living at the time of the 1911 census.

Daniel (46), land steward
Mary (45)
John (17)
Ellen (15)
Thomas (14)
James (12)
Daniel (10)
Mary (7)
Timothy (2)
Daniel and Mary had been married 18 years and had seven children born alive, all of whom were living at the time of the 1911 census.


William FINUCANE [Parents] was born in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died. William married 'UNKNOWN'.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married William FINUCANE.

William and his wife had one child that we know of.


Daniel (Dan) FINUCANE [Parents] was born in 1828 in Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died in 1891 in Mendon, New York. Daniel married Margaret (Bessie) FITZELL.

Margaret (Bessie) FITZELL [Parents] died in 1913 in Mendon, New York. Margaret married Daniel (Dan) FINUCANE.

Bessie and Daniel eloped (and Bessie's sister Harriet eloped with Daniel's first cousin James Finucane). The marriage caused much upset as Bessie was Protestant and Daniel Catholic. Bessie and Daniel had one child that we know of.

Bessie and Daniel emigrated to the United States and settled in Mendon, New York, not far from Rochester. I am not sure if they were the first Finucanes from Tarbert to move to the Rochester area but they certainly wern't the last. Members of several Finucane families from the Tarbert area, including relatives of later generations of Finucanes who moved to Piermount (in Tarbert) and Tarbert Island, subsequently settled in and around Rochester, where descendants of theirs still live.


Adam FITZELL died in Deceased. Adam married Katherine BAKER.

Katherine BAKER died. Katherine married Adam FITZELL.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret (Bessie) FITZELL died in 1913.
  F ii Henrietta (Harriet) FITZELL was born on 6 Dec 1840. She died after 2 Apr 1911.

Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  iii Living.

John? FINUCANE was born in possibly Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. John? married 'UNKNOWN'.

My Finucane family has origins in an area called Ardmore in the townland of Carhoonakineely (not to be confused with the nearby townlands of Carhoona and Carhoonakilla) near Tarbert, Co. Kerry. According to 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants', completed in 1960 by a Finucane cousin of mine, William (Bill) Hudson, our Finucane family is descended from a John Finucane (possibly John above) who, sometime in the 19th century, divided his large farm in Ardmore between two sons (no names are given). One of these sons was the grandfather of Pat Finucane of Farranawanna who helped Bill with his Finucane research in the late 1950s. Pat told Bill that his (Bill's) great-grandmother (my great-great-great grandmother) Margaret Finucane was a sister of the two sons who got the land in Ardmore. However, there is no documented evidence to support this.

Other Finucane research carried out by Brian and Kieran Sheehan from Dublin reveals that their Finucane family is the same as that of the aforementioned Pat Finucane of Farranawanna. Brian and Kieran, however, had never come across Margaret Finucane in their research. Because of the lack of evidence linking Margaret to the Finucane family of Pat Finucane and Brian and Kieran Sheehan, I have placed the data I have gathered on their Finucane family on the Connected Families section of this website (click on Connected Families on the Home page). Any additional information on either their Finucane family or mine would be welcomed.

Further confusion arises from the fact that 'The Hudsons of County Kerry' also tells us that it is possible that Margaret was a daughter of (another?) John Finucane (who would have lived in Ardmore around the same time as the John Finucane who divided his farm between his two sons) whose only known children were John and possibly Frank. Given the Ardmore connection, they may be the same family as the Finucanes described above. However, John, son of John and possible brother of Frank, emigrated to the United States whereas John, son of John who divided the farm, remained in Ireland. As I have no evidence to link Margaret to this particular Finucane family,  I have put data I have gathered on this family on the Connected Families section of this website. Any further information on any Finucane family from Carhoonakineely would be very much appreciated. If you can help, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.

Moving away from Carhoonakineely, I feel it is also a possibility that my Finucane family may have come from Bunagara, Listowel, Co. Kerry as my great-great-great-grandmother Margaret Finucane (possible daughter of John? above) lived there with her husband, Richard Hudson, for a short time after their marriage. There were several Finucane families living in Bunagara at the time and Margaret may have come from one of these families.  

The Finucane surname is numerous in counties Limerick, Kerry and Clare. An Irish form is Mac Fionnmhacáin meaning "fair son". It is thought that the Finucanes came to Ireland from Normandy with Strongbow in 1170 to aid Dermot, King of Leinster. The first Finucanes to have settled in Ireland are thought to have lived in Tipperary from where they were expelled by Cromwell's settlers. It is believed that a number of them then settled in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry after which some drifted to the Tarbert area.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married John? FINUCANE.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret FINUCANE was born about 1793. She died on 20 May 1877.

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