Selected Families and Individuals


Martin Joseph MONAHAN [Parents] was born on 15 Apr 1898 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. He died in probably New York. Martin married Catherine (Kathleen) BARRON on 14 Jan 1956 in the Church of St. Teresa of the Child of Jesus, Liverpool. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
HARNETT, Catherine (Kitty)

Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) records show that a Martin J. Monahan, who was born in 1898 in Co. Wexford, enlisted in the the force in 1920. This may be our Martin.  

If it was our Martin who joined the R.I.C. in 1920 then he did not stay very long as Ellis Island records show that our Martin arrived in New York on 22 May 1922, aged 23 and single, having sailed on the 'Adriatic' from Liverpool. According to the ship manifest, he was a labourer and was joining his brother Patrick who lived at 989 Amsterdam Avenue in New York. At the time of his first marriage in 1927 he was working as a chauffeur, and by the time of his second marriage in 1956 he was a "maintenance supervisor (bank offices)".

It is not known exactly how many children Martin and his first wife, Kitty Harnett, had but it is thought it was between three and five. They had at least two daughters and at least one son.   

Note: There is a record in the Social Security Death Index for a Martin Monahan who was born on 25th February 1899. This has been checked out but it is NOT our Martin.

Catherine (Kathleen) BARRON [Parents] was born about 1906 in Ballyhack, Co. Wexford. She died. Catherine married Martin Joseph MONAHAN on 14 Jan 1956 in the Church of St. Teresa of the Child of Jesus, Liverpool. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
KENNEDY, Howard

Martin met Kathleen on a trip back to Ireland in 1955. It is believed they met in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. Kathleen, a widow, was from Ballyhack, Co. Wexford, not far from Duncannon, but was living in Liverpool (at 36 Porchester Road) at the time she met Martin. She and her first husband, Howard Kennedy, had a grown-up daughter, also named Kathleen. Martin returned to the U.S. after his visit to Ireland, and travelled to Liverpool a year later to marry Kathleen who moved to the U.S. to live with Martin.


William BARRETT [Parents] was born about 1896 in Youghal, Co. Cork. He died. William married Patricia Harriet (Harriet) Mary MONAHAN on 22 Jul 1925 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford.

According to his marriage certificate William was a sailor, like his father, who was also named William. However, I was told William (junior) was a builder so it could be that William went into the building business later.

Patricia Harriet (Harriet) Mary MONAHAN [Parents] was born on 25 Jun 1902 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. She died. Patricia married William BARRETT on 22 Jul 1925 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford.

Harriet's occupation at the time of her marriage (1925) was shopkeeper.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Harry Joseph WILLIAMS [Parents] was born on 6 Oct 1887 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died on 28 Jan 1961 in Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth. Harry married Johanna (Hannah) O'SULLIVAN on 26 Apr 1915 in R.C. Church of St. Mary and St. Boniface, Plymouth, Devon.

According to his marriage certificate (1915), Harry was a leading seaman in the Royal Navy. His address at the time of his marriage was the Sailors' Rest, Fore St., Devonport, Plymouth.

The 1939 Register tells us that Harry was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. He was working at the time as a skilled electrician's labourer and was living with his family at 251 Victoria Road, St. Budeaux, Plymouth, which was also  Harry's address at the time of his death.

Johanna (Hannah) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 23 Oct 1885 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co . Cork. She was christened on 25 Oct 1885 in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died about 1980 in Plymouth, Devon. Johanna married Harry Joseph WILLIAMS on 26 Apr 1915 in R.C. Church of St. Mary and St. Boniface, Plymouth, Devon.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Hannah's baptism were George Church and Elizabeth Doody.

Hannah emigrated to England as a young woman and settled in Plymouth. From the 1911 census we know she was working as a servant at 8 Lockyer St., Plymouth, which appears to be a house attached to a school. She lived at this address up to the time of her marriage in 1915 as this address is provided on her marriage certificate. According to the 1911 census of her family back in Ireland, in which Hannah and several other absent children were listed in error (the enumerator has drawn a line through their details), Hannah was a nurse. Perhaps her job in Plymouth in 1911 involved nursemaid duties.

Hannah was in her nineties when she died. In her final years it is known she was living in Higher St. Budeaux in Plymouth (possibly still in the family home at 251 Victoria Road, St. Budeaux).

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Hannah and Harry were Hannah Blackmore and George Herbert.

They had the following children.

  F i
Josephine L. WILLIAMS was born in 1916 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. She died in 1918 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.

Josephine was only one year old when she died.
  M ii
Harry WILLIAMS was born in 1919 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died.
  M iii Living.

John (Jack) LYNCH [Parents] died. John married 'UNKNOWN'.

Other marriages:
O'SULLIVAN, Margaret (Madge)
'UNKNOWN', Ellen (Ellie)

Jack worked as a labourer. Madge was his second wife, his first wife, with whom he had two sons, having died. Jack had been living in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork before his marriage to Madge and later lived with Madge and their young family in Glynn in the cottage in which Madge had grown up. The cottage, which is now derelict, eventually passed to a nephew of Jack's third wife, Ellie, but it is not known if it remains in the ownership of the family.

'UNKNOWN' died in before about 1919. 'UNKNOWN' married John (Jack) LYNCH.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.

John (Jack) LYNCH [Parents] died. John married Ellen (Ellie) 'UNKNOWN'.

Other marriages:
'UNKNOWN',
O'SULLIVAN, Margaret (Madge)

Jack worked as a labourer. Madge was his second wife, his first wife, with whom he had two sons, having died. Jack had been living in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork before his marriage to Madge and later lived with Madge and their young family in Glynn in the cottage in which Madge had grown up. The cottage, which is now derelict, eventually passed to a nephew of Jack's third wife, Ellie, but it is not known if it remains in the ownership of the family.

Ellen (Ellie) 'UNKNOWN' died. Ellen married John (Jack) LYNCH.

Jack and Ellie had no children.


James Ernest (Ernie) HARRINGTON was born on 21 Jan 1921 in Kilkenny. He died on 13 Sep 1980 in Kilkenny. James married Mary Ellen (Eileen) O'SULLIVAN on 17 Feb 1953 in Waterford.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.

Living.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Mary PHELAN was born on 3 May 1953. She died on 2 Mar 2015.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  F v Living.

James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 5 Jun 1921 in Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. He died on 9 Jul 2011 in Limerick. James married Sheila FITZGIBBON on 13 Apr 1953 in Waterford.

Jimmy, who worked in the insurance business, lived in Limerick.

Sheila FITZGIBBON was born in Burma. She died on 28 Sep 1999 in Limerick. Sheila married James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN on 13 Apr 1953 in Waterford.

They had the following children.

  M i
David O'SULLIVAN was born in 1956 in Waterford. He died on 4 May 1970 in Limerick.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.

Denis O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born about 28 Jul 1895 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 28 Jul 1895 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 31 May 1971. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork. Denis married Mary SWEENEY on 14 Feb 1920 in probably Mourneabbey, Co. Cork.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Denis's baptism were Richard Murphy and Mary Dennehy.

Mary SWEENEY [Parents] was born about 1900 in U.S.. She died on 21 Jan 1978 in Mallow, Co. Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork. Mary married Denis O'SULLIVAN on 14 Feb 1920 in probably Mourneabbey, Co. Cork.

Mary was an only child. She grew up in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork following the family's return home after a period living in the United States. Her surname sometimes appears on documents as McSweeney.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii James (Jim) O'SULLIVAN.
  M iii Jeremiah (Jerry) O'SULLIVAN.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.
  M vi
Eugene O'SULLIVAN was born about 1927 in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 30 Sep 1967 in Co. Dublin. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Eugene emigrated to Australia, working initially for his uncle Eugene (O'Sullivan) cutting cane in Far North Queensland. He later found employment as a dock worker.

Eugene was a superb athlete, a newspaper article describing him as "the Brisbane wharfie and distance runner who has broken every Queensland record from three miles to ten miles”. At the age of 25, sponsored by the Waterside Workers' Federation, he had the opportunity to train with world champions Vladimir Kuts and Emil Zatopek in Moscow. On his way to Russia Eugene won a 3,000 metre steeplechase in Canton (now Guangzhou) and a 5,000 metre event in Peking (now Beijing), beating  the Chinese champion, Chin Chow, on both occasions. While in Moscow he competed in the World Youth Festival where he finished third.  

Selected to represent Australia at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Eugene turned down the opportunity as it would have required him to take Australian citizenship, meaning he would have to pledge allegiance to the Queen, an obligation he was unwilling to fulfil. Efforts were then made by the Australian Olympic Council to arrange for him to represent Ireland. The Irish Olympic Council, however, set a standard equal to Australian record time which Eugene could not meet and so he never took part in the Games.

Eugene, who never married, eventually moved to Sydney where he ran a successful painting business. He was a fine singer, and he and his brothers, Jim and Jerry (who were also in the painting and decorating business in Sydney) were well known among the Irish community in the city.

The picture on the left shows Eugene winning The Hungry Mile road race in Sydney sometime in the 1950s. Click on the photo to enlarge.


Living.

Living [Parents].

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