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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.

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.

There is a Monahan family from the Bronx in the 1930 and 1940 censuses that might be the family of our Martin but on balance I think they are not. In case they are our Martin's family here are some details: the Martin from the censuses works for a bus company and has a wife named Catherine. By 1940 they have three children, Madeleine, Loretta and Martin.  

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 on 30 Nov 1905 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.

Other marriages:
KENNEDY, Howard

Martin met Kathleen on a visit 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 daughter, also named Kathleen who would have been about 21 years old at the time.

Martin returned to the U.S. after his trip and travelled to Liverpool a year later to marry Kathleen. After the marriage Kathleen and her daughter moved to New York. Martin and Kathleen later separated.


William BARRETT [Parents] was born about 1896 in Youghal, Co. Cork. 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. 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 WILLIAMS [Parents] was born on 6 Oct 1887 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died on 19 Mar 1956 in probably 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.

Although it appears (from the FreeBMD website) that Harry died in 1956, the Calendar of Wills for 1956 states the following: "WILLIAMS Harry of 251 Victoria-road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, died 19 March 1954. Administration Exeter 23 May [i.e. 1956] to Hannah Williams widow. Effects £352 10s." However, on balance, I think the year of death recorded in the Calendar of Wills incorrect and Harry in fact died in 1956.

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 on 15 Jan 1983 in 106 Victory St., Plymouth, Devon. Johanna married Harry 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 and her husband, Harry, lived for many years at 251 Victoria Road, St. Budeaux, Plymouth. Harry predeceased her and it appears she lived towards the end of her life at 106 Victory St., Plymouth, the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Margaret. Hannah died of a cerebral thrombosis at the age of 97.

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 Joseph WILLIAMS was born in 1919 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died on 28 Jan 1961 in Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth.

Harry, who was an electrician, was just 41 years of age when he died of a coronary thrombosis.

From the Calendar of Wills for 1961 it appears that Harry lived at his mother's address, suggesting he never married:

"WILLIAMS Harry Joseph of 251 Victoria-road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, died 28 January 1961 at Freedom Fields Hospital. Administration Bodmin 24 July [i.e. 1961] to Hannah Williams widow. Effects £488 19s."

Note that the "Hannah Williams widow" above most likely refers to Harry's mother, Hannah, the word "widow" relating to her status rather than indicating that she was the widow of Harry himself.
  M iii Living.

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

Other marriages:
O'SULLIVAN, Margaret (Madge)
O'HANLON, 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 where 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 this nephew's 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) O'HANLON on 21 Jul 1927 in Kilpadder Church, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.

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 where 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 this nephew's family.

Ellen (Ellie) O'HANLON [Parents] was born in probably Shanavoher, Bweeng, Mallow, Co. Cork. She died. Ellen married John (Jack) LYNCH on 21 Jul 1927 in Kilpadder Church, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.

The marriage certificate of Ellie and her husband, Jack, tells us that Ellie was from Shanavoher, Bweeng, Co. Cork. I have been told that Ellie and Jack were "getting on in years" when they married. They had no children and Ellie outlived Jack.  


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.

Mary Ellen (Eileen) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 8 Jan 1924 in Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. She died on 19 Mar 2016 in Kilkenny. Mary married James Ernest (Ernie) HARRINGTON on 17 Feb 1953 in Waterford.

Eileen lived in Edenvale Close, Kilkenny.

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.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Jeremiah (Jerry) O'SULLIVAN was born on 7 Feb 1925. He died on 26 Dec 1988.
  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 in 1950, working initially for his uncle Eugene (O'Sullivan) cutting cane in Innisfail, Queensland. He then moved to Brisbane where he was employed as a dock worker for a time before moving to Sydney where he worked at the docks and in the painting and decorating business. Eugene never married. He was a fine singer, and he and his brothers, Jim and Jerry were well known among the Irish community in the city.

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.

The picture on the left shows Eugene winning The Hungry Mile road race (actually 1.7 miles) in Sydney in late May or early June 1966. Click on the photo to enlarge.


Living.

Living [Parents].

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