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Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

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

Jeremiah (Jerry) SWEENEY [Parents] was born about 1855. He died in Mar 1931. He was buried in the Abbey, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. Jeremiah married Mary 'UNKNOWN' about 1888 in U.S..

Mary 'UNKNOWN' was born about 1860 in Ireland. She died on 6 Aug 1943 in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was buried in the Abbey, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. Mary married Jeremiah (Jerry) SWEENEY about 1888 in U.S..

They had the following children.

  F i Mary SWEENEY was born about 1900. She died on 21 Jan 1978.

John (Jack) O'HANLON was born about 1917. He died on 21 May 1994 in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was buried in Burnfort Cemetery, Mourneabbey. John married Maura O'SULLIVAN about 1944.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  F v Living.
  M vi Sean O'HANLON was born about 1959. He died on 2 Apr 2007.
  M vii Living.

Seamus O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 3 Jul 1927 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. He died on 1 Nov 2004. Seamus married Edna O'BRIEN.

Seamus was a bank employee and worked in a number of towns around the country, including Claremorris, Co. Mayo from 1965 until the early 1980s, after which he lived in Headford, Co. Galway until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife, Edna, then moved to Midleton, Co. Cork.

Living.

They had the following children.

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

Michael John O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 8 Oct 1933 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. He died on 15 Mar 2001 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Michael married Sarah QUINN. The marriage ended in divorce.

Michael lived in Kingston upon Thames.

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Patrick O'CONNOR / CONNORS was born in abt 1800s in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. Patrick married Mary DALTON (caution: not verified) in possibly 31 Jul 1830 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

MANY THANKS GO TO JER KENNELLY OF KNOCKANURE, CO. KERRY FOR ALL HIS HELP WITH MY O'CONNOR RESEARCH AND WITH MY NORTH KERRY RESEARCH IN GENERAL.

It is believed that Patrick was born in the townland of Dirreen Lower in Athea, Co. Limerick and moved as an adult across the county border to Kilbaha South, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. Note that Newtownsandes is now called Moyvane and that Dirreen is spelled in some documents as Derreen, Direen or Dereen. According to notes made by Jer Kennelly many years ago following a conversation with a Ned Buckley who lived just across the Gale river from the O'Connor farm in Kilbaha, the O'Connors came from that part of Dirreen known as Scrahan. I am told that Scrahan is situated near the iron bridge in Dirreen, "next to the Mulvihill farm". According to Jer's notes a Mr. Scanlon "got the land of three tenants", including the O'Connor farm in Scrahan. We do not know if this means the O'Connors were evicted or whether the O'Connors chose to leave the Scrahan farm and move to Kilbaha.

There are two entries in Griffith's Valuation (with a printing date of 1 July 1852) for a Patrick Connors occupying land in Dirreen. One or both of these could refer to our Patrick above. One entry shows that a Patrick Connors was renting a house from a Timothy Sullivan and the other shows a Patrick Connors renting a house and land from a John Connors.  There is also an entry for a Johanna Connors in Dirreen who was renting a house and garden from a Daniel Liston.

With regard to the Griiffiths entry above, listing Patrick Connors as the lessee of a house and land from John Connors, Michael O'Connor of Co. Wexford has kindly provided us with information on the family of a John Connors/O'Connor of Dirreen Lower who appears to have connections with our O'Connor family. For further information on John's family please click on O'Connor in the Connected Families section of this website.

There is also an entry in Griffith's Valuation (with a printing date of 15 December 1851) for a Patrick Connors in Kilbaha South. There are no other entries for Connors or Connor or O'Connor for the entire parish of Murher (name of civil parish, equivalent to Catholic parish name of Newtownsandes), so it is also a possibility that this Patrick Connors is our Patrick.  It is also a possibility that our Patrick may have farmed in both Dirreen and Kilbaha. The Patrick listed in Griffith's Valuation for Kilbaha was the lessee of a "Herd's ho.", presumably a herdsman's house, along with about 28 acres of land. The lessor was a Rev. Samuel B. Leonard. Nowadays there are a number of O'Connor families established in Moyvane, such as the "Slate Connors" (so named because at one time a member of this family had the only house in the parish with a slate roof) in Clounbrane, and the O'Connor family of Keylod, but there appears to be no connection between these families and our O'Connors.

Another O'Connor with Kilbaha connections was John Connor who was married to Catherine Connor (we do not know if Connor was her maiden or married name). They lived in Kilbaha and had a daughter named Hanora who was baptised on 2 January 1862 with sponsors Jeremiah Connor and Johanna (what looks like) Flahivan. Could John and his family have been connected to our O'Connor family?

Diane Kern in the United States has sent me information an another O'Connor family from Newtownsandes who are probably not related to our O'Connors but for the benefit of other O'Connor researchers, here is Diane's information on the family of Bryan O'Connor, her great-great-grandfather: Bryan was born in Newtownsandes (name of townland is unknown), one of the 15 children of Michael O'Connor and Catherine whose surname was believed to have been Flaherty. He left Newtownsandes for the U.S. (possibly via Canada) in the late 1840s/early 1850s and later married Margaret O'Keeffe from Duagh, Co. Kerry (with whose family he may have travelled to Canada). Family lore has it that Bryan had to leave Ireland because he was to be hung for stealing a sheep to feed his starving family. If you would like to get in touch with Diane regarding this family, please send an e-mail to dock9@adelphia.net.

The O'Connor surname is very common in all areas of Ireland, especially in counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork. The name is derived from the Irish 'O Conchubhair' from the first name, 'Conchubhair', meaning, perhaps, 'lover of hounds'. There were five septs: in Connaught (O'Connor Don), Offaly, north Clare, Keenaght in Co. Derry, and Kerry. In Kerry, the O'Connors were chiefs of a large territory in the north of the county. The Norman invasions displaced them further north to the Limerick border where they retained much of their power until the seventeenth century. Today the descendants of these O'Connors are by far the most numerous of all the descendants of the original septs.

Mary DALTON (caution: not verified) was born in abt 1810s in probably Athea, Co. Limerick. She died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. Mary married Patrick O'CONNOR / CONNORS in possibly 31 Jul 1830 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

It is believed that Mary was from the Athea area. Perhaps she was from the same townland as her husband, Patrick, which was Dirreen Lower. If this was in fact the case, then here is a little information acquired on a Dalton family from Dirreen. It is possible that Mary may have been connected to this family:

Dalton was - and still is - a common surname in the parish of Athea but at the time of Griffith's Valuation of that area (1852) there was only one Dalton family occupying land in Dirreen, that of Thomas Dalton who was renting a house, office and land from an H. de Masey. It is known that this Thomas married a Maria Sheahan. There does not seem to be any record of the marriage in Athea so it is possible that Maria Sheehan was not from there since marriages usually took place in the bride's parish. Their farm was occupied after their deaths by their son Michael. Michael married a Mary Dillane but they had no family so the farm was passed on to Michael’s niece and Maria's nephew, John Sheehy from Templeathea East and Elizabeth Scanlan from Glenagragra in Glin, who were husband and wife. Descendants of the Sheehys still live on this farm. There is, however, absolutely no proof that our Mary Dalton was related to this family in Dirreen.

The Dalton surname is common throughout Ireland. Its early spelling was D'Alton and it arrived in Ireland with an Anglo-Norman family of this name that settled in Meath in the 13th century and became completely hibernicised.

Marriage Notes:

A marriage record was located on the Roots Ireland website, www.rootsireland.ie, for a Patrick Connors and Mary Dalton who were married in Athea, Co. Limerick on 31 July 1830. This may relate to our Patrick and Mary above. However, I have been given the same date by a reliable family source for the baptism, in Athea, of their eldest child. Is it possible that the two ceremonies were carried out on the same day?

The marriage record from Roots Ireland unfortunately does not provide the addresses of the bride and groom or the fathers' names. We do, however, have the witnesses' names, Maurice Scanlon and Thomas Sheahan.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Jul 1830 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 31 Jul 1830 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

Sponsors at Maria's baptism were Maurice Scanlon and Maria Mulvihill.
  F ii Johanna O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Oct 1832. She died.
  M iii
Michael O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Nov 1834 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 10 Nov 1834 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in probaby before April 1849.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were Thomas Connors and Maria Fitzgerald.

Because a second Michael was born to Patrick and Maria in April 1849, it is being assumed that Michael above died as a child.
  M iv William O'CONNOR was born in probably Oct 1835. He died in Apr 1920.
  F v Brigid O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born about 1837.
  F vi Catherine O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in May 1843.
  M vii
Michael O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Apr 1849 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 6 Apr 1849 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

The only baptismal sponsor name I have been given is Maria Connors.
  F viii Hanora O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) died.
  F ix
Margaret O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born about 4 Dec 1858 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Dec 1858 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Margaret's baptism were Joseph O'Connor and Ellen Connell.

Bryan CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born in 1822 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He died on 7 Jul 1901 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Bryan married Johanna HUDSON in 1847 in Gortmore House, Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry.

One would have expected that the name Myles would have been given to Bryan's first-born son, following the tradition at the time of naming the eldest son after the child's paternal grandfather. I think it likely that Bryan did have a first-born son called Myles who must have died young.

Bryan's death certificate gives his cause of death as "debility from old age". His son Richie was present at his death.

Johanna HUDSON [Parents] was born about 24 Nov 1820 in probably Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Nov 1820 in Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 1 Dec 1897 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Johanna married Bryan CUNNINGHAM in 1847 in Gortmore House, Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Johanna's mother's name appears as Mary (rather than Margaret) on her baptismal record (as provided on www.irishgenealogy.ie).

It is possible that Johanna and her family were living in Gortmore House (the old Hudson family home and now the Bon Secours Hospital) on Strand Street in Tralee at the time of her marriage in 1847 as she and Bryan were married there. It was common practice at the time to marry in the bride's home; after 1850 it became mandatory to marry in a church.

According to Tom Sheehan of Kilbaha, one of her great-grandnephews, Johanna was remembered as "a very tall and strong lady who could carry a heavy sack of meal up a hill". She and Bryan may have had more children than those listed below.

They had the following children.

  M i John CUNNINGHAM was born about 1851. He died on 1 Jan 1930.
  M ii Richard (Richie Bryan) CUNNINGHAM was born about 2 Jun 1852. He died on 24 Dec 1926.
  F iii Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 17 Jun 1854. She died on 12 Dec 1927.
  M iv
James CUNNINGHAM was born in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died.

Unfortunately nothing is known of James. There is a 1901 census return for the household of a James Cunningham in Kilbaha North, but it is probable that this relates to James's second cousin, James, who was a son of 'Little Bryan' Cunningham. Both Jameses had sisters named Margaret, and a Maggie Cunningham is listed in the census return as a sister to the head of the household, but the sister of the above James was long married by 1901 and is listed as Margaret Hanrahan in the return for her own family's household elsewhere in Kilbaha.
  M v Edward CUNNINGHAM was born about 15 Nov 1856. He died on 11 Jan 1924.
  F vi Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 1 Oct 1858. She died in 1918.

Edmond (Eddie, Ned) O'CONNOR [Parents] was born on 24 May 1877 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 24 May 1877 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 25 Mar 1960 in Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Edmond married Mary FLAVIN on 28 Feb 1911 in Listowel registration district, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Eddie's baptism were John Cronin and Margaret Cunningham.

Mary FLAVIN died on 18 Jan 1942 in probably Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Mary married Edmond (Eddie, Ned) O'CONNOR on 28 Feb 1911 in Listowel registration district, Co. Kerry.

Ned and Mary lived in Sallowglen, near Tarbert.

They had the following children.

  M i William (Willie) O'CONNOR was born about 1911. He died on 14 Sep 1969.
  F ii
Mary (May) O'CONNOR was born on 13 Apr 1912 in Gurteenavallig, Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died in Jul 1994 in Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

May, who lived in Sallowglen, never married.
  F iii Johanna (Jo) O'CONNOR was born on 9 Apr 1913. She died on 9 Jan 1986.
  M iv
Martin O'CONNOR was born on 14 Jul 1915 in Gurteenavallig, Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died in 1981.

Martin, who lived in Sallowglen and never married, was killed in a road accident.
  M v Michael O'CONNOR was born in 1917. He died in 1994.
  F vi Hanora (Nora) O'CONNOR was born on 17 Nov 1917. She died on 25 Apr 1993.
  M vii Denis O'CONNOR was born on 17 Nov 1917. He died on 29 Dec 1989.
  M viii
Edward (Ned) O'CONNOR was born in 1919 in Gurteenavallig, Sallowglen, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died on 15 May 1999.

Ned, who lived in Sallowglen, never married.

Patrick (Paddy Otter) O'CONNOR [Parents] was born on 20 Nov 1871 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 23 Nov 1871 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 9 Nov 1963 in Beenbrack, Lisaniskea, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Patrick married Johanna (Hannah) AHERN on 7 Mar 1916 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Paddy's baptism were Edmund Cunningham and Honoria Cunningham.

Paddy was known as "Otter" and "Paddy Otter" because he had a passion for fishing. He lived to be 91 and was still cycling until shortly before his death.

It is surprising Paddy did not inherit the family farm given that he was the eldest son. It was Paddy's next surviving brother, Jack, who got the farm. Jack married just three days before Paddy in March 1916, by which time Paddy was farming in Lisaniskea, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

Johanna (Hannah) AHERN [Parents] was born about 1882 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died in probably Beenbrack, Lisaniskea, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Johanna married Patrick (Paddy Otter) O'CONNOR on 7 Mar 1916 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry.

Hannah was from Leitrim Middle in Moyvane. She and her husband, Paddy, lived in Beenbrack in Lisaniskea, Knockanure. They had no children. The farm passed to a relative of Hannah's (perhaps a niece?) named Margaret Ahern who was married to a Joe Collins.


Living.

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

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