Descendants of Sťamus Sullivan

Ellen (formerly O'Sullivan) and Thomas Treacy


This photo of Ellen O'Sullivan and Thomas Treacy was taken on their wedding day in 1915. After their marriage, Ellen and Thomas lived in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary where Thomas owned the gasworks.

Ellen, who was was born in the townland of Glynn, in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork in 1888, was one of the 10 children of Big Jim Sullivan from Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork and Julia Doody from Galbally, Co. Limerick.

Just before Ellen was born, her family was evicted from their home in the townland of Ballyknockane in Mourneabbey. Her uncle Dan Sullivan, who lived in nearby Glynn, gave the family shelter and they subsequently settled in Glynn, on a piece of land given to them by Dan.

Just two of Ellen's siblings remained in Mourneabbey: Denis married and lived in the townland of Kilquane, and Madge married and stayed on in the family home in Glynn; Jimmy and Jack worked for the railway company, Jimmy in Co. Kilkenny and Jack in Co. Waterford; Mary Ann entered the convent and lived in England; Hannah settled in Plymouth in England; Eugene went to Australia; Julia died at the age of 19, probably of TB; and it's thought Daniel died as a child.

It is known Ellen received some domestic training and was working in Tipperary town, possibly as a parlour maid, when she met Thomas, who was working at the time at the local gasworks.

Ellen died in Carrick-on-Suir in 1972, three years after Thomas, at the age of 84. 

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