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Third Generation


4. Daniel (Dan) SULLIVAN (James (Seamus) , 'unknown' ) was born about 1840 in Caheraveelane, Kilshannig; or Glynn, Mourneabbey. He died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Dan met his wife, Mary Doody from Galbally, Co. Limerick through one of her brothers. Sometime in the 1870s, this brother (it is not known if it was James, John, Mike or Richard) - arrived in the Glynn area from Galbally looking for a job. He had failed a secondary school exam, and because of of trouble at home as a result, he had left Galbally to go looking for work. Dan's father, Séamus, took him in. In his free time, Mary's brother used to join Dan and his brother, Jim, in their athletic pursuits. One day, the boys were pole-vaulting and Mary's brother broke his arm; his mother was contacted and so she made the journey - by carriage - from Galbally to Glynn. When her son told her of the generosity of the Sullivans, she invited them to Galbally for a visit. When Dan went to Galbally, he met Mary for the first time, and they later married. Just over a year after the marriage, Mary's sister Julia married Dan's brother Jim.

Daniel married Mary DOODY, daughter of Michael DOODY and Johanna QUIRKE, on 20 Jan 1880 in Galbally, Co. Limerick. Mary was born about 21 Sep 1854 in Knockainy or Galbally, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 21 Sep 1854 in Galbally, Co. Limerick. She died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably Co. Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were Thomas Quirke and Mary Fahy.

Mary and Dan are buried in the O'Sullivan plot in Donoughmore cemetery, although their names are not listed on the headstone.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Dan and Mary were Robert Love and Julia Doody. Robert Love was a family friend; he was a policeman stationed in the Galbally area and was a brother of the man who would eventually purchase the Ballyknockin farm of Dan's brother, Jim, following the eviction of Jim's family.

Dan's residence at the time of his marriage was Ballinamona (which is the registration area in which Glynn is located). Mary's residence was Ardnamoher, Galbally.

Daniel and Mary had the following children.

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Ellen O'SULLIVAN was born about 20 Nov 1880 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened on 20 Nov 1880 in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork.

Ellen is listed, aged 30 and single, in the 1911 census return for her parents' household, suggesting that she still lived in the family home. Unfortunately we have no further information on Ellen.
+ 10 M ii James (Jamesy Dan) O'SULLIVAN was born about 10 Jan 1883. He died in Jun 1966.
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Michael O'SULLIVAN was born about 3 Oct 1884 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 3 Oct 1884 in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died about 1900 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork.

Michael died at the age of 15 following an accident on the farm involving a horse. It is not known for certain where Michael is buried but I assume that burial took place in the family plot in Donoughmore Cemetery in Stuake, Co. Cork.
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Daniel (Dan) O'SULLIVAN was born about 26 Oct 1889 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 26 Oct 1889 in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died in Nov 1963. He was buried in Gouldshill Cemetery, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Dan never married. He lived with his brother Jamesy Dan and his family and is buried with Jamesy Dan.
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Mary O'SULLIVAN was born on 10 Jul 1896 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork.

Unfortunately we have no information on Mary.

5. Mary (Big Mary) SULLIVAN (James (Seamus) , 'unknown' ) was born in Caheraveelane, Kilshannig; or Glynn, Mourneabbey. She died in probably after 2 Apr 1911.

It is thought Séamus had a daughter named Mary who married a man by the name of Murphy from Ballyhillogue in Grenagh (although Ballyhillogue now seems to be in the parish of Mourneabbey).

Mary married Daniel (Danny) MURPHY. Daniel was born in Ballyhillogue, Grenagh, Co. Cork. He died in probably before 2 Apr 1911.

There is a record of the marriage of a Mary Sullivan and a Daniel Murphy in Grenagh on 26 April 1857. Witnesses were John Healy and John Denahy. However, there is no proof that the marriage related to our Mary and Danny, and one would expect anyway that the marriage would have taken place in Mourneabbey rather than Grenagh as marriages generally took place in the bride's parish.

There is also a record of the baptism of a William Murphy, son of Daniel Murphy and Mary Sullivan, in Grenagh on 8 March 1858. Presumably William's parents were Mary and Daniel above who married in April 1857. Sponsors at the baptism were Michael Murphy and Elizabeth Sullivan.

I am told that our Danny and Mary lived in either Ballyknockane in Mourneabbey or Ballyhillogue in Grenagh, but no 1901 or 1911 census returns have been found for any Daniel Murphy in Mourneabbey. Note that Ballyhillogue now seems to be part of Mourneabbey rather than Grenagh parish. A search of the 1901 census shows a return for the household of a 50-year-old widow named Mary Murphy who lived in Ballyhilloge (alternative spelling of Ballyhillogue) in Knockantota, Grenagh. She is listed with her sons Stephen, aged 27, and 26-year-old Daniel.  The 1911 census tells us that Mary (whose age is now 68!) is living in Ballyhillogue with her son Daniel (now 30!). Could Mary have been the wife of our Danny above? According to the 1911 census Mary had been married for 30 years and had 11 children, eight of whom were alive at the time of the census.

They had the following children.

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Daniel (Danny) MURPHY died.

Danny never married. It is not known if he had siblings.

6. James (Big Jim) SULLIVAN (James (Seamus) , 'unknown' ) was born in Abt late 1840s in Caheraveelane, Kilshannig; or Glynn, Mourneabbey. He died on 24 Dec 1903 in South Infirmary, Cork. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

The exact year of Jim's birth is uncertain: his age at the time of his marriage in March 1881 is given as 30 (born about 1850); his age on the 1901 census return is given as 53 (born about 1847); and his age on his death certificate (dated December 1903) is 51 (born about 1852).

Jim and his brother, Dan, were well-known locally for their great strength and athletic prowess. Jim farmed in the townland of Ballyknockin (also spelled Ballyknockane) in the parish of Mourneabbey (or Mourne Abbey). He rented land from a man by the name of Weir or Ware who was the main landlord in Ballyknockin at the time. Sometime between October 1886 and October 1887, Jim and his family were evicted. Apparently the landlord wanted to sell the land to a man by the name of Love and therefore raised the rent so much that Jim could not pay. Jim was in hospital at the time - it is said that he had got a kick from a horse - and apparently when he came out of hospital, he cut furze (for fuel) on his former property and was jailed as a result. Interestingly the Ballyknockin farm is now owned by a great-great-grandson of Jim's (i.e., one of Patrick O'Hanlon's sons).

Following the eviction, Jim's brother Dan gave them shelter. The county council eventually built a cottage for Jim's family in Glynn on an acre of land given to them by Dan. The cottage is still there, but is now derelict and obscured from view by vegetation. It is located on the roadside near the laneway to the farm now owned by Dan's descendants.

Jim's death certificate tells us he died of "haematemisis [vomiting of blood] and debility" and "Exhaustion", which had lasted four days.

Besides all the members of the Sullivan family listed on these pages, there was also an Emily Sullivan but we do not know how she fits in. We know of her existence from an old prayer book once owned by Ellen, a daughter of Jim and his wife, Julia, in which is written "Emly (sic) Sullivan, Mourneabbey". The prayer book was published (by Easons) in 1903 so Emily was probably living in Mourneabbey in the early part of the 20th century. Could Ellen have called herself Emily at one time? Or could Emily have been a sister of Ellen's? Jim and Julia had 12 children born alive, nine of whom were alive at the time of the 1911 census. Could Emily have been one of their children who died? If so she would have died between 1903 and 1911. The only record (on the FamilySearch website) of an Emily Sullivan born in the Mallow Registration District after 1881 (the year of Jim and Julia's marriage) relates to a birth in the quarter Oct-Dec 1891. Could this be our Emily's birth record? No death record was located in Mallow for an Emily Sullivan.

James married Julia DOODY, daughter of Michael DOODY and Johanna QUIRKE, on 1 Mar 1881 in Galbally, Co. Limerick. Julia was born about 4 Jul 1858 in Ardnamoher, Galbally, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 4 Jul 1858 in Galbally, Co. Limerick. She died on 8 Sep 1933 in Waterford. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork.

Sponsors at Julia's baptism were John Doody and Catherine Quirke.

The family's address on the baptismal record is Ardnamoher, a townland in Galbally. Presumably this is where Julia was born and where the family farmed. Ardnamoher is also given as Julia's residence on her marriage certificate. Witnesses to the marriage of Julia and her husband, Jim, were Jeremiah Herlehey (James Henebry in the church register) and Elizabeth Doody.

According to a family member, Julia was a tiny woman and extremely active.  

Julia and Jim's children would have gone to school in Analeentha National School, next to Analeentha Church in Mourneabbey.

Julia died in Waterford at the home of her son Jimmy. She was buried in the Sullivan plot in Donoughmore Cemetery, Co. Cork. Note that there are two Donoughmore cemeteries, one in the centre of the village, and a newer one outside Donoughmore next to a church built around 2000. Our O'Sullivans are buried in the newer cemetery.

They had the following children.

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Mary Ann (Sr. Mary Munchin) O'SULLIVAN was born on 6 May 1882 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened on 9 May 1882 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 23 Jun 1913 in Chiswick, London. She was buried in Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

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

On 14 August 1909 Mary entered the convent of the Sisters of Marie Réparatrice on Windmill Road in Cork, and on 22 February 1910 she received the habit and the name Sr. Mary of St. Munchin. The Sisters of Marie Réparatrice were a closed order whose members wore pale blue robes and were known as the Blue Nuns.

Mary was only 31 years of age when she died in London of tuberculosis (of the lung and larynx). She had arrived in London, already ill, on 1 December 1911. She made her first profession in London on 25 May 1912 and died 13 months later in the Marie Réparatrice convent at Tower House, 4 Chiswick Lane, Chiswick. Mary is described in the convent journal as having been "full of virtue".
+ 16 M ii James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN was born on 17 Dec 1883. He died on 6 Oct 1959.
+ 17 F iii Johanna (Hannah) O'SULLIVAN was born on 23 Oct 1885. She died about 1980.
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Daniel O'SULLIVAN was born about 20 Oct 1886 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 20 Oct 1886 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died in probably before 1901.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Daniel's baptism were William Hayes and Mary McSweeney.

It is possible that Mary McSweeney was a grandmother of Maura O'Hanlon (née O'Sullivan) who would have been a niece of Daniel's - the McSweeney/Sweeney family were neighbours of the O'Sullivans. Another connection between the Sweeneys and the Sullivans is that it is thought that Cornelius Sweeney who was the father of Mary's husband, Jeremiah, was married to a member of the Sullivan family of Caheraveelane.

There doesn't seem to be any recollection of Daniel as an adult, nor is his name listed in the 1901 census. It is known from the 1911 census that of the 12 children born to James and Julia, only nine were alive in 1911, so it is being assumed that Daniel was one of those who died young.
+ 19 F v Ellen O'SULLIVAN was born on 24 Oct 1887. She died on 18 Sep 1972.
+ 20 M vi John (Jack) O'SULLIVAN was born about 19 Jan 1890. He died on 16 Mar 1975.
+ 21 M vii Eugene O'SULLIVAN was born on 1 Apr 1893. He died on 31 Dec 1988.
+ 22 M viii Denis O'SULLIVAN was born about 28 Jul 1895. He died on 31 May 1971.
+ 23 F ix Margaret (Madge) O'SULLIVAN was born on 27 Nov 1897. She died on 21 Apr 1925.
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Julia O'SULLIVAN was born on 27 Jun 1901 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died about 1920 in Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork (O'Sullivan plot).

It is thought that Julia died of tuberculosis. She is buried with her parents in the O'Sullivan family plot in Donoughmore cemetery, although her name isn't listed on the headstone.

Note: There are two Donoughmore cemeteries, one in the centre of the village, and a newer one in Stuake, just outside Donoughmore, next to a church built about 2001. Our O'Sullivans are buried in the newer cemetery.

7. Hanora (Nora) SULLIVAN (James (Seamus) , 'unknown' ) was born about 1848 in Caheraveelane, Kilshannig; or Glynn, Mourneabbey. She died on 6 Jun 1902 in 65 Commons Road, Cork. She was buried on 8 Jun 1902 in Donoughmore Cemetery, Co. Cork.

Nora and her husband, Michael, moved from Mourneabbey to Cork city where they lived at 65 Commons Road.

Hanora married Michael MAHONY, son of John MAHONY and 'UNKNOWN', on 3 May 1874 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. Michael was born about 1849 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co . Cork. He died on 6 Jan 1919 in 54 Commons Road, Cork.

Michael farmed in Ballyknockane before moving to Cork city where he worked as a railway porter.

The informant on Michael's death certificate was a Nora Mahony of St. Luke's [followed by a word that looks like "frop"], Cork. Was Nora an unmarried daughter or a daughter-in-law? The cause of death was "acute oedema of lungs, 3 days".

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Michael Sullivan and Patrick Mahony.

Hanora and Michael had the following children.

+ 25 F i Catherine (Kate) MAHONY was born on 10 May 1874.
  26 F ii
Ellen MAHONY was born about 1877 in Co. Cork.

We know of Ellen's existence from the 1901 and 1911 censuses which has Ellen listed with her parents (1901) and her widowered father (1911). Ellen and her father appear to have moved from 65 Commons Road, their home prior to the death of Ellen's mother in 1902, to 54 Commons Road by the time of the 1911 census.

8. Michael O'SULLIVAN (Michael , 'unknown' ) was born about 1869 in Co. Cork. He died on 5 Sep 1935 in South Infirmary, Cork. He was buried in probably Charleville, Co. Cork.

It appears that Michael was either a nephew or a cousin of Jim and Dan O'Sullivan. From census records we know Michael was born around 1869 and we have found a birth record on the Irish Genealogy website (www.irishgenealogy.ie) for a Michael O'Sullivan who was born in Ballyknockane (also spelled Ballyknockin), Mourneabbbey, Co. Cork where Jim lived for a time after his marriage. This Michael's parents were Michael O'Sullivan (our Michael's father was also named Michael) and Margaret Dilworth. Was this Michael our Michael above?   

According to our Michael's marriage certificate, he was a railway official, like his father; and his occupation in both the 1901 and 1911 censuses is given as 'railway signalman'.

Michael's residence at the time of his marriage was Effin, Co. Limerick (near Kilmallock). After his marriage he lived in Newline (also spelled New Line) in the parish of Rathgoggin, Co. Cork (near Charleville). Some years later, his job with the railway company brought the family to Cork city where they lived at 13 Marina Terrace for many years.

Michael died of cancer of the gall bladder.

Michael married Catherine MCDERMOTT, daughter of Peter MCDERMOTT and Ellen QUIRK, on 22 Jan 1899 in Ballyhea, Charleville, Co. Cork. Catherine was born about 9 Sep 1870 in Ballyhea, Co. Cork. She was christened on 11 Sep 1870 in Ballyhea, Co. Cork. She died on 17 Oct 1954 in 13 Marina Terrace, Cork. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Charleville, Co. Cork.

Catherine, whose family home was in Castlewrixon, Ballyhea, was one of 14 children. Catherine appears to have a mischievous streak as there is a story told about the time she visited the United States and called to see her eldest brother, John, in Westfield, Massachusetts; when he opened the door she realised he did not recognise her so she told him she was selling Singer sewing machines. He told her he wasn't interested so she went away but returned and knocked on the door again. John, quite irritated at this stage, told her to go away, that he was definitely not interested in buying a sewing machine. 'Well', Catherine responded, "would you buy one from your sister?".

Catherine was a dressmaker, according to both the 1901 and 1911 censuses, the 1911 census also telling us that she and Michael had eight children born alive, seven of whom were living at the time of the census.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were James Swanton and Bridget McDermott.

Michael and Catherine had the following children.

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Michael Joseph O'SULLIVAN was born on 25 Jul 1900 in probably Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. He died on 11 May 1953 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was buried on 13 May 1953 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Michael emigrated to the United States as a young man, settling in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of about 25. It is thought that he and his wife, Marie, had no children.

No trace of Michael was found in the 1930 census but there is a record of his return by ship to the United States from Ireland in June 1934. He was single at the time and was working as a butler. August 1938 sees Michael travelling by ship from Bremen, Germany to New York. He was single at the time. Could he have been visiting the family of his future wife, Marie, who was German? Marie, however, is not listed with him on the ship manifest. Michael's occupation on the manifest is 'Caterer Butler'.

Michael and Marie are both listed in the census of 1940. They were living at the time at Benedict Place in Greenwich and Michael was working as a "Butler Supt." in (what looks like) "Club in Private Home". Michael later worked as a clerk for a stationery company.    

According to his death certificate Michael died in Greenwich Hospital from cirrhosis of the liver due to loss of appetite and malnutrition resulting from a gastrectomy he had undergone in 1950.
       
Michael married Marie ROEDELBRONN after Aug 1934. Marie was born on 8 Aug 1896 in Germany. She died on 16 Dec 1979 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Michael's death certificate gives Marie's surname as Roedelbrann. However, purely based on a quick search on the internet, it would appear that the name Roedelbrann is almost non-existent but that the almost identical name Roedelbrann is much more widely found. I have therefore added the Roedelbronn name as an alternative surname to Roedelbrann in case Roedelbronn researchers identify Marie as a member of their family.

Note that Marie's father's surname as provided on Ancestry.com's transcription of Marie's death record in the Connecticut Death Index (1949-2001) is "Oedelbronn", a name that does not appear to exist.  

I am told by Diane Molnar, a great-granddaughter of a Gustav Roedelbronn who emigrated from Germany in 1895, that Roedelbronn is a very unusual name in the U.S., although there are many Rodels and Roeds, which could possibly be the result of name-shortening. Diane, whose Roedelbronn family settled in New Jersey, is not aware of any Connecticut connection to her family. She does know of a Roedelbronn family (possibly related to her) who settled in Wisconsin; and in the 1880 census of the United States she found information on two Roedelbronn households (unrelated, as far as she knows) who had settled in Massachusetts. Their details are as follows:

Name: Charles Roedelbronn
Home in 1880: Webster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Age: 33
Estimated birth year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Prussia
Spouse's name: Susan M. (born Connecticut)
Father's birthplace: Hesse Darmstadt
Mother's birthplace: Hesse Darmstadt
Occupation: Shoe factory worker
Marital Status: Married

Name: Frank Roedelbronn
Home in 1880: Webster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Age: 69
Estimated birth year: abt 1811
Birthplace: Hesse, Germany
Spouse's name: Christine (aged 69)
Father's birthplace: Hesse, Germany
Mother's birthplace: Hesse, Germany
Occupation: Woollen factory worker

It is possible that Charles was Frank's son.

If you would like to get in touch with Diane regarding Roedelbronn genealogy, she can be contacted at dmolnar06@yahoo.com.
  28 M ii
Peter O'SULLIVAN was born on 6 Oct 1901 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. He died on 8 Oct 1921 in St. Patrick's Hospital, Cork. He was buried in Charleville, Co. Cork.

Peter died of tuberculosis aged just 20. The date on his headstone in the cemetery adjoining Charleville Church gives his date of death as 8 October 1921 although his death certificate reads 10 October.
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Ellen (Nellie) O'SULLIVAN was born on 24 Feb 1903 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. She died after 20 Apr 1982 in probably Cork.

Nellie worked in Roches Stores in Cork. After the death of her sister Sr. Dympna in 1981, Nellie was the only sibling left.
       
Ellen married B. HARGADEN. B. HARGADEN died.

Nellie and her husband lived in the Sullivan family home at Marina Terrace in Cork. They had no children.
  30 M iv
John Joseph (Fr. Ephrem) O'SULLIVAN was born on 20 Mar 1904 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. He died on 12 Jul 1958 in Capuchin Friary, Church St., Dublin. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

John joined the Capuchin order. He was ordained in Cork in June 1931, becoming Fr. Ephrem. In 1932 he was sent to Oregon where he served for five years in Hermiston. He then returned to Ireland, ministering in Kilkenny for many years prior to moving to Raheny in Dublin.
  31 M v
Patrick O'SULLIVAN was born on 16 Mar 1905 in probably Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. He died.

There appears to be no recollection of Peter so it is being assumed he died very young.
  32 F vi
Margaret (Peggy) Mary O'SULLIVAN was born on 24 Jul 1906 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. She died in between 12 Jul 1958 and 20 Apr 1982 in probably Cork.
       
Margaret married B. COTTER. B. COTTER died.

Peggy and her husband lived on Donovan's Road in Cork, near U.C.C. It is not known if they had any children.
  33 M vii
David O'SULLIVAN was born on 25 Oct 1908 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. He died on 25 Jul 1953 in Cork. He was buried in Charleville, Co. Cork.

David, who never married, lived in the family home at 13 Marina Terrace in Cork. He died of tuberculosis at St. Joseph's Hospital, Mount Desert, Cork.

I have been told that David was born with only one arm but I have no corroboration of this.
  34 F viii
Mary Catherine (Sr. Annunciata) O'SULLIVAN was born on 10 Sep 1910 in Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. She died on 3 Oct 1939 in Yaba, Nigeria. She was buried in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mary was educated at the Mercy convent in Charleville and, in 1926, entered the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) convent at Ardfoyle, Ballintemple, Cork, where she was professed two years later. She left for Nigeria in 1931 and spent seven years teaching at St. Agnes's College in Yaba. In 1938 she fell ill and returned to Ireland to recuperate. In June 1939, after a year at home, she returned to Yaba, where, three months later, she died of blackwater fever, a form of malaria. In the convent's cemetery at Ardfoyle there is a statue donated by her family in memory of her.
  35 F ix
Catherine (Sr. Dympna) O'SULLIVAN was born on 29 Aug 1914 in probably Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork. She was christened on 2 Sep 1914 in Holy Cross Church, Charleville. She died on 20 Apr 1982 in Ennis, Co. Clare. She was buried in Poor Clare Monastery Cemetery, Ennis, Co. clare.

Catherine entered the Poor Clare Monastery in College Road, Cork in 1933, becoming Sr. Dympna. She was appointed vicaress there in 1952. The College Road community then founded the Blantyre Monastery in Scotland and Sr. Dympna was abbess there from 1957 to 1962. After the Ennis monastery was established, Sr. Dympna was transferred there as novice mistress and was shortly afterwards appointed abbess.

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