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I am doing a search for relatives belonging to the Somer / Sheehy family tree.
I am interested in making contact with family members.

My grandparents, buried in Kilfin Graveyard are Elizabeth (Lil)Sheehy and Edmond(Ned) Somers.
My uncle I believe is buried beside them his name was also Edmond (Ned). Not 100% sure on this. Maybe his wife n children are around the area.

My Grandparents had 10 children and sadly my grandmother past away shortly after the last child at 42 years of age.
I would be grateful for any help you can provide.
They lived in Duagh(Toor)area and Lyreacrompane area I think.

Kind regards.
Helen Ward


The Hill
Abbeyfeale Co.Limerick
July 24th ,2017

My name is Peigi (Sean Og O’Connor) Dennison. I am married to D. Dennison, Abbeyfeale. I was born and reared in Knocknagoshe Village. My father was Patsy Sean Og O’Connor 1897-1966 RIP.  Sean Og O’Connor was his father 1866-1924 RIP

Sean Og O’Connor had one sister, Johanna 1841-1911 Johanna married Michael Pembroke, Woodview, Castleisland in 1864.
Sean Og and Johanna’s mother was Julia O’Connor (Murphy).

I am trying to find a lead as to what Murphy clan in Knocknagoshel she belonged. I can see in the census 1911 that Julia lived with her daughter Johanna at Woodview, Castleisland.She died in 1911 RIP.  I don’t know where Julia is buried.  Her husband John O’Connor is buried in a tomb in Knockane cemetery,Knocknagoshel.  The inscription on the tomb reads as follows:”for self and posterity”

Would any of your readers have any idea where she is buried? I can vividly remember the name Pembroke from my childhood. The names Jul and Tom come to mind. There is a headstone in Duagh cemetery - Johanna Pembroke, Woodview, Castleisland erected by her daughter Myra Shanahan. I have no idea who Myra Shanahan is.

Thanks for reading.
Peigi Dennison


I am for looking any information about my grandmother Margaret or Marge Foran (1879+or-) and family, Marge married grandfather Thomas Heagarty of Tullamore around 1906/1907, (her sister Mary  Foran (1861+or-) married Con Murphy , they lived in Knockaunbrack , Trienearagh .We know Mary had a very large family but we know little else on Marge's family , father?

Mother? brothers? other sisters? ,Where would they have been married? We believe they lived in Knockbrack, Lyrecompane , Co. Kerry  , Marge was buried in Lisluaghtin (1960 ) just 6 months after my grandfather Thomas (1959).

Thank you all

John-Anthony Hegarty ,



I am hoping to find out if any visitors to this site have any ties to my family My Grandfather and Grandmother were Thomas and Mary Horgan of Claughan, Lyre' Listowel, Co Kerry.  My mother Noreen Horgan, is one of ten, sadly some have past.

One of my Aunties, Peggy, married into The Donoghue's. Mary married into The Quirk Family. Joanie married into The Kellihers...........all still in or around Tralee.

In total there was, Joanie, Thomas, Timothy, Denis, who owned a petrol station / store and The Abbey Pub in Ardfert, Mary, Eilenn who moved to Mayo, Bridie who moved to South Africa, Peggy and Mossie.

Can you help at all please?

Mickey Thompson.
Tel 07933699234

I am looking to find any relatives of Henry Lacey, Listowel, Kerry. His wife Honora Hickey died young and he moved to Coventry/Birmingham. They had children - Catherine (kitty) Edward, Henry, Pat, Mary.  Mary was my mother who was adopted and brought to Dublin by John Lyons who also came from Listowel.  They would be in their 70s or 80s now. Many thanks.
Chloe.         e-mail;

Hi Everyone,

Can anyone tell me please whether or not the old townlands/street names of MEENATHEE and MUINGNATEE are actually refer to the same place? Perhaps one is an older name for the same area? I have had difficulty identifying both on modern maps.

Also, is anyone out there related to any of the COLLINS families in either of these townlands? I'm trying to locate some living descendants with whom to exchange family history.

Thank you,
Matt Harrington. e-mail:

I am trying to find a Michael O'Brien who worked as a male nurse in Westpark hospital, Epsom, Surrey in the mid 1960's. I don't believe Michael remained in the nursing career and he may have worked in construction in later years. I am not sure if Michael is still living but would have originally hailed from Co Kerry, maybe somewhere near Listowel and would be in his late 60's if living. If anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
Many thanks, Finbarr
My email is


Hi all,

Daniel Dillon, son of Michael and Margaret nee Curtin, married Annie Hartnet at Duagh in 1905. They lived at Kilcarramore, Daniel dying around 1950. On his marriage certificate, Daniel’s age is recorded as 26 giving him a birthdate around 1879. The only baptismal record I can find that fits the bill is a Daniel Dillane of Gortaclohane, Lixnaw (parents Michael and Margaret) baptised in February 1877.

Can anyone join up the dots and confirm that Daniel Dillane of Lixnaw grew up to be Daniel Dillon of Duagh? Or does anyone know of an alternative Dillon family with parents Michael and Margaret and son Daniel?

Thank you for any help you are able to give.

Kind regards

Clive Gilbert in Kent, England

I'm looking for information about my grandfathers family. My grandfather was Bob (Robert) Sullivan from Lyreacrompane. Bob was a well known ploughman and was mentioned in the poem "McCarthys Cuckoo Clock" and in another poem called "Sullivan The Ploughman". I am tracing the family history and am looking for information on when and under what circumstances the Sullivans came to Lyreacrompane or if anyone knows where they lived before that. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
Sarah O'Sullivan

Hiya everyone! Nice to be here, was delighted to see such a page on the internet! such a good idea!
My name iss Sannon O'Mahony. I'm looking to see if anyone has any stories info or photos of my family members, Preferably the older generations my grandparents and older or even my dad Peter O'Mahony.
They were from Beenagha/Maugha in Lyreacrompane.

• My Grandparents - Mary (Molly) O'Mahony (nee Regan) and Florence O'Mahony.
• My Granparents children,
- Mickey/Micheal O'Mahony (Died in a car crash in tralee 1970/80's)
- Tom/Thomas O'Mahony (Passed away in 2002) Married to Helena O'Connor (Maugha).
   Children Marybee/Meg O'Mahony, Mikey O'Mahony and Christopher O'Mahony.

-Peter O'Mahony (Living in Ballybunion, My father) Married to Rita (nee Box of England).
   Children Shannon O'Mahony (ME)

-John O'Mahony (Living in Lisselton) Married to Margaret (nee O'Shea of Glen Carr)
  Children Colin O'Mahony, Gemma O'Mahony and Ciara O'Mahony.

-Martha O'Mahony (Living in Listowel) Married to John Brosnan (Of Moyvane/Newtownsands).
 Children Padraig Brosnan andJonathan Brosnan.

Those of my family members who are deceased are buried in Clogher Cemetery, and older generations in O'Brenan Cemetery.

If anyone has any details/links/websites or anything that could add to the above please email me. Info always welcome

Shannon O'Mahony
Email: or


This is my first try in looking for these records.

My great-great grandparents, John Costello and Bridget Conners, were married in Duagh Parish on February 25, 1827. Six of their eight children were also baptized there between 1828 and 1842.

I have been unable to find baptism records for two of their sons, William and John. William was born around 1829 and John around 1839. I am guessing that they might have been baptized in the parish of Bridget Conners parents,in the event that Bridget was staying with her parents at the time of their births. I have no idea where Bridget’s parents lived, but would imagine they aren’t too far from Duagh.

Any help in the matter would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot.
John Costello


Hi Joe, Kay and all involved,

Have been reading and enjoying the many articles and viewing the photos on the latest edition of the Lyre Journal. I received it some weeks ago compliments of my cousin Billy O'Connell. Some interesting stories and photos as usual, great reading for all the exiles and any connected with the area. Thanks again.

It will be 47 years ago the end of this month (January) that I flew out from Shannon on my way to New York and to New Jersey.
God Bless all,

Willie Murphy


Hi there,

My name is John Murphy (from Lyreacrompane), and I just wanted to let you know about a programme dating 1974 which briefly features Roches.

I'm not sure if you're aware, but as part of RTE's 50th anniversary, they're releasing old televised programmes from their archives on the RTE Player. There is currently a programme entitled Wheels of the World - Life in North Kerry, and it features some dancing at Roches in 1974; go to 22:39 of the video to see it way back when! The link to the video is:!v=1129723

Hope all is well,
John Murphy.


My mother would like to find an old school friend of hers from Castleisland, her name was Betty Kiely. She was born in the USA but her mother died when she was young and her father sent her to Castleisland to be raised by her unmarried aunts. She would have been in school in Drishane in Millstreet in 1955.

If anyone knows what became of her, please email me at  and I will pass on the message to my mother. Thank you. Kathleen.


Since I first contacted you months back, I have amassed much genealogy data, thanks to your site and other sources. Just a little query and maybe somebody out there can assist please. My husband is a descendant of the Dillane/ Dillon family from Glountane. A first cousin of John now living in Florida speaks of a Kitty Dillon and her niece Mary Theresa coming to her family -  Betty Cronin nee O’Connell in N.Y. This Betty, was  niece of Kathleen Davenport and Margaret Doyle and Sr. Mary Ann. Kitty stayed for a while but then returned to Ireland. Mary Theresa, remained and married an Owen --. Would anybody know to who she is referring? I have traced all this Dillon family except one – a Helen or Nellie. She appears in a photo taken in N.Y but that’s as far as I get. The Matt depicted in the mural is of this family also. Any leads? Will be most grateful. Regards, Noreen O’Connell

We would like to wish Bernie O'Connell happy birthday for the 17th Aug!!! and  a big hello to Kathleen O'Connell!!!Also to Joanne and paddy who our expecting their 1st baby  in September! wishing  them both all the best.

 Love Danny O'Connell and his partner Bernadette O'Donovan xx


Does anyone know whatever became of Dan Paddy Andy's family? I know he had a sister named Mary and a brother named Denis and a son Jimmy who went to the States.

Ray Davis

I've been putting together our family tree plus some history of the family. To complete our history in Lyre/Braumaddra/Gortacloghane I do need some further information which I'm having great difficulty in obtaining. Does anyone have any information on the old church & graveyard that is located in Gortagloghane. We knew it as Teampailin and it was on Jack Kennelly's farm just across the field from the farmyard. There was little of it left apart from the old holy water font. Perhaps someone knows if any records exist and the keeper of those records. Any help would be much appreciated

I'm Danny Sweeney son of Tom and grandson of Daniel and Nora Sweeney (all of Lyre).

Thank you


Does anybody know where Bogach or Oliver's Field are?

Julian Donoghue was born in Oliver's Field in the parish of Lixnaw.
My great-great grandparents were Daniel Donoghue and Sarah Collins.
My great-great granduncle was from Bogach - parish of Duagh.
I'm from Knightmountain - living in Los Angeles.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
John Aherne


I have just come upon this very interesting site and wondered if anybody can assist with my family tree. My O'Brien's were Tinsmen (Tinkers) and travelled throughout Kerry but seemed to live in the Duagh/Abbeyfeale area. Perhaps you are related or know some of the characters? Honestly any info would be appreciated.

John O’Brien born abt 1843 in Kerry died 1920/30’s Kilcarra More nr Duagh buried Listowel married Honoria (Nora) Coffey abt 1875 - 1881 who was born abt 1851 in Kerry and died 1920/30’s Kilcarra More buried Listowel. The 1911 census shows that they had produced 10 children with 8 surviving. John had numerous siblings. Two of his sons Richard and Timothy were killed in May 1915 in France/Flanders. They were privates in the 2nd Batt Royal Munster Fuseliers. Richard was married to Nora and his war record lists his birthplace as Lyreacrompane with a contact address of Kilcara Duagh Kilmorna. Both bros are listed on the memorial at Le Touret France. Other known bros were Patrick, John (Sean) and Thomas.

Thomas born abt 1882 in Kerry and died 1952 in Tralee and was buried in Listowel. He married Bridget abt 1905 . Bridget was known as Black Breda due to her dark hair. She was buried in Listowel between 1964 – 68 .These were my grandparents. The 1911 census shows that they had produced 3 children with 1 surviving (James born abt 1908) After 1911 Thomas & Bridget produced
1) Richard O’Brien abt 1920 – 1968 died in Limerick (my natural father) co-habited with Ellen (Nellie) O’Donoghue (Odun-o-who) born 1924 Charleville Co Cork died 1995 Battersea London (my mother)
Children: Richard (me) b1943 Dungarven Waterford, Bridget b1945 Croom d 2010 Sydenham London and Katrina (spelling) b & d 1947 bur Abbeyfeale.
2) Nora d 1978? bur Listowel mar Michael O’Brien bur Listowel
Children: Michael and Margaret
3) Bridget mar Patrick Coffey
4) Thomas
5) Teige (Timothy)
6) Thomas
7) Michael
8) John (alive 1984) mar Katie O’Brien
Children: Philomena, Thomas and Margaret

Patrick had 2 known sons Sean and Paddy. Sean in turn had 4 boys and 8 girls. No info on Paddy’s or Sean's children.
Dick O'Brien


Dear all,

I will be visiting Kerry in July/August and intend coming to the Dan Paddy Andy Festival for the first time!  I am very keen to find out anything/everything
 I can re my Roche ancestors from Kerry while I'm there.  In particular I am looking for info re the following family names ; Roche, Nolan, White, Regan, Moore, Bailey and how they are related. 

My ggggrandparents were
Maurice Roche and Mary Rgan.  One of their sons, David Roche b about 1825 was my gggrandfather.  He came to Australia in 1863 with his wife, Margaret Josephine Walsh of Loughrea Galway, and their infant son Denis Joseph Roche.   
One of Maurice's sisters
Ellen Roche married Edmond Nolan - their daughter Elizabeth Nolan b about 1837 emigrated to Australia in 1865 to join her aunt, another of Maurice's sisters, Mrs Patrick Moore (Anastasia Roche).  I know the family lived in the Castleisland area, unfortunately I have been unable to find the townland names. 
David was a labourer until, at the age of 20yrs he joined the RIC in 1847 - he was also a soldier for a period of time and served in the Crimean War.  David and Margaret had 13 children; 9 girls and 4 boys: Denis, Elizabeth, Josephine, Aguiness, Margaret, Ellen, Maria, Margaret, Maurice, Thomas, Florence, Mary and John. 
I would dearly love to know more about my Irish ancestors - if anyone can help I'd be most grateful.
Julie Clowry (nee Roche)  

I am driving through Lyreacrompane, in a few weeks. I know that my grandfather Daniel Scanlan came from his area before he moved to London in his early 20's but know little else. Does anyone know of this family?
Luise Ashley Australia

Please, can you help me? I live in Chongqing, China. Yesterday, I heard Mass from Fr. Pat Moore, Lyreacrompane. I cannot locate a contact. Can you please pass on my deepest appreciation to him and his wonderful congregation, especially the children's choir, for a really wonderful celebration of the Eucharist? I felt as if I was in the Church sitting among the congregation. I am so grateful for the experience. Can you pass on this message, please? I would be so grateful to you if you could. Thank you in advance.
Regards to you all.
Brid Ui Laoghaire.

Wondering if I have long-lost cousins somewhere in Lyre ? My grandmother was Mary Dillane  (Dillon), who married Dan O’Connell, originally from Tournageehy/ Behins/ Irremore/ Ballyduhig /Dromclough general area. Sorry cant be more specific. Dan and Mary settled in Curraghatoosane, Listowel, where they had 4 children. Mary died in childbirth and is buried in Duagh. Michael (Mick) my father was born 1906. I know my father was a 1st cousin of Ger and Ciss Cotter who married Tom O’ Sullivan. If you can fill me in on any Dillons I may be related to, I will be very grateful.

Hi everyone,

I have been researching my Lyons family for a few years now and have hit a brick wall and I am hoping someone could help me out.

My great grandfather Patrick Lyons was from Co. Kerry and born in I think Duagh parish in 1856. He was a policeman and enlisted in Listowel barracks.  Being in the R.I.C he travelled a bit and retired in Tullamore where he died in 1945. I believe he had a brother called Denis Lyons born 1860 who was also a policeman and he lived in the Duagh area after he retired and was unmarried.

There were other siblings and going by parish records their parents were John Lyons and Mary Dillane. I have obtained my great grandfather's R.I.C service/pension hoping for clues to know that Mary Dillane was actually his mother so I know I have the right family but next of kin wasn't mentioned.
I know his father was John because I have Patrick's marriage certificate. Is there anyone who could give me some pointers about where I could search next? Because he was born before 1864 I can't apply for his birth certificate.

Many thanks in advance.
Janice Young nee Lyons.

Robert Ahern's Obituary by the San Jose Mercury News.

Judge Robert Patrick Ahern
Resident of San Jose
September 19, 1938 - April 2, 2011
also known as Bobby, Bob, LTJG, Legal Eagle, Commander, Dad, Judge, and Papa Bob, lived his 72 years with gusto. He died in Good Samaritan Hospital after a fierce battle with cancer where he
acquired his last name: Braveheart.
Bob was proud to be a fourth generation San Franciscan. He attended St. Paul's Grammar School, Riordan High School, and The University of San Francisco where he played offensive guard. Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1960 and served 4 years active duty as a Naval Flight officer and Navigator/Tactical Coordinator. He remained in the Naval Reserves for 18 years. 

He was a '67 graduate of UC Hastings College of Law and worked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for ten years until he was elected to the Municipal Court.  In 1982, he was elected to the Superior Court where he served until his retirement in 2002. After "retirement" Bob became a "Traveling Judge" working as far north as Mariposa and as far south as San Diego.
During his years with the Superior Court, Bob served as Asst. Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He was a member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco for 54 years, President of the Bellarmine Dads Club, and President of the Los Pescadores (83-85).

Bob approached life with enthusiasm and strength. His interest in genealogy led to discovering his Great grandfather's cottage in Lyreacrompane, Ireland. After connecting with his Irish cousins, he was invited to open the town's annual Dan Paddy Andy Festival. He loved golfing, technology (especially his beloved i Phone), growing tomatoes, and learning new things.  Bob loved making and celebrating traditions: walking the Golden Gate Bridge every year on his birthday, cooking the Thanksgiving  turkey, sitting in the front row at the 4th of July parade in Graeagle. But more than anything, Bob loved his family.

Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mimi; children Miriam (Christian), Andrew (Jennifer), and Katie; and grandchildren Benjamin, Samuel, and Madeline. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Estelle. He was a force and he will be missed.  Family and friends may visit Friday, April 8th, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and are invited to attend the Rosary Vigil Service 5:30pm  (All) at St. Christopher Church, 1576 Curtner Avenue, San Jose. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 9th, 12noon at St. Paul Catholic Church, 221 Valley Street, San Francisco. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Donations may be made to Bellarmine College Preparatory, 960 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95126 and Presentation High School, 2281 Plummer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY

(650) 756-4500 or( 415) 587-4500

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on April 6, 2011


Hello Lyre.
Just found your website. I am gone out of Lyre with 30 years.  Over here in Clare.  I find your website interesting.  Keep up the good work .

Margaret Healy (Dillon )


Just wondering does anybody with anything to do with Lyre & Carigacannon have a photo of my grandfather Tom Fitzgerald who was married to Ellen O'Sullivan of Glashnanoon. He died in 1933 in Mountcoal where I now live. I am his grandson and I have never seen a photo of him. I have started a Family Tree on and he is one of the missing faces .

Kindest Regards
Tom Fitzgerald


I thought I would follow-up on the progress of my family tree and send a note to William Scott of Leeds, who posted below on 12/8/2008 about his Hickey family from Lyreacrompane.

William, I've been working on my Hickey tree for the past year and I actually have you listed in my family tree. We are second cousins twice removed. Your grandfather, Thomas is my mother's first cousin. I have some information on other Hickey family lines if you are interested, and I have information and a photo of one of your grandfather's brothers who came here to the USA.

If you see this note and are interested, please contact me at

Joanne Flood Schwind


wonder if you might be able to help.

I lived in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Is in the early 1980s, and there were a big group of us socialising out & about, some of whom I am still in touch with.  One friend was from Lyreacrompane: Martin Sheehy, known by all as "Tom".

I was talking with a friend from those days recently, and we wondered if he had returned to Ireland.
-It would be great to hear any news of him.

Kind regards
Sheena Cunnington []



Some time ago I contacted you looking for information on Ellie Sweeney from Gortcloghane.

Ellen Sweeney was born in Gortaclochane in 1868. When she was about 18 years old Ellie and her sister Catherine emigrated to Brisbane, Australia. They sailed from England about 1886 and both got married in Australia. Ellie married a Norwegian named Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen. In December 1896 the Jacobsens left Australia and returned to live in Norway. However in or about 1905 they left Norway again and went to live in Kimberley, South Africa. They had five children whose names were Elizabeth Marie, Ellen Josephine, John, Otélia and Jacob. Sadly Ellie died in Kimberley in January 1914 at the early age of 46. My mother, Nancy Hellet (nee Hicks), was the daughter of Elizabeth Hicks (nee Jacobsen). So Ellen Jacobsen (nee Sweeney) from Gortaclohane was my great grandmother.  See photo below.

By spending many hours trawling through the Sweeney name on the excellent Kerry genealogy website and with the help of some new found friends and relations of the Sweeney family I managed to trace Ellen Sweeney's parents to Gortaclochane. Her parents were Daniel Sweeney and Ellen Dillane. It appears she had five other brothers and sisters - Thomas (1859), Julia (1862), Catherine (1864), John (1869) and Timothy (1871).

I’m now trying to trace the families of both Daniel Sweeney and Ellen Dillane prior to their marriage in May 1859. It appears they came from the Lixnaw parish and lived in Gortaclohane. I hope to visit some of the churches and graveyards in the parish in July this year.

If anyone can help me with my research I would be delighted to hear from you. My e-mail address is I received one amazing contact recently. A Daniel Sweeney living in Spain contacted me having seen my Parr Family Tree on the website. It transpires that he is the great grandson of Thomas Sweeney who was one of Ellen's brothers.  So now the search intensifies. I look forward to further surprises as I continue my search into my Kerry roots.

Noelle Parr


Did you hear the one about the two ladies who died and went to heaven , they became friends.
Mary asked Bridget how did you get here?
Bridget replied, I got frozen to death, and what about you Mary, how did you get here?
Well, I had the feeling that my husband was having an affair, so I decided to leave work early and surprise him.
I rushed in the door to find him by himself on the lounge watching TV, I ran into the kitchen, then I ran upstairs checked out all the bedrooms but there was nobody there. Then I went back downstairs and collapsed and died from exhaustion.
Then Bridget replies, What a pity you didn't look in the freezer, we would both be alive today.
Take care



Hi all,

Our father (RIP) often spoke of living in Lyreacrompane in the late 1940s, approximately 1945 to late 1948.   His name was Denis Casey and he was an engineer on the bog. His wife was Elizabeth (Lil).    He was originally from Waterville and was delighted to be back working in Kerry.

He told stories of fetching barrels of beer or stout from Tralee I think for one of the local houses which was an impromptu pub. They had a little house in the village, specially built for Bord na Mona workers I believe.

My eldest sister was born during that time in the Bon Secours in Tralee and our father told a story of how my second sister was born in the back of a Bord na Mona lorry in Ballyackey, having not made Tralee in time!

We would be very grateful if someone could direct us as to where to find any information about Lyre in those days??

Many thanks and looking forward to a reply
Best wishes
Denise Casey


Good afternoon!
We are trying to trace some record of a relative of ours from the Lyracrompane/Rahee/Glebe area.
Father Pat Moore suggested I contact you via your website to see if you could point us in some direction regarding local parish records, what's available and where we might look to find a record of Ellie McSweeney..

Ellie McSweeney - born 13th May 1871 in Glebe (we think). We believe she became a nun but left the convent & went to Australia where she got married. She & her husband left Australia and went to South Africa where she died in  1914.

Where would we find parish records to see if her birth is registered there (in Lyrecrompane, or Rahee or Glebe!) ! We believe her fathers name was Daniel McSweeney.

The following is another connection we were informed about.
A Mrs Halpin (nee McSweeney) died in a tragic housefire in the parish of Rahee about 1960. Her father we believe was a brother of Ellie who we are trying to trace. Perhaps someone will recall this event.

We would love to hear from you if you have any parish records or could point us in the direction of where to look. I look forward to hearing from you.



Hello Lyre,

I have tried unsuccessfully to respond to an enquiry from Australia about the Doody family - posted rather a long time ago I'm afraid, but only just noticed by me.  Perhaps the person is no longer at that email address, so would you be so kind as to post my response (which is below), as it may be of some help.
With thanks,

Subject: Doody family

This may be a long shot - because your message on the Lyreacrompane web site was posted a long time ago, but on browsing (for the first time) I noticed that you have written twice to ask for information about a Catherine Doody and wondered if I could be of any help.  By now your questions and enquiries may have already been answered, but I wanted to let you know what I know about a Catherine Doody - who may, or may not be connected to you. 
Anyway, Catherine Doody was a cousin of my father (William Kirby - from the parish of Duagh).  He was born in 1917 so I don't know if the age would tie in.  Catherine Doody was always known to me and my sisters and brother as Aunty Doto (?).  She married a man with a French sounding name called something like Bouchier and they had (at least) one child who was also Catherine and known as Kitty.  Kitty is/was my godmother and as far as I know still lives Durham (England).  She did however, go to Australia (as a nurse) a round the early 1960s and I now wonder if she had relatives to visit - may be that's what took her there!
It isn't much I know, but it could be a start.  Good luck ... .
Bernadette Kirby



I would just like to say how much I enjoy your website and the games. Thank you
from Conor Moore.


Hi all,
I previously left a posting on 30/12 regarding the Lyons family asking for help with my research.  At the time I didn't know my great great grandmothers name but now I have more information.  Her name was Mary Dillane and she was married to John Lyons.  They had children Hannah born 1844, John born 1848, Ellen born 1850, Patrick (my great grandfather) born 1856, Denis born 1860, Johanna born 1863.  They were all born in Duagh parish.  I think son John married Catherine Donoghue in 1876.  Patrick was a policeman and I believe Denis may have been too.  I think the surname Lyons was quite common in Co. Kerry.  If anyone recognises the family can you please contact me.
Janice Young nee Lyons.


Hi there.

Firstly I would like to say you are doing a great job.  It is a great site .
Secondly I was wondering if anybody out there remembered my granddad. He was the post man in Lyreacrompane for many years.  He always did his deliveries on his push bike right up to just before he died.  His name was MICHAEL SHEEHY.  He died in 1987.  I look forward to hearing from anyone who could give me some more information on him. I haven't been back there since 1993.  A well over due visit is needed.  Look forward to hearing from you.

Kelly Sheehy


Hello Lyreacrompane,

My earlier message about Connells in Lyre has been a success, as I have heard from a local, Billy O'Connell of Glashnanoon. I eagerly replied to Billy, but did not hear back. Then he sent a message again and I have replied, but I fear my posts are landing in his junk mail. Wonder if anyone could give him a shout to check for my mail, either in bulk or junk mail. Thanks a million. I am coming to Kerry in early May, and hope I get a chance to see Lyreacrompane.

Best to you.
t stafford


Hi we just discovered your website and wondered whether you could post this on your "Your page"?

Hi, We are currently looking at purchasing a house and some land in Glashnacree, Lyreacrompane and wondered whether you can advise us what the land is like generally and what it's possible to grow locally i.e. edible crops and plants/shrubs. Also any advice on localised weather and rain fall would be great. We are Irish/English gardeners coming from England but neither of us know the area well.
Your website is great and we would love to hear more.

Kind Regards,
J Murphy and M Cobbing

Hi to all my ex neighbours, I hope you are all well.
May be you can help me, I'm trying to trace information from the 1911 census, in particular Thomas Hickey married to Winnie who were 38 and 39 in 1911 and had children James aged 3, Jeremiah 2 and Cornelius aged 8, just wondering if they were any relation to Thomas and Mary Hickey nee Stack late of Knockaunbrack.
Any feed back would be much appreciated.

Kind regards to all that may still remember me.

Ray Beer Ray


Love your site and will be back often to look. On looking thru your messages, have found a few to comment on. Reidy/Dillon- I don't know if Knocknagoshel is near my Connell's from Lyre, Patrick and Julia Dillane Connell, married 1822 Lixnaw. Some of their children went to a small area in Connecticut, Jeremiah b. 1840, and John b. 1839. first lived in Washington, DC before moving to Norfolk, CT. I was there this last summer there are many grave inscriptions siting the parish they came from. I recall many Dillons and some Reidy's as i believe there is a connection to my O'Connells. A nearby town Winsted has William, Maurice, and Joseph Reidy plus others i am sure.
A Daniel Reidy was pallbearer at Lizzie O'Connell funeral 1908,Winsted
Father William Reidy of South Manchester, Connecticut was celebrant of Jeremiah O'Connell funeral 1930, Winsted, also Edward, and Daniel Reidy were pallbears of same funeral.
David D. Reidy, residing in Winsted had a son named Dillon.

On looking around for Julia Dillane, I have found a Baptismal record for julia Dillane Nov. 22, 1806. Parents David and Ellen Finucane. I noted some one else here looking for a Dillane/Finucane connection.
thanks for the great site.

T Stafford


Hi, I'm researching my family history which is Kerry based and I was wondering if any descendents of my family who might live in Kerry would be able to help with my research.

My great-grand father was Patrick Lyons who was born in 1856 in , I believe, Duagh.  His father was John Lyons, a farmer, and I am not sure of his mother's name.  Patrick joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1876 and was recommended by an inspector at Listowel Barracks.  He retired as Head Constable in 1903 to Tullamore, Co Offaly which was one of the counties he served in  and where his wife Mary Anne came from.  He died in 1945.  He may have had a brother called Denis.

Any information would be gratefully received.

Janice Young (nee Lyons)
Essex, England 


Hello, all.

I'm seeking information on Dillanes & O'Learys of Listowel/Duagh with connections to Duagh Finucanes. If anyone recognizes these lines, please do contact me.

My great, great grandparents were David Dillane, born about 1805-1810 in Listowel/Duagh, and Mary O'Leary, also Listowel/Duagh born, also born about 1805-1810.

The earliest Listowel baptismal records on line for any David Dillane date to 1807 and 1808:
1] David, son of John & Bridget Brown, sponsors Prenderville, Hogan[1807]; 2] David, son of Mathew & Bridget [1808]

I don't think that either of those is my David Dillane. At a guess, from naming patterns of their sons, David's father was probably an Edward/Edmund, or a Patrick or a Michael, in that order of likelihood.
And David's grandfather was probably a David Dillane. Other family given names include Timothy.

Most of the baptismal records for their children are missing from the on-line database. The ones that I've located are:

1] Patrick, bapt. 3/30/1830, Duagh;
2] Michael, bapt. 10/28/1832 , Duagh
3]Catherine, bapt. 1/7/1843, Dromin, Listowel

Sponsors of these children had surnames Finuscane, Lyons, Dillane (Michael). There seems to have been several lines of Dillanes who carried the given name David in this period in both Listowel/Dromin and Duagh. I presume that my David's grandfather was a David Dillane and all these lines with fathers named David whose children were baptized during the 1820s and 1830s were closely related.

This family immigrated to Pittsburgh PA, 1848, and settled temporarily in a neighborhood with Finuscanes who remained in Pittsburgh. The Dillanes went on to Iowa, where various Lyons served as sponsors in baptism to several grandchildren.

My great great grandfather's children spoke of themselves as being from Listowel.

Karen          e-mail


Hello all,


I have been researching my family history for the past year and just found this wonderful website, so I thought I would post my Lyreacrompane connection.


I don’t know much about my Hickey family, but I do know they are from Lyreacrompane.  My mother, a Hickey, was born in Duagh Parish, and grew up in Kerry, adjacent to Abbeyfeale.  Her Hickeys came from Lyreacrompane.  My grandfather was Jeremiah Hickey (1888-1957), the son of James Hickey and Ellen (Ellie) Lyne (Lyons) of Lyreacrompane, Knockaunbrack, Trienearagh, and County Kerry, Ireland.  Jeremiah married Bridget Dower in 1921.  My great-grandparents James and Ellen had, I believe, 10 children, all from Lyreacrompane: Cornelius (1868; wife Mary Cronin), Margaret (1869; Husband Michael Ahern), Thomas (1872; wife Minnie), Michael (1874; wife Elizabeth Ahern), Denis (1876), James (1879), Mary (1883), Patrick (1886), Jeremiah (1888), and Ellen (year unknown).


We are also related to Dower (Dore) and Connor or O’Connor from that general area, and the O’Briens from Purt.


Would love to make connections and get additional information about family.


All the best,

Joanne Flood Schwind

New York, USA


Please register me on this site I'm searching for ancestors:


Lorri Buschmann

(Perhaps Lori will send in a little more info on her Kerry connection)



Hello, I am looking for my grandmothers family, My great grand mother was from Duagh, her name was Lucy Scanlon she was married to Ezebius Somers, they had several children, their names were Michael, Edward, John, Samuel, Lilian and Marcella. Marcella was my grandmother she married Joseph Taaffe, If anyone has any information I would welcome it, I live in the US, I am doing family research and need to put my family together, looking forward to hearing from
anyone who could help me, great site, just found it.
Betty Chapman USA

Dear all,

We are the couple from Devon that joined in the Dan Paddy Andy festival this year and graced you with our presence on the Bog walk (you lucky people). May we say that it was a most memorable occasion and if you needed an example of real Irish comradeship and friendliness then you could look no further. We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and would like to share some of the moments with you in the form of a CD containing photos and videos of the occasion. (It would take forever to E-Mail these to you and would probably cause your website to crash most spectacularly)
so would it be possible for you to send us a mailing address and we will post the CD to you. Good luck for next year and may the rain hold off.

Best wishes Jim and Sue.

PS I feel a poem coming on ..........

When we got back to Devon they asked where have you 'bin,
We replied "A pretty village they care to call Kilflynn",
The wind it blew and rained it did and sometimes there was fog,
But we're the happiest people in the whole of Devon 'cos we dug ourselves some Bog.


I wish you all the best over the holiday weekend, hope the weather will keep up for you. Many years ago I used to attend open air mass when the Irish army were stationed at Dan Paddy Andy's with my late mother, who was a neighbour of Dan's. Some years later when I was a teenager, I used go to Dan's dance hall during Lent. Jack Buckley Billy, my brother Mickey Joe and myself would walk from Doran's Cross. They were the good old days. Again wishing you all the best.
John Costello Kent England.


Best wishes for a successful and enjoyable festival remembering our famous   Dan Paddy Andy. I hope the weather cooperates.

In my youth I delivered the post when I filled in for the late Moss Nolan while he was on vacation. (also Jack Donoghue on the other route) I had the distinct  pleasure of delivering to the O'Sullivan home and speaking to "Dan Paddy" on my route.  I am sure family and relatives of mine will be attending , Murphy's, O'Connell's, O'Connor's, McMahon's, Ahern's and Dillon's. I hope some day too to be visiting home at festival time.

Ironically  on the evening I immigrated to the  U.S. over forty four years ago, on my flight to N.Y. was a neighbor of Dan Paddy's, Michael McMahon who along with his first cousin who were traveling on to Chicago.
Again, all the best to all.
Willie Murphy from a fairly hot New Jersey.


To: Joe &The Dan Paddy Andy Festival Committee,
Best of luck with the Festival. Hope the rain stops. I have sent you some sunshine, hope it arrives in time.


I have just returned from a short visit to the Duagh and Abbeyfeale area.  Thanks to Father Pat Moore and Liz and Andy Keane of Shanbally, I have now traced many relatives and made some wonderful new friends.  I enjoyed every minute of my stay, the friendliness and hospitality of Kerry people is outstanding and I am proud to have ancestors from 'the Kingdom'



Would like to wish Molly Dillane many happy returns. Hope there are many more birthdays to come. Looking great.

Best  Wishes
From Helen  (Nellie Harrington ) and Family in Australia


My grandfather came from Lyreacrompane, but I cant find any information about any Foleys there.  I would really appreciate if anyone had any information about them.

This message came is while we were in Australia so its a bit out of date now - but it's the thought that counts.

Good Evening to all around the Hills and Glens of Lyreacrompane.
Wishing all a Blessed and safe Easter, will be with you in memory.

William Murphy

Hi what a wonderful website
I live in new Zealand its difficult to trace ancestry from new Zealand.

I'm very interested in finding any information on Mary Aherne who married Cornelius McAuliffe at Castleisland, Kerry, Ireland 20/2/1865.
Mary's father was Michael Aherne.
I realise that there is a earlier post for this also trying to reach Karen in America.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated
best regards
Patrina New Zealand.


Hi Mom and Dad

Its your Son Pat Enright here in sunny Dublin.  Its been great looking at all the pictures and what everyone has written on here.     Have been showing the web page to  my friends at work and they have been impressed with everyone's efforts.

Mom Happy Mothers Day!     Dad Happy Birthday - both early I know!

Also happy birthday to my brother Tom!

Mom and Dad see you  at home in Kerry in a few weeks!

Lots of Love!  xxx

Pat Enright


Hello All in Lyreacrompane~

I bring greetings to all from the Dunne Family (Knockanebrack), now spread out across the Globe as follows:

Brendan & Kathleen (London)
Con (Melbourne, Australia) – married, 2 kids
Breda (Olita, Spain) – married, 3 kids
Jacqui (London) – married
Brendan (Hong Kong) – still trying to find someone to marry him 
And myself, married in New York.

The site looks great, I love to stop by and check out the latest pictures.

Cora (now Creed)


Hello Kay and Joe,

Just a note to thank you for that great production and presentation of the DVD , "The latest Songs and Scenes of North Kerry and the "Lyre Journal" that we received at Christmas, complements of my cousin Billy and Ita O'Connell. It has made for some interesting viewing, listing and reading. Great work as usual.

Made contact recently with John Costello via email and reminisced about the past in Lyreacrompane, was in school with his brother Bertie and cousin Ned Murphy and many more from the area. Two other classmates very active there with you, Chriss Quinn (O'Connell ) in my day and Michael Mangan.

Many thanks again, continue the good work, and have a great 2009.

Willie Murphy.


Hi Joe and Kay,

Just came across your website, what a great job you are doing for the people.

Like many other parish's in Ireland in the '60 and '70 a lot of young people left Lyrecrompane for foreign lands. I left Ireland many years ago. My hearth is still in Ireland,  Been all that many years ago. I have noticed the Nashes in Australia do keep in touch, distance cousins  to me. Also Wille Murphy a little younger than me.  May I tell you about the good times we had in our teens. A game of football down in Hallorans Inch. The late Tom Naughton who was a foreman in Bord Na Mona put a team together and we played in the North Kerry league for a number of years. The star of our team in those days was the late Jack Buckley. 

Ballybunion was a moons distance away in those days lucky if you got there twice a year as people had not any bikes, and of course very few people had cars.  Well again giving you a little past history of Lyrecrompane. 

Regards John Costelloe
My email address is



Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you are healthy, happy and warm.

Have also attached Haiku poem I wrote in anticipation of May trip back to Lyreacrompane.

Return to Lyreacrompane

Lyreacrompane beckons

Cold nights, burning peat, hot tea

Strong hands, warm smiles, kin

Warm regards,
Bob Ahern


To Kay, Joe and all around Lyreacrompane, Wishing all a blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year.

I recall great memories from fifty years ago, all the excitement leading up to Christmas. Picking the holly and laurel, helping mother in decorating the windows with the paper "chains" and "bells", setting the candles in the jars with sand, placing one in each window (in our case) in the front of the house. Could not wait for the lighting as it got dark, we would be saying "are we going to light them yet". Saying "they are on across the the Hill" (Knocknaglough) at Joseph's, at Con Hickeys, the top of the hill, Connells, "Birdies", "Mickeen Toms" and now at Quills and Fitzs . So we would each get a turn to light one, under the strict supervision of our father, with words like "watch the curtains".

I recall walking to mid-night mass at Lyracrompane church on some clear and cold nights. I am sure there will be some readers who will remember on of those nights when word came at the end of mass that there was a fire up at Maloneys (not sure if it was James or John) and many of us responding there.  The fire was in the cow barn and we were attempting to free the cows. A starlit frosty night, many winters ago.  Don't recall the year.

Looking forward to reading the new edition of "The Lyre Journal" soon.

Thanks again for the great site, from mild Maryland.

Willie Murphy



Hello to my Sheehy Cousins in Lyre!

My grandmother “Margaret “Maggie” Sheehy (born circa 1889)” was from Lyreacrompane.

Grandma married Michael Sweeney and they raised 13 children down the road in Broughane.

I would love to hear from my Sheehy cousins in Lyreacrompane. We are tracing our ancestors so our boys will know their Irish lineage. We appreciate the response and any help you can provide on my Sheehy and/or Sweeney ancestry.

Maurice may be my uncle “Moss”. My grandparents (see attached 1911 Brougháne census) also had Denis (my Dad), Patrick, Michael, Kathleen "Kit", Elizabeth, Mary, Peggy, James, Edward, Timothy (Pete), Martin and Ann. When we asked my Dad (who is 90 and failing) where his Mom “Maggie” Sheehy was from, he said what sounded like Lyracrumpane. We have emailed John Joe (Jr.) Sheehy and the following is his reply:

“My father, John Joe Sheehy was born an only child in 1925 in Lyreacrompane. His parents were Hannah & Michael Sheehy.

My mother's mother (was born around same time as your granmother) was Nora Barry nee Sheehy from Raenagóun near Brougháne. She came from a big family. Some of her siblings were, Kit, Molly, and Martin. I can't think of any other names now but there was a connection with another sister in New York. I will show your email to my Uncle Tom in the near future and he may be able to help.”

There are striking similarities in that my grandmother “Maggie” named two of her children Martin and “Kit”. Also, my father had an “Auntie” in Brooklyn, New York who put everyone up as they emigrated to the states. We believe my Dad’s “Auntie” to be: Mary McAleer (?) a 62 year old widow who emigrated to the states in 1888, according to the 1930 census recorded in New York (see attached). One of Mary’s recorded roomers was a John Roach aged 36 (Roach’s Pub near Brougháne?).

Nora of Raenagóun (Reanagowan) - Maggie’s sister? Or Michael of Lyracrumpane – Maggie’s brother? Was “Auntie” Mary a Sheehy sister?

We would be grateful if you could circulate this email.

Kathleen (nee Sweeney) Rice
New York City


Greetings from Port an Dúnáin, Co. Ard Mhacha.  We heard that Bill Molyneaux was buried on Monday. May he rest in peace.  Bill was my wife’s, Josephine’s,  cousin and a rare ‘character’. Isn’t everybody in Lyre?

Bill’s mother Birdie and Josephine’s mother Josephine (both sadly departed and greatly missed) were sisters (Hayes)

We had great times in Lyre and the stories ...Indeed Bill was a great lyre (man). After the funeral of Bill’s sister Margaret White, someone in the family was relating the fame of the great John B.; Bill took a sip of his ‘soft’ drink; and retorted that he started John B. On the road to fame after a pub crawl that didn’t cost them a penny!  The only difference between them – Bill didn’t get around to writing the stories down!  St. Peter is in for a hard time. Sadly, we didn’t know more about Bill and his antics, being from Co. Ard Mhacha – ye know, across the border from the men with beards, in red and white: is it true that Kerry have cancelled Christmas?

Bill is deserving of a place and an article on your website. 

May God grant Bill eternal rest and we pray for all our cousins in Kerry and beyond.

Beannacht Dia

God Bless
Pat & Josephine


I'm hopefully going to be visiting Listowel next month as I am tracing some family history.

I am specifically after some information about what happened to my grandfather (Jack Ahern, who was a tailor in the village) - both of my grandparents lived in Listowel pre 1940. My grandmother was called Hanora Kellergher and they had 2 daughters - Noreen and Mary-Catherine. My grandmother died and we think my grandfather went to England in the 1940's, maybe to the Midlands or Birmingham areas. 

I was hoping someone might recognise the names and be able to pass on any information, or have some recommendations about where I could go (either during my visit) or elsewhere.

Thank you and I'm looking forward to visiting the area.


Hi Kay & Joe,

Glad to see ye had another great Dan Paddy Andy Festival. The pictures are great. Was at my first Dan Paddy Andy festival last year and I really enjoyed it as they say the craic was mighty. Hope to see ye at the next one pg. Our regards to all.  Keep up the great work this web site is a pleasure to go on and catch up with the news from lyre.

All the best
Maggie, Bernie &  Katie O' Connell


I've just read about your website in the 30th July edition of the Kerryman, kindly brought back to me by a friend who recently holidayed in Cork. My shopping list to him had one item on it, the said newspaper.

What an excellent website ! I so regret not having visited before !

My mum hails from Knockanebrack, one of 6 children born to Thomas and Mary Hickey (nee Stack). Immediate next door neighbours were Paddy Hickey and Joan (nee Stack, sister to Mary). Can you imagine the thrill I've just had reading her name in an entry on 'my page' (21/12/06). Where can I see the photograph mentioned ? 

I have very vivid memories of coming over to Ireland when I was 5, unfortunately because of the death of my Grandfather Thomas, but obviously to a child of 5, used to the busy inner-city buzz of Nottingham, it was just the most wonderful time of my life. 

I rode horses bareback, used - or tried to - a very large scythe to cut down stuff that was way taller
than me, walked down through the fields with Paddy to the river to fish and explore, spent time with their two collies (one was called Rose I think...), spent Christmas there (Paddy dressed as Santa - I think :-), I milked cows, chased the chickens, sat in front of very large open fireplaces with very black looking kettles hanging over the embers...., spent lots of time with my Granny, who was obviously grieving - as was my mum - yet who had lots and lots of time for the 4 grandchildren who'd  landed from England   ...... brilliant brilliant memories.

I've been back since of course. I was back over in '72 when I was 13, traveled alone on an plane for the first time and spent a lot of time just exploring by myself. My uncle, John McGuire (who so sadly passed away just 3 weeks ago, Rest In Peace John) bought me a radio from a store in Listowel (my choice was a radio or an accordion, and I regret chickening out on what I thought was going to be too hard work practicing), and it was while down by the river that I heard over the radio of the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics... the things we remember....

As soon as I started working I was over as often as I could, and enjoyed some excellent times in Listowel, Tralee and Castleisland, and I vaguely remember good times at the Wounded Knee (while run by my uncle and auntie, Thomas and Maureen Hickey).  Some occasions were sad ones of course, the passing of my granny in 1979 being one in particular. 

I was last in Kerry 3 years ago. The Hickey family had a reunion in Castleisland, and we all came from Leeds, Nottingham, London, Dundalk, Cavan, Longford, and had a fantastic weekend.  A trip out to Knockanebrack was an absolute must, and we spent some time retreading those steps of years back...... If my 3 girls came away with any kind of memories of Ireland like I did when I was 5, I'll be a very happy man....  

Whoever started up this website, well done !! I shall visit often to see what is being written, and to those of you who can find the time to visit the County in person, I guarantee you will love it......

William Scott, Leeds


Hi all, great website!

Just returned from a holiday back to Listowel and surrounding area and to find some family info. Unfortunately my great grand parents cottage has finally been flattened (four walls with a tree in the middle 16 years ago) which was 50 yards in on the right of the Lyreacrompane turning off the Listowel to Duagh road. Great grandparents were Catherine (Kate) nee Murphy and William (Bill) Clifford who are both buried in Duagh. I think both my grandmother (Mary Hickey) and grandfather (John (Jack?) Joseph Clifford was born in Lyreacrompane before marrying and moving to Woodford, Listwowel.

If anyone has Cliffords, Hickeys or Murphy's in their family from the area let me know! Trying to find Mary Hickeys mother (Courtney - surname or forname???) - wife to Thomas Francis Hickey.

Thanks, Claire



As a young man growing up in a very Irish section of New York City, I always dreamed of visiting Ireland someday. After all, I was named for Brian Boru!  After retiring from a teaching career, for the past few years I have been researching my Irish roots.  I had always known that all of my grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland but as a young boy, and later as a young man, sadly I was too busy with my own affairs to ask questions of them about their early lives. Questions such as “what it was like growing up in Ireland?”, “what relatives still remain there?”, “what it was like to leave the county of your birth knowing that quite probably you’ll never see it again?” - and not one of them did, although my mother’s mother Hannah McEntee ( nee O’Connor) came close. Hannah, at age 75, with her younger sister Nellie, sailed from New York City in 1958 on an ocean liner bound for England and then Ireland.  The sisters had planned on spending a week or so in Ireland visiting relatives in Lyreacrompane and Renagowan but Hannah fell ill in England and had to be flown back to New York, never to set foot again on her native soil.

Unfortunately for me, both my grandparents and my parents had passed away by the time I had gotten interested in learning more about my ancestry, so I was limited in getting answers to my questions. I attended several genealogy conferences, did research on-line, corresponded with several relatives still living and shared what family data we had. One day, my wife tried “Lyreacrompane, Ireland” on the internet to see what might come up.  What came up was the wonderful “” site, with beautiful pictures of the countryside, news of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, correspondences from residents and former residents of the area, etc.  I used the site to make e-mail communication with Joe Harrington and Kay O’Leary and from them learned that an O’Connor ( Frances McCarthy nee O’Connor) was still in residence at the O’Connor family homestead at Renagowan Crossroads.  I couldn’t believe my luck!  I now had a family member with whom I could made contact with in Ireland itself.

In  October of 2007, I wrote to several genealogy centers in Ireland itself, giving them what information  I had found in my research, and asking them  (for several Euros, of course) to do further research. The Louth Genealogy Centre told me that my great-grandparents John Hickey and Rose Hall were married in Clogherhead, County Louth, and that my grandfather Thomas Hickey was baptized there as well.  I e-mailed St. Michael’s Church in Clogherhead asking for photocopies of the wedding and baptismal entries from the parochial records.  The pastor, Father Paul Clayton-Lea, and I corresponded a bit via e-mail and he sent me the photocopies I had asked for.  In his last e-mail in January 2008, he wrote that “if you or your family are ever find yourselves in this part of the world, I hope you will call and I can show you the originals.” When my wife saw that, she said “it’s a message from God!  We’re going to Ireland!”

And that was that.  I wrote to Frances McCarthy telling her we’d be in Kerry in the latter part of May and off we flew to Ireland, arriving at Dublin airport on Thursday morning, May 15th.  Our visit in Ireland had to be limited to two weeks due to other family commitments.

We planned on mixing sightseeing and genealogy on our visit.  So we spend a few days visiting Clogherhead and talking with Father Paul, then three days visiting several McEntee familes in Kingscourt, County Cavan, where my maternal grandfather John McEntee was born.  John and his family came to New York City in 1892; there he met Hannah O’Connor, married her in 1913 and the couple had three children, their first child being my mother Ann. We next traveled west to Achonry in County Sligo where my paternal grandmother Mary Bridget McGuinn was born.  We were able to find the McGuinn family home and the forge where my great-grandfather Charles McGuinn worked as a blacksmith.

We then traveled down the west side of the island, touring Connemara, Galway, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, then through Limerick and onto to Kerry.  My heart started beating rapidly when I saw the signpost “Ladhar an Chrompain, Lyreacrompane, 10 km” We arrived in Lyreacrompane on the afternoon of Saturday, May 24th, stopped at the Post Office/Nolan’s for directions and soon found ourselves knocking on the front door of John and Frances McCarthy’s home in Renagowan.  Frances was very surprised to see us; she wasn’t expecting us till the end of the month.  Now our original travel plans had called for us to visit Dublin for four days, then going off on our tour of the island.  On the flight over we decided we wanted to see more of the “real” Ireland, outside the cities, and so put the tour of Dublin off to the last.  But we had failed to update Frances on that fact, and we arrived about four days ahead of when she was expecting us.  But that made little difference.  We were welcomed like kings.  We met husband John, daughter Tracey and son John and then spent several hours chatting about our families and trying to figure out exactly how Frances and I were related.

James and Ellen O’Connor of Renagowan had ten children: Dan, Norah, John, Bridget, Mike, Margaret, Kate, James, Hannah, and Nellie.  I’m not sure of the birth order of the children but I do know that my grandmother Hannah and her sister Nellie were the two youngest.  The O’Connor children emigrated to the United States with the exceptions of daughter Kate and son John. In the 1911 English Census I found James and Ellen, both 74, living in Renagowan with daughter Kate (Catherine). Son John has married a Julia, lives nearby his parents, and has children Ellie, Mary (Molly) and James; son Dan is born later.  John’s son James marries a Catherine Reidy and the couple have eight children with Frances and her brother Peter being the two youngest.  So Frances and I compared family notes and concluded that we are second cousins, that James and Ellen O’Connor were our common great-grandparents.  My genealogy pursuits had paid off in ways I had never expected: a heart-warming trip to Ireland and the meeting of a cousin I didn’t know existed!

The next day, Sunday, we all piled into John’s car, went to Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Cloger, visited the graves of Frances’s Mom and Dad, then off to a delicious family dinner at Fitzgerald’s in Abbeyfeale.  Frances later took us to see the grave of her grandfather (and my grand uncle) John O’Connor, buried in Knocknagashel.  We spent several more hours that afternoon trading stories about our lives and families.  After a brief tour of the Dingle peninsula, we returned to the McCarthy home on Monday evening for a treat that few tourists enjoy: a home-cooked Irish meal.  My grandmother Hannah O’Connor was a wonderful cook; her Irish soda bread was one of the joys of my younger days.  And the meal that Frances provided us that night would make my grandmother proud.  Later, we were joined by Frances’s brother Peter O’Connor, his wife Marie, son Danny, and daughter Siobhan.  Kate O’Leary stopped by to photograph the scene for the web site.  Our meal and family story-telling lasted far into the night.  Frances insisted that we stay over the night but we said we had leave and at least get a start on the trip to Dublin.  Our planned four day tour of the capital city had now shrunk to a day and a half visit but what a fantastic tradeoff.  We had tasted the warm hospitality of an Irish family and could bring back to the States no finer memory.

Kay O’Leary had given us several back issues of  The Lyreacrompane Journal and, back home in St. Louis, Missouri, on reading them I learned that Jimmy O’Sullivan, son of Dan Paddy Andy, owns a pub in Rockaway (an area of New York City). The pub is called the Kerry Hills Pub (Dan Paddy Andy's) and is located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 115th Street.  What a small world!  In the 1940’s , ‘50’s, and ‘60’s, my grandmother Hannah O’Connor McEntee ran a rooming house on 115th Street, a few hundred yards from where Jimmy, years later, would open his pub. Hannah’s older sister Norah, who married a NYC cop, Frank Curtin, also owned and operated a rooming house on the same street while Hannah’s younger sister Nellie owned and operated her rooming house two blocks away on 113th Street.  (One can see why for many years this part of New York City was known as “Irishtown”).  And to think that the O’Connor and O’Sullivan families lived but a stone’s throw from each other in Renagowan!  Small world, indeed.

My wife Phyllis and I brought back to St. Louis marvelous memories of our journey to Ireland.  Our many photos do an inadequate job of capturing the lush greens and scenic beauty of the land.  And there are very few vistas anywhere in the world as breath-taking as the Cliffs of Moher or the Conor Pass in Dingle Peninsula - but what we remember most was the warmth and delight of the people we met.  We were treated as family the moment we arrived in Ireland.  And in no place were we more warmly cared for than in Kerry.  Our thanks to Frances and John McCarthy and their family.  You given us something more valuable than photos; you have given us part of yourselves and we shall treasure that gift for always.

Best wishes to all! 

One last note: With her sister Nellie, Hannah came to the States in 1907. She first worked as a maid and then as a "live-in girl" for a wealthy family in New York City.   She later went into real estate, managing a brownstone apartment building for an absentee owner. Eventually, she bought her own apartment building, did very well, and at one time owned three different properties in New York City.  She was quite a businesswoman!  As my story indicates, she owned a rooming house in Rockaway Beach,  just down the street from where, years later, the O'Sullivans would open their pub.  Hannah's rooming house, 175 Beach 115th Street, still stands although many of the houses on the street have been torn down for urban renewal.

Brian John Hickey

Dear Joe

On behalf of our Diocesan Justice, Peace and Creation Committee I wish to thank you for the very compressive  understanding you gave us of bog life in every aspect in Lyre – both yesterday and today.  It was a very wholesome, thought provoking experience.  Your own authentic experience of bog life was evident. I enjoyed every moment of the experience.  Those who were with us who were never ‘in the bog’ before also found it very thought provoking. 

Sr Ita McCarthy.



From the Greek heurēka I have found; from the exclamation attributed to Archimedes on discovering a method for determining the purity of gold; akin to Old Irish fo-fúair he found. So too, I have found my Paternal Ancestral roots in Knocknaglough, Lyreacrompane, Listowel, County Kerry! Please bear with me as I share my breakthrough!

Although, long for a posting, I believe it is very important to thank all from this site who have responded with suggestions and assistance during my search.  Even more importantly, I want to encourage all who might be interested in their own heritage to keep looking for your ancestral roots!

Several years ago, I commenced a search not knowing where it would lead. I had limited information but received encouragement, from my friend, “Patsy in Redwood City, CA”. Keep looking!

My initial resources, for this particular search, included: The LDS site,; Social Security Death Index;;; and

These expanded with my search to include: County Kerry Genealogy (; Griffiths Valuation 1848-1864 (; Kerry Library Tralee (; The Ahern Family (

San Francisco and California resources included: San Francisco Genealogy (

And in Ireland: The Irish Rambling House (

In July and August, 2007, my wife and I vacationed in Ireland, for the very first time. We looked for records in Listowel relating to my Grandfather, Patrick Brown Ahern, but were unsuccessful. We were looking in Listowel not knowing Lyreacrompane was approximately 12 miles to the south. Prior to arriving my knowledge about my Grandfather was limited, to the following:

PATRICK (BROWN) AHERN, born 1879, Knocknaglaugh, Daugh, Listowel, Kerry, Ireland, and

ANDREW (BROWN) AHERN, born 1886, Knocknaglaugh, Daugh, Listowel, Kerry, Ireland

A third brother, name unknown, remained in Listowel, to tend the family farm near “Knocknaglaugh”. That brother purportedly had a son who in turn had five children. Two of those children were Esther Ahern (who married Conner last name unknown and may have moved to England) and Mary Ahern Stark (a nurse),

We were looking for “Knocknaglaugh” but nobody knew where it was located. The librarian in Listowel could not find the name among old townlands. Later we met a wonderful lady, near Moyvane. She translated it to mean “Hill of the Ducks”. Still later we would learn a more correct translation was “Hill of the Rocks”.

I purchased a book in Moyvane, “Logainmneacha”, Place names of North Kerry, including Tralee and Ballymacelligot, by Dan Keane, also of Moyvane.  His translation was “Hill of the Rocks”. We had to continue on our trip and were not able to closely examine the contents of his book until arriving home.

The book, on page 43, under the heading LYREACROMPANE, lists “Knocknaglough” (which has a one letter difference in the spelling we had). In the book it is translated as “The hill of the stones”. With this new information I went back on the computer after returning home and refined my search.

I then began to post on several Genealogy sites, hoping someone might provide assistance. “Kate from Chicago” read my posts and contacted me offering her assistance. Her knowledge and expertise led to Kate becoming my guru, mentor, and my friend! Her fundamental advice was as follows:

1.  Acquire all US documentation available; death certificates/obituaries

2.  Let the documents point the way

3.  Don't get hung up on dates of birth -- only glance at them for about a 10 year range

4.  Don't get hung up on spellings/middle initials/"reported" middle names, etc.

5.  Work from the 1930 census backwards

6.  Post, Post, Post!

7.  Subscribe to lists!

8.  SHARE your research!

9.  Ask/don't tell a researcher what you need; include dates/places!

10. **Be open minded**

11. Put things aside and come back to them a few months later -- you may find new posts.

12. DON'T spend time on research someone has already done.

13. Be open to all distinctive names/similar given names

14. There are Gen pages for all US counties - start at and click down

15. Take family lore with a grain of salt

A response, from, led to the Archivist, at the Kerry County Library, in Tralee, who in late January, 2008, provided the following critical, but condensed, information:

I have taken Knocknaglough as a starting point to search our available records.  This is limited to the 1901 and 1911 census returns.  "Ahern" was a pretty common surname in the townland (3 out of 6 family returns in the town land are Ahern’s in 1901 & 3 from 7 in 1911), but there are some distinctions to be drawn.



Johanna, aged 60, Widow & Head of Family.
Ellie, aged 30, her daughter.
Michael, aged 24, her son.
Andrew, aged 18, her son.
Mary O'Brien, aged 6, a visitor.



Michael P Ahern, aged 35 & Head of Family.
Mary, aged 28, his wife.
Johanna, aged 71, his mother & a widow.
Ellie, aged 37, his sister.
Patrick, aged 2, his son.
James, aged 1, his son.
Joseph, aged 1 month, his son.

Family 1 seems to be the closest fit to your one.  The presence of an Andrew in 1901 (even with a somewhat wrong age) would be a strong indicator of this.  Michael would be the "third brother" that you refer to in your message.  The addition of "P" to Michael's 1911 census entry would also indicate that his own father had the initial "P", which would tally with Patrick being his father's name.  It was standard practice to use the father's initial to differentiate between landholders of the same name in a townland.  Meeting 3 Michael Ahern’s in the same place would be a bit of a nightmare otherwise! 

As for church records, our notes here indicate that Knocknaglough would have been part of Kilshenane Civil Parish.  This became a part of the greater Listowel Catholic Parish area, and records (if they survive for that portion of the parish) will be there.

About this same time, we discovered a concurrent computer search, on, which indicated someone else had been submitting data on family siblings, a full 10 years older than my grandfather, Patrick Brown Ahern, and all derived from Patrick Ahern and Johanna Brown, Lyreacrompane, Duagh, Listowel, Kerry, Ireland. Those new names were: Honora Ahern, 5 Jan 1867; Johanna Ahern, 22 Jan 1869; Catherine Ahern, 14 March 1872; and Patrick Ahern, 2 Jan 1879. Clearly there was another person researching this same family. But there was a problem! The “submitter” contact information was outdated. It became quite frustrating to see the “family data” on and yet not be able to find who had submitted it. Never give up! We did a Google search for the name of the submitter. This information would ultimately lead to newly discovered family connections in New Hampshire, Florida and Massachusetts and mail from a newly discovered US cousin, indicating:

“My Grandmother, Mary Josephine 'Minny' Ahern’s birth was recorded in St. Bridget’s Chapel at Duagh, Kerry (a stones throw from Listowel) on 4-Dec-1880.  (Baptized 12-April-1880) She was the 11th of 13 children of Patrick Ahern and Johanna Brown. She had an older brother Patrick and a younger brother Andrew. Her father Patrick was born in 1829 to John Ahern and Honora Broder. Patrick and Johanna 'Ma' Brown were married 30-Jan-1866 their 13 children were - Honora, Elizabeth, Johanna, John, Catherine, Ellen, James, Michael*, Catherine, Patrick, Mary, Andrew, and Margaret. *(Michaels grandson Dan still lives on the farm at Lyreacontane townland earlier records have it as Knocknaglogh ) Family 'lore' has it that Mary immigrated to help care for her older brother’s children when he was widowed.”

Next, out of the blue, I received mail, from Lyreacrompane, in response to a posting I had made on

A Chara,

I'm enclosing copies of articles that mention both the surname Browne and Ahern.  I copied them from 'Lyreacrompane & District' Journals.  I hope they are of some help to you.  There are a couple of Ahern Families living in Lyreacrompane.  Lyreacrompane has a web site you might find it interesting.  Lyreacrompane & Duagh are one parish with the same Parish Priest, Fr. Pat Moore, who resides at the Duagh Presbytery.”

Kay O'Leary

Kay O’Leary, God bless her, provided the definitive information I had been trying to find. “Dan James & Pat Ahern are brothers and reside in Knocknaglough”. I believed they were my second cousins. Kay then verified, “They are related to you!” “Pat said his grandmother’s name was Browne.  He remembers hearing about a granduncle/great granduncle going to California but he thought that he never married”. Their sister Mary Ahern Stack resides in Daugh. EUREKA!

Lyreacrompane is pronounced “Lyre a crum pawn” and lies between the towns of Tralee, Listowel, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale. There is one Post Office/Shop (Nolan's), one pub (Roche's) and a Catholic Church, each of the buildings about a mile apart.  The population is approximately 300. Lyreacrompane claims to hold Ireland's real rural Festival.  They pitch a marquee next to the pub for a weekend. The “Dan Paddy Andy Festival” takes place during the first weekend in August each year. 

Now it is time for me to make the long journey home and pay my respects to my newly found family. I am the first male Ahern descendant to return home, to Lyreacrompane. And, to make this journey even more memorable, I will meet my new cousins for the very first time! On top of that, I have been invited to officially open the “Dan Paddy Andy Festival.

To all who responded to my many postings, go raibh mile maith agat!
To Patsy, Kate, and Kay, each of you are dluthchara!

Thanks to all who have made this search successful!

go mbeannai Dia thu,

Bob Ahern
San Jose, CA, USA

Hi Kay and Joe,

I was just wondering would it be possible to put this poem on the net.  Bridie and I think it's superb and if you think it can be put on we would appreciate it.  Hope you are keeping well.

Joe Quille



Greetings, and congratulations to all concerned.  This is a wonderful website - just teeming with life and energy, and so informative.  Thank you  Anne Fleishmann


I came across the web site of while doing a genealogy search for my Irish forebears.

My grandmother, Hannah O'Connor, lived in Lyracrompane near the Renagowan Crossroads.
She was the daughter of James and Ellen O'Connor. James and Ellen had, I believe, 10 children: sons John, Mike, Dan, and James; daughters Nora, Bridget, Margaret, Kate, Hanah, and Ellie (Nellie).

I have found the family in the 1901 Census in the townland of Renagowan. Father James is in his sixties, Mother Ellen in her late fifties. Still at home are John, James, Kate (Kasie), Hannah, and Ellie.

In the 1911 census Father James and Mother Ellen are retired, now in their seventies. Son John lives nearby with wife Julia, daughters Ellie(age 3), Mary(age 1) ,and son James, infant.

I know that most of the O'Connor children emigrated to New York City; I have records of Hannah and Nellie entering the port of New York in 1907. Hannah marries John McEntee (of County Cavan) in 1913; my mother Ann is born in 1914. Ann marries a Worcester, Ma. Irishman, Thomas Hickey, in 1937 and the couple has 3 sons: Thomas, Brian (me born 1940), James, and daughter Joan. I grew up in New York City till I met a Missouri girl, married, and moved to St. Louis in the 1970's.

My wife and I will be making our first trip ever to Ireland this coming May. I would love to visit any O'Connor relatives still living in the area.

I would appreciate it if you could let me know if any of this O'Connor family are still in the area or if you could pass my request on to someone who might know the O'Connors.

I thank you so much for your time. And I beg your pardon for imposing on you like this but your Lyracrompane site just pushed me to take a gamble.

And once again, thank you for your time.   

Brian John Hickey
( If anybody has family info for Brian please contact: )


Hi Kay and Joe,
Saw the lovely photos of the snow on the internet. It'll hardly last till we get home in May!!
Lil (Roche), Sin Ann, Aidan and Ciara Cheah in sweltering Singapore



Hi Joe & Kay.
Thank you for keeping us up to date with what is going on in Lyreacrompane.
It is like I never left,

Keep up the good work.
Hope to catch up with you in the New Year .


Mary & Seamus Orr (Nash)


Dear Kay and Joe,

Just a brief note to say on my trip home Oct. 24 to Nov. 11. With my brother Tom took a ride to the "Glen" hoping to say "hello" , a man who was doing some work, said you were not around. This was Friday Nov.9. What a grand home you have and what a view, lots of luck, sorry I missed you.
I enjoy the website check it out regularly.

Bill (Willie)

Willie Murphy (centre) with brother Tom and his son William at a wedding while at home on a visit from New York recently.

I hope to connect to anyone who might know this family!

Ellen Stack born May 1874  to Edmond Stack and Julia Kirby of Banemore.
Ellen had a brother Martin Stack also
Ellen and Martin ended up in the States.

Thank you for any help in tracing possible relatives of Ellen Stack. (1874) and her brother Martin Stack
e.mail me at 


Just a few thoughts on the name Lyreacrompane/Ladhar an Chrompáin…

LADHAR = space between toes or fingers……the cleft in a hoof…… the fingered portion of a hand / a handful / a handgrip……….a natural fork or promontory / the land between 2 converging rivers or hills………..(hollow).

‘’an ladhar mhór’’ = the big toe
‘’ ladhar mine’’ = a handful of meal
‘’ladhar bóithre’’ = a road-fork / bifourchement
‘’ladhar leacha’’ = melting fork / one who intervenes with unfortunate results / a malaprop

LADHAR NA GAOITHE = windy hollow-------a placename in Cork

CROMPÁN = a twisted knotty beam of wood……a tree trunk…..a stump or root of bog timber…a block of wood………..a dry lump in a bog or marsh….a small holm… eyot….a high river bank……an inlet of a river / a creek…….

. . Ladhar a’ Chrompáin …………(The) Ladhar of the Crompán……..Ladhar an Chrompáin…

Brian Caball Tralee


Hi all,

The recent election reminded me of the following joke.

The election campaign had become fairly bitter and when the two opponents met at a social gathering it was a chance to make a pact to stop insulting each other. "Let's make a clean fight of it,” said the Fianna Fail man "I promise to stop telling LIES about you." "That's fair, "said the Fine Gael man, "and I will stop telling the TRUTH about you."

And finally…. The old gentleman came to the doctor with the exciting news that he was going to marry a 20--year -old bride. ”Well, I think at your age you should take things easy, in fact I think you should take in a lodger,” said the doctor. A year later he bumped into the old man and asked how was married life. "The wife's pregnant 1 am happy to say," said the old man, and with a wink and a nudge he added,” thanks for that advice about taking in a lodger. She's pregnant too."

Joe Quille, Limerick


Does anyone have any information about my paternal grandmother, Catherine Sullivan Kelly of Lyreacrompane?

Eileen Cocke, Spring Branch, Texas


Hi all,

I came across the following ballad recently.  It mentions the TD's salary as being £3,000 so that must date it back in the '50s.  With elections on the way I thought it might give people a laugh. Wonder who wrote it?

Jack Edgeward, Birmingham


I'm no budding politician, though all in Clon are wishing,
To place me up in Dublin in the Dail,
In a seat so soft and cosy, with the future prospects rosy,
Three thousand pounds a year my own to call.

Though I love my country dearly, such a lob of money yearly,
Would never coax me to accept that seat,
Without the gift of "spouting" and too refined for shouting
The other side would have me at their feet.

Then I'd have to dress as swanky as the richest touring Yankee,
Wear a collar stiff and neat, the whole year round,
Every morning I'd be "tearing", in a rage most awful swearing
As the elusive stud could not be found.

My shoes we'd have to polish and like the oath abolish
All” foreign substance" on them too, you see
Made in Eire too, I'd style them, my finger nails I'd file them,
To make myself a spick and span T.D.

Of course I'd have to chatter about the things that matter
For the country's good, in calm and forceful voice,
Till the people all who voted No 1 for me, had noted
How really wise and pleasing was their choice.

I should speak about inflation and its danger to the Nation,
Although at school a dunder head was I,
The advantages of tilling, growing wheat for Irish milling,
The market for our livestock bye and bye.

In my youthful days when schooling, teacher slapped me once for fooling,
And said 'twas "awful rude" to answer back,
How could I now when preaching, throw aside her learned teaching
With the memory still upon me, of each smack.

Now you see why fame I'm shunning and away from fortune running,
A politician's life is full of strife
Though the nation's call is binding, I'll serve it better minding
The little tasks I meet in daily life.


Hello all.
I'm researching the Walsh family from Castleisland and/or Ballymacelligot who are related to the BOYLE-BLENNERHASSETT marriage
combination. James W. Boyle married Elizabeth BH about 1880-1886
(he from Castleisland, she from Ballymacelligott). I had always heard that the Walshes were cousins to the Boyle chidren, but could never make the
connection. Other BOYLES involved were Thomas, Jane, and Sarah,
James's siblings (born 1843-1852). Any help in making these
connections would be greatly appreciated. I've not been able to find
the relationship. I'm assuming one of the children from the siblings
married a Walsh, but no luck yet finding out who. No luck yet
finding out if the cousins were from the Blennerhassett side either.
Elizabeth was one of 13 children of Arthur BH of Ballymacelligot.

Maureen Gamble []

Seeking info on (BOYLE, BLENNERHASSETT, WALSH, POFF, GROVE, TEER) all of Kerry


Hi Guy's,

Just checking out the photo from Mick Sheehy. The woman in dark clothes third row on the extreme right, looks like our next door neighbour in Knockanebrack , Paddy Hickey's wife Joan (nee Stack). Front row right looks like my sister Catherine, but then others looked like that too back then. Anyway, hope you publish all when you identify them.

Wishing you and all around Lyreacrompane a wonderful and safe Christmas season and the best in 2007.

Regular viewer of the site,
Willie Murphy.


Is there anyone who lives in or near Listowel and who might be able to help me to research a part of my Barrett family line ? First of all, I'm interested in knowing where my great great grandparents( Edmond Barrett and Mary Corridan) might be interred ? All of their children, including my great grandmother Catherine( June 10, 1866) were baptized at St. Mary's in Listowel. I wonder if there might be a cemetery associated with that Church where Edmond and Mary might be interred?

Secondly, my great great grandmother, Mary Corridan was not originally from St. Mary's. To date, I don't know what parish Mary might have known as her home parish and as a result, I can't find a marriage certificate nor the names of Edmond or Mary's parents.

However, I've recently found a connection here in Massachusetts between the Barrett family and a Seward family, both having emigrated to Holyoke, MA. I believe that I've found a family connection between the two families in the person of Catherine Barrett who was married to Simon Seward also from Listowel. I'm hoping that a marriage certificate may be found at St. Mary's for that marriage which would have occurred most probably between 1855 and 1865 by my estimate. Any ideas as to how I might find proof of that marriage ?

Any suggestions would be helpful...

Thanks in advance; Merry Christmas and Happy and productive 2007 !!

Ed O'Connor
Hudson,MA        e-mail;


The following obituary is taken from the Chicago Tribune May 20, 1923


Daniel Howard, beloved husband of Bernice, nee Golden , father of
John and Edward; brother of John, Mrs. Edward Brennan, Mrs Michael Brennan, Edward,  Thomas, and Mrs. Dennis Hickey.
Native of RATHEA, LISTOWEL, County Kerry, Ireland. at residence 5135 Lowe Aven.
Does anyone have info on HOWARDS from Rathea Listowel?

Nan   e-mail;


Hello Joe,

Just to say how much i enjoy reading your web page. keep up the good work. from your friend Sean Griffin, Limerick.

 p/s we seldom see you these days.  Why ?

(Haven't gone away you know!!! Good to hear from you, Sean.  Hope to get back to the market before Christmas).


Hi Kay and Joe,

Just returned after our trip home, had a great time. Stopped in to Lyreacrompane Church, viewed the photos from the  opening in 1956.

You guy's have a great trip to England

Bill (Willie) Murphy.

(Should have given us a call Bill.  Don't forget  next time.   We are looking forward to the Irish Rambling House trip to England.  Wonder if we would go down well in America?)



Here are some Limericks I put together.  Would anyone else like to try? 

Liam in Leeds

A silly young man from Muingwee
Was certain that he was a bee
Said his doctor don't fuss
Just give us a buzz
When ever you’ve saved up my fee.

The cowboy was let out on bail
After telling the Judge this weird tale
For he swore it was true
That the hammer he drew
Was only for hitting the trail

The diner in anger had made
A complaint "bout the egg as he paid
Said the waiter "Not me”
For it's plain to see
‘Twas only the table I layed"

The Eskimos igloo is neat
Designed, the cold wind for to beat
But when roads are ice bound
They still get around
By just simply gritting their teeth.

‘Twas difficult for to ignore
The thief as he boasted once more
That his little son Jake
His first steps did take -
From the shed of the painter next door.

We humans have awful bad luck
To find ourselves firmly stuck
Since the day of our birth
On a place known as earth
Named after a substance like muck.

A silly young robber named Grant
Stole a shrub from a gardener named Trant
When ‘twas found in his place
Young Grant based his case
On a claim that the find was a plant

The old father's head was so bare
His young son could not help but stare
And wonder why so
Dad continued to grow
Till his head grew right up through his hair.

A dwarf is supposed to have said
That a joke book which he had just read
About those who are small
Didn't offend at all
For it all just went over his head.

There once was a man called Ted
Who had little hair on his head
On his scull it is true
Many rabbits he drew
Hoping each one would like a hair (hare).

A foreman decided to trick
A young man from Kerry called Mick
In a corner he laid
A shovel and a spade
And told him to go take his pick.

A little giraffe they named Pete
Grew a neck that was long as a street
Then he told his mates why
His head was so high
Cause he can't stand the smell of his feet.

A school child from Bonn, Susan Keller
Is hopeless at maths so they tell her
But from school she won't mitch
And they say she's a witch
For she’s top of the class as a speller.

(If you have composed a Limerick and it's printable!!! send it to us at )


Wouldn’t this old world be better
If the folk we met would say
“I know something good about you”,
And treat us that way.

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy
If each handclasp warm and true
Carried with it an assurance…
“I know something good about you

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
If we praised the good we see
For there is such a lot of goodness
In the worst of you and me.

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice
That fine way of thinking too
“You know something good about me”
“I know something good about you”

Bridie Quille, Limerick and Lyre


Thank you for the wonderful photos covering the 50th anniversary of Sacred Heart Church. I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you ... I remember 'footing' turf after school to raise money for the new Church. I really enjoyed 'visiting' this holy ground by means of this web site.
Thank you.
Sister Eileen Enright ( Eilymay)

(Glad to hear that the website helps to keep you in touch Sr Eileen.   There was a special mention at the ceremony for those who raised money for the building of the church 50 years ago.)



I enjoyed all the pictures and games especially red square. Thank you. We are going to use it in our school tomorrow.

Thank you from Conor


Thank you for the games. They are really good. We enjoyed them here in England. I got 15 in Red Square.

(Glad to see that the games are of interest.  Anyone do better than 15?)


Hi Kay,
Great coverage of photos of the anniversary of Lyre Church, would like to have been there. Remember well when it was opened, we used
to have mass at the old N.S. during the construction.
Am I correct, are those in one of the photo is my cousins wife and her
daughter Kathleen and Joanne O'Connell with the bishop, my namesake.
Will be arriving home on Saturday morning for a couple of week to
visit with family in Kerry and Limerick and the "Passing out" of a niece
at the Garda College Templemore.

All the best, Bill Murphy

(Thanks Bill for drawing our attention to the error. It is indeed Kathleen and Joanne O'Connell.  We have made the correction. Hope you enjoy your trip home)


Hi Rosemary,

I've just found your request. Whilst I don't have any information on Jeremiah Buckley, I would be interested in knowing if he was related to the owners of a shop that used to be called Buckley's Drapery in William Street , Listowel.
Sincerely Hanoria   e-mail;

(This refers to an earlier message down the page.  Hope rosemary is still looking in)


Hi everyone

Some good ones I heard lately...

No Change
The census taker told the mayor of the small town that he was puzzled about the town's population . For the past five years he had been on the job the population was the same, 1,503. "Must be something wrong.", he claimed. "No", said the mayor. "It's always been 1,503." "But don't you have babies?" "Yep", said the mayor, "and every time we do some bloke has to leave town."

The chances
Johnny had been a big time gambler and all his racing friends had assembled in the small church for his funeral. With heads bowed they heard the priest solemnly intone. "Our friend Johnny is not dead , he merely sleeps”. when a voice from the back of the church said. "I've got a hundred to say he won't wake up."

Two gamblers from Lyre Bill and Pat were on holidays in Italy and visited the Vatican. They were the last to leave the Cistine Chapel and happened to see a white robed figure fall down some stairs. They recognised him as the Pope and he was stone dead.
The first Vatican authority on the scene begged them not to-say anything for 24 hours. There were world-wide implications. The gamblers from Lyre agreed. After all, they were flying home that night. On the plane one of them had a brilliant idea. "As soon as we land I am going straight to Paddy Powers and getting great odds on the life of the Pope."
"Sounds like a great idea,” said Pat his mate.
It was two days before the Pope's death was announced and the first gambler Bill made a fortune. "And what about you Pat ,” he asked.
"Nothing at all,” admitted Pat "I took the Pope in a double with the Bishop of Kerry.

Joe Quille (Limerick)


My great grandmother was Catherine Barrett, daughter of Edward(Edmond?) Barrett and Mary Corriden(sp?). Catherine was one of ten children and she was baptized on or about June 10, 1866 at St. Mary's Church in Listowel. The other siblings were Margaret, Joanna, Mary, Johanna, Ellen, Bridget, John, Thomas and Honora. All of the children were born and baptized within a range of 1860-1880.

Catherine and at least two of her siblings( Margaret and Johanna) emigrated to Holyoke, MA (my birthplace) but I know nothing of the other siblings nor the parents.

Is there anyone researching families from Listowel who might know whether St. Mary's had its own cemetery? Does anyone have access to the 1901 census for Listowel who might be able to check regarding Edward (Edmond) Barrett and his family?

Thanks in advance for any possible help.

Ed O'Connor  e-mail;


My name is Karen and I live in New Zealand.
I have recently begun searching for the origins of my G/G/Grandmother's Family. Her name was Elizabeth McAuliffe and she was born in 1862 at Castleisland, County Kerry. Her Parents were Cornelius McAuliffe and Mary Ahearne.  I am finding Irish research extremely difficult from NZ. Any tips or information would be wonderful. Elizabeth came to NZ in 1885. I believe that Cornelius's Father was John McAuliffe and that Mary's father was Michael Aherne. They were married on 20/2/1865 at the catholic cathedral Castleisland Co Kerry. There residence was listed as " Woodview" and it was registered at Tralee. Does Woodview mean anything to anyone? Thank you for taking the time to read my inquiry.

Kind regards Karen in NZ     e-mail;


Wishing the committee of the big "Dan Paddy Andy" festival the best
of luck, I am sure many of my relatives will spend some time there.
Wish we could be there, but we have plans to visit in October. Enjoy
checking and reading the Lyreacrompane site, keep up the good work.

I see two of my classmates are among your committee , Chris and
Michael. Again all the best to you Kay and Joe from a very hot
Maryland USA.

Willie Murphy.


Dear Joe

 I was thinking that the next time you are updating "Your Page" you might retire "Getting it Wrong the Mother Superior joke and if you want to do that, you can take your pick from any of the following, and if I don’t see you in the meantime ,the very best of luck to you and Kay and the committee of the upcoming Dan Paddy festival. 

Best wishes from myself, Bridie and Tommy.

(Thanks Joe - see under Humour on the left of the page)


Hi again from Helen in Brisbane.  This is my cousin Mary Orr (Nash) and her husband Seamus who called to see me recently.  Mary lives in Melbourne about a thousand miles from me.  Australia is certainly a big country!!! Hi to all Mary's brothers and sisters in Lyreacrompane, Kerry and further afield.


Does anyone know how to get an official Baptismal certificate
from a Parish? I have from the Extract of Baptism at Duagh
Parish Church information on my great-grandmother which
includes date of baptism, name of child, name of parents, and
page number of reference. What is the procedure for getting
an official certficate written up?

Thank you for any info!

Laura from Massachusetts.  e-mail:


Hi all

This is a photo of a group with Lyre connections who visited us here in Brisbane recently. They include Hanna Mai Collins and daughters, Noreen Sheehy and Loretto Sheehy.  We really enjoyed their visit and all the gossip from home.



I am trying to find the death date of Jeremiah Buckley in Listowel. At one
time he was the assistant registrar for Listowel and signed many documents. He
also ran a draper's shop in Listowel. He is in the 1901 census in Listowel
with his wife, Frances Flaherty, and some of his children. I could not find
him in 1911 but did not have much time to search. He was born in late 1835 and
was the son of Daniel and Mary Collins Buckley of Coolkeragh. He was my

Thanks for any help.

Rosemary.   Replys to


What's worse than a pub with no beer...?
Living in Grand Rapids Michigan and having to shovel snow 189 days a year!!!
Anyway...just wanted to say "HI!" and "Slante" to everyone back there in civilization!!
Up Kerry!

Tom Lane
(and my son Conor) < he is outside shovelling snow!!


When my grandmother Julia Howard (later Mrs. Edw.Brennan) arrived in
Chicago in 1907  her passenger manifest (Ellis Island) states she was going to her  "Cousin Nora Ahern" who was living at 1343 Watson Ave. Chicago.

Travelling with grandma from Listowel was Catherine Dillon.
Catherine Dillon also stated her destination was "Cousin Nora Ahern"
of the same Watson Ave address in Chicago.

Catherine Dillon listed her father as Thomas Dillon of Listowel.

Does anyone have either this CATHERINE DILLON or NORA AHERN in their families?

Nan     e.mail;


Hi all,

Just  thought you'd like to see that I am keeping Bertie up to speed with  national and international matters!!!

Tommy Quille

Limerick and Lyreacrompane


Am looking for the family of Edmond Scanlon who was born about 1854 in County Kerry. Came to the US through Boston in 1875, joined the Army and served as an Indian fighter and later as a tailor in Wyoming and Nebraska. He settled in Leavenworth Co., KS by 1900 and died there in 1906.
Any evidence of where in County Kerry he might have come from would be

Peg Stainer  e-mail


Kay and Joe,

Great job on the Lyreacrompane Web Site ...
love the photos, etc. Best wishes to all!

Sr. Eileen Enright (Eilymay) Sacramento Ca


Can any one help with William SHEEHY, a labourer and a widower (son of Patrick SHEEHY) married Eliza/Elizabeth McCARTHY,a servant, at Brosna, Tralee, on 22 Dec 1863, both "living at Kilmanahan". He was listed in Griffiths Valuation living at West Kilmanahan/Kilmanaheen. Who was his 1st wife? Did they have any children? What was his mother's name? Did William have any brothers or sisters?
William and Eliza moved to London and in the Census it was stated they were born at Kilmanahan. Would appreciate any help with this family.
Many thanks
Cynthia (NZ)   e-mail;



I  am working on a Kilmanihan West family (Mortimer SHEEHAN & Ellen Whyte/White; their children Mary 1874, Daniel 1876 & Mortimer abt 1878.)
I'm unable to figure out where their local Catholic parish was. They weren't in Knocknagaschal or Brosna.   Any ideas where else to look?

Molly      e-mail:


Can anyone connect to the following:

John Leen b1861 lived in Ballymacelligott area.
Father - Edmond Leen
Mother-Bridget McElligott.

Angela. uk  e-mail 


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