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Congratulations to Louisburgh-Killeen Heritage Group on the launch of the new website, the design is fabulous and there is so much to explore! You have compiled a treasure trove of local history and heritage material and the An Coinneal series is an invaluable addition. Fantastic work by dedicated community volunteers.
Ed is my grandfather on my father,’s side. Emmett was my Godfather. My grandfather Edward married Elizabeth Whitmore. I was looking up Emmet, he and I were very close. This came up. I was excited to see this photo as I also have a copy of it.
To ‘dar’: Yes. There is a typing error in my original post. Bridget McEvilly is the daughter or Wattie McEvilly. I still don’t think that he was the Archbishop’s brother. I’ve found obituaries for various ancestors which mention that they were distant relatives of the Archbishop. I’ve also made contact with a living McEvilly who is a cousin of mine. He said that his family don’t believe that we’re related to the Archbishop at all. It looks as if I’ll never get any closer to finding out the truth.
Thank you for a beautiful piece of writing. It’s bound to bring back memories to a lot of people of all ages. But I don’t think the community realised all the work involved by all your family. Sure we thought Davy did it all! Regards and thanks to all your family.
Are there plans to survey the old Kilgeever graveyard near the Holy Well?
James, are you missing a generation? Delia & Jim were married in 1924, so born about 1900, Bridget and Ed O’Malley were married in 1875 so born about 1850. Could Bridget McEvilly be the daughter of Walter “Wattie” McEvilly thereby being the niece of the Archbishop?
Hi there. I am currently working on a publication about Lucy Franks of the ICA and was wondering is anyone out there has any information on these Rossturk summer school photographs? Thank you
Just reading this amazing poem here with my 100 year old Louisburg born mum, Nora Hawkes nee Duggan. It is a superbly written poem. Thank you so much for writing and sharing it.
So lovely to see your beautiful photos. By any chance would you have any photos of Sarah Cannon and her brother, my grandfather Thomas Cannon. She married William (dan). I would be so very grateful.
We have much to learn from simpler times and too much time on yearning.
Hi! I hope you all see this as it’s several years later. My great-grandmother was Mary Gibbons Casey (Born 1877) siblings were Catherine, Richard, Bridget and Marget.
Her parents were William Gibbons (1850-1926) and Margaret Gibbons (1871-1928) They we’re buried in Altoona, PA. I have same information about William’s parents (Peter and Mary) it’s listed in that obituary that siblings are Michael, James and John. I’m wondering if these three brothers are the same?
Thank you so much for your response. I thought that my great great grandmother, Maggie McHale, was related to Norah O’Malley but hadn’t been able to find any documents to back that up so it’s great to have it confirmed.
I’ve just read your message out to my mum, Barbara, and she remembers your dad’s visit to Fazakerley in 1948. She said she can remember him playing the piano. We live on the Wirral Peninsula, so probably not too far from Walter.
I have a few more photos from Maime’s visit to Louisburgh that may be of interest to your dad so hopefully we can get in touch soon.
Please pass on our regards to Walter.
Best wishes, Margi.
Very interesting reading your article. I have some news for you. The “Walter” trying to his ride his bike in the third picture is alive and well! Walter Burke, my Father, was born in Louisburgh in 1929. He emigrated to England in 1956 and lives with his wife not too far from yourself if you’re still in Liverpool. His Grandmother was Norah O’Malley neé McHale – Maggie McHale’s Sister, which makes us cousins. He remembers Maime well when she visited Louisburgh and in fact stayed with your Great Grandfather John Michael and family when he visited England just before the War and for the Olympics in 1948. He tells me he got on famously with John Michael at the time. He is “flabbergasted” to read your article and if you would like to get in touch for more memories you would receive a warm welcome. I presume this could be arranged through the administrators. Darah Burke. 16.10.2020.
I’d be SO grateful if anyone could help me with a genealogical query. My mother is Celine Lyons, born in Shop Street, Westport in 1928. Her mother was Delia O’Malley married to Jim Lyons. I know that we are related to Archbishop McEvilly, but I’m not sure how. We have a Walter McEvilly who was born in 1818 and was brother of my great grandmother Bridget McEvilly (mother of Delia O’Malley). Some people’s family trees show ‘our’ Walter as a brother of the Archbishop, but I find that unlikely as the other Walter mentioned above was definitely the Archbishop’s brother. Could it be that there were two Walters as siblings? Also, ‘our’ Walter was born on Inishturk, but all the others were born in Louisburgh. My Ancestry DNA test shows that I’m related to the Archbishop’s mother, but I can’t find out how I’m related. I’ve spent hours on this and am still no closer to finding out the truth. Sadly, my mother is 92 and her memory is failing. I hope someone can help. It would mean the world to me.
This triggered so many fond memories of Sister Hillary and the other sisters when I was posted to Serabu Hospital in the mid 1980s as a US Peace Corps volunteer with experience in public health;they inspired me and the village folks to do the best we could to improve health practices in a culturally acceptable manner.
My maternal Grandmother and Grandfather came to America from Ballyhip and Louisburgh. She was Bridget Jennings, came in 1922, he was Martin O’Toole. I don’t know exactly when he came over but around the same time.
I see both surnames in these photos and both mothers of my grandparents were named Bridget. I wondered if there is a relation?
I live in Illinois, near to Chicago and welcome any information. Thank you.
Many thanks for this. Joe Murphy was my second cousin and a wonderful source of knowledge about history. My cousin Joe Keane often referred to the shipwreck. One story had it that they ran out of money to finish the church and prayed for timber.
The school picture: the lad in the back left was Tommy Duggan, Cahir, born in 1919.
Would anyone be able to assist me on researching my family on my Fathers side; My paternal Grandfather (Michael Toole b.circa 1900?) grew up in Louisburgh and his family home was close to the Morrison’s Hotel? I understand he was one of twelve? We have returned and never been able to find the house? We have been told it was bought/used by a BBC wildlife photographer? Any info would be appreciated so much. Thank you, Kate.
To Mary Kathleen….Yes. The farm in Ireland is still a working sheep farm. Still in the Lyons name. The farm and it’s owners are wonderful. If you go to site that says Accony school reunion, you will see a picture of Lyons twins walking with a pale of water up the road to a school house. Lyons farm is to their left. School house can be seen from the farm. You probably know this…but our great-grandfather bought a farm on the fox river that is now known as Lyons Prairie and Marsh. Also, My source shows that Mary Ellen’s grandfather was right. Great-great grandmother’s name was Mariah.
Celeste A Miller
To Mary Kathleen, we share the same great-grandparents. Your Grandpa was my great uncle Joe. I remember him and Aunt Irene well. Yes, the Lyons farm is still a working sheep farm. The Lyons family are wonderful people. It is a beautiful place on the ocean. See Accony School reunion site. A picture of Lyons twin girls walking with a pale of water towards school house (now a historical site). Lyons farm is to their left. You can see the school from the farm. Also, gg grandmothers name according to my paperwork is Mariah.
Celeste Harkins Miller July 15 2019
We’re back in Louisburgh again this weekend celebrating my mum Nora Hawkes (nee Duggan’s) 99th birthday! She’s still hail and hearty thank God and drives herself to daily mass. Any memories/photos you have of the family, please share?
In the 1901 census Peter is listed as 63 so my guess would be that Peter and John were brothers. Their farms were identified as 5 and 6 in Kilgeever. On the marriage certificate it listed John as Peter’s father and I would guess he was your John’s Father as well.
Greetings all from Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA.
My name is John Edward Hallinan, my father is Joseph Francis Hallinan, and his father (my grandfather) Edward Hallinan from Kilgeever, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, Ireland.
I am looking at a photo of CENSUS OF IRELAND, 1901 FORM A which lists my grandfather’s family members and their age;
John Hallinan – head of family – 52
Maggie Hallinan – wife – 42
Delia Hallinan – daughter – 16
Austin Hallinan – son – 12
Edward Hallinan – son – 10
Julia Hallinan – daughter – 8
Sebina Hallinan – daughter – 6
Anne Hallinan – daughter – 4
Ellen Hallinan – daughter
My guess is that this is the same family that others commented on.
From what I know, my grandfather, Edward Hallinan, left Ireland and went to England to make money to buy a ticket to emigrate to America He travelled in steerage as did many poor emigrants and arrived in Ellis Island in his late teens/early twenties.
He made his way to Altoona, PA to work of all places, on the railroad. He walked to work, never drove, and was asked to retire as he was getting “up there in years”, to which he then got another manual labour job working for the city in his late sixties/seventies.
Many a funny tale has been told of his exploits over the years (singing, drinking, dancing, fighting). Edward married Genevieve Conrad and they had several children John, Patrick, Austin, Margaret, Janie, Timothy and my father Joseph (who had 13 children, I’m number 12 out of 13).
I am wondering if Peter Hallinan is the grandfather of Edward Hallinan, as the father of Edward Hallinan appears to be John Hallinan per above?
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