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Re the yearly publication of Knocknagoshal Celt, Then and Now by
Luke Keane and I was very interested in it. For years I have been trying
to figure out where to get a copy of this magazine. I'd be interested in
getting copies of past editions, too, since my O'Connor ancestors
come from there. Do you know where I can get them from?
Would anyone have info on this couple from Listowel in Co Kerry
Kay and Joe,
Received from my cousin Billy a copy of the very entertaining "Lyre
Journal. It was great reading the numerous items and viewing the various
(We have passed on George's address to William)
I am still looking for Shanahans, Scanlons, Stacks and Enrights of
County Kerry! I cannot believe that my GG Grandfather Patrick Shanahan
(1825 to 1907), the 3rd of 14 children born to Patrick Shanahan and
Margaret Neil lost complete touch with his siblings but for the last 25
years, I have not found the name of a single one of his siblings.
I am trying to find information on Carmody. William Michael Carmody was
born County Kerry (townland and parish unknown) supposedly on June
28,1834 (I have no documentation to support the date). Apparently came
to Canada in 1863 where he married a Margaret Whalen who was born in
Ireland in 1837 (County unknown). She shows up in Ontario, Canada in the
1852 Census. I am trying to locate anybody that would have a connection
to this family.
Hi Joe and Kay,
Just a quick note to let you know I have been going through your web site .....excellent. I had better introduce myself....Michael's daughter Kitty from Ballyrehan.
All the best, God Bless
Hi Kerry people:
Is anyone available to do a lookup up in 1901 or 1911 Kerry censes - Preferably 1901.
Kilfeighny Parish Townlands of Braumaddra (Bromodera/Brommodera) and Lyracrumpane (Lyrecrumpane)
Looking for John Howard married to Mary or Margaret Walsh;
Known children are John Daniel Dora Julia Thomas Edward. Another daughter who married a Hickey, don't seem to have a given name on her.
Two of the sons John and Daniel left around 1901, but they were back and forth a few times so they could be in either or neither censes. Dora and Julia came later and both should be in the 1901 census. I believe that Thomas, Edward and the other daughter all stayed in Ireland.
Appreciate any help one can give.
I'm helping a friend out from Australia. She has a Timothy Cronin b1834 Castleisland Co Kerry......son of Timothy Cronin. If anyone has an interest in this name in Castleisland or can help us further I would be delighted to hear from you. Best regards, Kevin. Kevin McCormack, Co Cork, Ireland
My father, J. Cyril O'Connor, had a best friend in Rockaway Beach, New York named Edward Talbot Nolan. As a young girl I remember them making fun remarks about being cousins but I can't confirm that. Cyril died in 1969 and I believe Ed died before that. Ed and his wife had one daughter. I sent her a letter over a year ago but she never answered me. (I know she's alive and well because she's in a church group with a good friend of mine but she obviously doesn't want to participate, if you know what I mean). Does the name Edward Talbot Nolan fall from anyone's family tree?
John Thomas Doody born Circa 1860-62 in Listowel Co Kerry, second son of Thomas Doody from Listowel. Found a Thomas Doody that came here to Australia, born 1857 in Listowel, Father Thomas Doody too, Mother Catherine.
My Grandmother was Catherine Doody, first born child of John Thomas Doody. I'm thinking this Thomas Doody who was born in Listowel Co Kerry May have been my Johns brother or cousin, though Thomas went to another State in Australia.
Question. With Irish naming patterns if my lot followed them, My Grandmother Catherine Doody being first born daughter and child of John Doody, would she have been named after John's mother??? I was named after my Grandmother. Love to find someone else researching Doody in Listowel or Co Kerry, Thinking maybe name might have originally been O'Dowd. Anyone know the origin of the names O'Dowd or Doody in Ireland?
Thank you Regards from Australia,Cathy email@example.com
My ggrandmother was a Reidy and her husband was a Dillon. She was
from near Knocknagoshel in Kerry and he was from Limerick, probably
parish of Glin.
Thanks. Rosemary (RosemaryBuettner@cs.com)
I am looking for information regarding Julia Bunce b 1868 in Listowel. Came to US about 1880 Married Thomas Fitzgerald
JAMES PERRO [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I discovered your web site lyreacrompane.com by accident. But glad I did. The pictures are really good. Keep up the good work.
I found the following extract from a local 'alphabet' song about the murder of a landlord. It's quoted in a book. 'Songs of Irish Rebellion', the source being the 'Times' issue of 17th.February,1886... A is for Arthur who was shot in the heart. B is for Bullett that shot him down smart. C is for Constables who came in great haste. D is for Davis who was first at the place. E is for English who mourn his loss. F for the Fatal spot. Lisheenbawn Cross.
Declan O' Connor email@example.com
Hi Joe & Kay
It is great to be able to log in to Lyreacrompane. I was born and reared in Lyre. I was Nash before I married. Michael & Lizzie Nash were my parents so that makes you Joe and I cousins so keep up the good work. I meet Helen on Sunday night. She is looking forward to her holidays. Hope to hear from you
Would anyone have any information regarding Timothy Cronin who was
(Any replies to
Hello from Tarbert,
Thank you very much for sending photo of Chloe and Blossie. Yes we did enjoy dog show at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival. It was much bigger than we expected. We will be there again next year. Thanks very much
Regards Catriona Griffin
Hi Joe and Kay,
Just going through your website, makes me homesick, never knew there was so many birds in Lyre, also all the other wildlife . The whole site is so very interesting. It's good to be able to check in and find out what's happening
Really enjoyed it.
Regards Helen. Brisbane, Australia
Looking for any information on John Lyons who married my ggf sister
Hanora Walsh Feb 14 1885 in Ballybunion. Hanora was from Coolkeragh -
daughter of Thomas Walsh and Catherine Mulvihill and John was the son of
Patrick Lyons of Duagh. Any connections?
Thought you might like a verse about a famous Australian bushranger. It's called Morgan and was written by an Edward Harrington.
James Murphy (Perth and Knocknagashel)
My name is Julie Nolan I am looking for my grandmother by the name of Catherine Casey. She born around 1933 or 1934. Her father's name was Timothy Casey. She married in 1954 to Nolan (my grandfather) in England. I am lead to believe that she was brought up in Lyreacrompane. This is all the information I have that family members have told me.
I am look for a actual date of birth or anymore information. Is there anyway of getting hold of church records. Are any of the family living in the area.
I know you must get a number of request asking for this sort information but I would be very grateful if someone could help me.
(We are delighted that progress has been made on the above request)
I have been checking the Lyre site and like the updates. Was tuned on Sunday evening to Radio Kerry and the show from the "Four Elms". Very good, unfortunately I will be unable to tune in next Sunday evening as we will be out of state with no access to a computer. I understand my sister-in-law Noreen Murphy will be singing a number in that segment of the show, sorry that I will miss it.
Anyway keep up the good work and say "Hi" to Joe,
Bill Murphy (USA)
Looking for the Stacks Mountains
Wondering if anyone could help me. My grandfather is Edward Stack who
The townland of Stacks Mountains is in County Kerry just south of the Tralee/Listowel Road about half ways between the towns. The mountains (really hills) of that name are centred on that townland and stretch for a few miles southwards. If any one knows how the Stacks Mountains came to get their name please let us know and we will pass on the info to Justin. (Ed)
I was driving through Lyreacrompane recently and and couldn't help but notice all the wind turbines. I wonder what the people of the area think of these and is there any Don Quixotes out there tilting at them?
Gail O'Brien Fenit
Any comments on Gail's observations. (Ed)
Lanes of Mount Eagle
I’m wondering if anyone would have any information on Lanes of Mt Eagle Brosna. I am searching for uncles. Michael Lane was born around 1904. He joined the Connacht Rangers out in Germany but I have no dates of when he joined. I do know he died at home at the age of 18 or 19. His parents were Michael Lane and Nora Donoghue. I am also looking for information on a train accident that occurred in Rugby England about 1950, which killed my Uncle Aeneas Lane. He was taken home to be buried. Wondering if there was anything in old news papers about this? If anyone has any information on this family I would be grateful to hear from them.
If you can help contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with Maggie. (Ed)
Listowel Writers group
Just to let everyone know that the
Listowel Writers Group meets at the Seanachaie Centre in the Square on
the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Sessions are very
informal and all efforts are appreciated with the emphasis being on
constructive criticism and the enjoyment of writing, both prose and
poetry. New members will be made very welcome.
I am seeking relatives of Timothy Hartnett born in 1877 in Duagh, the son of Timothy Hartnett and Mary Barry (daughter of Garrett Barry). I will be visiting Duagh in May and would like to meet with anyone having a connection to the Hartnett family. Our grandmother was Timothy's sister.
If you can help contact us at email@example.com and we will put you in contact with Mary. (Ed)
Great stuff Kay - I really enjoyed reading Lyre news , etc.,
Dear Kay and Joe
Your site is off to a fabulous start - the pictures of landscapes and wildlife really set it off and give a wonderful "feel" for the land. It is very inviting for the new viewer and no doubt very nostalgic for those who already know it's many pleasures and residents. Congratulations!
By the way, Dad always said he was born in Lyreacrompane. His
Birth Certificate shows Clahane Lisbret. Clahane Lisbret is not in
the townlands listed on your Home Page. Is the name just outside the
borders of Lyre or missed off the listing or spelt differently or
disappeared over the years?
The hand writing on Birthcerts can often be difficult to make out. The townland referred to is Cloghaneliskirt. The English language spelling for Cloughan (which means a small stone hut) is Clahane. Oral history has it that Eliskert was the name of a monk who lived in such a hut there. The reason for believing it to be a monk is that the next townland is called Cloughannagleragh - The stone hut of the clerics. (Ed)
Thanks for the website update; I look forward to reading it. We hope to come to Ireland in the next year or two for a visit as Bill hasn't been to Kerry. All the best for 2005,
Diane Barnett Texas
My name is John Doran and I am seeking any in formation on the family of Michael Doran born c1818, married Mary Burke (Bourke) 25 Feb 1838 Castleisland Co Kerry both aged 20yrs. Who were Michael's family and did he have any siblings. Michael and Mary arrive Australia between 1838 and 1842, a son David was born 1842 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, so he says on his marriage registration. There is no way of checking if this is true as the RC records for this period no longer exist. Michael is not on the convicts list. I remain forever,
Yours for Ireland
Replys to firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Martin Mahoney. I was born and reared in Muingaminane. While surfing the net I came upon your web site. It was a joy to browse the site and it brought back a lot of memories. I am very much interested in ordering your music and Journal. Please let me know how. Is it possible to order the back issues of the journal?.
Your help in this will be greatly appreciated.
I am probably related to half of Lyre. My Grandmother, Julia Morrissey (Kirby) was from Maugha. Her mother was O'Connor. (We still have cousins in Maugha). I am currently living in the Dominican Republic.
Anyway, to make a long story short. I was thrilled to see your website, and hope that it becomes more of a reunion page in the future.
All the best,
Veronica Cassidy Barry (probably a long lost cousin)
Delighted that www.lyreacrompane.com is now more interactive as suggested by Veronica. So keep your messages coming and let us know if we should publish your full name and e-mail address. (Ed)
Hi Joe and Kay,
Just a few words to wish you all the best for the Festival this year. Would love to have been there to celebrate with you. But you never know! Hello to all my family and school friends from Lyreacrompane.
Cheers from Down Under. Helen and Nick
I just logged on to your website. It is very impressive, I want to walk along the Carrig bog road the next time I'm at home in Ireland TG.
Sincerely, Patrick in Chicago
Just a couple of items from a stormy Renagown. The poem I submit knowing your concern for the environment. Portnard is up in the Tipperary hills but the sentiments could apply to almost any townland in the country. Getting paid to travel around our beautiful countryside is brilliant - the downside is that I also witness its wanton destruction, often for greed.
Cheers, Mike Gallagher.
Past Dromkeen’s crossroad willow,