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1831. To start the work he borrowed £1,000 from a Quaker banker in Cork and also various sums from neighbouring priests; the one most frequently mentioned was Fr. John Twomey P.P. of Droumtariffe - his first cousin - paying him back the principal and 5%. There was £700 still owing to the Cork bank in 1846 when the bishop Dr. Egan gave him that sum to clear off the debt. This was part of the endowment of the Presentation Convent, and the interest of £35 a year was payable to the sisters. As a security for the £700 Fr. Fitzpatrick took out a life insurance with the Royal Exchange Insurance in Cork on the life of Sister Anne, a young lay sister in the Convent. The annual premium on the policy amounted to £17.17s. This and the £35 a year for the Convent had to come out of the collections at the chapel doors every Sunday and Holyday. Sister Anne died within a short time thus relieving Fr. Fitzpatrick of the heavy burden.


I should have mentioned a famous teacher, John O'Mahony, from Macroom who taught classics and maths here in 1864 and 1876 and produced some of the outstanding scholars in the Kerry diocese. I may conclude by reference to the families of the parish as written by Fr. Ferris in 1935: "Murphy families are the most numerous in the parish, including 68 families in Sraid an Mhuilinn and 30 in Cuileann.; our parish contains what is probably the greatest concentration of Murphys in all Ireland. We suggest that their distinguished ancestor is Murchu, son of Brian Boru." But lest anyone else gets jealous, let us see what the note says about the Kellehers. Obviously it is one of that great family who wrote the note, for he says: "Now that I am speaking of the Kellehers it is better to quote my authority verbatim, lest there should be people evil-minded enough through jealousy of our illustrious descent to say that I am making it up. Here is Father Wolfe's article on the Kellehers ("Irish names and surnames")- 'O'Ceileachair - descendant of Ceilechar, companion, dear, spouse-loving; the name of a well-known family in Cork and Kerry. They are of Dalcassian origin, being descended from Donnchua, brother of Brian Boru. They were the second most numerous clan in Sraid an Mhuilinn, having 57 families; in Cuileann they share the honour of fifth place with the O'Keeffees and O'Sullivans numbering 8 families. We are not finished yet with Brian Boru, for example the O'Hickeys were the hereditary physicians to the O'Briens of Thomond. They were the second most numerous clan in Cuileann numbering 17 families. There were 15 families in Sraid and Mhuilinn so the clan was the tenth most numerous there. The Twomeys had 12 families in Drisean but only one in Cuileann and of course the O'Tuama clan was also Dalcassian. The O'Regans too were descended from Brian Boru's brother".3 8


Script not available. (Jack Lane)

Manuscript notes by P O'M: - Eoghannachta: Riordans, Corkerys, Twomeys, Dineens, Lucys and so forth. McCarthys. - Miss Katherine Linehan has informed me in St Patrick's Guest House, Wellington Rd., Cork on Friday 30 Sept. 1971 that Mahon's death occurred near Millstreet. The spot is marked by a cairn. To find it you go by the Tanyard road to Tullig cross - the old coach road up the hill to the Kerryman's table. Down 38

below in a deep ravine (or 'depression', JL) is a cairn of stones

that marks where Mahon




battle with Maolmuidhe King of the Ui Eachdadh, the O'Mahonys,

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    Poets: Sean Clarach, Edward Walsh.

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    Dr. Moylan who became bishop of Kerry in June 1775 elicited a

her work to Killarney at the earliest opportunity. She died in 1793.




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