This category contains information and records about the Fanning families from Thurles Co Tipperary. Related families from other parts of Ireland and general Irish historical background are also included here.
Johanna Fanning, daughter of William Fanning and Honora McCormack of Lisaroon, married William O’Connell on Feb 11, 1850 in Inch Parish Co Tipperary.
I came across this daughter when I realised that the priests of Drom Parish were entering the residence name places in the marriage registers. These unindexed registers are now online and free at https://registers.nli.ie/. Placenames being included on a few registers is incredibly helpful for family researchers.
Knowing that couples were nearly always wed in the bride’s parish I looked for Lisaroon in the margins of the Drom mariage registers and came across Johanna from Lisaroon. As far as I can tell there has only ever been one Fanning family in Lisaroon (Lissaroon) townland in Drom Parish, so she had to be a daughter of William Fanning and Honora McCormack. Harder to find grooms as they were married in the bride’s parish.
For a number of years I have been listening to Fin Dwyer’s Irish History podcasts. I love these podcasts and highly recommend them. He has recently got Irish Newspaper Archives to sponsor his work. They offered a discount to his listeners which I took up. (Just be careful you don’t get auto renewed at the end of your discounted month as I did!)
It was such a worthwhile investment of resources and time looking through these newspapers. I found all sorts of fascinating and interesting stories and facts about my ancestors. I found a couple of extensive obituaries on the O’Connells.
Johanna (Judy) Fanning and William O’Connell lived at Clonomocogue in Co Tipperary North and had four boys:
Michael was born on 6 Mar 1851 and his sponsors were Martin Eviston and Mary Duggin.
William was born on 11 Apr 1852 and his sponsors were Tom Fanning and Honora? Connell.
Denis was born 16 Jan 1854 with William Fanning and Margaret Eviston as his sponsors. His twin John was sponsored by Pat Fanning and Honora Eviston.
Most of the O’Connells are buried in Loughmore Cemetery in Co Tipperary.
Most of the O’Connells are buried in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary:
I came across this interesting article from the Nenagh Guardian 24 Jan 1914:
One of the Dwyer sisters Kathleen went on to marry Denis Bannon. The eldest Josie (Johanna Mary Josephine) became a nun, Sister Mary Cyril. One of their brothers was Thomas Dwyer who was murdered in 1920 by members of the RIC. The other brother, Eamon, worked for newspapers.
The disputes within the family continued.
Thomas Fanning was the last person to live at the Lissaroon property. I was told he was very religious and made a trip to Rome. He and his wife did not have any children. The Dwyers were the children of his sister Catherine. In 1920 their brother Thomas was murdered in Bouladuff by members of the RIC.
Kathleen’s second husband was Denis Bannon. She was also a publican and also ended up in Thurles courts over breaking of the licensing Act. Below is a transcript of one such occasion
Below is a detailed and delightful description of the two weeks in Italy. The group left Dublin on the 16th of Oct and returned on 3 Nov 1908:
This means that from 1864 it should be possible to find a church Baptism record as well as a civil birth record.
In this parish nick names are given which is unusual and interesting, for example, Peggy for Margaret and Ned for Edward. If you are unsure of what the legal name is look in this section on Rootsireland.
In this parish the priests did not put lots of crosses and comments to indicate moral failings. There were some illegitimate births noted as such but not the labeling of “Bastard” so common in parishes like Drom & Inch.
I have also included baptisms with a Fanning godparent. In this parish addresses were given, which is unusual and a bonus, so it is possible to work out where family groups lived. The most numerous Fanning family lived in the townland of Knockahorna.
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12 Dec 1814, Michael of Joe Fanning & Mary? Tyan, Knuckacharna, sp: William Fanning & Biddy Dwyer
22 Dec 1814, Bridget of John Stapleton, farmer & Mary Bourke sp: John Fanning & Judy Bourk
28 Feb 1815, Elen of Michael Ryan & Rose Morressy sp: Edmd Fannan & Mary Fannan
Aug 1815, John of Timothy Grady, farmer & Catherine Flinn, Knochaurore, sp: Michael Loughman & Elenor Fannan
10 Mar 1816, John of Martin Lowry, carpenter & Anastice Shanahan, Buris, sp: Elen Fannan
25 Apr 1816, Elean of Phil Meagher, farmer & Judith Stapleton, Palace, sp: John Fannan & Margaret Flannery
28 Apr 1816, Joseph of John Fannan & Mary Peters, farmer, Liss, sp: JosephFannan & Catherine Doherty
13 Aug 1816, Thomas of Thomas Fannan & Moll Dowsin, Liss, sp: Edmd Ryan & Honor Bourke
18 Aug 1816, Mary of Michael Lynch, farmer, & Ann Don??? R.Moy, sp: ThomasFannin & Biddy Ryan
29 Oct 1816, Catherine of John Purtell, farmer, & Hanna Holoran, Liss, sp: WilliamFannan & Sally Dwin
1 Nov 1816, Catherine of Thomas Burke & Mary Fannan, farmer,K. Croe, sp: John Hayes & Pat Gilmartin
1 Nov 1816, Jude of Pat Costello, labourer, & Mary Burke, Cottage, sp: Mary Fannin
2 Dec 1816, Thomas of Joseph Fannan & Nancy Ryan, farmer, Knockahorna, sp: William Loughman & Mary Fannan
24 Jan 1817, Bridget of Pat Ryan & Mary Fannin, labourer, G.Bruda, sp: Denis & Mary Ryan
31 Jan 1817, Biddy of Michael Loughman & Mary Winsly?, labourer, Knockanevin, sp: Thomas Fannin & Mary Burke
24 Feb 1817, John of John Nail & Margaret Bourke, lab, Burris, sp: Jeffery Fannon & Margaret Peters
31 Apr 1817, Mary of William Fanning & Judith Quinlan, lab, Rathemoy, sp: Michael Gleeson & Mary Vinne
23 May 1817, William of Thomas Ryan & Kitty Bourke, Lismaciun? sp Thomas Bourke & Mary Fanning
7 Jun 1817, John of James Stapleton & Mary Bourke, Pallus P, sp: William Fanning & Margaret Kennedy
17 Jun 1817, Mary of Nicholas Fanning & Cath Gleeson, Gearylough? sp: James Gleeson & Kitty Ryan
25 Sept 1818, Ellen of Joshua Fanning & Mary Butler, Knockanevin? sp: John Bourke & Judith Bourke
12 Dec 1818, Judy of Tom Meara & Judy Hogan, Knockacorma? sp: James Meara & Mary Fanning
6 Jan 1819, Ellen of James Stapleton & Biddy Casey, Liss, sp: Nick Fanning & Cate Grady
12 Feb 1814, Stephen of John Fanning & Mary Peters, Liss, sp: Joseph Fanning & Kitty Peters
15 Feb 1819, Patrick of Patt Costello & Mary Harrington, Glanonogue, sp: KittyFanning
12 Mar 1819, James of John Winsley & Mary Connors, Knockeroon? sp: Paddy Brien & Mary Fanning
24 Mar 1819, John of Tim Bourke & Mary Fanning, Kiloroo, sp: Con Brien & Judy Bourke
20 May 1819, Bridget of Mick Ryan & Nelly Ryan, Kiloroo? sp: Matt Maher & Mary Fanning
26 Aug 1819, Bridget of James Butler & Margaret Bourke, Pallis, sp: WilliamFanning & Bridget Ryan
27 Aug 1819, Denis of Tom Ryan & Margaret Fanning, Glankeen, sp: John Gleeson & Mary Kennedy
19 Oct 1819, Mary of James Gleeson & Bridget Brien, Glankeen, sp: Mary Fanning
31 Jan 1820, Ellen of Toby? Bunthies? & Mary Brien, Borris, sp: Jeffery Fanning & Joann Harrington
17 Feb 1820, Margaret of John Loughman & Nelly Corcoran, Knockaneevan, sp: Joseph Fanning & Mary Fanning
28 Feb 1820, Michael of Michael Ryan & Kitty Cahill, Gurteeny, sp: Joe Fanning & Mary Ryan
4 Mar 1820, James of Patt Ryan & Kitty Fanning, Rusheen, sp: John Ryan & Mary Ryan
26 May 1820, Judy of William Fanning & Judy Bourke, Pallis, sp: John Donty & Peggy Peters
28 May 1820, Judy of Tom Meara & Judy Hogan, Knockahorna, sp: Tom Fanning & Margaret Dwyer
20 Jun 1820, John of James Winslow? & Peggy Shanahan, Gurteeny, sp: James Ryan & Mary Fanning
13 Oct 1820, Joseph of Tom Fanning & Ellen Dwyer, Knockahorna, sp: Mick Dwyer & Peggy Ryan
26 Jan 1821, Mary of Joseph Fanning & Margaret Butler, Knockan? sp: JohnFanning & Mary Mulvihill
6 May 1821, Ellen of Andy Carroll & Judy Hogan, Rathmoy, sp: John Maher & KittyFanning
15 May 1821, Ellen of Joe Fanning & Nancy Ryan, Knockaneevan, sp: TomFanning & Catherine Cahill
26 Dec 1821, Thomas of Tom Bourke & Mary Fanning, Kileroo, sp: Ned Fanning & Mary Dwyer
24 Feb 1822, Betty of Tom Fanning & Nelly Dwyer, Knockahorna, sp: John Bourke & Honny Dwyer
22 Mar 1822, Honor of Patt Ryan & Kitty Fanning, Rusheen, sp: James Ryan & Mary Fanning
25 Mar 1822, Anna of Joe Fanning & Judith Conolly, Borris, sp: Denis Maher & Kitty Bourk
25 Apr 1822, Catherine of Michael Loughman & Mary Kinally, Knockaneevan, sp: Joe Fanning & Biddy Stapleton
5 July 1822, Mary of William Fanning & Julian Bourke, Knockahorna, sp: Mick Tierny & Margaret Brien
24 Jul 1822, Honor of Thomas Ryan & Mary Fanning, Glankeen, sp: Philip Kelly & Biddy Quinlan
28 Sept 1822, Nancy of Michael Brien & Biddy Bourke, Knockahorna, sp: William Fanning & Peggy Bourke
6 May 1823, John of Joseph Fanning & Mary Butler, Knockaneavan, sp: JohnFanning & Ally Bourke
20 Aug 1823, Mary of William Fanning & Judy Bourke, Knockahorna, sp: Paddy Ryan & Biddy Tierney
15 Sept 1823, John of Mick Ryan & Winny Bourke, Gurteenabarna? sp: TomFanning & Judy Bourke
11 Nov 1823, Jeffrey of John Fanning & Nelly Dwyer, Knockahorna, sp: Jerry Dwyer & Peggy Ryan
19 Jan 1824, Joe of Joe fanning & Peggy Ryan, Knockaneavan, sp: Mick Ryan & Peggy Ryan
29 Mar 1824, John of Paddy Ryan & Kitty Fanning, Rusheen, sp: James Shanahan & Mary Ryan
5 May 1824, Mick of Mick Ryan & Anstice Harrington, Borris, sp: WilliamFanning & Peggy Ryan
21 may 1824, Thomas of Thomas Ryan & Biddy Moroney, Knockaneevan, wit: William Fanning & Ellen Kennedy
6 Jun 1824, Jeny or Jery of Martin Lowry & Anty Shanahan, Rathmoy,sp: Tom Fanning & Judy Bourke
9 Sept 1824, Honor of John Hourigan & Biddy Ryan, Knockahorna, sp: Joseph Fanning & Sally Benson
29 Apr 1825, Catherine of Jos Fanning & Mary Butler, Knockaneevan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Kitty Ryan
22 May 1825, Michael Of Mick Loughman & Mary Kinally, Knockaneevan,sp: Edmd Fanning & Kitty Searson
30 May 1825, Thomas of Tom Ryan & Mary Fanning, Glankeen, sp: Patt Ryan & Biddy Hogan
26 Aug 1825, Margaret of John Loughman & Nelly Corcoran, Knockaneevan, sp: Monti Vincent & Kitty Fanning
27 Sept 1825, Michael of Tom Fanning & Nelly Dwyer, Knockahorna, sp: Con Dwyer & Nelly Ryan
21 Jan 1826, Joseph of William Fanning & Judy Bourke, Knockahorna, sp: Joe Fanning & Mary Bryan
23 Apr 1826, Margaret of Tom Stapleton & Nonny Hayes, Knockahorna, sp: William Fanning & Bridget Dalton
26 Apr 1826, Honora of James Quinlan & Mary Fanning, Glananogen?sp: Laurence Fanning & Mary Ryan
11 May 1826, Thomas of William Fanning & Peggy Ryan, Borris, sp: Tom Maher & Winny Fanning
14 May 1826, Michael of John Ryan & Mary Fanning, Gurteen, sp: John Fanning & Judy Bourke
16 Jun 1826, Mary of Thomas Ryan & Biddy Kirwan, Borris, sp: Joe Fanning & Mary Ryan
21 Jul 1826, Biddy of Pat Fitzpatrick & Mary Loughnane, Knockanure?sp: Tom Gleeson & Biddy Fanning
17 Sept 1826, Anne of Mathew Kelly & Mary Shanahan, Knockahorna,sp: John Houragan & Kitty Fanning
19 Oct 1826, Mary of Paddy Ryan & Kitty Fanning, Rusheen, sp: John & Nancy Ryan
29 Dec 1826, John of John Quin & Ellen Fanning, Knockahorna, sp: TomFanning & Nancy Ryan
28 Jan 1827, Richard Of Dick Winsley & Mary Kennedy, Borris, sp: Ned Fanning & Biddy Ryan
26 Mar 1827, William of John Loughman & Ellen Corcoran, Knockaneevan, sp: Thomas & Nelly Fanning
13 Apr 1827, Jeffry of Daniel Tierney & Peggy Fanning, Rusheen, sp: Pat Shanahan & Kitty Young
17 Jun 1827, Honora of Mick Ryan & Nelly Crowe, Knockaneevan, sp: John & Catherine Fanning
Fanning marriage records for Bourney & Corbally Catholic Parish in Co Tipperary & Co Offaly: 28 June 1836- 1880. This parish is in the Diocese of Killaloe.
These marriage records are taken from the National Library of Ireland parish registers, which are online and free.
Variant forms of the parish name are Corbally, Bournea & Couraganeen.
Rootsireland is an excellent subscription service with search options. Makes using the free National Library records much easier. Rootsireland has Cournageen (Bourney) Parish marriage records from 1836-1880, with 1873 missing.
Irish civil marriage records from 1864 and older than 75 years are online and free at irishgenealogy.ie
I have included any marriage records with a Fanning bride or groom or witness. While anyone could be a witness, from my experience, the witnesses are nearly always related.
If you are on a PC you can search these records using Control + F
27 Feb 1838, Patt Carty & Sally Hamill, Asmere or Armere wit: William Tracy & Mary Fanning
19 Jul 1843, Michael Gorman & Anne Fanning, Ashbrook? wit: Martin Ryan & Eliza Dooly
20 Oct 1846, Patrick Meara & Mary Maher, wit: William Fannon & Tom Fannon
12 Feb 1850, William Fann?? & ????? Malone, wit: Rev P Hennessy & Patt Terny
28 Feb 1854, Patt Costigan & Eliza Brien, Corriga, wit: John Costigan & Nicholas Fannon
21 Feb 1857, William Fannon & Sera Guidera, wit: Philip Fannon & Johanna Guidera. This couple emigrated to New Zealand with most of their children. I have written a post about them, William Fanning and Sarah Guidera.
I noticed that from the time of William and Sarah’s marriage in 1857 within three days two other Guidera marriages had taken place.
Between Feb 1857 and Feb 1863, a total of eight Guideras had married. I wonder if these marriages were prior to emigration.
22 Jan 1859, Dan Quinlon & Judith Hamill, wit: Tom Fannon & Mary Hamill
14 Feb 1895, Bourney Civil Marriage record. William Fanning, age 28, farmer of Loran & Margaret Coonan of Ashmere, age 26. His father William Fanning, her father Michael Coonan. Witnesses were Michael Hardgrove & Mary Coonan. Married in Couraganeen RC Church.
After 1867 there were so few marriages one wonders if this was the result of the famine and mass emigration from this parish.
Not sure if they are related but they could well be.
Martin Fanning died, age 72, on 7 Jan, 1910.
Johanna Fanning died 26 August 1913, aged 80 years.
Johanna had come out to Victoria on the Dirigo with 337 other single young women. The Dirigo arrived in Mar 1859. Johanna was 26.
There were other Butler young women aboard who may well have been related to Johanna: Jane 22, Mary 23, Mary Rose 17, Rose M 16. But Butler is not an uncommon surname .
Martin Fanning married Johanna Butler in Victoria in 1864. Her parents were John Butler & Margaret O’Donnell. I could not find any baptism records for Johanna in Ireland.
Martin and Johanna had at least three children: John 1868-1960, William 1867-1933, & Johanna. Johanna died in 1940. They farmed near Kyabram at a place called Taripta.
Martin’s parents were William Fanning & Margaret Grace from Co Tipperary in Ireland.
William Fanning of Loughmore married Margaret Grace of Moyne on 5 Feb, 1827. Witnessed by Thomas Kerin & James Grace. They lived in the townland of Castletown in the parish of Moyne, Co Tipperary north.
In The Tithe Applotment Books and Tithe Defaulters lists there is a James Fanning living in Moyntemple. This was in 1827 & 1828. Possibly the father of William or a brother.
In Griffiths Valuations for Castletown, printed in 1849, William was living on 42 acres in Castletown townland.
William and Margaret Fanning nee Grace are buried in Moyne Cemetery. William was a farmer and died 27 Jan 1874, age 78. His wife Margaret died 10 Dec 1883, aged 74. (her death date & age from the civil record).
They had the following children: Patrick 25 Dec 1827, Michael 20 Dec 1829, James 26 July 1832, Martin 12 Nov 1834, Thomas 19 Nov 1838, and Judy (Johanna) 29 Mar 1842. All these children were born in Moyne Parish.
Patrick Fanning married Mary Kennedy and they lived in Castletown and are in the 1901 census. They do not appear to have had any children. Mary died in 1928. She was a widow and left 700 ponds to Patrick Kennedy. Most likely her brother.
I haven’t been able to find any marriage or death records for James Fanning.
Thomas did not marry and Judy or Johanna died age 28, single.
Michael married Johanna Shanahan of Lisdonowley on the 15th Feb1885. He died on 10 Mar 1887, aged 47 (civil death record dates & age). According to the 1911 Census they had one child who was not living in 1911. His wife Johanna died 5 Feb 1930 aged 77. After her husband’s death she lived with her brothers in Lisdonowley.
Martin emigrated to Victoria Australia and settled near Kyabram.
As I trawled through many baptism and marriage records my interest was taken by anything out of the ordinary.
This storm on 15 Feb 1838 was so great the Borrisokane priest noted the occurrence in the marriage register:
Here the priest at Borrisokane Parish describes a terrible hurricane which hit Ireland in Jan 1839:
However, nearly all of the priests’ notations concerned the morals of his parishioners rather than the weather!
Calling children born out of wedlock bastards was common.
In Moykarky Parish around 1850, one of the priests conducting the baptism called illegitimate girls Hedwig (in latin Hedwigis) Was this so everyone would know they were illegitimate? No other children were called this.An example is below:
The baptism records have illeg (illegitimate) clearly marked and often the father’s address and occupation. One priest, no doubt gleefully, pointed out the father was the son of the Protestant pastor!
Some of the priests marked the record with the word bastard in large letters! Most of the records for illegitimate children have a large cross next to them.
One kinder priest has entered such a birth as a “natural birth” but this compassion is rare.
A couple of baptism records have the word “dub” which puzzled me, until I came across the full word “dubious”. The priest believes the father on the certificate is not the actual father.
At the beginning of the baptism records for Loughmore Parish on the side of the first page is written the codes used to designate births out of wedlock etc. While shocking it is less so than the words”bastard” on many other records. But it shows the extent to which the priests monitored the lives and morals of their parishioners.
Not all parish records have crosses and comments it seems to have been very much up to the priest. Drom & Inch Parish stands out for the numerous condemnatory crosses and comments whereas in Borrisoleigh occassionally records are marked with a cross or designated “illegitimate” but the whole tone is a lot friendlier.
Not sure what the scandal being avoided was in this case? was it a pregnancy or because of who she was marrying?
Another “stranger” entry:
It seems that foundlings were sometimes given surnames related to where they were found, for example, John Ditch or Margaret Field. Below is an example
Travellers are mentioned. Are they gypsies?
The address of the father of an illegitimate child was often included or their occupation.
A priest comments on another priest in Bourney & Corbally Parish:
From Borrisokane Parish 1838 “incestuous commerce” :