Johanna Fanning of Lissaroon marries William O’Connell of Clonomocogue in1850

Johanna Fanning, daughter of William Fanning and Honora McCormack of Lisaroon, married William O’Connell on Feb 11, 1850 in Inch Parish Co Tipperary.

Fanning family home in Lissaroon 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 Placenames being included on a few registers is incredibly helpful for family researchers.

Marriage record of Johanna Fanning and William O’Connell Drom & Inch Parish 11 Feb 1850

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.┬áHarder 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.

Obituary for Michael O’Connell Nenagh News 2 Sept 1899











Michael O’Connell 2 Sept 1899 Nenagh News


William O’Connell Obit Nenagh Guardian 4 Feb 1939
William O’Connell Tribute Nenagh Guardian 4 Feb 1939













Most of the O’Connells are buried in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary: