Borrisokane Torpey & Kilkeary Baptisms Co Tipperary1821-1881

Torpey Baptisms in Borrisokane Parish, Co Tipperary Ireland, 1821-1881.

Borrisokane Catholic Parish map Co Tipperary Ireland

My gr gr grandfather’s first child, Maria, was born in Sopwell Co Tipperary in 1852. His wife was Ann Kilkeary. So I have included any Kilkeary Baptism records that may be relevant.

7 Nov 1821, Bridget of Roger Kilcary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell sp: Tim Brennan & Cath Tynan

15 Nov 1823, Ann of Roger Kilkery & Cath Nolan, Sopwell, sp: John Gleeson & Ellen Kilkeary

11 May 1825, Sara of Patrick Toohy & Mary Connor? sp; Darby Darcy & Cath Torpey, Ballyspelin?

25 Jul 1825, Edward of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder Sopwell, sp: James Brennan & ? Meara. Daniel Torpey my grgrgrandfather’s mother was a Mary Ryder. Perhaps Margaret Ryder was his aunt??

12 Oct 1825, Mary of Roger Kilkeary & Cath Nolan Sopwell, sp: William White & Ellen ??

11 Oct 1827, William of Roger Kilcary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell sp: John Mulchahy & Mary Liffy

23 Dec 1827, Sara of John Rider & Eliza Griffen?

14 Jan 1828, Judith of William Cahil & Mary Torpy, Ballalina? sp: William Cahil & Cath Torpey

17 Jun 1828, Thady of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder, Sopwell sp: Frank Cleary & ? Ryan

May 1829, John of ? Corrigan & Ann Fogarty Sopwell, sp: John Torpy & Ellin Mahon

11 Jan 1830, Winifred of James Torphy & Honor Coglan, Feigh, sp: John Egan & Biddy Darcy

9 Feb 1830, Pat of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder, Sopwell, sp: James Ryder & Mary Scully

21 Feb 1833, Ellen of Roger Kilkeary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell, sp: James Liffey & Peggy Brennan

2 Jan 1834, Michael of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder, Sopwell, sp: Morgan Feean & Mary Thorpe. Sometimes Torpy is spelt Thorpe.

2  Aug 1834, Cath of William Cahill & Mary Thorpe, Bathylynn?? sp: Pat Thorpe & Anne Kelly

Oct? 1835, ? of Tim Brennan & Mary Thorpe sp: Roger Kilkeary? & Judy Thorpe

22 Jan 1835, Mary of William Cahill & Mary Thorpe, Ballylyna, sp: Michael Thorpe & Mary Healy

29 Oct 1837, Michael of William Cahill & Mary Torpy, Ballylina, sp: Mary Mannion

31 Oct 1837, Bridget of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder

23 Sept 1838, John of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder, Sopwell

21 Sept 1839, John? of William Cahill & Mary Torpy sp: John Kelly & ? Cahill

Jun 1841, Sarah of William Cahil & Mary Torpy, Ballalina, sp:Daniel Cahil

30 Apr 1842, Jane of Patt Torpy & Esther Pye sp: Michael Kinshaw & Mary Kennedy

5 Jul 1843, Anne of William Cahile & Mary Torpy, sp: Dan & Elle Cleary

26 Oct 1844, Frances of Pat Torpy & Esther Pyne sp: Andy Dooley & Hony Heffernan

15 Feb 1845, Daniel of William Cahil & Mary Torpy sp: Patrick Cleary & Mary Cleary

*21 Aug 1852, Maria of Daniel Torpey & Anne Kilkeary, Sopwell, sp: John Fenane & Mary White, Behamore

23 Apr 1858, Mary of William Griffin & Bridget Kilkeary, Sopwell sp: Patt Cleary and Mary Arnell?

21 Apr 1860, Thomas of William Griffon & Bridget Kilkeary, Sopwell, sp: Michael Colman & Biddy Kilkeary.

*7 Apr 1862, James of William Cavanagh (Protestant) & Margaret Torpey, Ballingarry, sp: Ellen Brennan & Michael Donagh?

14 Mar 1864, Edward of William Grffin & Bridget Kilkeary sp: Thomas Henlon & Catherine Kilkeary

23 Jun 1866, Daniel of William Griffin & Bridget Kilkeary sp: John Clear & Eliza Hough

19 Aug 1869, Mary of John Bergen & Bridget Gleeson sp: James Fanning from Roscrea & Jane Talbot.


Borrisokane Torpey Marriage Records 1821-1883, Co Tipperary, Ireland

Borrisokane Torpey Marriage Records, Co Tipperary, Ireland

The National Library of Ireland’s online marriage records for Borrisokane Parish are from 30 Jul 1821 to 28 Nov 1835, 21 Jan 1836-21 Jan 1844 and 2 Oct 1844 to 5 Feb 1883. This parish is also called Uskane or Uskean Parish. Up until about 1838 the records are in a very bad state, pages damaged and many entries totally illegible.

Rootsireland has marriage records for this parish from 1821-1911.

Civil marriage records are online free at and start from records over 75 years.

The Borrisokane Parish marriage records from 1821-1844, on the National Library of Ireland site, are damaged and unfortunately too hard to decipher.

17 Nov 1844, John Clear & Mary Ryder, wit: Thomas Hoctor & Judy Torpey

4 Sept 1849, Pat Torpy & Mary Dunn, wit: Peter Griffen

1 Oct 1855, James Madden & Bridget Dean wit: Joe Torpy & Mary Cork?

9 Feb 1860, Thomas McCormack & Margaret Brennan wit: Thomas Kelly & Honora Torpy

Shinrone Parish, Torpey Baptisms Co Tipperary & Co Offaly(Kings Co), 1842-1880

Shinrone Parish, Co Tipperary & Co Offaly ,1842-1880 Torpey baptisms.

Shinrone Catholic Parish Map, Co Tipperary & Co Offaly (Kings Co)

Shinrone Parish is also called Ballingarry Parish.

3 Apr 1842, John of Wm Summon & Mary Mahon, Lissadona sp: Daniel Fogarty & Mary Torpy

21 Jan 1844, William of William & Mary White, Lisadona sp: ? Ryan & Judy Torpey

5 Jul 1844, Ann of John Torpey & Ann Clear, Lisadona sp: Mary Murphy

14 Jul 1844, Mary Ann of Michael Flynn & Biddy Fitzpatrick, Lisadona sp: Patt & Onney Torpy

5 Nov 1848, Mary of Antony Carroll & Judy Torpy, Toura sp: William Carroll & Rachel Torpey

10 Jun 1858, Julia of John Kelly & Maria Torpey, Lisadona sp: Thomas Dwyer & Honora Torpey

20 Oct 1860, MaryAnne of William Cavanagh & Margaret Torpey, Ballingarry, sp: Teady Brennan & Anne Brennan

29 Apr 1862, David of Pat Quin & Margaret Cleery, Lisadona sp: Will Cleary & Ony Torpey

15 Apr 1860, Anne of Will Burke & Anne Floyd sp: Daniel Crane & Mary Torpey

22 Feb 1866, Daniel of Michael Torpey & Mary Crane, Lisadona, sp: Henry & Kate Crane

12 Sept 1867, Patrick of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, sp: Daniel & Anne Crane, Lisadona

20 Jan 1869, Catherine of Michael Carroll & Mary Kennedy Lisdonagh sp: Michael & Mary Torpy

8 May 1869, MaryAnne of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdonagh, sp: Pat Kennedy & Eliza Crane

11 Dec 1870, John of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdongh, sp: John Quin & Ellen Crane

3 May 1873, Johanna of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdonagh sop: Michael and Mary Carroll

7 Mar 1875, Michael of Michael Torpey & Mary Crean, Lisdonagh sp James and Kate Hoare?

5 Dec 1878, Catherine of Henry & Ann Crean nee Kennedy, Cloughmoyle, sp: Daniel Torpey & Bridget Nugent


Shinrone Parish Torpey Marriage Records 1842-1876

Torpey marriage records in Shinrone Catholic Parish, Co Offaly & Co Tipperary, from 1842-1876.


Shinrone Catholic Parish Map, mostly in Offaly (Kings) Co but some in Co Tipperary.


Unfortunately pre 1842  Shinrone Parish records have been lost. Shinrone Parish is sometimes referred to as Ballingarry Parish.

I came across lots of Kilkeary marriages in this parish but only a few Torpey records and no Fanning marriages.

15 Feb 1843, William White and Mary Torpey, Lisadona wit: Michael Lamb & Kate Carroll

25 Feb 1865, Michael Torpy and Mary Crane, Towra wit: Daniel Crane & Kate Crane

27 Jul 1865, Edward Gleeson & Honora Torpey, Lisadona, wit: Patrick Toohey & Mary Smyth

Irish Famine Data & Map

The Irish Famine Project has an all Ireland map showing the effects of the Great Hunger or Famine on population between 1841 and 1851.

Just came across an interesting site, The Irish Famine Project

This site has maps of all the Irish civil parishes and shows you the percentage drop in population in each area.

I subscribe to Irish Central and get inundated with various news related to Ireland. Most I don’t read, but occasionally there is something that is a genealogical gem, like the article on The Irish Famine project. So I persevere with all the rest. Any new developments in Irish genealogy do get reported on this site, so it is worth hanging in there.

This site has an interactive map, so you can look at specific civil parishes and see the decrease in population from 1841 to 1851, due to deaths and immigration.  Over a million people died and over a million emigrated during The Great Hunger.

I looked up the population numbers in some of the areas my ancestors came from in Co Tipperary:

Thurles 10,284 pre-Famine and 7,848 after a decrease of 24%

Moyne 2,584 pre and 1,759 after -32%

Drom 2,025 pre and 1,400 after -31%

Moykarky 1,493 pre and 780 after -48%

Loughmore West 2,471 pre and 1,565 after -37%

Fin Dwyer at is doing a series of podcasts on The Famine at the moment. Can’t recommend his podcasts enough. He is a great researcher and his podcasts are interesting and hugely informative.

Johanna Fanning of Lissaroon marries William O’Connell of Clonomocogue in 1850

The O’Connells of Clonomocogue and Castleiney House are related to the Fanning family of Lissaroon Co Tipperary.

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. 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.

Obituary for Michael O’Connell Nenagh News 2 Sept 1899











Ballyduff House Co Tipperary 2018


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









Castleiney House Co Tipperary 2018

There are some O’Connell graves in St Patricks cemetery in Thurles but most are  are buried in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary:

Obituary for Rev Martin O’Connell Irish Examiner Aug 11 1916

I have been trying to trace the “cousins” listed as attending the funeral of Rev Martin O’Connell. They are all related, but not as directly as cousins suggests, but still a source of further connections. As Martin O’Connell was 64 when he died in 1916 his “cousins” go back quite a long way and some of the connections I’ve made can’t be conclusively proven.

Denis O’Connell DC of Loughmore was his brother. Their parents were James O’Connell and Mary Carroll. (O’Connell was written as Connell in earlier records).

James O’Connell of Oldbawn Cottage Loughmore and Martin O’Connell, Daniel O’Connell and James Eviston, all of Loughmore, are all Martin’s nephews. James the son of Mary Eviston nee O’Connell and Martin Eviston. Mary being the half sister of Denis.

Annie and Ellie are daughters of Martin’s brother Denis. Mrs James O’Connell Denis’ daughter in law. Mrs John Sheedy is Mary Sheedy nee O’Connell; Mrs Patrick Maher  is Catherine Maher nee O’Connell; Mrs James Doherty is Elizabeth Doherty nee O’Connell. All daughters of Denis and Ann O’Connell.

Mr Michael O’Connell of Maryborough was the son of William O’Connell and Bridget Coffey of Castleiney and was a doctor.

A Thomas Duggan of Borris married a Julian Connell of Loughmore on 2 Mar 1829.

Tobias McGrath was the son of Michael McGrath and Mary Fanning who were married in Drom Parish 12 Feb 1861.

John Connolly was baptized 12 Aug 1864. His parents were William Connolly and Ellen O’Connell. Address given as Main St Templemore.

A Michael Lannigan was baptised in Aug 1819 in Templetuohy. His parents were John Lanigan and Bridget Connell. Sponsors were Judith Connell and James Kinahan.

On 23 Dec 1838 Michael Maher was baptised in Loughmore Parish. He was the son of Michael Maher and Mary Connell. There was also a James Connell who married Mary Maher in 1840

There was a marriage in Loughmore Parish on 9 Jun 1801 between Richard Quinn and Mary Connell witnessed by Michael Connell and Sally Quinn. In 1805 Denis Connell was baptized in Loughmore Parish. His parents were listed as Jeremiah Connell and Bridget Quinn with John Delahunty and Mary Ryan as sponsors. On 2 Feb 1826 there was a Richard Quinn married to a Mary Connell. Both from Castleiney.

D McCormack of Oola was married to Bridget O’Connell nee Coffey’s sister.

E. Fanning listed as a cousin was Edmund Fanning who married Hanoria Molloy in Littleton Parish on 11 Feb 1902. His address given as Holycross and hers as Ballybeg. He lived in Glenreigh in Holycross. Francis Dwyer and Bridget Fanning were witnesses. Edmund was born in Loughmore parish at Kilcoke on 23 Dec 1848. His parents were James Fanning and Judith Hoare. Judith Fanning nee Hoare is buried in Holycross Cemetery. She died 20 Apr, 1879, aged 68. her husband James Fanning died 2 Oct 1885 aged 77. Their other son was the Rev James J fanning who died 10 Sept 1909, aged 65. His nephew was Rev P Fogarty. The brother of this James Fanning was the Rev John Fanning buried in Loughmore Cemetery. He was born 10 Nov 1805 in Loughmore and died 13 Aug 1891 in Glenreigh Holycross.

I have not been able to figure out how Edmund Fanning of Glenrieigh and Kilcoke is related to Martin O’Connell.


John & Bridget Mullany nee Fanning, Thurles & Moyne Co Tipperary

Bridget Mullany was the daughter of Michael Fanning and Catherine Ryan of Lisaroon in Co Tipperary. She married John Mullany and after his death she moved to Moyne where she was a publican for many years. Bridget died in 1935.

John Mullany 1838- 1900


Obituary of John Mullany Irish Examiner 29 Mar 1900


John Mullany was the husband of Bridget Fanning. She was the daughter of Michael Fanning and Catherine Ryan of Lissaroon and my ggggrandfather’s first cousin once removed.


Bridget Mullany License Transfer Nenagh Guardian 9 May 1900

Bridget was often in court for breaches of the Licensing Act. The transcripts make very entertaining reading.

Nenagh News 13 Jul 1901


Nenagh Guardian 10 Jul 1901



Irish Examiner 29 Aug 1905


Thurles petty Sessions reported in the Irish Examiner 22 Sept 1909


Nenagh News 23 Jan 1915


Bridget Mullany nee Fanning 1854-1935

After her husband died Bridget moved to Moyne with her children.

The property purchased by Bridget Mullany in Moyne
Bridget, Mary Ann, Michael and John Joe Mullany outside Mullany’s Pub in Moyne Co Tipperary

Nenagh Guardian 4 Nov 1908 Thurles Court


Nenagh Guardian 9 Apr 1921


Funeral card for Bridget Mullany nee Fanning


Death Notice Bridget Mullany nee Fanning Nenagh Guardian 22 Jun 1935


Irish Independent 16 Jun 1938

Thomas Fanning of Lissaroon and the Dwyer sisters of Bouladuff 1914 Dispute

Thomas Fanning, a religious man who made a pilgrimage to Rome, was the last Fanning to live at Lissaroon in Co Tipperary. He was involved in a dispute with his Dwyer nieces from The Ragg.

Thomas Faning of Lissaroon and his wife Hanna Fanning nee Bannon


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.

Sister Mary Cyril Dwyer Evening Herald 31 Mar 1961.


Irish Independent 22 Jul 1939

The disputes within the family continued.

Nenagh Guardian 19 Jun 1915


Nenagh Guardian 11 Sept 1915

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

Nenagh Guardian 28 Dec 1929


Tom Fanning’s pilgrimage to Rome Freemans Journal 3 Oct 1908

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:

The Rome Pilgrimage made by Thomas Fanning Munster Express 26 Dec 1908


Moycarky Fanning Baptism Records Co Tipperary, Ireland, 1801-1881

Fanning Baptisms in Moycarky Parish Co Tipperary 1801-1881, in the National Library of Ireland

Moycarky Catholic Parish Co Tipperary Ireland

These baptism records from the National Library of Ireland’s online site, start at 1793 and end in 1881.

They include any records with a Fanning parent or a Fanning godparent.

The record dates for baptisms in this parish online at nli are:

13 Oct 1793 – 19 Nov 1796; 1 Jan – 7 Jan 1801; 2 Jan 1801 –  22 Oct 1809; 7  Jan 1810-  22 Nov 1810;12 Jan 1817 – 11 Apr 1818;2 Jan 1830 –  24 Jan 1833; 4 Feb 1833 – 22 Jun 1854; 1 Jul 1854 – 13 Mar 1881.

At the Rootsireland site Moycarky parish baptisms start Oct. 1793, gap 1797 -1799; 1811 – 1816; 1819 – 1829; continuous from 1830. I have included some records from here as well as those from nli.

Civil birth records over 100 years from 1864 are online free at

The early parish records are damaged with lots of gaps and very hard going.

However from 1833 to 1881 the parish baptism records for Moycarky are very clear and all have the address added to the record. Invaluable information for family history research.

In transcribing the records I have not changed any of the spelling.

The places listed in the Baptism records for Moykarky Parish:

Archestown, Ballybeg, Ballydavid, Ballyhudda, Ballyhoda, Ballyvinane, Ballyerk, Ballymoreen, Derryhogan, Drombowe, Borris, Cabra, Cloncleigh, Cloughmartin, Clover, Coldfields, Coolcrue, Coolkenedy, Coolkip, Curraheen, Fartiana, Forgestown, Gaile, Galbertstown, Galbooley, Graigue, Grallagh Castle, Gralla, Gurrane, Horse & Jockey, Kilenoe, Killough, Knckroe, Laharden, Leagh, Lishinahousta, Liskeveen, Littleton, Loughbeg, Maxfort, Middlepiece, Monaleen, Monaraheen, Moycarky, Newhill, Newtown, Noard, Oldstone, Parkstown, Pouldine, Rahinch, Rathcunikeen, Rathfanna, Rathmanna, Regaile, Sauls Quarter, Shanballa, Skehane, Toyestown, Tuberadora, Turnpike, Turtulla, Two Mile Borris.

Townlands in the Civil Parish of Moycarky Courtesy of Martin Collin Wikepedia

If you are on a PC you can search these records using Control + F

7 Nov 1793, Ellen of Edmd Kirwick & Else Kenna sp: Richard Fannin & Honora Cormick

Edmd could be Edmond or Edmund.

Mar 1793, Thomas of John Keating & Elenor Britts sp: William Fannin & Margaret Ryan

These very early Baptism records have the birth date first and then the Baptism date.

3 Jan 1810 & 9 Jan 1810, John of John Meagher & Cathy Fannin, Turtulla, sp: John Ryan & Margaret Bourke

Mar 1801, John of Denis Ryan & Judith Fannin sp: Laurence Molloughney & Catharine Fannin

1 Nov 1801, Mary of Jeffrey Fannin & Margaret Eviston sp: William Kearney & Cath Doughan

7 Jan 1802, James of Patt Woodlock & Mary Conway sp: Philip Fannin & Mary Egan

10 Feb 1802, Philip of Richard Fannin & Mary Langton sp: John Conway & Margaret Doughan

13 Apr 1802, Philip of Richard Fannin & Mary Langton sp: Cathy Dohan & Laurence Conway

23 Jul 1802, John of James Croake & Cathy Flyn sp: William Fannin & Alice Duggan

5 Aug 1802, Catherine of John Fannin & Mary Costello sp: Mary & Nelly Carroll X

6 Aug 1802, Edmond of Tim Kennedy & Mary Fogarty sp: Edmond Ryan & Margaret Fannin

20 Jan 1803, Mary of John Maher & Kitt Fanning sp: James ??? & Mary Comyn?

3 Feb 1803, Bridget of Mick Butler & Elizabeth Faning sp: Mary Huile

10 Jun 1803, Cornelius of Cornelius Ryan & Catherine Dawson sp: Kyran Kennedy & Honora Faning

10 Jul 1803, Cath of Dennis Ryan & Judith Fannin, sp: ????? Moloughney & Brigit Murry

17 Sept 1803, Geoffrey of Richard Fannin & Brigit Lanigan sp: William Butler

6 Nov 1803, David of Geoffrey Fannin & Margaret Fannin sp: Laurence Moloughney & Cath Fannin

23 Nov 1803, Cath of Thomas ?????ms & Margaret Hayes sp: William Fannin & Cath Hayes

29 Dec 1803, Judith of Laurence McGuire & Margaret Fannin sp: Mathew McGuire & Ellen Conway

17 Jan 1804, Cath of Jeoffrey Fanning & Margaret Eviston sp: John Dorgan & Judith Maher

23 Jan 1804, Ellen of Joseph Fannin & Brigit Dwyer sp: Michael Kennedy & Betty Ryan

9 Feb 1804, William of John Fannin & Mary Duggan sp: Thomas Egan & Cath Maher

9 Feb 1804, James of John Maher & Cath Fannen sp: William Kearnigan? & Mary Ryan

22 Jun 1804, Margaret of William Fannin & Judith Healy sp: Tim Doheny & Margaret Breen

17 Aug 1804, William of Edmond Bowe & Anastasia Gleeson sp: William Fannin & Judith Maher

6 Jun 1805, Mary of Thomas Cormoc & Ellen Meagher sp: Joseph Fannin & Bridget Dwyer

7 Apr 1805, James of James Addis & Ellen Fannin sp: Martin Tobin & Margaret Finnane

21 Aug 1805, Pat of Joseph Fannin & Mary Dwyer sp: Patt Meagher & Bridget Dwyer

6 Oct 1805, Bridget of Laurence Maguire & Mary Fanning sp: John Kearny & Margaret Doughan

4 Nov 1806, Richard of Jeffrey Fannin & Margaret Eviston sp: James Hewitt & Joanna Haven

8 Mar 1807, John of William Fannin & Ellen Tierney sp: John Shanahan & Mary Carroll

10 Mar 1807, Joe of Joseph Fannon & Joanna More sp: Pat Ryan & Mary Shanahan

Sept 1807, Joanna of Thomas Stokes & Mary Godfrey sp: Thomas Fannin & Mrs Godfrey

1 Jun 1809, John of Joseph Fannin & Bridget Dwyer sp Laurence Russell & Anna Nicholson

Aug 1809, Thomas of John Maher & Catherine Fannin sp: John Dumphy? & Cath Meagher

25 Oct 1810, Mary of John Connell & Catherine Carroll sp: Jeoffry Fannin & Mary Molloy

Gap in records between 1810 and 1817

12 Jun 1817, ???? of Tim Grady & Cath Flinn, Kilenoe, sp: Joe Fannin & Mary Fannine

15 Jan 1818, Bridget of Thomas Fannin & Bridget Bannon, farmer, Garraun sp: John Bannon & Jude Ryan

Priest notes that the registers from Apr 1818 to Jan 1830 have been lost.

8 Jan 1830, Pat of John Fannin & Cath Shelly sp: Michael Lowry & Sally Fannen

25 Jan 1830, Charles of Michael Carroll & Catherine Micrath sp: John Maloohney & Sally Fannin

8 Feb 1830, Daniel of Philip Norton & Bridget Fannan sp: Philip Hogan & Bridget Kiley

6 Apr 1830, Larry of John Fannen & Judy Looby, Grange sp: Michael Looby & Mary Fannen

12 Apr 1831, John of John Lyons? & Bridget Fannen, Turtulla? sp: Tom Stokes & ???? Fannen

5 May? 1831, James of John Carroll & Mary Purcel sp: Tom Purcell & Sally Fannen

9 Aug 1831, Pat of William Fannen & Ellen (Nel) Dempsey sp: John Dempsey & Mary Fannen

15 Aug 1831, Bridget of Edmond Cahill & Cath Fannen sp: Patt Fannin? & Mary Meagher

15 ? 1831, Thomas of John Ryan & Bridget Lawlor sp: Joseph Fannen & Mary Lawlor

10 or 1 Dec 1831, Margaret of Edmond Fannin & Mary Grace sp: John Delahunty & Mary Fannin

11 Feb 1832, Bridget of Joe Fannen & Margaret Ryan sp: William Lalor & Cath Brien

1 Aug 1832, Ellen of John Fannen & Judith (Judy) Looby sp: John Donnelly & Mary Heffernan

13 Dec 1832, Mat? of James Dwyer & Cath Fannen sp: Richard Fannen & Margaret Reardon

5 Jan 1833, John of John Maher & Mary Maher sp: Richard Fannen & Mary Dumphy

From this date addresses are given and the entries are easy to read.

28 Feb 1833, Jeffrey of James Dwyer & Cath Fannen, Cabra sp: Simon Dwyer & Margaret Kearney, Tonestown or lawn

2 Apr 1833, Mary of John Fannin & Mary Bourke, ?????tow, sp: Michael Heffernan & Bridget Heffernan

25 May 1833, Joseph of Joseph Fannin & Cath Hayes, Gauran? sp: Phil Hayes & Mary Bourke

15 Jun 1833, Joseph of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Grague, sp: John Brett & Ellen Flanagan or Hanagan

30 Jun 1833, Brigit? of William Lahy & Mary Fanning, Knockrow, sp: Andrew Kearney & Nancy Maron

20? July 1833, Ellen of David Fanning & Ellen Cunningham, Grague, sp: Ed Fannin & Mary Grace

27 Jul 1833, William of James Butler & Mary ???? Knockrow, sp: Richard Fannin & Mary Smith

3 Feb 1834, Margaret of Thomas Doran & Margaret Cahil, Gobortoh? sp: ??? Doran & Cath Fanning

22 Feb 1834, Jeffrey of Phil Norton & Bridget Norton, Reybojan? sp: Martin Fanning & Andy Norton

14 Aug 1834, Mary of John Fanning & Jude Looby, Grague, sp: Ed Donnelly & Anto Russel

28 Jun 1834, Denis of Thomas Magrath & Mary Mullumby, Mareport? sp: John Fanning & Margaret Keeffe

27 Aug 1834, Jude of Ed Fanning & Mary Grace sp: Ellen ???

13 Oct 1834, James of Mick Egan & Winifred Kower? Galbynoolun? sp: Daniel Larkin & Mary Fanning

17 Nov 1835, Thomas of John Lions & Bridget Fannin, Turtala, sp: Patt Fannin & Margaret Lions

3 Jan 1836, John of ???? Norton & Bridget Fannon, Littleton sp: Ed Fannin & Mary Fannin

28 Jan 1836, Joseph of Joseph Fannin & Margaret Ryan, Derryhogan sp: Winifred Lawlor

X, 31 Jan 1836, Lawrence of Ed Cahil & Cath Fannin, Coolkip, sp: James Cahil & Mary Brien

29 Apr 1836, Bridget of William Fanning & Ellen Dempsey, Grague sp: Nancy Ryan

29 Jul 1836, Mary of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine sp: Pierce? Maher & Cath Condon

4 Oct 1836, Thomas of John Delahunty & Cath Fitzpatrick, Killnoe sp: Patrick Fanning & Bridget Kernagh

30 Jan 1837, Honora of John McGuier & Mary Hopton? Coldfields sp: Sally Fannin

31 Jan 1837, Mary of Thomas Hayes & Mary Purcil? sp: James Allen & Mary Fanning

28 Mar 1837, Mary of William Leahy & Mary Fanning, Ballyinoeen? sp: Denis Leahy & Anto Fanning

? Aug 1837, Thomas of John Ryan & Bridget Stokes, Coldfields, sp: Matt McDonald & Sally Fanning

2 Nov 1837, Ed of Tim Hogan & Nancy Fanning, Coldfields, sp: John Quinn & Sally Fanning

14 Jan 1838, Jude of Joseph Fanning & Margaret Ryan, Derryhogan sp: Tim Ryan & Jude Maher

18 Jan 1838, Michael of Patrick Fanning & Jude Gueney, Killnan sp: William Fanning & Nanno? Mara

9 Feb 1838, Jude of John Mullony & Anty Fanning, Killnor sp: James Commins & Ellen Lions

4 May 1838, Hugh of Patrick Moyers & Mary Mara, Coldfields, sp: Hugh Shelly & Sally Fanning

6 May 1838, Margaret? of John Lions & Bridget Fanning, Turtala sp: Thomas Butler & Bridget Keily?

16 Jul 1838, Michael of James Dwyr & Cath Fanning, Turtala sp: William Kearny & Nancy Fanning

27 Jul 1838, Andrew of Tim? Maher & Sally Fanning, Coldfields sp: Daniel Maher & Ally Bourke

3 Sept 1838, Johanna of John Fanning & Johanna Luby, Graigue sp: William Loughnane & Mary Cahil

17 Sept 1838, Anto of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine, sp: Thomas Maher & Jude Brett

17 Dec 1838, Bridget of Ed Fanning & Mary Grace, Gurrane, sp: Ed Bowe & Cath Fanning

9 May 1839, Ed of Ed Cahill & Cath Fanning, Coolkip sp: William Breen & Ellen Cahill

15 May 1839, Richard of Richard Fanning & Jude Ryan, Turtala sp: Mary Ryan

9? Jun 1839, Anto of Thos? Mara & Jude Shelly Coldfields sp: Hugh Shelly & Mary Fanning

10 Jun 1839, Bridget of William Lahy & Mary Fanning, Ballymoreen? sp: Patrick Leamy & Jude Lions

3 Jul 1839, Mary of Thomas Butler & Mary Conway, Turtala, sp: James Cummins & Bridget Fanning

9 Jul 1839, Mary of Joseph Fanning & Cath Hayes, Garrane sp: Cath Shelly

14 Dec 1839, William of John Mullorin? & Anty Fanning, Killnoe sp: Maurice Keating & Bridget Grady

28 Feb 1840, Patrick of Patrick Fanning & Jude Guiney, Killnor sp: Ed Guiney & Jude Lions

7 Apr 1840, Jude of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine sp: Moris? Dee & Jude Condon

12 Apr 1840, Mary of Philip Norton & Bridget Fanning, Littleton sp: James Godfrey & Mary Ryan

7 Jun 1840, Nicholas of Thomas Hayes & Mary Purcil, Garrane sp: James Michan & Sally Fanning

20 Dec 1840, Margaret of Joseph Fanning & Margaret Ryan, Derryhogan sp: Daniel O’Keely & Ally Ryan

6 Jan 1841, Alley of Michael Allen & Cath Russel, Coldfields sp: Thomas Ryan & Mary Fanning

31 Jan 1841, Thomas of John Bourke & Mary Fanning, Coolcroe, sp: Mary Gleeson

3 Feb 1841, Mary of John Lions & Bridget Fanning, Turtola, sp: John Lions & Ellen Dea

10 Jul 1841, Ally of James Dwyer & Cath Fanning, Turtala sp: Bridget Nagli?

27 Jul 1841, Winifred of James Fogarty & ??? Hanrahan, Gaurane sp: Mary Fanning

8 Aug 1841, Roger of Patrick Butler & Margaret Fogarty, Killaruck? sp: Ed Fanning & Jude Fogarty

21 Oct 1841, Anto of Ed Fanning & Mary Grace, Garrane, sp: Ed Fanning & Mary Fanning

15 Nov 1841, Jeffry of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtala, sp: Ellen Synot

20 Dec 1841, Cath of Richard Fanning & Jude Ryan, Turlata, sp: James Monahan & Nancy Fanning

17 Jan 1842, Mary of Joseph Fanning & Mary Hayden, Parkstown, sp: James O’Keeffe & Mary Lahy

16 Feb 1842, Jer? of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine sp: William Condon & Ellen Maher

1 May 1842, Ed of Patrick Fanning & Jude Gueney, Killnoe, sp: John Gueney & Ellen Lions

26 Jun 1842, Cath of William Leahy & Mary Fanning, Ballymoreen sp: Thomas Leahy & Mary Kearney

29 Jun 1842, Thomas of Michael Fanning & Jude ??uby Derryhogan sp: Thomas Puly? & Ellen Mullany

27 Sept 1842, Mary or Margaret of Thomas Hayes & Margaret Purcil, Garrane, sp: Ed Fanning & Jude Fanning

10 Apr 1843, Patrick of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine, sp: Ed Fogarty & Mary Maher

15 Apr 1843, William of Joseph Fanning & Margaret Ryan, Derryhogan sp: Matt Fanning & Bridget Fanning

28 May 1843, John of John Bourke & Mary Fanning, Coolcroe, sp: Ed Bourke & Cath Delany

3 May 1843, Philip of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtala sp: John Huite & Nancy Fanning

9 Oct 1843, Jude of James Fogarty & Elin Monaghan, Giraron? sp: Martin Fanning & Catherine Shanahan

5 Mar 1844, William of John Lions & Bridget Fanning, Turtala, sp: Thomas Day & Mary Torpuy

19 Jun 1844, Bridget? of Richard Fanning & Jude Ryan, Turtala, sp: Margaret Hammond

15 Jul 1844, James of James Dwyer & Catherine Fanning, Turtala, sp: Ally Riordan?

16 Sept 1844, John of Edmond Bowe & Jude Cormack, Guraon? sp: Edmond Fanning & Johanna Maher

11 Feb 1845, Catherine of Thomas Hayes & Mary Purcil, Guraron? sp: Edmond Fanning & Cath Hacket

8 Mar 1845, Mary of Thomas Duggan & Jude Shelly, Ballynamona? sp: Mary Fanning

22 Mar 1845, Margaret of Joseph Fanning & Mary Hayden, Parkstown, sp: Margaret Hayden & James Hayden

21 Jun 1845, John of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtala sp: Martin Butler & Catherine Listen

24 Aug 1845, John of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Pouldine, sp: Jude Condon

12 Nov 1845, Anto of William Lahy & Mary Fanning, Ballymoreen sp: Daniel Mara & Margaret Carrigan

8 Feb 1846, Jer of James Fogarty & Ellen Hanrahan, Gurnion?? sp: John Fanning & Mary Hanrahan

25 Feb 1846, Andrew of Philip Hayes & Mary Callanan, Ballyerk sp: Thomas Hayes & Anto Fanning

27 Feb 1846, Mary of Joseph Fanning & Margaret Ryan, Derryhogan sp: Thomas Stapleton & Mary Stapleton

13 Mar 1846, Patrick of James Ryan & Catherine Mullumby? Grague sp: Tim Magrath & Catherine Fanning

19 Jun 1846, John of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtulla sp: Martin Butler & Cath Oisten

24 Oct 1846, Jeffrey of John Bourke & Mary Fanning, Coolcroe, sp: Anto Bourke

11 Jan 1847, William of Thomas Leamy & Bridget Casy, Ballybeg sp: Patrick Fanning & Catherine Stapleton

24 Feb 1847, Thomas of Thomas Hayes & Mary Purcel, Gura–re sp: Martin Hacket & Jude Fanning

28 Mar 1847, Mary & Bridget, twins, of Hugh Shelly & Nancy Walsh, Guraion, sp: James Shelly & Catherine Walsh; Michael Walsh & Sally Fanning

22 Apr 1847, Margaret of Ed Moloughney & Catherine Maher, Coldfields, sp: James Moloughney & Bridget Fanning

6 Jun 1847, Ann of William Kelly & Nancy Cuddihy, Coldfields sp: Hugh Fanning & Nony Shelly

28 Oct 1847, Edmond of Gregory? Shanahan & Cath Fitzpatrick, Killnoe sp: Thomas Dwyer & Jude Fanning

2 Jul 1848, Hanna of John Fogarty & Bridget Dwyer, Nundlawry B. ?? sp: Mick Fogarty & Bridget Fanning

16 Jul 1848, Mary of Laurence McGuire & Mary Quin? Rathfarna sp: Edmond McGuire & Mary Fanning

8 Oct 1848, John of Martin Fanning & May Maher, Skehana, sp: Edmund Maher & Anto Fanning

4 Nov 1848, Philip of Richard Fanning & Jude Ryan, Turtulla sp: Ed Dwyer & ??? Maher

13 Nov 1848, Richard of Richard Fannin & Margaret Muhohy?, Turtulla sp: Philip Maher & Ellen Kennagh

24 Jan 1849, Brigit of William Kennedy & Jude Fanning, Loughly sp: Michael Dempsey & Bridget Fannin

3 Feb 1849, John of Patrick Moloughney & Jude Ryan, Larhardin sp: Thomas Ryan & Sally Fannin

28 Oct 1849, Jude of Thomas Cummins & Jude Dwyr, Guraidn? sp: James Slattery & Anto Fanning

28 May 1850, Catherine or Patrick of ???? Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehana sp: John Fanning & Mary Maher

22 Jun 1850, Edmond of Thomas Hayes & Mary Purcell, Parkstown sp: Thomas Fanning & Ally Fanning

19 Apr 1851, John of William Kenedy & Jude Fanning, Loughleag? sp: Anthony Gleeson & Cath Fanning

18 May 1851, Margaret of Patrick Shanahan & Cath Slattery, Killough sp: John Fanning & Bridget Shanahan

27 Jul 1851, Cath of John Fanning & Cath Brett, Nudlawn? sp: Thomas Corcoran & Mary Davy

21 Aug 1851, Ellen of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtulla sp: Nicholas Corcoran & Mary Maher

9 Nov 1851, Martin of James Fogarty & Ellen Hanrahan, Gurawn? sp: Patrick Cummins & Anto Fanning

21 Mar 1852, Margaret of Michael Spelane & Cath Gleeson, Galbertstown sp: Laurence Fanning & Mary Cormack

28 Mar 1852, John of Martin Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehana sp: Patrick Fanning & Margaret Maher

24 Jun 1852, John of Edmond Moloughney & Cath Sh??? Coldfields sp: John Moloughney & Sally Fanning

5 Oct 1852, Michael of William Kenedy & Judy Fanning, Rafana sp: Ellen Quin

Oct 1853, X Joseph of William Kenedy & Judy Fannon, Rathmannon? sp: James Quin & Mary Maguyre

31 Jul 1854, James of Martin Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehane, sp: Edmond Maher & Mary Molony

2 Dec 1854, Jeremiah of Timothy Dwyer & Mary Wilson, Ballirunane sp: Edmond Fanning & Margaret Kelly

19 Feb 1855, Mary of John Cormack & Ellen Lyons, Leigh sp: Thomas Lyons & Bridget Fanning

28 Mar 1855, Mary of Richard Fanning & Mary Mulcahy, Turtella sp: James Grady & Margaret Bourke

11 Aug 1855, Johanna of William Kenedy & Judy Fanning, Rathfanna sp: Judy Jones

19 Aug 1855, Johannah of Laurence McGuire & Mary Quinn, Laharden sp: John Fanning & Eliza Ryan

17 Jan 1856, Bridget of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connel, Turtulla sp: Martin Connel & Mary Maher

22 Mar 1857, Martin of Martin Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehane sp: James Molony & Sally Fanning

4 Oct 1857, X Michael of Thomas Carrol & Anto Fanning, Coldfields sp: Bridget Bourke

11 Oct 1857, Catherine of William Kenedy & Judy Fanning, Rafarnna sp: Philip Mantin & Catherine Grant

7 Feb 1858, Edmond of John Maher & Judy Maher, Skehane sp: Edmond Fanning & Catherine Hayes

12 Jun 1858, Richard of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connell, Turtella sp: Judy Maher

8 Oct 1858, Patrick of James Shelly & Honoria Shelly, Laharden sp: Edmond Fanning & Anne Banon

2 Dec 1858, Thomas of Philip Fanning & Honoria Moloughney, Coldfields sp: Laurence Ryan & Mary Ryan

27 Nov 1859, Johanna of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: Patrick Fanning & Mary Bourke

6 Jun 1860, Anne of John Quirke & Mary Culla, Borris sp: Patrick Fanning & Mary Banon

9 Jun 1860, Mary of William Cussen & Judy Fanning, Coolkenedy sp: Patrick Cormack & Mary Cormack

12 Aug 1860, Mary of William Kenedy & Judy Fanning, Rafarnna sp: Thomas Fanning & Ellen Fanning

4 Nov 1860, Joseph of Martin Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehane sp: Thomas Hayes & Catherine Ryan

10 Mar 1861, John of Philip Fanning & Honoria Moloughney, Coldfields sp: Edmond Moloughney & Judy Ryan

21 Apr 1861, Mary of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: Edmond Fanning & Mary Fogarty

13 Nov 1861, Judy of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtella sp: Thomas Fanning & Ellen Fogarty

11 Apr 1862, Patrick of Thom Quinn & Judy Jones, Rafana sp: Thomas McGuire & Judy Fanning

16 Apr 1862, Margaret of John Benson & Judy Lyons, Turtella sp: Joseph Fanning & Mary Bruton

1 Feb 1863, Michael of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtella sp: Alice Dwyer

6 Apr 1863, Patrick of Thomas Shanahan & Mary Tobin, Maxfort sp: James Shanahan & Mary Fanning

1 May 1863, Edmond of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: John Fogarty & Sally Fanning

6 Dec 1863, Thomas of John Rahill & Margaret Williams, Turtella sp: Geofrey Fanning & Bridget Kenna

6 Mar 1864, Thomas of Martin Fanning & Mary Maher, Skehane sp: John Fanning & Mary Dunne

9 Apr 1864, Martin of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connell, Turtella sp: Alice Dwyer

3 May 1864, William Joseph of John Benson & Judy Lyons, Turtella sp: Patrick Lyons & Bridget Fanning. William married Margaret Holohan 29 Apr 1913

2 Aug 1864, Margaret of John McGrath & Anne Butler, Turtella sp: Patrick Fanning & Mary Anne Higgins

28 Sept 1864, Catherine of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtella sp: John Fogarty & Mary Mulcahy

17 Mar 1865, Patrick of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: Martin Lanigan & Honoria Fogarty. Patrick married Ellen Maher in Thurles 22220 Jul? 1912

18 Jun 1865, John of John Dwyer & Anne Maher, Newhill sp: Edmond Fanning & Ellen Banon

25 Oct 1865, Michael of Thomas Shanahan & Mary Tobin, Maxfort sp: Martin Tobin & Margaret Fanning

6 May 1866, James of Martin Cody & Mary Fitzgerald, Pouldine sp: James Shanahan & Catherine Fanning

27 May 1866, Martin of John Benson & Judy Lyons, Turtella sp: William Fanning & Margaret Butler

3 Nov 1866, Michael of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: Patrick Fanning & Margaret Fogarty

25 Nov 1866, Mary of Walter Stapleton & Mary Ryan, Coolkenedy sp: Joseph Fanning & Catherine Ryan

9 Dec 1866, Mary of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtella sp: Philip Fanning & Alicia Dwyer

30 mar 1867, Thomas of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connell, Turtella sp: Mary Fanning

31 Mar 1867, Anastasia of John Heyden & Mary Moloughney, Laharden sp: Edmond Moloughney & Sarah Fanning

14 Apr 1867, William of Michael Fanning, labourer & Anne Casey, Graigue sp: Daniel Russell & Mary Sullivan

8 Sept 1867, William & Michael, twins, of Martin Fanning, farmer & Mary Maher, Skehane sp: William Hayes, Mary Hayes, Martin Fanning & Catherine Hayes

29 Mar 1868, Michael of John Cormack & Ellen Lyons, Leigh sp: William Fanning & Mary Lahy

5 Apr 1868, Margaret of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: John Fanning & Catherine Ryan

17 May 1868, Patrick of John Fanning, labourer & Mary Fogarty, Turtulla sp: Philip Fanning & Margaret Maher

14 Jun 1868, Ellen of Walter Stapleton & Mary Ryan, Coolkenedy sp: William Fanning & Honoria Maher

14 Jul 1868, Thomas of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connel, Turtella sp: Bridget Fanning

9 Oct 1868, Sally of Laurence Ryan & Margaret Cummins, Coldfields sp: Patrick Cummins & Sally Fanning

23 Feb 1869, Margaret of James Heffernan & Margaret Sullivan, Ballinamona sp: Thomas Donnelly & Catherine Fanning

7 May 1869, Bridget of John Fanning, labourer, & Mary Fogarty, Turtulla sp: Bridget Fogarty & Michael Fanning (occupier) info from civil birth record as well.

10 Apr 1870, Thomas of Michael Butler & Alice Dwyer, Turtulla sp: Thomas Benson & Ellen Fanning

29 Jun 1870, Bridget of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: James Ryan & Judy Fanning

16 Oct 1870, James of Edmond Bourke & Mary Cavanagh, Knockroe sp: William Fanning & Anne Shanahan

1 Nov 1870, Ellen of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtulla sp: John Kenedy & Mary Fanning

18 Dec 1870, Catherine of Martin Delahunty & Catherine Daly, Loughbeg sp: John Fanning & Margaret Maher

2 Sept 1871, Judith of Martin Cody & Mary Fitzgerald, Pouldine sp: Philip Fanning & Bridget Fanning

3 Sept 1871, Judith of Michael Fanning & Anne Casey, Graigue sp: John Fogarty & Margaret Butler

28 Apr 1872, Bridget of Martin Brien & Bridget Fogarty, Turtulla sp: John Fanning & Mary Fanning

28 Apr 1872, Daniel of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: Thomas Fanning & John Shehan

2 Jun 1872, John of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Connell, Turtulla sp: Thomas Cody & Mary Cody

22 Sept 1872, Honoria of John Fanning & Mary Fogarty, Turtulla sp: Michael Lalor & Ellen Fanning

31 Dec 1873, Catherine of Thomas Kirwan & Margaret Shea, Turtulla sp: Judy Fanning

31 Jan 1874, Patrick of Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: John Ryan & Catherine Ryan. Patrick married Mary Costello on 25th of Feb 1914

7 Mar 1874, Martin of John Fanning & Anne Fogarty, Coldfields sp: John Ryan & Judy Fogarty

15 Mar 1874, Margaret of William Fanning & Rose Reily, Newbrook sp: Martin Ryan & Mary Maher. Margaret married John Scally 18th Nov 1909

12 Oct 1874, Catherine of Thomas Daniel & Judy Ryan, Borris sp: Edmond Fanning & Margaret Bourke

31 Oct 1874, Patrick of John Duhan & Catherine Fanning, Turtulla sp: Richard Croak & Bridget Fanning

14 Feb 1875, Rosanna of William Fanning & Rose Reily, Newbrook sp: Margaret Grant

21 Feb 1875, Thomas of Michael Fanning & Ellen Connell, Littleton sp: Michael  Farrington & Ellen Farrington

6 Mar 1875, Michael of Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: Michael Ryan & Sally Ryan

7 Mar 1875, Denis of Martin Brien & Bridget Fogarty, Turtulla sp: Michael Wheelan & Bridget Fanning

4 Jul 1875, Anne of Michael Fanning & Anne Casey, Coolkip sp: Thomas Quinlan? & Mary Gleeson

10 Jul 1875, William of Patrick Delahunty & Ellen Maher, Coldfields sp: John Moloughney & Joanna Fanning

8 Sept 1875, Ellen of William Hayes & Margaret Fogarty, Ballyerk sp: Edmund Fanning & Ellen Flinn

4 Dec 1875, Edmond of John Hayden & Mary Moloughney, Laharden sp: Thomas Fanning & Mary Ryan

9 Sept 1876, Margaret of Edmond Moloughney & Mary Kenedy, Coldfields sp: Anne Fanning

25 Sept 1876, Mary of Michael Butler & Ally Dwyer, Turtulla sp: Philip Fanning & Alice Dwyer

30 Sept 1876, Joseph of Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: Laurence Ryan & Anne Cushing. Joseph married Ellen Lambe of Maxfort in 24 J???? 1919

22 Jul 1877, John of John Fanning & May Fogarty, Turtulla sp: Ed Dwyer & Joanna Fanning

2 Dec 1877, John of Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: Margaret Cussen

3 May 1878, Mary of Michael Fanning & Anne Casey, Knockroe sp: Patrick Gleeson & Mary Kelly

1 Jan 1879, Mary of Michael Butler & Ally Dwyer, Turtulla sp: Denis Butler & Mary Fanning

3 May 1879, William of Joseph Fanning, farmer, & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: Patrick Flanagan & Mary Skehan

29 Jun 1879, Bridget of Thady Fahy & Bridget Stapleton, Ballydavid sp: Mathew Tracy & Bridget Fanning

27 Aug 1879, Catherine of Edmond Ryan & Bridget Fanning, Turtulla sp: John Banon & Ellen Fanning

20 Aug 1880, James of Thomas Commons & Judith Commins, Borris sp: John Shelly & Mary Maher. James Commons married Sarah Fanning 22 Jun 1921

10 Oct 1880, Margaret of Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan, Graigue sp: William Fanning & Catherine Molumby

20 Oct 1897, Sarah of Edmund Fanning, farmer, & Elizabeth Ryan, Coolcroo sp: Michael Fanning & Bridget Ryan

15 May 1901, William of Thomas Fanning, farmer & Margaret Fogarty, Borris, sp: Thomas Fanning, father. Civil birth rec birth date 20 Apr 1901.

22 Oct 1903, John of Thomas Fanning & Margaret Fogarty, Borris sp: father a farmer, civil birth record.

*4 Jul 1904, John of Edward Fanning & Johanna Hogan, Shanballa sp: father a farmer civil birth rec, birth date 4 Jul 1904

3 Aug 1904, Sarah of Thomas Fanning & Catherine Brennan, Coldfields sp: father a farmer civil birth rec, birth date 26 Jul 1904

30 Jul 1907, Mary of Edward Fanning & Johanna Hogan, Shanballa sp: father a farmer, civil birth rec

9 Jun 1914, John of Patrick Fanning, a farmer & Ellen Maher, Coldfields civil birth rec birth date 11 Apr 1914

Daniel “Dandy” Fanning, c1805 -1853, Co Tipperary to Singleton, NSW, Australia

Daniel “Dandy” Fanning was transported to NSW in 1836, for manslaughter. He was born c1805 in Co Tipperary and died in 1853 in Singleton NSW Australia. He married Mary Ryan nee Keane.

Rathleasty Townland in Drom, Griffiths Valuation Map, 1849

The following information and documents were sent to me by Barry Ryan, a direct descendant of Daniel “Dandy” Fanning and Mary Ryan nee Keane. I found the story of his research as interesting as the stories themselves.

I don’t know if my Fannings are related to Dandy. It is possible, as he came from the same parish,  Drom And Inch in Co Tipperary.

I am publishing this information as I enjoyed reading Barry’s work and it may be of interest and help to others in their family history search.

Many thanks to Barry for allowing me to post his work. Any questions and comments I will pass on to Barry.


I had never thought of compiling a family tree until one day in about 1982 when at a family gathering of some sort my cousin the late Lola RUTHERFORD (nee FARRELL) gave me a copy of “the family tree”.



Mary Joseph 15th Oct 1876 21st Sep. 1883

William James 12th Dec. 1877 14Th Nov. 1965

Daniel 14th Mar. 1879 20th Oct. 1938

Hannah 5th Mar. 1881 15th Oct. 1944

Joseph Henry 30th Oct. 1882 9th May 1962

John David 24th Feb. 1884 3rd Jun. 1958

Percy Laurence 5th Jan. 1886 26th Jul. 1916

Francis Alphonsus 27th Jan. 1888 6th Jan. 1962

Nita Gertrude 15th Oct. 1889 6th Jul. 1964

Edward 4th Feb . 1892 19th Feb. 1950

Stella Mary 2nd Mar. 1894 23rd Jul. 1901

Evelyn Cecilia 2nd May 1895 28th Feb. 1971

George Vincent 8th Jan. 1898 27th Jul. 1965

Charles Patrick 12th Mar. 1900 14th Jul. 1978


Mother Anne RYAN Died 20th November, 1926

Father Joseph RYAN Died 19th May, 1933


That was all of it. I was approaching retirement and had the time to try to expand it. A visit to Chester Hill branch of Bankstown City Council Library provided a number of books on compiling family histories. Fortunately marriage certificates of my parents and grandparents were available and there was no difficulty in obtaining a Readers Ticket from State Archives in Globe Street. My local branch library had several microfiche viewers and a number of copies of BD&M microfiche indexes and I was up and running.

Neither of my parents or their siblings were living so there were no first hand reference points but it had been drummed into me that all my ancestors came from Ireland and that is a great bonus for family tree researchers. For whatever reason I started on the maternal side and in next to no time I learnt about Assisted Immigration, Entitlement Certificates, Remittance Regulations and Shipping Records and had completed the mother’s side of the family fully documented with copies from State Archives. How easy was this? Next step was the paternal grandmother leaving the easy part till last. Again no problems. Following the text book approach it all fell into place through assisted immigration and shipping records. Within say, six months, three parts of the job was done thanks mainly to Irish ancestry and the plethora of material available through State Archives and other sources and assistance from Bankstown City Library.

I started the “easy part” of the project sometime in 1983 and completed it in 2009 which is the purpose of this little story in documenting the pitfalls and problems encountered and hope it may help others.

According to documentation available in 1983 my paternal grandfather was Joseph RYAN, born 12th July, 1850 at Scotts Flat (near Singleton) to Joseph RYAN and Mary CAIN, and he had a brother David. He married Anne McLoughlin at St Marys Catholic Church Newcastle on 16th November, 1875. Joseph RYAN does not appear in BD&M birth records. As those records pre 1856 were compiled from church records photographed by the Church of Latter Day Saints I considered that there must have been an oversight so I applied for a copy of Joseph’s Baptismal Certificate from the Catholic Church, Singleton. The answer was negative…no record found. I could not find a Mary CAIN in BD&M records, shipping records or convict records.

As luck would have it I was able to make personal contact with the late Clare STERNBECK who prepared certificates requested from Singleton parish and so began what was almost three years of correspondence and further personal contacts. Clare took the problem very much to heart and sent me numerous letters of possible leads and contacts. As she worked purely as a volunteer I was able to send her periodic supplies of writing paper, envelopes and stamps so that she wasn’t out of pocket. I was on the verge of abandoning the project in 1986 when in the day’s mail was a rather grubby envelope addressed in pencil containing a letter written also in pencil on a piece of white butcher’s paper obviously torn from a parcel of meat. It transpired that Clare had called at the church on her way home from shopping to check some other matter and stumbled upon the solution to my problem while turning a page in a register. She was so excited to let me know that she scribbled a message on what was available in order to catch the afternoon mail. The following day another letter arrived written and presented in Clare’s usual impeccable style.

The hasty note identified three baptisms recorded at Whittingham Catholic Church to Daniel FANNING and Mary KAIN…..viz :-

Joseph FANNING born 12/ 7/1850

Daniel FANNING born 18/12/1851

David FANNING born 23/ 9/1853

There were so many matching or nearly matching factors involved (Mary KAIN v Mary CAIN , Joseph born 12/7/1850 and a brother David) that I had little hesitation in accepting Joseph FANNING as my probable grandfather. The next step was “What does it all mean?”.

Daniel FANNING was easily identified as former convict then on a Conditional Pardon but who was Mary KAIN? As with Mary CAIN there were no references in BD&M records, Immigration Records or Convict Records. I had heard that many problems arose in the early days of the Colony when names and places were recorded using phonetic spelling so I contacted some Irish people to see what names they could suggest sounding like KAIN or CAIN. A popular choice was KEANE. Back to the State Archives and there was a Mary KEANE, an Assisted Unmarried Female Immigrant, a house and laundry maid, who arrived per Royal Consort on 13th July,1840. She was able to read but not write as was quite typical of some Catholics who only had the benefit of “hedge schooling”. She was aged 24 and came from Belfast and was the daughter of John KEANE, a ship’s carpenter (deceased) and Mary KEANE (living).

State Archive records indicated that Mary married a certain Andrew RYAN. It seems that Mary struck up a relationship with a convict, Andrew RYAN, born 14th June, 1810 in Booterstown a suburb of Dublin, tried in Dublin 29th August, 1829 for highway robbery, sentenced to transportation for life and arrived in Sydney 26th April,1830 on board Forth(1). They had a son Matthew (ex nuptial) on 25th December, 1841. Convicts required permission to marry and a prerequisite was a Ticket of Leave which was granted on 14th November, 1842. Permission to Marry was granted on 2nd December,1842 and they were married on 9th January,1843.

According to BD&M records Mary and Andrew had a daughter Bridget on 25th May, 1847 and their son Matthew died on 23rd November, 1848. Andrew’s Conditional Pardon was granted on 13th September.1847. Mary and Andrew appear to have parted company soon after Matthew’s death.

Mary RYAN (nee KEANE) then seems to have got herself and the infant Bridget to Scotts Flat where she entered into a relationship with Daniel FANNING.

Mary Ryan Nee Keane

Now, who was Joseph RYAN the supposed father of my grandfather? He probably didn’t exist. He was invented to provide some respectability to the family in an era when de facto relationships and ex nuptial births were severely frowned upon. My real great grandfather was Daniel FANNING.

To complete verification of the family of Joseph and Anne RYAN I searched BD&M indexes and identified all except for the eldest, Mary Joseph. On a whim I searched for children of Joseph and Anne FANNING and guess what? I got the first six members of the RYAN family as shown in “The RYAN Family Tree”. Numbers 2 to 6 had the same registration numbers as the FANNINGS. The entries for the RYANS as recorded in the Pioneer Index have the letter “R” in the cross reference field.

Using sources which I cannot reveal I discovered that the second to sixth children were initially registered as FANNINGS and reregistered in 1904 as RYANS thus explaining the same registration numbers for apparently different people. Separate letters were written in Latin with an English translation for each of the five in which my grandfather stated that he had originally registered the five births as FANNINGS in honour of his step-father (who didn’t exist) . These letters are pasted in the old BD&M registers. Mary Joseph is recorded in the death records as Mary Joseph FANNING. Did Joseph FANNING/RYAN perpetuate a myth or had his mother told a story?

We will now return to Daniel FANNING. He was convicted at the Easter Assizes in Clonmel Co. Tipperary on the 17th March, 1836 of the manslaughter of James Long at Thurles on 3rd October,1835. He was sentenced to transportation for life and arrived in Sydney on board Waterloo(4) on 7th September, 1836 where he was assigned to Samuel CLIFT initially at West Maitland and subsequently at Patricks Plains.

Daniel FANNING disappeared from all public reference in 1853. A Daniel FANNING was found dead on the side of the road at Butlers Falls near Dubbo in 1864. After hours and hours of research he was ruled out as being our Daniel FANNING. Lots of avenues were pursued including a request published in the Tipperary Star, checking outgoing shipping records and interstate death records all to no avail.

We will now leave Daniel FANNING on hold for a moment while a major player in this saga is introduced.

In the early 1990s while browsing convict records on the internet I found that a D. LIEPINS was noted as searching a convict Andrew RYAN. I made contact and although we have never met personally Dale has become a great friend. We have exchanged phone calls, letters, e-mails, you name it ever since. Dale’s interest was an ancestor Mary Anne RYAN who was identified on her marriage certificate as being the daughter of Andrew RYAN and Mary RHODES when she married John SEMPLE. Dale and her mother before her had been searching in vain for Mary RHODES for some years.

After establishing that our families were connected we exchanged data and joined forces for the next sixteen years and still counting. I would not have progressed to this stage without Dale. She has enquired and written letters hither and yon and obtained certificates and newspaper cuttings from near and far, all of which she has willingly made available to me.

Mary RYAN (KEANE) moved to Gunnenbene near Carroll with her daughter Bridget after Bridget’s marriage to Martin FITZGERALD.

Bridget Fitzgerald nee Ryan

Mary died on 27th September, 1896 and her death certificate indicates two sons (Joseph and David) and one daughter, Bridget, living and two sons (Matthew and Daniel) and one unnamed daughter deceased. I had previously recorded Daniel as deceased at an early age but the registration number recorded at the time, 162-1930, is now proving difficult to match. The question is “who was the second daughter?”.

Over the years we searched for and eliminated every Mary RHODES born in the colony, immigrated to Australia or transported to Australia as a Convict. It was now back to square one and recheck everything. I noticed that Mary Anne SEMPLE died in 1888 thus predeceasing Mary RYAN. I then took the view that Mary Anne RYAN was the daughter of Mary KEANE not Mary RHODES. There was nothing in the records to indicate this but I felt that the birth/baptism had not been recorded or had fallen through the cracks. Going on her age at marriage I determined that she would have been born in 1842 or 1843 and like her siblings would have been baptised in a Catholic Church. I went through all the appropriate microfilms at Bankstown Library checking for breaks in the sequence of Baptism returns. Eureka!!! There it was. An eighteen month sequence of baptism notifications from the Parish of St. James was missing. When contacted, the Archivist at St. Marys Cathedral would not make the original records available but suggested that I approach the Society of Australian Genealogists who had a copy of the records. In the fullness of time and the payment of a fee a letter arrived from SAG containing a photocopy of the baptism of a Mary Anne RYAN, born 26th December, 1843, the daughter of Henry RYAN and Mary KEANE.

The fickle finger of fate intruded again. One of the sponsors was a Henry BYRNE and as this was the last of many baptisms on that day we must allow the priest a little inattention as he wrote the register up at the end of a long day and accept that he wrote Henry when he meant Andrew. The parents of Mary Anne were noted as living in Harrington St. Sydney which was the address of Andrew and Mary.

Who was Mary RHODES? My opinion is that Mary RHODES was Andrew RYAN’S partner or housekeeper. After parting from his wife Andrew and the five year old Mary Anne went initially to Tambaroora, a gold mining village near Sofala and then to Sofala where Mary Anne was married and Andrew went on to Rylstone where he died. Contemporary records suggest that the name “Mary RHODES” was fairly common in the Mudgee/Rylstone area and Andrew would have needed a woman’s touch to raise a young girl.

And now patient reader we have the big drum roll. Within two months of the Mary Anne RYAN episode I received a late night phone call from Dale LIEPINS who was in a state of high excitement. She had just arrived home from holidays and was checking her mail. Unbeknown to me she had seen the name Daniel FANNING in a listing of Intestate Estates and paid the fee for a copy of the Probate Papers. IT WAS HIM. 61 pages of gold nuggets that researchers only dream about. I won’t bore the reader with the whole document but will note the significant items.

Daniel FANNING and Mary RYAN were partners as tenant farmers at Scotts Flat. Daniel fell from a horse on 16th February, 1853 and died three days later without regaining consciousness. There is no record of his death although an inquest was held. We do know the doctor’s name, the cost of the coffin, the cost of crepe and calico used to line the coffin, who dug the grave and how much he was paid. A nephew visited from Sydney not long after Daniel’s death and we know from him that Daniel came from Borrisaleigh in Tipperary and that he had four brothers. Mary was seven weeks pregnant with David at the time. One item in the papers confirms all speculations that we had made. In an affidavit Mary states that she was married to Andrew RYAN, that they lived in Harrington St, Sydney near the old Customs House and that she “left Andrew RYAN because he dissipated the means of maintenance of herself and her family through drunkenness”.

All through the probate papers Mary is referred to only as Mrs RYAN and the children referred to as Bridget RYAN, Joseph FANNING and Daniel FANNING. One can only assume that the young children being in the care of a single mother named Mrs RYAN soon became known as RYANS.

The moral of this little story is “ don’t give up, there is an answer somewhere so keep searching and let your imagination run free”.

Barry RYAN

The following letter is to the local magistrate, George Ryan, from the parish priest of Drom and Inch, Father Thomas Mullany, advising against showing Dandy any leniency.


17th April,1836

My Dear Sir,

I beg to inform you, that it is currently reported, that a memorial to his excellency is about being presented, in favour of the celebrated Daniel or Dandy Fanning, now under sentence of transportation for the manslaughter of Long at the last assizes of Clonmel: this is not the first, second or third homicide, in which he has been concerned, all of which as resident Magistrate in this locality you should be aware of—- I am convinced a greater calamity could not happen in our parishes, with respect to public peace, and order than the return of this notoriously audacious character. Nay the peace of the country in a circumference of ten miles would be endangered.

I submit to you, whether it be not a public duty to apprize the government of the real character of this man, and warn them of the consequences, likely to result from an exercise of the prerogative in favour of so unworthy, and destructive a character.

Trusting you will pardon this liberty,

I have the honour to be

Your most obdt hble servant

Thos Mullany P.P.

Drom and Inch

George Ryan

Inch House

Here are two accounts of Dandy’s trial from local newspapers:

Extract from the Clonmel Advertiser of



The Lord Chief Justice DOHERTY arrived in court at 9 o’clock.

The jury panel being called over, several persons who did not answer, were fined each two pounds.

The following persons were sworn of the jury

Messrs Geo. Smithwick, Thomas Smithwick, James Keating, Robert Usher, John O’Leary, Thomas Cotter, Wm. Smith, Thos. O’Brien, Pat. Scully, John Lacy, Wm. Hudson, Pat. Wall.

Dandy Fannin, John Fannin, John Shanahan and James Maher were placed at the bar charged with the manslaughter of James Long at Thurles on the 3rd October.

Thomas Fogarty sworn ; was brother-in-law to James Long, the deceased ; witness, his father, and brother were attacked by a party on the 29th of September, and witness, with deceased, and some other friends who were witnesses for witness came on the 3rd of October to prosecute the party at the petit sessions of Thurles; witness was prevailed upon to make up the quarrel and he and his friends forgave their assailants ; shortly after this, on the same day, while witness was placing a bag of bran on his cart, a great crowd of people with Con. Fannin at their head, came down the street, crying out for Long ; the deceased was at this time, in Mrs. Harney’s public house, saw Thomas Fannin throw a stone at the deceased ; witness ran up and knocked down John Shanahan ; got into a contest afterwards with Dandy Fannin, when witness got a blow in the face ; on recovery afterwards witness found the deceased speechless in a house ; deceased lived until about 12 o’clock the next day ; deceased had two cuts on his head, and several bruises on his body ; did not see the deceased when struck down ; there were 30 or 40 persons of the party who were armed with stones ; there were only 7 persons with witness, who came about the prosecution ; identified only Dandy Fannin from among the other prisoners.

Mich. Shaughnessy sworn — was in Thurles the day the deceased was struck ; saw Dandy Fannin strike the deceased with an armed stick ; saw Dandy Fannin strike James Hinds ; the party was flinging stones ; the deceased was first struck ; did not see the deceased strike any person ; identified the prisoner, Dandy Fannin.

Catherine Long, sister to the deceased, being sworn, deposed that, being present at the riot, she saw Thos. Fannin strike the deceased with a stone on the head, which knocked him down ; saw Dandy Fannin strike deceased with a stick while down , and witness’s life was threatened by Dandy Fannin if she attempted to assist the deceased ; there was no fighting before this ; deceased was not knocked down by the first stone thrown at him ; before deceased was struck stones were thrown by persons named Stapleton, Glasscot, Nisbit and Shanahan at the deceased ; John Fannin was pelting stones at the deceased ; the riot was going on for a quarter of an hour ; saw none but the deceased knocked down ; witness got people to take her brother into a house ; he lived till about 12 o’clock the next day ; witness identified all the prisoners as the persons who struck the deceased with the exception of John Shanahan whom she does not know, and is not the John Shanahan who struck the deceased ; swore information against James Maher, and Thomas Fannin, and against six others.

James Hinds being sworn deposed that he saw Con Fannin throw a stone at the deceased ; which was the first stone witness saw thrown ; a fight then began ; afterwards saw Thomas Fannin, Con Fannin, Dandy Fannin and David Fannin, strike the deceased while down ; saw James Maher throw a stone at deceased while down ; witness was struck and twice knocked down ; witness identified the prisoners Dandy Fannin and James Maher as the persons who struck the deceased.

Dr. Bradshaw swore the death of the deceased was caused by a fracture on the front of the head.

Mr. C.C. Cox swore that the commencement of the riot and the coming up of the police did not occupy more than quarter of an hour.


Richard Cantwell swore he saw three persons following up Pudding Lane, and shouting after Dandy Fannin, who turned from them, and when near the Main street was attacked by a party who drove him into the Main-street opposite Mrs. Harney’s house ; this Fannin was then alone.

Thomas Boland swore that having got up on a cart the first thing he saw was Dandy Fannin opposite Mrs. Harney’s house, all covered with blood ; saw 8 or 9 persons striking Dandy Fannin , who had no persons with him at the time ; Dandy Fannin was beaten back by some men, when a stone thrown by some person in the rear of the crowd struck this man in the forehead, and this man , who was the deceased, immediately fell ; saw only one man knocked down ; saw a second stone thrown which was directed against the deceased ; Dandy Fannin had a stick in his hand with which he defended himself, and with which he attempted to save the deceased when down.

Francis O’Brien Esq. being sworn, deposed that being attracted to the window of Mr. Bray’s drawing room, in which he was, by a noise in the street, the first thing he saw was a tall man, struck by five or six men, who were all striking him together ; this man was near the market-house, of which place, witness had a perfect view ; saw this man go away bleeding ; saw a man knocked down opposite Mrs. Harney’s house, which was on the same side of Mr. Bray’s house, and about sixty yards from it ; saw a party come up to assist the tall man ; at first there were about six or seven persons, but afterwards there was a large party shouting ; the fight began before witness went to the window to look out ; remained at the window until the police came up.

Denis Reardon and Connor Shanahan swore to an alibi for John Fannin, who, they swore was for three hours in Thomas Molony’s public house before the police came up.

Here the case closed when his Lordship with his usual clearness and minuteness charged the jury ; who retired at 25 minutes after 12 ; and after deliberating about 40 minutes brought in a verdict of guilty against Dandy Fanning and James Maher .

Extract from Clonmel Herald of


Thursday – Third Day.

Shortly after 9 o’clock, the Lord Chief Justice entered the Court – the long panel was called over on penalty of two pounds by James Carmichael Esq.

The attendance of jurors was very scanty and, consequently, he number of fines very numerous.

The following Petit Jury was then sworn :-

George Smithwick, Thomas Smithwick, James Keating, Robert Usher, John

O’Leary, Thomas Cotter, Wm. Smith, Thomas O’Brien, Patrick Scully, John Leacy, Wm. Hudson, and Patrick Wall.

Dandy Fanning, John Fanning, John Shanahan and James Maher were placed at the bar, Dandy Fanning charged with the manslaughter of James Long and the others with aiding and abetting in the same, on the 3rd of October, in the town of Thurles.

Thomas Fogarty examined by Mr. Scott, K.C.—Is brother-in-law of deceased; was with him on 5th of October in Thurles ; witness’s father and brother had processed the Fannings, but forgave them ; a body of men came down the street of Thurles, crying out for Long ; deceased was in Mrs. Harney’s public house, and witness was outside ; witness saw John Fanning hit deceased with a stone ; witness threw down some of the prisoners , but was knocked down himself ; Long was speechless after he received the beating, and lived till 12 or 1 o’clock the next day ; there was a large party of assailants, about 20 or 30, and only seven witness’s party- (witness identified Dandy Fanning.)

The witness was cross examined by Mr. Brewster, K.C. who was licensed to act for the prisoners.

Michael Shaughnessy examined by Mr. Brewster, K.C. — was in Thurles the day in question ; saw Dandy Fanning strike William Long (the deceased) ; with a stick, it had a ferule on the end of it ; saw him strike a man named Hinds ; did not see the deceased strike any one until he was first struck himself – (identifies Dandy Fanning.)

Cross examined by Mr. Fogarty – was in town at 1 o’clock ; saw Fanning separate from the crowd, but he was not alone ; did not see anyone strike Fanning, but saw him bleeding.

To a Juror—Fanning was not bleeding when witness saw him strike the first blow.

Catherine Long sworn and examined by Mr. Scott, K.C. —Is sister to the deceased ; was in Thurles the evening he was struck ; saw Tom. Fanning strike her brother James in the head ; saw James Maher strike him with a stone while he was lying down ; saw Dandy Fanning strike deceased with a stick when down ; witness thought to save her brother, but Fanning said he would kill herself if she did not go away, there had not been any fighting before her brother was knocked down ; there were stones thrown at her brother and his party before deceased was down ; saw another John Fanning and a man named Nisbet throw stones at her brother and his party ; saw John Shanahan also pelt stones ; the fight continued about one hour and a half ; it did not continue after her brother was knocked down ; the deceased was lying in the street and witness got men to bring him into a house ; (identifies Dandy Fanning, John Fanning and James Maher.) ; saw a John Shanahan there, but it was not the prisoner at the bar ; her brother died the next day.

Cross examined by Mr. Brewster, K.C.—Gave information in about six days after ; did not swear in her information against Maher , though she saw him strike the deceased ; was in Thurles from 9 o’clock till near 4 o’clock ; two persons went with witness to Thurles ; did not see any of the Fogarty’s in Mrs. Harney’s public house ; when her friends came out the fight commenced ; never heard her cousin or brother bid one of the Fannings prepare his coffin ; her brother was killed about half an hour after he came out of the house ; the fight stopped in two minutes after her brother was killed ; the fight was going on about an hour and a half.

Re-examined by Mr. Scott– When Maher was in custody swore her information against him before Mr. Tabiteau.

James Hines examined by Mr. Plunket, K.C.— Was in Thurles, in Mrs. Harney’s house, the day in question ; heard Dandy Fanning’s party coming down the street shouting out for Long ; they came down to Mrs. Harney’s house, and James Long came out when he heard them crying out for him ; Con Fanning threw the first stone ; (Con. Fanning is not on trial) ; saw Dandy Fanning, and John Fanning, and Maher also throw stones ; witness

was knocked down ; does not know who did it ; the fight at that time had been going on only five minutes ; saw Dandy Fanning strike James Long when down ; could not tell anything that happened after he was knocked down (witness identifies two of the prisoners.)

Cross examined by Mr. Fogarty, at great length—- There were a great number of friends of the deceased Long and four Fogartys ; they ran out of the house when the Fannings came down the street, shouting out “no Longs, no Fogartys”, witness had no ferule on his stick ; defended Long as well as he could, but was knocked down himself ; saw no blood on Fanning before he struck Long ; the deceased was taken into Mrs. Harney’s after he was knocked down ; witness was taken in there himself about 4 minutes previously.

Dr. Bradshaw, examined by Mr. Plunkett, K.C.—- Was in Thurles the day in question ; there was a whistle given and immediately there was a fight ; the whole thing could not have lasted more than a quarter of an hour.


Richard Cantwell, sworn, examined by Mr. Brewster K.C.—– Lives in Thurles opposite Mrs. Harney’s house ; met Dandy Fanning in the street about three o’clock in the day– the court was over ; the witness saw three persons follow Fanning and shout after him ; he was attacked there by a party ; he was by himself, and was beaten back ; he had several cuts on his head ; it was witness washed his head.

To the Court—– There were about 7 or 10 persons of the party who attacked Fanning ; when the people attacked Fanning, they drove him back towards the Main street, from the road where he was going home ; he was then alone ; had no party with him.

Cross examined by Mr. Scott, K.C.— Was about 40 yards from the fight ; it could not have lasted more than 20 minutes ; the police came up and they dispersed ; did not know the Longs ; knew none of the party but Dandy Fanning.

Thomas Boland examined by Mr. Brewster, K.C.— Recollects the day of this unfortunate occurrence ; saw Dandy Fanning in the square all covered with blood ; did not see any fighting before that ; there were 7 or 8 persons striking him at the time ; he had no party with him ; saw Fanning cover his head with his arm to save himself ; saw a man who was coming up against Fanning knocked down ; saw Fanning put his stick over him to save him ; the “peelers” then came up and there was a whistle .

Cross examined by Mr. Plunkett, K.C. —-Did not see any man but the one knocked down.

Francis O’ Brien, Esq. of Turtullo, examined by Mr. Brewster, K.C.—- Saw the fight in question; saw one person rather a tall man, struck by several persons ; saw blood streaming from his head ; saw a man knocked down near Harney’s public-house ; there was no one assisting the tall man, they all seemed to be striking him, until a party came to his rescue ; saw the transaction from the drawing room window that commanded a view ; and the first thing that witness saw was 6 or 7 men striking the one person.

Denis Reardon sworn—- Was in Mullowney’s house during the fight ; had been in the house of Mr. Thomas Mullowney when the police passed by, and for three hours before that.

Connor Shanahan sworn—- was in Mullowney’s on the day of the fight ; John Fanning was already there, and had been there two hours and a half.

He was cross examined by Mr. Scott, K.C.

The case being ended his Lordship charged the jury at great length, clearly recapitulating points of the evidence adduced from the various witnesses both for the prosecution and defense. His Lordship said all who went with the party , and aided and assisted, were equally guilty as the man who actually struck the blow.

The jury retired, and in 40 minutes returned a verdict of John Fanning and John Shanahan not guilty, Dandy Fanning and James Maher guilty.

Dandy Fanning and James Maher were sentenced to transportation for life.



Hanged…………………………………………….. 2

To be hanged……………………………………… 1

Sentence of death recorded………………… 10

Transported for life…………………………….. 32

Transported for 7 years………………………. 14

To be imprisoned for various periods………20

To appear at next sessions……………………11

Held over for trial at next assizes……………28

Discharged by proclamation………………….63

Acquitted………………………………………….. 71




Information on the Fitzgerald Family of Martin and Bridget Fitzgerald nee Ryan:


Bridget Ryan (daughter of Andrew Ryan And Mary Keane) married Martin Edward Fitzgerald at Singleton on 21st April, 1869. Martin arrived in Sydney on board David McIver with his parents and siblings on19th May, 1852 as Assisted Immigrants. The family consisted of :-

Michael Fitzgerald aged 50 born 1801 at Roscrea, Co Tipperary to John Fitzgerald and Margaret Connors and

Margaret Connors his wife whom he married in Tipperary in 1835. She was 34 on arrival in Australia and was born in 1818 to Andrew and Mary Connors at Borrisaleigh Co Tipperary. Is it a coincidence that Daniel Fannings family came from Borrisaleigh? The children were…………

Margaret born 1838 aged 14 on arrival

Martin Edward born 1840 aged 12 on arrival

John Henry born 1842 aged 10 on arrival

Andrew born 1845 aged 7 on arrival

William born 1847 aged 5 on arrival

The 5 children were all baptised at the parish of Dunkerrin near Roscrea. (Joan Flood has their baptismal certificates.)

Travelling with the Fitzgeralds was a Margaret Kelly an orphan niece of Margaret Fitzgerald. The younger Margaret’s parents died during the great Potato Famine

The family apparently went straight to Scotts Flat travelling by boat to Morpeth and then overland by foot or cart. Michael died within 6 months of arrival (V18521354 118/1852). There is a headstone for Michael and Margaret in the old Singleton cemetery.

Margaret married Patrick O’Brien 1866/2852

Andrew married Ellen Mahoney 1866/2899

John married Mary A Connors 1868/3119

William married Elizabeth Gardner 1878/1878

Margaret married Patrick O’Brien 1866/2852

Margaret married Daniel Ryan (1) 1854


Married Thomas Tydd (2) 1859/2685

Martin and Bridget went to an area known as Gunnenbene on the Namoi River in !869 where he took up his first block…Conditional Purchase 69/1093 being Portion 1 , Parish of Cunnenbeme County Darling. This seems to have been his

sole holding until 1872 when he acquired the adjacent Portion 49 of 50 acres ex roads as Additional Conditional Purchase 72/7966.

Indications are that Martin and Bridget were among the very first settlers in the area because his selection is Portion 1 and no other Conditional Purchasers of !869 or earlier are obvious on the Parish maps.

Martin appears to have moved some number of miles to the North West of the Parish in 1891 when he acquired a contiguous area comprising the following :-

Portion 160 of 733 acres 1rood 20 perches ex roads and

Portion 121 of 82 acres both forming Conditional Lease 91/13

Portion 122 and Potion 123 each of 160 acres together forming Conditional Purchase 91/33

Portion 3 of 160 acres as Additional Conditional Purchase 91/81

NOTE Terms of a Conditional Purchase are 25% deposit and annual instalments of 5% of the Capital Value including interest @ 2.5% pa on the outstanding balance which usually means payment complete in 28 years.

Conditional Leases were normally leases in perpetuity with an annual rental of twopence per acre per annum with the right to convert to a Conditional Purchase at any time at one pound per acre.

Additional Conditional Purchases were available to holders of Original Conditional Purchases at no more than one pound per acre but often at reduced rates such as 6 shillings and 8 pence per acre.

Patrick O’Brien acquired 2 blocks in the Parish of Gunnenbeme adjacent to Martin Fitzgerald. Patrick also obtained a number of blocks in the nearby Parish of Keepit abutting the very large holdings of his brother-in-law John Henry Fitzgerald. Andrew Fitzgerald also took up land in the Keepit area alongside his brother. William remained at Scotts Flat as a dairy farmer.

Martin & Bridget’s family was…….

David (Ryan) 1866-13302 m Mary Manton

Elizabeth 1870-17482 m John Turner

Mary Anne 1872-15810 m Alfred Turner

Margaret Jane 1874-19721 m William Kelly

Michael John 1876-20896 m

Agnes M 1879-23966 m Patrick Byrne William Henry 1880-25159 m Daphne Meehan

Bridget Mary 1883-18918 m James Thompson

Ellen Josephine 1886-22093 m Donald Sinclair Lund

Martin Sylvester 1889-22056 m Mildred Holmes