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


Sheehans of Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Family History

Sarah Fanning 1816-1888 born Thurles Parish,Co Tipperary Ireland and married John Sheehan 1815-1881. She lived in Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland and worked as a grocer and publican. She was my gggrandfather’s sister.

Sarah Fanning born 1816 was my gggrandfather’s sister.

After a puzzling lack of DNA matches with a known Sheehan descendant I checked Sarah’s Baptism record and discovered the priest had placed a cross next to the entry. This usually meant the priest did not believe the father married to the mother was actually the father of this child. Sarah’s brother Patrick’s entry also had a cross.

Sarah Sheehan is buried in St Mary’s Church graveyard Thurles Co Tipperary. She and her husband John Sheehan had a grocery/pub in Quarry St Thurles.

Thurles Site of John and Sarah Sheehan nee Fanning's Shop
Site of John and Sarah Sheehan nee Fanning’s Grocery Shop and Pub in Quarry St (renamed Mitchel St) Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland 2012
Sarah Sheehan’s Shop in Quarry St, now Michel St, Thurles in 2018 looking worse for wear.

Quarry St was later renamed Mitchel St. Quarry St ran parallel to Pike St which was renamed Kickham St. The two streets were linked together by Lime Kiln Lane later called Ikerrin Rd. Pudding Lane also known as Jail St is now known as O’Donvan Rossa St. Quarry, where Sarah Sheehan lived, refers to a small area east of the town of Thurles. It was also known locally as The Pike.

St Mary’s Protestant Church was erected in 1820. The original entrance to the church was in Lime Kiln Lane. Both Protestant and Catholics were buried in St Mary’s graveyard.

Thurles St Mary's Graveyard Sarah Sheehan's Gravestone (3)
Thurles St Mary’s Graveyard Sarah Sheehan’s Gravestone
Thurles St Mary's Graveyard Sarah Sheehan's Gravestone (6)
Thurles St Mary’s Graveyard Sarah Sheehan’s Gravestone

Below is the inscription on the grave:

Erected by Sarah Sheehan of Thurles in memory of her beloved husband John Sheehan who died 3rd August 1881 aged 66 years. Also to the memory of their dearly beloved daughter Sarah Sheehan who died on the 31st May 1886 in the 24th year of her age sincerely regretted Here also are deposited the remains of the above Mrs Sarah Sheehan who died 10th Oct 1888 aged 72 years Also Mary Ellen Ryan nee O’Donnell died 21st Dec 1916 aged 34 years.

The Sheehan gravestone has been updated and Johanna O’Donnell nee Sheehan added.

James Dwyer was married to Ellen Sheehan, daughter of Sarah Sheehan nee Fanning, sister of William Patrick Fanning, my great great grandfather. (Sarah and Sally are used for each other.) She would have been his niece.

James Dwyer of Thurles
James Dwyer 1859-1888 Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

James Dwyer and Ellen Sheehan were married in Thurles Parish on 23/01/1883. He was a shopkeeper and his father William a farmer. Ellen’s father John Sheehan was a shopkeeper and her address is given as Quarry St Thurles. James Dwyer lived in Main St Thurles. Witnesses were Michael Dwyer and Sarah Sheehan. James Dwyer died young of Phthisis (consumption or tuberculosis), after being ill for four months. (The death record has him being 30 at time of death.)

James Dwyer probate from The Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1920
James Dwyer probate 1889 from The Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1920

A few years later Ellen married her second cousin, Tom Fanning of Clondoty, Loughmore. They were married on 1/02/1891. Thomas Fanning was a farmer and Ellen Dwyer nee Sheehan a shopkeeper at 112 Quarry St  Thurles. Witnesses were Michael Fanning and Ellen’s sister, Josie Hogan.

Tom Fanning died in 1897 and is buried in Loughmore Cemetery.

Obituary for Thomas Fanning The Nationalist 18 Sept 1897 page 6


Ellen is listed on the 1901 Census at Quarry St Thurles as a grocer. She is age 45. In the household there are her nieces Sarah Hogan age 14 and at school, Josephine Hogan age 24 and a scholar and Mary O’Donnell age 20 and also a scholar. She has a son William Fanning aged 6. On the 1911 Census she is living with a servant who is a shop assistant. Ellen is described as a widow with one living child and her marriage as lasting five years.

1901 Census Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Ellen Fanning_0002
1901 Census Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Ellen Fanning
1911 Census Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Ellen Fanning_0002
1911 Census Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Ellen Fanning

Ellen died in 1943.

Ellen Fanning nee Sheehan death Irish Press 23 Oct 1943
William Fanning Quarry St Irish Examiner 10 Nov 1915
William Fanning Mitchel St Thurles death notice Irish Press 30 Dec 1947
William Fanning Mitchel St Thurles premises sale Irish Press 10 Jul 1948





Johanna O’Donnell nee Sheehan

Johanna was the daughter of Sally Sheehan nee Fanning. She was born in 1853 and died in Thurles in 1932. She married Thomas O’Donnell in Thurles on 8 Feb 1880.

Thomas O’Donnell Fethard 1856-1924
An older Johanna O’Donnell nee Sheehan 1853-1932


James Ryan & Mary Ellen O’Donnell

Mary Ellen O’Donnell, 1881-1916, was the daughter of Thomas O’Donnell and Johanna Sheehan of Fethard. She was the granddaughter of Sally Sheehan nee Fanning. She married James Ryan, 1881-1923, on 5 Oct 1909 in Thurles.

A mystery photo. Told it was Patrick Mary O’Donnell with a Hogan cousin and his wife. Not sure exactly who the couple are but struck by the woman’s resemblance to the above O’Donnell/Sheehan women.


Obit of Bridget O’Sullivan the daughter of Thomas Hogan died age 86. She was the sister in law of Mary Sheehan daughter of Sarah Sheehan nee Fanning.