FEURY FAMILY GLENAGRAGRA BY GEORGE LANGAN

English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare.

English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Crest of County Clare, Ireland.

English: Crest of County Clare, Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE FEURY FAMILY, GLENAGRAGRA.

(With a Langan/Woods connection)

A special thanks to Mary King, Australia and Pat Feury, Portland, Maine

U.S.A. for their part in researching many of the Feury/Dillane families. Mary is a relative of the said  Feury’s.

See also http://www.langangeorge.wordpress.com

Another family name with various spellings such as – Fury, Fuery, Furey and Feury.For this research, we will go with the latter. The Feury’s it would seem came from Lakyle North, Labasheeda, Co. Clare close enough to the same place as the Griffin’s. There is no mention of the family in Glenagragra, Dromreask or Ballyguiltenane under Griffith’s Valuation.

They must have arrived sometime after the valuation years of the 1850’s. In fact, Thomas Michael ‘Buddeen’ Feury told me that the Feury’s got their Glenagragra farm from the Landlord, Goggin, but so did everyone else in the locality, originally, I suppose.

English: Poulnabrone dolmen, the Burren, Co Clare.
English: Poulnabrone dolmen, the Burren, Co Clare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As previously stated the Griffin family had arrived in Glenagragra ahead of their neighbours, the Feurys and it is my belief that a match was made between the aforementioned Mary Feury (See Griffin Family, Glenagragra) and Patrick Griffin with the Feury’s being given part of the Griffin farm as part of the said match. If one looks at the topography (viewing from the top of Feury’s hill) of both the Griffin farm and the two Feury farm’s, you will see my point of view. (The Feury farm was later sub-divided between two sons).

The old National School of Labasheeda, founded...

The old National School of Labasheeda, founded in 1887. The building is now in use as private house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

feury's hill 1988

THE FEURY & GRIFFINS FARMS, GRIFFIN’S ON LEFT, JACK FEURY’S CENTRE & ‘BUDEEN FEURY’S ON RIGHT.

The direct Glenagragra Feury line is somewhat indistinct in so far as to who was the father of James Feury. Buddy Feury always told me that himself, Buddy and Jack Feury were 2nd cousins, therefore their respective fathers Mick Feury & Tom Feury were 1st cousins and their fathers in turn were brothers they being  James(Jim) Feuty and Thomas Feury. However, on this day April 4th 2013 it seems that Mary King has finally unravelled the said line as per the following e-mail -

Hi George and Pat,

Wonderfulnews.  As we know marriage entry for Thomas and Hanora Kelly, his

father was Thomas and so that confirms James’ father as Thomas.  So

Patrick should be father of Johanna. The O’Connors always believed that

Hanora married to Denis Mulvihill was an aunt. So it must have been she

and my Mary  were Thomas’ and James’ first  cousins. Margaret Feury

exists as she was godmother for the William Dillane’s and Mary’s second

daughter Mary. We think she is the one, who became Sister Mary Rosario

or Sister Mary Ligouri.


Sinon(John) exists in the 1911 Census, he is at Lackyle with the family and

the head of the household Michael Francis Feury ( my Mary’s nephew)

says he is 72 and a cousin.  I know in the same year he went before a

magistrate, I think for being drunk.  There was a penalty imposed, but

they did not take the Age Pension off him.  I will see what details the

Age Pension records hold.


Bye for Now,
Mary.

So there we have it. Prior to this Mary King and Pat Feury were working on the following theory that  James was born in 1837 and both he and Thomas descended from a Thomas.  Because Thomas was a father on Thomas’ wedding certificate.  Also James’ eldest son was a Thomas. They suspect their mother may have been a Bridget Griffin.  As for Mary Feury married to Patrick Griffin, she could also have Thomas as her father, but it is possible that they are looking at a father, called Michael, as Thomasas a christian name appeared later down the line. They suspected that James’ and Thomas’ father died young and all the children were raised at Lackyle North.  This is because the Scanlon/ Feury  line, weresurprised, because the descendants of Thomas married to Hanora Kelly referred to Hanora married to Denis Mulvihill always as an aunt.  Her wedding certificate shows her father was James.

Pat Feury & Mary King have outlined Generation 1,2,3 & 4 as follows –

Generation 1

1. THOMAS FEURY was born about 1770. He died in 1860 in Lackyle Co. Clare Ireland.

Thomas Feury had the following children:

 i. JAMES FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ) was born in 1801 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He died on 10 Nov 1871 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He married MARGARET CARMODY? in 1838 in County Clare. She was born in 1803 in

County Clare.

ii.  THOMAS FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare.

 iii. LIVING FEURY (son of Thomas Feury and ).

Black Head County Clare
Black Head County Clare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generation 2

i. JAMES FEURY

(son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1801 in Lackyle, Co. Clare,

Ireland. He died on 10 Nov 1871 in Lackyle, Co. Clare, Ireland. James Feury married MARGARET CARMODY? in 1838 in County Clare Ireland. She was born in 1803 in County Clare. James Feury and Margaret Carmody? had the following children:

Killaloe Diocese.
Killaloe Diocese. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generation 3

(i). MARY FEURY (daughter

of James Feury and Margaret Carmody?) was born in 1839 in Lakyle North,

Co. Clare Ireland. She died after 1914. She married WILLIAM DILLANE

in 1860 in County Clare Ireland. He was born in 1817 in Kinard, near

Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He died on 25 Oct 1914 in Kinard, near

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Mary died circa 1914. She  married William Dillane, Kinnard, Glin circa 1863. William died October 25th 1914. William was a farmer. The Dillane’s, (O’Duilleain’s) were a native Irish speaking family. Mary Feury & William Dillane had the following family of 8:

English: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland as the...
English: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland as the plane comes down to land at Shannon Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generation 4

i. MARGARET DILLANE

(daughter of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 11 Dec 1861 in

Kinard, Co. Limerick. She died in Glin Co. Limerick. She married JOHN STACKPOOL on 14 Feb 1888 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin,  son of Phillip Stackpool and Bridget Dillane. He was born on 04 Oct 1866 in Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 20 Mar 1901 in Kinnard, Glin, Co. Limerick,.

ii. MARY ANN DILLANE

(daughter of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 09 Nov 1863 in

Kinard, near  Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 30 Jun 1938 in

Townsville, Queensland, Australia . She married PATRICK JOSEPH DONNELLY on 15 Jul 1888 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, son of Thomas Donnelly and Winifred Bourke. He was born on 20 Feb 1867 in Varna, Co. Galway. He died on 22 Feb 1920 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

iii. JAMES DILLANE

(son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 11 Apr 1864 in

Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 25 Mar 1950 in Kinard, Limerick. He

married ANNE CULHANE on 02 Jun 1895 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin10, daughter of Daniel Culhane and Eliza (Bess) Mulvihill,

Killeaney. She was born on 04 Jan 1870 in Killeaney, Glin, Co.

Limerick. She died on 13 Dec 190 in Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick.

This was Eliza’s second marriage having being previously married to Paddy McBoy (McCoy), Killeaney. James and Anne Dillane are interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin.

Family from James and Anne Dillane as follows:

(i) Michael Dillane who married Ellen Sheahan, Ballinagoul, Glin. Mick was a noted gaelic footballer in his day. He died May 15th 1990 age 95yrs. (Michael & Ellen had a son Jimmy Dillane who married Brigid Carr.) See B.R.J. 1993/4 p80.

(ii) Mary (Minnie) Dillane who married Thomas Fitzgerald, The Mall, Glin.

(iii) Tom Dillane emigrated to the U.S.A. and married a Mary Mulvihill whose father came from Killeaney, Glin.

(iv) Dan Dillane emigrated to the U.S and remained single in life.

(v) Willie Dillane emigrated to the U.S. and remained single in life. (See also Kate Woods, born March 24th 1866.)

iv. THOMAS FEURY DILLANE

(son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 16 Jul 1865 in

Kinard, Co. Limerick.  He died on 28 Apr 1934 in Cairns, Queensland,

Australia.  He married (1) ANNE TREHY on 11 Nov 1888 in Cairns, Queensland Australia,  daughter of Thomas Trehy and Mary Quinlan.

She was born on 16 Sep 1868 in Fethard, Tipperary Ireland. . She died

on 19 Oct 1902 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He married (2) ROSE GERTRUDE CROXFORD on 03 Sep 1906 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

v. MICHAEL DILLANE

(son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 20 Mar 1867 in

Kinnard, Glin, Co. Limerick. He died in 1932 in Glin Co. Limerick

Ireland. He married CATHERINE DORE on 31 Jul 1889 in Glin, Co. Limerick, daughter of James Dore and Margaret Fitzgibbon.

She was born on 17 Feb 1868 in Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 09 Jan

1907 in Glin, Co. Limerick. Michael was a tailor by trade. It is thought

that Michael & Kate had one child.

vi. JOHN FEURY DILLANE

(son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 01 Aug 1868 in

Kinard, Co. Limerick. He died on 03 Mar 1913 in Queensland, Australia23.

He married MARGARET TREHY on 03 Jan 1891 in Cairns

Queensland Australia24, daughter of Thomas Trehy and Mary Quinlan. She

was born on 02 Aug 1870 in Fethard, Tipperary Ireland25. She died on 10

Sep 1932 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

vii. WILLIAM DILLANE

(son of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 04 Feb 1872 in

Kinard, near Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 08 Dec 1934 in Chillagoe,

Queensland, Australia.

More About William Dillane: Immigration: 16

Jul 1902 in Queensland, Australia Burial: 09 Dec 1934 in Chillagoe

Cemetery, Queensland, Australia

viii. TIMOTHY DILLANE (son

of William Dillane and Mary Feury) was born on 25 Jan 1874 in Kinard,

Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 12 Sep 1886 in Kinard, Glin, Co.

Limerick, Ireland.

More About Timothy Dillane: Burial: 13 Sep 1886 in Kilfergus Cemetery Glin Co. Limerick Ireland.

English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Generation 3.

MICHAEL F EURY (James2, Thomas1) was born in 1840 in Lackyle Co. Clare. He died in 1905 in Lackyle, Co. Clare. He married MARGARET SHEENAN on 25 Feb 1868 in KilmurryMcMahon, Labasheeda, Co. Clare, daughter of Patrick Sheenan and Mary Carmody. She was born in 1842 in Kilmurry McMahon, Labasheeda, Co. Clare. She died on Mar Qtr 1895 in Lackyle North, County Clare.

Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan had the following children:

Generation 4.

i. LIVING FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan). She married WILLIAM DOWNS.

ii. MARGARET FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 11 May 1871. She died in 1872 in Lackyle Co. Clare.

iii. JAMES S. FEURY

(son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1873 in Co.

Clare. He died on 03 Mar 1908 in San Francisco, California U.S.A..

More About James S. Feury: Burial: 05 Mar 1908 in Holy Cross Cemetery

iv. LIVING FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan).

v. MICHAEL FRANCIS FEURY

(son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 26 Sep 1876 in

Co. Clare. He died on 19 Jun 1958 in Lackyle, Co. ClareIreland. He

married BARBARA HELENA NIMMO on 21 Dec 1904 in St.

Bede’s Church, South Shields, England, daughter of James Shearer Nimmo

and Christina Miller. She was born in 1880 in North Shields, England.

She died on 07 Mar 1951 in Lackyle, Co. Clare.

vi. MARGARET FEURY

(daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 06 Feb

1878 in Co. Clare. She died in 1883 in Lackyle North, County Clare.

vii. THOMAS FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 13 Aug 1879 in Co. Clare. He married AGNES HALLORAN. She was born about 1884.

viii. NANO FEURY

(daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1883 in

Co. Clare. She died on 10 Dec 1926 in County Clare. She married MICHAEL O’BRIEN. He was born in 1886. He died on 10 Jun 1965 in County Clare.

ix. DANIEL J. FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1884 in Co. Clare. He died in United States of America.

More About Daniel J. Feury: Emigration: 19 Apr 1902 in Ellis Island U.S.A.

x. JOHN FEURY (son of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in 1888 in Co. Clare. He died in United States of America.

More About John Feury: Emigration: 27 Apr 1907 in Ellis Island U.S.A.

xi. HANNAH FEURY

(daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born on 29 Aug

1891 in Lackyle, Labasheeda, County Clare (Irish birth certificate

9-30-1891)32. She died in Jun 1983 in Lemont, Du Page, Illinois, United

States of America (Silver Cross Hospital)32. She married LIVING HALLORAN.

xii. BRIDGET FEURY (daughter of Michael Feury and Margaret Sheenan) was born in Co. Clare.

English: Lehinch, County Clare. Lehinch, Count...
English: Lehinch, County Clare. Lehinch, County Clare, viewed from the beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generation 3.

HANORA3 FEURY (James2, Thomas1)

was born in 1846 in Lackyle, Co. Clare, Ireland2. She died on 13 May

1934 in Moyvane, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She married DENIS MULVIHILL on

17 Feb 1868 in Labasheeda Catholic Chapel ,Labasheeda, County Clare

Ireland, son of Jeremiah Mulvihill and Ellen?. He was born in 1847 in

Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. He died on 21 Jul 1926 in Co.

Kerry, Ireland3.

More About Hanora Feury:

Burial: May 1934 in Muhur Cemetery, Moyvane Co. Kerry Ireland

More About Denis Mulvihill:

Baptism: 03 Dec 1868

Burial: 22 Jul 1926 in Muhur Cemetery, Moyvane Co. Kerry Ireland

Generation 4.

Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury had the following children:

i. ELLEN4 MULVIHILL

(daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 29 Nov 1868

in Aughrim Movyane, Co. Kerry Ireland33. She died on 28 Sep 1954 in

Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, USA. She married PATRICK SCANLON on 10 May

1887, son of Michael Scanlon and Catherine Enright. He was born on 17

Mar 1865 (Movyane, County Kerry Ireland). He died on 28 Mar 1924 in

Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, USA.

ii. MARGARET MARY MULVIHILL

(daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) wasborn on 21 Feb 1870

in Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. She died on 18Oct 1938 in

Buffalo, New York U.S.A.. She married (1) MARTIN LILLIS in Buffalo,

NY34, son of Patrick Lillis and Ann Digidan. He was born on 03 Nov 1868

in Ballynacragga, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland34. He died

on 25 Dec 1920 in Buffalo, NY34. She married (2) MICHAEL MCGOWAN.

iii. JEREMIAH MULVIHILL

(son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 14 Apr 1871 in

Aughrim Movyane, Co. Kerry Ireland. He died on 22 Oct 1951 in Dromisk,

County Limerick Ireland. He married JOHANNA MULLANE, daughter of Denis

Mullane and Johanna Scanlon. She was born in 1867 in Athea County

Limerick Ireland. She died on 21 Jul 1932 in Dromisk, Glin County

Limerick Ireland35.

iv. MARY MULVIHILL

(daughter of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 31 Aug 1872

(Aughrim, Movyane, County Kerry Ireland). She married NICHOLAS MULVIHILL

on 19 Feb 1898, son of Thomas Mulvihill and Margaret ?.

v. PATRICK MULVIHILL

(son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 30 Mar1874 in

Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland36. He died on 17 Dec 1964 in

Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He married MARY ELLEN GALLAGHER in 1902,

daughter of Edward Gallagher and Mary McMahon. She was born on 11 Sep

1873 in Co. Cork Ireland36. She died on 13 Mar 1943 in Glin, Co.

Limerick, Ireland. In the 1901 census, Patrick was a tailor by trade and

living in Labasheeda. However by 1911 he was married and living in Glin

working in the same profession. Patrick & Mary had 9 children many

of whom died very young. Of those who lived, include Thomas Mulvihill

who died May 30th 1958. Edward Mulvihill b. 1904, married

Bridget Fitzmaurice in New York. Bridget was born in Moyvane. Denis

Mulvihill, b. 1905, died November 12th, 1980 at Glin, Patrick Mulvihill, b. November 14th 1905, died December 24th 1983, Jeremiah Mulvihill, b. 1910, died October 23rd, 1961 in New York and Mary Mulvihill, b. 1911 and died July 19th

1992. Mary married James O’Carroll and both are interred in Kilfergus

Cemetery, Glin. They had one son that we know of Patrick O’ Carroll who

married and had two sons – Denis & Seamus.

vi. LIVING MULVIHILL (son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury).

vii. DENIS MULVIHILL

(son of Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) was born on 29 May 1877 in

Aughrim, Moyvane, County Kerry Ireland. He married BRIDGET FLYNN?.

More About Denis Mulvihill:

Baptism: 31 May 1877 in Movyane.

Viii. Nora Mulvihill

(daughter of  Denis Mulvihill and Hanora Feury) born November 2nd 1878

in Aughrim – married Dan Windle, Glenalappa, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. (See James Lynch below).

1911 census for (iii) above -

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Mulvihill Jeremiah 40 Male Head of Family Catholic
Mulvihill Johanna (Mullane) 44 Female Wife Catholic
Mulvihill Hanna 7 Female Daughter Catholic
Mulvihill Denis 52 Male Son Catholic
Mulvihill Mary 4 Female Daughter Catholic
Mulvihill Patt 3 Male Son Catholic
Mulvihill Honorah 1 Female Daughter Catholic
Mullane Johanna 88 Female Mother in Law Catholic
Mc Inerny Thomas 21 Male Servant Catholic

James Lynch 1915-2000.

My uncle, James Lynch, Leitrim

middle, Moyvane, Co. Kerry (son of George) was left the farm in Leitrim

Middle by his uncle granduncle Dan Culhane who had no family. He was

only seven years of age when he left his home in Glasha to take up his

inheritance in Leitrim Middle. James married Kathy Windle from

Leitrim East, Moyvane, daughter of Dan Windle R.I.P. 1952 and Nora

Mulvihill R.I.P. 1964 of Glenalappa, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. This Nora

Mulvihill was a sister to Jer Mulvihill who was the father of Denny Jer Mulvihill, Dromreask, Glin. Denny Jer was married to Dora Barrett, Athea. Kathy Windle had a sister Mary Windle

who emigrated to the U.S. and died in 1995 age 83yrs. She is buried in

Murhur cemetery, Moyvane with her father and mother. Mary was married to

Frank Murphy, born in Rochester in the 1930’s and died c1950. They

separated after a few years and had no family. My aunt Joan stayed a few

days in Rochester N.Y. in 1950 when she was on her way to Chicago and

spent a night at the home of Mary Windle Murphy.

Kathy had a brother Denny who went to his eternal reward in 1982. James Lynch died on Monday Sept 25th 2000. His wife, Kathy went to her eternal reward on March 18th 2006.

English: Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
English: Ennis, County Clare, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Generation 2

LIVING FEURY (daughter of James Feury and Margaret Carmody?).

 

? FEURY (son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare Ireland and had the following child MARY FEURY

born in 1832 in Lackyle or Labasheeda Co. Clare Ireland. She died after

1911 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick This Mary Feury married PATRICK GRIFFIN about 1850 in County Clare Ireland. He was born in 1825 in County Clare Ireland. He died in Glenagragra Co. Limerick, Ireland.

? FEURY (son of Thomas Feury 1) was born in 1805 in Lackyle North, County Clare Ireland.

? Feury, b. Lakyle North, Labasheeda. This girl became a nun. Was she Bridget Feury ? No further information on this girl to date.

For the remainder of this family research  I will concentrate on Jim (James) Feury and his brother Thomas Feury, both of Glenagragra

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The little harbour of Knock, County Clare
The little harbour of Knock, County Clare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JAMES(JIM) FEURY.

(Son of Thomas)

The

first Feury family in Glenagragra or should I say in the locality

(apart from the Mary Feury that was married to Patrick Griffin) that I

know of was James (Jim) Feury. The reason I say the locality is

that prior to relocating to Glenagragra, many of Jim’s children were

born in Clounleharde, in Park to be precise at the home of his wifes

people, the O’Donnell’s. His name first appeared in the Clounleharde

Voter’s List circa 1886 but many of the families on that list were

actually living in the area from 1860 onwards. Jim was born in the 1837

at Lakyle North, Labasheeda, Co Clare and died in Glenagragra circa

1917. His father was called ? and his grandfather was Thomas Feury. Jim

married Joan O’Donnell, Park, Clounleharde at the Church of the

Visitation, Ballyhahill in 1858. Joan was born in Dromreask, Glin in

1838 and died at Glenagragra in 1891. (Did the O’Donnell’s live in Dromreask for a time?)

1901 Census as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury James 64 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 27 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Feury Michael 23 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Richard 20 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 2 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic
Normile Thomas Male Grand Son Roman Catholic

(For Mary Normile see Mary Feury at (7) below)

For the 1911 Census Jim Feury’s son Mick Feury had taken over -

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Furey

Michael

33

Male

Head of Family

Roman Catholic

Furey

Kate

44

Female

Wife

Roman Catholic

Furey

Johanna

5

Female

Daughter

Roman Catholic

Furey

Thomas

3

Male

Son

Roman Catholic

Furey

James

2

Male

Son

Roman Catholic

Furey

James

76

Male

Father

Roman Catholic

Family from Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell above as follows:

(1) Tom Feury.

(2) Patrick James Feury.

(3) Bridget Feury.

(4) John Feury.

(5) Johanna Feury.

(6) James Feury.

(7) Mary Feury.

(8) Michael Feury.

(9) Richard Feury.

The Godparents for the above family baptised in Glin as follows –  Patrick Griffin,  Bridget Griffin, Michael Griffin, Mary Griffin & Thomas Griffin..James Reidy, Knockdown also stood for some of them..(Mary Griffin born circa 1853, daughter of Patrick Griffin (1) & Mary Feury) was married to James Reidy)

1901 census for Reidy’s, Knockdown.

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Reidy James 52 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Reidy Mary (Griffin) 48 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Reidy Patt 22 Male Son Roman Catholic
Reidy Nora 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Kate 15 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Lizzy 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy James 5 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for same family.

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Reidy James 69 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Reidy Mary (Griffin) 60 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Reidy Patrick 33 Male Son Roman Catholic
Reidy Catherine 25 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy Elizabeth 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Reidy James 15 Male Son Roman Catholic

(1) Tom Feury

(son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, 1860 and died December

10th 1934, Jersey City, U.S.A.. He emigrated to the U.S. and on

November 9th 1882  he married Margaret O’Sullivan who was a

native of Tinnakilla, Ballyhahill. Margaret died October 25th 1932 at

Jersey City. They reared a family of seventeen or eighteen as follows -

Mary Feury, born October 28th 1889 and died April 1969 in Jersey City. Mary it would appear remained single in life.

Ellen Feury (Sr,Aedan) Feury, born in jersey City, joined the nuns and died October 21th 1982 at Montclair. New jersey..

Peter Feury born June 16th 1894 and died March 1978 in New Jersey.

Richard Feury, born December 26th 1891 and died in April 1973 in Jersey City. Richard was married to Margaret Susan O’Connor from Kanturk, Co. Cork.

Margaret Feury, born May 9th 1898 and died October 15th 1968 in Jersey City.

George Feury, born c1902 and died August 1962 in new Jersey. George was married and had a family.

James Feury ,born Portland, Maine November 6th 1883 and died c1905 in Jersey City. James it would appear remained single in life.

Tom Feury, born June 1st 1888 and died circa October 28th 1889 Jersey City.

Eddie Feury,born February 12th 1890 and died April 14th 1893 in Jersey City.

Michael Feury ? (dont know if there was a Michael or not)

Catherine Feury, born in New Jersey and died July 12th 1989 at Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Catherine remained single in life.

John Feury,b? died and is buried at Holy Name Cemetery, New Jersey.

Johanna Feury, born April 14th 1887 and died circa April 26th 1887 in Jersey City.

Joseph Patrick Feury, born April 27th 1893 and died circa Sept 21st 1893 in Jersey City.

Walter Feury born c1904 and died Sept 30th 1962. Married Estelle Kelly.

Gerald Feury bJan 26th 1906 and died June 1984 Jersey City.

Charles Feury born cOctober 1907 and died Oct 1936 Jersey City.

William Feury bDec 24th 1908 and died March 1st 1995 ion Clifton, New Jersey

 Feury tom

Photo of Tom Feury & family.

Front Row: Margaret, Sr Aiden(Ellen), Thomas and his wife Margaret O`Sullivan Feury, Richard, and George.
Back Row: Catheine, Walter, Charlie, William, Gerald, Peter, and Mary.

Godparents for the three eldest of Tom’s children as follows – Michael Griffin, Anistasia  Griffin and Pat Griffin, also James and Mary Feury and  Mary Doyle.  In relation to Mary Doyle –  George Griffin, son of George & Johanna McGrath was married to Peg Doyle from Co. Kerry. Mary may be a mispelling for Margaret or else Peg had a sister Mary Doyle.

Once they left Ireland, it is thought that  Tom & Margaret Feury  never returned to their native soil again.

(2) Patrick James Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell) was born, December 23rd 1861 in Co Limerick and died November 23rd 1936 at Portland, Maine, U.S.A. Baptised in the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill. Emigrated July, 21st 1882. On September 1st

1885, he married Johanna T. Sullivan in Portland, Maine, daughter of

Denis Sullivan & Ellen Relehan. Johanna was born March 8th 1863 in

Co. Kerry and died December 24th 1940.

Copy of Feury Patrick usa 1927

Patrick James Feury 1927.

Copy of feury Johanna sullivan usa

Joanna Sullivan Feury wife of Patrick James Feury.

Patrick & Johanna Feury had the following family:

Elizabeth Irene Feury, 1901-1996 who married John Edward Curran,

Margaret Feury, 1903-1967 who married Leonard Daniel Cash.

Madeline Feury, 1904-1995 who married Michael William Flynn.

Grace Sullivan Feury, 1909-1978 who married Peter McIver Gunn.

Cornelius Alphonsus Feury, 1877-1960.  Married Elizabeth Drysdale.  Second  wife was Mary Kreiby.

James Patrick Feury, 1877-1950. Married Leila M. Fox.

Augustine Peter Feury, 1888-1956.  Married Anne P O’Connell.

Josephine Anna Feury, 1891-1964, who married Waldo T.Skillin.

Helen Feury, 1893-1976, who married Joseph Wilfred Hutchins,

Mary Wren Feury, 1894-1970, who married Charles Douglas A.Smith.

Catherine Feury, 1897 -1897,

Charles Henry Feury, 1897-1972 married Albertine Chabot.

Edward F. Feury, 1900-1901.

Copy of Feury family usa1927

Front – Patrick Feury & Joanna.

Back Left – Al, Josie, Charlie, Madeline, Peggy, Elizabeth, Helen, Gus, Mary, Grace & Jim Feury.

feury paatrick 1900

 Here are Patrick James Feury`s children circa 1900.

 Back Row: Al, Jim, and Gus

Middle Row: Charlie and Josie

Front Row: Mary, Edward, and Helen

(3) Bridget Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell) was born, February 28th 1864 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. She went to her eternal reward in the year 1950 in New Jersey.

(4) John Feury(son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell) 

born Jan 24th 1867 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. John

emigrated to Jersey City where he married twice, his second marriage to Annie Normile who was born in Glin, Co. Limerick in 1891. They had one daughter Helen Feury. John’s first marriage was to Bridget ? last name could have been Walshe and had a family of six as follows -

Mary Feury born Sept 21st 1895 Jersey City.

? Feury born Jersey City.

? born Jersey City. – this child may have been a male.

John Feury born January 24th 1898 Jersey City.

Johanna ( Josephine) Feury born February 28th 1899.

Edna Feury born circa March 26th 1901 Jersey City –  married Mackessey had a daughter Maureen.

Info on what happen to these Feurys is on going. It is believed the boys died early.

* Mackessey’s from Tarmons, Co. Kerry were related to the Langan’s via the Woods family. My great great grandmother was  Mary Mackessey.

(5) Johanna Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, February 23rd 1869 in Clounleharde, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick and died q1889  in Co. Limerick. Baptised February 27th 1869 at Glin Church.

(6) James Feury (Cards) (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, June 28th

1871 in Co. Limerick and died in Jersey City, U.S.A. in November 1943.

They had the nickname ‘cards’ on him for some reason or other. James

married Ellen Ryan  and had the following family:  Margaret, born May

11th 1905, Jersey City. James born October 10th 1907, Jersey Cityb.

Johanna (Josephine), born August 3rd 1910, Jersey City. Helen born April

19th 1912, Jersey City. Helen may have married a Barrett. Of all the

Feury’s that emigrated, Jim was the only one to return on holiday. It

was circa 1930, during which time the new road from Granville’s cross to

opposite our house on the ‘Kerry Line’ was being constructed. This road

passed by the homes of Thomas Feury & Michael Feury. Jim was a poet

and songwriter and on seeing, the task on hand composed a song about

the said roadway, two verses of which are in the B.R.J. 1988 p11 in an

article written by Paddy Faley entitled – Unsong Local Heroes. James

also composed the wonderful poem entitled ‘Cnockeen’ that imposing

hillside that overlooks Ballyguiltenane school. Entire poem in B.R.J.

1978 p28.

(7) Mary Feury (daughter of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, August 9th 1873 in Ballyguiltenane, Glin, Co. Limerick and died June 10th 1949 at Turraree Upper, Glin. In the year 1897,  Mary married Thomas Normoyle bAugust 20th 1869, Glin, (son of Thomas Normoyle &  *Anne Enright)  (Mary’s brother Mick Feury married Thomas Normile’s sister Catherine, see further on) Family from Mary Feury & Thomas Normile 14 as follows -

(i) Mary Normoyle, b. 1899 and died January 19th 1992. Mary married James O’Donoghue, b. 1892, R.I.P. May 3rd 1962, Dromreask and had the following family:

Thomas J. O’Donoghue

who married Delia Duggan from Listowel and had two sons – James &

John. Tom along with Paddy Faley, Glenbawn and Pat Brosnan, Knocknagorna

founded back in 1977  the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal. (B.R.J.). Tom

is the current editor of the magazine.

Bridget O’Donoghue.

Bridget married David Broderick, R.I.P. Lr. Keale, Athea. Known locally

as Davy Brouder. They built a new house in Dromreask near the site of

Nonie Foran’s old homestead.

Mary O’Donoghue. Mary married David Broderick’s, brother and went to live at Lr. Keale, Athea.

More about James O’Donoghue

(R.I.P. May 1962). James had a shop for a time in a piece of ground

that he had rented from James Lynch, Glasha. My grandfather Paddy Langan

later bought that particular piece of ground which was located directly

across the road from Bill Flavin’s. James O’Donoghue’s father was also

called James and his grandfather was called Patrick O’Donoghue who got

married in 1836. Along with James, b. circa 1849, Patrick also had a son

Joseph O’Donoghue and a daughter Winifred, both of whom emigrated to

the U.S. Joseph went to Michigan. James married Mary O’ Shea, Dromreask.

The O’Shea family home was situated at the top of the Blaine Rd facing

towards the bog. The Wallace’s, (The Paddy Mike Wallace’s as they were

known by) lived there after. The farm is now under plantation. Family of

James O’Donoghue and Mary O’Shea as follows: Patrick, Michael, James

(above R.I.P. May 1962), Mary (U.S.A.), Bridget, Catherine (nun in U.S.)

and Margaret who married McCarthy Padraig (National Teacher) at

Ballygoughlin School. Margaret was a teacher herself and was Principal

teacher at Glin national school in the 1930’s. (See B.R.J. 1979 p28,

B.R.J. 1995 p109, B.R.J. 1982 p66, B.R.J 1998 p57 & B.R.J. 1997

p34.)

(ii) Thomas Normoyle, b. 1901. Thomas married May O’Connell and went to live in Loughill.

(iii) Michael (Mickey) Normoyle moved to Scairt (Glenagragra Upper), married

Margaret Normoyle, Killeaney (No relation), daughter of John Normoyle

and Ellie Sweeney.   Mickey built the house in Glenagragra Upper in 1930

on tbe site of a cut away bank of ray-turf. There was a wren party held

there sometime after its construction and it was said at the time that Joe ‘Pats’ Mulvihill

spent the best part of a day and was exhausted in the process from

cutting rushes with a sythe for the making of a passage all around the

house so as the party guests had sound ground to walk upon. Many’s the

bag of turnips I sold to Mickey & Margaret in the years 1969  to

1971 when i was in that field of employment. Michael (Mickey) Normoyle died Sept 1st 1995 age 94yrs, his wife Margaret died January 1991.They had the following family:

Thomas (Tom) Normoyle, who married Bridie McDonagh, a native of Co. Galway,

Mary Normoyle who married Michael Fennell, Glenagragra, son of Mick Fennell.

John Normoyle who remained single in life, died January 4th 1996.

(iv) Johanna (Josie) Normoyle. Josie

married a Murphy from Rooskagh, somewhere near Con Greaney’s. She

worked for many years at her Normoyle cousins in Turraree. She used to

walk over and back each morning and evening across the mountain. (These

Turraree Normoyle’s were known as the Pelleck’s)

(v) Annie (Nancy) Normoyle.

Nancy remained single and lived out her life with her brother and

sisters in Dromreask. Many is the week she helped us with the footing of

the turf up on Higgins’ mountain during the 1960’s. Annie died October 8th 1970 age 64yrs.

(vi) James (Jimmy) Normoyle lived

in the home place in Glenagragra. He inherited the place from his uncle

Jack Normoyle. He was married to Mary B. Enright, (The ‘Fox’ Enright’s,

Aughrim/Glenalappa) and had the following family: Mary Catherine,

Jackie, Bridget, Anne & Jim. There was many a wren dance held at

Jimmy’s humble abode, one in particular in 1964. Jimmy once described

the fields of Glenagragra as resembling nothing but a ballad, they being

so long. He was also known to have said that from Blaine to the end of

the Line should be put on one 41, (41 being a game of cards) meaning

that the land was so poor that it should be played for in one game.

Many’s the day I cut and drew home the hay for Jimmy. I remember one day

in particular, it was the autumn of 1969 and it happened to be the day

after I had taken my first taste of alcohol. I’ll never forget the

sickness and Jimmy trying every cure in his book to cure me but to no

avail. Jimmy died August 15th 1975 age 76yrs.

(vii) Catherine (Kitty) Normoyle. Catherine

(Kitty) replaced Nell Enright as servant girl at Johnny & Willie

Connolly’s, Glenagragra. Kitty remained single in life. Kitty died

January 2nd 1991 age 81yrs. (Nell Enright later married Toss

Higgins, both of whom emigrated to Birmingham, England and subsequently

became mother and father to Pat (Pakie) Higgins of fitted kitchens fame.

There were other offspring’s).

(viii) Richard (Dick) Normoyle. Richard

died May 1st 1958 at the age of 40yrs following a tragic accident. He

was killed whilst drawing a load of turf with ass and cart from Jack

Scanlons bog in Dromreask. Apparently the ass sat back trapping Dick in

the bog-hole in the process. A loaf of bread and a packet of woodbine

cigarettes were found floating on top of the water when his body was

recovered from beneath.

(ix) Patrick Normoyle. Patrick emigrated to England and remained single in life..

(x) Bridget Normoyle

married O’Shaughnessy from Askeaton and had the following family: John

O’Shaughnessy & Mary O’Shaughnessy. Mary married a John Normoyle.

(xi) John (Jackie) Normoyle remained single and lived out his life with his sisters in Dromreask.

(xii) Maurice Normoyle. Maurice emigrated and lived at Worcester, England. He died July 3rd 2002.

(xiii) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Normoyle. Lizzie

remained single and lived at Dromreask with her brother and sisters.

Lizzie also helped us with the turf footing during the 1960’s when we

had the long Co. Council banks up in Higgins’.

(xiv) Edward Normoyle. Died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick.

1911 Census for Normile’s -

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Normile Thomas 42 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Mary (Feury) 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 13 Female Daughter R C
Normile Thomas 12 Male Son R C
Normile Michael 11 Male Son R C
Normile Johannah 10 Female Daughter R C
Normile James 8 Male Son R C
Normile Annie 6 Female Daughter R C
Normile Katie 4 Female Daughter R C
Normile John 3 Male Son R C
Normile Bridget Female Daughter R C

More on the Dromreask Normile’s -

Thomas Normile had a sister Catherine Normile whon was married to Michael McGrath,

Dromreask. The McGrath home was situated opposite Paddy Wallace’s.

Michael O’Brien lived there afterwards and Mick Fennell after O’Brien.

1901 Census for McGrath’s as follows -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Michael 60 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Katherine (Normile) 50 Female Wife Roman Catholic
McGrath Michael 30 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Patrick 28 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath James 23 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 22 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
McGrath Katherine 21 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
McGrath Edmond 20 Male Son Roman Catholic
McGrath Maurice 15 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrat’s as follows -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Catherine (Normile) 69 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Michael 43 Male Son R C
McGrath Mary 39 Female Daughter R C
McGrath Maurice 25 Male Son R C

Michael McGrath & Catherine Normile had a daughter Johanna McGrath

who perished in the river shannon disaster of 1893 when a fishing boat

that they had hired for a pleasure trip that day to Co Clare, sank on

the return journey from Moyne Quay. In total seventeen people lost their

lives on that fateful evening. The owner of the boat, Maurice Murphy and his son Paddy were among the seventeen that perished. Buddy Feury often spoke to me about the said disaster as Johanna was a 1st cousin to his mother Kate Normile.

In fact I made an audio recording at the home of Buddy in 1987 and I

listened to that recording again last night, April 9th 2013 and Buddy

confirmed to me in that said recording that Johanna and his mother were

indeed 1st cousins. The screams coming from the boat were heard on the

Kerry mainland as the party were only a few hundred yards from the

shore. The locals thought that the passengers were having a good time

enjoying themselves on board the vesselt so they didn’t take much

notice,  little did they know as to the nature of what exactly was

happening. As far as I can recall, Johanna’s body was never found.

I think Michael McGrath 43yrs above was the last of that family to reside

in Dromreask. He was married to Kate Burke from Tarbert with no issue

from that union. (I am open to correction in this) As previously stated

Michael O’Brien from Killeaney, from a place there known locally as ‘the yard’, bought the McGrath place. Michael was married to  Liz Anne Fennell

a sister to the aforementioned Mick Fennell.  The O’Brien’s relocated

to a farm at Altavilla, Askeaton and the said Mick Fennell built for

himself and his wife Mary Prendeville a new cottage in

part of the vacated farm. Michael O’Brien had two brothers – Pat and

John. The three brothers went under the a.k.a. – ‘Dublin’, ‘Bac’ and

‘Citeog’. Michael O’Brien died July 31st 1972 age 60yrs. (Mary Prendeville was a cousin to Anna Prendeville who was married to John Langan, Cahara, grandfather Langan’s 1st cousin.

My mother Delia Langan Lynch received her Primary education at

Ballyguiltenane National School under the tutorship of Maggie ‘Dave’

Connolly, Glenagragra who was the head mistress there. Her classmates

included – Emily Fennell, Glenagragra, (sister to Mick Fennell

above) Kathy Morgan Moran, Glenagragra mother of renowned hotelier

Tommy Moran, Toureendonnell, Athea, Agatha O’Connor, Ballyguiltenane and

Mary ‘Mikeen’ Culhane, Ballyguiltenane who married Bill Hayes,

Fairystreet, Athea. The four girls were 16yrs of age when they received

their confirmation and remained on in Ballyguiltenane ‘till they reached

7th class. Mother received post primary at the Technical

school in Listowel but she didn’t stay there very long as she had the

majority of the curriculum learned during her time in 7th

class in Ballyguiltenane. During her short time in Listowel, she stayed

in B/B at a two-storey house on the left as one enters the town.

Mother was great friends with her classmate Emily Fennell

and often stayed nights back in her home but eventhough the curse of

emigration took Emily to England still, they remained very good friends.

When Emily would come home to Glenagragra she would stay several nights

back in Glasha with mother, however, over the passing of time they

sadly drifted apart and did not see one another after that. I hope that

they are now unified once again, joyfully rejoicing with the angels and

saints in God’s glorious kingdom. Emily’s  brother Mick Fennell b1907

whom I knew very well was a great poet.  Mick passed to his eternal

reward on January 4th 2000 aged 93yrs. Mick was a nephew of Ned Fennell

b1865 who was appointed teacher at Ballyguiltenane school in 1886. (For

more information on Mick Fennell see Book ‘Year of the Elderly’.)

My mother knew Emily’s father and mother very well, her mother being Ellen O’Connor Fennell, Glenagragra, born February 16th, 1876 and died there on June 27th, 1968. Extracts from Ellen’s diary can be found in B.R.J. 1980 p58 & 75. Emily’s father was Michael Fennell b1863 and her grandmother was Catherine Fennell Morgan b1834 from down near Ballybeg and who in 1901 was a widow.  Catherine Fennell Morgan was married to Johnny Fennell. This was Johnny’s second marriage,  having being previously married to Scanlon from Kinard. Catherine’s father was Mick Connors who was married to Windle. Mick Connors’s mother was Aherne. The Fennel’s came to Glenagragra from back near Tarbert having originally arrived there from Co. Clare.

English: Ferry between Killimer, Clare and Tar...
English: Ferry between Killimer, Clare and Tarbert Island, Kerry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1901 Census for Fennell’s of Glenagragra as follows – Johnny Fennell husband of Catherine not listed – presumed deceased.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fennell Catherine Morgan 67 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fennell Michael 38 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Edmond 36 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Ellen O’Connor 24 Female Daughter in Law Roman Catholic
Fennell Mary Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Fennell’s of Glenagragra – now listed under Ballguiltenane Upper.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Fennell Michael 48 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Fennell Ellen O’Connor 35 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Fennell Mary 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Catherine 9 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Hannah 8 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Bridget 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Michael 4 Male Son Roman Catholic
Fennell Norah 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Fennell Eileen Female Daughter Roman Catholic

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More on the McGrath’s as follows-

there was a  Daniel McGrath who lived at Turraree Upper in Jack ‘Patsy’ Culhane’s

place. I have received two different accounts regarding this family, one informant tells me that they were related to the aforementioned Glenagragra McGrath’s and the other says that they were not. Anyway I give hereunder whatever information I have on this Turraree McGrath. Daniel lived to be over 100yrs. He had a son Paddy b1873 who lived to be 95yrs. Paddy in turn had a son Daniel and Daniel’s son Joe born circa 1950 is the current holder of the property.

1901 Census for Daniel McGrath’s Upper Turraree as follows -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mc Grath Daniel 70 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Mary 60 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Patt 28 Male Son Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Ellie 23 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Annie 15 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrath’s as follows – (Patrick (Paddy) had taken over from his father.)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Patrick 39 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 39 Female - Roman Catholic
McGrath Mary 4 Female - Roman Catholic
McGrath Bridget 3 Female - Roman Catholic
McGrath Annie Female - Roman Catholic

Another family of the same McGrath’s, John & Bridget lived in Ballyguiltenane.

1901 Census for Ballyguiltenane McGrath’s -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mc Grath Patrick 44 Male Head of Family Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath Bridget 43 Female Wife Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath John 80 Male Father Roman Cathcolic
Mc Grath Johanna 70 Female Mother Roman Cathcolic
Costello Margaret 26 Female Niece Roman Catholic
Costello Thomas 20 Male Nephew Roman Catholic
OShaughnessy Bridget 13 Female Servant Roman Catholic

1911 Census for McGrath’s, Ballyguiltenane -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
McGrath Patrick 58 Male Head of Family Catholic Church
McGrath Bridget 57 Female Wife Catholic Church
McGrath James 38 Male Nephew Catholic Church
McGrath Margret 36 Female Nephews Wife Catholic Church

More on Anne Enright who was married to Thomas Normile -

Anne Enright’s father was Patrick (Pad) Enright and her mother was Norrie Scanlon both came from Dromreask. Anne had a brother Patrick Enright who was married to Anne Maume from Charleville, Co. Cork.  Mary had another brother who was married to Mary Dalton from Glashapullagh, Athea. This Enright man died at a relatively young age and  Mary re-married to Jack Griffin, (son of George) Glenagragra. Anne had

a sister who was married to a man from Islandanny, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry. Following the death of Mary’s husband, her brother in law from Islandanny attempted to take over the Enright farm. The deceased Enright had a brother, the aforementioned Patrick Enright (married to Maume) who was away in the ‘bush’ in Australia and had not been seensince he went out there. Having being eventually tracked down Patrick returnrd home to Dromreask to a land war. A court case ensued in which Patrick prevailed. It is alleged that during a particular visit by the Islandanny man to Dromreask his horse was shot from beneath him. ‘It wasn’t me that shot him, says Patrick, because if it was, tisn’t the horse that I’d have shot’. Patrick Enright subsequently married Annie Maume from Charleville. Annie was born 1878 and died at Dromreask on September 19th 1959 age 81yrs. Patrick and Annie had the following family -:

Pat Enright, R.I.P 11-02-1991

Ned Enright, R.I.P. June 3rd 2003.

Dan Enright, R.I.P Dec 1999, all of whom lived in Dromreask.

There were two other family members, a daughter who lived in Shanagolden and another family member in England.

Annie Maume’s father was Garrett Maume and her mother was Neville both from Charleville.

1901 census for Enright’s, Dromreask –

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Enright Patrick 68 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Enright Nora (Scanlon) 64 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Enright Denis 33 Male Son Roman Catholic
Enright Mary 32 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Enright Maurice 29 Male Son Roman Catholic
Enright Timothy 27 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 census for above –

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Enright Hanora (Scanlon) 77 Female Head of Family Catholic
Enright Mary 42 Female Daughter Catholic
Enright Maurice 39 Male Son Catholic
Enright Timothy 37 Male Son Catholic
Enright Mary 4 Female Grand Daughter Catholic

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More on the Normile’s of Turraree (Pellek’s).

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Normile Michael 47 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Normile Catherine 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Normile John 19 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Patt 18 Male Son Roman Catholic
Normile Mary 13 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Michael Normile

was married twice, firstly to Catherine ? above with whom he had sons

John & Patt. His second marriage was to Costelloe from Turraree with

whom he had a daughter Mary as in above census. John Normile b1882

above was married to Mary Griffin, (daughter of Michael

Griffin & Nora Fitzgerald, Glenagragra).  Mary Griffin born c1891

emigrated to New York where she married the said  John Normoyle. John Normile and Mary Griffin had the following family – Kitty who remained single in life and Mary who became a nun. Mary Griffin Normile died June 6th 1970. Her husband John Normile died August 5th 1966. These Turraree Normile’s and the Dromreask Normile’s were cousins. As far as I can recall Jackie Normile, son of Jimmy, Glenagragra inherited the Turraree farm.

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(8) Michael Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born, July 7th 1877 in Co.Limerick and died March 9th

1921 at Glenagragra, Glin. In the year 1905, Michael married Catherine

Normoyle, Glenagragra his sister Mary’s sister in law who was 19yrs his

junior. Catherine was born in 1867  in Athea and died in Glenagragra,

Glin, August 8th 1962. Copy of feury catherine

Both Michael and Catherine are buried in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. I

remember calling to the Feury homestead on way home from National School

in Ballyguiltenane and seeing Catherine in her latter years sitting by

her cosy fireside.  Mick Feury was a renowned athlete. He was a member

of the great Glin football team of 1899-1912. He was an above average

sprinter and if he had, the proper training there is no doubt he would

have broken the stoutest of sprint records. He was versatile in the long

and high jumps and a talented musician and step dancer to boot. He was a

powerfully built man who never trained and travelled to most meetings

on foot. Mick was a member of the district council, a seat he held until

his death on September 3rd 1921. Paddy Faley has a detailed

account on the sporting life of the said Mick in the B.R.J. 1988

p11.(See also B.R.J. 1994/5 p110)

For the 1911 Census Jim’s son Mick had taken over -

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Furey

Michael

33

Male

Head of Family

Roman Catholic

Furey

Kate( Normile)

44

Female

Wife

Roman Catholic

Furey

Johanna

5

Female

Daughter

Roman Catholic

Furey

Thomas

3

Male

Son

Roman Catholic

Furey

James

2

Male

Son

Roman Catholic

Furey

James

76

Male

Father

Roman Catholic

Michael & Catherine had the following family:

 

(i) Thomas Michael ‘Budeen’ Feury.

(ii) James Feury.

(iii) Josephine Feury.

 

(i) Thomas Michael ‘Budeen’, b. 1909 and died October 26th 1993, married Ellen Liston, Dirreen, b. circa 1912 and died at Glenagragra, October 15th

1989. Both interred at Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. Mikie Kinnane, Scairt

was telling me that Budeen and Mikie’s mother Kate O’Donnell were 2nd

cousins. The O’Donnells came from Park, Clounleharde and later went to

live at Ballycormack/Knocknaboula. (Budeen’s grandmother was Joan

O’Donnell) Michael O’Donnell, a descendent of the above was married to

Mary Kilmartin from Rooskagh. This was Michael’s second marriage having

previously wed a McInerney girl from Tullyleague. Michael O’Donnell and

Mary Kilmartin lived on the Ardagh road just outside Newcastle West.

Mary had three brothers – Mikie, Patie & Johnny Kilmartin. My wife

Vera new all the Kilmartin’s very well. Mikie Kilmartin was the only one

of the brothers to marry. He married Mary Sheahan and had the following

family: John, Morgan, Bill, Mickey, Mary, Nora, Ann, Peg & Eileen

Kilmartin.

budeens 2007

THOMAS MICHAEL (BUDEEN) FEURY’S 2007

The

old homestead stood immediately to the rear of this house. I remember

it well, it had mud walls and there was a large crack on its eastern

gable-end, it having been struck by lightning many years earlier.

Budeen

Feury inherited the music and song from his forebearer’s and won many

medals and trophies at several Fleadh Cheoil’s. He had what was known as

the Sliabh Luacra style of playing and got much of his tutorship from

Hannie Long of Turraree. I remember well an occasion circa 1970, when I

was detailed to go drawing out ‘dung’ (farmyard manure) for Buddeen or

Buddy as he was affectionately known. The ‘dung’ had to be loaded onto

the trailer with pitch forks, no mechanical means back then, and by

mid-day I had my fill of it. No sooner had we the dinner ate than I

turned to Buddy, who was seated at the top of the table and said -: forget the shit Buddy, take down the fiddle and give us one blast of ‘’The Mountain Road’’. His good wife Nell R.I.P. turned ‘round, looked at her husband and said -: ‘’Jesus Bud’ did you ever hear the like of it and we having men hired for the day’’.

I think Budden and myself were two of a kind for not alone did he

adhere to my request but played not one, but several tunes that same

afternoon in his own inimitable style. Of course I never did believe in

‘all work and no play’ and still don’t.

Buddy Feury was telling me of an incident that happened a few years before my grandaunt Margaret Langan Higgins

died. Word was sent to him to call on Margaret when ever he’d get a

chance and to bring the fiddle with him. Budeen assumed that she must

have had some musician visitor staying with her and that this person

wanted to play a few tunes. Anyway he arrived at the house with fiddle

under his arm to find nobody there except Margaret herself. ‘Did you

bring it?’ asked Margaret. ‘I did’, replied Budeen, ‘but who’s going to

play?’. ‘I am’ says she and with that she took up the fiddle and

proceeded to play a blast of a tune leaving Budeen standing spellbound

in the middle of the floor. It was only at that point and time he

reliased she could play. I said to Budeen, ‘I suppose it was a blast of

‘Fr. Halpin’s Top Coat’ that she gave you’. He looked at me and in a

whisper replied, ‘Bunker Hill’. Moreover, as all music lovers will know

‘Bunker Hill’ is a very tricky three-part reel.

Budeen came 1st in fiddle competition at Athea Fleadh Cheoil on May 8th 1983. 1st place duet with his neighbour Donie Lyons (flute), Athea Fleadh Cheoil, May 20th

1984. He won the Padraig O’Caoimh cup in Scartaglen in 1988. Took

honours in the duet competition at Glin Fleadh 1988, once again teaming

up with his neighbour Donie Lyons who was on concert flute.  There is a

poetic tribute to Buddy Feury by Paddy Faley in B.R.J. 1993 p143. See

also B.R.J. 1991 p73 – Good Old Days In Musical Ways also by Paddy

Faley.

See also GLENAGRAGRA – CHAPTER 15  THE CREAMERY MAN.

(ii) James Feury, b. 1909 and died September 6th 1978, interred in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. In the month of March 1950, James married Teresa Keating,

born circa 1912, Glensharrold, Ardagh and died, September 2002 at Drombanna, Co. Limerick. James & Teresa had one son, Michael Feury b1954. Michael Feury married to Colette Dillon from County Mayo.

Their kids are Gerald born 1982 and Rachael born 1986.

(iii) Josephine Feury R.I.P. January 26th

1986 married John Hayes, Dirreen son of John Hayes and Bridget Dillon,

Duagh, Co. Kerry. Josephine and John had the following family:

(i) Catherine Hayes, who married a man by the name of Forde/Griffin.

(ii) John Hayes. Married in Mungret, Co. Limerick.

(iii) Mary Ita Hayes, emigrated.

(iv) Bridie Hayes married to O’Connor, Ballingarry.

(v) Michael Hayes. A noted gaelic footballer who won a Co. Senior Championship medal with Athea in 1968. Michael later emigrated.

(vi) Joan Hayes.

Joan who was born, 1953 married a man by the name of O’Connor from

Knockaderry and had the following family: Catherine & Michael

O’Connor.

More about the Hayes family.

The

Hayes family Dirreen originally came from Knockdown. John Hayes did a

‘cliamhan isteach’ (married into) to a Riordan girl. They had a son John

who married Mary Normoyle from Knockdown and had two daughters –

Bridget who married Danaher and Mollie who married Cregan from near the

‘Four Cross’s’, Ballyhahill. They also had two sons – Jim Hayes who

emigrated and John Hayes who married Bridget Dillon/Dillane and had the

following family: John Hayes (above), Margaret Hayes who married Joe

White, Knockdown. Bridget Hayes, R.I.P. September 28th 1991

who married Charles Molyneaux, Lyrecrompane. Mary Hayes who married Tom

Flavin, Clounleharde. Josie Hayes who married Atkinson, Co. Armagh and

Jim Hayes, Mungret. The latter Jim Hayes worked at St. Joseph’s

Hospital, Limerick City.

(9) Richard Feury (son of Jim Feury & Joan O’Donnell)was born in Ballyguiltenane, Glin, November 1st 1879  and died March26th 1966 in Jersey City, U.S.A. Richard lived in Glenagragra where my brother Patrick Langan and his family now reside. In 1903 at Dromreask, Richard  married Catherine Riordan, Dirreen bNovember 1st 1883 in Athea and died 1983 at Redbank, New Jersey.  Prior to they both emigrating to the U.S., June 9th  1911,(my granduncle Maurice Langan, Glenagragra was a passenger on the same ship) Richard Feury sold the house to a Mr. Ryan. My grandfather Paddy Langan had the house rented from Ryan for a couple of years. This Ryan man was a brother-in-law to a Master Danaher in Athea.

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Patrick Langan’s, Glenagragra originally the home of Richard Feury.

Catherine

Riordan was the daughter of Ned Riordan, Dirreen, Athea and Johanna

Hanley, Rooskagh, Athea, Co. Limerick. She had two sisters Hannie &

Kate Riordan and a brother Tim Riordan who married Hannie Hudson, Kilbaha. Tim Riordan’s daughter Josie Riordan married my uncle John Lynch, Glasha.

1911 Census for Richard Feury as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury Richard 31 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Feury Catherine 27 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Feury Edmond 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Richard 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Feury Johanna Female Daughter Roman Catholic

Richard Feury & Catherine Riordan had the following family -

James Feury 1903-1977.

Edward Peter Feury 1904-1962.

Timothy Feury 1906-1906.

Thomas Feury 1906-1906. It would appear the Timothy & Thomas were twins.

Richard A. Feury 1907-1993.

Johanna Mary Feury 1910 -2000.

Joseph Feury 1914-1926.

Michael Feury 1915-1959.

John F. Feury 1916-2002.

Catherine P.Feury 1923-1994.

Eugene Feury 1928-2010.

 

1901 census for Riordan’s Dirreen.

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Riordan Edmond 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Riordan Johanna (Hanley) 46 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Riordan Catherine 16 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Riordan Timothy 14 Male Son Roman Catholic
Riordan Johanna 11 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

1911 Census for Riordan’s –

Surname

Forename

Age

Sex

Relation to head

Religion

Riordan Edmond 64 Male Head of Family R C
Riordan Johannah (Hanley) 71 Female Wife R C
Riordan Timothy 25 Male Son R C
Riordan Honora 22 Female Daughter R C
Feury James (Son of Richard Feury) 7 Male Grand Son R C

 

Note parents age discrepancy between two census.

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THOMAS FEURY, Glenagragra.

(Son of Thomas).

Thomas Feury,

b. Lakyle North, Labasheeda c1843, died at Glenagragra, Glin, Co.

Limerick circa 1927. Thomas, who went by the nickname of ‘Ryan’ was

known for being a bit of a prankster and one of his most famous

practicul jokes was to make up parcels and leave them on the public road

for some passerby (more than likely a cyclist as there were very few

automobiles back then) to pick them up. I’ll leave it to your

imagination as regards the contents of the said parcels. On February

28th 1865, at the chapel of Killofinn, Labasheeda, Co. Clare, Thomas

married Nora Kelly b1843 also from Co. Clare.

1901 Census as follows –

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Feury Thomas 58 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Feury Hanora (Kelly) 58 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Feury Thomas 29 Male Son Roman Catholic
Higgins Daniel 19 Male Servant Roman Catholic

(Daniel Higgins above being the son of Con Higgins, Glashapullagh)

Thomas & Nora had the following family –

(i) Mary Feury, b1866.

(ii) Thomas Feury, b1869.

(iii) Michael Feury, b1870.

(iv) Bridget Feury, b1872.

(i)MARY4 FEURY

(daughter of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) was born on 23 Apr 1866 in

Co. Limerick, Ireland. She died in United States of America. She married

? MEADE. He was born about 1856 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick. He died in United States of America.

ii. THOMAS FEURY (son

of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) was born on 22 Feb 1868 in Co.

Limerick. He died on 14 Jan 1914 in Glenagragra Co. Limerick.  He

married KATE SCANLON, daughter of John Scanlon Dromreask and Mary Dalton, Knocknagorna. Kate was born in 1880 in Dromreask Co. Limerick. She died on 27 Jul 1963 in Dromisk, Glin County Limerick.

1911 Census for Thomas Feury family -

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Furey Thomas 43 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Furey Catherine (Scanlon) 30 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Furey John 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
Furey Mary 5 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Michael 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Furey Bridget 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Nora Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Furey Thomas 69 Male Father Roman Catholic

Family from above union as follows:

(1) Mick Feury.

(2) Tom Feury.

(3) Nora (Nonie) Feury.

(4) Bridie (Birdie) Feury.

(5) Mary (Moll) Feury.

(6) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Feury.

(7) Jack Feury.

(1) Mick Feury,

b. 1908 inherited the Connor’s farm in Dromreask, a family that he

worked for over the years. There was Luke, Frank, Thade and Biddy Connor

in the family. Their mother was a Shine woman. According to Griffiths

Valuation 1851, Luke Connor had the said farm, which consisted of

houses, land and bog that he had rented from the Landlord, Goggin. It is

the belief that the Connor’s originally came from Templeathea as Luke

Connors in 1852 was a sub-tenant of Redmond Roche of Templeathea West

eventhough he had acquired the Dromreask farm by then. Naturally enough

he wanted a farm of his own so he may have held on to the sub-tenancy

for a while after getting hold of the said Dromreask farm. You will note

that the O’ was dropped from the surname O’Connor. Back in the 17th

century many Irish families but not everyone did this in an effort to

make it easier to seek employment as O’ indicated being of ‘Gaelic’

descent and thus under English law passed in 1623 one was forbidden to

use their Irish name. I don’t know how the O’Longain’s managed to hold

onto their’s and still find employment. Mick Feury married Catherine

(Kit) O’Connor, sister to Dan O’Connor, Glenagragra and they had one son in family – Tom Feury. (known as small Tom Feury as Mick’s brother who was also called Tom Feury resided with them)

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‘SMALL’ TOM FEURY 1985.

Indeed

the same Mick Feury inherited his father’s stratagems and introduced

them to us youngsters back in the 1960’s. Many is the Sunday Mick would

join us on the ‘Kerryline’ roadway as we neatly parcelled up some horse

manure and left it on the said roadway for some poor unfortunate

passerby. The real thrill derived from this prank was the fact that we

were all hiding inside the ditch or up on some tree watching

developments as they unfolded. One particular person that comes to mind

that fell for our wind-up was none other than John Sheehan of Knockdown

who might have been cycling home from last Mass in Athea on the day.  I

think Tom Geoghegan, Turraree also fell victim to our schemes. Tom, who

had a motorcar at the time, would be visiting his sister Bridget who was

married to Amsie Griffin at Blaine. Indeed, I also remember a few

strangers stopping to pick up their ‘presents’.  Mick Feury was the

first person to show me the auroraborealis (the northern lights) in the

night sky. I didn’t know what the man was talking about as he pointed to

the magnificent lights and the most amusing thing about it to me was

the way Mick pronounced auroraborealis. Mick was a funny man. I left

home in 1972 and didn’t see Mick for about five years and I suppose in

the meantime I had put on a bit of weight. Anyway I happened to meet

Mick on the roadway one evening and after he eyeing me up and down for a

few seconds, looked me in the eye and addressed me as follows -: ‘By J but do you know what, you’re fallin’ into flesh, ha’. Mick Feury died May 21st 1991 age 83yrs. His wife Kit died March 7th 1993.

(2) Tom Feury

who remained single in life went to live with his brother Mick in

Dromreask. Tom was a very placid and timid person who went about his

daily chores not bothering anyone. When televisions came our way back in

the 1960’s, Feury’s was one of the first houses locally to have

installed such a luxuary. It was there that my brother Eddie and I would

go at night to watch our favourite programme, be it ‘The Virginian’,

‘The Long Hot Summer’ or some Western fiction movie. Come the month of

August when the ‘All Ireland’s’ commenced half the townland would

descend upon that hospitable family. I remember Tom sitting quietly in

the corner of the hearth relaxing after his day’s work on the family

farm. Tom died in the month of December 1974.

(3) Nora (Nonie) Feury

married her near neighbour Dan O’Connor, (Connors) Glenagragra. Nonie

wasn’t a person for going out very much apart from going to Mass on

Sunday’s and Holy days etc. I remember one particular very fine summer’s

day in the late 1960’s when we were footing the turf on our Co. Council

bank up in Higgins’ mountain. The bank of turf that I refer to was

located by the old mud road. Dan O’Connor had a bank of turf next to us

and low and behold who arrived on the scene only the said Nonie. It was

my first time ever seeing her in the bog. My mother happened to be

helping us on the day in question and I remember her saying to Nonie how

good it was to see her out in the bog enjoying the fresh air. Says

Nonie –  ‘Yerra Delia ‘isn’t pure Ballybunion’. Nonie died in September 2002. (See also Griffin Margaret, Glenagragra)

(4) Bridie (Birdie) Feury

married a man by the name of Mulvihill and lived in Shanagolden. Birdie

was a priest’s housekeeper for many years. I remember well an incident

involving Bridie during the big freeze of 1963. There was one particular

day during that inclement period; Birdie had the occasion to visit her

sister Nonie in Glenagragra. Having been dropped off by hackney at the

roadside gate she proceeded to make her way up the snow-covered road to

the house. The snowdrifts on the road were so high and deep that Birdie

lost her bearings so to speak, resulting in her veering off the said

road and as a result being almost buried up to her waist in the massive

drift. I can still hear her cries for help ringing out o’er the valley

and can see my grandfather Paddy Langan going to her rescue.

Birdie lived out her final years with her sister Nonie in Glenagragra. I

paid them a visit in 1992 and took a photograph of the two lovable

sisters, which later appeared in the B.R.J. 1992/93 p140.

(5) Mary (Moll) Feury emigrated to New South Wales, Australia.

(6) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Feury died when she was one year old.

(7) Jack Feury

inherited the home place and married Mary O’Connor, Turraree circa

1940. Mary was the daughter of Patrick O’Connor, Turraree and Johanna

Sheahan, Knockdown. Patrick O’Connor was the son of Tom O’Connor.

Patrick was known by the nickname of ‘Paddy Holy Man’. Mary O’Connor had

three brothers and one sister – Jack & Tom whom remained single and

lived next to Danny Faley’s, Turraree. Patrick (Paitin) who married

Maureen Nash and Nell, who married Matt Tierney, Templeathea.

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Old homestead of Jack Feury. Photo 2007.

Jack Feury and Mary O’Connor had the following family -:

(i) Tom Feury.

(ii) Mary Feury.

(iii) John (Jackie) Feury.

(iv) Paddy Feury.

(v) Richard (Dick) Feury.

(vi) Joan Feury.

(viii) Michael (Mickey) Feury.

(i) Tom Feury joined the Christian Brothers, later left and emigrated to England.

(ii) Mary Feury emigrated to England.

(iii) Jackie Feury

emigrated to England where he married Margaret Enright, daughter of

Jack, Glenbawn. They were later to return and are now residlng in

Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Jackie’s son Richard was fatally injured

at Garryduff, Barna on Sunday Sept 12th 2010 on way home from Listowel races. (three people lost their lives in this accident)

(iv) Paddy Feury remained single in life and lives in the home place.

(vi) Richard (Dick) Feury

who was in my brother Patrick’s class in Ballyguiltenane National

School emigrated to England. He now communicates between Glenagragra and

England.

(vii) Joan Feury married Billy Moloney and resides in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

(viii) Mickey Feury,

my school pal and dear friend who was a class behind me in

Ballyguiltenane, joined me at the Tech’ in Abbeyfeale in the summer of

1966. We cycled to the village of Athea from where we got McDonald’s

school bus to bring us on the remainder of our journey. Mickey graduated

with an apprenticeship to Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary, where he

qualified as a chef.  He later relinquished the chef business and took

up farming instead in the family dairy farm that was bequeathed to him

by his late father. Sadly, he received fatal injuries whilst crossing

the ‘Mail’ road at Lyons’s funeral home, Derra, on January 19th 2002.

Langan Breda & Mary Feury at glin coursing 1956,7

Left Mary Feury with Breda Langan at Glin coursing c1956/7.

On January 26th 2002 I dedicated the following to my good friend -:

Tribute To Mickey Feury.

He’ll be mourned in Glenagragra in Moyvane and in Knockdown

He’ll be mourned in Newcastle West and in far off London town.

For my good friend Mickey Feury has sadly passed away

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Mickey has departed and has left us full of sorrow

The circumstances they were tragic but in this world there’s no tomorrow.

His passing will be remembered forever and a day

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Memories never ceasing I can vividly relate

To Ballyguiltenane school together from nineteen and fifty eight.

To Abbeyfeale thereafter got the bus from sweet Athea

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Christmas holidays, what excitement as we hunted for the wren

With our good friend Tommy Windle we didn’t need ‘Moloney’s van’.

Mickey, our honest cashier ne’er a penny went astray

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

On Sunday’s after worship games of football we’d begin

Often cycled to the village took the long road down to Glin.

He played the game so simple a towering figure in his day

Now he sleeps down in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Our teenage years were passing and we wanted something more

Mickey entered Rockwell and I sought Templemore.

We graduated with distinction our professions took us away

Now the ‘chef’ sleeps in Kilfergus beneath the cold dark clay.

Yes ! they took him to Kilfergus down by the hills and sea

Down where the birds are singing, where soft winds whistle free.

They dug for him a lonely grave and there he sleeps today

My good friend Mickey Feury, beneath the cold dark clay.

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Mickey Feury 1985.

feury jack

Jack Feury, son of Tom

feury mary

Mary Feury O’Connor wife of Jack Feury.

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(iii) Michael Feury b1870. No further information to date on Michael. More About Michael Feury:
Baptism: 12 Feb 1870 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin, Co. Limerick.

iv. BRIDGET FEURY (daughter

of Thomas Feury and Honora Kelly) 1873 in Co. Limerick. She lived in

the home place and remained single in life. Died in 1895 in Glenagragra

Co. Limerick.

My first venture into poetic literature was in fact a

poem called ‘The Top of Feury’s Hill which I composed in 1985, thanks

to the inspiration of my good friend Paddy Faley, ‘the bard of sweet

Glenbawn’.

The Top Of Feury’s Hill.

 

The beauty of our lovely land is such a sight to see

I’ll tell you of a lovely spot that’s home sweet home to me

It’s part of natures blessing, forever standing still

It’s the place that I call heaven, the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Oh! what a sight that greets the eye at the closing of each day

When the golden sun it sinks to rest beyond o’er sweet Athea

The silvery moon is rising high its mantle about to fill

To greet the famous ‘Leprechaun’ on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

You can see right down to sweet Glin town and across to the Shannon scheme

Along the famous ‘Burma Road’ to the vales of ‘New Dirreen’

Turraree, Knockdown and Knockadillaun, Mick Higgins’s famous kiln

Glenagragra and sweet Glashapullagh from the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Quite plain to me I still can see Ballyguiltenane National School

As I trudge along the beaten path with my schoolbooks, pen and rule

And Jimmy O’Driscoll waiting there, forget I never will

Sure I’d rather sleep in the heather deep on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Through the distant fog o’er Higgins’s bog, I see the ruins of a famous home

Of the Faley clan who now have gone to the slopes of sweet Glenbawn

The ‘Paddock’ well with its famous swell is as clear as ever still

Can still be seen through the bright sunbeam from the top of Feury’s hill.

 

With song and dance I’m in a trance as I gaze o’er the valley green

With the flauting chimes of Donie Lyons and the fiddling of Buddeen

You can hear them play at noon each day from Scairt to the Old Mill

The ‘Flax ‘n Bloom’, in the month of June on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

The music flair was always there Jack Windle sang his song

Pat Flavin’s concertina and the fiddle of Hannah Long

Fond memories I rekindle as the tears my eyes doth fill

When I hear the ‘Banshee Peeler’ on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

May God have mercy on the souls of Jack’George’ and Connor’s Dan

Who toiled beneath that summit brown and raised a happy clan

With Gerald Griffin tried and true Maurice Langan and McEvoy Bill

Who chased the hare and rabbit ‘round the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Ned Langan too has bid adieu Jack Griffin has also gone

The Connolly’s three and Tom Feury, Paddy Barrett and Jimmy Long

And Paddy Langan so dear to me who taught me at his will

The art of making poetry on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

 

Maurice Higgins and his brother Pat two men of high renown

Who wed the Langan sister’s in the Church below the town

Their sons and daughters now live on their glasses to you fill

As the trace their father’s footsteps on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

The tailor Keane resided there I met him in my dream

Quite close to him lived another man whom they called ‘Seamuisin’

One hundred years have come and gone their spirits are here still

As the float across the mountainside on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

And now it’s time to say goodbye to this landmark in the west

Of natures lovely paradise the place that I love best

And if ever I’ll return again and that I surely will

I’ll end my day’s in solitude on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

 

The original name of Feury’s hill was actually ‘Knocknaleague’. There was Tullyleague to the north and Knocknaleague to the south.

As previously stated the Top Of Feury’s Hill was my initial venture into poetic literature so I thought it only proper to forward a copy to man who made it all happen for me, the bard of sweet Glenbawn himself, Paddy Faley. On March 28th 1987 I received the following reply -:

 

 

Dear George,

 

Nature they say can break its way out through the eyes of a cat

Concerning you now this is true with the talent you have got

You say Langan Pat that taught you that, be rewarded, I know he will

The grass will shine on his soul divine from the top of Feury’s hill.

 

‘Twas on the hill when the moon did spill its beams to all around

To celebrate his victory great we climbed this lofty mound

The bonfires bright that night to light with songs and music shrill

When Langan Pat in the Council sat from the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Well George ‘astoir’ your love of folklore and your ability to rhyme

And the poem you sent to put in print I have rear over many a time

And I’d like to say Goldsmith in his day should try with all his skill

And his verses great could not compete with the top of Feury’s hill.

 

Its interesting lines did all combine to bring back sweet memories

Of those long gone whose spirits live on and will, ‘till my life will cease

Then from Haven above where all in love and happiness all doth fill

We’ll be inclined to fly to days gone by on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

To Vera and you and your daughter too my best wishes fondly go

That God will bless you with happiness wherever you may go

And keep you as carefree as you used to be when you wandered on at will

To view the scene o’er sweet Dirreen from the top of Feury’s hill.

 

At the end of May when you’ll come this way be sure on me to call

For I’d like to be in the company of one so jovial

Whose mind runs free through sound poetry be famous some day you will

For your great debut is a credit to you on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

I’ll close for now as I tell you how much I appreciate

Your letter fond to me at hand with your regards so sweet

I met your mum today I was back that way she’s in great form still

Fit to take a walk and have a talk on the top of Feury’s hill.

 

With fond regards and thanks. Keep your pen working.

God bless,

                     Paddy.

I called on Paddy the following May as requested and as a result of that visit I composed the following -:

 

The Bard Of Sweet Glenbawn.

 

One evening fair in the month of May as the sun sank in the west

Beyond the broad Atlantic o’er Mt. Brandon’s rugged crest

A sudden thought came to my mind as I gazed across the lawn

That I should get acquainted with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

A sudden spurt of energy soon had me on my way

Through ‘Gragra’s scenic valley’s and its hill’s of boggy clay

Along by Knockdown’s lovely vale ‘neath its cloak of ‘ceannaban’

To while away the evening with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

One hundred thousand welcomes as I stepped inside the door

An outstretched hand to greet me as I walked across the floor

A big turf fire was burning bright and the curtains they were drawn

And ‘twas there stood Paddy Faley the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

 

 

The kettle soon was on the boil from the goodness of his heart

And it wasn’t long ‘till we were into a plate of apple tart

I pulled a chair up to the fire as he filled up my ‘cupan’

And ‘twas there I dined and later wined with the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

It was there we spoke of days gone by when he was just a lad

Of the year’s they cut the famed ‘round bank’ with his brother’s and his dad

Of the wild duck as they came to nest in nearby ‘Cnockadillaun’

Sure they’re just a fading memory now said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

Of the youthful years that they had spent on Glasha’s fertile plain

As he viewed the scene back to Dirreen by the lovely banks of Blaine

To toil beneath an Irish sky and work the humble ‘slean’

And a hungry day ne’er came my way said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

With a loving wife and family, he was inclined to roam

And in the year of ’59 he left his native home

By the steep incline of the ‘Kerry line’ to the banks of the ‘Abha-Bhan’

And ‘tis here I’ll stay ‘till my dying day said the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

 

 

We chatted on, all through the night until ‘twas time to part

Then the salted tears ran down his cheeks sure it nearly broke his heart

The hours and minutes quickly passed into the break of dawn

And ‘twas then I bade a fond farewell to the bard of sweet Glenbawn.

 

May 6th 1987.

The original name of Feury’s hill was actually

‘Knocknaleague’. There was Tullyleague to the north and Knocknaleague to

the south.

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LYNCH - FAMILY HISTORY OF, BY GEORGE LANGAN

lynch family, Glasha, Athea, Co. Limerick

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