Letter from Martin Dohert (Drumroe Currow) to David Geaney (U.S.) – Probably written in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
As regards the history of the Gallivans I do not claim to be an expert in tracing the genealogy of families and am not to be compared to Coin O Mahoney who occasionally speaks over the radio. But, a lot of the information I gleaned I got it from the late Owen Sullivan of Gerah Farranfore who was a great authority in family matters. As it appears that Owens mother Kitty Aherne and your grandfather Connie Gallivan were second cousins As both their grandmothers who were Hogans by name being sisters.
To begin with it appears the Gallivans originated from Breahig in the farm where Andy Leary now resides. The present Andy Leary his mother was Julia Gallivan as apparently a Leary man got married into the farm his being I believe from Ballintourig. In some far distant days toward the end of the eighthteenth century or the early part of the nineteenth century, a family of Hogans lived near the present Edenburn Sanitorium in the townsland of Magh in the farm where the O'Neill's now reside. One of these Hogan girls got married at the early age of sixteen years to a Gallivan man at Brehig in the farm where the Leary's now live. He was according to Owen Gallivan either Denny or Jack Gallivan. This Hogan girl and her husband were the grandparents to your grandfather Connie Galvin and also to my grandfather Ned Brown of Mullen and I think I could safely assume they were the ancestors to all the Gallivan and their lineage around Scartinglin at the present time. This Hogan woman married to Gallivan had another sister a Mrs. Ahern who lived to the extraordinary age of 108 yrs. She lived at Scart Gortatlia near Nohoval School in the place where Mick Ahern now lives. She was the great grandmother to his father and
also to Owen Sullivan. The mother of these Hogan girls was a Reidy woman. Davy Connor of Dromulton who lived to the age of 101 or 102 years was a great grandnephew to this Mrs. Aherne and a great grandson to her sister. Long livety runs occasionally in some families or in some of their members. My mother's grandmother was Johanna Gallivan. She was an aunt to your grandfather. I never heard my mother say she had any other sister or I don't think she remembered her. My mother used to say she remembered old James Gallivan an uncle to her father. He was either an uncle or the father to your grandfather and was a son to this Hogan woman.
Bryan Connor who had a public house in Castleisland between Market House and the Railway Gates (Bernie's father) his mother was Norrie Gallivan. I heard the late Jack McEllistrim the creamery manager say he knew her well and so did Mrs. McCarthy who lived here at the railway station. Paddy Groves of Ballydwyer is a nephew to Bryan Connor and a grandson to this Norrie Gallivan. She told me some years ago her grandmother hailed from Breahig hence the Owen Sullivans version must be right. This Norrie Gallivan had another sister Jude Gallivan, she was the mother of Mike Johnny Fleming of Inch Kilcummin who used to be a member of the Kerry County Council some years ago. As far as I know but I am not definite these two Gallivan women were first cousins to your grandfather and also to mine and nieces to my mothers grandmother. The Kerin family of Gortglosare sister's children to Mike Johnnie and also the Daly family of Doonen Kilcummin near Coolick Bridge
I well remember a sister to your grandfather Peg Gallivan (Mrs. Bob Twiss) of Kishunbarun? She died in June 1915 aged about 85 years. She had a sister Mary of Mullen who was the mother of Thade Rearden. I remember a good many years ago now a brother to Wade Rearden paid a visit home from America. I think his name was Dan. He stayed for a while at Geoffrey Himings of Currow. I dare say he must be dead long ago. Thade Readon had five
sisters whom I knew of the eldest Jude (Mrs. Rahilly?) had a farm at Maugha in the remote part of Ballymacellighot which they bought some years ago and where her son is now married. Previous to that, they had been dairying. She lived to a great age and is now dead only a few years. Her husband who hailed from Knockshorow ? died in the summer of 1922 as I remember being at his funeral to Kilsarcon. Another sister was Nora (Mrs. Geoffrey Fleming) who lived in Carrow village. Mary was Mrs. John Kieffe of Gerah Farranfore, Maggie was Mrs. Mike Somers of Killeenturna. There was another sister who never married I think her name was Nell. I believe she died at Killenturna with Mrs. Somers. I am not aware if there were any others of the Rearden in America but I know that Mrs. Geoffrey Fleming was there as I heard her say at one time that she went to the States at the age of sixteen years.
Another family of Gallivans lived in Bawnaglanna. He was Johnnie Gullivan a brother to your grandfather. I knew him quite well. His wife was Peg Dennehy . He had only one son Con who is now dead a long time but there were five or six girls in the family. One was Mrs. Bill Brosnan of Knockaderry Farranfore. Another was Hannie who was married to Michael Oconnor of Bawnaglanna. Maggie was Mrs. Fred Dwyer of Lyne Currow. Another was Mrs. Tom Reidy and the youngest was Mrs. D. Fleming, their last two being living at Currow Ross.
About the Gallivans up at Scartaglin there was Con Gallivan of Mullen whose wife was Hannah Kelliher from Direen. He had three daughters and a son, the son died when about ten years of age, one of the girls also died when young. He had two sisters married here at home. One was Mrs. Tom Hugh Brosnan of Killeenturna and the other who had no family was married to Tom Looney of Glounthane. Con Gullivan also had two other sisters And two brothers in America. One sister Biddy who my mother knew well in America and was a pal of hers was married to an O'Donnell man. The other sister Mary was a Mrs. Fleming 0ne of the brothers James who was never over robust died rather young in America. The other brother was Denny who was married to a Daly woman from Tureengarrive near Ballydebmond. The father of the Mullen Gallivans was James Gallivan a first cousin to your grandfather and also to mine. I remember many years ago an O'Donnell boy accompanied by his uncle Con Gullivan called to see my mother. He said she was the only person in Ireland he knew (gap of word or two). There was also John Gallivan who had a shop near Adrville Bridge his wife was a Herin woman one of his sons was the late P. P. of Brosna. He had another brother Denny who was in America for some time. He was married to one Maine (?) Reidy who was also in the States they had no family. John Gallivan of Adrville had an aunt Mary who was the mother of Bell Connell and David O'Connell also of Adrville. I think there were some sisters of the O'Connells in America also. I believe all the friends, Browns,Connors, and Gallivans in America were almost together in Waterberry. Den Prendiville an old I.R.A. man who now lives in the top of the town near Heartnetts Hotel was born and reared at Breahig. He told me some time that three or four families of Gallivans lived at Breahig at one time but it must be long ages ago. I think I am now gone fairly well into the history of the Gallivan family and have nothing more to add as far as I know.
You may also like to know who were the descendants of this other Hogan sister who lived to the remarkable age of 108 years. As I mentioned already she lived at Scart Gortatlea near the present Nohovall School. She was the great grandmother to Mick Aherne's father. The late Jim Calleghan of Kilfeilm Currans, his mother was Betty Aherne. She also Page 5
was a granddaughter to this Hogan woman while the grandfather of the present Mick Aherne of Kilfeilm of Kilfeilm who was the brother to Mrs. Callaghan was a grandson. Old Joe Murphy of Ranaleen who lived on the road Kilsarcon was a brother to Fr John Murphy by one time P.P.( Parish priest K M ) of Firies. His (unlegible) the grandfather to Joe Connor who lived at the cross as you go to Edenburn Hospital. This Joe Murphy was married twice, his first wife was an Aherne woman, a sister to Mrs. Callaghan. She only lived twelve months after her marriage as apparently she may have died in childbirth.
The mother of Owen Sullivan was Kitty Aherne. She was not a sister but a first cousin to Mrs. Callaghan. She could have been reared near Nohovall School as she was an aunt to Jack Aherne and a great aunt to the present Mick Aherne and his brother Jack who has the garage in Castleisland. I forgot to mention that your mother's grandmother was Jude Brosnan . I heard my mother say a few times she knew her quite well. She died with her daughter Peg at Lisheenbawn and I believe but I am not quite definite that her husband died there also.