This is Part 1 of the Family History
of my Great, Great Grandfather William Brennan and
his descendants who lived in and around the villages of Woodland, Ballickmoyler,
Ballynagall and Cooper Hill in
the County of Laois (Queens County), Ireland. William Brennan, born
was a tenant farmer and rented large amounts of land
in the Woodland & Ballickmoyler areas.
would be interested to hear from anyone who are releted to this family
and may have
information about my family, and the area that they
lived in. I know that there are a number of my Brennan ancestors living
in and around Carlow town and I would love to hear from
Please feel free to contact me via my email
address (below) if you think you have any information and you wish to
share or questions to ask.
Not all of the information on this page has been
verified by official parish records or official documentation except where stated.
- Thank you from
On the side of Main
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- Headstone of William & Maria Brennan (nee Walsh) in Arles
- (Photo of
gravestone (above) in Arles Graveyard taken by William Muldowney) c.2007).
& MARIE ANNE WALSH
This is the entry in the Index to Griffith's Valuation of
Ireland, for the County of Laois in 1851 of my Great, Great,
Mr. William Brennan,
Parish : Killabban Location: Woodland
/ Garragh. County : Laois/Leix/Queens
These images are of the
original home of the William Brennan's family.
member of the family to live in the house was Mary
Brennan, the daughter of Denis Brennan who died 16 Oct
1. William Brennan was born
c.1810, Woodland and died 24th December 1862 aged 52 years in
Woodland, Co Laois. He married Maria Anne Walsh,
on 2nd May 1839 in Ballickmoyler. *. Witnesses to the
wedding was Martin King & Rev Denis Byrne.
Maria was born
c.1820., and died
28th October 1894, aged 74 years. (Source: Headstone inscription
in Arles cemetery).
Children of William Brennan and Maria Anne Walsh are:
i. ***Denis Brennan, b. 1841; d. 16 Oct 1918,
Arles. Co Laois; m. Bridget Byrne. b. 1863. d 1939
aged 76. (Source: Headstone inscription in Arles).
They had a daughter named
Mary Brennan; b. c.1906 in
Woodland, Co Laois. She married Ned Dillon.
Laois Papers Rentals
Genealogical Society of Ireland
*see note 1 below
Rural District Council
*see note 2 below
16 October 1918 Denis died and left holding to widow
10 Oct 1918 Denis Brennan died will 9 Oct 1918,
probate 27 Aug 1920, holding to widow Bridget for
life and thereafter to daughter Mary Brennan
ii. Mark Brennan, b.
Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois; d. 21st Mar
1902, Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois. **
iii. Ellen Brennan, b. Bef. 1842, Ballickmoyler,
Co Laois; d. Aft. 1874.
Notes for Ellen Brennan: She was
Godmother to Mary Anne Moran wife of Thomas Brennan in 1874
iv. */***Edward Brennan, b. 4th Apr 1844,
Woodland, Co. Laois. Died 5th Sept 1929 aged 85 years.
Edward Brennan was variously a curate at Tullow,
Bagenalstown, Killeigh, Paulstown and Newbridge.
was parish priest of Mountrath from 1885-1929 and
died on 5 September 1929. Aged 85 years of age.
He appears in the 1911 census as Parish Priest
in Mountrath aged 66.
Notes for Edward Brennan: Birth appears in
Arles Church Records of 1844. Sponsors: William King & Judy
Letter received on 4th Sept 2009 from Bernie
Deasy. Archivist Delany Archive Trust, c/o St Patrick's
- Your email to Knockbeg College seeking
information about the above was passed onto me for
response. Fr John McEvoy published a book in 1993
called Carlow College 1793-1993: The ordained
students and teaching staff of St Patrick’s College,
Carlow. According to this, Edward Brennan was from
Arles, Co. Laois, and attended Carlow College
between 1859-1861. He was ordained in 1867 for the
diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. It seems he was
ordained at Maynooth. According to another book I
have here, an Edward Brennan matriculated at
Maynooth on 25 September 1861 and was in the
Humanity Class. According to the Maynooth book, he
was ordained in 1866-1867.
Parish of Mountrath Source: Rev M Comerford"
Collections relating to the Dioceses of Kildare and
Leighlin" Vol. 3 (1886 -
The Rev. Edward Brennan,
the present pastor of Parish of Mountrath. Brother
to Denis Brennan.
Extract from Nationalist. Dated 29th April
1920. Denis Brennan late
of Woodlands, Ballickmoyler, Queens county, Farmer,
deceased. All persons claiming to be creditors or having any
claim against the estate of the above named should contact John J. Duggan, Solicitor, Carlow. Denis Brennan was 77 years
of age at the time of his death
on the 16th October 1918.
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Denis
Brennan which sad event took place at his residence,
Woodlands, Ballickmoyler on October 16th. The deceased, who was a
brother of Rev. E. Brennan, P.P. Mountrath was of a very
kind and generous disposition, a good neighbour and a
sincere friend. The chief mourners were -Rev. E. Brennan
P.P. Messrs P.J. Carey, M. Doyle, and F. Lawlor. (brothers-in-law) T. Byrne, P. Byrne, E. Carey, J. O'Leary, nephews.
There are no mention of any other brothers or
Source: Email from Mick Purcell 3 Sept 2008.
Brennan, b. 25th Mar 1847, Woodland, Co. Laois. Married
James Delany 29 Jan 1862 in Arles
Map of Skenhanagh House.
They lived at
Skenhanagh. Co Laois.
Children of Johanna Brennan and James Delany are:
- i. William Delany, b. 05 Dec 1862, Skenhanagh.
Co Laois; m. Maria Angus Conway, 04 Oct 1910, Cork;
b. Date Unknown. Notes for William Delany
was 48 years of age when he married.
- ii. Pat Joseph Delany, b. 08 Apr 1864,
Skenhanagh. Co Laois. Sponsors: Patrick Delaney &
- iii. Anne Delany, b. 29 Sept 1865, Skenhanagh. Co
- iv. Mary Josephine Delany, b. 25 Apr 1868,
Skenhanagh. Co Laois.
- v. Johanna Delany, b. 10 May 1869, Skenhanagh.
- vi. Margaret Delany, b. 27 Nov 1872, Skenhanagh.
Co Laois. Sponsors: James Delany & Sarah
- vii. Elizabeth Delany, b. 10 Nov 1873,
Skenhanagh. Co Laois. Sponsors: James Delany & Kate
vi. **/***Charlott Brennan, b. 14 Jan 1849, Woodland,
Co Laois. d. ??
Notes for Charlott Brennan: Mother Marie
Walsh Father William Brennan Sponsor: Michael Coogan &
Margaret Brennan. Location ****land. (Woodlands) - Entry
found on Arles Baptism records for 1849 in http://www.laoisgenealogy.com/.
vii. **Lucy Brennan, b. 19 Feb 1851, Woodland, Co
Laois. d.17 Dec 1935
Notes for Lucy Brennan: Mother Anne Walsh -
Sponsors: Daniel Murry & Ellen Kealy Her mothers name could
have been Anne Marie and used Anne for Lucy birth. Entry
found on Arles Baptism records for 1849 in
is listed in the 1911 census of Ireland as a
Teacher and living
in the Presentation Convent, George’s Hill, Inns Quay, Dublin.
This facility is for the Religious
Sisterhood for teaching the poor. She is aged 60.
(Presentation Convent ~ Orphanage and N.S).
Lucy became a Nun and her
Religion name was Sister Mary Joseph Agnes and she was a full time
teacher in the
Presentation Convent and the Orphanage and N.S.
She is buried in the convent
plot in Glassnevin Cemetery Dublin.
viii. *William Brennan, b. 29 Jun 1852,
Woodland, Co Laois; *d. 11 Sep 1898, aged 46, Arles. Co Laois.
(*Headstone inscription in Arles).
Sponsors of his Baptism: James Wall & Margaret Kealy.
ix. *Margaret Brennan, b. 19 Jan 1856, Woodland,
Co Laois. d. ??
Sponsors: William Murray & Charlotte Brennan.
x. */**Anne Brennan,
b. 23 Aug 1857, Woodland, Co Laois. d, ?? In the 1911 census she is
listed as living in Bagenalstown Convent aged 56 working as a School
Teacher at 45 Regent Street. Bagenalstown, Carlow. At this time
(2018) I have not been able to establish or confirm her details with
Convent in Co Carlow where Anne served as a Teacher &
xi. James Brennan, b. 1858, Woodland,
Ballickmoyler, Co Laois;
d. 20 May 1915, Pollerton Road, Carlow. (see notes below on
- * = Source: Arles Parish Baptism Records
- ** =
- *** = Source: 1901 Census & Reg of B.M.D. Dublin found
by Rita Murphy (Moran) 1999.
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