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1. DENIS MORAN was
born in Rossena, Co. Laois, and died 16 March 1865 in
Tirernan, Co. Laois.
He was alive in 1824 and
living in Rossena, Co. Laois according to the Tithe Applotoment
dated 12 October 1824. He was a Labourer by trade and he was
renting land from The Estate of Lord Kenmare. By the time his
son James was married in 1869 he was deceased.
Children of DENIS
JOHN MORAN, b,
???? See picture below dressed in the uniform of the 3 Dragoon Guards.
John Moran in the
uniform of the 3 Dragoon Guards and
wearing a Pill Box cap
which were abandanded in 1901.
Notes on John Moran:
This picture was taken in Ludgate Hill London EC in uniform sometime between
He served in the British Army
during the second Boer War which was during 1899-1902 in the
3 Dragoon Guards, and was stationed at Canterbury, Kent in
England around about the 1880's After completing his
service in the army he returned to Carlow where he married
twice. His second wife (name unknown) died as she stepped
outside the back door of their house in Sleaty.
Child of Denis Moran:
MORAN, b. 1847, Tirernan, Co Laois; date of death
unknown, Arles, Co Laois.
This headstone is located in Arles Graveyard
2. JAMES MORAN, b. 1847,
Tirernan, Co Laois; date of death 24 April 1913, Arles, Co Laois. He
married MARY KELLY on the 17 May 1869 in Sacred Heart Church, Arles, Co
Laois, daughter of JOHN KELLY.
MARY KELLY was born 1846
in Ballickmoyler and died in Cooper Hill, Co. Laois on 29 November 1916.
Source 1901 Irish Census
JAMES MORAN and MARY KELLY are:
MORAN, b. 17 May 1869, Arles, Co Laois; d. 1930,
Kilkea, Castledermot, Co Kildare.
b. Abt. 1870, Sleaty Street, Graigue Cullen, Co Laois. He
was married to
MORAN, b. 26 May 1873; d. Sleaty St,
MARY ANNE MORAN,
(My Grandmother) b. 27 September 1875, Arles, Co Laois; d.
23 February 1960, The Cottage, 112 Cooper Hill,
Ballickmoyler, Co Laois.
Source 1901 Irish Census
MORAN, b. Abt. 1880, Arles, Co Laois; d.
13 February 1963, Sleaty, Graigue.
ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) MORAN,
(picture below) b. 1884, Cooper Hill, Co Laois; d. 27 October
1935, Laois County Hospital. Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Notes on Mary Anne Moran:
ANNE MORAN was born on 27 Sep 1875 in Arles, Laois, Ireland. She
died on 23 Feb 1960 in The Cottage, 112 Cooper Hill, Ballickmoyler,
Co Laois. She married Thomas (Tom) Brennan, son of Mark Brennan and
Catherine (Katie) Lalor on 20 May 1908 in Cathedral of the
Assumption, Carlow. He was born on 09 Jul 1876 in Ballynagall, Co.
Laois. He died on 26 Nov 1957 in Portlaoise Hospital, Co Laois.
More notes for Mary
Anne Moran: Born on 27 September 1874. Married
Thomas Brennan in Carlow on 20 May 1908 Aged 34. She died
on 23 February 1960 aged 86. God Parents were - Ellen & James
Brennan. Started work at the age of 11years (1884) as a Ladies
Companion / Cook working for Gentry somewhere in the County of
Laois. There were times when she came home from work she had to dip
her hands in hot oil and then wrap them up in cloth to get them
warm after they had been in water all day. She won several prizes
for her cottage garden in Cooper Hill. She loved to grow Roses and
she was able to read and write and she would sit in front of the
open fire in the kitchen reading the newspaper to Granddad (Thomas
She was also very good with
figures and managed all the finances for the family business which
was selling Fruit and Vegetables from the garden. Mr. Paddy Jackman
from Tullow who married Mary Anne's sister Lizzy Moran, used to
come to Cooper Hill to buy apples by the barrel from Granny and
they used to spend hours talking to each other when he visited.
There was a Mrs. O'Brien who
was a Gypsy and had a handicapped son. They used to walk from
Graigue to Cooper Hill with a basket full of trinkets selling them
locally. She used to visit Granny and they sat around talking to
each other a lot but she wouldn't let her into the house so they
sat outside in the garden.
She used to do a lot of her
shopping for clothes at Doran's in Tullow St, Carlow.
As Children we used to watch
her bake the best soda bread around. It was done on an open fire.
She would mix the dough then put it into a large black round metal
pan which was hanging over the open fire from a crane. She would
then put the lid on upside down and transfer hot ashes using a
shovel from the fire, and place them on top of the lid.
She probably worked at some
time for Mr. & Mrs. Bayley at Coolrain House. We used to get out
milk and freshly made butter from Bayley's. She also did some work
for the Brennan's of Cooper Hill House. When Granddad was out
working she had to look after the orchard and tend the vegetable
patch sowing all sorts of vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and
potatoes. She was known for miles around as "The Lovely Lady in
Black" In 1957 she received a letter from Mr. Oliver Flannagan TD
offering his condolence on the death of her husband Thomas Brennan.
for Thomas (Tom) Brennan: Born 9 July 1876 in Coopers
House, Ballickmoyler, Co Laois Married Mary Anne Moran
in Carlow on 20 May 1908 aged 32. Died on 26 Nov 1957
(Michael's 11th birthday). Age 81. Godparents - Patrick Dargan &
Mary Bourke. Grandfather to Betty & Michael Brennan. On his birth
certificate it states that Catherine Lalor is his mother and yet on
his brothers and sisters certificates she is named as Catherine
Lawlor and sometimes Katie Lawlor.
He carried out a lot of
repairs on property belonging to the Feehans of Ballickmoyler who
ran the local Post Office and general store. In 1913 after he
got married and while still living in Coopers House, Ballickmoyler
he was offered a new house in Cooper Hill (now the Lawlor's) but
turned it down and waited for the second house to be completed
before he and his family moved in on 1st April 1913. The reason
could have been because there was more land with the second house
and it had access to the Fishoge river which ran the full length of
He was a Stonemason and Slater
by trade and worked for himself. He travelled great distances on
foot carrying his bag of stonemason tools to his work and was in
constant demand because of his skill with stone.
According to Mary McDonald as
told to her by her Mum (Mary Brennan), Thomas used to set out on a
Monday morning and walk to Monahan's of Castletown, Carlow to carry
out repairs to the stone work of the Castle of Castletown which was
owned by Louis Monahan (1932) and John Monahan (1942). He would
return to Carlow on Friday's and meet his wife Mary Anne Moran in
town to do the shopping and then walk back to Cooper Hill.
After he finished a job
he would always leave a trade mark of his work which consisted of a
hand tool buried in the brick or stone work. In the 1950's
when Mum (Lily Brennan) was in hospital, at least once or twice a
week after I (Michael) came home from school we would go with
Granddad to get wood for the fire. We would walk for what I thought
was miles following the course of the river (The Fishoge). We would
cut down a tree then we would chop it up and carry it home between
He used to tend the garden and
sow potatoes, carrots and cabbage and lots of other kinds of
vegetables. There were three apple trees and a good acre and a
quarter of meadow land which was allowed to grow as hay and this he
would cut by hand with a scythe and then we would make hay cocks.
These were then sold to a local farmer, Mr. Joe Bambrick, who had a
horse drawn bogie trailer and we loved to ride on the trailer when
the Hay Cocks were been taken away We would collect the apples and
store them in wooden boxes with straw and Granny used to make lots
of Apple jam with them.
During the Blackcurrent season
we would collect them from the local hedges and bring them home to
be made into jam. We kept chickens which provided us with fresh
eggs every day and when they were finished laying eggs they ended
up as food on the table. We had three apple trees, which provided
us with fresh apples all year round including some lovely apple
jam. We also had a number of gooseberry bushes which was also
turned into jam
It was reputed that he was a
member of the local Irish National Volunteers movement in
Ballickmoyler. It is also reputed that he was involved with others
from the local area in activities in and around Ballickmoyler. One
such incident was the blowing up of the police station in
Ballickmoyler. We have no documentary evidence of this incident
only hearsay. (Source - Kitty (Pat) Brennan)
He often walked to
Keenans of Carlow for work. He used to smoke a pipe and always wore
a hat. Towards the last years before he died he used to suffer very
badly with his eyes and had to bathed them every day. He wore an
eye patch over one eye and couldn't bare to have any strong light
in the house. Even after we had the electric light installed he
wouldn't allow it to be turned on at night while he was in the
kitchen so we had to wait until he went to bed before we could turn
on the light. The only light source we had then was an Oil lamp and
some candles until he went to bed. The kitchen was also the sitting
MORAN was born 26 May 1873, and died in Sleaty St,
Graiguecullen, Carlow. He married BRIDGET KELLY in Carlow.
She was born 1874, and died in Sleaty St, Graiguecullen,
- Tommy & Molly Moran
of THOMAS MORAN and BRIDGET KELLY are:
ESTHER MORAN, b. Graiguecullen, Carlow; d. Surrey, England;
ARTHUR FOX, from
MORAN, b. Graiguecullen, Carlow; d. 28 May 1969,
Sleaty St, Graiguecullen, Carlow.
MARY (MOLLY) MORAN, b.
August 1896, Graiguecullen, Carlow; m.
of 201 Maher Rd, Graiguecullen, Carlow.
MORAN, b. September 1898, Graiguecullen, Carlow;
d. St Killians Crescent, Carlow.
MORAN, b. 1892, Graiguecullen, Carlow; d. Surrey,
MORAN, b. 13 November 1904,
Graiguecullen, Carlow; d. 4 March 1991, Tullow, Co Carlow.
(c1900-1970) from Tullow,
BRIDIE MORAN, b. May 1909, Killeshin, Co Laois; d. 16 March
1962, Sleaty St, Graiguecullen, Carlow. Married
(1910-1989) from Clonmore, Killeshin, Co Laois.
- Elizabeth (Lizzie) Moran
c.1906s sister of Many Anne Moran.
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