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Cuckoohill House on 1887 to 1913 map.
This is the only large farm in Cuckoohill townland. This must be the Heffernan house.
See modern satellite view and street view of entrance.

Patrick Heffernan,
born 1810,
of Cuckoohill (or Cuckoo Hill), Derrygrath par (between Cahir and Clonmel), Co.Tipperary.
He mar pre-1837 to Catherine Kickham [born 1808].
[Kickham family tree] says Catherine was "a 'big plain woman' with a great work ethic and sharp business mind. It has been said that she personally sat aloft the grain sacks on route to the mills in Cahir from her home at Cuckoo Hill and drove a very hard bargain, this around the time of the famine ... She enlarged the farm, it was one of the finest farms of over 400 acres of well tilled land in the Golden Vale".
Catherine's brothers Michael and Tom Kickham lived in Knockelly Castle, but got into financial difficulty. She took over Knockelly Castle from them. She paid off debts and installed her son Ned in Knockelly.
Patrick died 1880, age 70 yrs.
Catherine died 1882, age 74 yrs.
They had issue:

  1. Ned Heffernan, Edmond,
    he is listed as occupying Knockelly as at 1889,
    mar Mary Brett [of Knocknakitt (unidentified)],
    no issue.

  2. James Heffernan, born 1837,
    meant to be J.P., but unlikely since died too young, probably confusion with his brother,
    died 1856, age 19 yrs.

  3. John Kickham Heffernan, born 1839.

  4. Fr. Thomas Heffernan, born 1847,
    PP of Youghal (RC Diocese of Cloyne), Co.Cork,
    he would be Thomas Heffernan who is listed as curate in RC parish of Dungarvan, Co.Waterford, in [Thom's, 1884],
    he is not listed in [Thom's, 1901], he may have died,
    he is NOT to be confused with Fr. Thomas Heffernan of Co.Kildare who was attached to parishes on the Co.Kildare/Co.Wicklow border in the RC Diocese of Dublin.

  5. Michael Heffernan, J.P., born 1848,
    died 1880, age 32 yrs.

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