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O'Sullivan of Killarney, Co.Kerry

O'Sullivan/Sullivan is the most common surname in Munster, and the most common surname in Co.Kerry.
See other O'Sullivans and Sullivans in the family tree.


"O'Sullivan McCrah" descent


Extract from 1770s text Ancient History of the Kingdom of Kerry.
"Capancoss" apparently refers to O'Sullivan of Cappanacush, near Kenmare.

Note on the above, from [Prendergast, part 2, 1898].
This claims that Michael O'Sullivan of Killarney (apparently the draper) and his relatives have a descent from "O'Sullivan McCrah".


Our family

John Langford biography shows relationship of the various famous O'Sullivans (below), who are all 1st cousins of John Langford.
However note that Bishop O'Sullivan is not son of Michael O'Sullivan. We assume he is still 1st cousin of John Langford.

We start with:

Timothy O'Sullivan,
apparently from Kenmare, Co.Kerry,
had issue:

  1. John O'Sullivan,
    mar Honora Daly,
    had issue:

    1. Bishop Charles O'Sullivan,
      born 22 Aug 1858,
      bapt 22 August 1858 [Killeentierna RC par records],
      RC Bishop of Ardfert and Aghadoe 1917 to 1927.

  2. Michael O'Sullivan,
    born 1833, Co.Kerry [according to age in census],
    mar Mary Sullivan [listed as Sullivan in children's baptisms, NOT O'Sullivan],
    he had draper's shop, Main St, Killarney (at junction of Main St and Henn St (now Plunkett St), see map),
    it was apparently at 10/11 Main Street,
    see entry on Main St, Killarney, in [Census, 1901], lists him as widower,
    had issue:

    1. Timothy O'Sullivan, M.P.,
      born 8 Jan 1879, or 7 Jan,
      bapt 1 February 1879 [Killarney RC par records],
      Irish Parliamentary Party MP, MP for East Kerry 1910-18.

    2. Prof. John Marcus O'Sullivan (and search),
      born 18 Feb 1881, Killarney, NOT 1891,
      (todo) see birth of John Marcus O'Sullivan in [GROI], Killarney, 1st qr 1881, vol 5, p 296,
      bapt 19 Feb 1881 [Killarney RC par records],
      Cumann na nGaedhael TD,
      Minister for Education 1926-32.

  3. Daniel O'Sullivan,
    farmer, born c.1842.
    He mar 29 April 1871 [Beaufort RC par records] to Mary O'Halloran [born c.1850].
    She was of Dromaloughane, Knockane civil parish (Beaufort RC parish), near Killarney, Co.Kerry.
    Her uncle was Fr. O'Halloran, P.P. of the RC par of Firies, Co.Kerry.
    (Interestingly, Fr. Mark O'Sullivan of the Meentoges family was P.P. of Firies at an earlier date.)
    Mary's uncle Fr. O'Halloran gave her, probably at her marriage 1871 (children born there), a farm at Batterfield, Firies (between Killarney and Tralee, see map).

    Daniel and Mary were living Batterfield at children's baptisms 1872 to 1879.
    They had issue:

    1. Dr. William O'Sullivan,
      William J. O'Sullivan, Bill, "Gogo",
      born 3 Aug 1873, Batterfield, Firies, Co.Kerry,
      bapt 6 August 1873 [Firies RC par records],
      bapt transcript says "Gerald", (todo) see original, microfilm in [NLI] is illegible,
      doctor in Killarney, Co.Kerry.

Michael O'Sullivan's draper's shop, junction of Main St and Henn St (now Plunkett St), Killarney.
From old postcard of Killarney.
See full size.
See modern street view of same spot.

Also of the above family

Another 1st cousin of John Langford (through unknown father) is:

Possible link to other Sullivans


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