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Morgan O'Rahilly

Extract from p.xiii of [Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911] mentioning the Exchequer Bill of 1701.
Morgan O'Rahilly may be the "Murrogh O'Rahilly" of Annaghilymore here.

Morgan O'Rahilly,
Murtagh, born est c.1675,
of Raheen, Aghadoe par, E of Killarney, Co.Kerry,
he may be "Murrogh O'Rahilly" or "Morrough O'Rahilly" of Annaghilymore, Aghadoe parish, who is named as a farmer with wife and children, in Exchequer Bill, "O'Rahilly v Bevill, filed 26th May 1701",
Annaghilymore is on NE side of Raheen, Aghadoe par, right next to it,
[Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911] says Annaghilymore was "the mensal land of Mac Carthy More" (the chief's personal land under brehon law),

mar Julia O'Donoghue "Mourney",
think this is who he married, rather than Mary O'Donoghue "Mourney", or a dau of Donal O'Sullivan of Meentogues (see note on wives of Morgan and Fionn),
had issue:

  1. Dónall 'ac Murchadha ó Rathaille,
    the poet,
    Domhnall 'ac Murchadha ('ac short for Mac), Domnall Ac Murchadha,
    Dónall mac Murchadha ("Daniel son of Morgan"), Donal O'Rahilly,
    of Raheen, Aghadoe par,
    [P102/207(5)] says "he had a big farm at Raheen [illegible] and a stage house. All the traffic from Killarney to Kanturk used go that way in those days" (along what are now just minor roads),

    also said to have held nearby Lisbabe (or Lisbaby), Aghadoe par, Co.Kerry (see map),
    it was said that he "had the whole of Lisbaby to himself" [1910 letter from The O'Rahilly],
    renting Lisbabe from MacCarthy, Lisbabe was one of the ploughlands that belonged to Eoghan MacCarthy (Owen) of Lisnagaun (Headfort, Aghadoe par, see map),
    he may be "Daniel Rahily" of Lisbabe, who wit the will of Eoghan MacCarthy of Lisnagaun, 6th Nov 1724,
    see MacCarthy's will of 1724 printed in [Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911], showing his lands included Lisbabe and Barraduff,

    Dónall was a poet, author of Cois Brice ("Beside the Bric", refers to River Bric or Brick, which runs past Lixnaw town, NW Co.Kerry, see map), and other verses,
    he is said to have erected the O'Rahilly memorial slab in the nave of the church at Muckross Abbey,
    died without issue, c.1784 [Fitzelle, 1986],
    [King, 1910] and [1910 letter from The O'Rahilly] say that Dónall and his uncle the poet Aodhagán are buried in the same grave in Muckross Abbey,
    Lisbaby inherited by his brother Fionn's family.

  2. Fionn O'Rahilly, of Lower Lisbaby, Co.Kerry,
    born est c.1710.

  3. Eoin O'Rahilly, John.


Morgan must be identical with:

Morganus Rahilly,
of "Sancti Cumini" (Kilcummin parish),
mar Julia O'Donoghue,
had issue:

  1. Rev. Florence Rahilly,
    Catholic priest, born est c.1715,
    became a priest at the height of the Penal Laws, had to be educated abroad,
    educ at the Irish College, Bordeaux, France,
    [Walsh and Pelette, 1950, p.124] shows the list of ordinations in record G 914,
    the ordaining prelate was Francois-Honore-Lancelot de Maniban, Bishop of Bordeaux 1730-43,
    [Walsh and Pelette, 1950, pp.127-128] shows "Florentius Rahilly, Aghadoe" (Diocese of Aghadoe), son of "Morganus Rahilly and Julia O'Donoghue", of the parish of "Sancti Cumini" (Kilcummin parish),
    ordination process for Florence began 31 May 1738,
    finally ordained priest 19 Sept 1739.

Note on the wives of Morgan O'Rahilly and Fionn O'Rahilly

[King, 1910] says Morgan married a dau of Donal O'Sullivan of Meentogues, and his son Fionn married Mary O'Donoghue "Mourney".
However, we find Rev. Florence Rahilly, son of "Morganus Rahilly and Julia O'Donoghue" in the right time and place.
We assume this is our Morgan, and we swap the wives round as a result.
We assume Morgan married Julia O'Donoghue "Mourney" and Fionn married Mary O'Sullivan, dau of Donal O'Sullivan of Meentogues.
More confirmation is needed of this theory.


Raheen, Aghadoe par, and Raheen, Kilcummin par

There are two Raheens in the area.
To the W, Raheen in Aghadoe parish (beside Lisbabe and Annaghilymore, see map).
To the E, Raheen in Kilcummin parish (the neighbouring parish, SE of Stagmount, see map).

The evidence seems clear that the O'Rahilly property was Raheen, Aghadoe par:

The evidence it was Raheen, Kilcummin parish, is weaker:

The two Raheens on the same map.
To the W, Raheen, Aghadoe par (beside Lisbabe and Annaghilymore).
To the E, Raheen, Kilcummin par (SE of Stagmount).
From here.

Raheen, Aghadoe par, on 1829 to 1842 map.

Raheen, Kilcummin par, on 1829 to 1842 map.

The Irish College, Bordeaux

The Irish College in Bordeaux, France.
[Walsh and Pelette, 1950] says this was in the Rue du Hâ, near Bordeaux Cathedral (see map).
[Walsh and Pelette, 1950] said the Irish College building then still existed, and was being used "as a motor repair depot".
Exact location unknown. See street view at W end and E end.

The Rue du Hâ on 1716-1717 map of Bordeaux.
Rotated so N is approximately up. (In the original, N is to the left.)

The Rue du Hâ (opposite "21") on 1777 map of Bordeaux.
N is towards the top left.

The Rue du Hâ on 1832 map of Bordeaux.
Rotated so N is up. (In the original, N is to the right.)

The 4 entries in the ordination process for Rev. Florence Rahilly.
From [Walsh and Pelette, 1950, pp.127-128].


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