Worked for GSWR 1866-1911:
Blen worked for Great Southern and Western Railway (GSWR) for 45 years (1866 to 1911).
His brother William Henry also worked for GSWR.
Blennerhassett was appointed to GSWR on 23 Apr 1866 [GSWR record], age 17. Father still living Bagenalstown, Co.Carlow, at this point.
He "had very little of the world's goods .. but he envied no man" [PAT/12, p.16-17].
See all the stations he was based at.
based at Mallow, Co.Cork, 1869 to 1872.
Listed as "clerk", living Mallow, at mar 1869.
mar 1stly, 30 Sept 1869, Cork,
to Maria Agnes Lyons [born 1846].
He went to USA in 1870 to find his brother Edward.
He had to resign from railway 9 Mar 1870 [GSWR record] in order to take the leave. Was in New York as at June-July 1870.
Came back to Ireland. Reappointed to railway 4 Aug 1870 [GSWR record]. His job at Mallow was clearly kept for him.
Living Main St, Mallow (see map) at dau Agnes' birth and bapt, Dec 1870.
Listed as "clerk", living Main St, Mallow, when he registered Agnes' birth with [GROI] on 5 Jan 1871.
Living Landscape Terrace, Mallow, at dau's bapt, May 1872 (near Market Place, this is same place as New St and New Road).
At dau's birth, May 1872, he is listed as "railway clerk", living New St, Mallow.
He appeared as a witness in a case involving GSWR at the Petty Sessions at Aghern, Co.Cork (see map) on 25 Nov 1872. The case was about a man travelling without a ticket on 21 Oct 1872. Blen was a witness. The defendant had to pay a sum to the GSWR. See image.
Blen sp bapt of his niece Mary Agnes Sheahan in July 1873.
station master at Banteer, Co.Cork, 1873 to 1874.
Listed as "station master" in Banteer at Eileen's birth and bapt, Aug 1873, and Annie's birth and bapt 1874.
station master at Newbridge, Co.Kildare, 1875 to 1877.
Listed as "station master" at Railway Station, Newbridge, at Willie's birth and bapt 1875.
He gave evidence in a March 1876 court case about the theft of coal from a load in Feb 1876 at Newbridge. He is station master at Newbridge.
See part of article in Leinster Express, March 25, 1876.
Listed as "station master" at Railway Station, Newbridge, at John's birth and bapt 1877.
Station master at Parsonstown, 1877-78:
Blen was station master at Parsonstown (now Birr), Co.Offaly, 1877 to 1878.
He became station master at Parsonstown 1877, taking over from his brother William Henry.
See item in Freeman's Journal, 10 Aug 1877 (also here). This reports William Henry's move from the railway station at Parsonstown to Carlow, and his replacement at Parsonstown by his brother Blennerhassett, late of Newbridge.
See item in Irish Times, 10 August 1877.
Listed as "station master" in Seefin (at or near Parsonstown station), Birr par, Co.Offaly, at Alice's birth July 1878 through Eileen's death Dec 1878.
The death of 4 of their children in 1878:
Blen is listed in
Midland Counties Advertiser, 26 December 1878,
as donating for the poor of Parsonstown.
He is "B H Cashel, Station Master".
He was station master at Thurles, Co.Tipperary, 1879 to 1880.
They had another baby, Blennerhassett, who also died.
Blen is listed as "station master", Great Southern and Western Railway (GSWR), living Railway Station, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, at Blennerhassett's birth 1879 through Blennerhassett's death 1880.
GSWR head at Limerick, 1881-93:
Blen was station master (for GSWR only) at Limerick station Feb 1881 to 1893.
Limerick station was shared among multiple rail companies, and he was GSWR head at Limerick, but not the head of the whole station.
Cork and Limerick Direct Railway was part of GSWR, and this was its Limerick end. GSWR mainly did goods at Limerick at this time.
[GSWR record] lists him as "station master".
Giving evidence in London, 1882:
"station master", GSWR, living Railway Cottage, South Henry St (later Carey's Rd), Limerick,
at Madeline's birth, 23 July 1882.
His brother William commits suicide:
He must be
"H B Cashel"
who is listed in
Cork Daily Herald, 29 October 1892,
as Secretary of the Catholic Institute at a talk in Limerick.
Also present is
"Michael Cusack, TC"
and Michael's 1st wife's father
"James O'Meara, TC".
(Later, in 1895,
Blen's daughter Agnes married James O'Mara, Michael's 1st wife's nephew and James' grandson.)
GSWR goods head at Cork, apparently 1893 to 1911:
Blen was goods superintendant (for GSWR only) at Cork station from apparently 1893 to 1911.
He moved apparently in 1893 to Cork as goods superintendant for GSWR. The new railway station at Glanmire Rd, Cork, opened 1 Feb 1893, replacing earlier buildings [Creedon, 1985]. Cork station served multiple railway companies.
He was GSWR goods head at Cork. [GSWR record] lists him as Goods Agent, Cork Goods station.
He is listed in [Slater's Directory, 1894] as "Goods Manager" for GSWR at the new Glanmire Rd station, Cork.
Lived 52 Lower Glanmire Rd, Cork, right beside the new railway station.
He is listed as "goods agent", living 52 Lower Glanmire Rd, Cork, as at Agnes' mar, April 1895.
Maria Agnes dies, 1896:
Maria Agnes died Fri 10th Jan 1896, 52 Lr Glanmire Rd, age 49 yrs [GROI].
Funeral Sun 12th Jan, bur St.Joseph's cemetery, Cork. Blen bought this plot on 12 Jan.
Blen and Maria Agnes had issue:
Blen went to public lectures in Cork organised by the Cork Catholic Young Men's Society. This seems to have been a society not just for young men, but to organise interesting guest speakers for the general public.
He mar 2ndly, 26 Oct 1898 [him age 50, her age 33],
to Marion McSwiney [born 1865, Limerick].
There was a fatal accident at the GSWR goods store at Cork in Feb 1899. See article part one and two in Cork Daily Herald, 23 February 1899.
He is at funeral of James O'Mara Apr 1899.
He is described as "goods manager" at Helen's birth, Oct 1899.
He is listed in the Cork Examiner, 11 February 1901, at the annual general meeting of the Cork Catholic Young Men's Society.
They are listed in [Census, 1901] as living 52 Lower Glanmire Rd, Cork. See also [NAI] 81/98, microfilm. He is "goods superintendant, GSWR". They have 1 servant living with them.
Letter of 20 Jan 1904 says that Mr. Cashel is going to London to see his dau Agnes.
Listed as "superintendant", GSWR, living 52 Lower Glanmire Rd, at Kathleen's mar, Apr 1904.
Despite his giving evidence against subversives in 1880s, [Lavelle, 1961] says he later approved of his daughters' Sinn Fein beliefs.
They are listed at 52 Lower Glanmire Rd, Cork, in [Census, Apr 1911]. He is "goods superintendant, GSWR".
He retired Oct 1911.
He left 52 Lower Glanmire Rd,
must be at retirement 1911
(it was railway property, came with the job).
See a simple "will" he made, 13 Sept 1913, leaving everything to his wife. And reverse side.
He lived at Slievnamon, Little Island, Cork. There from at least 1914 until 1915.
Madeline is living Little Island at mar, July 1914. Blen is listed as "agent".
Blen is living Slievnamon, Little Island, when George joined the army in Jan 1915.
At death in Oct 1915, Blen was living "Knocknacool", College Rd, Cork. Must have only just moved there.
Blen dies, 1915:
He died at his residence, "Knocknacool", Thur 21 Oct 1915, age 67 yrs, "railway superintendant" [GROI].
See obituary in Cork Examiner, October 22, 1915. Listed as "goods agent" at Cork for GSWR.
Death notice in The Evening Echo, Cork, 22 Oct 1915.
Funeral Sat 23 Oct 1915, bur St.Joseph's cemetery, Cork.
Funeral list in [The Evening Echo, Cork, Sat 23 Oct 1915].
See funeral list part one and two in Cork Examiner, Mon 25 Oct 1915.
See death notice in Irish Times, October 30, 1915.
Admin of estate granted at Cork, 20 Dec 1915, to Marion. Admin survives in [NAI], no will. He is listed as "railway agent" and "goods agent", GSWR.
See administration cover and top and bottom.
Listed (after death) as "Railway Manager" at Helen's marriage.
Marion and dau Helen
lived near Carrigaline
(near Cork) for a time.
Helen was living 5 Eldred Terrace, South Douglas Rd, Cork, at mar, 1926.
Marion was living 17 Knockrea park, Douglas Rd, Cork, with Helen and family at time of death 1940.
Her will dated 26 Feb 1940, at Mercy Hospital, Cork, very short, all property to dau Helen.
She died 4th [grave] or 5th [NAI] or 6th [GROI] of Apr 1940, Mercy Hospital, Cork, age 75 yrs.
She was bur St.Joseph's cemetery, Cork.
Admin of estate (with will) granted 28 Oct 1940 at Cork to dau Helen [NAI].
Blen and Marion had issue:
I am not sure this is Blennerhassett Cashel but it is plausible.
"B H Cashel" is listed at the funeral in March 1895 of Mrs. Richard McCoy of Curramore, Co.Limerick.
Here is how Blennerhassett Cashel could have known the McCoys:
Notepaper of Blennerhassett Cashel shortly before retirement 1911 is made out as "B.H. Cashel" and he signs it "B.H. Cashel".
He may be using the style "Blenner Hassett Cashel".
See larger and full size.
The funeral list for Blen in 1915 only includes males among "the chief mourners".
Thus bizarrely excluding all of his children in favour of people who are only in-laws. (George is away serving in the war.)
From Cork Examiner, Mon 25 Oct 1915.
AI animation of photo of Maria Agnes Lyons.
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