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Dr. Francis Falvey

Dr. Francis Falvey and Mary Ellen Lyons and their children.
Perhaps this is Julia (born 1877) and Francis Joseph and Jane and Mary and John Charles (born 1884), but before birth of Dermot in 1891.
So date maybe c.1890.
It was said the girl on RHS had some illness and her hair was cut.
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Dr. Francis Falvey,
Francis Joseph Falvey, born 1845, Co.Kerry.
He was doctor, MD, in Tralee, Co.Kerry.
Census lists him as Physician and Surgeon, LRCP and S Edinburgh.
Lived 3 Lower Castle St, Tralee.
Listed in 3 Lower Castle St, Tralee, in [Slater's, 1870].
Listed as "medical doctor", Castle St, Tralee, at mar.

He mar 1874 to Mary Ellen Lyons [bapt 3 Sept 1854].
They were living Tralee at children's bapts 1875 to 1891.
Francis Joseph Falvey, MD, 3 Lower Castle St, Tralee, listed in voters of Tralee 1880-81.
Listed at Castle St, Tralee, in [Bassett's, 1880-81].
Living Castle St, Tralee, at children's births and bapts 1880 to 1884.

Family lived 14 Denny St, Tralee, at least 1891 to 1904.
Living Denny St at son's bapt 1891.
Appointed as one of the magistrates for Co.Kerry, 19 Dec 1893.
He was a Justice of the Peace.
He is listed as "J.P.", physician and surgeon, 14 Denny St, in [Slater's Directory, 1894, Munster, p.328].
He gave expert evidence in a murder trial in Dec 1894.
1901 census lists him as a Justice of the Peace.
They are listed on Denny St in 1901 census. They have one servant living with them.

He had a large private practice. Held many positions in Co.Kerry.
Medical Officer of Tralee Workhouse Hospital. Medical Officer of Tralee Fever Hospital. Prison doctor at Kerry County Gaol.
Consulting Medical Officer to Tralee Urban Council.
Physician to Great Southern and Western Railway.
Described as MD, of Denny St, at death.

Francis dies, 1904:
He died Fri 22 Apr 1904, age 59 yrs, at his house, Denny St, after a short bout of influenza.
See obituary in Cork Examiner, Sat 23 Apr 1904.
Funeral Mon 25 Apr 1904, bur Clogherbrien cemetery, near Tralee.
See obituary and funeral list in Killarney Echo, April 30, 1904.
Admin of estate granted 18 July 1904. See image from here.

Mary Ellen moved to Dublin.
She is listed in 1911 census as widow, living 23 Hollybank Ave, Ranelagh, Co.Dublin (see old map and modern map). Note that census house numbering here is same as normal house numbering.
This may have been only a temporary address. Falvey is not listed at that address in either [Thom's, 1910] or [Thom's, 1914].

Basil Falvey recalls Mary Ellen, his grandmother, coming to visit them in Belfast c.1932. He recalls her shrouded in black. All the children had to be quiet. It cast a pall on Christmas. Bit of tension with daughter-in-law Irene who was not Catholic.
Mary Ellen died 1932, age 78 yrs.
Cannot find death in [GROI]. Might have died in UK.
Francis and Mary Ellen had issue:

  1. Charles Michael Falvey, born 22 February 1875,
    bapt 24 February 1875 [Tralee RC par records], sp Michael Lyons and Hanna Falvey.

  2. Mary Falvey, born 20 September 1876,
    bapt 4 Oct 1876 [Tralee RC par records], sp John Falvey and Honora Lyons,
    died young (there is another Mary).

  3. Julia Falvey, born 4 Nov 1877, Co.Kerry,
    would be after grandmother,
    bapt 7 November 1877 [Tralee RC par records], sp John Lyons and Hannah Falvey.
    Listed as Julia Mary Falvey in 1901 census, living at home.
    Listed as "Julia Gladys Falvey" and "Julia Gladys (Dudu)" at mar and death in 1903.
    Listed at mar 1903 as living 13a Upper Woburn Place, St Pancras parish, London (see map).
    She mar Apr 1903, London, to William Charles Lyon [born 4 Sept 1862].
    Her husband was English and Protestant (and also illegitimate). Would have been a highly unusual marriage for a Kerry Catholic in those days.
    She died within months, in Sept 1903. No issue.
    Listed at death 1903 as "Eldest surviving daughter" of Dr. Falvey.
    Tim Lyon says: "I am sorry to say it but I gather that Julia's death was regarded at the time as retribution for marrying a Protestant!"

  4. Frank Falvey, born 1 May 1879, Co.Kerry,
    Francis Joseph Falvey, bapt 7 May 1879 [Tralee RC par records], sp Thomas Scollard and Elizabeth Regan,
    at home in 1901 census, listed as Medical undergaduate at think TCD,
    not listed in medical directory in [Thom's] 1905 or 1910 or 1914, may have died.

  5. Jane Falvey, born 15 June 1880, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 22 June 1880 [Tralee RC par records], sp Jeremiah Falvey and Catherine Falvey,
    listed as Janetta Falvey in 1901 census, living at home.

  6. Mary Falvey, born 13 December 1882, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 20 December 1882 [Tralee RC par records], sp John Falvey and Sarah Lyons,
    at home in 1901 census.

  7. John Charles Falvey,
    born 11 June 1884, Castle St, Tralee, see birth cert,
    bapt 15 June 1884 [Tralee RC par records], sp Laurence Lyons and Honora Burke.

  8. Dermot Falvey, born 2 October 1891, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 12 October 1891 [Tralee RC par records], sp Francis Falvey and Julia Falvey,
    at home in 1901 census,
    listed as "Dermott Francis" in 1911 census, living with mother, "Clerk (National Bank)",
    "Dermot Falvey" wit his brother John Charles' wedding 1913.

    There were 2 more children.
    1911 census says (crossed out) that they had 10 children, 4 still living in 1911.
    One dau was said to have died in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
    Another dau married and lived in Cornwall.
    Another dau was a Catholic nun, Sisters of Charity, Liverpool. Maybe "Aunt Nora".


Dr. Francis Falvey listed in 3 Lower Castle St, Tralee, in [Slater's, 1870, p.232].

Dr. Francis Falvey listed in Castle St, Tralee, in [Bassett's, 1880-81, p.314].

Dr. Francis Falvey listed as one of the magistrates for Co.Kerry.
From p.20 of Parliamentary papers, Volume 82, 1895.

Julia Falvey (born 1877) and her brother Frank Falvey (born 1879).
Photo inherited by family of John Charles Falvey. At the back it states that they are "Frank and Julia, Dad's brother and sister".
Photo maybe c.1900. Certainly before 1903.
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14 Denny St, Tralee

14 Denny St, Tralee, Co.Kerry (on the W side of Denny St). See map.
Home of Dr. Francis Falvey at least 1891 to 1904.

The 1901 census building return shows a large, "1st class" house (like most of the houses on Denny St). 11 rooms. 10 windows in front of house. 4 out-buildings (2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 store).
It is house no.11 by census numbering, but confusingly the census did not follow postal numbering.
[Slater's Directory, 1894] shows the Falvey house is 14 Denny St.
Dr. Francis died there 1904.
His widow left, gone by 1911.

13-14 Denny St (assuming the numbering has not changed) was completely rebuilt as a bank in 1928.
Denny St had a number of banks. Not sure which one this was.
13-14 Denny St is now Philip O'Sullivan & Co., Solicitors.
Basil Falvey thought the Falvey house was about here.
See entry at NIAH.


14 Denny St, Tralee.
On map from
No.14 is the South part (or LHS as you look at it) of the block 13-14 Denny St.

The Falvey house (or site of, since re-built 1928), 14 Denny St, Tralee (LHS of red block).
From street view.

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