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Dr. Cornelius Nolan



Grave of Dr. Cornelius Nolan, Shanagolden.
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Dr. Cornelius Nolan,
Con, born 1853 or 1855, Co.Limerick.
LRCSI (Licentiate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).
LM KQCPI (Licentiate in Medicine from King and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland), later described as LRCPI.
Obituary says he was doctor in Shanagolden district for 46 years (since 1876).
Dr. Nolan of Ballyane is listed at Month's Mind for Tim Madigan 1876.
Listed as medical doctor, Shanagolden, age 24, at mar.

He mar 11 Sept 1877 [Shanagolden RC par records] to Kate O'Brien [Catherine, born 1854].
See entry in [GROI]. Marriage wit by Edward W. Casey and Julia Nolan (or John Nolan).
He was the doctor in Shanagolden.
Lived Elm Ville, Shanagolden (built 1870s for the Shanagolden doctor).
He is listed among gentry of Shanagolden in [Postal Directory of Munster, 1886]. He is medical officer for Glin Union, Shanagolden and Kilcolman. He is living "Nid view" (think this is the old name for Elm Ville).
Anna Rahilly describes in letter of May 1891 a visit to her relatives in Shanagolden: "We met the Nolans & Con & Kate of course".
"Dr Cornelius Nolan, Shanagolden" was at funeral of John Danaher Aug 1900.
Listed as the Shanagolden member of Rathkeale Poor Law Union in at least [Thom's, 1901] to [Thom's, 1910].
He is listed in Shanagolden in [Census, 1901]. He is "General Practitioner". They have two servants.
Listed as nephew of Margaret Nolan at her death 1903. He is living Elm Ville, Shanagolden.
He is listed in Shanagolden in [Census, 1911]. He is "Dispensary Medical Officer". They have two servants.

He was a supporter of the WWI effort.
He disapproved of his 1st cousin's son (and his wife's grandnephew) Tim Madigan and the breakaway Irish Volunteers.
Listed at Shanagolden in [Thom's, 1919].
He and his wife were strongly anti-Sinn Fein.
He acted as doctor to RIC during the War of Independence.
When two RIC men visited Elm Ville on 26 Aug 1920, the IRA surrounded Elm Ville and demanded they be handed over. The IRA were actually led by his young relation Tim Madigan. The RIC men were taken away and humiliated (but not shot).

Dr. Cornelius is still listed as Medical Officer at Shanagolden in [Thom's, 1923].
He died Mon 5 June 1922, at his house, Elm Ville, age 67 or 69 yrs.
See item in Limerick Chronicle, Thur 8 June 1922.
He was bur in Shanagolden town graveyard.
Kate living Elm Ville at her death.
She died 6 Oct 1934, age 80 yrs. See mass card.
She was bur in Shanagolden town graveyard.
Dr. Cornelius and Kate had issue:


  1. Cornelius Nolan,
    bapt 18 Aug 1878 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp Thomas Madigan and Elizabeth Madigan,
    died pre-1886.

  2. Catherine Nolan,
    bapt 6 Dec 1879 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp Daniel O'Brien and Helen Danaher,
    died pre-1894.


  3. Mary Nolan,
    "Nono", born 1880, Co.Limerick,
    can't find bapt in [Shanagolden RC par records],
    at home in 1901 and 1911 census, unmarried,
    "Mary Nolan" is listed as niece of Julia Nolan at her funeral 1926,
    "Miss Mary Nolan, of Shanagolden" is listed as cousin (should be dau of cousin) of Rev. Mortimer McCoy at his funeral 1927,
    Miss M. Nolan is listed as cousin of Mary Nolan at her funeral 1935,
    she fl 1952.

  4. Patrick Nolan,
    Pat, bapt 9 Nov 1882 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp James Nolan and Anna Nolan,
    "P. Nolan" is listed as nephew of Julia Nolan at her funeral 1926,
    "Patrick Nolan, of Shanagolden" is listed as cousin (should be son of cousin) of Rev. Mortimer McCoy at his funeral 1927.

  5. Thomas Nolan,
    bapt 23 May 1885 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp William O'Brien and Maria Donovan,
    think died pre-1911.

  6. Cornelius Nolan,
    bapt 24 Oct 1886 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp William O'Sullivan and Hanna O'Sullivan,
    think died pre-1911.


  7. Dr. Agnes Nolan,
    Agnes Josephine Nolan, bapt 7 Aug 1890 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp James McDonnell and Maria Donovan.
    She was a doctor, educ UCD.
    Breach of promise: While a student she became engaged to Dr. William Hederman of Croom, who worked with her father in Shanagolden. But he decided not to marry her, and, in a case strange to modern ears, she sued him for breach of promise at the High Court in Dublin. She got £275 compensation. It was in the newspapers. Some relations did not approve of her suing.
    She never did marry.

    Agnes was attached to Coombe Hospital, Dublin, as at June 1919.
    She graduated as MB, B.Ch., B.A.O. in 1920 [NUI, 1964]. LRCPI, LRCSI.
    She was called to attend Tim Madigan after he was shot, Dec 1920, present at his death.
    She worked with her father at Shanagolden.
    Her father died 1922.
    She succeeded her father as GP at Shanagolden.
    Lived Elm Ville, Shanagolden.
    "Dr. Agnes Nolan" is listed as niece of Julia Nolan at her funeral 1926.
    "Dr. Agnes Nolan, of Shanagolden" is listed as cousin (should be dau of cousin) of Rev. Mortimer McCoy at his funeral 1927.
    She is listed as Medical Officer at Shanagolden in [Thom's, 1931, p.1072].
    Dr. Agnes Nolan, Elm Ville, Shanagolden, listed as cousin of Mary Nolan at her funeral 1935.
    She died Elm Ville, c.1963, age c.73 yrs,
    or poss. died shortly before 1980, age nearly 90.


  8. Kathleen Nolan,
    Kitty, born Co.Limerick,
    bapt "Catherine", 15 July 1894 [Shanagolden RC par records], sp John Fitzgerald and Julia Nolan,
    "Kathleen" on grave,
    mar Bill O'Flynn,
    she lived at Elm Ville, Shanagolden, with unmarried sister Dr. Agnes,
    Elm Ville came with the doctor's job, and belonged to the health board, but after Dr. Agnes died, Kitty managed to buy it from them,
    known as "Ma Flynn",
    lived Elm Ville until death,
    she died 8 Jan 1986, age 91 yrs,
    bur in Shanagolden town graveyard,
    had issue:

    1. Tom O'Flynn, mar ---- and had issue.

    2. Patricia O'Flynn, mar --- Welch and had issue:
      1. Des Welch.

    3. William O'Flynn, mar ---- and had issue.

    4. Conor O'Flynn, born 1929,
      lived Elm Ville,
      died unmarried, 7 Nov 2005, age 76 yrs,
      bur in Shanagolden town graveyard.

    5. Edward O'Flynn, mar ---- and had issue:
      1. Hilary O'Flynn.
    6. Desmond O'Flynn, mar ---- and had issue:
      1. Paul O'Flynn.





Back: Dan Donovan's two wives, Peg Madigan (left) and Kitty Madigan (right).
Front: Dr. Con Nolan's daughters, Kitty Nolan (left) and Mary Nolan (right).
Photo at Elm Ville, 1917.
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Dr. Agnes Nolan (back row, centre) with the staff of the Coombe Hospital, Dublin, June 1919.
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Close-up of Dr. Agnes Nolan in the above 1919 photo.



Grave of Kitty Nolan, Shanagolden.
Photo 2013. See full size.



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