Patrick "Porridge" O'Brien,
Patrick mar 3rdly, 1839, to Mary Enraght [born est c.1815, 1st cousin of his first two wives],
all three wives were from the Protestant Enraght family of Shanagolden, though their children were Catholic,
Patrick earned the nickname "Porridge" from his efforts feeding the hungry at Shanagolden during the Famine in 1847,
after the Famine he purchased many properties, including the old Enraght house (the post office) on Main St, Shanagolden,
after 1851 he moved to a farm at Dernish (or Durnish), near Foynes, Co.Limerick (see map),
the O'Brien family eventually had farms at Dernish, Leahies, Bawnmore, Clashganniff, Ballymorris and Mount David,
he died 28 Dec 1871, age 73 yrs,
bur with his 3 wives in Shanagolden,
had issue by 3rd wife:
She mar 1stly, 1862, to Tim Madigan
and had issue.
Tim and Bessie ran a pub at West End, Shanagolden. And a farm on the Clashganniff side of Shanagolden.
They were Home Rulers, and supporters of William Henry O'Sullivan, MP (MP for Limerick County 1874-85). Bessie would later marry him.
Tim died May 1876.
After he died, Bessie ran the farm and pub, was very wealthy.
She funded the election campaign of William Henry O'Sullivan, MP.
She became friendly with Elizabeth Butcher, wife of the landlord 2nd Baron Monteagle. She went to tea at their seat Mount Trenchard.
"Bessie Madigan", Shanagolden, listed among farmers in [Postal Directory of Munster, 1886].
mar 2ndly, Jan 1887 [him age 57, her age 47]
to William Henry O'Sullivan, MP [born 1830, of
He had been MP for Limerick County 1874-85, and she was a long-time supporter of his.
He died 27 Apr 1887, age 57 yrs, bur Kilmallock.
She wrote a letter in 1897 from Shanagolden to Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay about family tree research. They clearly knew they were related through Enraght.
She took over Clashganniff House when her brother died 1900, and took care of her brother's orphaned child.
In 1911 census she was living with Madigans in Clashganniff House.
She died 16 June 1916, age 76 yrs,
bur Kilbradran graveyard, see inscription.
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