Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Ann Sullivan's brother
Fr. Daniel O'Sullivan
was PP of Tarbert with Ballylongford from at least 1823 until his death
in Ballylongford, 1832.
This may be how the Rahillys came to Ballylongford.
Ann's daughter Margaret Rahilly inherited property in Ballylongford from her uncle Fr. Daniel O'Sullivan in 1832.
The Rahilly business was meant to be started (or extended) with this 1832 inheritance.
Margaret and some of her siblings moved to Ballylongford in 1831 or earlier.
One of her sisters married a man from the Ballylongford area in 1831.
Another sister married a man from the Ballylongford area before 1833.
The date of founding of the Rahilly business in Ballylongford is unclear.
Finucane's pub thought that Rahilly built the old Rahilly house in 1806 or 1809, but this cannot be. They were still in Killarney.
It had been thought that Michael Rahilly started the business, and it was continued by his widow Ann.
However an invoice of Richard Rahilly says the Ballylongford business was established in 1836 (would be by Michael Joseph Rahilly).
Family letters in
are addressed from
"The Square, Ballylongford".
Richard Rahilly died 1896.
The family sold Rahilly properties in Ballylongford 1898.
Rahillys left Ballylongford.
Michael Finucane died 1942.
The pub passed to his nephew, also Michael Finucane.
In 1969 Aodogán met a woman in Ballylongford who said her uncle bought the place from Rahillys for £800. She showed him the cellar under the shop, said they got as much for the wines alone as they paid for the shop. This is not very likely (£800 is actually about £300,000 in today's money) but it was sold cheap.
Michael Finucane died 1982.
The pub passed to his son, the third Michael Finucane, who now owns it. He filled it with O'Rahilly memorabilia.
[Bunbury and Fennell, 2008] tells a story that republican veteran Dan Keating (died 2007) used to call this Michael Finucane "The Young O'Rahilly".
Michael Finucane leased the pub out in 2012
and someone else now operates it.
It still has O'Rahilly memorabilia in it.
It is still called Finucane's pub. Also called "O'Rahilly's" pub.
There is a plaque to The O'Rahilly
on the 3 storey house, erected 1966.
The 3 storey house is still the most imposing house in Ballylongford today.
There is a bust of The O'Rahilly nearby, in the grounds of the Catholic church. Erected 2016.
Mrs. Margaret Rahilly in [Griffiths Valuation, 1851] holds plot 4 on Main St, Ballylongford.
4 a is offices. 4 b is a fair sized house, with offices and yard.
4 b is the old Rahilly house.
Ballylongford in 1887 to 1913 map (the new 3-storey Rahilly house exists).
Post Office is at Rahillys.
Ballylongford apparently later than the above (see Creamery).
Post Office has moved to Main St.
Map on wall of Finucane's pub, Ballylongford.
See full size.
Letterhead of Rahilly letter of 1891 is from "The Square, Ballylongford".
The location has also been called "The Cross, Ballylongford".
The crossroads, Ballylongford.
Postcard, c.1900 (after Rahilly sold to Finucane).
Looking W (down Bridge St to the bridge over the river).
Showing the 3 storey Rahilly house, and Finucane's pub in the old Rahilly house.
See full size.
See sepia version.
See other scan and colorised version.
See photo of other copy (and original). And alternate and alternate.
The new (LHS, 3 storey) and old (RHS, Finucane's pub) Rahilly houses, Ballylongford.
The plaque to The O'Rahilly is visible on the LHS (the S wall of the new house).
The old mill is in background.
See full size and wider shot.
See also shot of S wall of new house (this photo courtesy of Richard Humphreys).
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