Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My ancestors - O'Sullivan - Contents

  The O'Sullivan Bourse in Louvain

O'Sullivan Mor (family of O'Sullivan Bourse)

Sullivan of Carhoomeengar

Our family (O'Sullivan of Meentoges)

Our family (Fr. Mark Sullivan)

The poet Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan of Meentoges

O'Sullivan of Firies


O'Sullivan of Meentoges, Co.Kerry

O'Sullivan/Sullivan is the most common surname in Munster, and the most common surname in Co.Kerry, and very hard to trace as a result (so many false hits). Two families of this name, even in the same townland, may not be related.

This family may be related to O'Sullivan of Killarney through O'Sullivan of Cappanacush, near Kenmare.
The previous may be related to Sullivan of near Killarney.

There is no known connection to O'Sullivan of near Listowel.

The O'Sullivan Bourse in Louvain

In 1699, Fr. John Sullivan set up a "bourse" (bursary) at the Irish Pastoral College in Louvain, Belgium, for his relations "of the second degree".
As a result, anyone who took up the bourse is suspected to be a relation of Fr. John Sullivan.
If one of our family took it up or was eligible, it would imply that Fr. John Sullivan is an ancestral uncle or ancestral 1st cousin of our O'Sullivans.

Reasons to think we are not connected to the family of the bourse:

Reasons to think we are connected to the family of the bourse:

Extract from [Pierce, 1957] with the story that our Hickies were entitled to the Louvain bourse.

O'Sullivan Mor (the family of the O'Sullivan Bourse in Louvain)

The "O'Sullivan Mor" family of the Dunkerron area, near Kenmare, Co.Kerry, are the ancestors of the family of the bourse.
[Prendergast, part 4, 1899] shows Fr. John Sullivan's branch starting as follows:

The ruin of the old O'Sullivan castle, Cappanacush Castle, W of Kenmare, Co.Kerry, on 1887 to 1913 map.

The ruin of the old O'Sullivan castle, Dunkerron Castle, Kenmare, Co.Kerry, on 1887 to 1913 map.
See photos.

Sullivan of Carhoomeengar, Co.Kerry

An ancestral line was made out in 1912 for Fr. John Ring which shows the claimed link between Fr. John Sullivan of Louvain and Eugene Sullivan of Carhoomeengar near Kenmare.
The line was apparently worked out from oral tradition in 1912.
On the basis of this line, Fr. John Ring successfully claimed the O'Sullivan Bourse to be educated at Louvain.
The line as published in [De Rís, 1997] is as follows.

It does not seem very convincing, for the following reasons:

--- O'Sullivan,
had issue:

  1. Cornelius O'Sullivan.
    Father of the priest Fr. John Sullivan (born 1633) who set up the O'Sullivan Bourse at Louvain.

  2. Eugene O'Sullivan,
    had issue:

    1. Boetius O'Sullivan,
      or Boetious, or "Buagh".
      This became a Sullivan family name.
      It might be after Boetius (or Boethius), the ancient Roman philosopher.
      He had issue:

      1. Cornelius O'Sullivan,
        had issue:

        1. Boetius O'Sullivan, or Sullivan,
          had issue:

          1. Eugene Sullivan,
            or O'Sullivan, or Eoghan,
            of Carhoomeengar, near Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
            He married maybe 1815-20.

The original 1912 tracing for Fr. John Ring.
From [De Rís, 1997].
This is the whole thing. There are no further details. No dates or spouses or places or other details.


Our family (O'Sullivan of Meentoges)

Our O'Sullivan family are not from the Kenmare area but rather from Meentoges, E of Killarney.
See note on the wives of Morgan O'Rahilly and Fionn O'Rahilly.
According to our theory, Fionn O'Rahilly probably married Mary O'Sullivan, dau of Donal O'Sullivan of Meentogues.
The theory would be as follows:

Meentoges on 1829 to 1842 map.

Our family (O'Sullivan of Meentoges, family of Fr. Mark Sullivan)

The following O'Sullivan of Meentoges family must be related to the previous O'Sullivan of Meentoges.
(Two O'Sullivan/Sullivan families of Meentoges, both marrying into the same O'Rahilly/Rahilly family.)

As discussed above, it has been suggested that this family is related to the family of Fr. John Sullivan of Louvain but there is no clear evidence.

---- O'Sullivan,
had issue:

  1. Philip O'Sullivan, born est c.1740,
    of Meentoges, Co.Kerry.
    [P102/207(4)] says our Philip was of Meentoges.
    His daughter married Michael Rahilly.

  2. Fr. Marcus O'Sullivan,
    or Mark, or Sullivan,
    born Meentoges [King, 1912], born est c.1750.
    Catholic priest.
    He was educ University of Louvain, Belgium.
    See entry (and screenshot and screenshot) in [Louvain database of students].
    This shows he did NOT receive the O'Sullivan Bourse.
    "Marcus O'Sullivan" of "Diocese of Kerry" in Louvain records.
    He matriculated (entered Louvain) 24 Jan 1770. Listed as "pauper". This means he was exempt from some fees due to lack of wealth. [Jennings, 1944] shows that most Irish students were granted "pauper" status.
    He entered the Lily or Lis college (the Pedagogie du Lis).
    List of Kerry priests abroad in 1770 shows "Mark Sullivan" in Louvain [de Brun, 1985].
    "L Arts" (Licentiate of Arts) Aug 1771, "PM 133".
    List of Kerry priests abroad in 1774 shows "Mark Sullivan" in Louvain [de Brun, 1985].
    MA (Magister Artium, Master of Arts) 21 May 1776.
    STB 1777.
    He returned to Ireland.
    For sources for almost all of the following see [de Brun, 1985].
    Listed as a P.P. in RC Diocese of Kerry in 1792 and 1794.
    P.P. of the RC par of Firies from 1797 to 1814. The RC parish of Firies covers the civil parishes of Aglish and Kilnanare and Molahiffe, Co.Kerry (between Killarney and Tralee, some distance SW of Castleisland, see map).
    Firies itself (also Fieries) is in the par of Kilnanare.
    Not to be confused with Fieries, Ballincuslane par (SE of Castleisland, see map).
    "Marcus O'Sullivan" is listed as P.P. of "Aglis" (Aglish, i.e. Firies) in 1797.
    "Marcus Sullivan" is a P.P. in Kerry in 1798.
    Listed as P.P. of "Molahive" (Molahiffe, i.e. Firies) in Killarney district in 1800 and 1803.
    "Marcus O'Sullivan" listed as P.P. of "Mullahive" (Molahiffe, i.e. Firies) in 1806-08 list.
    He died 1814, while still P.P. Firies [King, 1912], age est c.64 yrs.


Julia Sheehan in [P102/207(4)] and [P102/207(6)] says that her uncle Michael Rahilly's wife was a niece of Fr. Mark O'Sullivan.
However [P102/207(4)] has errors:

Fieries church on 1829 to 1842 map.
This was replaced by a new church to the NE. See 1887 to 1913 map.


The poet Eoghan Rua (O'Sullivan of Meentoges)

The poet Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan was also O'Sullivan of Meentoges.
[P102/207(4)] says our O'Sullivans of Meentoges are "Owen Roe's people".
O'Sullivan entry in [King, 1912] says Fr. Mark O'Sullivan was 1st cousin of the poet.

[McCarthy, 1993, p.105] apparently says that Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan was "born of a family that migrated from the Templenoe area". Templenoe is the parish to the W side of Kenmare (see old map). Same area as both "O'Sullivan Mor" of Dunkerron and Sullivan of Carhoomeengar.


Extract from Michael Warren's letter of 1906 [P102/207(4)].
He meets Julia Sheehan and she says our O'Sullivans are related to the poet Owen Roe O'Sullivan.

[King, 1912] says that Fr. Mark is related to the poet.

O'Sullivan of Firies

[King, 1912] says that our Fr. Mark O'Sullivan was granduncle of "the late" Marcus O'Sullivan of Firies.
Note that these Sullivans are apparently of Firies, and they have middle names "Mark" and "Marcus".

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