In the 1901 Census, Daniel Brennan who was born c. 1840 in Tippperary was living in the Gate House, Kilfenora, Co. Kerry. The house was the property of the Great Southern and Western Railway Company. His job as a Railway Ganger had brought him far from the place of his birth. According to the Census his wife Mary Lawlor was 25 years younger than him and a Kerrywoman. Mary may not have recorded her age accurately as it was common practise for women to shave a few years off their age. Their five children. Margaret 14, Hanna 13, Mary 8, Daniel 7 and Maurice 3 were living with them and all born in Kerry.
Daniel Brennan and Mary Lalor married on June 13, 1885 in the Tralee Registration District (Group ID2326648)
According to chuch records;
Margaret was born Oct. 18, 1886, in Abbeydorney, sponsors Maurice Lalor and Catherine Shanahan
Joanna Mary was born Mar. 6, 1888. in Tralee, sponsors Michael Stack amd Margaret Connor
Mary Bridget was born July 17, 1891, in Tralee, sponsors Patrick Riordan and Margaret Stack
Daniel was born June 16,1893, in Tralee, sponsors Michael Shanahan and Catherine Shanahan
Edmund Joachim was born Aug. 15,1895 in Tralee, sponsors John Lawler and Honora Lynch. Edmund may have died before 1901 as I cannot find a record for him in the 1901 Census.
Maurice was born April 17, 1897 in Tralee, sponsors Michael Shanaghan and Ann Shannahan.
In Kerry, many women returned to their mother's house to give birth to their first child so this makes me wonder if Mary Lawlor was from Abbeydorney since her daughter Margaret was born there in 1886.
I'm a Brennan with clear roots in Clawinch Island, Co. Longford (on the Shannon) Brennan Family Clawinch, Co. Longford and possibly in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. As a child my father's people told me that our family came from Kilkenny originally and that Cromwell threw us out. This story has intrigued me all my life and of late I have begun to collect information about Brennans the world over. If you have Brennans in your family, you are cordially invited to join me and maybe we will get to the root of this family story, or maybe not...