Welcome

Tá fáilte romhat.  Haere mai.  Welcome.

I have set up this site so that I can share my historical work more easily.  Please feel free to download the files provided here and use them to inform your own research.  All that I ask is that you acknowledge your source if you do use something I have written.

I’ve cheekily called it The Brosnan because I was appointed Ceann Fine or clan chieftain by the world gathering of Brosnans (and Brosnahans) in Castleisland in June 2013.  This doesn’t really give me any powers or privileges but I am very proud of the honour.

I used to work for a couple of English aristocrats and they had the privilege of signing their names with just their surname.  Lord Carrington’s personal surname was Carington as I recall so there’s a nice precedent for embracing two forms of your own name.  And so, without wanting to offend any other Brosnans, I’m heading this web page The Brosnan.

Of course all of us are really O’Brosnacháin (or Ní Brosnacháin for the girls) anyway.

Regards

Seán Brosnahan

Dunedin, New Zealand

Seán Brosnahan

Seán Brosnahan

60 comments on “Welcome

  1. Hi, are you related to Pierce Brosnan’s side of the family? Trying to find out more info on his great-grandparents, John Brosnahan and Margaret Pierce.

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Adrian, all the Brosnans and Brosnahans are part of the same clan so yes, Pierce is part of it. According to Tommy Frank O’Connor’s booklet put together for the Brosnan Gathering in 2013, Pierce is the son of Thomas and May (nee Smith) Brosnan and was their only child. He is called after his paternal grandfather Pierce Brosnan who was born in Rathanny, Ballymacelligott Co Kerry in 1865. Pierce senior married Jane Costello who was born in the USA but grew up in Co Laois. He was working as a station master at the time of the 1911 census when his family was living in Milltown Co Galway with three children at that point, John, Michael and Mary Jane. Pierce senior was the son of John Brosnan and Margaret Pierce who lived in Rathanny, Ballymacelligott. He had two sisters, Fanny who married Richard McElligott from Maglass Ballymacelligott, and Mary who married Michael Flynn from Tralee and had one daughter Honora. He also had a brother Patrick who was a policeman in Dublin. So Pierce’s roots are very much from the Brosnan home turf in East Kerry. I hope that’s useful.

      • John Kingi says:

        Helen O’SHEA IN NZ has a SULLIVAN BROSNAN line from Currens near Killitierna.

      • Adrian Ferramosca says:

        Thanks thebrosnan for your reply. Pierce is my wife’s 2nd cousin (as his mother’s side). Here is what I have of his ancestry:

        Descendants of Thomas Brosnan

        Generation No. 1

        1. THOMAS1 BROSNAN was born Abt. 1781 in Co. Kerry, Ireland. He married CATHERINE RUSSELL Feb 1804 in Co. Kerry, Ireland. She was born Abt. 1785 in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        More About THOMAS BROSNAN and CATHERINE RUSSELL:
        Marriage: Feb 1804, Co. Kerry, Ireland

        Children of THOMAS BROSNAN and CATHERINE RUSSELL are:
        2. i. JOHN2 BROSNAN, b. 29 Jun 1806, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
        ii. MARY CATHERINE BROSNAHAN, b. 22 Jan 1809.

        Generation No. 2

        2. JOHN2 BROSNAN (THOMAS1) was born 29 Jun 1806 in Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He married BRIDGET SULLIVAN in Co. Kerry, Ireland, daughter of JOHN SULLIVAN and J. MCCARTHY.

        More About JOHN BROSNAN and BRIDGET SULLIVAN:
        Marriage: Co. Kerry, Ireland

        Children of JOHN BROSNAN and BRIDGET SULLIVAN are:
        3. i. JOHN PATRICK3 BROSNAHAN, b. 25 Mar 1825, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
        ii. BRIDGET BROSNAN, b. 26 Oct 1823, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
        iii. ELLEN BROSNAN, b. 1827, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 05 Aug 1875, Ohio, USA.
        iv. PATRICK THOMAS BROSNAN, b. Apr 1829, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        Generation No. 3

        3. JOHN PATRICK3 BROSNAHAN (JOHN2 BROSNAN, THOMAS1) was born 25 Mar 1825 in Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He married MARGARET PIERCE 20 Feb 1849 in Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        More About JOHN BROSNAHAN and MARGARET PIERCE:
        Marriage: 20 Feb 1849, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland

        Children of JOHN BROSNAHAN and MARGARET PIERCE are:
        i. JOHN4 BROSNAN, b. 25 Jun 1851.
        ii. TIMOTHY BROSNAN, b. 05 Sep 1853.
        iii. MARGARET BROSNAN, b. 05 Sep 1855.
        iv. JERIHAMIAH BROSNAN, b. 23 Jun 1859.
        v. FRANCES BROSNAN, b. 1861, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 1926.
        vi. MAURICE BROSNAHAN, b. 10 Nov 1865, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 09 Nov 1927, Cincinatti, Ohio, USA.
        4. vii. PIERCE BROSNAHAN, b. 28 Nov 1865, Rathanny, Ballymcelligott, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 05 Mar 1944, Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
        5. viii. MARY BROSNAN, b. 28 Jan 1866, Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 1937.
        ix. CATHERINE BROSNAN, b. 16 May 1868.
        x. PATRICK BROSNAN, b. 1870.
        xi. BRIDGET BROSNAN, b. 05 Feb 1873.

        Generation No. 4

        4. PIERCE4 BROSNAHAN (JOHN PATRICK3, JOHN2 BROSNAN, THOMAS1) was born 28 Nov 1865 in Rathanny, Ballymcelligott, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and died 05 Mar 1944 in Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He married JANE COSTELLO, daughter of MICHAEL COSTELLO and JANE HAGAN. She was born Abt. 1877 in Chicago, IL, and died 24 Dec 1963 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        Children of PIERCE BROSNAHAN and JANE COSTELLO are:
        6. i. MARGARET5 BROSNAN.
        ii. JOHN BROSNAN, b. 1907.
        iii. MICHAEL BROSNAN, b. 1908.
        iv. MARY BROSNAN, b. 1909.
        7. v. THOMAS BROSNAN, b. 11 Oct 1915, Pollaturick, Co. Galway, Ireland; d. 11 Nov 1988, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        5. MARY4 BROSNAN (JOHN PATRICK3 BROSNAHAN, JOHN2 BROSNAN, THOMAS1) was born 28 Jan 1866 in Currow, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and died 1937. She married MICHAEL FLYNN. He was born in Tralee, Ireland.

        Child of MARY BROSNAN and MICHAEL FLYNN is:
        i. HONORA5 FLYNN.

        Generation No. 5

        6. MARGARET5 BROSNAN (PIERCE4 BROSNAHAN, JOHN PATRICK3, JOHN2 BROSNAN, THOMAS1) She married GEORGE WALLACE. He was born 18 Aug 1914 in Portarlington, Co. Laois, Ireland, and died 17 Aug 1980 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

        Child of MARGARET BROSNAN and GEORGE WALLACE is:
        i. MARTIN6 WALLACE.

        7. THOMAS5 BROSNAN (PIERCE4 BROSNAHAN, JOHN PATRICK3, JOHN2 BROSNAN, THOMAS1) was born 11 Oct 1915 in Pollaturick, Co. Galway, Ireland, and died 11 Nov 1988 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He married MARY (MAY) SMITH 16 Aug 1952 in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland, daughter of PHILLIP SMITH and KATHLEEN REILLY. She was born 03 Apr 1932.

        More About THOMAS BROSNAN and MARY SMITH:
        Marriage: 16 Aug 1952, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

        Child of THOMAS BROSNAN and MARY SMITH is:
        i. PIERCE BRENDAN6 BROSNAN, b. 16 May 1953, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland; m. (1) SANDRA COLLEEN WAITES, 27 Dec 1980, Chelsea, London; b. 15 Dec 1948, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; d. 28 Dec 1991, Los Angeles, CA; m. (2) KEELY SHAYE SMITH, 04 Aug 2001, Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo, Ireland; b. 25 Sep 1963, Vallejo, CA.

        More About PIERCE BROSNAN and SANDRA WAITES:
        Marriage: 27 Dec 1980, Chelsea, London

        More About PIERCE BROSNAN and KEELY SMITH:
        Marriage: 04 Aug 2001, Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo, Ireland

    • Deirdre Golubovic says:

      Hi Adrian – my Dad was called Daniel Brosnan (born 1927)in Abbyfeale, Listole, Co Kerry. His siblings were Maureen, Eileen, Edward, Noreen andvJohanna Brosnan. Our Grandfather was Bartholomew Brosnan who married Josephine Stack. He was the local postman. Does your wife know anything about our side of the family? Did you use an ancestry site to get your info? Thanks so much, Deirdre Brosnan

      • Adrian Ferramosca says:

        Hi Deirdre, my wife’s connection with the Brosnan family is through her Mom’s 1st cousin, Mary Smith, Pierce’s mother, ie. on the Smith/Reilly side. I know little more about the other Brosnan’s.

  2. SrimalaMaree says:

    Kia ora Seán
    I’m Catherine Scully;s great grandaughter and I beleiev that her brother Patrick (1837 – 1877) maybe be a relative of yours? I believe that he married Mary Kirwan and I came across an article online about your father Des tracing her to her sad resting place at Andersons Bay Cemetery. Are we able to connect to see if we share the same ancestors along that Scully branch?
    Ma te wa
    Maree

    • thebrosnan says:

      Kia ora Maree

      I think some unrelated stories have been mixed up here. My great great grandfather was William Scully from Clonboo in Galway who emigrated to Otago circa 1860-61, was at Gabriels Gully by mid-1861 and later settled at Rakahouka in Southland. His younger brother Thomas also emigrated to Southland, in 1864 with his wife nee Mary Elwood. But Tom Scully died of illness in Invercargill in 1876 leaving his wife with five children and one more on the way. Sometime after that child was born in 1877, he was taken into William’s family and brought up as an extra son. His name was Thomas too but William already had his own son Thomas so that one was known as ‘Black Tom’ and the ‘extra’ nephew Thomas was known as ‘Long Tom’ (I think he was quite tall). His mother Mary meanwhile suffered a breakdown of some sort and was committed to the Seacliff Asylum in 1886. She remained there until she died in December 1918 (possibly from the influenza pandemic?) and her body was then given to the Dunedin Medical School. It was subsequently buried in an unmarked grave in Andersons Bay. Des Scully, who now lives in Perth, is Tom and Mary Scully’s great grandson through this ‘Long Tom’ line – so a cousin of mine (not my father) – and he organised for a plaque to be added to the grave site in 2014.

      I see from an entry on Ancestry.com that Patrick Scully married Mary Kirwan in Hokitika in 1876 and also died in 1877. His widow, Mary Scully nee Kirwan, also died in 1918 but she is not the woman in the Seacliff Asylum. That family tree on Ancestry.com gives your Catherine Scully as Patrick’s half-sister. It says she was born in Limerick in 1849, married Joseph Martin in Hokitika in 1871 and died in Inglewood in 1915. The Limerick origin makes it unlikely there is any close connection with our Galway Scully’s – there are lots of Scully’s in Galway!

      So it looks like we’re not connected but it was nice to hear from you anyway.

      Mise le meas
      Seán

  3. Claire Falvey says:

    Hi Sean. Since I have had some time to look at my family tree, I have been working on it. I am also looking into DNA matches. Long story short, I have found a DNA link to Brosnahan ( a cousin of yours). In the complicated way it is, I am related to the Horgans who live in the South Canterbury area (although other lines also came out, including my Falvey line to Marlborough) and also O’Connors who mainly settled in Nelson (and Marlborough). Before this, I was aware the name Brosnahan cropped up at times in my wider tree, but now there is a common ancestor….possibly a Brosnahan. I am wondering if you or any other Brosnahan people have done DNA tests and then uploaded their results to Gedmatch (or other websites like My Heritage or Family Tree DNA) so I can do some comparisons and then try to narrow down options. It all has become very interesting.
    Claire

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Claire

      Back in 2013 at the Brosnan Gathering in Kerry there was an American branch of the family, Dalys, who had done extensive DNA testing on their Daly family in Kerry and were dead keen for some of us to provide samples so they could do the same for the Brosnahans. I took one of their test kits and sent my sample off to wherever it was they asked me to despatch it. But to get any results I had to pay some fee and as it was quite hefty I never bothered. Since then my Dad has provided a DNA sample for someone who was trying to work out their ancestry after an adoption break in the line (i’ve had a lot fo those enquiries over the years), and my son also did a test last year because he was interested in the whole idea. I don’t know where any of those samples were deposited but I can ask and get back to you.

  4. Hannah O'Callaghan says:

    Hi all: Just wanted to say that in 2013 , the reason the name BROSNAN was chosen for the
    Gathering. was that it was the most popular name in Kerry, and so we were lucky to have been chosen. I am not sure if the Irish Government is still sponsoring other family names.
    I have been back every year since 2013, with the exception of 2018, when I made a trip to Italy and Sicily, but enjoyed 2019 in Ireland. Slan agus Beannact Hannah O’Callaghan (nee Brosnan)

  5. wbrosn says:

    Sean – Great site. Was wondering if you’ve run into any historical info on Sergeant John Brosnan, 164th NY Volunteers during the American civil war. He emigrated to the US in 1851 and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valour. I’m his great grandson. Thanks!

    Will Brosnan

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Will

      Apologies for not acknowledging your comment – I’m afraid I overlooked it. I don’t really have information on American Brosnans but I would be thrilled if any American Brosnans found this useful and used it to share their information. I was in Washington DC a couple of months ago and was moved to see a Brosnan name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall – he was PFC Randy Dale Brosnan a Marine from Detroit MI who was killed on 24 July 1966 at Quang Tri, Vietnam. He was just 18. Here’s the information I found online about him:
      “Randy was born in Detroit and lived there all of
      life until he enlisted in the Marines 14 April
      1965,at a recruiting office in Detroit.
      Upon arriving in Vietnam Randy was assigned
      to India Company,3rd Battalion,5th Marine
      Regiment,1st Marine Division.
      While participating in Operation Hastings the
      Marines engaged hostile forces, at Razorback
      Ridge (Hill 362), 12 kilometers west of Cam
      Lo. Randy died as a result of gunshot wounds
      to the body from hostile small arms fire.The
      Marines lost 28 men during the fighting.
      Tour of duty unknown.
      Survived by his parents,Bernard F & Jean M
      Brosnan Jr of 2161 Gray St,Detroit,MI.”

  6. Analeise says:

    Hi Sean, just stumbled across this website and I thinks it’s incredible! My name is Analeise Brosnan and I live in Australia Melbourne. I just wondered if you would happen to know anything about my family tree as I’m ever so interested to discover more about my Irish roots etc. All I know is that my great grandfather was John Michael Brosnan who moved to Australia, married Kathleen Brosnan (Gralton). My great grandfather was from County Tipperary and As of relations in Ireland at the moment, all I know of is that I have relatives with the name ‘Loobey’ (I probably didn’t spell that correctly) But if you could find anything I would be ever so grateful as I would love to know as much as I can!

    thank you! 🙂

    Analeise

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Analeise, thanks for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t have information for you but a number of people who have commented here have had replies from other people who follow this site. Perhaps someone will see your query and have some suggestions. There are some very good websites now that connect enquirers such as yourself to people on the ground in Ireland. Irish Reaching Out for instance has a message board function that is specific to Irish parishes and could be useful:

      There is also the Ask About Ireland site, which includes access to Griffiths Valuations in a searchable form plus loads of other links: Ask About Ireland

      All the best for your search and I hope this will be of some assistance.

      regards

      Seán

  7. Hannah O'Callaghan (nee Brosnan) says:

    Hi Sean, I was one of The Brosnans who returned home to Castleisland for the “Gathering”
    I was of course born in Castleisland, and immigrated to The United States in 1957, and still live in California, but am blessed to make an annual visit. As you know we all have nick names and I am from “The Wig” Brosnans.
    That was a great Reunion, and for me a very sad one also, as my only son passed away while I was home. He also truly loved Ireland, and golfed there since he was a young lad.

    Were you able to make family connections while in Ireland. I made connections from my Moms side of the family, one of them was involved in the planning of The Brosnan Gathering.

    With all good wishes, Slan agus Beannact. which means good bye and Blessings

    • Julie Conway says:

      Hi Hannah – are you in touch with the Wig Brosnans in Australia. We gathered in Warwick Queensland last year for the Centenary of the Warwick Egg Incident – see story in the newsletter. We had a reunion – there is a Calling Brosnans and Friends FB page which you can message me on if interested. I am a descendant of Michael B – son of Tim and Mary Slattery .
      https://www.facebook.com/CallingBrosnansandFriendsCentenaryWEGGI2017/?ref=bookmarks

      • Hannah (Brosnan) O'Callaghan says:

        Hi Julie: I just now saw your post, am at work and decided to do a little ancestry digging.
        I am in touch with Sister Madonna Purcell, a Brosnan descendant. A good number of years back I did have contact with Mossie Brosnan. Also a nephew of Sister Madonna visited while in the Los Angeles area. Mossie Brrosnans was a Rodeo rider. I came to the US in 1957, and for a few years did not get back much when our children were little. However, my late husband and I bought a home about 25 years ago, and at the moment one of my daughters and her husband and son are visiting Ireland. I go back myself on the 15th for 6 weeks. It gives me a chance to se my brothers and sisters and their families. My son Michael (RIP), when he just finished college went to Australia, and went to Warwick and also visited with Mossie Brosnan, and while there someone told him about his ancestor who was involved in the egg incident.
        I dont know how far back we go. My dad was Timothy who had the farm at Close. His Dad was Cornelius, and his father was John. From what I understand they came to Close in the 1830’s from the other side of Castleisland. Have you been to Ireland. All good wishes, Hannah

    • Jane frances Fitzgerald says:

      My grandmother was jane frances brosnan her fsther was james from ballinclogher lixnaw and she said they were the wigg brosnans from castleisland co kerry

  8. Kathleen Lauster says:

    Hello,

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog, and learned quite a bit about the Irish in New Zealand. We share a relative – your great-grandfather James O’Neill was brothers with my gg-gf Dennis O’Neill. They came to New Zealand with two other brothers – William and Patrick. Dennis returned to Ardcanaught home some time later, where he remained for the rest of his life.

    I’ve always been curious as to why Dennis returned. If you know any more about these brothers – I would love to learn.

    Cheers,
    Kathleen

  9. Diane Fay says:

    Good afternoon, my name is Diane M. Fay, my mother was Rose Ann Daly Fay who was born in the Charlestown section of Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was John Timothy Daly born in Ballymacpierce, Castleisland, Kerry. My great great grandfather was John Daly also born at Ballymacpierce before 1820. He married my great great grandmother who I have found various records with the name Mary Bresnahan and Maria Brosnan. My grand father had a younger brother whose name was William Daly. William owned a pub that we under stand was in Currow. We have been told that his photo hangs in the pub to this day. I am wondering if you ever visited Currow and possibly the pub.

    • thebrosnan says:

      Yes I have. In fact we spent quite some time there during our 2014 trip while they made a TV programme about my cousin Tom’s first visit to Ireland. It’s still in Daly hands (I presume it’s the same place). I’ve got some photos taken just outside it and if you send me an email address I’ll send them to you.

      • Diane Fay says:

        Sorry, I have recently moved and have not had much time to follow these sites…..I would love to have any photos and information that you might have of about the that is owned by the Daly’s in Currow. My email address is dianefayoncape@comcast.net. My sister and I hope to visit the area in May 2018. We have found a house that does weekly rentals and if possible, we will rent the house so that we can learn as much as we can about the area where my grandfather’s brother lived. Thank you for any help you can give me.

        Regards,
        Diane M. Fay
        Norton, MA, USA

    • Tom Brosnan says:

      Hello Diane and Seán
      Happy Christmas to you both.
      Wm Daly was married to a Sweeney woman from Ranaleen in Currow. They had no children and the pub passed onto the Sweeney family through a nephew of Mrs Daly. They still own it today.
      It is now called the Brown Flesk Inn

      Tom Brosnan

  10. Neil moran says:

    Hello sean my mother name was brosnan, born ashford county limerick, her father was born athea county limerick, thats about all I know, I would like to find out more?

  11. Stephen Brosnahan says:

    Hi Sean Great web site. My family of Brosnahans are from Athea co Limerick right on the border of Kerry. My father was Michael Brosnahan and my grand father was Michael Brosnahan known locally as big Mick Brosnahan.

    I would be really grateful for any information on them anyone may have.

    Stephen Brosnahan

  12. Maureen O'Connor says:

    Hi Sean
    Great website, very interesting – Comhghairdeas, Maith thú Sean
    my O’Connor ancestors also came from Kerry to Auckland, NZ (O’Connor, Barry, Deen, Dorgan)
    Cheers Maureen O’Connor

  13. Hope Zoie née Brosnan says:

    I am starting my family tree. Grandparents Daniel Brosnan and Laurel Mary McDonald Nz.

    Thomas Brosnan was his father pretty sure county kerry.

    Thomas had a brother called Barney.

    Daniel and Laurel had children
    Patrick brosnan
    Colin Brosnan
    Maurice Thomas Brosnan b 1945 (my dad)
    Mary Brosnan

    Am waiting for family for his details.more details coming.

    Very exciting stuff.. can’t wait to learn more about my four bears.

    hope.zoie@wcc.govt.nz
    hopezoie@hotmail.com

  14. Phillip Bell says:

    Hi Sean
    Do you know anything of the story of Mary Sullivan who married Hughie Tim Brosnahan? She is buried in Temuka with her mother Catherine Sullivan, not far from her brother Eugene. The only info I really have is from the photo in your book with Hughie Tim and her children. I am curious to know why she is not buried with her husband. I imagine the Sullivans an Brosnahans were close, coming from a similar area in Ireland and moving to New Zealand at a similar time and settling in the Kerrytown area.

    Best wishes
    Phillip Bell

    • thebrosnan says:

      Sorry to be so long in replying Phillip. I was waiting for a chance to dredge through my old research material. Meantime, another Sullivan descendant has gotten in touch with me and they have lots of the family history all put together. Just checking with them for permission to forward it to you, then you can hopefully link up and share your Sullivan interests.

      Cheers

      Seān

      • John Kingi says:

        Warm greetings Sean .. I believe that my grt gm Johanna Sullivan and yours could be sisters .. My Joanna was born 1834 to John sullivan[more] and Ellen Cahill.. She married my Grt gf Edmond Shea /O’shea in nz 1869.I have been talking to Queenie Stevens who gave me your name… do hope to see her when she is back in January.WE have very little info on our family both the Sullivan and Shea also my maternal Miles side.I am meeting a Carolyn Sarten later this week who has also been writing family histories. So thrilled to have found you.Helen O’shea Kingi

      • thebrosnan says:

        Welcome Helen and I hope the material on this site will be useful to you. Greetings to Queen when you do see her.

  15. Bernard Hempseed says:

    Here is a link to Youtube for a song about the Brosnan family in Kerrytown, South Island, New Zealand.

  16. Daniel Brosnan says:

    Love that you set this up. Any thoughts as to when the next Clan Gathering is going to be?

    • thebrosnan says:

      Thanks Daniel. I’ll be putting up more info and more photos from time to time, trying to build and share knowledge about our Brosnan/Brosnahan forbears. As for a Clan Gathering, I see that last year’s planned East Kerry Roots Festival was cancelled so I guess these events are pretty hard to stage. In 2012 there was an Irish government programme, The Gathering, to entice diasporic Irish home for events like the clan gatherings. Our Brosnan one was chosen to be one of the Kerry families highlighted as a Gathering event. If it succeeded in its aims, there might be a repeat of the government programme in years to come, though whether that would include a Brosnan Clan Gathering is harder to say. I think it would be down to the ‘home people’ who did such a marvellous job of the last one. When we came back to New Zealand in 2012 there was quite a bit of enthusiasm among the New Zealand contingent for a New Zealand gathering event, for all the Brosnan/Brosnahan branches out here. I felt a bit of responsibility to organise such an event but soon realised it was more than I could manage at this stage of my life. The website was my alternative way of being of service to the clan and I hope it is fulfilling that purpose. Meanwhile, the field is wide open for anyone who wants to organise gatherings here or elsewhere.

      Cheers

      Seán

  17. Christine Brosnan says:

    Hi Sean
    I am from Wgtn NZ I am related to the Brosnan’s of Leamydoody and have been researching the family for a number of years.
    Do you know of anyone else that is researching this family

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Christine

      I don’t know of anyone researching Brosnans from Leamydoody but hopefully if there are, they will see your comment on this website and get in touch with you directly. You might also address the question to the Brosnan Clan Gathering Facebook page. It has a lot more ‘followers’ than I do.

      Best wishes

      Seán

    • John Matthews says:

      Christine

      Have just picked up on your posting regarding the Brosnans of Leamydoody. I have completed some detailed researches on the family and am more than willing to share this info with you. Possess the info in Microsoft Excel format. You can contact me on email address: rjohnmatthews@btinternet.com.

      Regards

      John

    • Barbara KissingerSantos says:

      Hi Christine,

      I am researching my great grandfather, John Brosnan, who I think was from Leamydoody. He was born in Ireland. He married my great-grandmother, Margaret O’Neill, on August 9, 1881 in Oontanagon, Michigan, US and was 21 so we presume he was born in 1860. Margaret and her infant died in 1883. John took them to Montana, leaving my grandmother with her O’Neill grandparents. John told the family he was returning to Ireland and they never heard from him again. I am trying to teach his history. If you have any information, I would be very interested.

      • thebrosnan says:

        Hello Christine, and thanks for your comment. I’ve just replied to a similar enquiry from Analeise where I provided some suggested links to Irish websites (see below) and also the hope that other people reading this might have information that is relevant. That has happened a few times in the past and is one of the best bits about this website.

        All the best for your research.

        regards

        Seán

  18. Barbara M S Smith says:

    Just found your website as I have been researching my great grandmother Margaret Mahoney nee Brosnan, daughter of John and Johanna Brosnan of Castle Island, Co. Kerry. She and Daniel came to New Zealand on the Edwin Fox and married in Wellington in 1875. They had many children, the youngest son Timothy Richard who died January 1956 being my grandfather. Daniel and Margaret eventually settled in Canterbury and are buried at Linwood cemetery in Christchurch. Margaret’s brother was Timothy John Brosnan who married Catherine Deen in 1881 and I think there may have been another family in Ashburton. Any help would be greatly appreciated about the rest of the family

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Barbara

      I’m sorry to have been so long to acknowledge your query. Put it down to the long holiday break and being away from my research material. I have been looking through notes and letters from other people in response to my book, some of which date back to the early 1990s. I thought I had some material on some Ashburton Brosnans, and the name Deen sounded familiar. Alas there is no such reference in my old files. I do remember, however, being contacted by an Ashburton genealogist called Judy Smitheran who had Brosnan connections as I recall. I don’t know if she is still there but she might well be able to cast some light on an Ashburton family for you from her local knowledge. Part of the reason for launching this website is so that people can read it and offer further information. That has already happened in a number of cases so perhaps someone connected with your family will see your comment here and get in touch. I hope so anyway.

      Regards

      Seán

    • Wright says:

      Hi Barbara, Timothy John Bdrosnan and Catherine Deen were my grandparents. I am very interested to learn more bout my family tree. My fathers name was Daniel Patrick Brosnan.

  19. Liz Shaw says:

    Sean, I am sure we have had contact many years ago. My GG Grandmother was Deborah Brosnan married Patrick Bowler. They had two boys called John 1) 30th may 1849 2) 26 may 1850. A son Patrick ( my G Grandfather) 11 July 1852. Michael 15th November 1854 and Margaret 11 November 1857. There is a photo I have of Deborah Bowler nee Brosnan taken in Hobart where her daughter Margaret was a nun. I have also found a marriage record for a Margaret Bowler to a John Brosnahan in 1871 which makes Margaret 14 years old. All records i have are from the Parish records in Firies. Did Deborah and Patrick ( he was dead by 1859) ever come to New Zealand? Margaret joined the convent from New Zealand where her parents were farmers. So she said when she joined the convent. BUT Deborah is in Ireland in the 1901 census living with her daughter Mary Hussey and Marys son Patrick. If Margaret married then why would she enter the convent in her maiden name?? Why is she buried facing AWAY from the church in Tasmania?? Did she confess something we don’t know about? So many questions. Any help greatly appreciated.

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Liz

      I think it unlikely that Patrick and Deborah Bowler came to New Zealand from Kerry pre-1859. It’s possible, of course, but unlikely given the small number of Irish immigrants coming to the country in that period. If Deborah came after Patrick’s death, she presumably brought the children with her and might show up in immigration records. These survive to a greater or lesser extent depending on where in New Zealand they might have arrived. Immigration was not organised centrally in that period but was a provincial responsibility. Are there any indications in your material of any specific locations in New Zealand? Libby (above) mentions that Margaret’s two brothers both came to Wanganui and that is in the North Island. I’m not very familiar with that region’s immigration history I’m afraid. It was a war-torn area for key periods in the nineteenth century. It could have been linked to both New Plymouth and Wellington as immigrant destinations. Perhaps someone reading will know more.

      regards

      Seán

      • Liz Shaw says:

        Hello Sean,

        Thank you for your reply,

        No they didn’t come that early, I am sorry if I gave you the impression I thought that. I do know one of Deborah’s son’s John B 26 th May 1850 in Kerry Ireland ( I am sure it was you who found the records for this family for me in Firies parish church) came to NZ as follows
        Name: John Bowler
        Event Type: Immigration
        Event Date: 23 Dec 1879
        Event Place: Otago, New Zealand
        Gender: Male
        Marital Status: Single
        Nationality: Kerry
        Occupation: Farm Labourer
        Departure Port: Clyde
        Departure Place: Clyde
        Departure Date: 1879
        Arrival Port: Otago
        Arrival Place: Otago
        Digital Folder Number: 004412133 , Image Number: 00016

        Deborah’s daughter, ( who later became Sister Vincent in Tasmania) came earlier:
        Name: Margaret Bowler
        Event Type: Immigration
        Event Date: 22 Aug 1875
        Event Place: Canterbury, New Zealand
        Gender: Female
        Nationality: Kerry
        Occupation: housemaid
        Departure Date: 1875
        Arrival Port: Canterbury
        Arrival Place: Canterbury
        Digital Folder Number: 004412107 , Image Number: 00031

        Their brother Patrick also came to NZ but I can find no record of him arriving. John and Patrick both settled in Taranaki. Margaret ( sister Vincent) went to Tasmania and I have a picture of her mother Deborah taken in Hobart, which must mean she went there. Margaret entered the convent from NZ and said her parents were farmers in New Zealand. Deborah is back in Ireland without Her husband Patrick or possibly John in 1901.

        Census Ireland 1901
        Deborah Bowler
        75
        Abt 1826
        Head
        Town/Street – Gearha
        District Molahiffe
        County Kerry
        Deborah 75
        Mary Hussey – daughter – 50
        Patrick Hussey – grand son – 27

        As you can see both John and his sister arrived in Canterbury and I feel there must have been a connection to the Kerrytown Brosnans. I have also found a POSSIBLE marriage for Margaret to John Brosnan??

        Marriage of John Brosnahan and Margaret Bowler 4th February 1871
        Name JOHN BROSNAHAN MARGARET BOWLER
        Address GEARHA NR
        Occupation NR NR
        Father NR BROSNAHAN NR NR
        Mother NR NR NR NR
        Further details in the record
        Priest NR
        Husband Age NR
        Husband Denomination RC
        Husband Marital Status NR
        Wife Age NR
        Wife Marital Status NR
        Husband’s Father’s Occupation NR
        Wife’s Father’s Occupation NR
        Witness 1 PATRICK BOWLER
        Witness 2 MICHAEL MCAULIFFE
        About the record
        Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier
        N/R 101 N/R KY-RC-MA-44774

        Margaret died 9th dec 1919 in Tasmania and is the only nun buried with her feet facing the church? Could this possibly be because she confessed on her deathbed to having a living husband? But that is not my question here, I have looked everywhere I can think of to find a record of her parents leaving Ireland to come to NZ or even Tasmania. But nothing at all.
        Possible siblings for Deborah based on her sponsorship of various children and as witness to marriages and cross referencing the sponsors for her own children are:
        UNKNOWN BROSNAN are:

        2. i. DEBORAH2 BROSNAN, b. Abt. 1826, Gearha Co Kerry Ireland.

        ii. MARY BROSNAN.

        3. iii. JEREMIAH BROSNAN.

        iv. BRIDGET BROSNAN.

        v. MICHAEL BROSNAN.

        vi. TIMOTHY J BROSNAN.

        4. vii. CATHERINE BROSNAN.

        viii. HONORA BROSNAN.

        5. ix. CORNELIUS BROSNAN.

        x. MATHEW BROSNAN.

        xi. BARTHOLOMEW BROSNAN.

        I know the Brosnans ( and most Irish) repeated Christian names which makes searching for the right people a nightmare, but do you think there may be a connection to the Kerrytown Brosnans?

        Cheers Liz

        P.S. The Libby you refer to and I are both descended from Deborahs son Patrick and we have been trying to get this lot sorted out since about 1998

      • Liz Shaw says:

        Hello Sean,

        Thank you for your reply,

        No they didn’t come that early, I am sorry if I gave you the impression I thought that. I do know one of Deborah’s son’s John B 26 th May 1850 in Kerry Ireland ( I am sure it was you who found the records for this family for me in Firies parish church) came to NZ as follows Name: John Bowler Event Type: Immigration Event Date: 23 Dec 1879 Event Place: Otago, New Zealand Gender: Male Marital Status: Single Nationality: Kerry Occupation: Farm Labourer Departure Port: Clyde Departure Place: Clyde Departure Date: 1879 Arrival Port: Otago Arrival Place: Otago Digital Folder Number: 004412133 , Image Number: 00016

        Deborah’s daughter, ( who later became Sister Vincent in Tasmania) came earlier: Name: Margaret Bowler Event Type: Immigration Event Date: 22 Aug 1875 Event Place: Canterbury, New Zealand Gender: Female Nationality: Kerry Occupation: housemaid Departure Date: 1875 Arrival Port: Canterbury Arrival Place: Canterbury Digital Folder Number: 004412107 , Image Number: 00031

        Their brother Patrick also came to NZ but I can find no record of him arriving. John and Patrick both settled in Taranaki. Margaret ( sister Vincent) went to Tasmania and I have a picture of her mother Deborah taken in Hobart, which must mean she went there. Margaret entered the convent from NZ and said her parents were farmers in New Zealand. Deborah is back in Ireland without Her husband Patrick or possibly John in 1901.

        Census Ireland 1901 Deborah Bowler 75 Abt 1826 Head Town/Street – Gearha District Molahiffe County Kerry Deborah 75 Mary Hussey – daughter – 50 Patrick Hussey – grand son – 27

        As you can see both John and his sister arrived in Canterbury and I feel there must have been a connection to the Kerrytown Brosnans. I have also found a POSSIBLE marriage for Margaret to John Brosnan??

        Marriage of John Brosnahan and Margaret Bowler 4th February 1871 Name JOHN BROSNAHAN MARGARET BOWLER Address GEARHA NR Occupation NR NR Father NR BROSNAHAN NR NR Mother NR NR NR NR Further details in the record Priest NR Husband Age NR Husband Denomination RC Husband Marital Status NR Wife Age NR Wife Marital Status NR Husband’s Father’s Occupation NR Wife’s Father’s Occupation NR Witness 1 PATRICK BOWLER Witness 2 MICHAEL MCAULIFFE About the record Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier N/R 101 N/R KY-RC-MA-44774

        Margaret died 9th dec 1919 in Tasmania and is the only nun buried with her feet facing the church? Could this possibly be because she confessed on her deathbed to having a living husband? But that is not my question here, I have looked everywhere I can think of to find a record of her parents leaving Ireland to come to NZ or even Tasmania. But nothing at all. Possible siblings for Deborah based on her sponsorship of various children and as witness to marriages and cross referencing the sponsors for her own children are: UNKNOWN BROSNAN are:

        2. i. DEBORAH2 BROSNAN, b. Abt. 1826, Gearha Co Kerry Ireland.

        ii. MARY BROSNAN.

        3. iii. JEREMIAH BROSNAN.

        iv. BRIDGET BROSNAN.

        v. MICHAEL BROSNAN.

        vi. TIMOTHY J BROSNAN.

        4. vii. CATHERINE BROSNAN.

        viii. HONORA BROSNAN.

        5. ix. CORNELIUS BROSNAN.

        x. MATHEW BROSNAN.

        xi. BARTHOLOMEW BROSNAN.

        I know the Brosnans ( and most Irish) repeated Christian names which makes searching for the right people a nightmare, but do you think there may be a connection to the Kerrytown Brosnans?

        Cheers Liz

        P.S. The Libby you refer to and I are both descended from Deborahs son Patrick and we have been trying to get this lot sorted out since about 1998

      • thebrosnan says:

        Dear Liz, sorry I never replied to this final question last year. I suppose that’s because I really don’t know the answer. It seems likely that since all the Brosnans and Brosnahans came from pretty much the same place in Ireland,news about New Zealand as an emigrant destination would have spread among them from letters sent home by those who had come out here. In that sense, there would be a connection between all of them. Closer familial relationships are much harder to pin down. But hey, we’re all Brosnans/Brosnahans, so why not let’s assume so?

    • Claire Ryan says:

      Hi Liz.
      I have just come across this wonderful Brosnan site and seen your message. My Brosnan ancestors came from Firies to Adelaide, South Australia before my great grandmother Kate Brosnan her husband Patrick Burke and family came to New Zealand. My ancestors have similar first names to the ones you list so they are obviously all connected. I’m not sure I can answer your questions but am happy to exchange notes.

  20. Tom Brosnan says:

    just browsing through your website again Sean, it is getting more impressive by the day. Hope you and Ray and family are doing well and recovering somewhat from the passing away of Ray’s wife.
    I found the correspondence on Poff and Barrett very interesting as the Barretts lived about a half mile from us in Dromulton about 100 years ago. A number of years ago Paddy Daly a descendant of them erected a memorial in Dromulton to them. Slán go tamall,

    Tom Brosnan

    • thebrosnan says:

      Thanks Tom, appreciate the feedback. I’ve meaning to add some more but struggling to find the time. Dad was doing well but then he broke his hip. He’s gradually regaining hi mobility but that’s quite a setback. Great to see you linking up with someone with Kerry information via this web page. Makes it all seem worthwhile.

      Seán

  21. This sounds great, Sean!

  22. Denis Brosnan says:

    I am the son of Denis Brosnan from Castleisland (1924)
    My daughter honored me and all of the Brosnans by naming my grandson Brosnan Patrick …..
    We live on.

  23. Matt Pomeroy says:

    Hi Sean,

    We are working on a project that aims to publish a photograph of every member of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that served overseas during WWI (we currently have over 22,000 portraits of the approx. 97,500, so a long way to go!) We were wondering if you may know of any photographs of the 6 Brosnan men and 19 Brosnahan men that served?

    You can see more on the project at http://www.onwardproject.co.nz

    Also by chance, you wouldn’t happen to be the Sean Brosnahan that curated the “Wall of Memories” display at Toitu in 2009?

    Kind Regards,

    Matt Pomeroy
    The Onward Project
    onwardnzef.book@gmail.com

    • thebrosnan says:

      Hello Matt, yes that was me and I remember you been very helpful on numerous occasions. I was aware of your project and had been meaning to get in touch about the images I have. You will see the Brosnahan ones I have in the photos section of this site. Feel free to use any of them – or will the files be too small? If so I’d be happy to send them to you by email. It just so happens that my next posting here is going to be about Clan Brosnan members who served in WW1. I’m hoping to solicit more information from any readers that I might have about Brosnans/Brosnahans both her and overseas who served in the war. I have just been on a tour of the WW1 battlefields in Gallipoli and along the Western Front for the Museum making AVs about the Otago troops for our forthcoming exhibition about Dunedin and the war “Dunedin’s Great War”. The post will have a link to the blog I kept through that journey too.

      Cheers

      Seán

      • Matt Pomeroy says:

        Hi Seán,

        We would very much like to use the Brosnahan/Breen pics you have. As they are all full length portraits, it would be great to be able to get larger files by email. We have a standard format where we crop to a head and shoulder composition, so with the full length shot we start losing definition with smaller files.

        If it helps at all, we have recorded the following newspaper photographs of Brosnan/Brosnahan’s who served in the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force:

        11/742 Michael Joseph Brosnahan – Otago Witness 29/9/15
        6/3639 Timothy John Brosnahan – Otago Witness 30/8/16
        45060 Arthur William Brosnan – Auckland Weekly News 3/1/18
        6/858 Reginald Kenneth B. Brosnan – New Zealand’s Roll of Honour 1915

        Cheers,

        Matt
        onwardnzef.book@gmail.com

  24. Neil Brosnan says:

    Comhghairdeachas dhuit, a Cheann Fíne. Well done, Seán. I look forward to keeping tabs on you.

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