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Stanley Families in Co Roscommon

Posted by on Sunday, 4 May, 2014

This post is from Keith Stanley…

Perhaps you could post the  analysis below to give the site watchers something to look at. I have looked at my clan from four different angles (quadrangulation?).

1. The traditional search starting with known family members and working outwards
2. An examination of others with the Stanley name who feature in the records of one church
3. An attempt to track the Roscommon Stanley families on the 1901 census
4. An examination of the Griffiths survey

There is quite a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that many of these people are related. The evidence is enough to make me keep looking, but nowhere near strong enough to draw definitive conclusions. I am going to need the insight of others.

Roscommon Stanley

1. John Stanley (my great grandfather) born around 1822-1825 (referred to as John 2)

1.1. His father (my great, great grandfather) was also called John (referred to as John 1) (from a wedding record) – likely to have been born late 1700s to very early 1800s.

2. John Stanley (Stanly) married firstly to ‘unknown’, presumably in the late 1840s or early 1850s

2.1. Catherine born 1851 –1857 in Roscommon (1854 from 1881 census, then 1851, 1857)

2.2. Possible other siblings

2.3. Details of death of first wife not known (but John is a widower for Marriage 2)

2.4. Kate married Uriah Senior in Q3 1879 in Dewsbury (Uriah died 1913, missing in 1911)

2.4.1. Maria (Mary?) Senior born 1885 Mary married Charles Musgrave, Q3 1907

2.4.2. Catherine A Senior born 1889 (Not obviously recorded in 1911)

3. John Stanley (John 2) married, secondly age 40, Bridget Ormsby, age 25 (born about 1840) (daughter of Arthur) in May 1865, in Kilbride RC Church

3.1. Their eldest son John (John 3) was born 2/6/1866, in Cams, Fuerty

3.1.1. John is living with Kate (2.1) in 1891 in Dewsbury

3.1.2. John married Catherine Delaney in Q4 1894 in Dewsbury Bridget born 1897 John (John 4) born 1898 Catherine has died by 1911 (probably Q2, 1901 in Dewsbury) One other child was born to the marriage, but has died by 1911. No obvious candidates if Catherine did die in 1901

3.2. Mary born 2/7/1868, in Rockfield, Fuerty (Baptismal sponsors: Denis McEntre and Catherine Stanly – possibly the same one as recorded in 2.1? Might only have been 17)

3.2.1. Married Patrick Muldoon, age 22 (son of William) in Cams Roman Catholic Church on 18/3/1887. (Witnesses: John Stanly and Catherine Farrell)

3.2.2. John Muldoon born 3/4/1887 in Cloverhill, Fuerty (Ballyleague Civil Births). Died Q3, 1910, aged 23 in Dewsbury

3.2.3. William Muldoon born 1892 in Dewsbury. Living at home in 1911. Possible death 28/12/1915 whilst serving with the 10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (only W Muldoon) Possible death in Leeds in 1944.

3.2.4. 1911 census records Mary as having had 5 children of which only one (William) was still alive

3.2.5. Possible other children: Ellen (born 1894, died 1896), Annie (born & died 1896) and Patrick (born & died 1898) Possibly one born in Ireland 1889-1890.

3.2.6. Patrick Muldoon died in 1900 in Dewsbury,Yorkshire, age 33

3.3. Michael born 7/9/1870 in Rockfield, Fuerty (from church records, but Cams from civil records) (Baptismal sponsors: James & Frances Gannon) He died 3/8/1879, in Cloverhill Fuerty)

3.4.Thomas born 2/7/1873 in Rockfield, Fuerty (Batismal sponsors: James Gannon & Mary Hannely) Possible death in Roscommon aged 34 in Q2 1908

3.5.Details of death of John’s second wife not known. Must be between 1873 and 1883

4. John Stanley (John 2) married thirdly Bridget Scott (no record located so far). Only evidence comes from birth certificate of Patrick.

4.1. PATRICK born March 1883 (Baptismal sponsors: James Mullooly & Elizabeth McDermott) (John 2 was about 60)

4.2. Patrick shows Mary (3.2) as next of kin when joining the Militia in August 1902

4.3. Patrick is living with Mary (3.2) in 1911 in Dewsbury

4.4. Possible other siblings

5. John Stanley, of Cloonenbane, Fuerty, died 23/2/1898 aged 77 (Hence born 1822) Witness: Bridget Stanley. This is probably the thrice married John (my great grandfather) (John 2)

6. What happened to Patrick’s mother Bridget Stanley (nee Scott, the third wife of John 2)? She could have died shortly after her husband, stayed in Ireland or emigrated.

6.1. She does not seem to be in Ireland at the time of the 1901 census. (Only Bridget Stanley of around the right age on the Irish Census is still married with children)

6.2. Most likely destination would be England, because other members of John’s family (e.g. John 3 and Catherine) had gone there in the previous 20 years or more

6.3. The 1901 UK Census has 7 people called Bridget Stanley. 3 are too young and 2 are too old to be Patrick’s mother. One of the remaining two also appears on the 1891 census, was born in England and is married. The last one was born in Ireland, is aged 40, (born 1861, and would have been 22 at the time of Patrick’s birth) is shown as being single, and is living as a boarder in Chorlton, South Manchester.

6.4. Bridget, the boarder, is living with Patrick Quinn, who was born in Ireland and his family.

6.5. There is a death of a Patrick Quinn in Chorlton in 1909. Hence the 1911 census is no help.

6.6. Tracing Patrick Quinn back in order to find a sibling who may still be alive in 1911 (and supplying more information on county of origin) reveals three possible families. One has no other children born in Ireland. One has a brother, John, born in Galloway. The other has a brother, James, born in Mayo. Even if it is possible to be sure which is Patrick’s family, the fact that he was Irish may be enough for Bridget Stanley to have found lodging there.

6.7. If this is the right Bridget, it provides a possible reason why Patrick joined the Manchester Regiment when he had been living in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

6.8. Bridget seems to be missing from the 1911 census.

6.8.1. Only reference in Ireland is to someone born in 1871 (10 years out.)

6.8.2. Closest match in the UK is a lady born 1871 (also appears in 1891) in Walton Jail.

6.9. She might have died. Best match for a death is in Leeds South in 1932, age 74 (born 1858).

6.10. She might have remarried. No obvious matches that can be cross referenced in 1911.

6.11. Therefore have circumstantial evidence that Bridget Stanley (nee Scott) was born in 1861 (with a margin for error), and may have a connection to Mayo or Galloway.


A second approach: Kilbride RC Church christenings & weddings

(This church appears regularly in the first approach. Consequently other family members may be recorded here.)

James (Jacobi) Stanley & Mary Kelly had the following children: Catherine (1836), Patrick (1839) and Mary (1844). Sponsors: Kelly, Kilmartin & Murnaghan.

Michael Stanley & Elizabeth Egan had the following children Mary (1840), Catherine (1842), Ann (1844) and Serram (1846). Sponsors: Feany, Beatty & Egan

Arthur Armsby & Joannae Scanlon (clearly written as such) had Bridget (1837) (Is this John’s second wife?) and Patrick (1840).

Arthur Ormsby & Joannae Stanley (clearly written as such) had William Ormsby (1842). Record shows a very different letter A from the letter O. Is this a case of mishearing?

John Stanly, farmer, age 26 (born around 1856), of Ballyglass (son of James Stanly, also a farmer) married Mary Grehan, age 19 (born around 1863) on January 14th 1882 in Kilbride Church, Roscommon (Witnesses: John McCormack and Eleanor Reynolds) (Call this one John 5)

John Stanly, farmer, age 40 (born around 1842), of Ballyglass (son of Owen, from civil record, but Oliver from church record Stanly, also a farmer, and Bridget Farrell) married Ellenor McCormack, age 30 (born around 1852) on November 30th 1882 in Kilbride Church Roscommon (witnesses: William and Brigid Fihely) (Call this one John 6)

Elizabeth Stanly, spinster, age 27 (born around 1855), of Ballyglass (daughter of Oliver Stanly (deceased) and Bridget Farrell) married Patrick Grady (son of James Grady), widower, age 50 (born around 1832) in Ballinaheglish RC Church on February 21st 1882. There is a James Grady who has a plot very close to Oliver in 1857.

Bridget Stanly, born 1814, died Q2, 1890 aged 76 in the workhouse, Roscommon (Farrell?)

Bridget Stanly, born 1832, died 1, 1892, aged 60 in Roscommon (Married?)

James Stanley born 1800 (approx), died 1880 (age given as 80)

Oliver Stanley born 1801 (approx), died April 26th1881 (age given as 80). The informant was Catherine Broderick of Ballyglass (The Broderick family were neighbours per Griffiths)

Thomas Stanley, born 1807 (approx), died 1887 (age given as 80)

A third approach:

The 1901 census reveals that there are only 17 people with the Stanly or Stanley name living in Roscommon. They are grouped as follows:

  1. Stanly: 4 members of the same family living in Island Lower, Dunamon
  2. Stanly: 3 members of the same family living in Emlaghyroyin, Dunamon
  3. Stanley: a Governess living in Boyle Urban, born in Cork
  4. Stanley: a married couple living in Ballyglass Lower, Cloonygormican
  5. Stanley: a six year old boy staying with his Uncle & Aunt in Clonlee
  6. Stanley: a husband & wife, three children and a sister in Ballinlough

Family 1 is the Stanly/Kenney line. A number of them emigrated to the US. Having established that there is no obvious connection to my branch of the family I will not be pursuing further leads on this group.


Father born died Age married date place
John Stanley
Winnie Kenney 1840 Q2 1908 68 Roscommon
William Stanley 10/4/1865
Bridget Stanley 1866 16/12/1909 47 W Simpson Pittsfield, Mass
Thomas Stanley 21/8/1867 M Kenney 1901 Pittsfield, Mass
Patrick Stanley 17/3/1872
Mary Stanley n/k 09/11/1910 single Tewksbury, Mass
John Stanley 4/7/1874 M Flynse 1904 Pittsfield, Mass
Ellen Stanley 4/12/1876
Informant to Bridget’s death was John Stanley
Bridget’s husband predeceased her
Thomas emigrated to USA about 1890 (from US Census returns) Married a cousin?
1901 Irish census Island Lower, Dunamon, Roscommon
born Difference
Winnie 1841 0
Pat 1875 3
Ellen 1878 2
William 1881 16
None are obviously recorded on 1911 Census
Gone to USA? Gone to UK?
There is a William, single, born 1871 in Roscommon, living in Manchester in 1911

Family 2 is the Stanly/Kelly line

Father John Stanley
Mother Bridget Kelly
Marriage 25/8/1843 Parish Creggs RC
Age in 1901
Michael 23/7/1851 50
Ellen 21/5/1857 44 *
Lizzie 1859 42 * d Q2 1937 (Probable)
John 21/6/1861 40 Emlaryan Oran
Celia 18/10/1863 38
Patrick 6/9/1866 35 * Emlaroy
Baptised as John (?)
Patrick, Ellen & Lizzie are shown on 1901 Census
Emlaghyroyin, Dunamon, Roscommon
Ellen is 3/4 years older than Lizzie on 1901/1911 census
If Bridget was 16 at marriage, she was 41 when Patrick was born
Lizzie d.o.b. from death certificate. Likely to be approximate

Number 3 was Church of Ireland, and was born elsewhere. There seems little chance of a family connection.

Family 4: John & Ellen, both born in the 1840s. (Probably John 6)

Number 5: John James, nephew, is staying with Michael & Catherine Green. Therefore either Catherine’s maiden name was Stanley, or Michael’s sister married a Stanley. There is a record of Anne Green marrying James Shanley according to the LDS website. The 1911 census reveals that John James is a member of Family 6. So there are only 5 locations not 6 as hitherto suspected.

Family 6 (and 5 – see above):

This is the Stanley/Greally line

Patrick son of John
Mary Ellen was born Greally
Surname Forename Age Born Sex Relation to head Religion Birthplace Occupation
Stanley Patrick 45 1856 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Co Roscommon Shopkeeper
Stanley Mary Ellen 45 1856 Female Wife Roman Catholic Co Roscommon National School Teacher
Stanley Mary 12 1889 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Co Roscommon Scholar
Stanley Ellen 10 1891 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Co Roscommon Scholar
Stanley Patrick 8 1893 Male Son Roman Catholic Co Roscommon Scholar
Stanley Ellen 60 1841 Female Sister Roman Catholic Co Roscommon



A fourth approach

I have also tried matching the various groups to other published data.

Parish Townland Source
A Catherine Stanley Oran Island Lower Griffiths
B James Stanley Cloonygormican Ballyglass Lower Griffiths
C Patrick Stanley Oran Emlaghmore Griffiths
D Oliver Stanley Cloonygormican Ballyglass Lower Griffiths
E Sarah Stanley Kilkevin Clooncose Griffiths
F Thomas Stanley Fuerty Clooneenbaun Griffiths
G W J Stanley Roscommon Roscommon/Castle Street Griffiths
H John Stanly Dunamon Emlaghyroyin Griffiths
I Martin Stanly Kilglass Ballyfeeny Griffiths
J Stanley Ballintober Tithes Survey
K Stanley Bumlin


‘A’ might be connected to Family 1 above (purely based on location)

‘H’ seems to be the Stanley/Kelly line (Family 2 above)

‘J’: A Thomas Stanley from Ballintober is sought by his brother Michael in Boston in 1856, and by his cousin John in 1858

‘B’ or ‘D’: The map shows that James (B) and Oliver (D) are living in the same small cluster of dwellings. It is highly likely that they are related. Oliver (also recorded as Owen) is the father of John (John 6), a farmer aged 60, and wife Ellen who show on the 1901 census (Family 4)

‘F’ is located in the right place to be connected to my branch. However the map also shows that Fuerty and Cloonygormican are next to each other. Thomas’s house is only a few hundred yards from those of James (B) and Oliver (D).

The families immediately adjacent to the plot occupied by Thomas Stanley were those of McDermott and Mullooly. These names feature as baptismal sponsors for my Grandfather. (However these names feature quite frequently in the locality.)

Hence there is reasonably good circumstantial evidence to suggest that John (my great Grandfather, “John 2”), James, Oliver and Thomas are all related.

The family of Henry Taaffe Irwin and Catharine Stanley married 1813

Posted by on Monday, 16 May, 2011

I’d like to welcome Donna to the website she is a descendant of the above-named  family and I include an extract from an e-mail she sent to me earlier.

I’m a descendant of Catharine Stanley (1793-1854) daughter of James Stanley and Elizabeth Ireland.  Catharine married Henry Taaffe Irwin in 1813.  The family is listed below:

Henry Taaffe Irwin bc 1890  d1853 married 1813 Catharine Stanley b1793 d1854

Jones Taaffe Irwin b1814 Kilkenny West, Co. Westmeath, Ireland – d1853 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Elizabeth Irwin, b1815 Kilkenny West, Co. Westmeath, Ireland – d1873 Boston, MA

James S. Irwin, b1820 Kilkenny West, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Eliza Irwin, bc1821

Hannah Irwin, bc1822

Maria S. Irwin bc1823 – died 1848 Woburn, MA, USA

Magdalene Augusta Irwin, b1824 Congleton, Cheshire, England – d1878 Brooklyn, New York, USA

Kathleen Irwin, b1828 Kilkenny West, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

John Decourcy Irwin, bc1830 Ireland – died 1897 Boston, MA, USA

Catharine Irwin bc1832 England – died 1901 Gloucester, MA USA

Edward Edmund Irwin bc1834 Ireland – died 1852 Boston, MA, USA

Susan S. Irwin, bc1837 County Sligo, Ireland – died 1918 Washington, DC

Stanley Family from Newbridge? Co. Kildare

Posted by on Sunday, 9 January, 2011

Stanley Family from Newbridge? Co. Kildare

1.      Patrick Stanley & siblings

1.1.   Mary, b 6/12/1878

1.2.   Thomas, b 18/7/1880 (Married Maria Cleary 12/8/1914 in Newbridge Church

1.3.   Catherine, b 4/6/1882

1.4.   Patrick, b 22/3/1884 – joined the Police in England. Wounded in WW1. Never married. Died aged 75

1.5.   Andrew, b 22/5/1886

1.6.   John, b 9/2/1888 (Married Elizabeth O’Reilly of Kilternan at St. Patrick’s Church, Glencullen on 7/2/1915)

1.7.   James, b 17/5/1890 (Received sub-diaconate 14/7/1918)

1.8.   Michael, b 12/1/1892 (Married Dinah Duffy)

1.9.   Annie (b 1894? (on 1901 census aged 6)

1.10.                    Laurence, b 19/5/1896 (Married Mary Nolan, County Carlow, 19/5/1926) – known as Larry. Appeared in the 1924 Olympics as a high jumper. He was a notable Gaelic footballer.

2.      Father’s line

2.1.   John Stanley, b 1848 (aged 53 on the 1901 census)

2.2.   Unknown other siblings

2.3.   Married Jane Keogh 13/2/1878

2.4.   Parents: Thomas Stanley and Catherine Walsh

3.      Mother’s line

3.1.   Jane Keogh, b 1853 (48 at the time of 1901 census)

3.2.   Unknown other siblings

3.3.   Parents: Andrew Keogh and Anne Kearney

The County Kildare Library & Arts Service supplied most of the information above.

In 2007 I spoke to James Clarke. I believe (although I can’t find my notes to confirm) that he is the son of Annie (ref 1.9 above). He said that the entire family were tall. This is to be expected if one of them was a high jumper.

I am descended from a Patrick Stanley. The one recorded above clearly isn’t the right one. Also my Grandfather was only 5’ 5½” tall.

Keith Stanley

Letitia Sophia Stanley 1870-1946, Gravestone Inscription

Posted by on Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Letitia Sophia Stanley
Born 6th 11th Month 1870
Called Home 7th 3rd Month 1946.

Mona Wylie ‘The burial ground of Grange Meeting: Gravestone Inscriptions’.
Duiche Neill: Journal of the O’Neill Country Historical Society, No. 13, 2000, page 207.

Mary Ann Stanley, 1801-1881

Posted by on Monday, 8 February, 2010

Mary Ann, the only child of Sir Edmond & Jane Talbot, was born 24 Oct. 1801.  Died 7 Jan. 1881.

Mary Ann was born in Ireland some 15 years after her parents were married. Edmond was 44.  She had quite an interesting life travelling to far off places with her parents.  Her mother & herself spent 5 months travelling home, perhaps for some more advanced schooling with her rapidly approaching status as a young lady of quality.

This event must have been tarnished somewhat by her elopement & marriage of 1815 to a widower 16 years her senior. His name was Edward Trant Bontein, Army Captain, b: 1785 in Balglas, Scotland. She was not quite 14 years of age. There were no objections to the match but those which arose from her extreme youth.

Her first son Edward was born Jan 1818 & was only 4 months old when the family all sailed for Madras to join Sir Edmond. Just under a year later in Sept. 1819 she gave birth to her second son James.  Only two months later her husband died while in service at the age of 34. She was only 18 at the time.  The family stayed in Madras, leaving in 1824.

Little is known of her life thereafter except that towards the end of her father’s life, her mother having already died, she was living with him at Richmond. By this time her sons surnames had been changed to Stanley by Royal License, registered at the College of Arms. Mary Ann referred to herself as Mrs. Bontain Stanley. It was the condition of Sir Edmond’s Will that she should take back the name Stanley & pass it on to her sons.  Interestingly she had the full support of Sir James Bontain, her father-in-law. She lived most of her life in rather elevated circles in Brussels where she moved & is buried.

The late Mrs. Bontein Stanley was very much respected by all indicated by the large number who assembled at her house afterwards joined in the funeral service in the English Church Rue Belliard. It was quite evident that all present were deeply affected on bidding a final farewell to one who had been such a universal favourite & whose generous efforts in the cause of charity will long be remembered.

Further information on Edmond Stanley can be found at:″

The Ouzel Galley Society 1705-1888

Posted by on Sunday, 7 February, 2010

The Ouzel Galley Society had its origins in a dramatic incident in Irish shipping history. The Ouzel, a trader ship was sent in 1695 to the coasts of Smyrna and the Levant by the firm of Ferris, Twigg and Cash. The ship had an Irish crew and was captained by Captain Eoghan Massey.

When the ship failed to return and three years had passed without any word, it was presumed lost and the owners claimed and were paid the insurance money. Some time later the ship returned with tales of being boarded by Moorish seamen in the Bay of Biscay and then falling into the hands of Algerian pirates who used her in their trade. The Irish crew were kept aboard ship and eventually managed to escape with the ship and the spoils, which greatly exceeded the value of the original cargo.

The merchants, Ferris, Twigg and Cash claimed the new cargo and offered to refund the insurance. The insurers disagreed and the matter was brought to the Courts was settled by arbitration by a committee of merchants. The arbitration was successful and met with such approval that the committee formed itself into the Ouzel Galley Society in 1705, with the aim of arbitrating in all disputes referred to them relating to trade and commerce. Fees were charged, and these were used to provide benefits for ‘decayed’ merchants.

The Society was a success but over time became more of a social club than an arbitrator, in 1869 important matters were still being dealt with by the society. However in 1888 with the growing complexities of commercial law the Society was voluntarily wound up by the Order of the Court of Chancery, and its assets were distributed among charitable associations.

F.G. Hall, ‘The Bank of Ireland 1783-1946‘
Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co Ltd, 1949, pages 478 & 479.

Arthur Stanley, Director and Governor of the Bank of Ireland (1786-1808)

Posted by on Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Arthur Stanley was one of the original subscribers to the capital of the Bank of Ireland in 1783-1784, subscribing £2,000.

He was a director of the bank in the years 1786, 1788, 1790, 1792, 1794 and 1796-1807. He then became governor of the bank from 1807-1808. He was a member of the firm of Arthur Stanley & Co, formerly Westlake & Stanley, drug merchants of 4 Bride Street, successors of Patrick Bride. The Stanleys, originally Hanleys, came from farming stock in Westmeath.

F.G. Hall, ‘The Bank of Ireland 1783-1946
Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co Ltd, 1949, pages 505 & 509.

Further information on Arthur can be found at:″
Some information on Arthur Stanley’s son Edward can be found at:″

Edward Stanley; Vicar, 1801; Prebendary, 1806.

Posted by on Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Vicars of the Parish of Errigal Trough in the Diocese of Clogher and in counties Monaghan and Tyrone.

1801 – Edward Stanley was collated on December 18, 1801 (Diocesan Register); he resigned on May 9, 1806 to become Prebendary of Tyholland.

Prebendaries of the Parish of Tyholland (or Tehallen) in the Diocese of Clogher and in Co. Monaghan.

1806 – Edward Stanley was collated on May 9, 1806, (First Fruit Returns). He was the eldest son of Arthur Stanley, Pharmacopola [Chemist] of Dublin. He was born in Dublin and educated by Dr Norris of Drogheda. He entered Trinity College Dublin on October 29, 1788 at the age of 16 and graduated with a B.A. in 1792 and a M.A. in 1806. He was Vicar of Errigletrough from 1801-1806. He died intestate on April 14, 1822 at the age of 40. (Mont. in Tehallen). His wife Charlotte was granted administration of his estate in 1822, she died on October 10 1829 at the age of 57.

Rev. James B. Leslie ‘Clogher Clergy and Parishes: being an account of the clergy of the Church of Ireland in the diocese of Clogher, from the earliest period, with historical notices of the several parishes, churches etc‘.
Enniskillen: Fermanagh Times, 1929, pages 87 & 195.

Some information on Edward Stanley’s father Arthur can be found at:″

Thomas Carter Stanley, Curate, 1857

Posted by on Friday, 5 February, 2010

Curates of Holywood Parish, Co. Down.

1857 – Thomas Carter Stanley was licensed January 14, 1859 (Diocesan Register of Down and Dromore). He was the son of Thomas Stanley, described as a “Vectigalium Collector” in Alumni Dubliensis. He was born in Cheshire, educated at Liverpool School and entered Trinity College Dublin on October 12, 1852, at the age of 19. He graduated with a B.A. in 1857, an LL.B. in 1867 and an LL.D. 1869. He was ordained deacon in Down in 1857, and on November 30,1858 a priest. He was curate of Holywood parish from 1857 to 1859. He was Chaplain to the Forces from 1859-1890, Chaplain at Berne from 1890-1894, at Dinan from 1894-1897 and at Brindisi in 1897.

J.B. Leslie and H.R. Swanzy ‘Biographical succession lists of the clergy of diocese of Down
Enniskillen: Fermanagh Times, 1936, page 132.

Joseph Michael Stanley, 1890-1950

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 February, 2010
Joe Stanley: Printer to the Rising Tom Reilly’s book ‘Joe Stanley: Printer to the rising’ tells the life story of Joseph Michael Stanley or more accurately Joseph Michael Patrick William Catherine Larkin Stanley. Born in Dublin, the son of John and Mary Stanley of Ardbolies, near Clogherhead in Co. Louth, the book concentrates on the period from 1913 to 1923.In 1913 Joe bought a struggling printing works, and in the following years the book records his increasing involvement in the republican movement. His printing works were raided in March 1916 and the presses confiscated. He delivered copies of a handbill ‘The Provisional Government to the Citizens of Dublin’ to the GPO on Easter Tuesday. He was arrested at the end of the week and eventually was imprisoned at Frongoch Concentration Camp near Bala in North Wales. Other prisoners included Michael Collins, Sean T. O’Reilly, Dr James Ryan, Tomas MacCurtain, Terence MacSwiney, Desmond Ryan, W.J. Brennan-Whitmore, Richard Mulcahy, Michael Staines, Oscar Traynor and Dick McKee.All the prisoners were released before Christmas 1916. Returning to Dublin he recommenced printing under his imprint the Gaelic Press. In 1918 he started printing An tOglach for Michael Collins, and again found himself subject to raids from the police. In 1919, frustrated by the confiscation of his presses, he moved with his family to Drogheda where he opened a cinema, this was followed by the opening of a second cinema in Dundalk in the same year. In 1920 he stood for election and was elected to Louth County Council. Following independence in 1921 Joe was back in Dublin getting his printing presses back and resurrecting the Gaelic Press. When the Civil War broke out in 1922 Joe resigned his position in the IRA.

In 1929 he moved to London to take up the post of sub-editor at the Daily Mail, the family remaining in the Clogherhead area. He returned to Ireland in 1935 and the family moved to Drogheda. In 1936 he bought over the Drogheda Argus and Advertiser and he was back in the printing and publishing business, which proved to be very successful. Joe died in hospital in Drogheda in June 1950.

Tom Reilly, Joe Stanley: Printer to the rising. Brandon Press, Dingle; 2005. ISBN: 086322346X.