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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.

Sir Edmond Stanley, 1761-1843

Posted by on Monday, 8 February, 2010

Sir Edmond was baptized 1761.  Died April 1843, aged 82 years at Richmond, Surrey.   Member of Parliament for Ireland & Chief Justice of Madras in India. He was the son of James of Low Park, Roscommon & Jane, daughter of Edmond Kelly of Mt. Gray.  His estates & residence at Sackville St. Dublin & Richmond.

Edmond qualified as a Barrister & in 1786 married Jane, daughter of Rev. John Talbot.  However she spent most of her youth with her grandmother at Mt. Talbot, Roscommon.  Mt. Talbot was still standing in 1974 but without a roof. The Church at the gate was locked & the church yard with Talbot graves was derelict.

In 1798 Edmond was under a special commission to Cork to preside at the trials there & received the thanks of the country of the Gov. for his conduct on that occasion. At Madras he introduced many useful reforms into the Registrars Office & in 1820 was promoted to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Edmond’s successful career in the Irish Parliament came to an end with the Union of Ireland with England & the resulting end of home rule. He sold Low Park & bought property at Roscrowther in Pembroke which included a coal mine. They went to live in London where he would seek another job. It was in 1807 that he received an appointment to the East India Company.  He rose to the post of Chief Justice of Madras & retired in 1825 at the age of 64.

Edmond & Lucy had only one child, Mary Ann, born in 1801.  There is much more to his life story but too long to continue.

Further information on their daughter Mary Ann Stanley can be found at:″

Edward John Theodore Stanley, Curate, 1904

Posted by on Friday, 5 February, 2010

Curates of Willowfield Parish, Co. Down.

Edward John Theodore Stanley was licensed curate in December 19, 1904. (Diocesan Register of Down and Dromore). He attended Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a B.A. in 1903, receiving his Divinity Testimonium (2) in 1903. He was ordained deacon in 1903 in Ossory for Down, ordained a priest for Down in 1904; he was curate for Willowfield from 1903 to 1906. He was a Church Missionary Society (C.M.S.) Missionary in China from 1906 to 1920. Then curate at All Saints, Shooter’s Hill from 1920 to 1923, followed by Vicar in Christ Church, Dover in 1923.

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J.B. Leslie and H.R. Swanzy ‘Biographical succession lists of the clergy of diocese of Down
Enniskillen: Fermanagh Times, 1936, page 167.

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.

Funeral of Henry Robinson Stanley, 1917

Posted by on Monday, 1 February, 2010

FUNERAL OF MR. HENRY R. STANLEY, WARRENPOINT – The funeral of the late Mr. H. R. Stanley took place yesterday from the Stanley Restaurant to Clonallon Cemetery, amid many manifestations of regret. The chief mourners were two of his sons, Messrs. Henry R. and Robert. The eldest son, Sergeant Charles M. Stanley, R.A.M.C., is at the front, having returned to France recently after a short furlough. On the route through Dock Square, The Square, Church Street, and Great George’s Street business was suspended, and houses were closed during the passage of the funeral cortege. The Rev. E. S. Medcalf, M.A., Vicar of Warrenpoint conducted the service in the parish church, and also officiated at the graveside. Mr George Toombs had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Newry Reporter, Saturday, March 17, 1917

The grave of Sir John and Lady Annie Stanley

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

Sir John Stanley and his wife Lady Annie Stanley are buried in East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, London in grave G144.

The grave of Sir John and Lady Annie Stanley The inscription on the headstone reads as follows:SIR JOHN STANLEY
KT., K.C.I.E.

22nd DEC 1931, AGED 85

DIED Ist MAY 1946

While the text along the surround of the grave reads as follows:


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Death notice for Henry Benjamin Stanley, 1925

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

STANLEY – April 29th, at his residence, The Square, Warrenpoint, Henry B. Stanley, second son of the late Henry R. and Catherine J. Stanley. Funeral on Friday at 2:30 p.m. to the family burying ground, Clonallon. Deeply regretted.

Newry Reporter, Thursday, April 30th, 1925. Page 1, Column 1.

Death notice for Catherine J. Stanley, 1921

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010


Stanley – At her residence, the Square, Warrenpoint, Catherine J., relict of the late Henry Stanley. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. to-day (Thursday), to Clonallon burying-ground.

“Till the day break and the shadows flee away.”
Sadly missed by her sorrowing children.

The Newry Reporter, Thursday, July 21st 1921. Page 1, Column 1.