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Researching the SHANAHAN and LUBY families from the city of Limerick:   Thomas Shanahan and wife Bridget Luby (birthplaces and dates unknown)

  • married 13 Oct 1833 Powerstown RC Parish, Co Tipperary
  • Witnesses to wedding:  John LUBY and Bridget CONNORS


  • Denis Shanahan (baptised 24 Aug 1834 Powerstown Co Tipperary)
  • Margaret Anne Shanahan (baptised 03 Sep 1841 St. Patrick's RC Parish, Limerick City)
  • Michael William Shanahan (born 29 Sep 1842 Limerick City(?))
  • Thomas Shanahan (baptised 10 Feb 1844 St. Patrick's RC Parish, Limerick City)

Thomas Shanahan and his wife Bridget Luby died (between 1844-1856) and left these 4 children orphaned.  They were initially left in the care of a grandmother (whether a LUBY grandmother or a SHANAHAN grandmother is unknown).  Thomas died (while still a young child) by drowning in a river near their home while in the care of this grandmother.  Michael, the next youngest immigrated 1st to New York City and then shortly thereafter to Mississippi in the USA in 1856; the elder brother Denis immigrated to New York City (and Jersey City Hudson Co NJ USA) circa 1857.  Lastly sister Margaret Anne Shanahan immigrated (year unknown but prior to 1865) and settled somewhere near her brother Denis in the NYC / Jersey City area. 

All the descendants of Denis Shanahan (married Ellen KERRIGAN on 04 Jan 1861 in St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Manhattan NY) and Michael Shanahan (married Sarah "Sallie" Margaret POTTER on 15 Nov 1868 in Senatobia, De Soto County, MS) have been traced.  Denis' family changed the spelling of their surname to SHANNON and all his descendants are known by this surname today and most still live in the New York, New Jersey area.  Descendants of Michael Shanahan retained the original spelling are widespread but most live in Mississippi and Texas.

Sister Margaret Anne Shanahan married twice (1) to Constantine PATZER on 31 Mar 1872 in Hudson Co NJ and (2) to James LYNCH (s/o Patrick and Rose Lynch, on 24 Aug 1879 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.  Margaret is known to have lived until at least 1893 but has not successfully been traced in the USA census records for New Jersey (or anywhere else for that matter).  

Godparents for Denis Shanahan were Rev. Edmund MAHER and Brigid CONNORS (this Brigid / Bridget Connors assumed to be the same gal who witnessed his parent's wedding).

Godparents for Margaret Anne Shanahan were Thomas and Catherine BURCH.  Priest who performed the baptism was Rev. Mr. George BUTLER, (curate of St. Patrick’s parish from 1841 to 1844).  In this record Margaret's name is spelled shaNNahan and her mother's maiden spelled LOOBY.   

Godparents for Thomas Shanahan were Patt FOX and Honora PECKAM.  Baptised at the vestry of St. Patrick's RC Church.  In this record Thomas' surname is spelled shaNNahan and his mother's maiden given as LOOBEY.

On 18 Jun 1859 a Denis Shanahan posted an ad in the newspaper "Boston Pilot" seeking information wanted on his missing cousins Catherine, Daniel, Mary, Michael and Patrick O'CONNOR aka CONNORS whose last known whereabouts in the USA were Boston/Somerville Massachusetts.  The info given for the point of origin for these O'CONNOR aka CONNORS cousins was:  Parish of Tuogh, Townland of Dromsally, Cappamore in Co Limerick.  The name / address to contact Denis Shanahan was given as:  In Care Of:  Henry BECKER address of William & Beekman Streets in NYC.  Not absolutely sure that this Denis Shanahan is "my" Denis, but believe it is possible since his Godparent was Bridget Connor.

Am rather confused about why there do not seem to be any City Civil Parishes listed for the city of Limerick in this database.  Can anyone advise?   

Kathy Rhodes  

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA 


Known friends for Denis and Michael Shanahan who also originated in the city of Limerick:  Robert E MCCARTHY born 1837 St. Mary's RC Parish, City of Limerick (son of James McCarthy and Mary Anne O'SHAUGHNESSY) and Sanford Patrick ENGLAND born Nov 1837 St. Michael's RC parish, city of Limerick.  Robert E. McCarthy (m. Caroline "Carrie" Dietrich on 05 Aug 1875 in Robertson County Texas) and Sanford Patrick England both immigrated to the USA and I have vast amounts of data on both men and their living descendants here in the USA.   


Monday 30th April 2012, 02:28PM

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  • Kathy,

    Our Mary Shanahan was b c 1833 in Adare Limerick and her parents were Thomas Shanahan and Mary Burns(Byrnes). Before her marriain Aust she went to live with her Uncle John Burns.Quite a number of Burns, O"Shaughnessys, Nevilles and Shanahans from Limerick came to Aust in first half 1800's.- some as convicts, others as orphan girls and some free.

    The Nevilles are a confusing bunch because of so many Patricks. Many of these families were related or knew one another in Ireland. As Mary Sahanhan is not my line I can't really tell you any more about Mary Shanahan.

    Jan Balgowan


    Tuesday 1st May 2012, 05:37AM
  • My Great-Grandmothers maiden name was Shanahan. She lived in Adare, County Limerick and married a Kett sometime in the 1920's I believe. She then went on to have around 10 children. I wonder if we might be linked?


    My Great Aunts always talked of having cousins in America.

    I would be interested to find out any further information on the Shanahan/Ketts.

    Best wishes,



    Siobhan McCall

    Wednesday 24th October 2012, 11:40AM
  • Siobhan,

    I've been looking for your Kett and Shanahan's - please contact me direct via email at





    Monday 7th January 2013, 02:28PM