Obsequies of Mrs. Thomas White, of Tulla

29th March 1892
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Newspaper Extract from Freeman's Journal 29 March 1892

On Sunday, the interment took place of the remains of Mrs. Thomas White, of Tulla, Co. Clare.  The Office and High Mass for the repose of the deceased were celebrated on Saturday.  The Most Rev Dr. McRedmond presided at the obsequies.  The High Mass was celebrated by the Very Rev Dr White, V.G., P.P., Nenagh, son of the deceased, assisted by the Very Rev J. Hayes, V.F.P.P. Tulla, deacon; Rev R.H. Little, P.P., Sixmilebridge, sub-deacon; Rev D. Cleary, P.P., O'Callaghan's Mills master of ceremonies, Rev. M. Carey, Adm. Ennis, and Rev. P. O'Kelly, C.C., Ennis, presenters.  Amongst others who assisted were--

The Very Rev. D. Kelly, President Diocesan College; Rev. M. Kenney, P.P. Scariff; Rev. P. Murphy, P.P. Bodyke; Rev. R. Fitzgerald, PP. Ballinacally; Rev. P. McInerney, P.P. Feakle; Rev. D. Sheehan, P.P. Clonlara; Rev. P. Burke, Diocesan College; Rev. J. Glynn, C.C. Nenagh; Rev. P. Quin, C.C. Tulla; Rev. M. Courteny, C.C., Rev. T. Kelly, C.C. Doora; Rev. D.A. Hogan, C.C.; Rev. T. Kelly, C.C. Quin; Rev. F. McMahon, C.C.

Amongst the laity were--

Dr James White, Kilkenny and Mr. Thos White, (sons of the deceased), Mr. P. McDonnell, Mr. J. Burke, Mr. E. Burke, R.W. Burke, chief mourners; Colonel O'Callaghan J.P., D.L.; Dr James Molony, Dr Scanlan, Mr. Cecil Milliken, solicitor; Dr. M. Moloney, Dr. J. Hannon, &c.


  • What a pity that the Freeman's Journal didn't record the birth name, Christian name, of this lady, so that she could be recorded for her deeds, and her life story as an individual.

    Not one female name is noted as having attended her funeral sevice. How strange!

    An 'Unknown Woman' who must have been well respected, as well as being JUST a wife and mother. Her story should be told.

    Thanks for sharing this. Roisin.

    Roisin D

    Friday 10th May 2019, 08:08AM
  • Dear Roisin D:

    Thank you for your comments.  We do have her first name fortunately as she is an Ancestor profile.  This is thanks to a descendant of this family who allowed me to scan a photograph of her.

    The link is here:



    You are absolutely correct with your comments about women's first names not being included in newspaper notices and even in many burial registers.  It is a pity and it is something that we should all address in our own familly histories.  


    Thanks for sharing.  



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Friday 10th May 2019, 10:24AM
  • Thankyou Jane.

    It's very nice to know that Catherine's family member has honored her memory by acknowledging her origins and true identity.

    So much of our history is lost through this old tradition of failing to give wives their original names. We are therefore left with only half the ancestor's story, which restricts the perspective, and limits our research and understanding, accordingly.

    I think we are far more aware of the limitations of such practices today.   Hopefully.


    Thanks, and kind regards,

    Roisin D.

    Roisin D

    Friday 10th May 2019, 10:56AM