S: Keelan Family History
FC: KEELAN FAMILY HISTORY. | "To know who we really are, is to know, who came before us" | OLIVERS STORY.
1: Your Mother and Father on their wedding day. | Inside your Mother. The view is of your Head laying down
2: The Irish name Keelan is a simplification of O'Kealahan, Ceileachain in Gaelic, a very old Oriel family. Oriel was part of ancient Ireland comprising the present counties of Armagh, Monaghan, and parts of Down, Louth, County Cavan, Meath and Fermanagh. Although Keelan is not a particularly common name, it is still found in this part of Ireland. In 1155 at Úi Breasil - northern Armagh. The O'Garvey (O Gairbhith) sept, from the same stock as O'Hanlon, held sway in Armagh on the southern shore of Lough Neagh (Oneilland East) before being displaced by the MacCann's, lords of Clanbrassil. The Annals for 1155 cite Amhlaibh Mac Canna as 'pillar of chivalry and vigour of Cinel Eoghain." Other noted chiefs included O'Keelaghan (OCeileachain)ofÚiBreasil-Airthir. | Keelan Coat of Arms. | The Keelans are the oldest Irish family in Co. Meath. They were Chieftains of North Meath in the eighth and ninth century, that was their territory, there are Keelans still there. North Meath is on the Meath-Mongham-Louth and Cavan borders. In 900 AD there was a great battle fought at a place called ”Ballhoe” on the Meath-Monaghan border between the Scotch and the Irish and leading the Irish that day was a Brian Keelan and they won the battle. | Cavan Chieftans Burial mound
3: The Great Irish Famine was, to quote a cliché, a disaster waiting to happen. Between 1750 and 1850 Ireland’s population grew beyond a level at which it could sustain itself. Much of this demographic growth was based on the availability of one food item and when this was withdrawn not just once, but on successive occasions, it resulted in widespread destitution. This was worsened by the structural and ideological failure of those in authority to provide for their sustenance and to prevent the resultant spread of disease. | The population of Ireland on the eve of the Famine stood in excess of 8 millions. The population of Co. Cavan alone was just short of 250,000 – nearly five times its present population. The reasons for this demographic ballooning, which had occurred in the space of little over a century, can be traced to the availability of the potato which provided food security for peasant farmers with little land of indifferent quality. Not surprisingly the potato was adopted with alacrity throughout Ireland, unlike the hostile reception it initially received elsewhere in Europe. In Co. Cavan there were some truly inhuman acts of heartlessness. One of these was the eviction of tenants in Mountnugent, researched and described by Patricia Darcy. In September 1847 the tenants of a number of adjoining townlands were evicted from their cottages which were then demolished. No quarter was given to the aged or the infirm who were all equally cast upon the caprices of nature. Other tenants were warned not to give them shelter or assistance. This incident was particularly horrifying because it was spurred by the greed of a number of Irish land-speculators. The tenants who were the object of this inhumanity had not even been in remiss of the payment of their rent. | "Black 47 and beyond". A book all about the Irish Famine | Irish family eviction from their home.
4: James Keelan your great grandfather was a Petty officer in the royal navy, where he received his appreteship papers as an Engineer. He left the Navy in 1957. He served in the Korea War. Great Grandfather James married Margaret Brennan from Hartlepool and they had a son named Terence, your Grandfather. In the family tradition, Terence joined Her Majesties armed forces and served 2 periods in the war of Northern Ireland. Upon leaving the forces he became an International DJ traveling Europe's Disco,s.Eventually ending up in Norway where he met your Grandmother Inger Merete Martinsen. They had 2 children,your Mother, Lisell and your Aunt, Kristel. Your Grandfather married for a second time to a girl from Larvik, Torunn Hansen. | Petty Officer( RN) James Keelan
5: The modern Keelan,s moved to America and England. The American Keelan,s among them Elizabeth b1875 arrived in New York and settled there. Some of the family went to Peru as Boilermakers. Here they built Boilers for the rich sugar plantations The English Keelan,first arrived in Shildon, Durham in Approximately 1843, after fleeing from the Irsih "Potatoe Famine". With the arrival of James keelan, Husband of Julia Corbett and children, Thomas, James, Elizabeth A.,Julia, & Maria The English male side of the family were all engineers. James was a Wagonwright. The rest of his Sons become”Boilermakers” in both Shildon Railway shops,and the”North Road Railway shops” in Darlington. Elizabeth Keelan went to New York but returned To Darlington, England in the 1930,s | Graet, Great,Great Grand father James Keelan | North road Railway shops Darlington
6: James worked for a large Chemical company called ICI. James died of consumption in 1958 leaving behind , a wife Eva Keelan maiden name Barlow. 2 sons,James (your Great grandfather) and Terence Keelan.(your Great Uncle). Terence Married Winnifred Cunningham and had no Children. | Great Great Grandfather James Keelan In his Home Guard uniform 1920 | Left Picture: Great Uncle Terry.Front row right. Great grandfather James with his arm around his brother. Right picture Great uncle Terry Football team. Front row middle. | Grand uncle Terence was a pilot in the USAF for many years fighting in Korea. Upon his return to England he settled in Northampton.
7: The famine did not cast a pall of universal misery affecting the whole of the people of Ireland. Some areas were badly hit, while neighborings parishes escaped fairly lightly. Amongst the first areas to be affected by the Famine in Co. Cavan were Blacklion and its vicinity, through which starvation and disease cut their deathly swathe; yet the neighbouring parish of Glangevlin was only lightly touched. The folklore recorded in the 1930s tells of refugees coming there from as far away as Co. Galway in search of food, and being satisfied with raw cabbage. Co. Cavan after the Famine One of the most poignant observations on the Famine was made by a respondent from Blacklion to the Irish Folklore Commission nearly nine decades later. They said pithily that after the Famine there were fewer people around. The population of the county fell by nearly 29 per cent between 1841 and 1851. Part of this was due to starvation- and disease-induced mortality. A significant part was also due to emigration to England and America, a haemorrhage which was to continue late in to the next century. | Memorial to Those who died in The Irish Famine. located in County Cavan. | The Irish Famine.
8: Great-Great Grandparents newly engaged | age 13 | Engineer qualifications | age 62 | Age 27 | Age58 | Great Granddad James Keelan | Birth certificate
9: Mother | Birth papers | Grandfather Terence Keelan | Age 9 months | Age 6 months | Age 52 | Terry,s Mobile disco 1972 | Taken in Mauritius 2005 age 48
10: Great Grandma Keelan/Brennan | Grt-Grt Uncle "Jimmy James" aka-James Casey. Starring in films and Radio& Television. He was Grt Grandmas Grt Uncle. | "Tempests"with Grt Grandma Keelan & Grt Uncle Ronnie Brennan. Both very popular entertainers with many charity awards.
11: Back left:Grt Great Grandma Margaret. Back right: Grt- Great Aunt Patricia. Back right holding dog: Grt-Grt-Grt-Grandma Dora Brennan. Front right:Great uncle Kevin(son to Patricia). Front middle: Granddad Terence. | Front row second left: Grt-Grt-Grt Grandma Dora Brennan. Front row4th right: Grt Great Grandma Keelan. (19years) | Grt Grandma & Granddad
12: Granddad Terry age 9 months | Above: Granddad (8years)& Grt Grandma | Grt-Grandma. Grt Uncle Kevin & Granddad | your Mam & Grt Grandma
13: Bride: Great Aunt Doreen Brennan Back right: Great Uncle Thomas. Front Right: Great Grandma. Second Left: Great Uncle Ronnie Brennan Far Left: Great Granddad James Keelan
14: Above:Coronation gift card received by Grt Grt Granddad | Below: front cover of Second world war Ration Book from 1948 | Items from Great grt Grandma Keelan from WW11.
15: Granddad Terence Keelan 12.03.1957 Active in "Northern Ireland War" 1977-1978. | Great Granddad, James Keelan. 17.04.1924. Active in "War of Korea"1950-1953. Died in October 13 1992. due to "Prostrate Cancer". | Great-Great- Granddad,James Keelan. 26.06.1897 fought in "The great War" 1914-1918. Active in "Home Guard" 1939-1945. Died in 1957 of "Tuberculosis" | Military men
28: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
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31: Father | Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather
33: Great Grandparents | Parents | Grandparents
35: Our Ancestors
36: Parents | Grandparents | Great Grandparents