My O’Donoghue family from Ballyduff, North Kerry
By Rod O’Donoghue (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Griffiths Valuation for 1853 showed a Julia Donohoe living in the village. She must have been my ggggrandmother even though she would have been in her seventies.
Julia’s landlord was Thomas A. Stoughton and it is probable that my farming ancestors leased their properties from him. He was an English absentee landlord with a country estate in Gloucestershire, but is said to have been a good man who looked after his tenants. In fact all three local landlords of the time, Stoughton, Gun and Rice are given a pretty good press.
There are very few Donoghue or Boyle entries in the parish register after the Famine and this suggests that most of my family group left Ballyduff. Julia must have been just too old to go with them. It is possible that Thomas and Ellen’s eldest son, James, aged fifteen, stayed with her; I like to think so. In 1841 the population of the village was 331, dropping to 269 (19%) in 1851. By 1861 it was down to 214 and by 1881 it had sunk to 101. Actually Ballyduff was not as bad as many; Rattoo the civil parish within which it lies dropped by 44% between 1841 and 1851.
The main families I am interested in, with the period in which they were having children (first and last birth dates in brackets), are
Sylvester Donohue & Mary Flahive: Ellen (1784)
1790 - early 1830s
James Donoghue & Juliana Boyle: Thomas (1806)
John Connor & Ellen Donoghue: Ellen (1808), Daniel, Mary, Honora, John, James, Margaret (1832)
Bartholomew Donohue & Bridget Ferris: Sylvester (1821), Ellen, James, Thomas, Patrick, Michael, Mary, Catherine (1844)
Thomas Donoghue & Ellen Connor: Julia (1834), James, John, Catherine, Thomas, Ellen (1847)