Kennedy coat of arms




The Irish Kennedys have a recorded history that goes back over 1,000 years to the time when the first Kennedy led his people from the front with sword and spear. The Kennedys held their ancestral lands in Tipperary for hundreds of years while a succession of English conquerors tried to take it from them.  Although they eventually succeeded in taking the lands, the English did not do so without fierce resistance from the family they dubbed "The Rebellious O'Kennedys."


The Irish Kennedys – The Story of the Rebellious O’Kennedys traces the story of the Kennedy family from their beginnings as an obscure sept on the banks of the Shannon River, through their rise to fame as the "Lords of Ormond", to their decline as the last of the Gaelic Chieftans and to their dispersal around the world.


Second edition. ©2005 - 2014 Brian Patrick Kennedy




Brian Patrick Kennedy was born the 13th child in a family of 15 in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. His great grandparents, Martin Kennedy and Honora Burke, emigrated from the mountains in Ireland to Australia in 1863. He has a Master of Education from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Degree. His passion for Irish history, and in particular the history of the Kennedys, has taken him to Ireland on twenty six occasions. By walking the ground, climbing the ruins of the castles, talking with the people and collating the records he has developed a view of that history that he delights in sharing.



Contents of “The Irish Kennedys



Chapter 1          The Origins of the O’Kennedys 

Chapter 2          The First Kennedy 

Chapter 3          The O’Kennedys in Ormond 

Chapter 4          The Gaelic Background

Chapter 5          Gaelic Warriors

Chapter 6          Ring Forts 

Chapter 7          O’Kennedy Castles   

Chapter 8          Upper Ormond O’Kennedy Castles

Chapter 9          Lower Ormond O’Kennedy Castles

Chapter 10        Cottages, Cabins  and Mills

Chapter 11        O’Kennedys and Churches 

Chapter 12        O’Kennedy Churchmen 

Chapter 13        The Stowe Missal 

Chapter 14        O’Kennedy Coats of Arms and Seals 

Chapter 15        The Normans in Ormond 

Chapter 16        The Ormond Deeds

Chapter 17        The Gaelic Revival 

Chapter 18        The “Rebellious O’Kennedys 

Chapter 19        The 15th  Century

Chapter 20        Alliances, Defeats and Surrenders 

Chapter 21        Elizabeth I

Chapter 22        More Rebellion 

Chapter 23        The Last Brehon Judgment 

Chapter 24        The Beginning of the O’Kennedy Decline 

Chapter 25        The Tyrone Rebellion

Chapter 26        Kinsale 

Chapter 27        The Irish Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns

Chapter 28        The Last of the Gaelic Chieftains 

Chapter 29        Inquisitions of Queen Elizabeth I 

Chapter 30        Silvermines 

Chapter 31        Cromwell 


Chapter 32        The Surveys of Confiscated Lands 

Chapter 33        The Land Taken from the Kennedys

Chapter 34        Lost Hopes of Land Restoration 

Chapter 35        What Happened to the Land? 

Chapter 36        The “census” of 1659     

Chapter 37        The Penal Laws

Chapter 38        A Curious Legal Record

Chapter 39        The Return of Owners of Land

Chapter 40        The Fighting Races Don’t Die Out 

Chapter 41        The Kennedy Diaspora

Chapter 42        The Rebellion of 1798

Chapter 43        Whiteboys and Landlords

Chapter 44        Livestock Stealing and Larceny

Chapter 45        Fare Paying Kennedys

Chapter 46        Kennedys Die Fighting for England

Chapter 47        One Kennedy Family: The Search 

Chapter 48        One Kennedy Family: Discovery 

Chapter 49        One Kennedy Family: Confirming Our Heritage 

Chapter 50        Foilycleara Kennedy Origins

Chapter 51        The Foilduff Connection

Chapter 52        Toureenbrien and Templederry

Chapter 53        The TemplederryLower Ormond Connection

Chapter 54        The Genealogy of the Ballycapple Kennedys

Chapter 55        Putting the Genealogical Evidence Together

Chapter 56        Kennedy Folklore 

Chapter 57        Bun Ciamalta Vale

Chapter 58        A Kennedy Tour of Ireland 









Contents of "The Mountainy KennedysTipperary Stayputs"




Chapter 1 To Hell or to Connacht

Chapter 2 Did they all go to Connacht?

Chapter 3 Kennedys who remained where they were

 the Hearth Money Records of 1665-67

Chapter 4 To the mountains

Chapter 5 The influence of booleying

Chapter 6 Who were they?

Chapter 7 Where did they come from?

Chapter 8 The Ryans and other families

Chapter 9 History in the graveyards

Chapter 10 Ballinaclough gravestone inscriptions

Chapter 11 Doon gravestone inscriptions

Chapter 12 Kilcommon gravestone inscriptions

Chapter 13 Kilkeary gravestone inscriptions

Chapter 14 Killoscully gravestone inscriptions

Chapter 15 Templederry (Old) grave inscriptions

Chapter 16 The landlords and middlemen

Chapter 17 The parishes and townlands

Chapter 18 Aughvallydeag

Chapter 19 Ballincurra

Chapter 20 Ballyhane

Chapter 21 Ballynahow

Chapter 22 Banquet Hill

Chapter 23 Barnagore

Chapter 24 Bealaclave

Chapter 25 Birchgrove

Chapter 26 Blackstairs

Chapter 27 Bleanbeg

Chapter 28 Bolingbrook

Chapter 29 Boolabane

Chapter 30 Boolanunane

Chapter 31 Boolatin

Chapter 32 Bunkimalta

Chapter 33 Cappanavilla

Chapter 34 Cloghinch

Chapter 35 Clonmore

Chapter 36 Cooneen North

Chapter 37 Cooneen South

Chapter 38 Coumnagillagh

Chapter 39 Cronavone

Chapter 40 Cummer

Chapter 41 Curraghduff

Chapter 42 Curraghfoil

Chapter 43 Curraghleigh

Chapter 44 Curreeny & Curreeny Commons

Chapter 45 Curryquin

Chapter 46 Foilaclug

Chapter 47 Foilduff

Chapter 48 Foilduff (Thomas)

Chapter 49 Foilduff (Johns)

Chapter 50 Foilduff (Dans)

Chapter 51 Foilduff (Peelers)

Chapter 52 Foilduff (Drummers)

Chapter 53 Foilnacanony

Chapter 54 Foilnaman

Chapter 55 Foilnamuck

Chapter 56 Foilycleara

Chapter 57 Gannavane

Chapter 58 Garrane

Chapter 59 Garryglass

Chapter 60 Glastrigan


Chapter 61 Glencroe

Chapter 62 Glenculloo

Chapter 63 Glenfinshina

Chapter 64 Gleninchnaveigh

Chapter 65 Gortnagowna

Chapter 66 Gortnaskehy

Chapter 67 Graniera

Chapter 68 Greenane

Chapter 69 Grousehall

Chapter 70 Hollyhill

Chapter 71 Kilcommon

Chapter 72 Killeen

Chapter 73 Knockacappul

Chapter 74 Knockatoora Commons

Chapter 75 Knocknamena Commons

Chapter 76 Knockcurrabola Commons

Chapter 77 Knockfune (Kilnarath)

Chapter 78 Knockfune (Cummer)

Chapter 79 Knocknabansha

Chapter 80 Knocknamoheragh

Chapter 81 Laghile

Chapter 82 Lahid

Chapter 83 Lisnageenly

Chapter 84 Logg

Chapter 85 Longjohnshill

Chapter 86 Loughaun Upper

Chapter 87 Meinvee

Chapter 88 Mucklin

Chapter 89 Muingacree

Chapter 90 Reafadda

Chapter 91 Reardnogy Beg and More

Chapter 92 Reisk

Chapter 93 Seskin

Chapter 94 Shanballyard

Chapter 95 Toorataggart

Chapter 96 Tooreagh

Chapter 97 Tooreenbrien Lower and Upper

Chapter 98 Windygap

Chapter 99 Kennedy gathering

Chapter 100 The story of the Mountainy Kennedys


Appendix 1 “From Toor to Loran” by Tim Lee

Appendix 2 Maura Ryan Barracks’ Research

Appendix 3 Michael Ryan Kitt’s Research

Appendix 4 Marian Harrington’s Research

Appendix 5 Mary Heaphy’s Research

Appendix 6 Mattie Ryan Larry’s Research

Appendix 7 Nora Stapleton’s Research

Appendix 8 Johny Moloney’s Research

Appendix 9 Francis O’Dwyers Research

Appendix 10 Michael Kennedy’s Research


CONTENTS of "The Mountainy Kennedys - Volume 2- Linking Past and Present"




Chapter 1

Chapter 2


Chapter 3

Chapter 4


Chapter 5


Chapter 6

Chapter 7


Chapter 8

Chapter 9


Chapter 10



Chapter 11


Chapter 12


Chapter 13


Chapter 14

Chapter 15


Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43


Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46




The Mountainy Men

Who already owned the mountain


The Tories and Rapparees

Kennedys transplanted 1653-4 (or were they?)

Where did the Mountainy Kennedys originate?

O’Kennedy Genealogies and Pedigrees

The Royal Irish Academy O’Kennedy Genealogies

The Descendants of Amlaoim O’Kennedy

The Descendants of Brian, Son of Rory Mor O’Kennedy

The Mountain Descendants of James of the Deer O’KennedyToureenbrien Line.

The Mountain Descendants of Morrogh O’KennedyTraverstown Line.

The Mountain Descendants of Philip O’Kennedy (Gilla Duv Caoc)

The Mountain Descendants of Donch Mor O’Kennedy

The Mountain Descendants of Giolla Padraig O’Kennedy

The Revival of the O’Kennedy Chieftainship

The Irish Naming Convention

Darby or Jeremiah. – Johanna, Judith or Julia?

The Kennedy First Names

Andrew Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Cornelius Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Denis Kennedy

Edward/Edmund/Edmond Kennedy

Francis Kennedy

Hugh Kennedy

James Kennedy

Jeremiah Kennedy

John Kennedy

Laurence Kennedy

Martin Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

Peter Kennedy

Philip Kennedy

Rory/Roger/Rody Kennedy

Simon Kennedy

Stephen Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy

Timothy Kennedy

William Kennedy

The Odyssey of one Mountainy Kennedy Family

The Juliana Warter Wilson Estate

The Landlords and Tenants

Poor Law Rates - Templederry


Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75

Chapter 76

Chapter 77

Chapter 78

Chapter 79


Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4

Appendix 5

Appendix 6




Townland Corrections and Additional Information

More Mountain Graveyards

Upperchurch – Another Mountain Parish

Commonaline – The Missing Townland

The Kennedys and the Ryans

The Kennedys and the Kennedys

Australian Connections With The Mountainy Kennedys

A ReafaddaFoilycleara Kennedy Connection

Lawrence Kennedy’s Research

Tim Lee’s Research

Francis O’Dwyer’s Research

Rody Kennedy’s Research

Paul Barrett’s Research

Pat Morgan’s Research

Research Briefs

Eileen Vaughan’s Story

Research Requests

Kennedy Gatherings

Toureenbrien Visit

Curreeny Hedge School

Toor National School Pupils

Silvermines Historical Society

The Kennedy Drummers

The Effin Kennedys

A Reafadda Reference

Lame Paddy Kennedy

Lawlessness Involving Kennedys

The Trial of Hugh Kennedy

The 1920 Hunger Strikers

The Strange Case of Newport Creamery

Kennedy DNA

The Younger Kennedy Generation

The Kennedy Research Goes On


Kennedy Females. Kilcommon Baptism Register 1813-1895

Kennedy Females. Newport Baptism Register 1794-1911

Kennedy Females. Templederry Baptism Register 1840-1911

Kennedy Females. Kilmore Baptism Register 1842-1911

Kennedy Females. Upperchurch Baptism Register 1830-1911

All Kennedy Baptisms. Upperchurch Baptism Register 1830-1911




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