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John Daly    


Catherine (Kate) Burke                                    Jeremiah Donovan (Donn)
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Descendants of
Kate Burke
John Daly
at Leap
on 13 Feb 1877
  Catherine (Kate) Burke
b. 1858
Mary Anne
b. 12 Jan 1878
d. July 1945
b. 17 Feb 1879
baptised in Leap
b. 10 Nov 1880
baptised in Leap
Katherine Elizabeth
b. 2 Jan 1883
d. 6 Jan 1949
 Margaret (Sis)*
 born in Reavouler
 on 5 Jan 1885
25 Apr 1886
baptised in Leap
Timothy (Sonny)
b. 10 Dec 1887
d. 9 Nov 1972
Jeremiah Patrick (Bob)
b. 7  Jun 1890
d 27 Sep 1975
      John Daly (50) died on 15 July 1891 and Katherine married Jeremiah O'Donovan in 1893 (see Marriage Details below) and they had children baptised in Leap on dates below:-

dotDenis (b. 21 Jan 1894)

dotDaniel (b. 9 Aug 1895)

dotNora (b. 22 July 1897)

dotBridgie* (b. 9 Jan 1899)

dotMichael (b. 24 Dec 1900)


* Note: Bridgie and Margaret married two brothers - James and Patrick O'Donovan


Reavouler, Drinagh is a relatively large Townland of 800 acs 1 rood 34 perches

Catherine / Kate name was used as follows:
She was baptised as Kate.
Kate was used in her marriage to John Daly
In the baptisms of their children she used Catherine in Mary's baptism and Jeremiah Patrick's baptism
 and Kate for the other 5 children.
She used Catherine Daly for her marriage to Jeremiah Donovan
and for the baptisms of their 5 children she used Catherine Burke as mother's maiden name.
Catherine Donovan is on her death cert.

Baptismal Details of John Daly

John baptised on 5 January 1840 in Drimoleague RC Parish

Father:  John Daly;  Mother: Ellen Houly     Address:  Kilnaheery

Sponsors: Timy Leary and Julia McCarthy


Baptismal Details of Jeremiah Donovan

Jeremiah baptised on 4 February 1856 in Kilmacabea RC Parish

Father:  Denis Donovan;  Mother: Ellen Regan     Address:  Maulatrahane

Sponsors: John Cahalane and Margaret Cahalane

Celebrant: Rev John Donegan


Photo of Ellen & Timothy (Sonny) Daly with his mother Kate (Catherine) Daly (nee Burke)
(photo courtesy Betty Daly)
Marriage Details

Marriage Details of John Daly (33), a labourer and Kate Burke (20)

Married on 13 Feb 1877 in RC Church in Leap, (Kilmacabea RC Parish)

Residence at time of marriage: John Daly of Deelish, Kate Burke of Reavouler

The Witnesses were Timothy Maguire of Reavouler and James Wholey of Gurrane

Groom's father: John Daly of Deelish, a farmer; Bride's father: Timothy Burke of Reavouler, a farmer

Celebrant:  Rev. David Fitzgerald

(Note: The marriage witness, James Wholey of Gurrane, was most likely the son of James and Mary Wholey - Frank)

In the era when John Daly died those described as 'farmers' were often tenants of a landlord
and if the "man of the house" died then the widow and children could be evicted.
To avoid this it is likely that Kate (Catherine) married quickly after John Daly's death.

Marriage Details of Jeremiah (Jerome) Donovan and Catherine Daly (nee Burke)

Married on 7 Feb 1893 in Kilmacabea RC Parish

The Witnesses were Felix McCarthy and Michael Burke

Groom's father: Denis Donovan; Bride's father: Timothy Burke

Celebrant:  Rev. J. O'Brien


St. Mary's RC Church, Leap, Co. Cork



From the Death Register entry

John Daly died on 15 July 1891 in Reavouler, a farmer, 50 yrs.

Cause of death was "inflamation of lungs, 2 months, no medical attendance".

The informant of his death was Timothy Hayes of Shandrum, Drinagh.


Death Cert details of Catherine (Kate)

Catherine Donovan, age 83, widow of a farmer, died on Wed. 18 Dec 1940
at the residence of her son, Michael, at Kilnagleary, Carrigaline.

Cause of death: Senility Myocarditis (2 weeks). Certified.

Registration Number 1620154  in Carrigaline District - book entry No. 202

Catherine is buried in Kilmacabea Old graveyard (grave unknown)
GPS coords of graveyard 51.595203°,-9.136382°  (via a narrow laneway)

Death Notice in Cork Examiner dated 20 December 1940:

O'DONOVAN (Carrigaline) - On 18th December 1940, at her residence, Kilnagleary, Carrigaline, Catherine O'Donovan (nee Burke), relict of Jeremiah O'Donovan of Reavouler, Drinagh.  R.I.P.   Funeral will leave Carrigaline Parish Church on to-day (Friday) at 12 o'clock for Kilmackabea, Drinagh.

Kilmacabea Old Graveyard

Rest in Peace

                                           Census 1901:

                                          Census 1911:



"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story". So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died, to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

Author: Unknown


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On Sunday 15 April 2012, Bob McCarthy of USA, a grandson of Katherine Elizabeth visited Drinagh.  His wife Marcia was with him to meet a gathering of relatives - descendants of Kate Burke above.

It was a most enjoyable afternoon and I was delighted to meet some cousins for the first time.  I hope a similar occasion will be not too far off !

[By :Frank   ]

Growing up I met many "OLD" (as I saw them) Daly and Donovan people and I had little interest in them.  It was usually at funerals, and the chats went on and on.....

When compiling a family tree I found it of great benefit to have met these "OLD" people because I can now put faces to many of the names and that means alot.  I just wish I had paid more attention.

May they Rest in Peace

[By :Frank O'Donovan  ]

On Saturday 20 April 2013 some descendants of Catherine (Kate) Burke gather in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery to trace our family history and remember those gone before us.

[By :Frank O'Donovan  ]