Here is a little information about some of the daughters of Patrick Arthur of Ennistymon and their respective families.



Margaret Arthur married Mr. McDonough of Ennistymon. They had three boys, Francis, Edward, and Patrick. Francis inherited his father’s property. His first wife died and then he married Margaret Walsh, daughter of Roderick Walsh of Ennistymon. This was not a happy marriage and Francis left for Australia and he was never heard from again. He left one son, Edward from the second marriage. Edward lived in his father’s house in Ennistymon; he married Elizabeth Cooney who was the daughter of Patrick Cooney of Kilshanney who was a cousin of the Arthur’s. There were three children of this marriage Frank (died 1946), May and Tessie. Tessie's daughter is a nurse living in  Dublin and goes home to visit her mother Tessie  lived in what once had been the house of Patrick Arthur of Ennistymon and came down to her through Margaret Arthur Patrick's daughter. Edward son of Margaret Arthur emigrated to Australia and Patrick son of Margaret Arthur entered the church. Tessie died in the year of 2017.

Father Patrick McDonough

Father Patt as he was familiarly called was the grandson of Patrick Arthur of Ennistymon. He was born in Ennistymon in 1827 and very probably got his education from the Christian Brothers in the town. He went to Maynooth in 1845 and he was a brilliant student there. He was noted for his knowledge of Irish history and antiquities. Father Patrick was ordained about 1852 and he was immediately to a professorship in the Chair of Rhetoric at the Irish College in Paris, where he spent a few years. He was appointed curate to his Uncle Francis Arthur in Kinvara, Co. Galway and in 1873 he was made Parish Priest of Clarenbridge. While father Patrick was a professor in Paris his health gave way necessitating a change to his own native land. He died on December 30th. 1903 aged 76. He was buried at Rovenheagh outside Clarenbridge .


Mrs. O’Donnell

Mrs. O’Donnell was another daughter of Patrick Arthur of Ennistymon. She married a well to do hardware merchant in Corofin Co. Clare where they carried out a very extensive and lucrative trade. She had four children by the names of Patrick, Francis, Brigid and Margaret Jane. Both Patrick and Francis died unmarried. Jane was educated at the Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway and she died when she was 18.

Brigid married Mr. John O’Dea, a brother of Dr. O’Dea who died in Ennistymon about 1894. Their first child was called Arthur. Brigid died giving birth to her second child and both mother and child are buried beneath the altar in the wing of the Carmelite Abbey in Loughrea, Co. Galway. Arthur O’Dea married Mary Mahon. The children of that marriage were Daniel Alphonsus, Patrick, John Joseph, May Francis who became a nun, Brigid and Jenny both of whom became nurses in England.



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