Edited by Diane Deegan 14.9.98

First of all the names:- DEEGAN, Doogan, Duffin, Doohan, Duggan and Diggan
are anglicised versions of an old distinguished Gaelic name which was

The family originated in Fermoy, Cork and split into septs located in
Munster, Connacht and Leinster. Although there is even more different
variations of the name, all of these families are descendants of
O'DIUBHGHINN and the following is a list of his ancestors and where his
descendants went.

OLLIOL OLLUM........KING OF MUNSTER...............177 a.d.


EOGHAN MOR..........KING OF MUNSTER...............195 a.d.






LUIGHDECH...........KING OF MUNSTER...............353 a.d.


CORC MAC LAIRE......KING OF MUNSTER...............407 a.d.



EOCHU...............KING OF FERMOY................490 a.d.






FORANNAIN...........LORD OF FERMOY................578 a.d.


















DUIBHGHINN..........a quo the surname O'DEEGAN....920 a.d.




LUIGH O'DUIBHGHINN........................died...1014 a.d.


.....This is how the family spread out,


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1300 | 1500




O'Heerin the poet wrote of the family in 1372,

Chief of Fermoy of well fenced forts.

Is O'Dugan of Dunmannan -

A tribe of Gaels of precious jewels.

The most important Sept in medieval times was that of Connacht seated in
the ancient kingdom of Ui Maine (Hy many) at Ballyduggan near Loughrea,
(also called Doogan and Daggin). O'Deegan was the chief of the 12 Ballys
(Townlands) of Daighinn, the district near Loughrea. To that Sept belonged
SEAN MOR O'DUIGAN (John O'Dugan d. 1373) co-author of the celebrated
Topographical poems of O'Heerin and O'Duigan. He was one of the hereditary
historians and poets to the O'Kelly's, Princes of the Hy Many. A later
Gaelic poet Maurice O'Dugan was the author of "An Chuil Fhionn". Cnogher
O'Dugan, Edmund Diggan and John Doogan were officers in the 1649 army of
Charles I. Jeremy Duigan of Tirerrill, Sligo forfeited his property in
1650 and Dermot Duigan was moved to Galtsrobine, Offaly in 1654.

Also of this Hy Many Sept was the Most Reverend Patrick Duggan (1813-1896)
Bishop of Clonfert who was tried for his part in the Galway election of
1872 but acquitted. He also presided over the inaugural meeting of the GAA
in 1886. Peter Paul Duggan (d.1861) was an historian in America.

Doohan and Doughan originated in Corca Laoidhe but belong to modern North
Tipperary and adjacent Offaly. As O'Doghan it is listed in the baronies of
Eliogarty and Ikerrin in the census of 1659. When it spread into East
Clare it was anglicised Doohan. O'Duibhghinn or O'Deegan, Chief of Muintir
Conlochtaidh in Tomgraney, Tullagh East Clare are described by O'Duigan
as, O'Duigan of fair and ruddy face rules over comely Muintir Conlochta, a
chief who gained his possessions by force of spears in battle.

Roger Duygin of Corr, Offaly was restored to his lands in 1660 as was
Denis Duggan. A Kerry branch of the family have anglicised the name to

Deegan, Duigan and Deighan are variants found in Leix (Queens Co.) and
Offaly (Kings Co.) where Deegan is most numerous today, as it was in 1659.
It also appears in the Fiants of 1559 as O'Doygan and O'Diggan. Those of
Leix belonged to the barony of Clandonagh where at Cloncouse in the parish
of Kyle the family were keepers of the bell of St.Molua. St.Molua (Mulloe)
was one Lugaidh Mac Hui Oiche, the first abbot of Molua who died at
Clonfert Mulloe in 605 a.d. The Abbey is situated at the foot of the
Slieve Bloom in Upper Ossory, Leix (Queens Co.). John Duggan of Cloncouse
and Loughlin Diddin of Kilcolger were transplanted in 1654. Their lands
amounted to over 2,000 acres and were granted to Sir Charles Coote, (Earl
of Mountrath) in 1667. Two notables of this family were O'Duibhgin, bishop
of Kildare in 1148 and in modern times James Robertson O'Duigan
(1882-1951) a pioneer Australian airman who flew a plane he built himself
in 1910 at Lancefield, Victoria who came from a Kilkenny family.

Further south in Leinster we find a branch of the Duffins of Waterford who
had settled in Co. Wexford. These Duffins have been long established in
the Hook Peninsula in the barony of Shelbourne where a district was known
as Rinn Dubhginn or the point of Dubhan. A priest and a pilgrim founded a
monastery there in the fifth century where now stands Churchtown.

O'Duibhginn, the early form of Duffin, Duggan and Deegan, was the Chieftan
of the barony of Bargy when the Normans arrived in 1169. O'Duibhginn
together with O'Lorcan of Forth supported King Dermot MacMurrough in
welcoming the Normans. The name in other parts of Wexford has been
anglicised to Dugan, Duggan, Doogan and few Deegans.

O'Duffyne is found in Cork in 1311 and Duffyn in 1601. The name O'Doghwynn
was recorded in Waterford records on 1573. By the Cromwellian era we find
the Duffins had spread to Oriel in the north located in Cos Louth,
Monaghan and Armagh in 1659 and by the next century in Co. Antrim.

As my last direct ancestor in Ireland was living in Co. Kildare, and there
are numerous Deegans still living there today, as well as Co. Leix, I am
sure we are related to that branch of O'Duibhghinn's family which left
Cork to settle in Kildare in the 1100's and Leix in the 1200's.

Edward Deegan, born in County Kildare, Ireland between 1826 and 1830 is
the earliest ancestor that I have been able to trace. His son, who was
married in Australia, stated on his marriage certificate, the address at
which he lived in England and his parents names. The search was continued
in London for a record of EDWARD DEEGAN's marriage or a record of him in
the census returns from the address given, but no new information was

A search through the records of birth however provided a new address from
another of his children's birth certificates. With this new address we
found the family again in two census returns of the period, on which
EDWARD DEEGAN states that he and his wife and four children were all born
in Co. Kildare.

The following research is not complete however and as you will see there
are still many possibles left open and more places to look for

I leave it to you, my descendants, to find that information and then add
your own names to this record.

EDWARD DEEGAN and his wife ELIZA BOURKE came from Co. Kildare and
preliminary research in the Surname index of Co. Kildare and in Griffith's
Primary Valuation revealed that the surname was fairly widespread
throughout the County. The only entry of an EDWARD DEEGAN was in Athy St.
Michael's and is as follows:


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9 Butlers Lane Edward Deegan John Butler house, yard

A search of the Catholic registers of Athy for either the marriage of
EDWARD DEEGAN and ELIZA BOURKE or the baptisms of their children met with
little success and it was now clear that searches would have to be carried
out in the registers of the remaining Catholic parishes in Co. Kildare.

The largest number of Deegan households in the surnames index was in the
parish of Castledermot. According to Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of
Ireland, Castledermot was a post-town and parish in the Barony of Kilkea
and Moone, Co. Kildare, seven miles from Athy and 34 from Dublin. It had
3,634 inhabitants of whom 1,385 lived in the town. The Church of Ireland
registers do not appear to have survived the troubles of 1922.

The Catholic registers have survived however, and they begin in 1789.
Castledermot is the head of a union or district comprising the parishes of
Castledermot, Moone, Timolin, Kilkea, Killelan, Dunmanogue,
Grangerosnolvin, Kinneagh and part of the parish of Graney. Initially,
searches were restricted to the period 1850-1862 for baptisms of their
children and to the period 1845-1855 for their marriage and despite the
poor condition of the registers, the following entry, which obviously
relates to my ancestor, was found:



1854 JULY 23 Eliza., daughter of EDWARD DEEGAN and ELIZABETH BURKE,

Sponsors: Ann Nolan and Pat Deegan

However, there were no other baptisms recorded for children of EDWARD and
ELIZABETH between 1850 and 1862. Nevertheless, encouraged by the discovery
of my ancestors place of origin the search was continued in the registers
for a record of his baptism and ancestry.

Between 1789 and 1835 there is only records of two EDWARD DEEGAN's

1818 JULY 18 Edward, son of EDWARD DEEGAN and MARIA KELLY baptized

sponsors: Pat and Bridget Owens

1835 SEPT 19 Edward, son of JAMES DEEGAN and ELINOR BUTTERFIELD baptized

sponsors: William Lawlor and Mary Butterfield

According to the census' in 1861 and in 1871 in which EDWARD DEEGAN stated
he was 30 years of age and 45 years of age respectively he must have been
born about 1826-1831. People did tend to be rather vague about their ages
during this period as they were so rarely called upon to give details
about their personal lives. His wife, Eliza was not present in the
household at the time of the second census and I can only assume that
because he puts his status as "married", and not as "widower", that his
wife was away the night of the census. His eldest daughter, Bridget was
also absent that night and his second eldest daughter was described as

As my ancestor appears to have been born between 1826-1831 neither of the
above baptisms seemed to relate to him and although the baptism in 1835
may have been a late one, the date sequence for the baptisms of the elder
children of the couple ruled this out. The 1840 census of Castledermot was
able to be examined at this time and as can be appreciated, before 1901
very few census returns have survived in Ireland. In the 1840 census, no
ages are recorded, but it does give the name and relationship of the
persons listed. In 1840 five Deegan households were listed in the parish
of Castledermot, three in Hallohoise townland, one in Hobartstown and one
in Johnstown. Only one of these families seemed to fit our requirements,
that of James Deegan:



James Deegan, sons Pat, Edward, James, wife Kate, daughters Ellen, Maria,
Kate, Eliza, Ann and Biddy

The only other Edward Deegan enumerated was an Edward Deegan of
Hobartstown who had a wife and children. As my ancestor was born about
1826-1831, he could not be confused with this Edward Deegan as my ancestor
would have been only been 9-14 years old in 1840. The obvious choice was
Edward, son of James and Kate.

Unfortunately there is no record in the registers of any children born to
a James and Kate Deegan only the above James and Elinor.

The only Deegan listed in Castledermot in Griffith's Primary Valuation was
Margaret Deegan of Hobartstown West, obviously the widow of Edward. There
was, however, a James Deegan in the parish of Killelan, which adjoins
Castledermot, who held a house, office and land in the townland of
Hallahoise, also a Patrick Deegan in the same townland holding a house,
office and land. As the Catholic parish of Castledermot covers this
parish, these entries could possibly relate to the James and Patrick
Deegan of Hallahoise in the 1840 census.

We have established, at least, that my ancestor came from Castledermot,
Co. Kildare, beyond that, unfortunately is mere speculation at this stage.
Maybe to trace some of the Deegans listed at the end of this would provide
new information about my ancestor and the line of Deegans could be traced
back further still.


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born approx.. 1826 - 1831 born approx. 1831

Kildare, Ireland Kildare, Ireland

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6th August 1852

married at

Castledermot Catholic Parish



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Bridget Eliza Rosa Mary Annie Edward


b.1853 b.1855 b.1857 b.1859 b.4/3/62 b.24/10/64 b.1867

Ireland Kildare Kildare Kildare Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool

After their forth daughter Mary Deegan was born in 1859 the family left
Ireland and emigrated to England where we find them in the 1861 census
living at the corner of Miles street and Industrious terrace, Toxteth Park
in the County of Lancaster, Liverpool, England.

CENSUS 7th April 1861



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Edward Deegan Head married 30 Labourer Ireland

Eliza Deegan Wife married 30 Ireland

Bridgett Deegan Daughter 8 Scholar Ireland

Eliza Deegan Daughter 6 Scholar Ireland

Rosa Deegan Daughter 4 Scholar Ireland

Mary Deegan Daughter 2 Ireland

Edward and Eliza had three more children all born in England and it was
the discovery of their next child, Annie's birth certificate that led us
to the families origin in Ireland. Annie was born at home, as most
children were, on the 24th January 1862 and her birth was registered at
the General Register office, London on the 4th March 1862. APPLICATION

Edward was the next child born to Edward and Eliza after having five
daughters. Edward is the one who is my direct ancestor and he was also
born at home at Toxteth Park, Liverpool on the 20th September 1864 and his
birth was registered on the 24th October 1864 at the General Register
office, London. APPLICATION NO.PAS 402420/80/F., CERTIFICATE NO.BXA 541652

On both of these birth certificates Edward Deegan, the father, states that
he is a Builders labourer which tells us what sort of labourer he must
have been on the 1861 census. Edward and Eliza had one more child, another
boy whom they called Thomas in 1867 but I have not seen a copy of his
birth certificate. The next time we can trace the family is in the census
of 1871. This is where we discovered which county in Ireland they came
from as

Edward states on the census that not only were four of his children born
in County Kildare but that Eliza and himself were born there as well. You
will see also that there is ten years between the two census and fifteen
years difference in Edward's age.




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Edward Deegan Head married 45 Labourer Kildare, Ireland

Eliza Deegan Daughter unmarried 16 Housekeeper Kildare, Ireland

Rose Deegan Daughter 14 Scholar Kildare, Ireland

Mary Deegan Daughter 12 Scholar Kildare, Ireland

Ann Deegan Daughter 9 Scholar Lancs.,Liverpool

Edward Deegan Son 6 Scholar Lancs.,Liverpool

Thomas Deegan Son 4 Lancs.,Liverpool

As with most families, tracing their ancestors can only be done if they
leave some sort of record of their existence, and unless they leave some
sort of account of how they lived you can usually only find details of the
major events that take place in their lives e.g: births, deaths and
marriages. These are the only details I can tell you of this family now
except my direct ancestor who was named after his father.

Edward Deegan, son of Edward Deegan, went to school like his older sisters
did and more than likely emigrated to Australia in the late 1880's. I have
seen no record of when he arrived here, or even where he disembarked and
have no details of the period of his life between the census in 1871 and
when he showed up on the electoral rolls in Australia in 1890. As we had
known about this Edward Deegan from my father, the only further
information we have is the marriage certificate between him and Emily Jane
Riddell. As their first sons birth certificate states, he was the eldest
child of this couple and as he is my Grandfather, the fact that they had
more children was not researched. Emily Jane Riddell was born in Grendon,
Northampton, England on the 13th January 1869 and on her birth certificate
the family name is spelt "Riddle". Her father was Abraham Riddle and he
was a Journeyman/Shoemaker, her mother was Sarah Carter. Edward Deegan
states on his marriage certificate that his father was a Tailor and that
does not coincide with the census of 1861 and 1871. Also on this marriage
certificate we see that one of the witnesses to the marriage was Eliza
Burke. This person is not his mother or sister as their names are Deegan,
but could it be a cousin ? (his mothers, brothers, daughter).


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b. 20/9/1864 | b. 13/1/1869

Lancs, Liverpool | Grendon,Northampton



married 11/7/1894

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Bundaberg, Queensland




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b. 20/7/1895

Gavan Street,

North Bundaberg

Edward Thomas Deegan was born at home, like his father and grandfather
were, on the 20th July 1895 at Gavan Street, North Bundaberg. He was the
eldest child born to Edward and Emily. Birth Cert. no. B 66445. Although I
will tell you more about the life of Edward Thomas Deegan, I will just put
down the relevant details of the decent at the moment.

Edward Thomas Deegan married Elsie May Brischke according to the rites of
the Methodist church in the Wesley Church, Maryborough, Queensland on the
17th October 1923. Edward Thomas states on his marriage cert. no. A 54028
that his usual place of residence is MacDougall Street Milton, Brisbane.
He also states that his occupation is engineer although he was a Fitter
and Turner by trade. Elsie May Brischke was born in Fort Street
Maryborough on the 28th December 1895, birth B 66593., and was
the second child of Henry Brischke, age 27, a Labourer who was born in
Germany and Meena Nicholls, formerly Bryant, age 30 years who was born at
Bradford on Avon, England. Elsie May already had a son named Arnold
Charles to someone else before she married Edward Thomas and they moved to
Campbell Terrace Alderley after they were married. They had five children
of their own however, one of whom was my father.

They already had Arnold Charles and he was born on the 15th July 1920 or
1921. The rest of the children were born at home and the first child they
had together was Beris Rose born on the 21st September 1924. Their third
child was Eric Joseph born on the 9th March 1926. Their fourth child was
my father and he was named after his father, Ronald Edward Deegan, and he
was born on the 25th July 1927. Their fifth child and second daughter was
named Joan Meena and she was born on the 10th June 1929. Their last child
was another boy born on the 16th July 1931 and was named Robert Arthur.

EDWARD THOMAS DEEGAN ------------------------------- ELSIE MAY BRISCHKE

b. 20/7/1895 | b.28/12/1895

married 17/10/23

Wesley Methodist Church, Maryborough



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Arnold Charles Beris Rose Eric Joseph Ronald Edward Joan Meena

Robert Arthur

b.15/7/20 b.21/9/24 b.9/3/26 b.25/7/27 b.10/6/29 b.16/7/31

My mother, Helen Elizabeth Green was born at the Lady Bowen Hospital,
Brisbane on the 15th June 1931. Her fathers name was John Green and he was
born at back 172 Darwin Street Aston, Birmingham, England on the 22nd July
1898. His parents were James Green, a Brass Bedstead Maker/Journeyman, and
Helen (Nellie) McDermott. My Mothers mother was Catherine Carrie and she
was born at 7 Poplar Lane, Leith, Scotland on the 6th November 1902. Her
parents were James Carrie, a millworker, and Elizabeth Ferguson.

John (Jack) Green and Catherine Carrie were married at the St. James
Church, Leith, Scotland on the 31st July 1926. He was a corporal in the
Royal Tank Corps and she was a Clerkess. They had their first child, John
Noel, in England before emigrating to Australia where my mother was born.


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Ronald Edward Deegan and Helen Elizabeth Green, my parents, were married
at the St. Barnabas Church of England church, Red Hill in the parish of
Ithaca, Brisbane on the 7th June 1952. My father was a cabinet maker and
my mother was a stenographer. My brother was born at the Ashgrove Private
Hospital at approximately 2130 on the 23rd December 1956 and weighed about
8 1/2 lbs. so mother told me and was named Michael Charles. I was not born
until much later however and the family was now living in the house that
Pop (thats what I call my father) built at 30 Cain Street Everton Park,
Brisbane. I too, was born at the Ashgrove Private Hospital on the 3rd July
1963 at 1330 and as I weighed 8lb.11 3/4 ozs.

I was named Kevin Edward after my father so the Edward Deegan name was
still going. We did not realize until much later when my mother began to
gather this information that the Edward Deegan name was still going after
five generations. Tina Marie Bartholomai, my de facto wife was born at the
Base Hospital Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on the 14th August 1971 and as
her parents, John Cameron Bartholomai and Irene Lynette Gowley were not
yet married her name on her birth certificate appears as Tina Marie
Gowley. Her parents married on the 22nd October 1971 and had three more
children. We found out that Tina was pregnant in early May of 1990 and our
first son was born at the Royal Brisbane Hospital at 1522 on the 17th
January 1991. He weighed 7lb. 81/2 ozs. or 3410 grams and was 49.8cms.
long, his blood group is b+ and as I now knew of the family history, Tina
and I named him Kirby Edward Deegan which is legal to do with the mothers
consent when the couple are not married. We found out that Tina was
pregnant with our second child on the 8th April 1993 and our second son
was born on the 15/12/93 in the Royal Brisbane Hospital and he weighed
8lb.3 ozs. or 3720 grams and was 51.6cms. long and his blood group is B+.
Sean Kevin was named in the same manner as his brother was, and that is a
first name that both Tina and I liked and the second name was taken from
my name.


b. 25/7/1927 | b. 15/6/1931

Campbell Tce,Alderley, married 7/6/1952

Lady Bowen Hospital Brisbane. St.Barnabas Church Brisbane.

Red Hill, Brisbane

died 7.4.1995


Michael Charles Deegan Diane Strudwick Kevin Edward Deegan Tina Marie

b. 23/12/1956 b. 17/6/58 b. 3/7/1963 b. 14/8/1971

Ashgrove Private Roma Hospital Ashgrove Private Base Hospital Brisbane
Hospital,Bne Hospital Wagga Wagga,NSW

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married 26/1/1980 met 20/1989

Strathpine 9 Girrah Street, Brendale

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Rebecca Elizabeth.Caitlin Edith.Erienne. Kirby Edward.Sean Kevin

b. 25/5/88 b. 18/10/89 b.24/6/93b. 17/1/1991 b.15/12/1993

Riordan Michael John

b. 10.4.1997

R.B.H. R.B.H. R.B.H. R.B.H. R.B.H.

R.B.H. (All born at Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane)










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Griffith's Primary Valuation of Tenements (1848-1864) runs to over 200
volumes and lists all tenants with details of their holdings and the
assessment of tax which they had to pay towards the relief of the poor and
destitute living within their area, known as a Union. Interestingly enough
this valuation forms the basis of the present-day rating system in
Ireland. The Index showed the name Deegan appearing in the following
Parishes of Kildare:


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Townland Occupier Lessor Holding Valuation -------- -------- ---------
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Celbridge Mary Henry House,small

5 Maynooth Road Deegan Malone garden 1 10s



Cappoo John Charles Land 2A.2R.19P 1 13s

Commons Deegan Tuthill 30A.0R.7P House 21 5s

Cappoo Nicholas William Land

Commons Deegan Fletcher 4A.0R.4P 3 15s

Clane Nicholas William House,Office,

Deegan Fletcher Land 14A.2R.16P 15 10s

Lough Bollard James Charles House,Office,

Commons Deegan Tuthill Land 3A.1R.37P 2 5s



Drinnanstown John Thomas House 5s

Deegan Archbold



Killeagh Alexander Free House,Land

Common Deegan 0A.2R.21P 12s



Coldwells Mary James House 5s Deegan Mergan

Coldwells Michael James House 5s Deegan Mergan



Gorteenoona Daniel Marquis House,Office, Deegan of Drogheda Land 0A.3R.25P
1 5s



Castlemartin James Anne House,small

Deegan Clunton Garden 0A.1R.30P 1 10s



Town of John John House,

Athy Deegan Purcell Office 1



9 Butlers lane EDWARD John House,yard 15s

Town of Athy DEEGAN Butler

(off Ophally St.



Townparks Malachy Thomas House,yard 2 15s Town of Athy Deegan Hearne



Forest John Duke of Herds,House,

Deegan Leimster Land 28A.1R.27P

3A.0R.22P 17 15s



Hobartstown Margaret Eileen House,Office,

West Deegan Kearney Land 97A.1R.29P 47 0s



Hallahoise JAMES George Spearing House,Office,

DEEGAN & Flora O'Connor Land64A.0R.32P

Land38A.2R.23P 71 0s Hallahoise Patrick John Warren & House,Office, Deegan
Laurence Rourke Land22A.0R.14P 51 5s



Moone Thomas John Edward House,Office, Deegan Lawler Land 2A.1R.37P 1 15s

Moone Bridget Susan M. House,Office, Deegan Yeats Garden 0A.1R.10P Land
15A.2R.35P 12 15s

CASTLEDERMOT CATHOLIC PARISH Register of Baptisms: 1790 - 1835

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5/12/1790 Esther, Pat & Maria Deegan

sponsors: Gerard Nowlan & Hester Murphy

10/9/1792 Brigid, John Deegan & Brigid Brown

sponsors: Michael Bolger & Elinor Lyons

11/11/1792 Maria, Patrick Deegan & Mary Lawlor sponsors: Bernard Byrne &
Anna Carrol

4/1/1795 James, Pat Deegan & Hestor Lawlor, Allahoys

sponsors: Peter & Rosa Connor

25/1/1796 James, David Deegan & Deborah Price sponsors: Charles & Brigid

5/3/1797 Judith, Pat Deegan & Maria Lawlor, Allahoys

sponsors: William Byrne & Mary Lawlor

19/3/1799 Maria, Pat Deegan & Elinor Gormacon, Knockmachree

sponsors: Michael Nowlan & Judith Hickey

26/5/1799 Eliza, Stephen Deegan & Anna Sundayswell

sponsors: David Deegan & Maria Nowlan

28/5/1799 Pat, Pat & Maria Deegan

sponsors: Pat Nowlan & Judith Nevill

1/2/1800 Michael, David & Anna Deegan

sponsors: Thomas Mahon & Marion Neal

3/7/1801 Catherine, Pat Deegan & Elinor Gormacon, Knockmachree

sponsors: James & Anna Hickey

2/2/1802 Pat, David Deegan & Anna Kilfoyle, Sundayswell

sponsors: John & Maria Donatio

11/9/1805 Terrence, Stephen Deegan & Anna Tool, Sundayswell sponsor: Maria

9/4/1806 Maurice, Pat & Helena Deegan, Knockmachree

sponsors: Pat Kavanagh & Catherine Moor

26/2/1809 Hester, Peter Deegan & Honora Dunn

sponsors: Edward Kelly & Marion McEvoy

2/2/1810 David, Stephen Deegan & Anne Tool

sponsors: (illegible)

28/4/1811 Martin, Peter Deegan & Honora Dunn

sponsors: Michael Kenny & Helena Kenny

9/7/1811 David, David Deegan & Anna Kilfoyle, Sundayswell

sponsors: Michael Hearne & Winf. Headon

29/2/1812 Eliz., Stephen Deegan & Anna Tool, Allahoys

sponsors: Pat & Maria Deegan

4/6/1812 Anna, Edward Deegan & Maria Kelly

sponsors: Lawrence Nowlan & Catherine Rourke

3/4/1814 Hannah, Pat Deegan & Brig. Ryder sponsors: Michael Kismal & Brig.

3/5/1814 Pat, Pat Deegan & Honor Dunn

sponsors: Lawrence Nowlan & Maria Owens

4/9/1814 Thomas, John Deegan & Brig. Neal

sponsors: Edward Farrell & Anna Kelly

4/4/1815 Judith, David Deegan & Anna Kilfoyle sponsors: Andrew Nowlan &
Honor Deegan

17/5/1815 Rosa, Stephen Deegan & Anna Tool

sponsors: Pat Deegan & Anna Neal 6/6/1815 Michael, Edward Deegan & Maria

sponsors: Jas. Kandle & Joan Byrne

13/8/1815 Brig., Pat Deegan & Brig. Ryder, Moon

sponsors: Michael Brophy & Hester Kennedy

19/6/1816 Maria, Pat Deegan & Honor Dunn, Moon

sponsors: Dan Fagan & Maria Butler

18/7/1818 Edward, Edward Deegan & Maria Kelly

sponsors: Pat & Bridget Owens

3/1/1819 Catherine, Joseph Deegan & Maria Maher

sponsors: Pat & Elizabeth Holden

23/12/1819 Terence, Edward Deegan and Maria Doran sponsors: Michael Doran
& Maria Nowlan

20/9/1820 Pat, John Deegan & Brig. Ryder

sponsors: John Walsh & Honor Lalor

20/3/1821 Elizabeth, Edward Deegan & Maria Kelly

sponsors: Edward & Maria Bulger

21/9/1821 Maria, John Deegan & Eliza Doyle

sponsors: Peter Paor & Maria Byrne

29/3/1822 Maria, Edward Deegan & Maria Doran

sponsors: Pat Farnon & Mary Nowlan 2/9/1822 Jas., John Deegan & Hester

sponsors: ? Moloy & Maria Ryan

/5/1823 (date & name illeg.)Selv. Deegan & Helena Loughlin

sponsors: Pat Donias & Helena Deegan

14/6/1823 Elizabeth, Pat Deegan & Brig. Ryder

sponsors: Michael Hoey & Mrs. Laverty

4/6/1826 Anne, John Deegan & Esther Doyle

sponsors: John Corrigan & Elizabeth Powers

22/4/1827 Margaret, Pat Deegan & Brig. Ryder, Moone

sponsors: Pat Corcoran & Rose Pilsworth

6/1/1829 Vesty, John Deegan & Esther Doyle

sponsors: John Farrell & Anne Doyle 1/4/1830 Bridget, Silvester Deegan &
Honor Lahor

sponsors: John Murphy & Judith Deegan

11/4/1830 Esther, of same parents

sponsors: Michael Gung & Elizabeth Deegan

31/3/1831 James, Edward Deegan and Maria Doran

sponsors: Gerard Lynan & Maria Dolan 24/4/1831 Patrick, John Deegan &
Bridget Gafney

sponsors: Patrick & Mary Ryan

9/6/1833 Elizabeth, James Deegan & Elinor Butterfield

sponsors: Pat Deegan & Elizabeth Butterfield

4/6/1834 Anne, John Deegan & Bridget Gafney

sponsors: John & Esther Tomlinson

21/6/1834 Sarah, James Deegan & Elinor Butterfield

sponsors: Matthew & Mary Butterfield 3/8/1834 Terence, John Deegan &
Esther Doyle

sponsors: Thomas Doyle & Esther Ryan

14/2/1835 Patrick, Patrick Deegan & Mary Byrne

sponsors: John & Judith Byrne

10/8/1835 James, Patrick Deegan & Catherine Wall sponsors: Paul Lawlor &
Bridget Deegan

19/9/1835 Edward, James Deegan & Elinor Butterfield

sponsors: William Lawlor & Mary Butterfield 20/12/1835 Bridget, Pat Deegan
& Mary Byrne

sponsors: Matthew Byrne & Mary Haydon

20/12/1835 Ellen, David Deegan and Judith Kelly

sponsors: John & Catherine Kelly



(In very poor condition, many months missing and many entries faded)

13/2/1853 Mary, Thomas Deegan and Elizabeth Nolan

sponsors: Mary Dunne & Rose Dunne


sponsors: Anne Nolan & Pat Deegan



No record of either Deegan/Kelly or Deegan/Butterfield marriages



6/8/1852 in poor condition, but reads: Edward Deegan & Eliza Burke





Hallohoise 15 John Deegan, Thomas, Michael, Mary & Kate 3 2 5

Hallohoise 5 James Deegan, Pat, Edward, James, wife

Kate, Drs. Ellen, Maria, Kate, Eliza,

Anne, Biddy, Biddy Murphy, Frank Harrington, Thomas Murphy 6 8 6 14

Hallohoise 9 Patrick Deegan, Pat, wife Mary, Drs.,

Biddy, Maria, Michael Dooley,

Henry Harrigton, Anne Nolan 4 5 3 9

Hobartstown 15 Edward Deegan, Vesty, Terry, Batty, James,

Michael, wife Margaret, Drs. Maria, Rose,

Margaret, servant boy and girl 7 5 1 12

Johnstown 8 Peter Deegan, James, wife, Dr. Kate 2 2 2 4




National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street

Athy Catholic Parish, Register of Baptisms: 1852-1859

Castledermot Catholic Parish, Register of Baptisms: 1789-1835;1850-1862

Register of Marriages: 1789-1843;1845-1855

Narraghmore Catholic Parish, Register of Baptisms : 1800-1816

Register of Marriages: 1829-1837

Kilcullen Catholic Parish, Register of Marriages: 1827-1835

Index of Surnames, County Kildare

Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1830

Census of Castledermot Parish 1840

Public Records Office, The Four Courts

Tithe Applotment Books, Parish of Castledermot

A History of Ireland, Robert Kee


Other than what I have written, there is not much more I can tell you of
your direct ancestors. In fact all I can tell you of them now are things
that I can remember being told and things which my father and mother can
remember being told.

My only Grandparent still alive after I was born was my paternal
grandmother, Elsie May Deegan, formerly Brischke and she died in 1969. I
am relying therefore on what I have been told and photographs I have seen.
I can tell you no more of Edward Deegan of Ireland or of his son Edward
Deegan who was born in England and is buried in Bundaberg. I have seen a
photo of his son Edward Thomas Deegan however as a youth dressed in a
military uniform and standing to attention. He was holding a Lee Enfield
.303 with its butt on the floor and with its bayonet on, was taller than
he was. It was the uniform of the Cadet Corps so I found out.

In 1884 the movement to establish the Cadet Corps had begun and by the
time of the Defence Act of 1903-1911 all Australian boys were required to
serve: All medically fit boys between the ages of twelve and fourteen were
junior cadets; the senior cadets were older boys still at school or those
that had left between fourteen and eighteen years of age.

As Edward Thomas would have been twelve years of age in 1907 it does
appears to me that he was in the cadet corps. My father told me also that
his father fought in the First World War and his war service record should
be able to be obtained from Melbourne. He did have some souvenirs from the
War which my father said he destroyed before he died, taken from a German
prisoner. I believe he fought on the Somme in France and was a
machinegunner my father tells me, and also that he was wounded in the head
and sent home. I believe that he worked for Shell and that he used to
travel around Queensland installing and repairing petrol pumps, for a time
at least. He was a big man so my father tells me standing over six foot
tall and weighing about 220 - 230 lbs. I have seen photos of him and agree
with these proportions. He contracted lung cancer and died between 1941
and 1944 and my father told me that at one stage just before he died he
had to be tied to the bed with leather straps which he broke. He is buried
in the Toowong Cemetery and I have been and had a look at the spot which
is bare and has no marker. His wife Elsie May had Arthritis and was
bedridden from my earliest memory until she died in 1969. The photos I
have seen of her shows her to be a large woman as well.

Editor's note: This is where my copy of Kevin's records finish. I have
updated them to include the birth of our (Michael Charles & Diane Deegan)
son Riordan Michael John Deegan born 10.4.1997 and the sad death of Ronald
Edward Deegan on 7.4.1995.