Remembering the Kennedy family of Ballinderry

Catherine Kennedy and her husband Clovis Carron and a granddaughter (photo courtesy of J Lee Plante, descendant).

KILBARRON Terryglass Historical Society remembers this month a family, like many other families, who left our parish during the Famine. The Kennedy family is a representative of all those who have left – 175 years ago, in July 1847, John Kennedy, his wife Margaret, née Hough, and their seven children, left Cloninaha, Ballinderry for Liverpool.

On July 26, they boarded the Sir Robert Peel bound for Quebec, Canada, where they arrived on September 19. The ship was quarantined at Grosse Île and, unfortunately, by October 1847, only 12-year-old Catherine and her brothers Sylvester and John had survived. It was Jim Minogue, Nenagh, who brought the plight of the Kennedy family to light in 1998, when he wrote the play “Flight to Grosse Ile” based on Catherine Kennedy. For more on this story, join us on Friday 19th August at Kilbarron Hall (E45 XY28) – 7.30pm-9pm. An evening of stories, music, song and dance as we watch emigration from the parish and the American Wake and the impact of the Shannon on the region. On Saturday August 20, at Kilgarvan Quay, Ballinderry, from 2-4pm, we welcome back the barges that once frequented the waterways. Find out how they and Kilgarvan played such an important role in the life of the community. Visit the photographic exhibition. See a sampling of the list of goods that were transported on barges and delivered to Kilgarvan in the 1940s. This event is organized in conjunction with The Heritage Boats Association, Inland Waterways and Kilgarvan Angling Club.

We are grateful to them and to the Tipperary Co Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their support.

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