Andrew Sorahan1

M, b. 19 June 1882, d. 23 November 1923
  • Birth: Andrew Sorahan was born on 14 May 1882 at Denbawn, Ballinanagh, County Cavan, Ireland. There are no church records easily available for Denn Parish churchs for 1882. If available, the baptism date might be a good indication to determine whether the May or June date is more accurate.2
  • Birth*: He was born on 19 June 1882 at Denbawn, Ballinanagh, County Cavan. The birth was witnessed by Patrick Galligan.1
  • Name Variation: As of 1901, Andrew Sorahan was also known as Soroghan.3
  • (Witness) Census 1901: He appeared on the Irish census of 31 March 1901 in the household of Michael Sorahan and Mary Smith at Denbane, Denn Parish, County Cavan, Ireland.3
  • Occupation*: Andrew Sorahan was involved in agricultural education. on 2 April 1911.4
  • Census 1911*: He appeared on the 1911 census of 2 April 1911 at William O'Brien Street, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland; He was living as a boarder in the home of Mary I. Barry along with 4 other boarders and Mary's two daughters.4
  • Name Variation: As of 2 April 1911, Andrew Sorahan was also known as Andrew O'Sullivan.4
  • Occupation: He was an instructor with the Board of Agriculture before 1923.5
  • Name Variation: Andrew Sorahan was also known as Sullivan.
  • Biography: Andrew O'Sullivan/Sullivan went on a hunger strike from October 14 - November 23, 1923 at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Ireland.6,5
  • Letter*: The transcription of the letter was provided by Michele Cahill, grand niece of Captian Andrew O'Sullivan and slightly edited by Elaine Beaudoin. The date of the letter was revised to read November 7, 1923, the 25th day of the hunger strike.

    Mountjoy, Dublin Nov 7, 23, 25th Day of Strike
    Dearest Br. Miceal
         Thanks ever so much. I really can’t find words to explain adequately my gratitude for your prompt response to my appeal for some cash. I have been very hard up for many things especially smokes and of course I would not ask anyone-besides I could never bring myself to beg. I am much cheered by the news that Cork is now with us in the fight. I always expected that and should it be a fight to a finish I shall die happy in the thought that my bones will moulder in its confines. I asked you for to arrange that I should be buried by my old chief’s side in Fermoy. My heart is so set on the Freedom of my Poblact that my spare moments are always devoted to devising ways and means to expedite that Glorious Dawn. With that object in view I have decided that if Mallow Republicans provide a Republican Plot in the new Cemetery near the Railway. I shall order my interment there instead of at Fermoy, as the latter place has enough in L. Lynch’s and Fitz Gerald’s graves to keep aflame the burning torch of Freedom. Matter wants something in its midst to counter the awful shoneenism that permeates its walls and I came to the conclusion that if I can no longer alive take the same active part in the battle I may at least in my mouldering grave do still some little to help those who come after me with that object in view. I ordered that nothing should be inscribed besides my name etc. by way of epitaph. Over my remains but the simple motto of my late life work in Poblact stri (sic) when the Republic so estated functioning and duly recognized then, but not till then let men dare to eulogise my name in cold press over my grave. Then too will Lynch’s & Emmet’s blazon forth. This is rather gruesome but one so often thinks of the apparent inevitable in this struggle that it becomes quite secondary is thoughts of the spiritual world. In the latter line I am quite at peace, prepared and content. There will be no swerving from the straight rugged path to the goal. I set the motto for the strike, ‘Freedom or Death’. I am Prison Adjutant now and by long ways the strongest man on the strike even though judging by the looseness of my clothes I must have dropped at least 3 Stone weight.. There are 124 of us on strike now. A large number were shifted to the various camps and many of the leaders were taken from here to Kilmainham. It is all alike to us we carry on. Of course some weak ones have given in. About Go out of the total here have gone off and taken food on a promise of release. Immediately they were strong enough in hospital they were thrown back into C wing just as they were before the strike and told they could not be released until a big batch was ready. Fr. James McCabe came up when they heard of my being on Hunger Strike and with his friend went to G.H.L and found they have me held on suspicion only but have no evidence and would release me if I went off strike and signed the usual form Of course Fr. James asked me to do this and I sent him out the definite reply NEVER. At the same time my profuse thanks for his trouble in my behalf. Well I must close this long winded letter. Remember the change Mallow instead of Fermoy in case I do. Undying Love,
    Your Aff Br. Andy
    Note: The Poblacht Na H Eireann = The Peoples Republic of Ireland, although there is not a strict translation.7
  • Biography: Many of the newspapers of the time reported Captain Andrew O'Sullivan died on November 22, 1923. That may have been the date he was removed from Mountjoy Prison and brought to St. Bricin's Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead on November 23, 1923.8
  • Death*: He died on 23 November 1923 at St. Bricin Military Hospital, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland, at age 41.5
  • Biography: The information on the death record was provided by Louis A. Burns, coroner for the City of Dublin. Inquest held 24 November 1923.5
  • Biography*: At the inquest on Saturday on Andrew Sullivan, a hunger-striker, who after removal from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, died on Friday afternoon in a military hospital, a doctor stated that Sullivan went on 41 hunger-strike on October 14, and about a week ago he lost his sight.
    The jury found that death was due to pneumonia.
    The Scotsman, November 26, 1923.6
  • Biography: ANGLO-CELT ‘BOY’ DEAD
    THE LATE MR. A. O’SULLIVAN
    OF MALLOW
    The death of Mr. Andrew O’Sullivan on Friday, after a 40 days’ hunger-strike in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, is announced on page 2 of this issue, but we write of him to-day as an Anglo-Celt, Scholarship Boy. Our first acquaintance with the deceased was when, as honorary secretary of Denn, County Cavan, Branch of the United Irish League, he forwarded resolutions for insertion in this paper. At that period of twenty years ago, there was a good deal of annoyance in that parish in connection with the action of a person who had given a considerable amount of unnecessary trouble to the farmers of the district, and bearing on this man’s doings, the resolutions from the local branch of the U. I. L. came in regularly with the name of Andrew O’Sullivan attached.
    After the insertions of these resolutions for some months we met Mr. O’Sullivan when he came personally to deliver a further missive on the subject, and we then discovered that the secretary of this branch was a youngster of about eighteen years of age. His diction and calligraphy were so excellent that the young man impressed us, and we inquired if he intended doing anything in the immediate future beyond helping on his father’s small farm in Denbawn, and acting as secretary of the Denn Branch of the United Irish League. He said that he had no plans thought out, and that his present concern was to have the trouble mentioned in the various resolutions brought to an end.
    We suggested that no more resolutions should be sent to this paper, that an entirely different course of action should be adopted, that there was not to be an angry word, or any word said, that there was not to be the smallest violence, that there was to be no insult or harm, but that a week’s picketing by silent people should be tried, and that at the termination of a fortnight we would ask for a verbal report. At the end of ten days he called at our office and intimated that the principal grievance has ended.
    We then advised young O’Sullivan, to attend one of the evening classes which the National Teachers were holding in the rural districts, and for which the Anglo-Celt had offered several prizes open to Cavan and surrounding counties for (1) the best pupil attending each, (2) for the youngest pupil, (3) for the oldest pupil, (4) and for the best essay on a subject to be named. Young O’Sullivan said that although he had “gone as far as he could” at school, he would attend the night classes, the result being that he was an easy winner of the first prize for the essay.
    At that period, in addition to having the iron ore from Redhill and Smeare, together with the brick clay near Cavan, exhibit at the Cork Exhibition and the Imperial Institution in London, and samples of the former sent to Germany, the editor of the Anglo-Celt had just established a Free Scholarship in Monaghan Agricultural College for the sons of small farmers or labourers who had been regularly kept to the National schools, in the hope of giving them such an education in Agriculture as would enable them to work up to the position of Agricultural Instructors. The Monaghan est6ablishment, which had been called into being through the wonderful exertions of Rev. Brother Higgins, of the Christian Brothers’ Order, was doing splendid work, and this was the place we selected for “our boys.” We had made a rare find the previous year in the first selection for the Anglo-Celt Scholarship – which included the payment of all fees in the institution, maintenance in lodgings in the town of Monaghan, rail fare there and back, and pocket money during the period.
    For the second year’s Scholarship, young O’Sullivan was one of the 26 to appear for the examination which we held in the Male National School, Cavan, through the courtesy of the late Mr. Edward Morgan, the then Principal. The question paper was arranged by Rev. Brother Higgins, copies printed here, and distribution to the youths when the examination opened, to be afterwards forwarded to Brother Higgins for his decision. When his report came to us it was accompanied by a letter which stated that the winner, Andrew O’Sullivan, was evidently a remarkably clever boy, his answering being far ahead of anything he (Brother Higgins) had expected. As an indication of what Brother Higgins meant, it may be said that one of the many questions asked was “to give a description of the Gulf Stream,” and instead of answering with a few lines, young O’Sullivan produced a reply which would more than fill half a column of the Anglo-Celt, and all most interesting matter.
    AT the Monahgan Agricultural College he was one of the most studious, and in the course of time he went to the Model Farm at Glasnevin, and the, on a scholarship into the College of Science, Dublin, concluding his career there by being appointed Agricultural Instructor for Cork. From his first entry to that county he became most popular, discharging his duties as effectively as might be expected.
    The decease possessed a most marvelous memory, and could, without the smallest difficulty, repeat almost verbatim, any speech he had heard delivered. An indication of his thoroughness may be gauged from the fact that on receiving a circular from the Department with a request that they would be pleased to know of the destination of certain animals then being sent out of Ireland, Mr. O’Sullivan travelled 153 miles in the same train with a man whom he observed entering a carriage at a railway station, and who, although possessing the information, was in no way communicative. But at the end of the journey young O’Sullivan had found out all he wanted to know.
    His passing away is regarded by us as a personal lose, and his mother and other relatives will know that the condolence which we not tender is genuinely sincere.

    The Anglo-Celt
    Saturday, December 1, 1923
    Page 1, column 8.9
  • Blog*: He was mentioned in a blog at http://sullivancorcoran.blogspot.com Sullivan/Corcoran Genealogy Blog on 19 February 2017.10

Citations

  1. [S2458] James Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Birth record no. 215, Record provided by Eileen Sullivan, March, 2017 (June 26, 1882).
  2. [S2472] Dumavaddy School Reunion Committee, Denbawn & Drumavaddy Old Schools, Page 56.
  3. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  4. [S2468] 1911 Irish Census, County Cork, Mallow, Ireland, Form A, Accessed February 2017.
  5. [S2473] Andrew O'Sullivan, Ireland, County Dublin, Dublin City, death record, Accessed March 17, 2017.
  6. [S2474] The Scotsman, November 26, 1923, digital, Accessed February 19, 2017.
  7. [S2475] Letter, Andrew O'Sullivan to Michael Sullivan, November 7, 1923, Copy of letter and transcription provided by Michele Cahill, grand niece of Andrew O'Sullivan, on March 10, 2017.
  8. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files, The particulars are outlined on the post in the Sullivan/Corcoran Blog at www.sullivancorcoran.blogspot.com.
  9. [S2509] The Anglo-Celt, December 1, 1923, Page 1, column 8, Article provided by Mike Smith, July 11, 2017.
  10. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files, The Sullivan-Corcoran blog was created September 2, 2010.

Bridget Sorahan1

F, b. 14 January 1890

Citations

  1. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  2. [S2462] Bridget Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 1; code # 01907796, Accessed March 16, 2017; certificate record provided by Eileen Sullivan. (January 20, 1890).
  3. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  4. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017, Revised: March 20, 2017.
  5. [S2478] Matthew Morgan and Maggie Soraghan marriage record, page 86, line 226: Accessed March 20, 2017.
  6. [S2523] Certificate, James Reilly and Bridget Sorahan marriage of June 9, 1921, Accessed irishgenealogy.ie, September 4, 2017.
  7. [S2522] Interview, Teresa Sullivan Cahill, August 22, 2017, Had lunch at Pier A, New York City with Teresa and daughter Michele.

James Sorahan1

M, b. 12 December 1895, d. 2 February 1969

L-R: Mary Claire, mother Katie (Donohoe), Patsy,
Fr. Michael's ordination, Andy, father James, and Teresa Sullivan
Photo courtesy: Teresa Cahill
Photograph by Picasa

Family: Katie Donohoe b. 13 Jun 1907, d. 17 Mar 1960

Citations

  1. [S2438] Katie Sullivan Cemetery Marker, Drumavaddy Old Cemetery, Denn Parish, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland.
  2. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017.
  3. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  4. [S2463] James Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 66; code # 01829021, Acessed March 16, 2017; birth record provided by Eileen Sullivan (December 20, 1895).
  5. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  6. [S2455] James Sullivan and Katie Donohoe marriage, Cavan, County Ireland, Ireland: accessed March 15, 2017.

Margaret Sorahan1

F, b. 15 December 1886

Family: Matthew Morgan b. c 1886, d. 21 Apr 1934

Citations

  1. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  2. [S2460] Margaret Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn birth record no. 203, code # 01953508, Accessed March 16, 2016; received from Eileen Sullivan. (December 20, 1886).
  3. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  4. [S2478] Matthew Morgan and Maggie Soraghan marriage record, page 86, line 226: Accessed March 20, 2017.
  5. [S2535] Matthew Morgan, Death registration, Accessed September 16, 2017.
  6. [S2534] Mary Sorohan, Death registration, Accessed September 16, 2017.

Mary Sorahan1

F, b. 1 June 1884

Citations

  1. [S2456] Mary Sorahan, Ireland, Cavan Reigstration Distirct, birth record #433, Accessed March 15, 2017; Code number page 01990422. (June 6, 1884).
  2. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  3. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  4. [S2457] John McCabe and Mary Sorahan marriage, Crosskeys, County Cavan, Ireland: Accessed March 15, 2017.
  5. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017.

Michael Sorahan1,2,3,4

M, b. circa 1836, d. 27 January 1909
  • Birth: Michael Sorahan was born in 1834 at County Cavan, Ireland.5
  • Birth*: He was born circa 1836 at County Cavan.6
  • Marriage*: He married Mary Smith circa 1881. Estimated to be a year before birth of first child.
    Unable to locate Marriage record on IrishGenealogy.ie using all the last name spellings: Sorahan, Sorohan, Soraghan, Soroghan, Sullivan.1
  • (informant) Death: Michael Sorahan was an informant on the death certificate of Andrew Sorohan on 20 February 1887 at Denbawn, County Cavan, Ireland; On Andrew's death registration, informant is given as Michael Sorahan, son of deceased, who was present at his death.4
  • Census 1901*: Michael Sorahan and Mary Smith appeared on the 1901 census of 31 March 1901 at Denbane, Denn Parish, County Cavan, Ireland.6
  • Occupation*: Michael Sorahan was a farmer in 1901 at Denbane, County Cavan, Ireland.6
  • Name Variation: As of 1901, Michael Sorahan was also known as Soroghan.6
  • Death: He died between March 1901 and 1911. Mary Smith Soroghan, Michael's wife, is identified as a widow on the 1911 Irish Census.7
  • Death*: He died on 27 January 1909 at Denbawn, Ballinanagh, County Cavan, Ireland. Mary Smith Sorohan says she was married 27 years in 1911. This would put marriage year c 1881-1882.8,7

Family: Mary Smith b. c 1856, d. 27 Jul 1942

Citations

  1. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017.
  2. [S2455] James Sullivan and Katie Donohoe marriage, Cavan, County Ireland, Ireland: accessed March 15, 2017.
  3. [S2457] John McCabe and Mary Sorahan marriage, Crosskeys, County Cavan, Ireland: Accessed March 15, 2017.
  4. [S2518] Andrew Sorahan, Ireland, Cavan, Bellanauagh, Denbawn death registration, Copy of death registration from Eileen Sullivan, August 15, 2017.
  5. [S2467] Michael Soroghan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinanagh, Denbawn, Death record.
  6. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  7. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  8. [S2467] Michael Soroghan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinanagh, Denbawn, Death record, Accessed March 16, 2017.
  9. [S2458] James Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Birth record no. 215, Record provided by Eileen Sullivan, March, 2017 (June 26, 1882).
  10. [S2456] Mary Sorahan, Ireland, Cavan Reigstration Distirct, birth record #433, Accessed March 15, 2017; Code number page 01990422. (June 6, 1884).
  11. [S2461] Michael Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 396; code # 01925036, Accessed March 16, 2017; certificate received from Eileen Sullivan. (Deecember 21 1888).

Michael Sorahan1

M, b. 15 December 1888, d. before 1898
  • Birth*: Michael Sorahan was born on 15 December 1888 at Denbawn, Ballinanagh, County Cavan, Ireland.1
  • Death*: He died before 1898. Another Michael is born to the parents on February 4, 1898. Also, there is no Michael on the 1901 Irish Census aged c13.

Citations

  1. [S2461] Michael Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 396; code # 01925036, Accessed March 16, 2017; certificate received from Eileen Sullivan. (Deecember 21 1888).

Michael Joseph Sorahan1

M, b. 13 February 1898

Citations

  1. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  2. [S2464] Michael Joseph Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 277; code no. 01797860, Accessed March 16, 2017; record provided by Eileen Sullivan (Feb 21 1898).
  3. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  4. [S2480] Michael J. Sullivan and Lizzie Donohoe marriage, Drumavaddy, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland: Page 73, line 66; code 0500701.

Thomas Sorahan1

M, b. 1 February 1901, d. 1969

Family:

Citations

  1. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Ireland, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  2. [S2465] Thomas Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record, Accessed March 16, 2017; record provided by Eileen Sullivan (Feb 22, 1901).
  3. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Ireland, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  4. [S2539] Stephen Keaveny, "Sullivan," e-mail to Elaine Beaudoin, September 28, 2017.
  5. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017, Revised August, 2017.
  6. [S2522] Interview, Teresa Sullivan Cahill, August 22, 2017, Had lunch at Pier A, New York City with Teresa and daughter Michele.

Andrew Sorohan1

M, b. circa 1801, d. 20 February 1887
  • Birth*: Andrew Sorohan was born circa 1801.1,2
  • (Witness) Census: He appeared on the census of 1821 in the household of Michael Sorohan and Bridget (?) at Dennbawn, Denn Parish, County Cavan, Ireland.1
  • Anecdote*: Michael Sorohan (c1761-?) is the father of Andrew Sorohan (c1801-?) per the 1821 Cavan Census. On Andrew (bc1801) death registration, his son is listed as Michael Sorahan. This Michael bc1836 names his first son Andrew who dies in 1923. I am looking for the marriage record of Michael Sorahan bc1836 and Mary Smith.
    Also, a possible great, great grandchild of Michael bc1761 has taken a DNA test which might show her relationship to descendants of Michael Sorohan if my theory is correct. DNA results should appear in early June, 2017.
    The results of Teresa Sulllivan Cahill's DNA came in and she shows as a third cousin, once removed to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin. This supports the notion that Andrew (bc1801) and Patrick (bc1794) are brothers.2
  • Biography*: Andrew is noted as a widower at the time of his death in 1887.2
  • Occupation*: Andrew Sorohan was a farmer before 1887.2
  • Death*: He died on 20 February 1887 at Denbawn, County Cavan, Ireland. On Andrew's death registration, informant is given as Michael Sorahan, son of deceased, who was present at his death.2

Family:

Citations

  1. [S1302] 1821 Dennbawn, Denn Parish, County Cavan Irish Census, Ireland, Family History Library, MF#597155.
  2. [S2518] Andrew Sorahan, Ireland, Cavan, Bellanauagh, Denbawn death registration, Copy of death registration from Eileen Sullivan, August 15, 2017.