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Over the last few years I've made friends with several wonderful people on Facebook and Windows Live. The following are a few of the people who have helped me on my journey to document THE MARTIN LYNCH FAMILY. They are teaching me about Ireland and are helping in my search for my ancestors by sharing my WEB Sites and by inviting others to join me in my search. If you are interested in helping me please contact me via the E Mail Address at the bottom of this page.

  • Cailin Meehan
  • Maureen Meehan
  • Elizabeth Anne Donovan
  • Gina Deen
  • Leona Lynch
  • Gemma Lynch
  • Theresa Meehan-Currie
  • Mel O'Connor
  • Janette O'Flynn
  • Michele Kerrigan
  • Matthew Lynch
  • Niall Lynch
  • My Lynch ancestors immigrated from County Carlow, Ireland. Leona Lynch is from Blarney Street, Cork, Ireland. Some of my other supports are related to other surnames e.g., Meehan, Doyle and O'Connor in Ireland and are from other parts of Ireland, e.g., Claremorris, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Dublin, Galway, Ballindine and Donegal. Theresa Meehan-Currie's ancestors are from Donegal. The Gary and Mel O'Connor Ancestors are from County Cork. Other Meehan's immigrated to Australia and others to Europe and South America. Others stayed in Ireland e.g., Cailin Meehan (Claremorris); Maureen Meehan (Claremorris); Gina Deen lives in County Clare after moving to Ireland from the United Kingdom; Elizabeth Anne Donovan lives in the City of Cork, County of Cork; and Michele Kerrigan is from the north side of Dublin.

    Cailin Meehan was my first supporter on Facebook and represents the future of Ireland. Cailin, is a gorgeous young lady, who believes in enjoying life to the fullest and has been a source of inspiration to me. Cailin is currently going to school in the UK but is proud to be a Meehan.

    Maureen Meehan's maiden name was Ryan and she was from Castlebar which is 22 miles from Claremorris. Maureen was christened Mary but called Maureen. Her father is Paddy Ryan and her mother is Margaret (Baby) Ryan. Maureen is helping in my effort to learn about Ireland and document both Ireland and the Irish people. Maureen’s husband, Pat Meehan, is from Ballindine, County Mayo, Ireland which is 5 miles from Claremorris his Dad (Johnny) still lives there. Ballindine is their ancestral home. Johnny's brothers immigrated to the USA in the 1950’s and are now living in St Louis, Boston and New York. The population of Ballindine was 233 in 1996 and was 249 in 2006. Folklore tells us that Ballindine got its name from this fort - "Baile an Daingin" meaning "Town of the Fortress" and that the Souterrain, just outside it, was connected underground to the ruins of the old Church in Cloonmore about two miles away to the east and also to the ruins of the old church in Garryduff, three miles west. Maureen wrote a blog on the Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland that started my blogging on Ireland. This is a fantastic Blog.

    Gina Deen is from England (UK) and has been a source of information on County Clare. She is a blogger and photographer and I've used many of her photos in my blogs. Please visit her Blog Site at BT - The Crafty Gardener, I promise you will enjoy her blogs.

    Elizabeth Anne Donovan is from the City of Cork, County Cork, Ireland and was one of the first to help me blog about Ireland. Please read her blog - The City of Cork I promise you will enjoy learning about the City of Cork.

    Theresa Meehan-Currie lives in Augusta Georgia and has been helping me research the Meehan Family. Her branch is from County Donegal, Ireland.

    Mel O'Connor is from Sturgeon Bay, Ontario, Canada and has been a friend on Windows Live and Facebook for several years. She and her father Gary have helped me by adding their branch of the O’Connor Family to my Genealogy WEB Site.

    Janette O'Flynn is from the City of Cork, Ireland and has shared information on the Lynches in Ireland.

    Michele Kerrigan is the Chief Executive for GROW in Ireland, which is a mental health organisation. Michele is also working on her Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector. Grow is also in America, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. Michele is currently working on establishing GROW in Northern Ireland and have it constituted as a charity in the North. Michele lives in north Dublin and is currently working on her Masters.

    Thereas Meehan-Currie's ancestors are from Donegal. Other families immigrated to Australia and others to Europe and South Ameria. Others stayed in Ireland e.g., Cailin Meehan (Claremorris) Maureen Meehan (Claremorris), Gina Deen (County Clare) a Maureen Meehan’s husband, Pat Meehan, is from Ballindine, County Mayo, Ireland which is 5 miles from Claremorris his Dad (Johnny) still lives there. Ballindine is their ancestral home. Johnny's brothers immigrated to the USA in the 1950’s and are now living in St Louis, Boston and New York. The population of Ballindine was 233 in 1996 and was 249 in 2006. Folklore tells us that Ballindine got its name from this fort - "Baile an Daingin" meaning "Town of the Fortress" and that the Souterrain, just outside it, was connected underground to the ruins of the old Church in Cloonmore about two miles away to the east and also to the ruins of the old church in Garryduff, three miles west. Maureen Meehan's maiden name was Ryan and she was from Castlebar which is 22 miles from Claremorris.

    The Great Famine (An Gorta Mor) which ocurred between 1846 and 1848 resulted in over 1 million Irish people perished from starvation and disease, while another 1 million left Ireland. Many Canadian immigrants from Ireland (including, no doubt, some Meehans) boarded what were called "Coffin Ships" and travelled to Canada. These ships were filled with tragedy and disease. Many of the passengers died, and others were not allowed off the ship. Those who did survive settled in the Eastern Provinces of Canada. For a period of time, perhaps from the late 1700s through the mid-1800s, there were also many Irish who were "transported" mostly to Australia and New Zealand. Some of these had been accused of such trivial offenses and stealing a shirt, or pick-pocketing. Others may have been involved in what were considered "political" crimes, or were perhaps involved in the Whiteboys or Ribbonmen. A few also would have been transported to South Africa. The practice stopped in about 1860.


    You have access to the Lynch Group on Facebook by clicking on and you can view my blogs on Ireland by clicking on . The following information is from Irene Clair Giles Book "From Whence We Came" on THE MARTIN LYNCH FAMILY..

    Since the Anglo/Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172, the history of the family name Lynch has been entwined in the legendary green tapestry of the Emerald Isle as surely as if the name had been native Irish. The Lynch surname, which is among the hundred most common in Ireland is of Dual origin. It can be traced back to the native Gaelic name “O’Loingsigh” and also to the Norman name “de Lench”. Even though the Norman Lynches came to Ireland after the O’Loingsighs had long been established there, and although they remained far outnumbered by the latter, they have been more prominent in Irish history because of the leading role they played among the tribes of Galway. It was a Norman Lynch who procured the charter for the city of Galway from Richard III in 1484 and between then and 1654, 84 mayors of the city came from the Lynch family. The family was also prominent in ecclesiastical spheres, with a number of priests, bishops and religious writers to its credits. Jack Lynch, “the real Taoiseach”, commenced practice at the Munster Bar on the Cork circuit in 1945. Elected to Dáil Éireann in 1948, he was appointed to his first central government post as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government and to the Minister for Lands in 1951. A swift succession of major cabinet posts followed: Minister for the Gaeltacht, Minister for Education, Minister for Industry and Commerce and Minister for Finance. In 1966, at the youthful age of 49, Jack Lynch succeeded Seán Lemass as Taoiseach and became the first Corkman to hold this office. Seven distinguished years of office followed, years which saw the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the serious and complex issues facing this State in responding to the civil, religious and political conflicts attendant upon them.

    The Gaelic Lynches were dotted throughout the country in several small independent septs. Although their overall influence was perhaps less great than that of their Norman namesakes, they did produce several notable individuals. For example, Clare born Patrick Lynch (1757-1818), the linguist and Gaelic scholar and John Joseph Lynch (1818-1888) of Breffny who became Archbishop of Toronto in 1869. Thomas Lynch (1749-1779), a third generation Irish American was the youngest singer of the Declaration of Independence. It was not known from which branch Martin descended.

    The term “Lynch Law” is said to be named after Charles Lynch (1736-1796), who was justice of the peace in Bedford County, Virginia and meted out his own justice when the ordinary state of affairs was disrupted by the Revolutionary War. Another account traces the term back to the Mayor of Galway who, in 1493, had his own son executed for murder.

    The history of my family starts with THE MARTIN LYNCH FAMILY in the early 1800's. At the time of Martin Lynch's birth in 1797 in County Carlow, Ireland, the country was plaqued by uprisings, internal dissensions and the growing threat of a French invasion. The standard of living was very low, 90% of the population depended on casual farm work and there was 75% unemployment. The Irish peasants never ate meat and was dependent on potatoes stretched out with meal.

    Since parish registers did not commence until the 1820's nothing is known of Martin's parents or the townsland where he lived in Carlow. He married Anastasia Cullen, who was born in 1804, and they had four sons in Ireland. John in 1823, James in 1825, Michael in 1827 and Thomas in 1830.

    As Upper Canada (Ontario) needed immigrants to settle newly surveyed lots, land companies advertized extensively in the British Isles. One of these, the Canada Land Company, was opening up several areas in the 1820's, and one area being Pushlinch Township.

    The following is a sample of the advice given to the emigrants: "Every young farmer or labourer going out who can pay for the passage of two should take an active young wife with him. As the settlers must scramble about in all weathers, stout flannels and coarse clothing must not mind fashion. The best coat and breeches are those that can come farthest through the brush with fewest holes in them. Above all things, do not take your decanter or your corksrew. You are going to a country where you may literally swim in whiskey or gin and pretty nearly in brandy and rum but resolve never to taste either. Drinking is the great vice of the country."

    Martin and Anastasia decided to leave their homeland and sailed early in the year 1832, with their four young sons. Extensive research has failed to find them on any ships' lists; this is not unusual since the records are very sparse for that time period. It seems that the Lynches left Ireland non too soon. The potato crop failed in 1832, 1836, 1837, 1839, 1841 and 1844; utter starvation prevailed and the mass exodus from Ireland to the United States and Canada began. One million Irish emigrated in the early 1800's The fare to New Your was seven pounds and the voyage across the Atlantic too from six to eight weeks. The ships were ancient. They were no sanitary facilities and hundreds died of cholera, dysentery, exposure and malnutrition. One often wonders how the early settlers in our country survived the appalling voyage and the hardships associated with life in the virgin bush, but after considering conditions in their homeland, at least on this side of the Atlantic they could hope for a much better life for themselves and their descendants.

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