Obituaries from the ‘Clare Champion’ for the surname Hehir/O’Hehir,
||Obituaries from the ‘Clare Champion’
for the surname Hehir/O’Hehir, 1947-1984
||Death Notices & Obituaries
||1947 - 1984
||Margaret O’Heir, Queensland, Australia
Clare Champion 22 March 1947
Died in Montreal
It is with feelings of regret we have to chronicle the death of Mrs. Adela
Hehir, which took place in Montreal, Canada, after a brief illness. The
deceased was born at Slievedooley, Labasheeda, and spent the greater part
of her life in Australia, U.S.A. and Canada. She is survived by two daughters,
Mrs. H.W. Potter of New Jersey, and Sister Mary Margaret of the Mercy
Order, Perth, Western Australia.
The funeral took place on Saturday, 15th February, after Solemn Requiem
Mass in St. Ann’s Church.
The chief mourners were-Mrs. Potter (daughter); Mrs J.P. Landy and Mrs.
J. Byrne (sisters); James O’Neill (brother); John Kenny, Pat O’Neill,
H. O’Neill, E.G. Byrne and M. Byrne (nephews); Mrs F.J. Carey, Mrs.
W.F. Dooley, Mrs. H. O’Brien and Della Landy (nieces); J.P. Landy
(brother-in-law); and a host of friends and relations too numerous to
Clare Champion Saturday 21 April 1956
Was 30 Years Post Mistress
Miss B. Hehir, who died in the Co. Hospital, Ennis, during the week, was
Post Mistress of Killaloe sub-Post Office for the past thirty years. A
native of Bodyke, she also served in Miltown Malbay and Limerick before
taking up her appointment in Killaloe.
Limerick General Advertiser or Gazette
1808 HEHIR Cornelius On Tuesday last, at Knocksallagh, near Carahane,
co Clare, at the very advanced age of 100 years, Cornelius
HEHIR.—He recollected having sold turf at Ennis, in the year 1720,
when the town contained only three slated houses.
Clare Champion Saturday May 22 1948
Mr. Cornelius Hehir
It is with feelings of deep regret we announce the death of Mr. Cornelius
Hehir (James) of Feruisk, Inagh which sad event took place at his residence
on 10th May. During a protracted illness, he had the best medical attention
and the consoling administrations of the local clergy. The deceased, a
member of a highly respected family- the other members being Mr. Willie
Hehir of Dysart and Fr. John Hehir, U.S.A. now deceased- was held in the
highest esteem by all sections of the community. Of a most obliging disposition,
he was always ready to assist anyone in trouble. This fact was amply testified
by the large and representative attendance a the removal of the remains
to Inagh Church where the rosary was recited by Rev. Fr. Hayes. Solemn
Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of his soul on 12th inst. By Rev.
Fr. Hayes assisted by Rev. Fr. Baker, P.P., Kilnamona, Fr. O'Reilly, Adm.,
Miltown Malbay and Rev. Fr. Carroll, St. Flannan's College, Ennis. After
Mass the remains were laid to rest in the family grave at Inagh with manifestations
of grief and sorrow. The prayers at the graveside were recited by the
The chief mourners were Norah Hehir (widow); Francis, James, John, Cornelius,
Tom, Patrick, Michael and Martin (sons); Kathryn, Mrs. M.H. Gappa, Mrs.
D. McMahon, Sister St. Gemma, Mrs. J. Mc Loughlin, Ciss, Teresa (daughters);
Willie Hehir, Dysart (brother); Mrs. F. Hehir, Mrs. J. Hehir, Mrs. C.
Hehir, Mrs. J. Hehir (daughters-in-law); Mr. M. H. Gappa, Mr. D. McMahon,
Mr. J. McLaughlin (sons-in-law); together with nieces, nephews, grandchildren
and other relatives too numerous to mention.
Clare Champion Saturday 3 June 1972
DEATHS (née Scullane) – May 12, 1972, at her residence, Feruisk,
Inagh, Nora, beloved wife of the late Cornelius Hehir and mother of Sister
Gemma, CP, Manchester; deeply regretted by her loving sons, daughters,
sons-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews,
relatives and friends. R.I.P. Funeral to Inagh cemetery took place following
solemn requiem Mass on Saturday, May 13, 1972.
Clare Champion Saturday, October 15 1949
Mr Edward J. Hehir
Postmaster, Ballynacally, Ennis
The news of the death of the above, which occurred on Monday, 3rd instant,
at a comparatively early age, at County Hospital, Ennis, after a brief
illness, came as a profound shock not only to his immediate relatives,
but also to his many friends throughout the country; in other parts of
Ireland, and in the U.S.A.
The deceased was of a particularly kindly and affectionate disposition
which endeared him to all who knew him.
He and his family took an active part in various phases of the struggle
for Independence, and his funeral cortege, which was of enormous proportions,
was an eloquent testimony of the esteem in which he was held and of the
widespread sympathy which was felt for his bereaved widow and children.
The remains were removed on Tuesday, 4th October, to Ballycorick Parish
Church and the funeral took place on Wednesday, after Solemn Requiem Mass,
to the family burial ground at Kilchreest cemetery.
The clergymen who officiated were-Very Rev. Canon Maxwell, D.D., President,
St. Flannan’s College, Ennis; Very Rev. P. O’Reilly, P.P.,
Clondegad; Rev. Fr. O’Brien, C.C., Lissycasey; Rev. Fr. Fitzgerald,
The chief mourners were-Mrs. Mary Hehir (widow); James, Hugh and Michael
Hehir (sons); Vera, Fanny, Mary and Cecilia Hehir (daughters); Hugh and
Jas. Hehir (brothers); Mrs Mary Brennan (sister); Michael O’Hehir,
sports commentator (nephew); John and Tom Clancy, Tom Brennan, Thomas
McCarthy (brothers-in-law); Ciss and Peg Clancy and Mrs McCarthy (sisters-in-law),
together with a large number of other relatives, some of whom traveled
long distances to pay their last token of affection and regard to a loved
one and in sympathy to those he left behind.
Clare Champion Friday 19 October 1979 Page 4
Hehir, Mary, Post Office, Ballynacally. At St John of God Nursing Home.
Oct. 6th, 1979. Very deeply regretted by her loving family and friends.
RIP. Remains were removed to Ballycorick Church on Sunday 7th Oct. at
4 p.m. Burial took place to Kilchreest cemetery on Monday after 11 a.m.
Clare Champion Saturday, October 20, 1956 Page 11
Mrs Mary Hehir
The death of Mrs. Mary Hehir, which occurred after a brief illness in
the Co. Hospital, Ennis, on 8th October, caused deep regret in the district
where she was a highly respected member of the community. A big gathering
of people accompanied the remains as they were taken from the Co. Hospital
to Crusheen church on October 9th. On the following morning, Mass for
the happy repose of her soul was celebrated by the Very Rev. B. McMahon,
P.P., assisted by the Rev. J. Hannon, C.C., and the funeral took place
the same day to the family burial ground in Kilrachtas. The big funeral
cortege was proof of the high esteem in which she was held.
The chief mourners were: Frank, husband; Bridget, Philomena and Kathleen,
daughters; John, son; Michael Hehir, Father-in-law; Mrs. Bridget Hehir,
mother-in-law; Mathias, nephew; Matt Kennedy, Michael and Jim McInerney,
Joseph McMahon, cousins; Patrick, Joseph, John and Andrew Hehir, brothers-in-law;
with a big number of other relatives.
Clare Champion Saturday 6 March 1971 Page 10
MILTOWN MALBAY NOTES
The deaths occurred recently of Mrs Mary Regan, Quilty, Mr J. Hehir, Dunsallagh,
and Mr D. Gallery, Doonogan.
Clare Champion Friday 12 January 1973 Page 11
A larger than usual amount of bereavements have taken place in the parish
recently and these have tinged the Christmas festivities with a hue of
Amongst those who have gone to their rest are James Hehir, Dan Reidy,
Martin Culligan and Mrs Susan McMahon. They will be missed by all, especially
by their friends.
Friday, September 6, 1974 Page 8
Hehir (Drumquin; Barefield): On August 25, 1974 at the Co. Hospital, Nora,
relict of James; deeply regretted by her sons, daughter, son-in-law, daughter
in law, grand-children, sisters, sister in law, brother in law and a large
circle of relatives and friends. Burial after 10.30 Mass at the Church
of the Immaculate Conception in Templemaley cemetery on Tuesday, August
Clare Champion Saturday 30 January 1971 Page 8
The death took place at the District Hospital, Ennistymon, on Saturday
last, of Mrs John Hehir, Ardeamus, Lisdoonvarna. Mr Hehir served as postman
in the Toovahera / Ballyconnoe / Corkscrea area for 47 years up to his
retirement in 1961. He is survived by his brothers, sisters, nieces and
[Note: This is transcribed as printed in the newspaper. There is an obvious
error in referring to the deceased as Mrs.]
Clare Champion 14 February 1948
Mrs. Susan Hehir
The death has occurred of Mrs. Susan Hehir, Lack, Ballynacally, at her
son’s residence, on 26th Jan., at a very advanced age. She passed
to her reward fortified by the rites of Holy Church, of which she was
a devout member.
She is sadly missed by her sons, daughters, daughter-in-law, grand-children
and great-grandchildren. She was a grandmother of Sister John Baptist,
Sister Benegnius, St. Joseph’s Convent, Surrey, and Sister Jeanne
of Ars, the Holy Cross Convent, Boston.
Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at Ballycorick Parish Church,
after which the funeral took place to Kilchreest. Rev. Father O’Reilly
officiated at the graveside, assisted by Rev. Fr. Madden, Rev. Fr. O’Brien
and Rev. Fr. O’Neill.
The Clare Champion Saturday, March 28, 1953
HEHIR – 18th March, 1953, at his residence, Cragbrien, Darragh,
John Hehir, at an advanced age. Deeply regretted by his family, relatives
and friends. R.I.P.
Clare Champion Friday 27 May 1977 Page 12
The deaths took place recently of two well-known and highly respected
citizens. [Mrs Conway…] The death also took place of Jack Hehir,
Lack West, a farmer in his nineties. Formerly of Fort Fergus, Ballynacally,
the late Mr O’Hehir [recte?] was a cousin of sports commentator
Clare Champion Saturday 8 February 1969 Page 15
Hehir (Cragbrien) – January 28, 1969, at the County Hospital, Ennis,
John Hehir, Cragbrien. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, son, daughters,
son-in-law, grandchild, brother, sister and relatives. R.I.P.
Clare Champion Friday 9 November 1979 Page 11
The funeral and Requiem Mass for John Hehir, Tullyodea, Ruan took place
recently at Ruan. Mr Hehir, who was in his mid seventies, is survived
by his two sisters.
Clare Champion 24 February 1951
Died in Dublin
The death has occurred in a Dublin Hospital of one of the most popular
and best known Miltown residents of Dublin, Mr. John Hehir. He was for
many years an official of the Board of Works, until his retirement a few
years ago, when he came to live in Miltown Malbay.
Clare Champion 10 January 1948
Farmer’s Sudden Death
John Hehir, Knockadangan, Kilmaley, was found dead in an out-house near
his home on Tuesday evening. He had gone there to feed cattle some time
previously and when he did not return, his step-daughter, Miss Mary Keane,
asked a passing farmer, Mr. Anthony Kelly, to look for him. Mr Kelly made
the tragic discovery in the outhouse. The Coroner was communicated with
and, as a result of a report made to him by Dr. D. Hayes, M.O.H., Killaniv,
who conducted a post-mortem examination, an inquest was not considered
A farmer by occupation, Mr. Hehir is survived by his stepson, Mr. Patk.
Keane, radio operator at Shannon Airport, and Miss Mary Keane, a step-daughter,
who lived with the deceased.
Clare Champion 17 January 1948
Hehir-January 6th, 1948, at his residence, Knockadangan, Kilmaley, John
Hehir, Co-operative Stores. Deeply regretted by step-children and members
of his family. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul.
Clare Champion 21 May 1938
Death of Mrs. Hehir, Kilmaley
We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Sarah Hehir, wife of Mr. John
Hehir and mother of Paddy and Mary Keane, Kilmaley. The deceased, who
had been ailing for a short time, passed quietly away on Sunday 15th inst.
Her death at the early age of 42 aroused the sympathy of all who knew
her. Prior to the funeral on 17th inst. A Solemn Requiem Mass was offered
for the repose of her soul. The celebrant was Rev. D. Roughan, C.C., assisted
by Very Rev. J. Roche, P.P., Rev. Fr. Reidy, C.C., and Rev. Fr. Daniel,
Clare Champion Saturday 10 February 1945 Page 5
Hehir. – 29th January at her residence, Ballogan, Barefield, Bridget,
relict of the late John Hehir, to the inexpressible grief of her family.
Interment took place to Kilraghtis on 31st, after Requiem Mass. R.I.P.
Clare Champion Saturday, June 24, 1950
Mrs. Helena Hehir,
The death of Mrs. Helena Hehir, which took place at her residence on 15th
June, at an advanced age, evoked feelings of regret over a wide area where
she was highly respected and deservedly popular. The funeral to Ruan Church
and the family burial ground was of exceptionally large proportions, testifying
to the esteem in which she was held.
Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning for the happy
repose of her soul. The celebrant was Rev. P.J. Malone, C.C., Corofin,
assisted by Rev. P. Meehan, C.C., do.; Rev. M. O’Meara, Rev. J.
Leamey, Rev. T. Hogan, and Very Rev. M.J. Crowe, P.P.
The chief mourners were – Joe and Michael (sons); Mrs. M. Henchy,
Mrs. D. O’Meara, Christina and Nance (daughters); Mrs. J. Hehir
and Mrs. M. Hehir (daughters-in-law); Mr. M. Henchy (son-in-law); together
with a large number of nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Clare Champion Saturday 1 November 1969 Page 15
HEHIR – October 23, 1969, at St John of God Nursing Home, Cahercalla,
Ennis, Joseph, brother of Rev. T. Hehir, P.P., Quin and Sr. M. Kevin,
St Louis Convent, Rathmines, Sr. M. Sacre Coeur, Holy Faith Convent, Little
Strand Street, Dublin, and father of Sr M. Camillus, Napa, California.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, family and relatives. Remains
were removed to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Barefield, on
Thursday October 23, 1969. Internment took place at Templemaley Cemetery
following Solemn Requiem Mass on Friday, October 24. R.I.P.
Clare Champion 15 November 1969
Mr. Joseph Hehir
It is with deep regret we announce the death of Mr. Joseph Hehir, Drumcliffe,
Ennis at Cahercalla Hospital on Oct. 22. The attendances, both at the
removal to Barefield church and the funeral on the following day to Templemaley
cemetery, bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held by all.
Present at removal of remains were Very Rev. J Canon Cuddy, St. Flannan’s
College; Rev. J. Shalloo, Rev. J. Hogan, Rev. R. Butler, Rev. A. Mullins,
all of St. Flannan’s College; Rev. M. McInerney, Chaplain of Cahercalla),
V. Rev. M. O’Brien, PP, Broadford; Rev. P. Ryan, CC, Ennis.
Requiem Mass on the following morning was celebrated by V. Rev. T. Hehir,
PP, Quin (brother); V. Rev. M.G. Casey, PP, Kyle and Knock (Deacon); V.
Rev. T. Duffy, PP, Scariff (sub-Deacon); Rev. J. Saunders, CC, Ennis,
In the choir were Very Rev. T. Cannon O’Reilly, PP, Miltown Malbay;
V. Rev. M. Canon Hogan, PP, VF, Nenagh; V. Rev. T. Canon Brady, PP, VF,
Killaloe; V. Rev. J. Canon Cuddy, St. Flannan’s College; V. Rev.
E. Murphy, PP, Silvermines; V. Rev. P. O’Dea, PP, Kilnamona; V.
Rev. P. O’Connor, PP, Kilmaley; V. Rev. P. Loughnane, PP, Clarecastle;
V. Rev. J. Carroll, Adm., Ennis; Rev. B. O’Donoghue, CC, Ennis;
Rev. T. Tuohy, CC, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Rev. M. Rodgers, CC, Newmarket-on-Fergus;
Rev. J. Barry, CC, Clarecastle; Rev. E. Gaynor, CC, Quin; Rev. C. O’Carroll,
Doora; Rev. P. Hen chy, Ennis; Fr. William, OFM, Ennis; Fr. Senan, OFM,
Ennis; Fr. Cyprian, OFM.
Chief mourners, Mrs. Mgt. Hehir; Joe (son); Sr. Camillus, California;
Mrs. R. Reaker (daughter); Sr M. Keown, St. Douis Convent, Rathmines;
Sr. M. Du Sacre Coeur, Holy Faith, Dublin (sisters).
Clare Champion 20 April 1946
Mr. Joseph Hehir,
It is with deep regret we have to announce the death on Friday last of
Mr. Joseph Hehir, Drumcliffe, at an advanced age. The deceased was a member
of a well-known and highly esteemed family, and was held in great regard
throughout the district. Kindly and charitable and a man of the most exemplary
character, he was very popular with all classes and his death is felt
with a sense of personal loss by all who knew him. He was father of Very
Rev. Thomas Hehir, Adm., Clonlara, and two of his daughters are Nuns.
His Lord-ship Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty called at the house to express his
sympathy with Father Hehir and other members of the family. The remains
were removed to Barefield Church on Saturday evening when there was a
great concourse of mourners and sympathizers, including Very Rev. Canon
Vaughan, P.P., Quin; V. Rev. Jas. Smyth, P.P., Doora; Rev. J. Moroney,
C.C., Scariff; Rev. P. Walsh, C.C., Tulla; Rev. P. Flanagan, Sydney, Australia;
Rev. A. Ryan, C.C., Doora; Rev. J. Hogan, St. Flannan’s College;
Rev. D. Kelly, C.C., Ennis; Rev. J. O’Neill, C.C., Clarecastle.
Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday at noon, the celebrant being
V. Rev. T. Hehir, Adm., Clonlara (son); deacon, Rev. M.G. Casey, C.C.,
Killaloe (nephew); sub-deacon, Rev. J. Cahir, C.C., Roscrea (cousin);
master of ceremonies; Rev. A. Ryan, C.C., Doora. In the choir were –
Very Rev. Canon Quinn, President St. Flannan’s College; V. Rev.
Canon Hamilton, P.P., Newmarket-on-Fergus; V. Rev. J. Smyth, P.P., Doora;
V. Rev. M. Madden, P.P., Clarecastle; V. Rev. J. Barry, P.P., Sixmilebridge;
V. Rev. M. Hogan, Adm., Ennis; Rev. J. Rogers, St. Flannan’s College;
Rev. J. Sexton, do.; Rev. P. O’Connor, C.C., Kilmihil; Rev. T. Brady,
C.C., Ennis; Rev. P. Flanagan, Sydney; Rev. Fr. Senan, O.F.M., Ennis,
and Rev. Fr. Didacus, O.F.M., do.
The funeral from Barefield to Templemaley on Sunday was one of the largest
seen in the district for many years. Every house for miles around was
represented and there was a big attendance of sympathizers from Ennis.
His Lordship the Bishop sent his ar. In addition to those already mentioned,
the following priests were at the graveside when the last prayers were
recited by his son: - V. Rev. E. Vaughan, P.P., Ruan; V. Rev. M. Baker,
P.P., Kilnamona; Rev. T. Daly, C.C., Kilkee; Rev. L. Hassett, C.C., Labasheeda;
Rev. J. Corry, C.C., Ruan and Rev. P. Loughnane, C.C., Quin.
The chief mourners were: - Rev. T. Hehir and Joe (sons); Sister M. Kevin,
St. Louis Convent, Ramsgrange; Sister M. de Sacre Coeur, Holy Faith Convent,
Eccles Street, Dublin (daughters); Mrs B. O’Donoghue (sister); Mrs.
J. Hehir (daughter-in-law); Mary, Anne and Joe (grand-children); Miss
B Casey (sister-in-law); Mick, John and Tom Casey (brothers-in-law); Joe
Hehir and Stephen O’Donoghue (nephews), and numerous other relatives.
Clare Champion Saturday, March 23, 1957 Page 5
Mr Joseph Hehir
Sincere sympathy was evoked in many parts of Clare by the death of Mr.
Joseph Hehir which took place in the Co. Hospital, Ennis, after a brief
illness. He was taken suddenly ill in his home, taken immediately to Hospital,
where, not-withstanding the best medical skill and nursing attention he
passed to his reward to the great grief of his widow and family and a
large circle of friends. A man of gentle and unassuming manner he possessed
many sterling qualities. A devoted husband, a kind and gentle father,
he was always prepared to assist anyone in difficulties, and always made
light of any inconvenience caused. A progressive farmer, he helped financially
and otherwise, any movement that had for its object the benefit of the
farming community. A keen judge of live-stock, he was a well known figure
at the principal fairs in the county, and his advice was invariably sought
in the carrying through of a sale. The sympathy of all classes is extended
to his bereaved widow, sons and daughter-in-law.
On Thursday evening of last week his remains were removed to Labasheeda
Church and on Friday morning solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated for the
happy repose of his soul. The celebrant was the Rev. L. Hassett, C.C.,
assisted by the Very Rev. R. Kennedy, P.P., Kilmurry-McMahon; the Very
Rev. T. Daly, P.P., Kildysart; the Rev. G. Fitzpatrick, C.C., Knockerra,
and the Rev. M. McInerney, C.C., Cranny. The funeral, a very large and
representative one, took place the same day to Killofin cemetery where
the prayers at the graveside were read by the priests who had officiated
at Requiem Mass.
The chief mourners were: Mrs. Margaret Hehir, widow; Patrick and Thomas
Hehir, sons; Mrs. Patrick Hehir, daughter-in-law; William, Vincent, Michael,
Thomas, and Amy, brothers; Mrs. William, Mrs. Vincent, Mrs. Michael, Mrs.
Thomas and Mrs. Amy Hehir, sisters-in-law.
Clare Champion Friday, July 1, 1983
Mrs Margaret Hehir of Labasheeda passed away recently. She was one of
the oldest residents in the area having reached her late eighties. Her
husband, Joe predeceased her a number of years ago.
Clare Champion Friday 4 March 1977 Page 11
The death occurred at Carrigoran Nursing Home, Newmarket-on-Fergus, on
Thursday last of Mr Joe Hehir, Dromcavan, Corofin. His remains were removed
to Ruan Church on Thursday evening and buried in the local cemetery after
Mass on Friday morning.
Clare Champion 24 September 1960
Mrs. Brigid T. Hehir
We deeply regret to announce the death, at her residence, Tiermaclane,
Ennis, on the 10th inst., of Mrs Brigid T. Hehir, N.T., Principal Teacher
of Lisheen N.S. Her passing at an early age has evoked widespread regret
and the deepest sympathy of the entire community goes to her bereaved
husband and family on their great loss.
She had been for two years teaching in Kilrush prior to her appointment
as Principal in Lisheen School where for twenty years she endeared herself
to the numerous classes that passed through her hands. To her, the education
of youth was a vocation in every sense and her interest in the welfare
of her pupils extended far beyond the classroom. She followed keenly their
progress in later years and her advice and help was freely available to
Of a gentle and unassuming disposition, she won the highest regard of
all with whom she came in conduct. Her Christian and kindly attitude towards
life was an example that will long be remembered. A devoted member of
Holy Mother Church and for many years a Child of Mary, she was an especial
friend of the Foreign Missions who found in her a generous benefactor.
Fortified by the last rites of the Church, she passed peacefully to her
Her popularity with all sections was amply demonstrated by the huge concourse
which followed the removal of the remains to Ballyea Church on Sunday
evening, the 11th inst., and again on the following day at the High Mass
and funeral to the adjoining cemetery. A guard of Honour was provided
by her pupils from Lisheen School.
The celebrant of the Mass was Rev. J. Keane, C.C., Clarecastle; deacon,
Rev. J. O’Leary, C.C., Lissycasey; sub-deacon, Very Rev. M. Canon
Hogan, P.P., Clarecastle, and Master of Ceremonies, Very Rev. P. O’Donoghue,
P.P., Clondegad. In the Choir was Rev. J. Hogan, St. Flannan’s College
The chief mourners were: Joe, husband; Michael and Pat, sons; Maura and
Eileen, daughters; Mrs. O’Connor, sister; Patrick, Michael, Thomas,
Martin, John, Anthony and Frank McTigue, brothers; Patrick Kinnane, uncle;
Mrs. Bridget Hogan, Mrs. A. McTigue, Mrs. Martin McTigue, Mrs Bridie McTigue,
Sister Bernadette, Manchester, and Sister M. de Passe, Africa, sisters-in-law;
Thos. O’Connor and Andrew Hogan, brothers-in-law; Mary Ellen, Teresa,
Michael, John and Patrick Meaney, the Hopkins family, U.S.A., cousins,
and other relatives too numerous to mention.
Clare Champion 28 November 1942
Hehir. – On Wednesday, 18th Nov., at her residence, Gortmore, Inch,
Mrs. Margaret Hehir, to the inexpressible grief of her family and a wide
circle of friends. R.I.P.
Patrick and Delia Hehir, Gortmore, desire to thank all those who sent
Mass Cards, letters and messages of sympathy in their recent bereavement;
also all those who attended the funeral. They trust this notice will be
accepted by all in grateful acknowledgment.
[Note: Buried in Drumcliffe Cemetery also buried there- Michael d1940
and Michael d1958]
Clare Champion Saturday, November 12, 1938
Mrs. Margaret Hehir,
Parnell Street, Ennis.
We regret to announce the death on 3rd inst., after a somewhat tedious
illness, of Mrs. Margaret Hehir, wife of Mr. Martin Hehir, Parnell Street,
Ennis. The deceased was a number of a respected Toonagh family, and her
death has evoked widespread sympathy for her bereaved husband and daughter.
This was evidenced by the large and representative cortege which followed
the remains to Drumcliffe cemetery on Saturday last. Solemn Requiem Mass
for the repose of the soul of the deceased was celebrated in the Pro-Cathedral
prior to the funeral by Rev. P. Cahill, C.C.; deacon. Very Rev. M. Madden,
Adm.; sub-deacon. Rev. M. Hamilton, C.C. Very Rev. T. Burke, P.P., Kilshanny,
The chief mourners were: - Martin Hehir (husband); Mary Hehir (daughter);
Helena and Katty Hehir (sisters-in-law); James Hehir (brother-in-law);
William Leahy, Liscannor; Mrs. Kerin, do.; Thos. Lyons, Parnell Street;
Mrs James Costelloe, Mrs. Martin Kitson. Mrs. Jack Kitson, Paddy Kennedy,
Madgie Lyons, Micko Lyons, Patrick Lyons, Licknaun: Maureen Slattery,
Austin Slattery, Lahinch: Mrs Finneane, Kilnamona, etc., etc. (cousins).
Mass cards were sent by the following: Loving husband and Mary: loving
sister, Biddy: “All At Cillistitian”: Jemo, Katty and Lena:
Mrs.Maura and Mary Slattery; Lahinch: Michael and Bridie Cavanagh, Springfield,
Mass.: Madge and Micko Lyons, Kilcross; Margaret McGuinness, Monaghan,
Aunt Ellen and Lena; Jack and Mamie O’Haire and Michael O’Haire,
Springfield, Mass.; Tim and Mrs. Queally; Martin and Nora Kitson: Mary
Anne and John Finuncane: John and Moira Sharry: Thomas Lyons and family,
Parnell Street: Paddy and Kitty Kennedy: Susan and Jenny Sharry: Delia
and Dan Fitzgibbon: the O’Flanagan family, Ballygriffey: M.J. Hehir:
M. Powell: Ernest de Regge Coppieters: Mrs. Guerin: Patrick and Annie
O’Loughlin: the O’Flanagan family, Parnell Street: Bridie
and Martin Casey: Dr. Nora O’Dwyer: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Daly: Ennis
Coursing Club: Jack and Eileen O’Sullivan: Mrs. K. Nono: the Tuttle
family, Parnell Street: Mrs. Josephine Meehan: Bridget Murnane: Martin
and Peg Lynch: Pat and Michael Cahir: Michael and Mrs. O’Reilly:
Bea. Morris, Lahinch: D. and L. Long: Frank and Babs Lyons, Toonagh: Pat
and Ellie Cullinan: Tom and Mabel Carmody: Denis Quin: Dan and Mrs. Collins:
James and Mrs. Real: Willie Ryan, wife and family: Jim and Aggie Colgan:
Mrs. A. Hogan, Parnell Street: Lizzie O’Sullivan and family, Tiermaclane:
the Mulqueen family, Curra: the McNamara family, Ballygriffey: B. Blake,
Ennistymon: Thomas and Mrs. Moran and Josephine: Mrs. O’Toole and
family, Inch: Mrs. Norah Hanrahan and family.
Votes of sympathy to the bereaved husband have been passed by the Ennis
Urban Council, the Ennis United Labourers’ Association, the Ennis
Coursing Club, etc.
Clare Champion 21 April 1945
Mr. Martin Hehir,
Parnell St., Ennis.
With feelings of deep regret we announce the death of Mr. Martin Hehir,
Parnell Street, Ennis, Manager of Nono’s Printinghouse, Ltd., Ennis.
Deceased belonged to an old and respected family and for some time past
had been in failing health. He battled bravely against his increasing
illness but the Divine Call came and, on Tuesday, 10th April, he passed
to his eternal reward fortified by the rites of Holy Church. He was very
popular with all his acquaintances and had innumerable friends, being
well known all over Clare, particularly by the coursing men of the county.
On Wednesday evening the remains were removed to the Cathedral, Ennis,
and on Thursday, following Solemn Requiem Mass, the funeral took place
to Drumcliffe cemetery, the cortege being of very large proportions.
At the funeral the chief mourners were: - Mary Hehir (daughter); Kathleen
and Helena Hehir (sisters), Jas. Hehir (brother), Mrs. Queally, Mrs. Costello,
John Hehir, Patk. Lyons, Mrs. Kitson, Mrs. Costelloe, Mrs. Finucane, James
Morgan, John Morgan, Mrs. Carmody, Lena Sharry and Bridie Hehir. Other
relatives of his are Mrs. McGuinness in Co. Monaghan and Mrs. Cavanagh
in New York (sisters), and John Hehir, New York (brother).
Clare Champion Saturday June 29 1935 Page 5
Very Rev. M.A. Hehir, C.S.SP.,
Famous Clare Priest.
The death occurred in Pittsburg, U.S.A., on 11th inst., of the Very Rev.
M.A. Hehir, C.S.Sp., L.L.D., Litt.D., a brother of Mrs. Catherine O’Connor,
Music Hill, Lissycasey.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1883, Father Hehir celebrated his Golden
Jubilee in Pittsburg on 21st November, 1933, and, on that occasion, the
“Clare Champion” gave an account of his life’s work
and reproduced some of the many tributes paid to the brilliance of his
career and to the fruitfulness of his labours in the States.
Father Hehir was born in 1855, received his early education in a local
National School, and, later, entered Blackrock College, Dublin. He was
a Master of Arts of the Catholic University of Ireland, and, on his first
appointment to Pittsburg, after ordination in Paris, his scholastic attainments
were recognized by his selection as Professor in the Holy Ghost College,
now known as Duquesne University. His life-work was linked with the history
of that institution and with the progress of the great city of Pittsburgh
and of that Diocese. In succession, he was appointed to every position
of trust in the University. In 1891 he became Vice-President, and eight
years later President. Under his wise guidance the University grew space,
and, in the course of 31 years as President, he won a Charter for the
University; raised a million dollars for its extension, and saw the number
of its students increase ten-fold. He left it free of debt. When he resigned
he became Superior of the Senior House of Studies of the Holy Ghost Fathers
in Connecticut. In recognition of his life-long work in the cause of higher
education, the National University of Ireland conferred upon him the degree
of Doctor of Laws.
But, above everything, in the words of an American admirer, he will be
remembered as Father Hehir, the priest. The boys of the University called
him “Daddy.” He knew it and he liked it, because it suited
him admirably. Everybody found in him a friend and a counselor.
Clare Champion Saturday, February 11, 1950 Page 7
Mrs. Mary V. Brennan, Clonmore, Darragh, Ennis
The death of Mrs. Mary V. Brennan, Clonmore, Darragh, which took place
at the St. Laurence (Richmond) Hospital, Dublin, on 31st January, after
a brief illness, evoked feelings of deep and sincere regret in her native
district and in various other parts of the country.
Mrs. Brennan was an ardent and enthusiastic Gaelic Leaguer in the early
days of the organization and was a popular figure on concert platforms
at the various functions then in vogue.
During the Anglo-Irish struggle, she was a devoted worker in the ranks
of Cumann na mBan, and, throughout her life, she took a deep and sincere
interest in Irish affairs.
She was of a gentle, generous and charitable disposition, a devout Catholic,
a good neighbour and a sincere friend.
Her remains were removed on 1st February from the Hospital mortuary, where
there had gathered a large number of sympathizers, both from Clare and
other counties, in order to pay a last sad tribute, which included the
recital of the Rosary by Bro. Ignatius Barrett.
Before the remains reached Ballycorick Church, the cortege had assumed
enormous proportions and this was repeated the following day when the
interment took place at Killea cemetery after the Requiem Mass.
The officiating clergymen were: Very Rev. P. O’Reilly, P.P.; Rev.
Fr. Carey, C.C., and Rev. B. Moroney, C.C.
The chief mourners were: - Thos. Brennan (husband); Hugh and Jas. Hehir
(brothers); Miceal (Sports’ Commentator), James, Hugh and Michael
Hehir (nephews); Fanny, Mary and Celia Hehir (nieces); Martin, John and
Michael Brennan (brothers-in-law); Miss Susan Brennan, Mrs. J. Hehir and
Mrs. E. Hehir (sisters-in-law); Pat, Martin and John Hehir; Hugh, Dan
Jeremiah and Pat Brady, Mrs. O’Mahony, Mrs. Donlon and Mrs. Carmody
(cousins) as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Brennan. – The husband and brothers of the late
Mrs. Mary Brennan, Clonmore, Darragh, desire to offer their most sincere
thanks to all those who attended the funeral obsequies; also to those
who sent Mass Cards, letters, telegrams and other tokens of sympathy,
as well as to those kind neighbours who helped in various ways. They trust
that this notice will be accepted by all as an expression of their very
Clare Champion Saturday 3 January 1959 Page 7
Hehir – The death occurred at the County Hospital, Ennis, of Michael
Hehir, Ballyogan, Barefield, on December 25. Remains were removed to Barefield
Church on Friday. Solemn Requiem Mass on Saturday. Funeral took place
same day to Kilraghtis Cemetery. R.I.P.
Clare Champion Saturday, August 24, 1957
When getting out of bed on Sunday morning to attend Mass, Mr. Michael
Hehir, aged 68 years, a farmer of Sunnyside, Kilkee, collapsed and died
within a few minutes. A well-known sportsman, Mr. Hehir who was Chairman
of the Kilkee and District Coursing Club, was a well known breeder and
owner of greyhounds. The remains were removed to Kilkee Church on Sunday
evening and following Requiem Mass on Monday the funeral which was large
and representative took place to Lisdeen Cemetery. Deceased is survived
by his wife, Mrs. M. Hehir. Kilkee Coursing Club at a special meeting
extended sympathy to the widow.
Clare Champion Saturday 8 October 1966 Page 9
HEHIR (Ennis) – Sept. 29, 1966, at the Co. Hospital, Ennis, Michael,
Claureen, Ennis; deeply regretted by his loving wife, sister, nephews
and nieces, R.I.P. Internment took place on Sept. 30 to Drumcliffe Cemetery.
Clare Champion 12 February 1938
Death of Mr. Michael Hehir, Boloughera
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Michael Hehir, Boloughera, Lissycasey,
which occurred on 30th January, after a few days’ illness. Deceased
possessed a kind and loving disposition, which endeared him to all who
had the pleasure of knowing him, and his loss will be keenly felt in the
district where he and his family were much esteemed. He was interred in
the new cemetery, St. Michael’s, Kilmihil.
We tender our sincere sympathy to his relatives at home and in America.
Clare Champion Friday, December 18, 1987
Hehir (Ard-na-Greine, Ennis and late of Drumquin, Barefield); On 22nd
November, 1987, Michael (Mick), beloved husband of Nancy. Deeply regretted
by his loving wife, sons, daughters, brothers, sister, aunt, brothers
in law, sisters in law, nieces, relatives and friends.
R.I.P. Month’s Mind Mass on 21st December at Barefield Church at
7.30 p.m. and also on 23rd December in the Pro Cathedral at 7.30 p.m.
Clare Champion Saturday 19 February 1944 Page 5
Hehir. – At his residence, Monmore, Moyasta, Co. Clare, on 28th
Jan., 1944, Ann, dearly beloved wife of Michael Hehir. Sadly missed by
her loving husband, children, brothers and sisters and a large circle
of friends. R.I.P.
Hehir, Michael [1919-2005]
30 June 2005
Courtesy of the Connacht Tribune 3rd June 2005
The Late Michael Hehir
Michael Hehir, Rindifin, Gort, who died recently was President of the
Gort GAA Club.
Michael (affectionately known as Joe Pete) was a gentle person, remembered
by his wide circle of friends for his kind and compassionate manner. A
great raconteur, he could regale his listeners with accounts of his exploits
in the field of sports.
In recognition of his commitment to hurling, Gort Hurling Club honoured
him for over 30 years with the office of President. Joe Pete presided
at the 2004 annual general meeting of the club.
The Honourary-Secretary of Gort Hurling Club, Jerry Sheehan said of Joe
“He always paid royal tribute to all those Gaels who passed before
him. It was fitting the current and past GAA personnel, neighbours, friends
and other organisation, paid due respect on the journey to his final resting
place in Kilmacduagh.
“He played on the Gort minor team in 1938, when they won the South
Championship. He featured on the Senior Team in 1946, when they won the
South Senior Championship,” Jerry Sheehan continued.
“As manager, he instilled in his team the need to keep the eyes
open and keep the ball flying’. In all his 86 years, he saw many
shapes and sizes of camans and sliotars.
“We now celebrate his life, in the knowledge that he will continue
to relate a ’scéal eile’ to those who entered God’s
house before him”, Jerry Sheehan concluded.
Joe Pete Hehir recorded his memories of Gort during the first half of
the 20th century in a 1990s edition of “Guaire,” the Gort
magazine. He recalled his first hurling medal, Gort’s first taste
of senior football, sports at Derrybrien and pitch-in-toss:
“I was full forward on the Gort minor hurling team that won the
South Board in 1938, I still treasure the medal from that game. I was
selected on the Gort senior team on the same day as Josie Gallagher against
Kilbeacanty in Barry’s field. I think that would be 1940, around
the start of the war.
“During those years it was tough not a bob to be got anywhere. Strange
as it may seem, Gort on a County Junior Football tile in those years.
They had the assistance of the army men stationed in Lough Cultra. They
had to go senior the following year and met Wolfe Tone’s, Galway
in the first round. I cycled to Galway with four pence in my pocket. The
admission to the mat was sixpence. I waited until there was a big crowd
going in and slipped in with them. I still had my four pence and bought
six or seven large biscuits. Gort were whitewashed that day.
“Seven-a-side hurling was very popular during the war years. While
we took the game seriously while we were playing it, we also had some
great craic. I remember a sports and a seven-a-side in Derrybrien. We
took part in a 100 yard sprint. There was a great parish loyalty then,
and a Gort colleague and I figured out that a Kinvara man would win it,
but as the Kinvara man was breaking through to win, I heeled him. He went
sprawling and my Gort colleague went on to win. That evening, we were
entertained in Egan’s of Derrybrien. It was the first time I had
seen or tasted white bread after the black bread of the war years. Hurlers
or athletes were entertained very little in those years.
“But the dark days of the war had their own bright spots. The pitch
and toss and the card games. Every street in the town had its own characters,
and the craic was good. You could spend the night around the town without
a penny in your pocket. On Sundays, the pitch and toss lasted all day,
from after Mass until darkness. In the pitching, I was always fairly cos,
but the trouble was that when I was sent for a loaf of bread or other
message, I often left the price of it at the pitch and toss school. I
was reluctant to go home with trying to make some other provisions. Of
course, the pubs in these days were completely out for young people, you
had no business there without money.”
Michael Hehir explained how he became known far and wide as Joe Pete Hehir.
It resulted from a chance remark by a partner in a card game following
the winning of a trick.
“Good man, Joe Pete” said the partner, obviously thinking
of somebody else. The other players and onlookers were amused. The name
HEHIR (née Casey) (Corofin, Co. Clare) - October 26, 2004 (peacefully)
at home, after a long illness borne with great dignity, Peggy, beloved
wife of Mickey and dearly loved mother of Marcella O'Leary, Vera Murphy,
Margaret Corcoran, Pat and Dermot. Safe in Heaven with Michael and Susan.
Very sadly missed by her family, brothers, sister, nephews, nieces, grandchildren,
great grandchildren, wonderful carers, neighbours and friends. Rest in
peace. Funeral Mass at 12.30 o'clock today (Thursday) at St Bridget's
Church, Corofin and burial afterwards in Kilvoydane Cemetery. Donations
in lieu of flowers to Arthritis Foundation.
Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2004
Published: 28 October 2004
The Clare Champion 24 February 1945
Mrs Nora Hehir,
It is with deep regret we announce the death of Mrs. Nora Hehir, which
took place at her residence, Nuan Ruan, on the 12 February. The deceased
was a member of a widely known and highly esteemed Clare family. She was
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Neylon, Drumlish, Inagh, and sister
of the late Mr. David Neylon, a former member of the Clare Co. Council.
Of an honorable and upright disposition, she was beloved by all who knew
her. She died mourned by many but by none more feelingly than by her sorrowing
On Tuesday evening the remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church,
Ruan, and, on Wednesday morning Solemn Requiem Mass was offered for the
happy repose of her soul. The celebrant was Very Rev. E. Vaughan, P.P.,
assisted by Rev. M. Hogan, C.C., Crusheen; Rev. D. Maxwell, C.C., Corofin;
Rev. A. Ryan, C.C., Barefield; Rev. Fr Malone, C.C., Corofin, and Rev.
J. Corry, C.C., Ruan.
Subsequently the funeral took place to the family burial ground adjacent
to the Church.
Clare Champion 28 September 1935
Death of Mr. Patrick Hehir,
With feelings of deep regret, we have to record the death of Mr. Patrick
Hehir, Burren, which took place at his home on Monday, 16th inst., fortified
by the rites of the Holy Catholic Church, of which he was a faithful and
Clare Champion Friday 9 January 1976 Page 8
Three deaths occurred during the past week. The first death was Sean Garry,
Quay Road, survived by his wife and five young children. The second was
the death of Danny Clancy, and thirdly, P. Hehir, late of Lack, who died
Clare Champion, Friday 6 February 1976. Page 10.
The wife, sister, brothers and relatives of the late Patrick Hehir, Santry,
Dublin and Crahera, Kildysart, wish to thank most sincerely all those
who sympathized with them in their recent sad bereavement; those who had
Masses offered, attended funeral Mass and burial. A special word of thanks
to the clergy in Kildysart. Trusting this will be accepted by all in grateful
appreciation. Mass has been offered for their intentions.
Clare Champion Friday 25 June 1976 Page 6
The death occurred last week after a protracted illness of Patrick Hehir
P.C. of Labasheeda. He was for a long time Peace Commissioner in Labasheeda
and was well known and esteemed in and outside the area. Spending the
last few weeks in hospital he continued to show composure and fortitude
in his illness.
The large attendance at the obsequies was a testimonial of the high regard
in which he was held. He leaves a wife and two sons.
Clare Champion Friday 25 May 1979 Page 10
Pat Hehir, Senr, Fierusk, Inagh, died at the weekend. His funeral took
place to Inagh Church on Saturday and to Kilmaley cemetery on Sunday.
He was a member of the Old I.R.A.
Clare Champion Friday 24 November 1978 Page 4
Hehir. Gortmore, Ennis, November 9, 1978. Bridget (nee O’Leary),
relict of the late Patrick Hehir, deeply regretted by her nieces, nephews,
sister-in-law and relatives. Burial took place in Drumcliffe Cemetery
on Saturday 11 November 1978 after Solemn Requiem Mass. RIP.
Clare Champion 18 July 1942
Miltown’s Pastor Bereaved.
The death occurred recently of Mrs. P. Hehir, Boulaveg, Coore. The deceased
was a sister of Very Rev. Canon Murphy, P.P. Interment took place at Coore
cemetery after Solemn Requiem Mass, which was attended by the clergy of
Kilmurry Ibrickane and Miltown Malbay parishes. There was also a large
representation of Miltown parishioners at the funeral.
We tender our respectful sympathy to Canon Murphy on his bereavement.
Clare Champion Friday 27 July 1979 Page 4
Hehir (nee O'Keeffe), Lack, Ballynacally, July 19, 1979 at St Joseph's
Hospital, Ennis. Margaret, relict of Patrick. Remains were removed to
Ballycorick Church on Thursday evening and funeral took place after Solemn
Requiem Mass to Kilchreest cemetery on Friday. Deeply regretted by her
relatives, friends and the Mongey family. R.I.P.
Clare Champion Friday 22 September 1972 Page 8
HEHIR (Kilmaley, Co. Clare) – August 25, 1972, at her daughter’s
residence (suddenly), May, relict of Peter Hehir; deeply regretted by
her sons and daughter, R.I.P. Remains were removed to Kilmaley Church
on Friday evening and internment took place in the adjoining cemetery
following solemn requiem Mass on Saturday at 11 o’clock.
Dromod Community News - 29 December 2006 (County Leitrim)
MRS SUSAN FAUGHNAN [1916-2006] (RIP)
Susan, nee Hehir, died on Tuesday 19 December, in Sligo Hospital, following
a brief illness. She was a native of Co. Clare and was ninety years of
age. Susan had been married to Bill for over sixty four years. They had
lived and farmed at Gorteagle and raised a lovely, talented, family of
six children – Maura, Joan, Sheila, Nuala, Billy and Stephen. It
was always a pleasure to meet them out or to visit Susan and Bill at home
where they were very welcoming. Bill and Susan, like Bill's father Paul,
were always interested in Irish culture and I found that Paul was the
only person who had written down a version of the local song "Lucy
Webb". In recent years Susan and Paul moved to Autumn View in Carrick-on-Shannon
but their hearts were in Annaduff. Indeed, on Thursday, as the remains
were brought from Carrick to Annaduff cemetery, the cortege took a detour
and spent a while at the old homestead. They were a very popular pair
and the crowds that called at Maura's house and that attended the removal
and burial bore witness to this fact. To Bill and to their immediate family,
to all of their many descendants, relatives, neighbours and friends our
Clare Champion Saturday, December 31, 1938
Hehir. – On December 18th, at his residence, Gortmore, Inch, Thomas
Hehir, aged 68 years, to the inexpressible grief of his relatives and
a wide circle of friends. R.I.P.
Clare Champion 12 June 1965
Mr. Thomas Hehir
Dunsallagh East, Miltown Malbay
The death occurred recently of Mr. Thomas Hehir, late of Dunsallagh East,
A founder member of the Irish Volunteers in Clare, the late Mr. Hehir
took an active part in the War of Independence for which he served a term
of imprisonment in 1919 in Dundalk and Crumlin Road, Belfast. He was attached
to the Connolly Coy., I.R.A. (2nd Battalion).
He is survived by his wife, Jane, and one brother, Patrick.
Clare Champion Saturday, November 14, 1936
Death of Mr. T. Hehir
Kilfarboy, Miltown Malbay
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Thomas F. Hehir, Kilfarboy, Miltown
Malbay, which took place on Tuesday November 3rd.
Deceased was resident in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., for upwards of 34 years,
in which city he was highly esteemed and respected, and where his many
friends will hear of his death with feelings of regret.
Mr. Hehir returned to Ireland about two years ago and took up residence
with his sister, Mrs. Hurley, where, during his illness, which commenced
about a year ago, he had the devoted care of his sister and her family.
But in spite of the best medical skill, he passed peacefully away at the
Hospital, Ennis, to which he had been taken a week previous to his death.
His remains were brought to the Parish Church, Miltown Malbay on Wednesday
4th November, accompanied by a very large number of relatives and friends.
After solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday, which was celebrated by Rev. Father
McKenna, C.C., Rev. Fr. Neylon, C.C., deacon, and Rev. Father Murphy,
P.P., sub-deacon, the funeral which was large and representative, took
place to Kilfarboy cemetery.
The chief mourners were:- Mrs. T. Hurley, Mount Scott; Mrs. Mary Keane,
Freagh (sisters); Mr. Patrick Hehir, Kilfarboy (brother); Miss Nellie
Hurley, Mary and Margaret Hehir (nieces); Patrick Hurley, John and Thomas
Hehir (nephews); and a large number of cousins too numerous to mention.
Mass Cards were sent by – “His sister, Katie Hurley”;
“His neice, Nellie”; “His nephew, Thady”; and
“His sister Mary Keane.”
Rev. Father Neylon, C.C., assisted by Rev. Father McKenna, C.C., officiated
at the graveside.
May his soul rest in peace.
Clare Champion Saturday 30 November 1957 Page 7
Hehir (Ennis) – October 19th, at Salisbury, Timothy Hehir (Thady),
late of Circular Road, Ennis. R.I.P. My Jesus, mercy.
Clare Champion Saturday 7 January 1956 Page 8
West Clare Notes
Death of old residents
The death took place during the week of two old residents of Kilkee. They
were Mrs Hehir, relict of the late Mr Timothy Hehir, Erin Street, and
O’Curry Street, Kilkee, and Mrs A. E. O’Halloran, O’Connell
Street, Kilkee. Both funerals took place on New Year’s Day, the
former to Farrihy and the latter to Lisdeen.
Clare Champion Friday 3 November 1972 Page 8
HEHIR (October 15, 1972) – St John’s Wood, London, and late
of Lisdoonvarna, following a long illness, William, beloved husband of
Helena; sadly missed by his loving wife, relatives and friends. Internment
took place in London on October 19, 1972. R.I.P.
Clare Champion July 1938
O’Hehir (Cragbrien, Ennis) – At Farnborough, Hampshire, England,
on 12th inst. Annie G. (Mrs. Cannon). Dearly beloved daughter of Michael
O’Hehir, ex-N.T., Cragbrien, Darragh, Ennis. Funeral to Ship Lane
Cemetery, Farnborough, on 14th inst. Go ndeanaidh Dia trocaire ar a hanain.
Saturday, January 1964
Mr. Hugh O’Hehir – Late of Ballynacally
The death occurred in a Dublin nursing home over the week-end of Mr. Hugh
O’Hehir, a native of Ballynacally and uncle of the radio and television
personality, Michael O’Hehir.
Mr. O’Hehir, who was unmarried began his career by studying at an
academy at Ruan, run by his uncle, Hugh Brady. In 1901 he entered the
British Civil Service. In London he joined the Gaelic League and organized
the G.A.A. He was transferred to Dublin.
He was Deeply involved in the Irish Volunteers and took an active part
in the 1916 Rising. Some of the 1916 leaders, including Sean McDermott,
stayed in his Dublin house before the Rising. As a result of his Civil
Service post and was interned in Frongoch Camp. On his release he returned
to his native Ballynacally, where he served under the Clare Co. Board
of Health. He took part in the War of Independence and was later restored
to the Civil Service as a Clerical Officer in the Dept. of agriculture.
He retired on the age limit as an Executive of that Department.
The late Mr. O’Hehir was held in high esteem especially amongst
the old residents of Ballynacally and during his lifetime had befriended
many local people in Dublin. A great believer in fitness, up to a few
years ago he thought nothing of walking the ten miles from Ballynacally
to Ennis. He took a keen interest in matters of historical interest and
was a frequent contributor to newspapers, including the Clare Champion.
There was a large attendance at the removal of the remains and at the
funeral to Ballynacally on Monday.
Among the attendance at the removal of remains in Dublin were: Eon Howard
(late Boston consulate); P. Henchy, M.A., National Library; P.G. Crowley,
B. Comm., Rathmines College of Technicology; Art McGann, Col. Tom McGrath,
Lieut-Col. Sean Clancy, Col. P. Dineen, Lieut.-Col. T. Ryan, Vincent and
Rory O’Connor, Mrs. Stephen McInerney, Ned Lynch, C. Holohon, Con
Sheehan, P. Sullivan, Joe Hickey, Ernest McMahon, Sean McMahon, Bob Moclair,
Mattie Power, P. Keating, John Coote, P. Howard, Ned Campion, Capt. P.
Donlon, Capt. M Minogue, S Brassil, Tom Dunne, V. Caffrey, Secretary Catholic
Commercial Club; M. Jones and Mrs. Jones, J. O’Brien, Ned Lowry,
Mick Falvey, Brendan Considine, Sean Nestor, Sean O Briain, ex-Secretary
Department of Agriculture; J. Mullins, Scretary Retired Officers Association;
Jack and Mrs. Donnelly, P. Kenny, Dan and Joseph Canny, Berney Griffey,
Joe Cassidy and Mrs. Woods.
When a great Irishman passes away we mourn. When a great
Clareman passes away we County Clare people doubly mourn. We mourn now
in that double sense at the passing of Hugh O’Hehir, one of the
finest Irishmen of his generation. His death took place a week ago in
Dublin after a brief illness. The announcement caused a chilling feeling
of sorrow in the hearts of Clare people at home and abroad, shared by
many others in his wide circle of friends and admirers.
I first met Hugh some sixty-five years ago when he came to the Ruan civil
service academy conducted by his brilliant uncle, the late Mr. Hugh Brady.
Hugh was a big overgrown boy for his years; I was a dimunitive creature
ashamed of my very existence. Because Hugh resided with his uncle many
in the class stood aloof from fraternising with him at first, but this
soon ended, for as young as we were his outstanding qualities soon made
him a popular figure.
We both left Ruan for civil service positions at the beginning of the
century, drifting apart never to meet again until after a lapse of well-nigh
thirty years. The re-union was accidentally brought about by Right Revd.
Monsignor Hamilton, P.P., Nenagh. Fr. Hamilton, as he then was, was walking
with me in O’Connell Street, Ennis, when a tall figure loomed up
across the street. Fr. Hamilton remarked that he wished to introduce me
to one of our finest type of Gael in the whole Irish-Ireland movement.
Mentioning him by name, I knew at once I was to renew acquaintanceship
with my old classmate. Asked by Fr. Hamilton if he knew me Hugh shook
his head. I had grown in the meantime to average height. I said to Hugh:
“You remember Desk No. 3”. At once he recollected the small
occupant and from that hour thirty-five years ago we have moved closer
to each other in firm and lasting friendship.
Now he has passed to his reward. He had so many outstanding qualities
that it would be difficult to enumerate them. A retiring, diffident man
of tender sensibility, forthrightness, intense, patriotic feeling and
above all a moral rectitude rarely to be found in many men in the world.
Clare Champion Saturday 12 December 1953 Page 7
O’Hehir (Ballycorick, Ennis) – On 4th December 1953, at her
residence, Jane, relict of James O’Hehir. Deeply regretted by her
loving family. Funeral took place after 11 o’clock Mass to the family
burial ground at Killea, on 6th inst.
Clare Champion Saturday 12 October 1957 Page 7
O’Hehir – James C. O’Hehir, ex-headmaster of St John’s
R.C. School, Portsmouth, and a native of Cragbrien, Darragh, Ennis, died
at the residence of his sister, Mrs P. Bryant, Gosport, on September 4th,
Clare Champion 27 April 1957
Death of Well-known Sportsman
He Trained The 1914 Clare Hurling Team
The passing of Mr. Jim O’Hehir, a native
of Ballynacally, removes one of Clare’s most popular residents in
Dublin. He entered the Civil Service in London in 1907 having been a student
at the famous academy at Ruan, conducted by his uncle the late Mr. Hugh
Brady. After a short stay in London, he transferred to Dublin, serving
there until his retirement two years ago. He was ever active in the work
of the G.A.A.: in the old Davis H.C., Civil Service H.C.,Croke’s
and St. Vincent’s, in later years. He was also a member of the Clontarf
Golf and Bowling Clubs. He served for a long period in the Dublin County
Board. In earlier years he trained the winning 1914 Clare All-Ireland
team and went to the service of the Leitrim Board at that body’s
special request in 1927.
His funeral to Dean’s Grange Cemetery on Good Friday
was representative of many grades and associations in the life of the
Metropolis. These included members of the Dail and Senate, the Church,
the G.A.A., the Civil Service, the Racing Board, the Clontarf Golf and
Bowling Clubs, the Catholic Commercial Club. It was a wonderful tribute
to the man’s earnestness and the indefatiguable [sic] zeal he ever
displayed in advancing any cause dear to his heart. For Clare, and particularly
for his native Ballynacally, he cherished a special regard. He was the
father of Micheal O’Hehir, the well-known and popular broadcaster
and brother of the well-known Gael Mr. Hugh O’Hehir.
Chief mourners were: Mrs. E. O’Hehir, wife; Micheal,
son; Mrs. M. O’Hehir, daughter-in-law; Anthony, Michael and Eileen,
grandchildren; Hugh O’Hehir, brother; James and Hugh O’Hehir,
nephews; Vera O’Hehir, neice; Hugh, Patrick and Dan Brady, J. and
M. Sheehan, and Thomas Brennan, cousins.
Clare residents in Dublin and their families were strongly
represented. These included Dr. J.J. Stuart, Leinster Council, G.A.A.;
G Rosengrave, Secretary St. Vincent’s H. and F. Club; Col. Tom McGrath,
Col. P. Dineen, Lt. Col. Sean Clancy and Mrs. Clancy, Commdt. P.J. McGann,
Capt. M. Minogue, Art McGann, R. McGann, Art McGann, junr., B.D.S; J.
and Mrs. Mullins, Con Howard, External Affairs; Sean Gannon, A.R.I.C.S.;
P. Howard, P. (Fowler) McInerney, Stephen McInerney, M. Jones, M. Moloney,
M. Falvey, M.A.; P.Gavin, Vincent O’Connor, Mrs. Quinn, Sean Mackey,
T. Markham, M.R.V.S.; Sean O’Broin, ex-Secretary Department of Agricuture
[sic]; J. Spellissy, P. Malone, Thomas O’Connor, Mrs. O’Connor,
M. O’Neill, P. J. Crowley, Vice-Principal, High School of Commerce;
John Nugent and Michael O’Hehir.
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Mrs Esther O’Hehir, Dublin
The funeral took place to Dean’s Grange Cemetery from the Church
of the Visitation, Fairview, of Mrs Esther O’Hehir, 6 Ormond Road,
Drumcondra, mother of Mr Michael O’Hehir, the well-known sports
journalist and radio commentator.
Mrs O’Hehir, a native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, was the wife of the
late Mr O’Hehir, formerly of Ballynacally, Co. Clare.
Rev. J. Kerr, S.J.,celebrated the Mass and also officiated at the graveside.
Other clergy present included Right Rev. Mgr. Glennon, P.P., Finglas;
Very Rev. C. Cottrell, Superior, St. Joseph’s Blind Asylum; Very
Rev. J. Bishop, S.M., Superior, Channel College, Coolock.
The chief mourners were: Mr M. O’Hehir (son); Mr P. Sheehan (brother);
Mrs. M. O’Hehir (daughter-in-law); Tony, Mary, Michael and Peter
(grandchildren); Mr. H. O’Hehir (brother-in-law); Mrs. P. Sheehan,
Mrs. M. Sheehan (sisters-in-law); Misses E. and K. Sheehan (nieces); Messrs.
M. Sheehan and H. O’Hehir, Junr. (nephews).
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O’Hehir (Cragbrien, Ennis) – on 23rd March, 1944, at Cragbrien,
Ennis, at an advanced age, Michael O’Hehir, ex-N.T. Deeply regretted.
Clare Champion Saturday, April 15, 1944
Mr Michael Hehir,
An outstanding figure has passed away from the Ennis district in the person
of the late Mr. Michael Hehir, ex-N.T., Killerk, whose death occurred
on 23rd March at the fine old age of 87.
Of splendid physique and distinguished appearance, Mr. Hehir had long
been a familiar and popular figure in many parts of his native country.
Enjoying robust health and physical activity until within a few weeks
of his end, he took part in all the important events of the district until
very recently. His cheery, vigorous voice was heard at all functions in
which the people generally were interested. His company and conversations
were eagerly appreciated by his very wide circle of acquaintances. Wherever
sorry or death had stricken in the locality, he was amongst the first
to sympathise and console. No funeral was reckoned complete without his
familiar face and his own obsequies were in return of the most impressive
proportions both in the evening funeral to Ballyea Church, on Friday,
and to Kilchreest cemetery, on Saturday, 25th ult. Mass for the repose
of his soul was celebrated on Saturday by Very Rev. M. Madden, P.P., Clarecastle,
assisted by Rev. James O’Neill, C.C. With them officiating at the
graveside was Very Rev. Fr. O’Reilly, P.P., Ballynacally.
At his funeral the teaching profession were widely represented,
as the deceased had been in his time one of the leading personalities
in the local branch of the I.N.T.O., filling on many occasions the position
of Chairman and official delegate to Congress. He had been at all times
a fearless champion of the teachers’ rights.
Being a keen student of Irish History and an active participant
in all movements for Ireland’s welfare, he was ever in the forefront
of all the great popular gatherings of the county which gave a lead to
political thought, not alone here but in the country generally. Even in
his declining years he was conspicuous at all the historic Clare meetings
and was deeply interested in his country’s future to the end.
A man of transparently simple, straightforward and high
ideals, he was as well a fervent and devout Catholic, always putting his
principles and his religion above all worldly consideration of self-interest,
personal gain or comfort. One of the few survivors of an older, vigorous,
plain-living, plain-speaking generation, his passing has left a void not
easily filled in his native district and in the words of many of his old
friends and acquaintances: “His likes we shall not see again.”
Go ndeanaidh Dia grásta agus trócaire dá
The relatives of the late Ml. Hehir beg to thank very sincerely those
who sent Mass Cards, telegrams and letters of sympathy, and those members
of the Ballyea Coy., L.D.F., under Platoon Leader J. Tobin, who furnished
the Guard of Honour at the removal of the remains from Ballyea Church.
As it would be very difficult to reply individually to all the messages
of sympathy, it is requested that this notice be accepted by all in grateful
Clare Champion Saturday, May 1, 1954
His numerous friends throughout the country have learned
with deep regret of the death of Brigadier-General Michael O'Hehir, which
occurred at the Central Hospital, Galway.
The deceased was a native of Kilmaley and took a very prominent part in
the fight for Independence, having participated in all the principal engagements
of the East-Clare Brigade. He threw in his lot with the National Army
on its foundation and had attained the rank of Brigadier Gen. on his retirement.
At the General Election of 1923 he contested the Clare Constituency on
behalf of Cumann na nGaedheal, but was defeated by a narrow margin.
In the past quarter of a century he was a Land Commission Inspector, during
which period he served in Castlerea, Tralee and in Galway up to his illness….
Clancy Annie Miss Glencanane, Kildysart 01 May 1948 Obit
Miss Annie Clancy, Glencanane, Kildysart,
We regret to announce the death of Miss Annie Clancy
of Glencanane, Kildysart after a rather protracted illness. She had the
best medical attention, and the spiritual consolation of constant visits
from the Rev. Father Sexton C.C. Kildysart. She was a most industrious
person, an expemplary Catholic, who enjoyed the regard and respect, of
all sections of the community, as was shown by the immense crowd which
accompanied her remains from her residence to the Parish Church at Kildysart
on the evening of April 9th. and on the following day from the Church
to the family burying place at Kildysart cemetery.
Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul was celebrated
on Saturday by Rev. Fr. Sexton, assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Kelly, P.P.
Very Rev. Fr. Ryan P.P. Coolmeen, and Rev.Fr. Collins, Chinese Mission
The chief mourners were Pat Clancy (brother) Thomas and
Frank McNamara (nephews) Miss Margaret McNamara(niece) Thomas, John and
Cecila Clancy; Mrs. E. Hehir, John and Margaret Clancy, Patrick Clancy,
Miss V. Hehir, James McMahon, Dan, Michael, Mary, and Delia Clancy, W.O'Grady,
P.J. and Wm. O' Connor; M.Barrett. Co.C. (cousins).
Clancy Miss Glencanane 07 Apr 1951 Obit.
The death has taken place of recently of Miss Clancy of Glencanane.
Clancy Johannah Mrs. Glencanane 15 Jan 1938 Death.
Mrs. Jonannah Clancy, Glencanane.
The death, after a long illness of the above highly-esteemed lady took
place at her residence on January 6th. The deceased had reached a fine
old age and was fully conscious to the last. A member of a family who
enjoyed a large popularity, her funeral to the family burial place, Kilchreest,
Ballynacally, on the 7th. inst. was of very large proportions. The prayers
at the graveside were recited by Rev. J.Hayes C.C. Kildysart.
The chief mourners were-Patrick (son) Mrs. Healy, Mrs.
Mc Namara, Mrs. Hehir, Mrs. Moore (daughters) Michael Mc Namara, Vincent
Hehir (sons-in-law), Mary & Delia Clancy, Cahercon, Lena Clancy, Glencanane,
Mrs. E. Hehir Ballynacally(nieces), Michael and Dan Clancy, Cahercon;
John and Thos. Clancy, Glencanane (nephews); Mrs. Fanny Clancy (sister-in-law);
and a large number of grandchildren and many cousins, including Margaret,
Pat and John Clancy, Glencananne.
Mass Cards were received from the following-Her laving
daughter, Lizzie and family, Mary and family; Susan and Family, her granddaughter,
Sister Gabriel, Tuam, Sister Hilda Frances St., Mary's Convent, Boston,
England; nieces Delia and Mary Clancy, Cahercon, Mrs. Fanny Clancy and
Family, the Meany family, Clonkerry, J.J.Haugh Broadford, Nannie Creganand
Peg O'Grady, Glin, The Haugh family, Kildysart and the Hill family Glencanane.
John Mc Mahon & Son. Kildysart were the undertakers.
Clancy Michael Kildysart 26 Nov 1955 Obit
The Late Mr. Michael Clancy.
Co. Clare Agricultural Committee voted sympathy to the family of the late
Michael Clancy, Kildysart.
Mr. Brady said he was an ardent member of that Committee who never missed
Mr. Stapleton, associating himself with the resolution, said the deceased
took a man's part in sinn Fein and the I.R.A. and represented Kilrush
in the Council Chamber. He was a fearless soldier.
Hehir Lizzy nee Clancy Glencomane, Kildysart 04 Apr 1984
Conway Margaret nee Clancy Blain, Kildysart - U.S.A.
11 Feb 1983 Death
The death has taken place in America of Mrs. Conway,
formerly Margaret Clancy Blain where her brother Tom still resides with