Fr William John Burke was sent to the parish of Liscannor in Co Clare. It was in the parish that he met the widow Kennedy mother of seven children. It was not uncommon for the priest of the parish to make house calls to their parishioners especially the more vulnerable ones such as the elderly or widows. Mrs Kennedy was such an individual. However they met is lost in the past but this ‘meeting’ had consequences that changed both their lives and that of their descendants too.


Co Clare. Photo by Larry O'Neill
Co Clare. Photo by Larry O’Neill
Larry O’Neill; photographer.
Hereford Journal April 17, 1844. P2.