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Austin Harney says...Dear All,
I am the natural great grandson of Daniel Danaher and I live in London. Although it is correct to say that Daniel did not have any children by his wife Margaret O'Callaghan, he had an affair with a widow by the name of Mary Kelly who lived in Kelly's Cross, almost next door to the farm in Monemohill. Through this relationship, they produced my grandmother known as Margaret Danaher on her birth and marraige certificates. But she was known by everybody as Margaret Kelly. She was in the same class at school with Josephine Lane (Maurice's mother) and was her best friend as well as a secret first cousin. Maurice and Donal knew my grandmother but did not know that she was the daughter of Daniel Danaher until last year.
I had known for a long time that my grandmother's maiden name was Danaher. My father, Patrick, had informed me but would have no mention of this topic outside his house as it was a deeply sensitive matter in those days. Both my father and I never knew that we had relations living in Monemohill. All the Kellys had emigrated to London between the 1926 and 1960.
Last year, I was researching Michael Kelly, my great uncle and half brother of my grandmother. He was an heroic fighter in the War of Irsih Independence (1919 to 1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922 to 1923). Through the help of the Newcastle West Historical Society, I was able to attend the Memorial Mass in Shanagolden in its 90th year since the war started in 1919. I was proud to attend on behalf of my great uncle but much to my surprise, I unlocked the secret history of my grandmother's family by meeting Donal in Monemohill. It was truly an emotional moment. My father and grandmother greatly resembled this photograph of Daniel.
My grandmother, through her marriage to Augustine Harney from Galway, had another son by the name of Brendan. He is married to Jean Bryson and has two grown up daughters by the names of Claire and Cara. My father was married to Catherine Doyle from Carlow (Eire). Sadly, Patrick died of cancer in January 2006. Apart from myself, there was a duaghter and sister by the name of Siobhan who was tragically killed in a car crash in March 1991. Siobhan was a medical student at the London Teaching Hospital of St. Thomas's.
Nevertheless, I am deeply delighted to be joining this website and look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely and kindest regards
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