Houlihan Families

- Fedamore Parish Limerick -
The following information is from my own transcriptions of the Fedamore parish
records microfilms
available online at the National Library of Ireland website.
These records are hard to read in parts and at time illegible. Some are written in a
form of Latin. I have anglicised names where possible.  I have not always included
the witnesses or sponsors. I have used the spelling of the surname as it was recorded
in the record. This appears to have differed depending on the writer. I recommend that
you check back with the original microfilms as I can not guarantee the accuracy of my

I have attempted to arrange the records into family groups. My own ancestors are
Patrick Houlihan and Margaret Cavanagh who are the first family listed below.

If you are connected to any of these families I would love to hear from you. All
comments, corrections or suggestions are welcome.
Last Update 5th November 2015

Patrick Houlihan and Margaret Cavanagh - my great x 3 grandparents

Assorted Houlihan families

John Houlihans and their families - multiple men had the name John

Houlihan Brides - women with the surname who married or had children baptised in
About Fedamore: - from Wikipedia

Fedamore (Irish: Feadaimir, meaning "Wood of Damar") is a small village in County Limerick,

Fedamore is located in east County Limerick roughly 10 miles/16 kilometres from Limerick
City. Nearby villages include Crecora, Manister, Croom, Ballyneety and Meanus. The village is
just off the R511 regional road and is situated on a small hill roughly 90 metres in height.
Fedamore is in the Limerick County Dáil Éireann constituency and in the Adare/Rathkeale
local election constituency.

The name Fedamore comes from Fiadh Damair or Feadaimir, the wood of Damar, a local Gaelic
chieftain. Fairs were held in Fedamore on 5 May and on 9 October. Castles were located at
Englishtown, Rockstown and Williamstown and the latter two have ruins still intact. There are
remains of an abbey in Friarstown in a field which marks the border between Fedamore and
Donoughmore parishes. At Fanningstown and Rockstown, there are old disused graveyards.
St. Patrick's well is located at Kilpeacon which is in Fedamore parish although in reality is
located far closer to Crecora village. An old well called St. John's well seems to have been lost,
as has the mass rock at Rockstown. The present day church was built in 1830.

A Topographical Dictionary of Limerick City and County By Samuel Lewis published in
FEDAMORE: A parish, partly in the barony of Clanwilliam, but chiefly in that of Small County,
6 miles (S.) from Limerick, on the road to Bruff; containing 3420 inhabitants, of which
number, 277 are in the village. This parish comprises 5958 statute acres, as applotted under
the tithe act, and valued at £7964 per annum. The soil is remarkably fertile; about one-fourth
of the land is under tillage, and the remainder, with the exception of about 800 acres of
valuable bog, is good pasture and meadow land. The meadows are subject to inundation from
the River Commogue, and sometimes the crops of hay are entirely swept away. The
neighbourhood is highly interesting, and embellished with several gentlemen's seats, of which
the principal are Ballyneguard, that of J. Croker, Esq., a handsome mansion in a well-wooded
and richly varied demesne of 700 plantation acres; Sandville, of J. Barry, Esq.; Grange, of H.
O'Grady, Esq.; Friarstown, the ancient residence of the Hunt family; and the Glebe-house, of
the Rev. J. Bennett. The village contains 26 houses. Fairs are held here on 5 May and 9
October, chiefly for cattle and pigs, and occasionally for horses; and there is a constabulary
police station. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Limerick, united at an unknown period
to the vicarage of Glenogra, and in the patronage of the bishop; the rectory is appropriate to
the vicars choral of the cathedral of Christ-Church, Dublin. The tithes amount to £553.16.11.,
of which £369.4.7 1/2 is payable to the lessees of the appropriators, and the remainder to the
vicar: the tithes of the benefice amount to £379.11. 3 1/2. The glebe-house was built by aid of
a gift of £300 and a loan of £500 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1816; there are six
acres of glebe attached to it, and there are also two other small glebes in the parish. The
church is a small ancient edifice. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or
district, comprising also the parishes of Ballycahane, Monasternenagh, and Kilpeacon, in
which are two chapels; the chapel at this place is a large and handsome edifice, which cost
£700. About 200 children are taught in two public schools, of which the parochial school is
endowed with half an acre of land from the glebe, on which it is situated. A residence for the
master was built at the expense of the Rev. Godfrey Massey, then curate of the parish. The
other school, at Grange, is liberally supported by H. O'Grady, Esq., who built the
school-house. At Fanningstown, near the northern boundary of the parish, are the remains of
Temple Roe, a church erected by the Knights Templars in 1288. Adjoining the demesne of
Ballyneguard is Rockstown Castle; and in it is Williamstown Castle, erected by the Bourke
family, a plain square building in its exterior, but curiously fitted up internally in the Gothic
style; it has been renovated and restored to its ancient appearance by the Messrs Pain,
architects. At Englishtown is another castle, built by Sir. J. Fitgerald.
Griffiths Valuations:

Hoolaghan Michael Fedamore Village

Hoolahan David Fedamore Village

Hoolahan Daniel Fanningstown Fedamore

Hoolahan James Carnane Fedamore

Hoolahan John Friarstown North Fedamore

Hoolahan John Fanningstown Fedamore

Hoolahan Maurice Skool Fedamore

Hoolahan Michael Friarstown North Fedamore

Patrick Hoolahan Cloghadoolarty North
Fedamore Clearances:
Newspaper report from the Limerick and Clare Examiner 22nd January 1848