McDonoughs Of Tuam

View Pedigree Of McDonoghs Of Wilmont House

 View Photograph of my maternal grand parents wedding in 1904

My late mother's grandfather, Dr. Frank McDonogh P.C.of Wilmont House Portumna married Kate Bodkin, oldest daughter of Dr. Thomas Bodkin of Eastland House Tuam, on the 19th. March 1865

Among the guests was Mathias McDonnell Bodkin author, M.P. ,circuit court judge and uncle of the groom. A younger step sister of the bride named Amy Ffrench Lynch who later married a Henry Gordon and lived in Kikclooney House which was originally built by a John J. Bodkin M.P.

Also in the picture was a young gentleman of about 12 or 13, a step brother of the bride named Henry Ffrench Lynch of Rockwell House  (formerly Tubberoe House)  Kilclooney, who in later life married an English lady named Sheila Cronk  who was in some way connected to the Clorans of Tuam. They had one son named Cecil who is now  aged about 70 I would say. Henry Ffrench Lynch died while still a young man and my late mother's older brother Frank McDonogh married his widow. Frank was extremely well known in farming and show jumping circles around Tuam. He was a founder member of Tuam livestock mart. 

2nd.rowL to R. priest unknown Judge Mathias Bodkin son of Dr. Thomas Bodkin Eastland House Tuam and brother of Kate McDonogh. Author M.P. & judge Joseph McDonogh groom's brother. He married Agnes Turner whose father was a doctor and had bought Eastland House. He was Clerk of the Tuam union & lived in Eastland House. The Groom Thomas McDonogh. He had been a ships cook but met his bride Mai Hackett while staying in Headford Castle with his brother in law Farrell McDonnell. Henry Ffrench Lynch Rockwell House. The Lynchs had been at Rockwell House for about 299 years when Henry married Martin Hackett's wealthy widow and had further children not in the picture Amy who married Henry Gordon & lived in Kilclooney house and Gracie. Neither Tilda nor Gracie married and the lived just outside Salthill in Galway. They used to play golf and a young boy who lived near them used caddy for them. His name was Christ O'Connor now known as Christ O'Connor Sen.. Maude Hoade sister of the bride's mother, she lived at Cahernaheenagh which is about 3miles outside Headford on the Tuam road. Julie Curran another sister of the bride's mother.
Back row: priest unknown Farrello McDonnell who was married to Esmina McDonogh the groom's sister. Jack Edward McDonogh the baby of the family He studied medicine like his father but he failed to qualify. He spent most of his life as a big game hunter in Africa. The dandy at the back right hand corner is Francie McDonogh. He was a successful racehorse owner & trainer .He trained his own horse Riverside Fairy to win the Irish Grand National Weeks before the race when the horse was @100 to 1 he started backing it He won enough to buy about 200 acres near Rathcoole in Co. Dublin. Unfortunately he tried to duplicate the feat the following year but failed . The rest of the way was downhill for him and he died penniless in Dublin. 

What I am interested in, is finding out which branch of the Bodkin clan Dr. Bodkin of Eastland House Tuam belonged to. He qualified in Apotocheries Hall Dublin in 1823, served his time there and also worked in the Coome Hospital . He worked in the East somewhere ( at the moment I presume India ) hence the name of the  house he built & lived in. How did his daughter meet & marry Francis McDonogh (son of a captain in the 10th. Hussars, but who had also served in the Connaught Ranger ) in 1865 when he was only 21years old. All this young man was interested in was hunting and riding. His 16th. birthday present from his father was a pack of dogs. This was a dubious present as dogs were expensive and time consuming to keep but it ensured he was master of the local hunt.

The McDonoghs were always interested in horses. Both Alan & William rode in the first Aintree Grand National in 1839. William had his way blocked by spectators, who had backed another horse, when he looked like winning. Alan came second on "The Nun". 

In 1829 William, while acting as a second for his uncle at a duel in Co. Offaly, shot and killed a man who was interfering with this duel. The ball passed through the mans head and killed a second man who was standing behind him. I have a newspaper cutting describing the incident. I also have a copy of  all the state papers connected with the event. These are the letter from the local magistrate, a report of the inquest, which was held in the field beside the two dead bodies and a copy of the warrant for his arrest.

Leo Ryan

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