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My ancestors - Flanagan - Contents

Flanagan of Co.Dublin


The tradition in our family is that the Flanagans were from Co.Roscommon and moved to Co.Dublin.
Charles Flanagan and Liam Cosgrave both thought that William Flanagan was from Co.Roscommon.
However, there were other Flanagans in Dublin apart from William.
And [Frank Flanagan's memoirs] mention a granduncle in Rathmines, Co.Dublin. If this is on the Flanagan side (i.e. brother of William), then it must have been the previous generation that was from Co.Roscommon.

Frank Flanagan said there was a story that the Flanagans were stewards to The O'Conor Don at Clonalis House (or Cloonalis), Castlerea, Co.Roscommon. The original house was early 18th century. See [Irish Country Houses].

Clonalis in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].

The old (early 18th century) "Cloonalis House", Co.Roscommon, on 1829 to 1842 map.
There was a story that the Flanagans were stewards to The O'Conor Don here. But there is no evidence to support this yet.
This house is now gone, replaced by the new "Clonalis House" (built 1878) a bit to the N of this site. See 1887 to 1913 map and modern satellite view and street view of entrance.

The 1798 rising

There was a story that Flanagan of Tallaght sheltered people in the 1798 Rising.
This is probably confusion with the 1867 rising.

The 1803 rising

[Frank Flanagan's memoirs] say his granduncle was a "lieutenant" of the young rebel Robert Emmet.
He does not say if it is on the Flanagan (would be an older brother of William below) or on the Maguirk side.

Robert Emmet led an abortive rising on 23 July 1803. After its failure he fled into hiding around Dublin. He was captured on 25 Aug 1803.
Frank says "My father's uncle was one of Emmet's lieutenants. Major Sirr, the infamous Town Mayor responsible for the capture and death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, called at my granduncle's home in Rathmines looking for him when he was riding on his way into Dublin to enquire his whereabouts. He was quite civil to his wife and told her to keep her husband out of his clutches as, if he was found, he would certainly be hanged. He was lucky, as when Emmet was captured, his followers broke up."

Our line

Our line begins with:

--- Flanagan,
perhaps from Co.Roscommon,
had issue:

  1. William Flanagan, born 1789,
    of Greenhills, Tallaght, Co.Dublin.

William Flanagan listed with 21 acres at Kilnamanagh (Greenhills Road), Tallaght parish, Co.Dublin, in [Tithe Survey, 1826].
This could be William (age 37) or could be his father.

John Flanagan of Greenhills, Tallaght

John Flanagan must be related, maybe a brother of William.

The John Flanagan farm highlighted on 1829 to 1842 map.

John Flanagan listed at Greenhills, Tallaght, in [Thom's, 1854].

Miscellaneous possibly related families

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