Andrew Cullinan and Catherine Fogarty

Andrew Cullinan was born near the townland of Killeen, in the parish of Ruan in County Clare, Ireland around 1781.

Killeen near Corofin, Clare, Ireland

He was most likely the son of Hugh Cullinan (1764-1808) and Catherine Whelan. Hugh is buried in the Ruan Parish Catholic Cemetery and his headstone states he was aged 44 when he died on 2 July 1808, husband of Catherine Whelan. See here Ruan Graveyard Inscriptions.

The farming area of Killeen is in the Roman Catholic parish of Ruan, Clare, and in some older records it can be found in the bordering parish of Rath, Clare. I’ve also found records listed under Killeen and Culleen, in the parish of Dysert. It is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.

Burren National Park

Killeen is a farming district 2 kms from the town of Corofin, near the Burren National Park. The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size.

The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. An extremely appropriate name, given the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed limestone rock formations.

Cliffs of Moher Clare Ireland

Killeen is only 5 min by car from the village of Corofin and 14 minutes from Ennis, the county town of County Clare.

The Wild Atlantic Way and the famously rugged Cliffs of Moher are within 20 minutes drive of the town. One of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher  are dramatic sea cliffs, located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They run for about 14 kilometres along the coast.


The townland area of Killeen, pictured on the map below, covers an area of .35 square miles, covering 222 acres.

Map of Killeen (inside blue line) situated between Corofin &  Ruan

Facts about Andrew Cullinan of Killeen, Ruan –

  • 1781 – Andrew may have been born around 1781 (possible death certificate found – Corofin district, Ireland, Qtr 1, Vol 4, No 162, aged 84 in 1865).
  • Recorded as the father (mother Catherine Fogarty) of Denis Cullinan (Australian death certificate 1880)
  • 1840- Clare, Ireland Registry of Freeholds – Andrew, John and Michael Cullinan, Killeen, Clare, Ireland.
  • 1840 – List of Applications Delivered to the Clerk of the Peace, County Clare, claiming to register Freeholds at the Ennis Sessions Oct 17 1810 – Andrew Cullinan, Killeen, 10 pounds, registry. (Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser 1 October 1840)
  • 1843 – Killeen, Ruan – Tithe Applotment Books – occupiers of land – Andrew and Patrick Cullinan. Also listed for Killeen are farmers John Fogarty (possible wife’s father) and Michael Feighery (possible son James’wife’s father).
  • 1856 – Killeen, Ruan – Griffiths Valuation of Ireland, four separate areas including house and land. Occupier Andrew Cullinan, Lessor John O’Brien.
  • 1860-1865  – Killeen – Electoral Voting – Andrew Cullinan, rated occupier 13 acres, John rated occupier 18 acres.

Killeen Ruan Ireland 1856 Griffiths Valuation

Andrew had two possible siblings also found in records for the townland of Killeen –

John born 1785 died 1875 Killeen. 1856 Griffiths Valuation of Ireland.

  • 1821 – Freeholders in the District of Corofin – John Cullinan,tenant, landowner Captain Scott.
  • 1840- Clare, Ireland Registry of Freeholds – Andrew, John and Michael Cullinan, Killeen, Clare, Ireland.
  • 1846 – John Cullinan, secretary of the Corofin Relief Committee, sends several letters to the district commissioners begging for Indian corn and grants of money to help the starving and destitute in the surrounding area. He writes compelling arguments stating that the poor of the district were now facing their second day without food.
  • 1853 – John Cullinan appears on the list of tenants in Killeen on Encumbered Estates.
      John Cullinan Ireland Encumbered Estates Killeen 1853
  • 1856 – John and Michael Cullinan, townland of Killeen, bordering parish of Rath and Ruan.
  • 1857 – John appears in the Court of Petty Sessions in Corofin, on 12th August, charged with wilful trespass by cutting hay. The complainant is Margaret O’Brien, spinster (no doubt a relation of the landowner John O’Brien).
  • 1860-1865 – Killeen – Electoral Roll Voting – Andrew rated occupier 13 a 4 r, John rated occupier 18 a 5 r.
  • 1867 – Court of Petty Sessions Corofin – John is charged with having an unsecured dog.

John Cullinan died in 1875 in the Corofin registration district, aged 90 years.

Michael  born ca 1797 Ruan,Clare, died 1877.

  • 1821 – Freeholders in the District of Corofin – Michael Cullinan, tenant, landowner O’Brien
  • 1840- Clare, Ireland Registry of Freeholds – Andrew, John and Michael Cullinan, Killeen, Clare, Ireland.
  • 1855 Griffiths Valuation for Killeen with Andrew Cullinan.

Michael Cullinan died in 1877 in the Corofin Registration district aged 80. (Death certificate – Qtr 1, Vol 4, Page 144).

One of these two possible brothers may have married a woman named Ellen who was born around 1801. A death certificate of an Ellen Cullinan who died on 27 Mar 1879, aged 78, a widow of a farmer of Killeen was found. (Death Certificate – registration district Corofin – Qtr 1, Vol 4, page 151.)

now back to Andrew Cullinan, father of Denis Cullinan…

We know that Andrew of the parish of Ruan, married Catherine Fogarty and had Denis, but these are other possible children who married around the same time as Denis in the same catholic parish church – (see Denis’s page for more information about these children).

  1. John born 1815
  2. Michael born 1825
  3. James born 1826
  4. Margaret born 1830
  5. Denis born 1831
  6. Honora born 1833


Amazingly, the Cullinan farmhouse of Killeen, inhabited by many generations of the Cullinan family, still survives, and today is a Bed and Breakfast establishment on Air BnB. There are lots of lovely photos of the house, inside and out, and of the surrounding area.

Cullinan farmhouse Killeen Ruan Clare Ireland


Ruan Cemetery Headstone Records list a Hugh Cullinan born 1764, died 2 Jul 1808 aged 44, wife Catherine Whelan. See here Ruan Graveyard Inscriptions.

Death Certificates of Interest -Corofin Registration District (which covers Killeen)

  • Andrew, b 1781 d 1865, Qtr 1, Vol 4 162
  • Michael, b 1797 d 1877, Qtr 1, Vol 4, 144
  • John, b 1785 d 1875, Qtr 1, Vol 4, 161
  • Catherine, b 1795 d 1875, Qtr 1, Vol 4, 162
  • John, b 1793 d 1871, Qtr 2 Vol 9, 128
  • Honor, b 1790 d 1870, Qtr 2, Vol 9, 139

1901 Census of Killeen, Ruan, Clare, Ireland
This is the widow and children of James Cullinan b 1826 above. Note Susan is also known as Johanna Feighery.
Cullinan family
Susan aged 75 (head, widow)
Andrew aged 40 (son)
Mary aged 35 (daughter)

1911 Census of Killeen, Ruan, Clare, Ireland
Cullinan family
Susan aged 85 (head, widow)
Andrew aged 55 (son, married)
Mary aged 50 (sister of Andrew)
Mary aged 29 (wife of Andrew)

There are still Feighery and Fogarty families living in Killeen in 1911. See here for 1911 Killeen census families.

Online Clare, Ireland Records from Clare Library