Thomas Gallagher and Catherine Fennessy

Thomas Gallagher was born around 1800 in the townland of Derrybehagh, 2kms from the village of Feakle, County Clare, Ireland.

Derrybeha(gh) is a small townland of 65 acres in the parish of Feakle, Union of Scarriff, Barony of Tulla Upper, County of Clare, Province of Munster, Ireland.

A Patrick Galiher (brother? father?) appears in the 1827 Tithe Applotment Book for Derrybeha.

Thomas Gallagher married Catherine ‘Kitty’ Fennessy around 1820 in the catholic church near or in Feakle, Clare.

Catherine may be the daughter of James Fennessy and Sarah Tuohy, which would make Catherine’s son Patrick (below) first cousins with his wife Bridget Fennessy (daughter of Edmond Fennessy).

The couple had at least four children together –

  1. Patrick born 1821 Derrybeha died 1902 Bauroe, Feakle. He married Bridget Fennessy ca 1858 in Feakle and had eight children, most of which immigrated to Australia.
    Patrick appears in the 1901 census for Derrybeha living with his son Patrick and next near door to his brother Thomas.
  2. Anne born 1834 Derrybeha, baptised 4 Oct 1834 Kilnoe, Clare.
  3. Bridget born 1836 Derrybeha, baptised Dec 1836 Kilnoe, Clare.
  4. Thomas born 1838 Derrybeha, married Johanna Hayes.
    Thomas and Johanna appear in the 1901 census and 1911 census records for Derrybeha.

In 1878 Patrick appears in the Dog Registration books, with his residence given as Derrybeha. This may be Patrick the father, or his son.

It is unknown when and where Thomas and Catherine died, but probably at Derrybeha.