Kennedy, Dublin, Ireland.


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Kennedy, alternately O'Kennedy and Kennedie, is a surname of Irish and Scottish origin (wikipedia). There are also an Irish Kennedy family and a Scottish Kennedy clan of Carrick in Ayrshire, which are unrelated to one another. It is a not-uncommon name in Ireland as this photo of a licensed grocery store in Tipperary shows. Our branch of the Kennedy family traces back to Dublin in the mid-19th Century.

Our story begins in Dublin, Ireland with the birth of Frederick James KENNEDY there in 1863. He married Eleanor Jane MOLLOY, 5 years his junior, from Donegal in 1891. Frederick was an Insurance Inspector and both he and Eleanor were literate. Their first 4 children were born in Dublin South, in Rathmines, a well-to-do suburb, where now many of the grand houses of the area offer comfortable B&B.

Around 1900 the family moved to Belfast, to 5 Glenworth Street, Duncairn Ward, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, where Jack was born. Like Dublin on the River Liffey, Belfast straddles a river - the Lagan. In contrast, however, Belfast sits in 2 Counties - Antrim and Down - with the R. Lagan marking the boundary. Being Church of Ireland, the move to Belfast may have been prompted by the mounting politico-religious conflict between the Church of Ireland persuasion and the Church of Rome, the anti-Westminster sentiment leading to the Easter Uprising of April 1916 and the Partition of Ireland between North and South on 3 May 1921.

Frederick and Eleanor's children were:

  1. Frederick John KENNEDY (b. 9 November 1891, Rathmines, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. d.-)
  2. Ethel Florence KENNEDY (b. 1894, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. d. ) {Never married}
  3. Robert Francis KENNEDY (b. 1 April 1896, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. d. 20 December 1959, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Denbighshire, Wales) {Never married}
  4. Alfred Earnest KENNEDY (b. 1899, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. d.- )
  5. Jack KENNEDY (b. Belfast. d. 1916)

Frederick John KENNEDY

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Updated: 20 October, 2017