Saturday, 9 January 2010

The children of Denis Lawlor and Catherine Cushin

My grandfather James Lawlor (left) with his father Dennis Lawlor (seated ) with my mother Joan as a baby - photo taken in Dublin circa. 1939
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Denis Lawlor and Catherine Cushin had six children who grew up into adulthood. In the 1911 census it seems there may have been other children who died as babies.

Mary ( Mamie ) was the eldest born in 1904, then Elizabeth ( Lily ) born in 1905, then Thomas, James Christopher born in 1913 , Kathleen born in 1915 and finally Kevin .

James Christopher Lawlor married Elizabeth Theresa Whelan on 22nd July 1938 at St.Michan Church , Halston Street , Dublin. They emigrated to England and raised their family of six children in Birmingham ; Joan Patricia ( 23.2.39 ) , Kevin Patrick ( 22.5.40) , Patricia Ann and Elizabeth Ann ( 16.1.47 ) , Brian Anthony ( 30.4.45 ) and Dennis (16.12.47 ). James Christopher Lawlor died on 17th September 1980 , and Elizabeth Theresa died on 12th April 1983 . For further information refer to The Lawlors of Lee Bank.

Mary Lawlor ( Mamie ) married Willie O'Gorman and they had five children ; Bernadette , Liam, Denis , Vincent and Breda . The O'Gorman children were brought up at 92 Walsh Road around the same period that Joan and Eammon were staying there .

Anyone in our family who visited 92 Walsh Road will remember that it was a very pleasant but humble three bedroomed terraced house and it seems incredible now to think of thirteen people once sharing this small amount of space.

Willie O'Gorman died on 21st September 1984 aged 78 years old . Mary O'Gorman ( Maimie ) died from cancer on 12th November 1986 aged 82 years old .

Neither Elizabeth ( Lily ) or Kevin Lalor married . They lived all their lives together at Walsh Road , Drumcondra along with sister Maimie and her husband Willie O'Gorman . In later years Elizabeth suffered a stroke which left her disabled and reliant on Kevin for support . After Kevin's death in 1993 Elizabeth went to stay in a residential home south of Dublin .

Theresa and I visited Lily in September 1995 at Brymore House Nursing Home , Thormanby Road , Howth , Co. Dublin . Lily had recently celebrated her 90th birthday and was in marvellous form despite her age and disabilities . She spent her time sitting at the front door of the nursing home where she greeted all staff , residents and visitors with smiles , kisses and waves . Lily was difficult to understand because of her speech impediment and had difficulty understanding us because of her poor hearing and our Brummie accents . However , she was as usual overflowing with warm smiles and love, bright eyed and the source of the most wonderful hugs and cuddles . Her memorable catchphrase ( in a soft Dublin accent ) was " Ah! Lovely . Lovely . Ah ! Lovely ! " which she repeated with a deeply joyous expression throughout our conversations. Lily Lawlor truly had smiling Irish eyes !

Kevin Lawlor was a keen rower , he rowed for a Dublin team all over Europe and loved to attend regattas . In later years he captained and trained his team. He was a happy bachelor whose visits to his brother's family in Birmingham were very popular with both adults and children alike. Kevin was a frequent visitor to pubs all over Dublin , his local bar was Fagins on Drumcondra Road , a bar which even in the 1990s still refused service to women in the public bar. Kevin took a keen interest in Ireland's politics and was also a devoted Christian , attending early mass every morning .

Kathleen Lawlor married Tommy Duignam and they had three children ; Paul , Terence and Nuala . Nuala married Stephen on Saturday 10th March 1984 at the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall . Kathleen Duignam lived at Santry, Dublin 9 and died aged 80 in June 1995 . Poignantly , Kathleen's sad death came only one week after I had written to her in the hope of gleaning information from her for this Family History. When I met Kathleen in 1993 I found her a warm and energetic lady ; small , slim and fashionable with a distinctive Dublin accent.

Lily Lawlor ( granddad's sister ) never married and remained single all of her life.


This is a scan from a photograph of a photograph. The original was in a photo album at the Lawlor family home at Walsh Road, so I am guessing these women are possibly of Mamie and Lily.

The Glavins

Thank you to Jim Byrne in Cork for the following information about the Glavins:

"John James Glavin was married to Mary Cushion (nee Finally who was a sister of Kate Cushion). John James and Mary Glavin were my grandparents, they had six sons and one daughter Elizabeth who was my mother. The eldest was Patrick, then Thomas, James, William, John and Maurice.

"It was James (Jimmy) who worked in Fords, Dagenham, in the Labour relations office, H R in todays speak. He did indeed secure jobs for many of Corks unemployed, who when they came home for their summer holidays were known as "Dagenham Yanks" as they were flush with sterling.

"Jimmy Glavin died 15-04-67. It was said that Paddy died when on the "Run" during the Civil war. John died as a result of an injury sustained whilst playing a soccer match. Thomas (Tom) went to Boston and married an American girl, they had two daughters Betty and Patty, I have tried to contact these, no success so far. Maurice (Mossie) died in 1969, he had married but had no family. William died in 1970 aged seventy years. he never married. My mother died in 1953.

"Jimmy Glavin had three children, Winnie, Ber and James (Junior) passed away about 20 years ago"
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2 comments:

  1. Pete.
    A correction to Willie Glavin was married to "Pop" Lawlors sister.
    John James Glavin was married to Mary Cushion (nee Finally who was a sister of Kate Cushion) John James and Mary Glavin were my grandparents, they had six sons and one daughter Elizabeth who was my mother. The eldest was Patrick, then Thomas, James, William, John and Maurice. It was James (Jimmy)who worked in Fords, Dagenham, in the Labour relations office, H R in todays speak. he did indeed secure jobs for many of Corks unemployed, who when they came home for their summer holidays were known as "Dagenham Yanks" as they were flush with sterling. Jimmy Glavin died 15-04-67. It was said that Paddy died when on the "Run" during the Civil war. John died as a result of an injury sustained whilst playing a soccor match. Thomas (Tom) went to Boston and and married an American girl, they had two daughters Betty and Patty, I have tried to contact these, no success so far. Maurice (Mossie) died in 1969, he had married but had no family. William died in 1970 aged seventy years. he never married. My mother died in 1953.
    Jimmy Glavin had three children, Winnie, Ber and James (Junior) Junior passed away about 20 years ago.

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  2. Thanks Jim. See my other reply to your comment. Marvelous to hear from you. This information is fantastic!

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