About the Flanagan family
Lawrence Denis Flanagan was born in Moate in county Westmeath on 19th June 1882, therefore making him just four months older than his old college friend from Blackrock, Eamon de Valera.
Lawrence Flanagan’s father was Patrick Flanagan (born 1839), who ran a saw mill in Moate and his mother was Elen Flanagan (born 1841).
In the 1901 census the Flanagan family were recorded at house 61 in Cullenboyleggan, Moate, Westmeath. Lawrence is not recorded in the household because in 1901 he was residing at Terenure College in Dublin where he was studying to be a Carmelite priest.
The following family members were recorded in the Flanagan household in 1901 (all were born in Westmeath and all were Roman Catholic):
Patrick Flanagan aged 62, head of family, sawmill proprietor (born 1839).
Elen Flanagan, aged 60, wife.
Michael Flanagan, aged 28, son, machinest, not married.
Catherine Flanagan, aged 23, daughter, trained nurse, not married.
John Flanagan, aged 24, son, carpenter, not married.
Elen Flanagan, aged 20, daughter, housekeeper, not married.
Thomas Flanagan, aged 19, son, carpenter, not married.
Edward Flanagan, aged 18, son, machinest, not married.
Ann Flanagan, aged 16, daughter, scholar, not married.
Joseph Flanagan, aged 15, son, scholar, not married.
Michael Flanagan, aged 70, brother, carpenter, not married.
Patrick Kennedy, aged 2, grand son, not married.
Margaret Flanagan, aged 17, cousin, general servant (domestic), not married.
In the Griffith’s Valuation of 1854, a Patrick Flanagan was recorded at Killeenboylegan in the town of Moate on the Dublin Road.