Archive for January, 2014



William F. Sheehan, former lieutenant-governor of New York (1892-1894)

Senator Tom Sheahan was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel in April 2011. (Co Kerry)



Timothy J. Sheehan, Company C, commanded Fort Ridgely, Minnesota. Battle of Fort Ridgley, Dakota War 1862


During the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive —it was “the longest and deadliest battle” of the Vietnam War. West Point graduate Lieutenant Colonel Don Sheehan, USAF (Retired), of Tewksbury, flew into Khe Sanh with a C-130 Hercules cargo plane.


Interesting assertions that (1) the Sheehan family originated in Co. Clare rather than Lower Connello, Limerick; (2) and the first recorded use as a surname was in 1659 , Co. Cork.

“Originally belonging to County Clare, this clan moved southwards to occupy Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, and it is in these counties that the name is most numerous today.”

“The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Sheehan, of County Cork, which was dated 1659, in Petty’s “Census’ of Ireland”, during the reign of Richard Cromwell, known as “The Lord Protector”, 1658 – 1660. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.”

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