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Eileen Sheehan, poet, teacher

Though set for the most part in her native Kerry, Sheehan’s poetry is far more universal than provincial. Much has been made by critics of her word-craft: its earthy rhythms, its careful cadences, the evocative lyricality with which she explores the ancient and undying themes of love, family, domesticity, nature, death and myth. Yet her poetic compass frequently leads her beyond this well-trod ground, toward situations uncannily familiar or curiously surreal. Such moments are captured with consistently surprising metaphor in work that possesses a delightfully magnetic and multi-layered simplicity.

Eileen Sheehan was born in Scartaglin, in the Sliabh Luachra area of Co.Kerry in 1963, and has lived for most of her life in the nearby lake-side town of Killarney. A well-esteemed and much-loved poet, especially in her home province of Munster, Sheehan has won both the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Slam in 2004 and the coveted Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2006. She has been published in several high-profile anthologies and has been invited to read her work at many festivals and events both in Ireland and around the world. Her first collection, Song of the Midnight Fox, was published by Doghouse Books in 2004, as was her most recent, Down the Sunlit Hall, in 2008. Both collections met with critical acclaim and a third, The Narrow Place of Souls, is forthcoming.


Extract from: poetryinternationalweb (18 July 2013)

This blog is five years old

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

This blog is now five years old. The family Ó Siodhacháin has been in Ireland for centuries. The Gaelic spelling was simplified to be Ó Síocháin in the 1940s. The anglicised spellings are Sheehan, Sheahan, and the other variants listed elsewhere in the blog. Sheehan’s are mostly associated with the Southern province of Munster in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork, and also county Clare. Today people with the name Sheehan can be found all over Ireland, in the United Kingdom, and scattered across the world in Australia, the United States, and Canada etc. The meaning of the name is commonly stated as peaceful or peacemaker. Search on the name and you will find people in all the professions and cultural pursuits. The “clan” is often associated with the Dal gCais – the Sept that mostly controlled Munster in the middle ages. Its most famous son: Brian Buru was the High King of Ireland.  There is no evidence that the Sheehan’s were a prominent clan. It is indicated that they had land in the Lower Connello part of county Limerick prior to the Normans. In the past, the Sheehan’s would have been predominately Roman Catholic. The History of Limerick notes that a Captain William Sheehan fought at the Siege of Limerick in 1691, and my conjecture is that he left Ireland for good with the other Jacobite troops under the agreed articles of surrender, after the signing of the Treaty of Limerick.

My own family’s more recent origin is in  County Clare and County Limerick on my father’s side. I currently reside in Donegal in the North West of Ireland, not known for many Sheehan’s. There is a Sheen avenue in Bundoran, so I wonder if it is named after a person or simply after peace?



Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL

Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL
Educated: University of Limerick and the King’s Inns

Called to the Bar: 1996
Experience in personal injury litigation, including medical negligence, judicial review, non-jury and commercial litigation
Reporter for the Irish Reports: 1997 to 2003
Legal chairperson of the Mental Health Tribunals: 2009 to date
Legal Adviser to the Residential Institutions Redress Board: March 2007 to July 2014 – See more at

Appointments to the Circuit Court

At its meeting yesterday, 19 November 2014, the Government nominated Judge Eugene O’Kelly, Mr. Francis Comerford, BL, Ms. Karen Fergus, SC, Ms. Melanie Greally, BL, Mr. John Hannan, BL, Ms. Karen O’Connor, BL, and Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL for appointment by the President to the Circuit Court.

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Constable Patrick Sheahan

An article on “The Tragic death of Constable Patrick Sheahan D.M.P” by Tom Donovan (2005)

Patrick Sheahan from Glin, Co. Limerick, served with the Dublin Metropolitan Police, and in May 6th 1905 he was called to an incident as a worker had been overcome by gas in a large sewer while investigating a broken pipe…

article on Patrick Sheahan

You can visit the memorial in Dublin, on Burgh Quay at the junction of Hawkins Street

google maps Hawkins street


Baronies of Limerick

The gravestone inscriptions of St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Doon, Co. Limerick.

H3 Celtic style cross on top of stone

In loving memory of Neil Sheehan, Bridge Street, Cappamore died 4th June 1994 aged 69 years

Sīochāin Dē inār measc


“Sīochāin Dē inār measc” translates as “Peace of God in our midst”

The gravestone inscriptions of St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Doon, Co. Limerick.

Irish Volunteers 1913 –

August 31, 2014 2 comments

Irish Volunteers – London 1914:
Maurice Sheahan (provisional secretary, London)
Dan Sheehan

“I, Louis P. Noble Joined The Gaelic League In London In Oct. 1908, and started to learn to play the Warpipes in July 1909. I won the Solo Championship of Ireland at the Rotunda in August, 1910. I was then made Pipe Major of the London Irish Pipers Club. In March, 1914 Michael Collins and Maurice Sheahan came to me at the Pipers Club and asked me to take charge of the drilling and instruction of the First Company of the Irish Volunteers then being formed at the German Gymnasium, St. Pancras Road, London, NW. They knew I held a proficiency Certificate for Drill and Musketry from the English Volunteers. I had in my Company men who were to make history in Ireland, I can remember a number of them: Michael Collins, Maurice Sheahan, Sean Hurley, Sean and E. Nunan, Dan Sheehan, M. Cremins, J. O’Brien, Francis Fitzgerald, Con Crowley, Padraig O’Conaire, Joe and Matt Furlong; there were seventy-seven names on my roll. After the split in volunters I carried out training at Highgate Woods and Hammersmith”

Irish Volunteers – Cork members
#143, Christopher Sheehan: 143 Blarney street, 14 Dec 1913
#1216, Jeremiah Sheehan: 86 Barrack Street, 9 June 1914
#1310, John J Sheehan: East Douglas, 13 June 2014
#1330, Jeremiah Sheehan: 155 Bandon Road, 13 June 1914
#1369, J F Sheehan: 2 Ardnagrena, Evergreen, 18 June 1914
#1377, Cornelius Sheehan: Fairhill, 19 June 1914
#1555, Bartholomew Sheehan: 19 Green street, 6 July 1914
Jeremiah Sheehan – section commander, paraded in Cork, Easter Sunday 1916

Good Friday 1916 – four volunteers

“Their responsibility was to signal ashore the German ship the Aud, with Roger Casement aboard and it’s cargo of 20,000 rifles, machine guns and ammunition to arm the Volunteers for the Easter Rising.

However, they never reached their destination. The car in which Monahan, Tom McInerney, Con Keating and Donal Sheehan were travelling overturned, killing Keating and Sheehan outright. While Monahan escaped the car, he later drowned in the River Laune. His body was recovered six months later. McInerney was the only survivor of the crash. ”

Irish Examiner (May 30 2011):
“In what is believed to be one of the first tragedies of the Easter Rising, four days later radio operator Con Keating, of Renard, Cahersiveen, along with Charles Monahan from Belfast and Donal Sheehan from Newcastlewest, drowned when their car took a wrong turning and went off a treacherous pier at Ballykissane near Killorglin, on the night of April 20, hours before Roger Casement was being brought ashore at Banna Strand just miles away.”

Sheehan memorial:

“Donal Sheehan had had an ordinary upbringing. He was born at Ballintubrid, just off the main Limerick-Killarney road a mile and a half west of Newcastle West. Educated locally, he succeeded in the Civil Service examinations and after a period as a bookkeeper in London, returned to Ireland to avoid conscription when the Great War broke out. He worked in Geary’s biscuit factory, beside where Limerick City Hall stands today. He had taught himself Irish from an early age and had been active in Conradh na Gaeilge in London also upon his return home. But, unknown to most, he had also become a volunteer, and rose to the rank of captain under Joseph Plunkett.”