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Presentation Sisters Grave

Anna “Sister Mary Brendan” O’Connell

Anna joined the Presentation Order and took the name of Sister Mary Brendan. She died 5th November 1904, aged about sixty, in Listowel and was originally buried in the order’s cemetery there. As the convent was demolished, the graves were moved to a communal spot in the Listowel cemetery. Sister Marie O’Connell of Christchurch has been in written contact with the Sisters in Listowel. She was informed of the cemetery changes because the Sisters saw the O’Connells in New Zealand as “next of kin”. We were then, the only known descendants with the family name.

New Zealand Tablet, Vol.XXXII, Issue 48, 1 Dec 1904, Pg 31.

INTERCOLONIAL – The Rev. J. H. O’Connell (Carlton) received a cable the other day informing him of the death of his sister, a member of the Presentation Order, Listowel, Ireland. Sister Brendan died at the convent on the 5th ult.

The Argus, Melbourne. Monday, 7 November, 1904. Page 1.

O’CONNELL – On the 5th November, at the Presentation Convent, Listowel, Ireland, Sister Mary Brendan O’Connell, sister of the Rev. J. H. O’Connell, St George’s, Carlton Requiescat in pace. (By cable)

Taken from Kerry Sentinel Nov. 12th, 1904.

Sr. Mary Brendan O’Connell a native of Ballybunion died at the Presentation Convent Listowel. Her brother Capt. Chevalier Michael O’Connell had command position in the Papal Army and her other brother Fr. James Hennessy O’Connell a priest in the Melbourne Diocese. Cousins in Ireland; Mr T Kissane Lacca; M Byrnes Inch; Mr and Mrs Maurice Keane Main Street, Listowel; J O’Connor Coolkeragh; Mr and Mrs W. Keane Ballygrennan; Mrs O’Connor Lisselton; Also Miss Keane Lisselton; Maria Kissane Lacca; Mrs O’Shea Tullamore; P. Grady, Glouria, Lisselton; Mrs Murphy, Cool, Ballylongford; Miss Fitzgerald Greenville, Listowel. Mrs Cremins nee Hennessy, Glin; Mr E Hennessy, Laharn.


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