Walsh's of Oughterard

My Family in Camp st

By Dennis Walsh

John (Sean Guy) Walsh

My name is Dennis Walsh, I live in Sydney Australia

My Father David Walsh, was born in Camp St.

The shop still stands in the main street.

My Grandparents were John (Sean Guy) Walsh and Ellen Walsh ( née Brandley) Sean Guy worked on Lough Corrib as a “Bailiff” after running a shop in the main street of Oughterard which he lost after the crop in the area failed, I am told he continued to supply his customers with goods after the crop failure and of course he ran out of money, the shop still stands in the main street.
My father grew up in Camp St, along with his brothers and sisters:
Sarah Ann Healy (née Walsh ) Paud, Johnny, Michael (Died aged 12), Peggy (Died aged 15) Mary, and Peter.
Sarah Anne, Peter and Mary still visit Oughterard from time to time.
My first cousin Mick Healy has the shop near the bridge on the way out of town.
I am also related to the O’Toole family, Michael and Kevin well known to the people of the town.

My Great Grandparents

My Family roots are deep in the area, My Great Grandparents were David (b 1846) and Sarah Walsh (b 1855) lived in Finnaun, Killannin, working as herders. They had 5 children, John (Sean Guy ,b 1870) Thomas (b 1879) Mary (b 1880) Peter (b 1882) and Maria (b 1884).I am told that some of the children immigrated to Boston but I am unable to confirm this or find out anything else about the family.

I have visited Oughterard twice, the last time being in June 2010, and will be back as soon as I can. I am posting a picture of Sean Guy. My Father David is already in the photo of “The Mayfly Market”.
I am very proud of my Irish heritage and would appreciate any information regarding the family anyone has.

I hope to be able to keep contributing to this website .

This page was added on 03/04/2011.

Comments about this page

  • Hi all my name is Chris Thain, Mary’s second son and came across this page when clearing some of her memorabilia as she passed away last year.
    I went to Oughterard with Mum about 8 years ago but it was only a flying visit and never had an opportunity to look up family
    I remember as a child visiting auntie Sarah in Birmingham so have met all her children, — I think !
    It would be great to hear from anybody as I’m sure at some stage in the near future world travel will be a possibility as retirement is on the horizon
    My email is boxercassie@gmail.com

    By Christopher Thain (25/08/2017)
  • Hello Kouy Smith, can you please contact me on denniswalsh0201@gmail.com
    I have some interesting things for you
    Regards
    Dennis

    By Dennis Walsh (25/06/2016)
  • Hi,
    My name is Kouy. I live in Reading England. My great uncle is Peter Walsh, who funnily enough told me to google John Walsh so I could read about what he did and u stumbles across this. My Uncle Pete is a lovely man and up until a few years ago still travelled to visit Ireland with his sister Mary. Unfortunately due to health and age my uncle Pete is no longer able to travel. my uncle Pete married my auntie Dorothy Hawkins who has just sadly passes away. They were very much in love and were a pleasure to be around.
    Kind Regards
    Kouy Smith

    By Kouy Smith (26/04/2016)
  • Sarah Walsh who married David Walsh, was my Gt Gt Grand Aunt (a sister of my Gt Gt Grandfather). She came from the village of Muckanaghkillew. She and David married 25 Oct 1866 at Camus Chapel. I’ve reached out to Dennis Walsh who started this page — I have lots of info on the family, and would love to connect.

    By Susan Toulson (23/03/2016)
  • Hello Marybeth, I am sorry for not contacting you sooner ,I have just seen your post. That is amazing my Father David Walsh always told me he had family in Boston Can you contact me, denniswalsg0201@gmail. I have some rather interesting news for you. Regards Dennis

    By Dennis Walsh (14/12/2013)
  • Hello Dennis, My father, Tom McDonagh just returned from a visit home to Oughterard where Tom Walsh in Oughwell gave him a copy of your post. Sean Guy’s first cousin is my father’s mother, Margaret Walsh of Oughwell. We live in Boston and Dave Walsh and Michael Walsh of Raha also live in Boston. They are also cousins, related to his mother, Margaret. My father came to Boston in 1954. His sisters Mary and Bridget also live in Boston. Please let us know if you are ever in the area! We would love to get to Australia some day. My mother also has family in Perth. My father is 83, so Oughterard is about as far as he goes! Best, MaryBeth McDonagh Davidson for Doreen and Tom McDonagh

    By Marybeth Davidson (28/11/2013)
  • Thanks to this website I have found my lost relatives in America. The picture of John Walsh I posted was seen by the Walsh family in the US, they contacted me to tell me they have the same photo,whom they thought was Patrick David Walsh (John’s Older brother) the American link. We are not sure if the photo is John or Patrick at this stage. Many thanks to the Oughterard Heritage website

    By Dennis Walsh (07/09/2013)
  • Hi all i’m kieran (christina’s cousin). My father is james healy the eldest of sarah healys sons. I also live in birmingham england. I havent been over to oughterard for a good few years but hopefully will go later on in the year. I think that there are some family in america however mine and christinas parents would have a better idea. It good to hear from you and its a small world christina lol

    By Kieran Healy (10/03/2012)
  • Hello Christina, Can you email me on: denniswalsh0201@gmail.com Regards Dennis

    By Dennis walsh (06/03/2012)
  • hello, Im christina Healy, My father is Matthew Healy, son of Sarah Healy who sadly passed away in november, currently living in Birmingham England I came across your pictures and messages on the Oughterard Calender sent over by my uncle Micky (michael Healy) who owns the shop in Bridge street, My father would love to hear from some of you

    By Christina Healy (26/02/2012)
  • Hi Lisa, I am sorry for your loss. This shop looks like it has a lot of history, I have met Mattie both times I have been to Oughterard. Mick just lost his Mum Sarah Anne aged 95. I guess we are related. Good health to you.

    By Dennis Walsh (31/01/2012)
  • Hi the shop that mike Healy has was originally my great grandparents shop and then my great uncle Matthew Healy had this shop which mike now has mike is my dads cousin my dad who is the late Kevin McCarthy who sadly has just passed away a week ago I spent many years in this shop as a child serving in the shop with uncle Mattie who I adored I also am proud of my Irish back ground and will b in the very near future be visiting oughterard to bring my dads ashes back home where he belongs

    By Lisa stott was mccarthy (22/12/2011)
  • Hi was reading the above your cousin mike Healy was my late fathers kevin mccarthy’s cousin too and the shop he has was previously owned and ran by one of my favorite uncles Matty (Matthew) Healy mikes dads brother patricks son I used to serve behind that shop as a kid for years last visited oughterard back in 2006 it seems such a long time ago .

    By Lisa Stott was McCarthy (21/12/2011)
  • Well written dad! Very interesting information here – I didn’t even know about the shop!

    By Rebecca Walsh (11/04/2011)

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