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Columban Magazine

Columban Mission 1918.
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Rev. Michael McHugh
1876 – 1959
Co Donegal Worked in Scotland before joining in 1918.He returned from
China in 1924 to be Spiritual Director and chaplain.
2 Rev. Edward Galvin

1882 – 1956
Co.Cork He went to China in 1912.In 1916 , with John Blowick he established
the Columbans.He was made a bishop in 1927 . Expelled from China in 1952.
3 Rev. John Blowick

1888 – 1972
Co Mayo Made professor of Dogma at Maynooth in 1914.He founded the
Columbans with Edward Galvin in 1916. Founded the Columban Sisters in 1922.
4 Rev. John Dawson

1895 – 1964
Waterford Ordained in Dalgan in 1919. He did promotional work in Manchester
before departing for China in 1920.Left China in 1926 due to ill health
and was incardinated in Liverpool Archdiocese.
5 Rev. Thomas Quinlan

1896 – 1970
Co.Tipperary Worked in China until 1933.He went to Korea in 1934. A prisoner
in WW2 and the Korean war he survived an infamous march.In 1955 he was ordained
Bishop of Chunchon,Korea.
6 Rev. Owen McPolin

1889 – 1963
Co.Down Joined in 1919 and worked for 6 years in China before leading
the first group of Columbans to the new mission in Korea.He was placed under
house arrest by the Japanese during WW2.
7 Rev. Richard Ranaghan

1889 – 1937
Co. Down Joined in 1917 , returned from china in 1924. He made the
first Columban film "The Cross and the Dragon".
8 Rev. Edward O’Doherty

1897 – 1967
Co.Donegal Joined in 1919 . In 1924 elected to the Superior General’s
Council.He went to St.Columbans , Nebraska to teach in 1931.
9 Rev. John P. O’Brien

1894 – 1968
Cork city Joined in 1919 and returned from China in 1924.He went to
the U.S. and was rector of the Seminary from 1940 to 1947.
10 Rev. Cornelius Tierney

1872 – 1931
Co.Monaghan Died from the hardship of captivity while a prisoner of Communist
bandits in China , on 28 February 1931. He was 58 years old.
11 Rev. Timothy Leonard

1893 – 1929
Co.Limerick He went to China in 1920 where he was taken prisoner by Chinese
bandits and killed.He is buried in China.
12 Rev. Matthew Dolan

1888 – 1957
Cavan ? Joined in 1917 from the staff of St.Patrick’s College , Cavan
and went to China in 1920 but returned to Kilmore diocese in 1923.
13 Rev. Joseph Crossan

1891 – 1974
Co Donegal Joined in 1919 and served in China for 27 years.He was the
last surviving member of the first team to go to China.
14 Rev. Alphonsus Ferguson

1894 – 1973
Derry city Joined in 1918 and served in China for 8 years. Returned to
Ireland in 1930.
15 Rev. Arthur McGuiness

1893 – 1943
Co Cork Joined in 1918 . Within a year in China he suffered from malaria
and had to leave in 1922.
16 Rev. William O’Flynn

1893 – 1929
Co Cork A gifted linguist , he joined in 1918. One of the pioneers
of the Kiangsi mission.
17 Rev. Michael Mee

1886 – 1957
Co.Monaghan Joined in 1918 and worked in the US before going to China
in 1920.He returned to the US in 1922 due to ill health.

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References :: Fr Michael Crosby

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15 Responses

  1. Richard DavinAugust 2, 2022 @ 5:27 amReply

    In reply to the first question in regards to ur Nanna. Well Patrick Davin who was married to Bridget Cottingham. Patrick was my father’s 1st cousin.

  2. Bob Strickley Sr.April 14, 2022 @ 9:33 pmReply

    Looking for any connections to a Michael Egan 7-25-1850 death 2-14-1907 in Shrule. A Son Peter Egan 1-6-1863 can to America in 1888 married Ann Laughlin and settled in Cincinnati,Ohio. These are grandparents.
    Bob Strickley Sr.

  3. Tara StirlandOctober 5, 2021 @ 9:30 pmReply

    Hi! I’m trying to find out information regarding the Shrule family from Brackloon Shrule. My Nanna was born Bridget Davin in 1935, with siblings Sally (1933), Mary (1937) and John (1938). They were born to Patrick Davin and Bridget Davin (Cottingham). If anyone could help I’d be most appreciative!

  4. I have lots of information on the Davin’s of Brackloon My father parents came from there.

  5. Richard DavinMay 26, 2019 @ 5:35 pmReply

    In reference to the Davin name. I can help you. I was once big in geneology tracing my ancestors. I’m going back to Ireland in Sept. 2019 to visit some cousins which I’m sure ur related to. As far as Stephen Carty is concerned, I have a letter from him to my grandfather Richard from the 1930s. He describes how Brackloon has changed so much. Keep in touch if you still interested.

  6. Norah MaynardJune 26, 2018 @ 11:51 pmReply

    Hello, I am looking for any information on the Davin family from Brackloon. My grandmother was Norah (Honor) Davin, born in 1899, the daughter of Patrick Davin and Sarah Casey. Her brothers were Michael, Patrick (and possibly Richard), also a sister named Mary. Many emigrated to New York and Massachusetts. I would like to find a local historian or someone who knows this family’s history. I am planning to visit the area soon. Anything would help! Thank you!

  7. Margaret ReynoldsJanuary 30, 2018 @ 7:35 pmReply

    My Great-Grandfather, Daniel Gilmore (who lived at Deerpark) (1852-1918) worked at Dalgan Park as a carpenter/wheelright. He was married to Julia Coyne (who was from Shrule) and they had 17 children. If you have any information, I’d be very grateful.

  8. gerie voltz bourneJanuary 1, 2018 @ 8:31 pmReply

    My grandmother Katie Murphy from Shrule. Told she was from Ballybackough. Her mother Catherine Gibbons Murphy and husband John Murphy. My grandmother had several brothers and sisters(mary,sara,joseph,michael,patrick,regina)and more but don’t know their names . I am told Joseph son Joe Murphy still in Shrule. Anyone know of this family?

  9. Noel HorkanAugust 15, 2017 @ 6:49 amReply

    My grandmother was born in shrule the daughter of “little”Tom donnellan.Her mother was a mogan I think.They had Brigitte Donnellan,Margarette Donnellan,Julia Donnellan and a son Tom Donnellan.Any info would sincerely appreciated.Thank you….Noel Horkan

  10. joan slavinFebruary 1, 2016 @ 6:29 pmReply

    i am related to thomas lynch, who was born at ballcurrin. i wonder if there are any photos of the lynch family? are there still any lynch’s in shrule? my great, great grandmother was mary lynch, who was the daughter of alicia browne and henry lynch. henry was the son of thomas and moved to england the the u.s., but i think his son, thomas, came back to shrule and farmed.

  11. Nancy McCarty HoogendoornFebruary 12, 2014 @ 7:32 amReply

    My name is (Nancy McCarty-Carty) Stephen Carty and Margaret Davin are my great great great great grand parents. I am trying to locate pictures, stories ect.
    I have photos my father gave me of very old family members I am sure of it but there are no names with.
    I am related to the Lynch family,Egan and Byrnes any help would be appreciated! I want to bring my family over the land and area of their heritage.
    Thank you for your time

    • Mike JohnsonJanuary 27, 2015 @ 6:34 pm

      You need to contact Marlene McCarty Doherty, in Larchmont, Iowa. She has a copy of your family history, with many pictures. She maybe able to ID some of the pictures you have. I left a message on your Facebook page. Contact me through that.


    • Sharon Davin MillerOctober 14, 2016 @ 12:08 am

      I don’t know if this is any help. I aam a Davin in New york. My grandfather came here from Brackloon, Shrule. His name was Richard, he had Patrick Davin for a Brother and Michael also. Married Bridgit Martin from Galway. My father was Richard Joseph after my grndfather. There was also a Margaret Davin, grandfathers sister. A bunch of them.. Does it help?
      Sharon Davin Miller

  12. Shari Burke JungersAugust 15, 2013 @ 7:19 pmReply

    I am looking for names of children of Thomas and Mary Egan 1793-1867 Shrule, Ireland. I have son Patrick who married Honora Carty but I need Patricks brothers and sisters if possible. Especially Margaret Egan who’s daughter married John Reilly/Riley.

    • Mike JohnsonSeptember 9, 2013 @ 3:08 am

      To my knowledge, Patrick, was an only child. There is speculation from some of the relatives, that there may have been a brother named William but there is no proof of that. There is another Patrick Egan that lived in the Brodoulgh (sp) section of Shrule. The two families are not related.
      Patrick and Honora had 12 children, Mary, James, Martin, Delia, Margaret, John, Patrick, Michael, Honor, Thomas, Stephen and Katherine. The Margaret listed above is not the Margaret you are looking for. This Margaret married a Costello and had two sons in Springfield, Mass. USA. I am not aware of Margaret Egan you have listed from either of the Egan families of Shrule.
      Contact me at and I can send you any info that I have.

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