North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Joseph Daniel Jennings [1848-1930], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Joseph Daniel Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth in 1848. He was the youngest son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 31st of May 1848 and given Daniel as his second name after his older brother Daniel who had died the previous year aged 17.His baptismal sponsors were J Coleman and A Jennings. A Jennings may have been his eldest sister Anne.

He married Frances Josephine [Fanny] Murphy [1873 - ] in 1901. She was twenty four years younger than him.  They had six children, and lived at Seatown Place, Dundalk.

Joseph John Jennings [1903-]

Anne M. Jennings [1904-]

Frances Josephine Jennings [1905-]

Patrick Daniel Jennings [1907-]

Peter Charles Jennings [1908-]

Joseph Brian Jennings [1910-]. Also known as Brendan Joseph, he was called to the bar in 1937.

A holograph letter (a holograph is a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature it bears) dated the 3rd of May 1927, from Charles Hurson, Casa Nova, Jerusalem (Palestine), to (Hagan), asking to renew the medal Pro ecclesia et Pontifice belonging to Joseph D. Jennings, Dundalk, appears in the Papers of John Hagan in the Irish College, Rome.[1]

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the "Cross of Honour". The medal was established by Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, to commemorate his golden sacerdotal jubilee and was originally bestowed on those men and women who had aided and promoted the jubilee, and by other means assisted in making the jubilee and the Vatican Exposition successful.

It is currently given for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope.[2]

I have not been able to confirm if Joseph received the medal in question, or why it might have been bestowed upon him.

Joseph Daniel Jennings died in 1930.




[1] Papers of John Hagan, Irish College Rome(1904-1930)

[2] Wikipedia


Sunday, 3 January 2021

Patrick Coleman Jennings [1845-1921], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Patrick Coleman Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth. He was the fourth son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 11th of May 1845, called Patrick after his father. His baptismal sponsors were Daniel Jennings and Mary Coleman. Mary Coleman may have been his aunt. His second name, Coleman, was his mother’s maiden name. This was possibly the first time  a maternal surname is recorded being used as a proper name in the Jennings family, though it became more common later  - Ignatius Ronayne Bray Jennings[b. 1850], for example, Charles Blake Jennings, and so on.

On the 15th of July 1871 a dramatic news item appeared in the Dundalk Herald. It opened as follows:

About five o’clock on Monday evening it became known in town that a man died quite suddenly in Messrs. Jennings timber yard, Francis-street; but when in a short time it became rumoured that the man had met with foul play – in fact had been set upon by Messrs. Jennings’ employes, and beaten in such a manner as to cause death – so ran the tongue of rumour considerable excitement was the result, and numbers hastened to Messrs. Jennings’ establishment, to learn the truth.

There then followed a long and detailed account of the incident. An open verdict was returned:

We find that James Carroll, died suddenly in a yard in Francis Street, Dundalk, on the evening of Monday 10th July 1871, from congestion of the blood vessels of the head and brain, causing compression of the latter, but there is not sufficiency of evidence before us to show how caused.

George Garstin was however re-arrested and released on bail.

Patrick and his brother Joseph carried on the family business in Dundalk after their father’s death in 1873, as P. Jennings and Co.[1], and Patrick continued to live in 5 Francis Street, possibly with his unmarried sister Julia. He held licenses for a variety of dogs over many years, including a white fox terrier, a red water spaniel, a brindle bull terrier and a black collie.[2]

Patrick’s name appears four times in the Petty Sessions Courts between 1873 and 1875. Three times he was a defendant charged with being in possession of light or unjust weights. On the fourth occasion, in May 1875, he was again the defendant in a more serious case brought by the Town Commissioners of Dundalk and was charged that ‘no proper Privy or Ash pit is provided for the use of the persons in occupation of or using said house, Quay and premises whereby said premises and said existing nuisance have become and are injurious to Public Health and that the said nuisance is caused by the Act or Default of you the said Owner and Occupier of said premises.’ The premises in question was situated in Quay Street.[3]

In 1888 Patrick Jennings was vice chairman in the Harbour Commissioners Office, Quay Street, Dundalk.[4] At that time Patrick Jennings and Co, Francis Street, Dundalk, were Ironmongers and Hardware-men, Timber and Slate Merchants and had iron and steam sawmills.[5]

In 1909 he was on the council of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.[6]

Patrick Coleman Jennings died on the 5th January 1921 at 5 Francis Street, Dundalk. He was a bachelor, 75 years old, and described as a Timber Merchant in the death register.  His brother Joseph Daniel of Seatown Place, Haggardstown, was present at his death as he had been present at their sister Julia’s death three years earlier. Patrick died of senile decay and syncope.


























[1] Crossle, NAI

[2] Ireland Dog Licence Registers

[3]  Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

[4] Slater’s Directory 1888

[5]  ibid

[6] Tempest’s Jubilee Annual 1909




Sunday, 29 November 2020

Julia Jennings [1842- 1919], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Julia Jennings was the fourth daughter of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. She was born in Francis Street in 1842.  She was baptised on the 17th of April 1842.  Her baptismal sponsors were Bernard Coleman and Ann Jennings.

Julia was present at the profession of Miss Casey of Bonmahon, County Waterford in St. Malachy’s Convent of Mercy, Dundalk, in October 1864, along with her brother Patrick Jennings jr., in spite of the heavy rain which had descended steadily from an early hour of the morning and prevented several ladies and gentleman from attending.[1] St.Malachy’s was the convent where her sister Anne Jane had been professed in 1862.

Julia appears in the 1911 Census living in Francis Street with her brother Patrick Coleman Jennings, though she does not appear to have been there in 1901.

She died in Francis Street in 1919. She was 77 years old, a spinster, and described as a lady of private means.  Her brother Joseph Daniel of Seatown Place, was present at her death. Patrick Coleman Jennings who also lived in Francis Street died three years later in 1921.

Julia left a will. Her brother Joseph Daniel Jennings was named as the executor.

[1] Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser 22 October 1864


Thursday, 26 November 2020

Catherine Jennings [1838 - ], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Catherine Jennings was born in 1838 in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth. She was the third daughter of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. She was baptised on the 13th of April 1838.  Her baptismal sponsors were Daniel Jennings and Julia Coleman. Nothing further is known about Catherine Jennings.

Charles Jennings [1840 - ], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Charles Jennings was born in 1840 in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth. He was the third son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 1st of April 1840.  His baptismal sponsors were Thomas Coleman and Margaret Carroll.

Whether he attended Clongowes Wood College like his older brother Daniel cannot be confirmed until the College Archives reopen.

Mary Bridget Jennings [1836 - ], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Mary Bridget Jennings was born in 1836 in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth. She was the second daughter of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. She was baptised on the 28th of May 1836. Her baptismal sponsors were Peter Coleman and Catherine Coleman. Nothing more is known about Mary Bridget Jennings.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Anne Jane Jennings [1834-1878], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Anne Jane Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth in 1834. She was baptised on the 18th of January 1834 and named after her mother Anne.

Patrick’s eldest daughter Anne Jane became a Sister of Mercy in St. Malachy’s Convent in Dundalk. She entered the convent in 1860 when she received the white veil.[1] She was professed with the black veil in 1862 when she took the name of Sister Mary Ursula.


We witnessed this morning in the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, Dundalk, one of the most solemn and interesting ceremonies observed in the Catholic Church, in which Miss Jennings, (in religion Sister Mary Ursula), daughter of Patrick Jennings, Esq., of this town, made her vows, and received the black veil…The ceremonies took place in the beautiful Chapel of the Convent, and were witnessed by a considerable number of the   most respectable families belonging to the town and county…. The ceremonies were performed in the unavoidable absence of the Lord Primate, by the most Rev. Dr. Moriarty, Lord Bishop of Kerry.[2]

Anne died in February 1878 in the Convent of Mercy, Dundalk. She was forty four years old.


[1] Weekly Freeman’s Journal 28th July 1860

[2] Dundalk Democrat and People’s Journal 11th October 1862