Bernard Jennings was born in 1832 in Francis Street, Dundalk , County Louth. He was the second son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 21st of April 1832, and following traditional naming patterns he was called after his maternal grandfather Bernard [Brian] Coleman. The baptismal sponsors were Bernard Coleman and Catherine Carroll.
Nothing more is known about Bernard Coleman. Whether he attended Clongowes Wood College like his older brother Daniel cannot be confirmed until the College Archives reopen.