The Tinneny Family History Site


Biographies of Our Forefathers

Bernard Tinneny B58

Bernard Tinneny was born about 1846 according to the 1901 census.  His parents were John Tinneny and Isabella Reilly.  He was born on Goladuff and would have been baptized at Saint Mary's Church in Newtownbutler.  Baptisms at Saint Mary's were not recorded prior to the second half of the 19th century so his baptismal information is not available. He was raised in a house which was located on the top of a high hill on Goladuff overlooking Quivvy lough, Galloon and Derrysteaton. By todays definition the house would be called a duplex since there were two houses under one roof.  

Photo: This is the view from the site of Bernard and Margaretís home high on the hill on Goladuff. The view is of Quivvy lough and the Galloon bridge. Courtesy of Richard Tinneny.

On August 11, 1889, Bernard married Margaret McEntyre of Derrykerrib.  They were married at Saint Mary's Church Newtownbutler by the Reverend Hugh Ward P.P.  The ceremony was registered on September 5, 1889.  The witnesses to their wedding were Edward Latimer and Ellen McEntyre. 

After marrying Margaret McEntyre, Bernard remained in the home with his widowed mother and can be found there in the 1901 and 1911 Census with his wife and children. The house was demolished about 1921 and a two story large brick house was built in it's place by Kate Tinneny in 1922 upon her return from many years of working in the United States. 


The 1901 census of Ireland shows Bernard and Margaret and their four children John, Catherine, Thomas and Bridget living in his 80 year old mother Isabellaís home on Goladuff. 


The 1911 Census shows Bernard as the head of the household with Margaret and three of their four children living in the family home. His mother Isabella had passed away by the time this census was taken. Their daughter Catherine was working as a servant in the home of a neighboring family in Galoon when this census was taken.

There are a number of birth dates and ages given Bernard in various sources. The Civil registration Death Index of Ireland 1864-1958 Registration district of Clones, Ireland Volume 3 page 96 FHL Film 0101607 describes Bernard as being born about 1844 and his death being registered during the period April-June 1917 with his death age as 73. On the headstone marking his grave his age at death is given as 80 years. The 1911 Census lists his age is stated as 69 which would put his birth year around 1842, if correct, yet the 1901 Census indicates that he was born in 1846. These differences can be explained by the culture of the times when such details as birth dates were not used as consistently as today.

Bernard died of cystitis on April 17, 1917 at the Clones Infirmary in County Monaghan.  His death registration showed that he had been ill for two weeks prior to his death.  Margaret died of tuberculosis on May 17, 1916.   

They are both buried in the family plot in the yard of Saint Mary's Church in Newtownbutler along with other family members. 



Photo courtesy of Richard Tinneny


Bernard's descendants include Brady, Keenan, McCusker, Bannon, McKenna, Pearson, Crampton and Cooke.