Kenney Family of Glensavage, Blackrock 1867-1872
Charles (Charley) Kenney born at Rocksavage, Monaghan was the youngest son of Nicholas
William Kenney and Charlotte Plunkett. He was secretary of the County Monaghan Tenants
Rights Association. He married Alice Gartlan eldest daughter of Peter McEvoy Gartlan of
Gaybrook, Malahide in Dublin on 25 Nov 1858 at Malahide. Rocksavage was his mother's
family land and was purchased by Charley when the estate was offered for sale through
the encumbered land courts.
In 1862 he developed a chemical process that cooked foods for animals (such as turnips and
chaff), the process extended the usability of the food to about 12 days. He had offices at
23 D'Olier Street and was an agent for portable threshing machines which he hired out. The
'Molly Bawn' thresher was the equivelant of 6HP. Charles was a Special Receiving Officer for
the Inland Revenue until 1888 and was appointed Magistrate for County Monaghan in 1890.
In 1902, Olive, Lily and Plunket were in dispute about their father's Will. The Court case
resulted in Olive and Lily becoming joint owners of the lands of Rocksavage in County
Charles Plunkett Kenney married Alice Cecilia Gartlan
born circa 1823 25.11.1858 born circa 1838
died 22.12.1901 Malahide died 17.03.1886
at 58 Eccles Street, Dublin
1 Plunkett Kenney born 22.09.1860 at Rocksavage, Co Monaghan died an infant.
2 Olivia Kenney born 22.04.1862 at Rocksavage, Co Monaghan died 12.10.1862 at
3 Plunkett Kenney born 21.05.1863 at Rocksavage, Co Monaghan was admitted
solicitor in 1886 and took offices at Suffolk Street bemore moving to 21 Lincoln Place.
He published a book on The Licencing Acts in 1900 and was a member of Bray Golf
Club. He died at Harold Cross Hospice 11.08.1943 late of Carrickhill, Malahide.
4 Charles Farney Kenney born 05.09.1865 at Rocksavage, Co Monaghan.
5 Mary Kenney born 21.07.1868 at Glensavage, Blackrock.
6 Charlotte Margaret Kenney born 17.05.1870 at Glensavage baptised at Blackrock.
7 Alice Mary Matria Clonsilla Gabrielle Kenny born 29.06.1872 at Glensavage, Blackrock.
8 Mary Kenney born 15.06.1874 at Clonsilla Park
9 Lily Agnes Plunkett-Kenney born circa 1877 attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music
and won second prize in 1893, 'being of decided dramatic talent with charming
presence and appropriate facial expression'. In 1910 she knocked down a schoolgirl
called Bridget Garland, daughter of Owen Garland. The child died and she was
charged with manslaughter. Lily was living with her brother Plunkett and her sister
Olive in 1901 at Coolnagrattan Kiltybegs, Monaghan, She was unmarried in 1911.
10 Olive Plunkett-Kenney born circa 1878, was proclaimed 'belle of the ball' in 1893 for
her graceful dancing. She was living with her brother Plunkett and her sister Lily in
1901 in Coolnagrattan Kiltybegs, Monaghan. She died unmarried on 02.07.1963 at The
Medical Missioneries Hospital in Clonmel.
11 Francis Joseph Ligouri Kenny born on 14.08.1879 at 14 Upper Temple Street and died
20.12.1879 at 14 Upper Temple Street.
The Plunkett family graveyard is at Iniskeen had the following memorial - Transcribed in 1908
'To the memory of Joseph Plunkett of Rocksavage, son of Captain James Plunket, grandson of Colonel
the Hon. Ignatius Plunkett. Born at Rocksavage AD 1699 died at Slieve 9th Sep 1771 aged 72
Charlotte his wife daughter of Major Theobald Throckmorton, of the Grove, Cullybanns, Co Armagh,
granddaughter of Sir Joseph Throckmorton, and of Lady Anne, daughter of Theobald, first Earl of
Carlingford. She died at Rocksavage 30 August 1750 aged 42 years. That an ancient race may not be
forgotten, this stone is placed over their remains by their grandson Joseph Plunkett AD 1855.'
© June Bow & Karen Poff – September 2019