John Walsh of Drummartin Castle
John Walsh married Ann Cormick
born circa 1787 circa 1819
died 21 Dec 1867
John Walsh born circa 1787 married Ann Cormick circa 1819. Ann was the eldest daughter of Charles
Cormick and the sister of Major Michael Cormick of Castlehill in Co Mayo. John was a solicitor of 7
Hume street from 1828, and lived at Dundrum House in 1836. Their youngest son died in February
1836 and John was much affected by his death. He wrote to Daniel O’Connell in December that year
stating that he was in a state of apathy, that his nerves were torn asunder and that that death of his
youngest son had rendered him incompetent and that he was now only getting around to joining the
Reform Association. Ten years later he was still a firm supporter.
He worked with William Ware and Francis Allen of Cork and 7 Hume Street and was in partnership
with William Ware in 1832. He had a apprentice Mr Sheehy in 1833. Anne’s brother Michael died a
bachelor in London in 1835 and John arranged for his body to be repatriated. Ann was her brother’s
co heiress together with her sister (Elizabeth) Mrs Edmund Coyne of Farmhill, Co Roscommon.
They lived at Drummartin Castle from 1837 until 1844 and John was a supporter of the Dundrum
National Schools. He was in partnership with Roger Scully from 1838 to 1840. He went back and
forth to the estate in Mayo. In 1842 he sent £70 to alleviate the destress of his tenants before
making the journey himself. He bought land in Kill in 1849 and reduced rents to 30s to all the
tenants which had been as high as £3 in some instances. He lived at Castle Hill, Crossmolina,
Co Mayo from 1856 to 1859 and in Rockwood Rathfarnham in 1862. They were regular visitors to
their son at Beaufort in Rathfarnham. John died 21 Dec 1867 at Castle Hill, Crossmolina and left
2K in personal estate.
1 Francis Walsh eldest son born circa 1821 died aged 19 at 7 Hume Street.
2 John Cormick Walshe born circa 1822 was a DL of Castle Hill. As eldest son he married
Bride Teresa Hodgens on 4 Jun 1856 at the RC Church in Rathfarnham. Bride was the
only daughter of Robert Hodgens of Beaufort. They continued to live between Castle
Hill and Beaufort. They took frequent trips to London and Dublin often staying in
hotels including the Shelbourne and Morrows of Nassau Street. John had a shooting
lodge at Bangor Erris and held more than 6K acres of land in Co Mayo in 1876. Bride
died at Castlehill on 1 May 1886 and left 3K in personal estate. John may have
remarried as a notice that a marriage was arranged between John Cormac Walshe, DL,
JP of Castle Hill, Ballina, and Isabel Caroline Williamson, widow of the late Robert
Williamson of Brookhill, Co Wexford in the newspaper in 1889. John died a widower
on 24 Nov 1902 late of Tiraun Lodge, Belmullet.
3 Edward Cormick Walshe born circa 1823 younger son educated at Carlow College
admitted Kings Inn in 1842. He married Anne Coyne in March 1850. Anne was the
daughter of Edmund Coyne of Farmhill, Co Roscommon. They put 7 Hume Street up for
sale in 1854 and went to reside in the country. Edward died 13 Jul 1879 at Castle Hill the
home of his brother John.
1 Son Walsh born 21 Jan 1852 at 7 Hume Street.
2 Edward Coyne Cormick Walshe born 2 Nov 1853 at Hume Street was educated at
Clongowes. He was injured in a shooting incident in December 1879 and his uncle
John took care of getting him medical help. He married Anne Marie Bridget
(Annitta) Hodgens on 18 Oct 1881 at Rathfarnham Church. Annitta was the daughter
of Henry Hodgens of Beaufort. They were living at Castle Hill in 1911. They had 6
children of whom 5 survived until 1911. Edward died on 9 Mar 1938 at Cashel Hill
predeceased by his four sons.
1 John Walshe born circa 1882 drowned while on Naval Service in Stockton
NSW in December 1900.
2 Francis Robert Cormac-Walshe born 28 Feb 1884 at Ballina went to America
and Australia. He married Alice Redington circa 1903 and was living at
Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh in 1911. He was a commercial traveller for
pneumatic tyres and by 1923 he was the Irish manager of the Dunlop Rubber
Company. He worked for Raleigh and died in a car accident on 8 Apr 1932.
Alice died in England in 1948.
1 Violet (Peony Connie) Cormac-Walshe elder daughter born circa 1906
in USA married Francis Nelstrop on 12 Sep 1932 at the University Church
on Stephen's Green.
2 May Kathleen Cormac-Walsh born 4 Aug 1909 at Helen’s Bay,
Newtownards, Co Down.
3 Reginald Cormac-Walsh only son was engaged to Rachael Florence in 1933.
3 Henry Aloysius (Harry) Walshe born 31 Jul 1890 at Castle Hill attended Trinity
College and Stonyhurst College. He enlisted and served in WW1. Captain Harry
Cormack Walsh of the Royal Artillery was killed in action on 7 Nov 1917 and was
buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
4 Edward Joseph Walshe youngest son born circa 1892. He enlisted and served
during WW1. He was a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment and died
from his wounds on 5 Nov 1914 aged 22. He was buried at Boulogne Eastern
Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
5 Mary Christina (Ina) Walshe born 15 May 1894 at Castle Hill, Co Mayo.
6 Millicent Walshe born circa 1899 in Worthing, Sussex married Major T D
Hallinan of Hermitage Mallow on 15 Jan 1923 at the University Church,
3 Anne Maria Josephine Walsh only daughter born circa 1855 died 7 Jul 1871.
4 Thomas Cormick Walsh youngest son born circa 1828 died at Dundrum House on
12 Jun 1836.
5 Son Walsh born 19 Feb 1830 died an infant.
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