Select Moran Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- The First Morann
- The Moran Presence in Connacht
- Reader Feedback – Simon Moran in Wicklow
- Jim Moran – Our Little Hero
- The Thomas Moran House on Long Island
- James Moran’s Farming Travails in Kansas
- Herbert Moran Better Known as Paddy
The First Morann
The Moran Presence in Connacht
Moran is an anglicized Connacht
name, with its main presence in county Mayo.
But the name has cropped up elsewhere in Connacht as well.
The Morans of
Roscommon reportedly date back to Mughron, the progenitor of five
O’Moghrain, who was born in 841. They
were based near the modern
village of Elphin in north Roscommon. Lough
Moran near Elphin was named for this family.
was also the chief at Criffon in Galway.
The Galway sept was a minor branch of Ui Maine, an ancient
group of mid Galway and south Roscommon.
Then there were the MacMoruinn of Fermanagh, whose name
as MacMoran and later to Moran; while an Offaly clan, O’Murchain (sea warriors), anglicized their
Morahan, Morrin and Moran.
Reader Feedback – Simon Moran in Wicklow
I am from county Wicklow and have for some time been researching the Moran families that lived around my part of Wicklow. One of these families were the family of Simon Moran, whose son Patrick became a Catholic bishop in Cape Town and New Zealand.
Although the first record I have for Simon Moran was his marriage in Rathdrum in 1818 I have always been of the belief he was part of the Moran family that had lived in the area from at least 1750’s. He was buried in Glendalough beside an earlier generation of the local Moran family. However, earlier this year I became aware of a reference to Simon’s father James being a Frankist Jewish Rabbi who had been living in Liverpool.
Margaret Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jim Moran – Our Little Hero
Jim Moran was shot down during the Irish Civil War
in 1923 at the age of twenty-four.
his coffin was brought into Newport they opened it for his mother. She mopped his brow with her handkerchief and
kept it till the day she died. She also
asked to talk to the young soldier who shot him so she could forgive
was proud of her family’s stand for freedom and was often heard singing
The Tricoloured Ribbon O while spinning
His requiem mass took place in St. Patrick’s Parish Church in
Newport, Mayo. The Mayo News
for March 24, 1923 reported:
historic Burrishoole was an impressive one.
The coffin draped in the tri-colour was borne on the shoulders
young men of the district. Considering
the disturbing -times a surprisingly large number of young men marched
graveside, followed by a large number of ladies carrying wreaths with
Little Hero’ written on them. Several
rosaries were recited on the way.”
He was buried in the grave with his
grandparents Tom Timothy Moran and Honor Heverin looking out on the
river. Neither the members of the family
or the priest who officiated were named in the Mayo News
article, a sign of the troubled times.
The Thomas Moran
House on Long Island
The Thomas Moran House was the East
of Thomas Moran, an American painter of the Hudson River School, best
his landscape paintings in the American West.
Moran’s watercolor paintings from
the 1871 first survey of Yellowstone are credited with leading to
creation of the first National Park. His
landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and
hung in the US Capitol building and in the Oval Office of the
The Thomas Moran House was constructed in 1884. It was declared a National Historic
James Moran’s Farming
Travails in Kansas
James Moran had decided to leave the coal mines of Pennsylvania for a
freer life on the open Kansas prairies.
Leaving the railroad at Hays City, he homesteaded with his
family in a
place two miles north of Nekoma in Brookdale township.
He had secured there a small stone house,
built in the style of a dugout with a single room and a dirt floor and
James Moran had a cash capital of perhaps $50 when he
arrived in Rush
county. He remembered how in Ireland the
small farmers spaded up patches of ground and planted garden stuff and
determined to try the same methods in Kansas.
Nothing came of his efforts, and failing in that direction he
a man to break the sod. Even in that he was bent on having his
own way. He
commanded the plowman to follow him with the team and plow. He started off and soon began to circle, and
after two days of such circle plowing the man rebelled and quit, saying
would not plow after that fashion notwithstanding he was being paid for
About that time necessity compelled him to leave his
and he decided to resume his trade as a coal miner. He first went
to the coal
fields of Colorado and also worked in the mines of Eastern Kansas,
several winters in that way.
Around 1885 he was able to buy some cattle.
But it was a number of years before he had
any success as a farmer. Yet in one area he
did have a conspicuous success – in the raising of chickens. It was said he was able to get more eggs from
his chickens than anyone else in the county. This was accounted for by
reason that he gave them a meat diet of boiled jack rabbits.
In the course
of some twenty years he seemed to have reformed and adapted his methods
to get crops from his land and in time he became a very successful
raiser. By 1903 he harvested a banner
Better Known as Paddy
better known as Paddy, grew up in Sydney and was educated at Darlington
School, St Aloysius’ College and St Joseph’s. He studied medicine
University, graduating in 1907 and later acquiring a master’s degree in
He played virtually no football at school and began
seriously only when
he was shamed into it for being “slack” when a third-year medical
Within a few years he was captain of the first Wallabies rugby team to
Britain in 1908/09. He also was a
competitor in the 1908 Olympic Games held in London.
He fought at Gallipoli
during World War One and survived.
Afterwards he wrote a book, Viewless
Winds, about his war experience.
Moran had a notable
surgical career. His great interest lay
in cancer research and the then new use of gamma irradiation through
of metallic radium. In this he was far
ahead of his time. He travelled widely,
published in journals, and studied and lectured in many parts of the
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