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Whelehan family

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Re: Whelehan family

Posted: 3 Jun 2002 12:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Jun 2002 12:36PM GMT
Hi Ben,
I'm afraid I cannot be of much help, but your grandfather would have been a contemporary of my own. The name seems to have originated in Westmeath and is found around there still, though like elswhere it is rare (not big breeders, the Whelehans) The original name in Irish is O'Faoileachaun (phonetically) and means approximatly "fond of fun, frolicksome" - in other words they were party animals. The word is related to the Irish word for butterfly which tells one something about the characteristic.
My grandfather's name was Peter and he lived in Broadstone, in Dublin, was married and had two children John Francis (my dad) and William (who was never married and had no children he would admit to) - more follows.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Ben Whelehan 26 Oct 2000 12:00PM GMT 
decw 3 Jun 2002 6:14PM GMT 
Declan 3 Jun 2002 6:20PM GMT 
ltroy41 24 Oct 2002 7:36AM GMT 
Shaz14 10 Feb 2003 8:51PM GMT 
sinead73 29 Oct 2007 12:50AM GMT 
JackJMcBride 29 Oct 2007 8:55AM GMT 
bwhelehan 29 Oct 2007 9:51AM GMT 
JackJMcBride 29 Oct 2007 12:43PM GMT 
bwhelehan 29 Oct 2007 12:53PM GMT 
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