Cahill (No.2) family genealogy

Of Ballycahill, Thurles, County Tipperary

Arms: Ar. a whale spouting in the sea ppr. Crest: An anchor erect, cable twined around the stock all ppr.

CATHAL, a younger brother of Lochlann, who is No. 103 on the "O'Connor of Corcomroe" pedigree, was the ancestor of this branch of that family. This sept originally possessed Corca Thine, now called Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, co. Tipperary; and more lately Ballycahill, near Thurles.

In 1653 Daniel O'Cahill, brother of "Bogh" O'Cahill, chief of the Clan, forfeited, under the Cromwellian Settlement, his castle and lands of Ballycahill, which were granted to Edward (or Edmund) Annesley,[1] ancestor of Lord Annesley; and on the 28th Jan., 1654, the said Daniel [2] and his family were transplanted to Ballyglass, co. Mayo. Commencing with this Daniel Cahill or O'Cahill, the following is the pedigree:

1. Daniel Cahill, transplanted in 1654 to Ballyglass, co. Mayo, married and had:

2. Daniel, who m. and had:

3. William, who, after the Battle of the Boyne, settled in the Queen's County, and there, in 1715, married Mary, dau. of Michael Mulhall, and had two sons 1. John, 2. Thomas; and a daughter Elizabeth.

4. Thomas: son of William, m. Bridget, dau. of Owen Harte, and had four sons: 1. Daniel, of whom presently; 2. Thomas; 3. Oliver; 4. another Daniel. The third son Oliver was a Civil Engineer, who d. in 1859, leaving three sons:

I. Patrick Cahill, LL.B.

II. John Cahill.

III. Rev. Thomas Cahill, S.J., living in Melbourne.

5. Daniel: son of Thomas; m. Catherine, dau. of Oliver Brett (a descendant of Sir Philip le Brett, governor of Leighlin). The issue of this marriage was three sons, two of whom died young, and the third was the celebrated Divine, who is No. 6 on this pedigree.

6. The Very Rev. Daniel William Cahill,[3] D.D., a Catholic Priest, who died in. Boston, America, 28th October, 1864; and whose remains were in 1885 translated to Ireland, and interred in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, where, in grateful recognition of Doctor Cahill's signal services to Ireland, his compatriots erected in 1887 a statue over his grave.


[1] Annesley; See page 452 of our Irish Landed Gentry.

[2] Daniel; See p. 361, Ibid.; and No. 344, fol. 62, of the Book of Transplanters, Clonmel.

[3] Cahill: Daniel William Cahill, D.D., a pulpit orator, and lecturer upon chemistry and astronomy, was born in the Queen's County, in 1796. After studying at Maynooth, he was ordained, and for a time was a professor in Carlow College. He is well remembered as a fluent lecturer, was the author of many pamphlets, and for a time edited a newspaper in Dublin. Removing to the United State3, he died in Boston, in October, 1864, aged about 68 years.—Webb.