The Morrin/McGing Connection

I will transcribe what my Aunt May wrote about the Morrins. I hope this provides a lot more detail, even if you know the rough information already.

Our great grandfather Morrin was known as Riocard or Richard Morrin. His father was Patrick Morrin. Richard was born about 1820, so his father was born a long way say in or around 1790. They lived in Upper Churchfield,near Paddy Dolan's place and he worked in Lower Churchfield for a widow Mrs. McNally. She was Penelope Flanagan from Bor Na Hanna before she married McNally. She had two young children by McNally when he died young. Later she married her workman Richard.

Tradition has it that he was a good worker and went home in the evenings, but very often returned again later and if he met anyone on the way, he told them that he forgot his pipe and that he had to come for it and a smoke. However, in a short time he married the widow and was considered lucky to marry into such a good place.

He had 5 daughters and they all worked very hard as he was a very thrifty man and wanted to marry his daughters well. Two married in Castletown as you know, and they married two Morrin men. Some say that they were distant relations. My father said that they were not. I really don't think that they were.

I think the fathers first met at the market in Balinrobe where Richard often went to sell his produce. He gave those girls good fortunes. I don't know when his wife died, I can't find her death in the church or state records and she was buried with her 1st husband, McNally and there is no headstone of that McNally in Churchfield. I was told that they were not related to the McNallys who are still in Churchfield, but I have my doubts. Old Mrs.Collins told me that they were related to the McNally's of Bor Na Hannah who were related to her. (This is how I think my mom's people and my dad's people are connected.)

Anyhow, after marrying off his two daughters in Castletown, his daughter Nappy or Penelope as it was known later married Phillip McGing and that was 1876. I wonder why he was anxious for her to marry as she was only 19 years old he was only 56 years by then. Phillip came along and he was about 26 years and had a fortune of 100 pounds. In 1876, that was a lot of money. He was also a fine, strong young man. That money was given to his father-in-law Richard and Phillip was supposed to have the place signed over to him as was the custom to recent years. However, he and Phillip didn't get along very well and after he settled Kate and Martin Walsh in the pub as you know he got married to a widow woman from Treen, just a mile away. He took over a room in the house and managed to get a third of his land back and settled in. As you can imagine that caused a stir.

His daughters didn't like it, neither did the Coens. I must say the poor woman had 3 or 4 children and maybe they were starving. Famine was rampant those years and they had very little land in Treen. She probably did it to feed her children. They stayed in Treen. They were Coens and they mother was Anne Coen known locally as Nancy Joe. Her maiden name was Walsh. I think the children were with the grandparents Coens. Nancy Joes father had a forge near Boitrin a Yard.

However, she had a son for Richard in his old age (not too old) and they called him Richard. He must have been pleased to have a son and they grew up in the room. They had their own entrance though, so they wouldn't bother Phillip and his wife and family too much. I asked my father once if he remembered Nancy Joe and he said and I quite "Well I do, and she was a nice old woman and I remember her giving me bread and jam." My grandfather Phillip also told my mother that she was very nice and said young Richard was like her. So there's good in everybody. She lived to 1910 aged 70 years when she died. My fathers mother Nappy died in 1906. It is nice to know that she was good to him and whatever number of his family were still young at the time.

His sister Penelope was the youngest. She was only 6 years. Richard married a returned yank and they built the house Rita bought a few years ago. So it was at least 1910 before Philip got the house to himself and by that time his wife had died and most of his family scattered off to the 4 corners of the globe.

Old Richard Morrin's son Richard was a very nice and respectable man. We all knew him so well and we were always in and out of that house as if it were our own and they were the same with us. I know our 2nd cousins in Castletown and they seem to be honest people. One of the younger family did the carpentry work in this house, the kitchen and bedrooms. He is a trained carpenter and married to a girl in Connemara. One of the Morrin women in Castletown had a son a priest and one a doctor. They worked very hard. Kate had an easier life in her pub. Mary and Bridget in Castletown. Their families married well locally and we have a lot of distant relations in that area. They were very interested in land and livestock. Someone said to my father "The Morrins were always blessing themselves and putting on their caps as they went out the door" Meaning that they wouldn't rest a minute after their meals.

[Spelling errors are my fault]

Notes for KATE MORRIN:
History of Tigh Phai
(Teach Kate Mór)
written by
Mae (Mc Ging) Lally

Ayway back in 1879 a young girl named Kate Morrin from Churchfield was supposed to marry a young eligible man from the Cross/Cong area, right across the lake from Churchfield. She already had two sister’s married in Cross and they were well settled in good homes and farms. Their father who was known locally as Riocard O Muirrin, Richard Morrin, was in a position to give his daughters good dowries, or fortunes and in those days of hunger and famine most parents tried to have fortunes for their daughters and get them settled on the land. The more fortunes they had the more security they had, it was either that or take the long dreaded voyage to America.

Kate Morrin however didn’t want any matchmaking or fortune. She had a fine young man whom she loved dearly and they planned to marry, come what may. His name was Martin Walsh. Her father wasn’t pleased as this young fella had no land or no security for his daughter.

One fine Sunday morning the "young eligible man from Cross" and his friend came across the lake by boat to make the final arrangements for his marriage to Kate. Meanwhile Kate was going to Mass with here mother, pretending everything was fine as they walked along the two miles to the Church. Just as they were entering the Church Kate made some excuse and turned out again. After mass was over and everyone was gone home Kate married Martin Walsh. His brother was best man and her friend and neighbour Bridget Boyle was her bridesmaid. In the meantime the boatmen had come ashore in Churchfield and in no time at all the news spread that the couple had married and fled. The men from Cross were dumbfounded and so were her parents.

After a short time her parents forgave her and sent for them. At the time her older sister Penelope, who was my grandmother and her husband, my grandfather Philip Mc Ging who hailed from the Aughagower area, and their young children lived in the old home in Churchfield. They couldn’t all live in the same house so they decided to build a pub on the lakeshore.

In those days a lot of trading and business was carried on back and over between Tourmakeady and Ballinrobe by boat. People from all around the area brought any farm produce they had to spare to the market in Ballinrobe and brought home other necessities of life if they could afford it. A lot of wool was taken by boat and many other products of wool, such as socks and flannel etc.

So Kate’s father along with his two sons in law went to work and built the pub in the ideal location of business. That was 1879. I think it has stood the test of time, as it hadn’t changed at all since it was build until recently. Kevin and Cathy O Toole, the new owners have blended in the new with the old and the place known locally for many years as Teach Kate Mór is still in business.

Martin and Kate had three daughters and had a happy life, but unfortunately Martin passed away when he was still a young man and it wasn’t easy for a woman to carry on the business and rear her children. After some years she married Richard Feeney. He was a very nice man and she had a son and daughter by Feeney.

When I was growing up it was Feeney that was there and his name was over the door but it didn’t matter what name was over the door, the old people always called it Teach Kate Mór, especially the Irish speakers. I went there almost every evening after school for paraffin oil, tobacco or a loaf of bread. Kate Mór was long gone then but her daughter Bridge Walsh and her stepfather Feeney managed the place as best they could. He was an old man then and Bridge was also in poor health so they compensated Feeney’s son and Leo Duffy a grandson of Kate and Martin took over the pub. That didn’t last long as Leo Duffy got killed in Northern Ireland. Then Paddy Walsh a grand nephew of Martin Walsh bought the place and the younger generation called it Paddy’s. The older generation think it should be called what it was originally called – Teach Kate Mór. Teach Máire Luke in Gortmore and Teach Kate Mór in Churchfield were some of the first licensed pubs in the area.

Teach Paddy Pub

So the family had issues, don’t all families have issues?

Clonbur Petty Sessions in the Ballinrobe Chronicle Sept 3, 1881

Transcript of Court
Magistrate presiding: Joseph S. Blake Esq, chairman; Richard C. Lynch, Esq; E.M. Causland, Esq

The first eight cases on the book were in relation to a family dispute between Richard Morren and his son-in-law (Philip McGing). Anne Morren wife of Richard Morren and Philip McGing and his wife Nappy McGing v Richard Morren (her father) and Anne Morren (her step-mother); also against some other members of the united families.

Mr. P.J.B. Daly appeared for Morren and his associates; McGing was not professionally represented, and consequently frequently addressing the court.

Complainant, defendant and several other witnesses were examined on both sides, and the hearing occupied over an hour and a half.

McGing was married some six years since to Nappy Morren, one of the daughters of Richard Morren; since that marriage Mrs. Morren, the mother of Nappy McGing, dies and Morren inter-married his present wife – a Mrs Coen, now Mrs Anne Morren; since that event the same friendly intercourse has not existed between the Morren and McGing families, and they have to some extent indulged in the luxury of litigation, as a panacea for their varied life. As a matter of course, there was a mutual arrangement between Morren and his accepted son-in-law in the first instance as to the Morren farm (held under Mr. Lynch of Petersburg). – Morren to have a certain interest therein for a time, McGing to have exclusive rights on the death of his father-in-law. Morrens subsequent marriage in the eyes of McGing and his wife seemed to imperil their of “being rooted I the soil” of the ancestral holding. The source of litigation on the first occasion was a dispute about their relative ownership or rights of moiety of the clay in the “shough” or furrow between two ridges of potatoes. In June last, Morren and his step daughter “Bridget Coen” were digging a “shough” and moulding potatoes, when McGing, alleging they were appropriating more than their half of same, objected, jumped over the ridge, and then and there the assaults with shovels, complained of on 1st June, were committed.

here were also charges of assault on subsequent days – on 28th June, when Morren alleged that he was struck and knocked down in his own house by McGing with a blow of a heavy stool. The dispute between Mrs Nappy McGing and her step-mother, Mrs Anne Morren seemed to have its origin in a dispute about the “family box” to which heirloom each had laid claim and given preemptory advice to Mr. Whitten on the question and legality of removing an old and putting on of a new lock.

More than once in the course of the proceedings, Mr Daly (for the Morrens) suggested an arbitration as a means of an amicable arrangement of this family quarrel, but McGing objected to such a proposition. He would have his case disposed of at quarter sessions and by no other paely.

Decision – Philip McGing and Richard Morrin each to be imprisoned for one month in Galway goal. Warrant not to issue if the parties are not brought up again within 12 months for a breach of the peace. The two women to enter into recognizance to be of the peace for 12 months.

Clonbur Petty Sessions in the Ballinrobe Chronicle October 29, 1881


Richard Morren v. Philip McGing for an assault on complainant at Churchfield on the 13th October instant.

Mr Daly appeared for the complainant and Mr Glynn for the defendant.

There was also a cross-case of McGing v Morren for like, same time and place; and some half-dozen cases between different members of the family for like.

It appears McGing, defendant in the first case is the son-in-law od Morren, complainant, and that there has been for over 12 months several disputes and much litigation between them. At the marriage of McGing over 5 years ago, he was to preside in the house of Morren, and he represented the agreement to be that he would have half the holding until another daughter of Morren’s married, then two-thirds, and all the house and place at death of Richard Morren; the latter alleges that his agreement was, that McGing reside in the house and they to till and manage the farm jointly, as he had no right to to divide his holding with anyone. The two families did reside together and manage the holding jointly for a few years; but Morren having since got married (an event not then calculated on), Mrs McGing and Mrs Morren (her step-mother) did not amicable arrange matters in the house – hence the alleged origin of the litigation. Proceedings in equity were instituted for a partition of the holding, Sc and fixed to be heard at the late Clidfen quarter sessions. The parties attended, but for want of time, or other cause, the County Court Judge adjourned the case to future sessions; they returned home, not, it would seem, on better terms or in better humour from their disappointed hopes, and on the day stated they quarreled – first about the right of stabling their horses together; on Morren bringing in his horse from the great storm and rain prevailing that day. McGing prevented him from doing so; blows ensued; the women next interfered; Mrs Morren was knocked down and kicked by McGing; she was attended by Dr Ingham, medical officer, Cappaghduff dispensary district, who gave a certificate as to the dangerous character of the assault.

The examination of several witnesses (to the foregoing effect), and a legal discussion as to the form of summons – Mr Daly having taken exception to the summons of McGing and his wife against Morren, his wife and her daughter Bridget Cohen – occupied the court over two hours and a half.

Ultimately, by consent of their parties and their solicitors, the matter in dispute was left to the arbitration of Rev P Lavelle PP.

Clonbur Petty Sessions in the Ballinrobe Chronicle January 7, 1882

Philip McGing v. Richard Morren for assault on Complainant of Churchfield on December 6 last.

News item in Ballinrobe Chronicle August 4, 1883

Willful trespass – Clonbur Petty Sessions

Richard Morren v. Philip McGing – that defendant did in June 1883, enter on complainant’s land at Churchfield and willfully damaged and commit spoil by cutting turf.

This was a breach of a family dispute, defendant is the son-in-law of complainant and they have frequently had cases in court. There were also three other cases on the book today between them – the second being by some complaint against defendant for breaking down and changing a mearing fence.

There was an arbitration and division of the land, yard and premises. McGing, having been awarded two-thirds and Morren one-third of his holding; but it would appear either that the arrangement either had not been carried out beyond a separation in the dwelling-house or was not satisfactory, for the family quarrels have not been put an end to.

After some considerable friendly advice to the parties to live on more neighborly terms in the future the court ruled the cases “No jurisdiction”.

News item in Ballinrobe Chronicle November 21, 1885

Clonbur Petty Sessions

At the above sesisons on Tuesday – Mr Brady, RM presiding – there was very little business if any to be disposed of beyond the case of Richard Morren v Philip McGing, which came before the court on adjournment from that day month, when it was left to arbitration of R. C. Lynch, Esq the landlord; but the paeties had not into evidence before Mr Lynch. There was an information in the case, and the charge was that on 14th October defendant did steal two half-doors of an outhouse, the property of complainant, who obtained a search warrant, and was present at its execution when the doors were found in McGing’s house and also a sheep brand and a piece of ash timber alleged to have been stolen some 12 months since from Morren. Defendantwho is the son-in-law of complainant, claims ownership of the articles referred to. This being a branch of a family quarrel, and repeated disputes and litigation about property, Mr Brady suggested arbitration, to which Morren agreed, but McGing desired to have it settled by his worship. Depositions were then taken and returned for trial at next quarter sessions. Defendant, who appeared on recognizance, to renew same.