Possible connection between Tim Healy, (1855-1931), MP, King’s Counsel, Governor General and John Hely-Hutchinson (1724-94). Lawyer, Statesman, Provost Trinity College Dublin, son Viscount Donoughmore, (if you gave John Britain and Ireland as an estate he would come back and look for the Isle of Man as a Potato Garden).


In the recollections of James Stanley Vickery written in Australia in the 1890s he describes growing up in the 18s0s as an orphan with his grandparents in Molloch, in Parish of Durrus, Bantry. He refers to going as a child to Healy’s school in Bantry. Apparently a good teacher but put the fear of God into the children. Tim Healy was born in Bantry his father was master of the workhouse and his father a teacher who originated in Donoughmore. That makes Vickery’s teacher a candidate as Healy’s grandfather.


Like Healy John Hely grew up in Gortroe near Donoughmore in relatively humble circumstances and through ability and education became one of the most powerful figures in the middle and late 18th century Ireland. He adopted the ‘Hutchinson’ part of the name on marriage to Miss Nixon to secure her inheritance from an uncle.

There are remarkable parallels between the Healy/Helys, both lawyers, relatively modest beginnings bundles of ability, a cunning and ruthlessness with a pragmatic outlook. If there are descendants it would be interesting to compare their DNA.