1843.  Pre Famine Statistical Survey of Parish of Kilmurray, Co. Cork, Prepared and Present to British Association Meeting Cork 1843 by Father John Kelleher, Curate.

Father Kelleher highly active with Father Quin of Durrus adn Father Barry of Bantry in anti tithe activities.  Organiser of Catholic rent and Repeal meetings.  Unusual as post ordination studied in Rome.  The likes of father Kelleher were silenced from political activity from the 1870s by Cardinal Cullen.

National Archives


Colleges Attended

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cork



Kinsale PP : 10/1853 – 19/3/1875

Dunmanway PP : 1849 – 10/1853

Goleen PP : 1848 – 1849

Cathedral CC : 1847 – 1848

Kilmurry CC : 1841 – 1847

Kinsale CC : 1839 – 1841

Kilmurry CC – 1839

Muintir Bhaire CC

Post-Graduate Studies/Irish College. Rome


He was appointed Chancellor of the newly-established Cathedral Chapter on the 23/2/1858.

For an insight into the life and times of Canon Kelleher we would recommend; ‘Famine in West Cork – The Mizen Peninsula’ by Patrick Hickey, p. 99; 116; 133; 265; 288-9; 302; 307; 314; 325.

Date Of Death


Place Of Death

The Presbytery, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Place Of Burial

St. John the Baptist Church Vaults, Kinsale, Co. Cork


His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Delany, Bishop of Cork, presided at the Solemn Requiem Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Kinsale, Co. Cork.


  1. Attended huge anti-tithe meeting Mount Gabriel led by Timothy O’Donovan, Tullagh, later prosecuted with Father Quin for not paying tithes.  Many Church of Ireland and Methodist farmers attended the Mount Gabriel meeting.  1833 told Poor Law inquiry eviction often to insert a Landlord favourite or to replace a Catholic with a Protestant.

1843 as Curate of Kilmurray prepared a statistical analysis and present it to the British Association their annual meeting in Cok

1848 thanked the Quakers for their famine relief

1863 Led supporters in Kinsale election of V. B. Fitzgibbon against Sir George Colthurst. Military called to Kinsale on nomination day in case of trouble.

1868 supporting Kinale fisherman against allegation in Fishery Inspector report.

1869 while PP Kinsale swore of apprehension of damage to Chapel by Antrim Militia who later rioteted.  A military enquiry was held into their actions.

Royal Irish Academy, Windele Collection:


Cork Examiner 21 August 1843

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