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The Religious Sisters of Inishmagrath


According Gerald Smith OSF, in his book,

The Religious Sisters and Brothers of Kilmore”,

in the century between 1890 and 1990

fifteen women from Inishmagrath entered religious life.


Most of these brave women served as nuns in Ireland

but some of them served in England, Scotland, the USA and South Africa.





Kathleen Dolan

Kathleen was a daughter of John Dolan and Mary Watters, of Derrintowney. Born in 1937, she entered the Poor Clare Sisters and took the religious name of Sr Mary Paschal.  She has worked in Ireland.




Mary Anne Fallon

Mary Anne was born in 1874, the daughter of John Fallon and Mary Fallon, of Selton.  Mary Anne entered the Sisters of Le Sainte Union des Sacres Couers and was professed with the name Sr Mary Rose.  She worked in Ireland.  She died c. 1955




Anne Josephine Flynn

Anne Josephine was born in 1931, the daughter of Martin Flynn and Elizabeth Martin, of Tents.  She entered the Marist Sisters and her profession in 1960.  She took the religious name of Sr Amadeus.  She worked in Ireland and died in 1999.





Bridget Forde

Bridget was the daughter of Michael Forde and Catherine Mc Partland of Corcormick.  She was born  January 24, 1892.  She went to the USA where she entered the Sisters of Charity  She took her vows on July 21, 1921, as Sister Maria Lucilla. She worked as a teacher in Jersey City.  She died on July 8, 1978.





Brigid Higgins

Brigid was the daughter of Michael Higgins and Mary Jane Cosgrove who lived in the townland of Derrinboher.  Brigid was born in 1911 and made her final profession in the Marist Sisters in 1936, taking the name of Sr Fintan.  She worked in Ireland and died in 1986.





Margaret Kelleher

Born in 1923, Margaret was a daughter of Michael Kelleher and Nora Keaveney, of Gortnasilla. She entered the Religious Sisters of the Atonement and made her final profession in 1951. Taking the religious name of Sr Gretta, she worked in Ireland and in the USA.





Margaret Jane McGreal

Margaret Jane was born in Sheena in 1892, the daughter of John McGreal and Mary Anne McTiernan.  She entered the Carmelite Sisters and made her profession in 1916, taking the name Sr M Gerard.  She worked in England until her death in 1982.




Margaret McGreil

Born in 1863, Margaret was the daughter of Charles McGreil and Elizabeth Gallagher of Glassdrumman More.  Margaret entered the Carmelite Sisters and made her final profession in 1890, with the religious name of Sr Leo.  She worked in Scotland and died in 1943.




Roseanne McLaughlin

Roseanne was born in Letter in 1884, the daughter of Thomas McLaughlin and Mary O’Rourke.  She entered the Sisters of St Louis and made her final profession in 1908.  Known as Sr M John, she died in 1973.




Bridget McPartlan

The daughter of James McPartlan and Margaret McNama of Tinnybeg, Bridget was born in 1900.  She entered the Dominican Sisters and took the name Sr Mannes.  She worked in South Africa and died in 1985.




Eileen McPartlan

Eileen was the daughter of Thomas McPartlan and Bridget McKenna of Glassalt.  Born in 1914, she joined the St John of God sisters.  Known as Sr Ita, she and her friend, Sr Bernadette, worked in Beagle Bay, West Australia, where she died in 1940.




Eilish McPartland

Eilish was born in 1936, the daughter of Thomas McPartland and Mary Flanagan of Derrinvoney.  She enter the Good Shepherd Sisters and made her final profession in 1967. She has worked in the USA.





Sarah Mc Partland

The daughter of Myles Mc Partland and Bridget Gallagher, Corcormick, Sarah was born on May 31, 1871.  She went to the USA and entered the Sisters of Charity, taking her vows on August 2, 1903, as Sister Maria Lucille.  She worked as a teacher at various schools in New Jersey.  She died January 14, 1967.




Laura O’Donnell

Laura was one of two daughters of John O’Donnell and Brigid Keenan who became religious sisters.  Born in 1916 in Corkhill, she entered the Irish Sisters of Charity and took the religious name of Sr Teresa Loreto.  She worked in Ireland.




Margaret O’Donnell

Margaret, the older sister of Laura, was born in Corkhill in 1913, she entered the Irish Sisters of Charity.  Taking the religious name of Sr Margaret Eucharia, she made her fiinal profession in 1944.  She worked in England and died in 2003.




Kate O’Rourke

Kate was born in 1902, the daughter of James O’Rourke and Kate Guihan.  She entered the Cross and Passion Sisters and took the name Sr Lucy.  She worked in England.




Rose Anne Smyth

Rose Anne was the daughter of Myles Smyth and Mark Kelleher of Moneenreave.  Born in 1915, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, making her final profession in 1940.  She worked in the USA.




We acknowledge that the contents of this page are drawn from Gerald Smith’s book

The Religious Sisters and Brothers of Kilmore”

This book was published by and may be purchased from

Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne
(The Breifne Historical Society)

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