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Nunan  Family of Cork, Ireland

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
 
 Daughter My Nan
Catherine (Nunan) Benson
Born: County Cork, Ireland Feb 4. 1880
Died: Windsor, Ontario, Canada 1962
daughter of John Nunan of Camden Quay, Cork
sister to John, Jeremiah, Julia, Annie, Denny/Dinny Nunan
Julia married David Anderson-4 sons-Archie, Johnny,Jerry, Adam--
                                  John Nunan           Julias' husband David Anderson                                   niece  Julia
     
young John died at the age of 22 yrs. in Flanders Apr. 1916 buried in France
    
Catherine (Nunan) and James William Benson                              The Church they married in St. Anne Shandon
            my great-grandparents                                                           photo courtesy of grandson John - photo taken 2002    
                                                           married in Cork City, Ireland     
                                                                                 May 30, 1908                                                                  


County (Corcaigh. From corcach, meaning "marsh")
Cork is the largest county in Ireland,
and its size has had an appreciable effect on the mentality of its inhabitants;
they have been known to refer to journeys to other parts of Ireland as "
visiting the Republic".

The county has an extraordinary variety of landscapes,
from the lush lowlands and valleys of east and central Cork
to the barren magnificence of the mountains and peninsulas of west Cork.
Cork city is the second largest in Ireland,
though not in the minds of many Corkonians,
and is beautifully situated at the mouth of the Lee valley.

Before the advent of the Normans in the twelfth century,
the county was part of the kingdom of Desmond, ruled by the McCarthys,
following their expulsion from Tipperary by their arch-enemies,
the O'Briens.
As English rule in Ireland became more secure through the sixteenth century,
large areas were granted to English "undertakers",
who included Sir Walter Raleigh and the poet Edmund Spenser,
but the rebellions and wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
put paid to the scheme.
Surnames common in Cork include
McCarthy, Buckley, O'Leary, O'Sullivan, Sheehan, Lynch, Crowley
and, of course, Murphy. Norman names
associated with the county include Keating, Fitzgerald and Savage

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