WHO WAS GRANNY? A Family History.
In 1895 my Protestant grandmother Kate Langrell eloped from Aughrim with my Catholic grandfather Michael Traynor. They married in Dublin where they set up home at Drimnagh Castle. On New Years Eve 1904 their first child Thomas aged 5 died in Drimnagh Castle. In 1920 their second son Joseph Traynor was killed in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday.
Growing up I knew very little about my grandparent’s history in Wicklow. Kate was estranged from her family because of her marriage. As I got older I got curious. WHO WAS GRANNY? is the result of ten years of research. From pre 1798 covering the rebellion, life in the 1800’s, those who emigrated, my own family history. The family names covered in Wicklow Finlay, Eager, Hinch, Langrell, Byrne, Traynor with associated names such as Willoughby, Hawkins, Jackson etc. My father John Murphys line in Wexford Kavanagh., Bolger, Darcy, Murphy.
I am grateful to Wicklow County Council for taking several copies of WHO WAS GRANNY? for their libraries.
The book was launched by Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, in Drimnagh Castle on 5th February 2019.
My wish is that those who read it enjoy it.