Murphys of Mullaghbawn

Michael Murphy left Mullaghbawn in South Armagh for Liverpool at the start of the 20th century. It was here he married Mary Pender. This is the story of their nine daughters and one son, their children and grandchildren. "Cead Mille Failte"

Monday, July 06, 2015

Rita Cunningham (née Murphy) . Requiescant In Pace

Sadly Rita, our dear sister, cousin, aunty, great aunty and loving wife of Gerald, has passed away at her home in Aberdeen on Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 7:05pm.
During her passing, she was with sisters Mary, Susan and Thérèse, brothers Patrick, Michael & John & Joanne and many nephews and nieces and her loving husband Gerald.
Here is a picture of Rita taken by her brother John outside her flat in Hervey Road, London in the early 1980's.
May She Rest In Peace.
God Bless You Rita. xxx

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rita Fighting the Battle!

Rita Cunningham (Née Murphy) is pictured with family members at her home in Aberdeen as she continues her fight against cancer.
Rita would like to thank all family members. friends and acquaintances for their prayers, get-well messages, phone calls and outpouring of love which helps her enormously in her personal battle against this ignominious disease.
Let us all continue to pray for her.
God Bless. x
 Rita with sister Mary
 With sister Mary, brother John, and nephew John
 With nephew John(sister Thérèse' son)
 With sister-in-law Joanne (John's wife)
 With brother John and Joanne
With sisters Mary and Susan and 2 Johns

Friday, June 12, 2015

Only Girl Ellen Murphy London Gig

Only Girl
Singing with hauntingly raw vocals, Londoner Ellen Murphy makes atmospheric pop that will make your spine tingle. St. Pancras Old Church, London on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

No. 7 for Andy & Genene!

Andy(son of Francis) and Genene Cannon have just had number 7! There were problems during the birth, but all looking good now as the pictures clearly show. No. 7 may be named Francis after grandad, but watch this space for final decision on name!
Congratulations! to Andy, Genene and the Mafnificent Seven!

Suggested Prayer for Prayathons

If people would like a suggested prayer for Prayathons, then you can actually recite The Angelus below, which is very easy to memorise. But if preferred, by all means use your own prayers, meditation, contemplation etc. - whichever suits.

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, .....

V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, .....

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Stephen Acocella: Pearl Harbour War Veteran Passes Away

Stephen Acocella was the uncle of my brother-in-law Tony Acocella who is married to my sister Cecilia in the States.
His Obituary tells a fascinating story of a warm, brave and dedicated family man who always kept his faith. Here is a section:
Stephen H. Acocella, 93, while at home, went peacefully to be with the Lord on May 27, 2015. Stephen was born on December 23, 1921 in Montclair, NJ to his parents, Antonio and Margaret Sadie Acocella and was the 8th in his family of 12 brothers and sisters. He attended Montclair schools and enlisted in the USMC right out of high school in July 1940 so that he could send money back home to help his family. At that time, he received $21.00 a month and sent his Dad $15.00 of it every month. He received his boot camp training in Paris Island, S C, served nine months in Cuba then was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served in the defense of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His battery of 60 men was in a sugar cane field at Salt Lake Camp near the Harbor at Hickman Air Field when the attack occurred. They had no weapons or ammunition when the bombing and strafing took place and out of frustration threw rocks and potatoes at the enemy planes. He witnessed the sinking of the USS Arizona and participated in action against the enemy at Vella Lavella, 15Aug43-11May44. He did his first tour of duty overseas without a furlough home for 4 years. His two tours totaling 5 years, 5 months were in the Pacific. Stephen was in Okinawa when the war ended and was discharged in December 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Stephen's story and interview has been recorded in the Library of Congress.
You can see the rest of the story at:
May he Rest In Peace.

"Prayathon" for The Sick.

I recently sent out an email to a large section of family asking for prayers to be said for Rita Cunningham (née Murphy - my sister) and Rosemary Murphy (née Wright - my brother Michael's wife) at a set time each day for the month of  June.
There has been a wonderful response from cousins and family and I thank you all.
Kitty Cannon, in her reply email, described it as a "Prayathon".
The "Prayathon" gave me an idea. We could extend it to any family member(s)(including brothers, sisters, mums and dads, cousins, nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts etc.?, who become seriously ill.
If I am informed of names, I will put it on the blog, and designate a particular month for the Prayathon to be said, for that particlar person or persons.
If anyone has further ideas on the subject let me know, or add a comment on the blog.
(Please mote, the comment may take a day or so to get published as I have to check it to avoid "spam")
God Bless,
Cormac x

The Cannons!

Back row: Josef Cannon, Cristiano Cannon de Susa, Jack Cannon, Freddie Cannon, Joauim Cannon de Sousa, Luca Cannon de Sousa
Front row, Kiera Cannon, Eliana Ambrosiani, Agnes Cannon with Josef Lloyd Cannon (baby on knee) Giulia Amborsiani, Eva Cannon and finally Isla Cannon

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Canonisation(Sainthood) of Pope Pius X11

The Canonisation(Sainthood) of Pope Pius X11 is an ongoing process and once the Vatican recognizes one scientifically inexplicable miracle based on Pius XII's intercession, the next step would be Beatification; after two such miracles, the result would be Canonization.
Let us pray that Pope Pius X11 intercedes for Rita Cunningham (née Murphy) and Rosemary Murphy (née Wright) enabling them to be cured of their terrible afflictions, and be relieved of their pain they suffer and which they endure without complaint, so they may continue their lives and good deeds for their families,  for their friends, and for God & The Holy Catholic Church.  
Please say the prayer on the attached card for Pope Pius X11's  intercession and miracles.

Eliana Qualifies as Ski Instructor!

Eliana Ambrosiani (first grandchild to Frank Cannon) qualified as a ski instructor today in her hometown of Sauze d'Oulx Italy situated in the Italian alps. Good Luck to her in her future career and a big thank you to her parents Sarah and Marco for the sacrifices they have made in order for her to suceed in this.
Congratulations to Eliana! Below are pictures of Eliana during her wonderful ski-ing career to date!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pray For Patty Hughes (née O'Hanlon)

Please pray for our dear cousin Patty Hughes (née O'Hanlon) who passed away on Sunday 3rd May she was aged 71. Second of nine children for Sadie and Paddy O'Hanlon. Wife of Kevin, mother to Maria and Catherine. Sister to Pauline, Terry, Dierdre, Rosaline, Timothy, Mary, Sara and Michael. 
May She Rest In Peace.