William O'Rourke

Birth Name William O'Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death about 41 years, 11 months, 5 days


email received June 2019. notes on the map.

This little map shows where the two O‘Rourke farms were and still are side by side, in B’neddan. Rose O'Rourke’s to the left and her sister Ann’s to the left, two houses side by side.

The little farm must have been divided in two, total area about 6 acres, Rose’s farm around 3 acres. The area of each field marked out -1.698 of an acre-.893 of an acre.etc, Both of those little cottages now demolished - would have had a small garden attached.

Wm O'Rourke's house was and still is known as Bayview cottage. Wm’s family rented out Bayview and they converted Wm’s forge into a dwelling house. His son James lived with his family in the forge, his brother Frank lived in the little cottage behind Bayview. This cottage may have been the one the McAteers lived in.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about September 1847      
Baptism September 30, 1847 Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a

Kilbroney Church Registers, Baptism
September 30, 1847
William son to Michol Rourke and Alice Cunningham, was baptized. Sponsors: Patt Chronicle and Catherine Cunningham

Residence from 1888 to 1891 Ballineddan Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland Parcel 6a 2a
Event Note

Valuation Revision Books
Parcel 6a Ballyneddan
1888 - 1891 William Rourke


Residence November 29, 1888 Ballineddan Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   3a
Event Note

was living in Ballineddan when he provided the information for his mother's death.

Death August 6, 1889 Newry - Armagh, Newry Parish - Armagh, County Armagh, Ireland   3b
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Newry
Registrar's District: Newry No 1
Counties of Armagh and Down
Deaths #475
August 6, 1889
at Merchant's Quay, Newry (Newry Canal)
Parish of Newry, County of Armagh

William O'Rorke, married, about 40 years old, blacksmith and farmer. cause: accidentally drowned in waters of Newry Canal
informant: Certificate received from John Francis Small, coroner for County Armagh, inquest held August 9, 1889. Registered August 10, 1889.

Event Note

Newspaper article Saturday 10 August 1889
A Man Drowned in Newry Canal
Last night a man named Wm Roarke, a blacksmith, from Ballyeddin [sic], near Rostrevor, was drowned in Newry Canal. The deceased had been in Newry attending the marked, and after dark strayed along the canal bank and fell into the water at the Salt Works, where he was drowned. An inquest will be held.

From a kind soul at the County Down Genealogy group on facebook.com:
There is a Heritage Collection in Newry City Library and they have some local newspapers on microfilm. It might be worth checking if a report of the inquest was in the local paper. Contact details for the Heritage Collection are as follows. phone: 028 3044 7423 or 028 3026 4683
email: newry.heritage@librariesni.org.uk

Event Note

The Coroner's inquest is at PRONI

Repository : Public Record Office for Northern Ireland
PRONI Reference : ARM/6/1/1/2/42
Level : Item
Access : Open
Title : Coroner's Inquest relating to the death
Dates : 9 August 1889
Description : Coroner's Inquest relating to the death of William O'Rorke who died at Newry Canal, Co. Armagh. Date of death: 8 August 1889.


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Michael Rourkeabout August 27, 1815February 9, 1888
Mother Alice Cunninghamabout 1814November 29, 1888
    Brother     Francis O'Rourke August 4, 1843 May 7, 1924
    Brother     John Rourke about December 1844
    Sister     Mary Rourke about November 1845 July 1, 1870
         William O'Rourke about September 1847 August 6, 1889
    Sister     Ann O'Rourke about October 1849 November 23, 1910
    Sister     Elizabeth “Bessie” O'Rourke about October 30, 1851 January 27, 1924
    Sister     Margaret O'Rourke about 1862 April 27, 1927


Family of William O'Rourke and Margaret Rose McVeigh

Married Wife Margaret Rose McVeigh ( b. about 1858 d. November 9, 1930 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage May 2, 1876 Kilkeel Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   4a
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel
Registrar's District: Kilkeel No 2
Roman Catholic Chapel of Kilkeel
County: Down
May 2, 1876
William O'Rourke, of full age, a bachelor farmer of Killowen. father: Michael Rourke, a blacksmith, alive.
Margaret McVeigh, of full age, a spinster of
Dunavil. father: John McVeigh, a farmer, alive
witnesses: Thomas Murphy and Margaret McVeigh

Name Birth Date Death Date
Michael O'RourkeApril 30, 1877January 31, 1919
John O'RourkeOctober 17, 1878June 7, 1947
Mary Ann O'RourkeApril 25, 1880October 27, 1972
Francis O'RourkeJanuary 14, 18821960
Christina O'RourkeDecember 22, 1883January 1970
James O'RourkeJuly 6, 1885
Margaret O'RourkeFebruary 14, 1887
Johanna O'RourkeNovember 18, 1888January 28, 1911

Source References

  1. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: William Rourke, September 30, 1847
  2. Valuation Revision Books
      • Page: Parcel 6A Ballyneddan, Kilbroney Parish, Down
  3. Irish Civil Registration Records, Deaths
      • Page: November 29, 1888, Kilkeel, RD: Rostrevor
      • Page: August 6, 1889, Superintendent Registrar's District: Newry, Registrar's District: Newry No 1, Counties of Armagh and Down, Deaths #475, August 6, 1889
  4. Irish Civil Registration Records, Marriages
      • Page: May 2, 1876, Kilkeel, RD: Kilkeel #2