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James Hoey

HOEY, Rev. James

James Hoey was born on the 6th of April 1867 to Edward Hoey and Sarah Harrington. Edward was a Farmer and the family lived in Moone, Co Kildare. James was the sixth of the seven identified children, one at least dying in infancy. The eldest son, Michael, was ordained a Priest in 1884 and spent twenty-eight years in Dolphin’s Barn parish in Dublin. James followed him into the priesthood but moved to a parish in Liverpool and was in Bootle in 1901. Edward died in 1902 and the attendance at his large funeral of his two priest sons was described in the Wicklow People as “a spectacle of general edification’.

James had moved to a parish in Barrow in Furness by 1911 and in 1912 Michael was moved out of Dublin to the Wicklow parish of Aughrim. In October 1918 James was presumably visiting his family in Ireland and was returning on RMS Leinster. He survived the sinking but several newspapers reported that Rev James Hoey P.P. of Aughrim had been saved.

James continued working in Liverpool, as occasional newspaper pieces reported. He was mentioned in 1936 as receiving a bequest from his late brother Henry but no report of his death has been found. Michael lived until 1949.



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