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HomepageThe Family History of
Cardinal Paul Cullen (1803-1878)
from the "Reportorium Novum" by Peadar Mac Suibhne,
FTM World Family Tree, Family histories, and other sources

If you would like to make a more in-depth study of the family history of Cardinal Paul Cullen, there is another page on the Internet maintained by John Quigley of Co Cork, Ireland that I highly recommend visiting. John's site is the Quigley Homepage (O'Coigligh), which is mainly concerned with the families of John's maternal granparents, Cooney and Mescall, but also includes much material on his wife's family. Here is where you will find the Maher, Brennan, and Cullen information. Just click the Family History Pages link on John's homepage.

Thanks to the efforts of the Cullen Family and other relatives, there are now four extra pages detailing the family history of Cardinal Paul Cullen
Paul Cullen, Bishop of Armagh (1849), Archbishop of Dublin (1852), and Ireland's first Cardinal (1866), was born near Ballitore in County Kildare, Ireland on the 29'th of April 1803. The genealogy of Cardinal Paul Cullen can be found in the "Reportorium Novum" by Peadar Mac Suibhne. The following information is extracted from that work, Burke's Irish Family Records, the Mormon IGI, family histories, and from other sources. The now ruined Liscarton Castle, located about 2-1/2 miles northwest of Navan, at the heart of Co Meath, is said to have been one home to the relatives of Cardinal Cullen. Some notable relatives of Cardinal Cullen are: Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran, Australia's first Cardinal, who arrived in Sydney in 1884; Bishop Michael Verdon of Dunedin; Father James Maher, parish priest; Father Michael Cullen, parish priest of Narraghmore.

Patrick Moran
1'st Bishop of Dunedin
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Dunedin, New Zealand

Michael Verdon
2'nd Bishop of Dunedin

Many thanks for the above photos to Marc Peyroux, who maintains a website devoted to St. Joseph's Cathedral in New Zealand. These are just two of many photographs from Marc's site. St Joseph's Cathedral is the Mother church and the Parish Church and is home for the Bishops of the Diocese of Dunedin in New Zealand. Please visit Marc's Homepage for more information on notable personalities and events concerning St. Joseph's.

Cardinal Cullen's Genealogy has been included on the Related Families pages even though the connection to the other related Cullen families is not confirmed. The main reason for suspecting the connection is that the Cullens in the Normanised baronies of County Wexford were all likely related and Cardinal Paul Cullen seems to share that ancestral homeland with the other Norman Cullens. Peadar Mac Suibhne states that Cullenstown in the parish of Bannow claims to be the original home of the Cardinal's ancestors. According to Burke's, Thomas Cullen of Cullenstown, who suffered forfeiture under Cromwell, was almost certainly the same as Lt-General Thomas Cullen who forfeited 222acres in 1641. It is suggested that this Thomas Cullen was the "father or uncle" of the Hugh Cullen that begins the Cardinal's genealogy below. Hilary Murphy confirms this general idea in "The Families of County Wexford", stating that the Cardinal was descended from a Cullen that migrated from the parish of Oylegate to County Kildare in the mid-17'th century. Oylegate is a village about halfway between Wexford town and Enniscorthy, on route N11 in the southeast corner of Co. Wexford.

O'Curry provides us with the opposing viewpoint and states that Cardinal Paul Cullen is descended from a minor Gaelic sept, O Cuileamhain, which is recognized today by the surnames Culloon or Culhoun. This is hard to dismiss at once since even Cullenstown, the principal residence of the Norman family Cullen, was also known as "Ballycoloun". As usual, the more information we find, the more we are confused by it.

The line begins with Hugh Cullen (b. abt. 1660) and, according to the Cardinal, Hugh Cullen was "one who was engaged in the whole campaign of the Williamite Wars and whose father or uncle held a commission in the Irish Army during the Confederate war" (1649-51). According to many, including the Cardinal's family, the Cullens lost their property under Cromwell (right about 1650). There is a gap of time before the above-mentioned Hugh Cullen is said to have settled at Rathornan in Co. Carlow. His son Edmund, a short time later, settled in Craan (Cranavonane). This was just about 1751 and, at this point, begins the bulk of the genealogy contained in the "Reportorium Novum".

At about the same time he settled in Craan, Edmund Cullen (1717-1819) married Alice Kinsella (1741-Aug 1793) of Kilballyhugh, daughter of Dan Kinsella. Edmund Cullen was married twice. Michael and Catherine were children from the first marriage. Edmund and Alice Cullen (both are buried at Nurney) had eight children together. Here are the known histories of all ten children:

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