Ryan – The Irish Connection
(N.B. Some evidence is anecdotal)
Patrick Ryan and Margaret O'Connell lived in The Mall, Thurles in 1901. Patrick was born in about 1851 and Margaret in about 1854. Patrick was a telegraph clerk and Margaret was a dressmaker. They had the following children.
Thomas Ryan * from Thurles married Bridget nee Ryan from near Nenagh, County Tipperary on the 29th of August 1903. They lived in Stradavoher and then number 1 Cabra Terrace, Thurles, County Tipperary. Thomas worked as a general trader, buying and selling commodities. One of his enterprises was that he would import fish from Fishguard in Wales to Rosslare, County Wexford and transport the catch by horse and cart back to Thurles where he would sell them, presumably in the market held in Liberty Square. They had a large family:
There's also a family story that Thomas joined an Irish regiment in the British Army as a hostler boy at 14 and eventually fought in the Boer War. One of his brothers also joined as a young drummer boy; whilst taking part in some military pageant in one of the outer reaches of the then Empire, he was singled out by the King of Siam who shook his hand!