Tuesday, November 27, 1900 was the wedding day for Edward (Edmund) Griffin of Newtown, Moycullen and Penelope (Nappy) Concannon of Furbo, Spiddal. The wedding took place in the Roman Catholic Chapel in Barna with Father Matthew Griffin, the brother of the groom, officiating. Witnesses were John Griffin, the groom’s younger brother, and Mary Flaherty for the bride. The couple had first met through their brothers who were both priests who had studied together at Maynooth, Father Matthew Griffin and Nappy’s brother, Father Anthony Concannon.
Both fathers of the bride and groom were farmers. Edward’s father Martin had been born in 1805 in Newtown and was known in recorded documents by the original anglicized name of Griffy. The Griffin/Griffys had been recorded as early as the Blake’s Census as residents of Newtown. Martin Griffin married Mary Anne Fitzgerald who was born in County Clare but had come to Moycullen to be a tutor to one of the local landed families. Together they would have 12 children.
Nappy’s father was Thady Concannon of Stripe, Furbo. He was known as Tadhg Mór, to distinguish him from the other Thady Concannons that lived in Stripe in the mid-19th century. Her mother was Margaret Lydon, also from the Furbo area. Together Thady and Margaret would also have 12 children of whom Nappy was the youngest.
The Griffin/Concannon Family Tree includes Griffin/Griffy as the only Moycullen name, but includes Concannons, Lydons and Currans from Furbo and Fitzgerald from County Clare.