The first mention of Devlins here is in the 1911 Census of Ireland where Francis Devlin 21 is living with his two cousins, Ellen 39 and Mary 50.
This house and farm was firstly occupied by a John Connery in the 1830s. It then passes to his son Brian by the 1850s and he eventually passed it on to his son James. It seems as though the house then passed on to his sisters Mary and Ellen. Francis Devlin then became the owner after that. He married Mary McNamee, a sister of Joe ( Phidir) McNamee from Glengamna.
The Devlins are all gone from here and the house has a new owner. The Devlins ran the Post Office for many years and it was an important focal point in the area.
Belfast. Jamie Devlin (Back row in suit) Manager and taxi driver for the team.
Francis`s son Frankie became a fireman in Belfast. One day when his brigade was sent to put out a fire at a Belfast hotel he inadvertently started another one when he got talking to a young female employee by the name of Kathleen Devine from Donemana. He had just met his future wife. They had two girls Gwen and Irene and they lived in Andersonstown. Kathleen worked in the canteen in St. Joseph`s Training College near to her home. She was very popular there and she mothered so many of the boys there. She died very suddenly in February 1973. Frankie died Jan 1980. Gwen married Gerard Lagan from Lisnamuck and they live in Fallaghgloon, Maghera. Irene is married and lives near Lisburn.
Francis had a son called Joseph who died in 1942. His daughter Una died Feb. 2008 Another daughter Eileen ran the Post Office after her parents and was the last member of the family to live there.
Francis died April 1964 and his wife Mary died Dec. 1972.