Hello Lorraine, thank you so much for your reply it is great to hear from someone who has a connection to my illusive grandfather. My Grandad was Francis Monaghan (Frank), he was your grandfather Michaels brother then by the sound of it. He married my Nana in 1938 in Coventry under the name of Frank Kelly but when my mum was young he went to Strangeways prison for a short time for a petty crime and when my Nana went to visit him they didn't have anyone under the name of Frank Kelly, just a Frank Monahan. So there the mystery began and my Nana always said she was convinced he had changed his name. My mums sister remembers the IRA being mentioned so we wondered if that was why the name change happened, although we don't know whether it was done legally. Their other brother John (Jack) lived in Manchester, He married a lady called Nellie and they had 3 children, He also went under the surname Kelly so we presume they came to England together. On my Nana and Grandads wedding certificate it states Franks father as deceased but name of John. Can you shed any other light on anything? I would love a copy of John and Marys wedding certificate. I don't think my grandad was a very nice man, I never knew him but I want to know the background and the family history as my mum wants to know her real roots.
I look forward to hearing form you. If you would like my normal email address please let me know.
Many thanks again, Helen