The Irish name Kissane used in County Kerry is
an Anglicization of O' Ciosain. Essentially now a Munster name, it was
transformed to Cashman in County Cork and Kissane in County Kerry.
Father Woulfe, and early expert on names, suggests that the O' Ciosain
sept originated in Ui Maine in County Galway and moved South from there.
In Dublin's Royal Irish Academy, there are accounts of O' Ciosains who
were scribes and writers of Irish tales and tracts on Irish grammar.
In the 1930s, John Kissane, writing as Sean O' Ciosain, translated the
Vicar of Wakefield and other classics into Irish. Around this same
period, the Reverend Edward Joseph Kissane was writing bible
commentaries. (The Dictionary of Irish Surnames, Ida Grehan.)
Other well known Kissane's include: Eamonn Kissane, a member of the Dail
Eireann, first elected in 1932 as a Fianna Fail Representative, Erin
Kissane, an internationally known business writer and editor, and Bill
Kissane, a university professor and writer who has published many works
on politics, civil wars, and particularly The Irish Civil War.
Additionally, John Kissane owns a sheep farm on the Ring of Kerry that
is dedicated to preserving the Irish heritage of mountain sheep.
In the United States, the Kissane's have been successful in many areas,
particularly business and higher education. The majority of the
Kissane's that came to the United States settled in New York and
Illinois. Civil War records show that five Kissane's served in that
conflict, four on the Union side and one Confederate.
The honor and great heritage of this family is proudly represented by
our own Division 7 President Dan Kissane. Dan is truly the
personification of the Kissane motto: "Nothing is difficult to the brave
and the faithful."