John (Shane Ban) Joyce of Leenane (1786-1856)

Jan 1st, 1856 | By | Category: Joyce Biographies, Joyce Obituaries

John Joyce of Leenane (1786-1856) was known throughout Ireland as Big Jack, Shane Ban, Shawn-na-Baunin, John the Fair, John of the Jacket, and Big White Jack. All due to his size, 7 feet tall and weight 20 stone (280 pounds) and his fair hair and fair complexion. Clan Chief of all the Joyce’s.

Big Jack Joyce

2 Comments to “John (Shane Ban) Joyce of Leenane (1786-1856)”

  1. Doreen says:

    Glad to find this site and thanks for all the research. John Shane Ban Joyce is my husband’s 3rd great grandfather. Would love to find more information on his son Thomas Francis Joyce (wife Jane Guiness or Mc Guiness) and John Andrew Joyce (Shane Ban’s grandson). I know John “A” had twelve children with his wife Margaret Mangan and for a while was the proprietor of the Mount Gable Hotel in Clonbur. His daughter Lillian (Lilly) is my husband’s grandmother.


  2. lozster says:

    Hi Doreen and thanks for commenting. If you would like to send me through some more information on Thomas Francis and John Andrew and their families I would be happy to publish that on the site as well.

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