The first of these tragic accidents involved my grandmother’s uncle, William Byrne, the sister of Martha. In 1922, at the age of 13, William was caddying on a South County Dublin golf course when he was killed by an accidental gunshot. The details surrounding the accident are unclear but the civil record states the cause of death as ‘internal haemorrhage from accidental gun shot wound’.
The second tragic event took place on the 4th July 1950. A man called Bernard L. Doyle went to see a baseball game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. He had brought along his neighbour’s son Otto Flaig. Otto’s view of the game was obstructed by a man sitting in front of him; Bernard (Barney) swapped seats with Otto. Moments later on a nearby rooftop, another boy, Robert Peebles, fired a pistol into the sky for fun. Out of a crowd of 49,000 spectators, the bullet from that pistol struck Barney Doyle in the left temple, killing him instantly.
For years, our family has believed that the Bernard Doyle shot in New York was related to us. My maternal great-grandfather Patrick Doyle (the son of Christopher) had both a brother and a cousin called Bernard Doyle. Patrick’s cousin Bernard was the son of Andrew Doyle from Co. Meath, who had emigrated to the U.S.A. sometime around the turn of the 20th Century. A letter had been sent many years ago informing the family that it was Andrew’s son Bernard who had been shot at that baseball game.
However, some recent genealogical research suggests there may have been a mix up. Bernard L. Doyle (who was tragically killed at the baseball game in 1950) was the son of Andrew Doyle and Ellen (Helen) C. Meade. Andrew and Ellen were married on the 11thSeptember 1895 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.A. On Andrew and Ellen’s marriage record, Andrew’s father is named Patrick Doyle.
What remains a mystery is what happened to our Bernard Doyle? Our family obviously lost touch with him. When our relatives heard the news about Bernard L. Doyle (and the similarities in lineage) did they assume it was our Bernard Doyle? Despite my genealogical research I have been unable to find our Bernard Doyle. This mystery remains buried with him, wherever he is.
 See 1900 Census, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Nara Series #1240659.
 See Pg. 89 Marriages Solemnized in the City of Lowell in the Year 1895. Familysearch film #001651224 – Record Set: United States Marriages.
 See Civil Marriage Record of Christopher Doyle and Kate Meara on 05.07.1891, Record #05891329 (219).
 However, I have yet to find a record of an Andrew Doyle, son of Michael Doyle, from the Kells area of Co. Meath.
 I examined the following U.S. Census records in order to compile Bernard L. Doyle Family Tree: 1900 Census Lowell, Middlesex Massachusetts, Nara Series #1240659; 1920 Census Hudson, New Jersey, Supervisor District #9, Enumerator District #299, Sheet 8(A); 1920 Census Hudson, new Jersey, Supervisor District #9, Enumerator District #333; 1930 Census, New Jersey, Nara