My Kennedy family was from Hartford, Connecticut. The first Kennedy in our tree who came to America was William Kennedy, who came in 1880 from Mayfield (a/k/a Rocketscastle), outside of Portlaw, in the Comeragh Mountain area of Co. Waterford, Ireland. He had been a gardener at Curraghmore, Lord Waterford's estate. His father was Morgan Kennedy, and while my research may not be quite correct, I am confident he came from a line of 2 previous Morgan Kennedys, with the earliest identified ancestor being Richard Kennedy of Rathmaiden and Whitestown, who died around 1772.
If you have any information about Kennedys or Drohans in the Portlaw, Rathgormack, Clonea-Power, and Carrick-beg areas, please contact me. Thank you.