McHale Family Genealogy Forum
I have read one biography of Archbishop McHale, "The Life and Times of the Most Rev. John MacHale" by Rev. Ulick J. Canon Bourke. This has 2 statements that relate to collateral descendents. On p. 49 there is a truly Victorian style paragraph that I interpret as meaning that his popularity caused many people in North Mayo to claim a relationship and not all of these relationships were true and some were impossible. (I suppose this last refers to dates, since all of John McHale's brothers and sisters were probably born before 1800.
On p. 193 there is a statement that Archbishop McHale "gave marriage marriage portions to his grand nieces, who had been in humble positions" and a mention of giving to poor relatives -- a definite grand niece connection.
I would like to read "John MacHale, Archbishop of Tuam, his Life and Correspondence" by Rev. Bernard O'Reilly (2 vols.) The "Dictionary of National Biography" McHale article has the comment that this biography is based on the papers of the Archbishop that were supplied by his nephew who was also his executor. This may include family info. I haven't found this book yet but it must be in some U.S. library someplace. Has anyone seen it?