Michael (Mikey) Callaghan was born circa 1904 to a large family in the neighbouring townland of Lisheenfurroor which is about 10km from John’s home house. Mikey is listed as one of 14 children to Martin & Margaret Callaghan in the 1911 census, 11 of which were still living. Mikey was the second youngest child.
In 1927 Mikey married only child Mary Lynch and then moved to Rehy West, to a house that is a 5-minute walk from John’s home and took over the farm there. Mikey & Mary went onto have 7 children together, 4 boys and 2 girls and another girl who died at a young age.