Looking for Fannon and Lyons families

Dear Sir, My name is Karen and I live in Australia. I am looking for anyone doing the family tree who may have the name Fannon or Lyons on one of their branches. I would love to hear from any potential family so that I can fill a few big gaps in my research. Have you heard any of your family talking about an ancestor in the family going to Australia? If so, we could be related.   I am looking for a Patrick Fannon. He sounds like quite an adventurous sort of fellow after joining Her Majesty’s army at the tender age of 17. I do not have his army records but going by his discharge papers, he was attested into Her Majesty’s 67th Regt. of Foot in Galway June 1840. Later transferring to the 99th serving 21 yrs and 41 days in places like Gibraltar, north America and the West Indies. Patrick was later discharged in Cork on 8th Sept. 1862. He had been twice tried by Court Martial and many times entered into the Regimental Defaults Book! He also received two good conduct medals. Patrick was discharged at his own request.   My Patrick was born in the Parish of Drum, in or near the town of Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Patrick met and married a Mary Lyons while in the service. I believe Mary was born in or near Dublin about 1838. Possibly in or near Rathfarnham where I believe their first son Martin was born about 1863. Followed by Michael about 1865. Patrick came out to Australia as a Pensioner Guard aboard the "Vimeira" 1865, settling in Western Australia with Mary and their two sons. They later went on to have the following children, James Bernard born Nov 1867 (my gr grandfather), Robert born about 1869, Francis born about 1874, Mary Terese born about 1876, Patrick born about 1878 and Bernard born about 1881.    I am also interested in any information on a family of two brothers and a sister who may have been sent out to either NSW or Tasmania that may be connected in some way. They are John born 1837, Pat born 1840 and Peggy Fannon born 1849, parents Patrick and Mary. On John’s papers it states his parents appealed against his conviction. Shows family living in Streamstown, Co. Tipperary. This is probably a long shot but the two families may be connected.   My husband and I visited lovely Ireland and the UK in 2005 and have just come back from spending another five weeks touring Ireland in July and August this year. We managed to get to Athlone and Roscommon but had no luck in finding any Fannons. I rang a few in the local phonebook with no luck.    If you are researching the Fannon or Lyons name or happen to know someone with these names, please contact me or pass this article onto them. I can be contacted by e-mail at karenmartin50@msn.com or by letter to Mrs K L Martin, P O Box 286, Tom Price, Western Australia 6751. I will be glad to answer all e-mails and letters. Alternatively, you can ring Pauline Scott, Roscommon People on (090) 66 34633 and she will pass on any information. Regards, Karen Martin Sunny Pilbara Western Australia