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Lyons Tuam Galway 1864-1889

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Lyons Families
Tuam Civil Registration District
Galway
Registered Births 1864-1889

The names of every child of the surname Lyons who was registered in the Civil Registration District of Tuam Co. Galway have been taken and indexed.  The Civil Registration District is the area that was once known as the Poor Law Union.  So, Civil Registration District of Tuam in Galway equals the Poor Law Union of Tuam in Galway.

This index lists the name of the father, the name and maiden name of the mother and the placename given on the birth registration. IF a surname or placename was spelled differently at any time them that is included.  It also includes the occupation of the father for each registration.  All spellings are as they were written in the civil registers.

Please go from here to the 1901 census of Ireland search page to see if you can find these people listed in the 1901 census of Ireland.
1901 / 1911 Irish Census Search page

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Francis & Margaret Diskin/Deskin
Shrule

Bridget 1877
Larence 1878
Ellen 1879
Mary 1882
Michael 1883
Francis 1885
Anne 1888
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James & Bridget Flanagan : Farmer/Landholder
Mill brook – Milltown parish / Clonkeen, Dunmore parish / Ballymary Milltown parish

Catherine, 1864
Ellenor, 1866
James, 1867
Mary, 1871

Possible that these are two different James & Bridget’s with the same surname having children at the same time – listed as living in 3 different places
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James & Mary Higgins / Herd
Carrowmoneen/Caramoneen

male 1888
Martin 1889
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John & Bridget Kelly : Landholder
Cloonkeely

John, 1880
Mary, 1882
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John & Mary Lally : Landholder
Cloonkeely

Denis, 1880
Thomas, 1888
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John & Honor Nolan : Landholder
Cloonkeely

Sarah, 1870
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John & Catherine Ronan : Landholder/laborer.  Catherine is also listed as Kate and her surname is spelled Ronayne on one cert.

Different addresses, gaps in years – more than one family with same two surnames??
Curraghaun/Curraghan/Curraghane
Coracher
Curachen
Corahen

Last places listed, possibly same place

John, 1866
James, 1870
Patrick, 1872
Michael, 1874
Bridget, 1876
Thomas, 1881
Martin, 1883
Mary, 1885
Ellen, 1888
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Lawrence/Laurence/Larence & Bridget Cunningham/Cunigam  : Landholder
Gortnagoyne

Catherine, 1867
Sarah, 1869
Michael, 1871
Ellenor, 1877
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Martin & Mary Thornton : Landholder
Nettlehill

Martin, 1883
Mary, 1886
Patrick, 1888
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Mathew & Bridget Buckley : Landholder
Lehid

John, 1865
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Mathias/Mathew & Bridget Bradly/Bradley : Landholder
Lehid/Leahid

Thomas, 1867
Sarah, 1869
Margaret, 1872
Bridget, 1874
Mary, 1877
Richard, 1879
Kate, 1882
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Michael & Anne Connelly : Farmer
Kil?givern

Winny, 1864
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Michael & Bridget Kelly : Farmer/ Landholder
Cathill

Mary, 1865
Ellenor, 1866
Anne, 1868
Bridget, 1870
Catherine, 1871
Sabina, 1873
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Michael & Catherine Kennedy ;  Landholder
Beagh Donelan

Bridget, 1887
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Michael & Alice King : Landholder / Labourer / Laborer
Kilshanvy

Catherine, 1867
Bridget, 1869
Michael, 1872
Alice, 1876
Margaret, 1878
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Michael & Mary O’Donnell : Landholder / Farmer
Shrule

Mary, 1872
James, 1873
Patrick, 1875
Margaret, 1877
Bridget, 1879
Thomas, 1882
Ellen, 1887,
Honora, 1887

Ellen & Honora = Twins
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Michael & Mary Ronan : Landholder
Darrary

Martin, 1874
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Mary Lyons, unmarried
Union workhouse

Mary, 1865
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Owen & Honor/Honoria Ford / Forde : Landholder
Menus / Manus Park

Rose, 1869
John, 1871
Catharine, 1874
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Patrick & Honor/Honoria/Honour Bones : Landholder / Farmer
Shrule
Carronaseer /Carrownaseer / Carroneseer / Caranaseer

Ellenor, 1872
Anne, 1874
Bridget, 1875
Thomas, 1876
Patrick, 1877
Sarah, 1879
Margaret. 1881
Honoria, 1882
James, 1884
Michael, 1887
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Patrick & Sarah Burke : Landholder
Hillsbrook / Cottage

James, 1876
Michael, 1877
Bridget, 1878
Joseph, 1881
Mary, 1886
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Patrick & Mary Comer : Landholder / Farmer
Shrule

James, 1876
Michael, 1877
Bridget, 1878
Joseph, 1881
Mary, 1886
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Patrick & Anne Cullinan / Cullinane : Landholder / Labourer
Killaloonty / Killaloon

Female, 1872
Michael, 1874
John, 1875
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Patrick & Julia Dixon : Merchant
Shop St, Tuam

Mary Kate, 1884
Patrick Joseph, 1887
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Patrick & Elizabeth McGuire : Landholder
Gortnagoyne

Mary, 1866
Thomas, 1869
Patrick, 1870
Thomas, 1874
Bridget, 1878
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Patrick & Mary Morris : Landholder
Gorthroe

Michael, 1869
Jane, 1871
Catherine, 1873
Mary, 1879
John, 1881
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Patrick & Bridget Walsh : Landholder / Laborer / Farmer
Louthlodge

Mary, 1870
Thomas, 1872
Martin, 1874
Honoria, 1875
Bridget, 1877
Margaret, 1878
Catherine, 1880
John, 1882
Thady 1884
Patrick, 1887
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Peter & Margaret Dunn : Weaver
Knocknagur

Honor, 1868
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Peter & Margaret Murphy  : Landholder / Shepherd
Knock

Peter, 1870
Mary, 1873
Thomas, 1876
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Richard & Margaret Coyne/Hyne : National Teacher / Landholder / School master
Carrownaseer / Carronaseer / Caranaseer / Shrule / Cloonbrusk /

Mary Ellenor 1877
Michael, 1878
John, 1879
Margaret 1883
Richard, 1884
Martin Joseph 1887
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Richard & Mary Ronan / Ronane / Ronayne : Landholder
Darrary

Mary, 1869
Richard, 1870
Catherine, 1872
Margaret, 1877
Francis 1880
Honoria 1882
James, 1884
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Thomas & Bridget Farrell : Landholder / Farmer
Carrownaseer / Carronaseer / Caranaseer

Catherine, 1878
Mary, 1880
Patt, 1882
Bridget, 1884
Margaret, 1886
Sarah, 1888
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Thomas & Bridget Ronayne : Laborer
Cloon?toe Rd., Tuam

Bridget, 1888
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Thomas & Margaret Varelly / Varely /  Varly / Varrelly : Landholder
Cloonkeely

Mary, 1879
John, 1881
Thomas, 1883
Patrick, 1884
Catherine, 1886
Martin, 1888
Bridget, 1889
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William & Mary Kearns : Labourer
Ballymoney

Thomas, 1864
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William & Bridget Tully : Landholder
Cappagh

Honoria, 1868
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Two other children registered but their details are not given on this web site.

Thomas Lyons, 1871
Patrick Lyons, 1883

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Aharney, Laois. Gravestone photo index

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Aharney Gravestone Name index
Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Ireland

An index to the names that I have seen on gravestones in this graveyard

These Aharney photographs are online and this is simply an index to the names that I have read on these gravestones.  The size of these Aharney photographs which are online have been reduced

Copies of original photographs can be purchased for a figure of 5 Euro per stone.

If you are interested in other places in Laois (aka Queen’s Co.) then please visit my Laois Genealogy page

NameSurnameYearPlacenameGraveyardStone No.
ThomasBroderick1816Aharney Townland8
JamesBroderikErected stoneAharney Townland8
CatherineButler1810Aharney Townland11
MichaelButlerErected stoneAharney Townland11
JohnCahill1832?Aharney Townland6
KeyranCahillpost 1832ArcherstownAharney Townland6
WillmCahill1832Aharney Townland6
WillmCahill1873ArcherstownAharney Townland7
MaryCarroll1963Aharney Townland14
PatrickCarroll1923Aharney Townland14
PatrickCarroll1982Aharney Townland14
WilliamCarroll1983Aharney Townland14
AndrewDelaney1816Aharney Townland10
JamesDelaney1969Aharney Townland9
JohnDelaney1910Aharney Townland9
JosephDelaneydied youngAharney Townland9
MaryDelaney1939Aharney Townland9
MichaelDelaney1913Aharney Townland9
SeanDelaney1968Aharney Townland9
MaryDelaney/O'Shea1982Aharney Townland9
MariaDooley1913Freshford, Co. KilkennyAharney Townland3
MariaDooley1909Aharney Townland3
KateDunne1894Aharney Townland2
MariaDunneErected stoneAharney Townland2
MichaelDunneErected stoneAharney Townland2
AnnieFoley1847Aharney Townland15
DanlFoley1879Aharney Townland15
DanlFoleyErected stoneAharney Townland15
JohnHamiltonErected stoneAharney Townland12
MartinHamilton1825Aharney Townland12
PhilipHamilton1822Aharney Townland12
CatherineHayes1989Aharney Townland14
JohnHayes1987Aharney Townland14
BridgetKirwan1941Aharney Townland5
BridgetKirwan1979Aharney Townland5
CatherineKirwanpre 1922Aharney Townland5
H.P.KirwanErected stoneAharney Townland4
MartinKirwanpre 1922LisdowneyAharney Townland5
MartinKirwan1975Aharney Townland5
MaryKirwan1908Aharney Townland4
PatrickKirwan1943KnockmannonAharney Townland4
PatrickKirwan1922Aharney Townland5
WilliamKirwan1924Aharney Townland5
MargaretKirwan/Ryan1928Aharney Townland5
MaryKirwan/Tobinpre 1922LisdowneyAharney Townland5
FrancisLonegan1952Aharney Townland14
ThomasLonegan1979TennislattyAharney Townland14
JohnMahonyErected stoneAharney Townland17
MaryMahony1799Aharney Townland17
MaryMahony/Bowes1804Aharney Townland17
AliceMoore1935AharneyAharney Townland18
MartinMoore1966Aharney Townland18
AnastasiaMoylandied youngAharney Townland1
BridgetMoylan1960Aharney Townland1
CatherineMoylandied youngAharney Townland1
JohnMoylanNO DATEAharney Townland1
JohnMoylanErected stoneAharney Townland1
JosephMoylan1938Aharney Townland1
MargaretMoylan/Henessey1838Aharney Townland1
DensMulhall1830Aharney Townland13
JasMulhallErected stoneAharney Townland13
???Puddle1791Aharney Townland19
JeremiahPuddleErected stoneAharney Townland19
FintanWalsh1839Aharney Townland16
WilliamWalsh1800Aharney Townland16
WilliamWalshErected stoneAharney Townland16
CatherineWalsh/McEvoy1826Aharney Townland16

 

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Aghmacart/Aughmacart Laois Gravestone Name index

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Aghmacart/Aughmacart Gravestone Name index
Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Ireland

An index to the names that I have seen on gravestones in this graveyard

These Aghmacart/Aughmacart photographs are online and this is simply an index to the names that I have read on these gravestones.  The size of these Aghmacart/Aughmacart photographs which are online have been reduced

Copies of original photographs can be purchased for a figure of 5 Euro per stone.

If you are interested in other places in Laois (aka Queen’s Co.) then please visit my Laois Genealogy page

NameSurnameYearAgeFromBorn c.Posn.     
Henry FitzgeraldBarton197169Ballinphrase1902Barton 2
Margaret E.Barton193562Ballinphrase1873Barton 2
Hoysted B. L.Barton195089Ballinphrase1861Barton 2
Isaac NortonBarton198885Ballinphrase1903Barton 1
BridgetBeale 19?3656CoolkerryBeale 1
JohnBooden 1776Booden 1
JudithBooden ???65Booden 1
???Booden Booden 1
Philip (Bill)Bracken197684GurteenBracken 1 Whelan Campion
MaryBracken198686Bracken 1 Whelan Campion
JosephBracken192776RaplaBracken 1 Whelan Campion
AnastasiaBracken194784Bracken 1 Whelan Campion
AnastasiaWhelan195961Bracken 1 Whelan Campion
see BrackenWhelanBracken 1 Whelan Campion
see BrackenCampionBracken 1 Whelan Campion
FrankCampion197350Bracken 1 Whelan Campion
KathleenBracken197268RaplaBracken 1 Whelan Campion
PatrickBracken197273Bracken 1 Whelan Campion
EdwardBrophy194174Brophy 1
CatherineBrophy197399Brophy 1
JohnClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
MaryClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
JackClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
MartinClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
BridgetClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
JosieClancyn.d.BallydavinClancy 1
KyranClancye.s.RaplaghClancy 2 Bergin
JohnClancy181690Clancy 2 Bergin
SarahClancy181619Clancy 2 Bergin
see ClancyBerginClancy 2 Bergin
JohnClancy196565BallydavinClancy 2 Bergin
JosieClancy200191BallydavinClancy 2 Bergin
JohnDelaney????OldtownDelaney 1
MargaretDelaney????Delaney 1
??Delaney????Delaney 1
??Delaney????Delaney 1
Family VaultFitzpatrickFitzpatrick 1
EdwardDunphy18??86OldtownDunphy 1
MaryDunphy18??86OldtownDunphy 1
CatherineDunphy18?32??OldtownDunphy 1
MaryDunphy????OldtownDunphy 1
BernardDunphy????OldtownDunphy 1
MichaelDunphy????OldtownDunphy 1
MargaretDunphy197580Upper OldtownDunphy 1
MichaelDunphy197988Dunphy 1
MaryKells1917Kells 1
MichaelKells1933Kells 1
ElizabethKells1948Kells 1
JamesKells19?54Kells 1
EdwardKenny197566BallydavinKenny 1 Keenan
AnneKenny199582Kenny 1 Keenan
see KennyKeenanKenny 1 Keenan
ElizabethKenny199584Kenny 1 Keenan
BridgetLodge????Lodge 1
??Lodge????Lodge 1
??Lodge????Lodge 1
PatrickMaher1950Maher 1 Ryan Dollard
BridgetMaher1986Maher 1 Ryan Dollard
see MaherRyanMaher 1 Ryan Dollard
JohnMaher1914Maher 1 Ryan Dollard
KateMaher1927Maher 1 Ryan Dollard
see MaherDollardMaher 1 Ryan Dollard
WilliamMahony189983CullohillMahony 1 Menton
SarahMahony188860Mahony 1 Menton
see MahonyMentonMahony 1 Menton
LaurenceMahony194275MainbogMahony 1 Menton
MaryMahony197570Boston, CullohillMahony 1 Menton
JosephMahony198284Mahony 1 Menton
familyMaherRaplaMcCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
DenisMaher1941781863McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
MargaretMaher1977881889McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
MaryMaher1928151913McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
ThomasMaher1959371922McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
Elizabeth (Betty)Maher1990711919McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
Margaret MaryMaher1928McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
ThomasMcCormacke.s.McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
RichardMcCormack180863McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
MaryMcCormack182960McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
see McCormackTynanMcCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
PatrickMcCormack18?24?36McCormack 1 Maher Tynan plot
JohnMcEvoy196974AughmacartMcEvoy 1
ElizabethMcEvoy196572McEvoy 1
SeanMcEvoy19616 moMcEvoy 1
JamesMcEvoy197279RaplaMcEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
MaryMcEvoy200088McEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
see McEvoyHanleyMcEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
PatrickMcEvoyKnockfinMcEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
MaryMcEvoy192372McEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
see McEvoyO'HaraMcEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
FintanMcEvoy194660McEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
PatrickMcEvoy196472McEvoy 2 Hanley O'Hara
JamesMeehan1977?RossMeehan 1a
MichaelNeill192165Neill 1
Mary AnneNeill192266Neill 1
AnnieNeill195240Neill 1
MaryNeill197182Neill 1
MargaretNeill197068Neill 1
JohnNeill197071Neill 1
MichaelNeill197582Neill 1
RichardRoberts?190079Roberts 1
MaryRoberts1903?48interred in DurrowRoberts 1
MichaelRoberts1940Roberts 1
MaryRoberts?1955?60Roberts 1
RichardRoberts1979?81Roberts 1
Richd (Dick)Roberts185576Roberts 1a
RichardRoberts188?52died in RathdowneyRoberts 1a
JohnRoberts1893Roberts 1a
Richard (Dick)Roberts??Roberts 1a
PatrickRyan????Ryan 1
WilliamSpencer194254AughmacartSpencer 1
JuliaSpencer196777Spencer 1
WilliamYoung 18?46?80Young 1
JosephYoung ??????Young 1
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Survey of some Laois surnames

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I have been indexing the names in the Roman Catholic parish records of Rathdowney and to date I have transcribed the Baptismal Records of this parish from April 1847 to Jan 1880.  A total of 2546 baptisms – this gives me 2546 first names for children.  I have not finished this index. 

For the moment though, a discussion on my Laois Genealogy Facebook page re the surnames Cassin and Cashen caught my interest. 

In my own family history I have the surname Gallivan.  Gallivan is an old Kerry surname (old as per in records) and in the early records we generally find Gallivan in Kerry and Galvan/Galven in other parts of the country.  My Great Grandfather was registered in parish records as Gallivan, he was buried as Gallivan BUT down in Kerry, his brothers are all buried as Galvan even though in the parish records and civil records they are named as Gallivan.  Also, even though my Great Grandfather was a literate educated man he had 8 children all born up in Northern Ireland (he was from Kerry).  4 of his eight children are registered in civil records as Galvan, the other 4 are registered as Gallivan.  So, I have come across these variations in surnames in my own family.

This morning I went to the 1901 census of Irleand and I checked how many people of the surname Cassin lived in Laois in 1901, then I checked for the surname Cashin.  I also looked for Cashen – Cassen – Cashen.  I noted the names of the District Electoral Divisions (DED) that these surnames were found in.

Interestingly, the DED of Rathdowney was listed for almost all these surname variations and because I have been indexing the Roman Catholic parish records of Rathdowney and I should have some record of children of these surnames listed in my parish records.  Also, I have recorded almost all the graveyards and cemeteries close to Rathdowney so a comparison of the occurrence of these surnames should have been reasonably easy.

The Surname CASHEN, CASHIN, CASSIN,  CASSEN IN Co. Laois 1901 census of Ireland

CASHIN
1901 Census of Ireland :  45 people of this surname living in Laois (Queen’s Co)

DED’s
Mountrath
Kinnetty
Huntstown
Ballinakill
Blandsfort
Castletown
Cuffsborough
Durrow
Killermogh
Donaghmore
Kilcoke
Kildellig
Rathdowney
Clonmore

CASSEN : 2 people
DED’s
Abbeyleix
Emo

CASHIN
1901 : 12 people  BUT Laois & Offaly mixed up.  Only 4 of these people are in Laois
DED’s
Castletown
Donaghmore
Rathdowney
Mountrath

CASHEN
1901 26 people  BUT Once again, Offaly & Laois mixed up in 1901 census so only 15 of these people have the surname Cashen

DED’s
Ballyroan
Castletown
Kilnaseer
Rathdowney
Shaen

A look at the Rathdowney parish records for the surnames Cassin/Cashen/Cashin – QUESTION – How many children of these surnames were baptised in Rathdowney over the baptismal records dating from April 1847 to Jan 1881??

9 children of the surname CASSIN
1 child of the surname CASSINS

The parents of this Cassins child have also been listed as one of the Cassin parents for a different birth.

NO Cashen/Cassen/Cashin children

Check of from-ireland web site Gravestone index:
Checking my index to surnames of people I have recorded (I have covered 63 graveyards in Laois)

CASHIN: 17 people of this surname.  4 of them lived in Kilkenny or Tipperary. 13 lived in Laois.

CASSIN : 28 people of this surname, the majority lived in Kilkenny
5 of the 28  lived in Laois

CASSEN : No people of this surname
CASHEN : 4 people of this surname all recorded in Kildare town

 

RATHDOWNEY ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH VARIATIONS ON SURNAME SPELLINGS
 

2546 Baptisms between the times of April 1847 & Jan 1881

Bannon/Baanon
Bergin/Bergan/Bergen
Barton/Bartin/Barten
Bohan/Boohan
Bracken/Brackin
Brien/Bryan
Cahil/Cahill
Cantenall/Cantwell
Carrol/Carroll
Carty/Carthy
Cassin/Cassins
Cleary/Clearey
Condran/Condren/Congran
Connelly/Connolly
Cragh/Creagh/Cray
Curran/Curreen/Curren
Daley/Daly/Dayley
Delahaunty/Delahunty
Delany/Delaney
Devine/Divine
Dooling/Doolan
Duigan/Dugan/Duggan
Egan/Eagan
Fannin/Fanning
Farrell/Farroll
Feeley/Feely
Fin/Finn/Finne
Flin = Flynn (have not found it spelled Flynn)
Ford/Forde
Golden/Golding/Goulding
Guylfoile/Guilfoyle
Hayden/Haydon
Henesy/Hennessey/Hennesy
Hines /Hynes
Hoolahen/Holohan

Hoyne/Hoynes (I find this one interesting because today we have people of the surname
HINEY in the town of Rathdowney.  I havenever seen the surname Hiney in parish records and I belive that the surname Hoyne became spelled as Hiney.

Kay/Keys/Key/McKay
Keenahen/Keenahan/Keenan
Kegan/Keegan
Kenedy/Kennedy
Kinahan/Kenahen
Kirivan/Kirwan
Lalor/Lawlor/Lawler
Loury/Lowry
Mahan/Mahon
Manten/Manton/Menton
McAvoy/McEvoy
Mullin/Mullins
Nolan/Nowlan
O’Mara/Mara
Pierson = Pearson
Quigley/Quigly
Quin/Quinn
Russel/Russell
Sandford/Sangford
Sheil/Sheill/Shiel
Skeahan/Skehan
Slatery/Slattery
Stanly/Stanley
Tierney/Tierny
Tracy/Treacy
White/Whyte

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Laois Genealogy Surnames

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I have created a list of the surnames that people subscribed to my Laois Genealogy Facebook page are interested in and where these people are from.  The surnames of interest are sorted alphabetically with the name of the owner in a column beside the surname and this name is listed with their surname first e.g. if it was my name then it would read Lyons, Jane

NameSurnameYearFromWho/Owner  
MaryBerginSmyth, Maria
BlancPortarliongtonMills Carroll, Lorna
LewisByrneClonkeenByrne, Tony
KateCahillSmyth, Maria
CallaghanO'Callaghan, Kelly
JudithCampionBallymullen, AbbeyleixHernandez, Diego
WilliamCareyRathdowneyWingard Geisel, Lisa
Anne/NancyCashenBallacollaMann, Laura
JohnCashenBallygeehan, BallacollaMaria Smythdied Ballacolla
AnnieCashenLuckett, Christine
Anne/NancyCassinBallacollaMann, Laura
JohnCassinBallygeehan, BallacollaSmyth, Maria
PatrickCassinBallygeehan, BallacollaSmyth, Maria
FintanCassinBallygeehan, BallacollaSmyth, Maria
ConroyClonaslee & CoolaghLacharite Roy, Martha
CossRoss, BallyfinFogarty, Jim
CrowCrowe, Christina
CummingsLaoisMacko, Miriam
CumminsLaoisMacko, Miriam
MichaelCuningham1820's childrenBallygeehan, BallacollaMann, Laura
CunninghamCrowe, Christina
John JosephDaltonRathleagueLuckett, Christine
William (Bill)DaltonBallyroanLuckett, Christine
JamesDaltonLuckett, Christine
EdwardDaltonLuckett, Christine
DalyClonaslee & CoolaghLacharite Roy, Martha
DelaneyBallinakillSims-Browne, Yvonne
DelaneyKyle, LaoisManley, Claire
DelaneyKnock, TipperaryManley, Claire
MaryDelaneyRathdowneyWingard Geisel, Lisa
RebeccaDobbsAbbeyleixHayward, Isaac
DoyleBallintubber, BallyadamsC?itinn, Sile
DraperLaois/Tipp borderMills Carroll, Lorna
FennellMountrathBrowne, Paul Anthony
FennellPortlaoiseBrowne, Paul Anthony
FingletonPortlaoiseFogarty, Jim
WilliamFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adamborn Potarlington
MichaelFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
EllenFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
BridgetFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
CatherineFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
PatrickFlynn?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
ElizabethFlynnMaher, Anthony
FogartyDurrowFogarty, Jim
MargaretFurlong?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
GreenKilleigh or PortarlingtonGreene, Ciara
MatildaHenseySmyth, MariaHennessey
KeatingSleaty & KilleshinC?itinn, Sile
KeenanBallacollaMann, Laura
Keyes/KeyRathdowneyKeyes, CarolineAghaboe records
LalorBallymullen, AbbeyleixHernandez, Diego
WilliamLalorBallymullen, AbbeyleixHernandez, Diego
LambertMountrathErnst Herman, Debbie
LannonBallinakillSims-Browne, Yvonne
LawlorBallymullen, AbbeyleixHernandez, Diego
RebeccaManningAbbeyleixHayward, Isaac
JosephManningAbbeyleixHayward, Isaac
AnneMoore?PortlaoiseFlynn, Adam
EdwardMooreMaher, Anthony
JohnMoylanLaoisBennett, Lorraine
MuldoonLaoisMacko, Miriam
O'CallaghanO'Callaghan, Kelly
PalmerBallacollaMann, Laura
PearsonRathdowneyMills Carroll, Lorna
PowerBallacollaMann, Laura
PrattLaois/Tipp borderMills Carroll, Lorna
QuearneyBallyroanFogarty, Jim
PatrickRoeAbbeyleixMartin, Mary
RyanCoolderryMartin, Mary
CatherineSheeranBallyroanLuckett, Christine
SimsBallinakillSims-Browne, Yvonne
MaryTraversLuckett, Christine
LewisWhelanClonkeenByrne, Tony
VanceFisher, Alyson
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First Names List : Analysis of

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Most common first names list

Baptismal Records 1867-1880

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish

I have taken most of the first names in the baptismal records of the parish of Rathdowney, Laois for the years 1867-1880.

People in other countries seem to think that the Irish all had two first names.  That is not true.  People of the Church of Ireland and perhaps other non Catholic religions had two first names but not the Catholics.  I hold that Catholics only took on two first names post 1900.  I have 4 siblings and not one of us has two first names..

There was a total of 3146 first names in my table.   I  have the names of the parents and the children i.e. 3 names per record. Some of the first names were difficult to read, these have been excluded.

Of those 3146 first names there are only 28 people who have two first names.  Everybody else has one only first name.

A number of first names are spelled without a letter, in a different way.  I have lined up all the first names and I have ‘added’ the numbers of each first name to give me a total.  So, when you look at this list, if you see only one number but a few first names then that number is the total of however many people there were for each first name.

Mary is the most common female name with 427 of these people having the first name Mary (plain Mary)

John is the most common male name with 338 people having John or Jon as a first name.

I am giving you an index which is alphabetically sorted so it will be easy for you to find the first name you are interested in.  I have sorted the names so that names which are shortened versions of the full name, nicknames of the full name lie together.

As I was loading this file I noticed that I had made a few mistakes or rather missed a bit of lining up similar names with one another.  You’ll be able to see where I missed these quite easily.

Eliza can be a shortened version of Elizabeth.
The short name or nickname for Catherine can be Kate
Ellen can be Helen
Fanny is a short for Frances
Jermh is Jeremiah.

Finally, while I have a table here which is sorted alphabetically by name, if you want to see which of the names are most common please go to the table beneath.

List with names in alphabetical order

NameNo of people        
Alexander2
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Andrew10
Ann116alsoAnne
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Bernard1
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine105
Catherine Mary1
Charles14
Charlotte6
Christopher5alsoChristy
Cornelius4alsoCon
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Denis30
Dominick3alsoDominic
Dympna2alsoDymna
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Eliza73alsoElliza
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Ellen67
Ellenor2
Esther5
Eugene2
Fanny8alsoFany
Fintan4
Francis2
Francis Joseph1
George2
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Henry5
Hie (sic)1
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Hubert1
J. Edward1
James133alsoJas.
Jane9
Jas. E.2
Jas. Patrick1
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Jermh.18
Jno George1
Johana13
Johanna26
John338alsoJon
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Joseph33alsoJoe
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Julia22
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Kate100
Kyran10alsoKieran
Laurence4
Lucy11
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Martha5
Martin60alsoMarten
Mary427alsoMaria
Mary Agnes2
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Mary Catherine2
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Mathew5
Maurice1
May2
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Nancy4
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Nora2
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Patrick J.1
Patrick Joseph3
Patt John1
Peter23
Philip8alsoPhil
Rhody1
Richd4alsoRody
Robert15
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Stephen7
Susan1
Terence2
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Timothy30alsoTim
William114alsoWm.
Winifred3

List with names and numbers of name.  Lowest to highest numbers

NameNo of people        
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bernard1
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine Mary1
Francis Joseph1
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Hie (sic)1
Hubert1
J. Edward1
Jas. Patrick1
Jno George1
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Maurice1
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick J.1
Patt John1
Rhody1
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Susan1
Alexander2
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Dympna2alsoDymna
Ellenor2
Eugene2
Francis2
George2
Jas. E.2
Mary Agnes2
Mary Catherine2
May2
Nora2
Terence2
Dominick3alsoDominic
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Patrick Joseph3
Winifred3
Cornelius4alsoCon
Fintan4
Laurence4
Nancy4
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Richd4alsoRody
Christopher5alsoChristy
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Esther5
Henry5
Martha5
Mathew5
Charlotte6
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Stephen7
Fanny8alsoFany
Philip8alsoPhil
Jane9
Andrew10
Kyran10alsoKieran
Lucy11
Johana13
Charles14
Robert15
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Jermh.18
Julia22
Peter23
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Johanna26
Denis30
Timothy30alsoTim
Joseph33alsoJoe
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Martin60alsoMarten
Ellen67
Eliza73alsoElliza
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Kate100
Catherine105
William114alsoWm.
Ann116alsoAnne
James133alsoJas.
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
John338alsoJon
Mary427alsoMaria

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Lyons, Shragh/Srah, Woodford, Galway

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Lyons family Shragh, Drummin District Electoral Division, Galway.

IMPORTANT to descendants of my Lyons family. The genetic condition haemochromatosis is in this Lyons family. Haemochromatosis causes diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, heart disease and osteoarthritis among other things. I have haemochromatosis.

My Lyons family come from a place called Shragh/Srah, Co. Galway.

My father was Matthew Anthony Lyons and he married Dr. Margaret Murray who had been born in Belfast but who was brought up in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

My paternal Grandfather was Matthew John Lyons who was born in Galway c.1896. His father was Michael Lyons and his mother was Anna or Annie Porter. Michael & Annie had 8 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911.

Lyons family Shragh 1911 census

This family :
Michael 52 : born c.1859
Annie 38 : born c.1873
Matt John 15, born c.1896
Bridget Mary 13, born c.1898
Catherine A. 8, born c. 1903
Patt 6, born circa 1905
Michael 3, born c. 1908
Mary Anne 0

Michael & Annie had been married for 17 years and 6 of their 8 children still lived.

Matthew John Lyons married Helena Noonan and they moved to Longford, he was highly involved in the meat industry in Ireland.

In 1901 this Lyons family also lived at the same address only in 1901 Michaels mother Bridget was still living in the house. There is another child listed who is not listed in 1911 and that is Thomas Lyons who was aged 0.  A Thomas Ford is also listed, he is a cousin of Bridget the Head of House. Thomas Ford was born in America

Lyons family Shragh 1901 census image

Also in Shragh /Shrah we have another Lyons family. This is the family of John Lyons who is 40. His wife is called Bridget and she is 27. Living with them they have two of Johns brothers. Daniel who is 35 and James who is 31.

I believe that these two families in the same townland are related to one another.

The first Lyons baptism in the Roman Catholic parish of Woodford, Ballinakill, Galway (Roman Catholic parish records 2433) is that of a Matthew Lyons son of a John Lyons & Maria Donohoe (John is THE most common first male name but Matthew is in general Irish records not so common)

Link to first Lyons baptism

The Woodford, Ballinakill parish records are initially in Latin and no place name is given. I have not finished transcribing the information from these records so what I am giving here is a little bit itsy bitsy. The gaps will be filled in as time goes by.

1821 in these records we have
John & Maria Donohoe baptise their son Matthew on 23 November 1821.
Cornelius Lyons & Anna are sponsors.
Richard & Bridget Dwyer baptise Eleanor 31st Dec 1821
Michael & Maria Go?niry baptise Patrick 20th Dec 1821.
Malachy & Maria Torpy baptise Margaret 18th April 1822.
1851-52
Laurence & Winifred Slattery baptise Anna, 27th June 1851. Thomas Lyons sponsor
James & Anna Donohue baptise James 23rd Dec 1852. John Lyons sponsor.

1865-75/6 Woodford RC parish records
We have
Martin & Anne Abberton having children baptised 1871-76 : Bridget, Laurence, Mary A., & William
Francis & Mary C…. 1875. Michael
Thomas & Mary Culligan, 1873. Anne
Francis & Catherine Fitzgerald, 1865 Michael
John & Helena/Elenora/Elanora Geeran/Gearin. 1865, 68, 71. Patrick, Thomas and John also possibly a James in 1875.
Thomas & Mary Gilligan 1875 : Mary.

I believe Mary Culligan is Mary Gilligan

We have John & Nellie Goery having a Margaret baptised in 1873.
Eleanor=Nellie. I believe this is the same couple as John & Eleanor/Helena/Geeran

Patrick & Elizabeth Hickey, 1865. Eliza

John & Ellen Joyran 1875 – this is never Eleanor Geeran again……phonetically it could easily be!! Daughter is Anne.
Francis & Mary Killeen/Killian 1866-72. Anne, Catherine, Richard.
can’t read & Bridget McDonald 1870 – Michael
Patrick & Bridget McDonnell 1872, Mary

McDonald=McDonnell – possible phonetic

Thomas & Anne, 1871. Anne M.

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Parochial Papers by Very Rev. Canon Moore, P.P., Johnstown

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Published in the Ossory Archaeological Society, Thomastown. In the Roman Catholic Parish of Thomastown there are very many ruins of ancient churches, &c., which well deserve the attention of the antiquarian.

1.- The most remarkable remnant of antiquity in the parish is, of course, the Abbey of Jerpoint. As its history is well known, we shall say very little about it. It was founded for Cistercians in 1180, by Donald, Prince of Ossory. The founder and Felix O’Dullany, bishop of Ossory, were interred in this Abbey. It did not escape the illiberal enactments of the English during the fourteenth century. In 1380 it was ordained that no mere Irishman should be permitted to make his profession there. The Abbot of Jerpoint was a lord of Parliament. The building is still in a good state of preservation.

2.-The old Gothic church of Thomastown is likewise too well known to need much description. There is a fine old Irish cross at the right side of the entrance. There are also some very old tombs in the grave yard. Among them there is one which bears the following inscription : –“Here lies the body of Patrick Lincoln, who died the 16th of December, 1666, and of Mary Dobbyn, his wife, who ordered this monument. She died the 11th day of May, 1709.” The tomb is elaborately worked, having emblems of the Passion, &e. It has also a shield empaling the arms of Lincoln and Dobbyn. Prior to the date first mentioned a fine silver chalice was presented to the chapel of Thomastown by a Mary Dobbyn – the same person, we presume, whose name is on the monument. It has the following inscription :-“Orate pro anima Mariae Dobbyn quae me fieri fecit, 1687.” Translation – “Pray for the soul of Mary Dobbyn, who caused me to be made, 1687”. In reference to this lady, we may also mention that there is in the chapel of Thomastown a. beautifully carved oaken statue of the Virgin and Child to which she presented crowns of silver in 1705.

3. – Near Thomastown, to the North-West of the town, is a church, or rather the ruins of a church, called “Modaleen.” (We write it as it is pronounced). It is evidently a very old Irish church, probably of far earlier date than the fine Anglo-Norman ruin of which we have just spoken. There are no traditions regarding it. Some suppose it to have been called after St. Mary Magdelan, its patron. We do not believe such to be the case.

4.- Church Jerpoint, as it is called, is apparently an Anglo-Norman erection. It is divided into nave and choir. It has a strongly-built tower at the west-end. Near the church is a tomb having the figure of a priest clad in vestments. There are no traditions or legends regarding it.

5.-Tho Priory of Dysert, about a mile-and-a-half S. E. of Thomastown, is beautifully situated on the Nore. The Anglo-Norman tower at the west end of the church is still perfect; but the church itself is almost wholly in ruins. It was turned to private uses by the family of Berkley – ancestors of the famous bishop Berkley of Cloyne. His father is said to have kept a school or academy there, and is said to have been buried on the top of the tower under a large slab, commonly called “the minister’s flag.” The Berkleys threw all the tombstones in and around the church into the Nore. Dysert is said to have been held as a house of novices, dependant on the Augustinian Priory of Kells.

6.-Columbkill Church was about 60 feet long by 20 wide. The walls wore nearly three feet thick, but badly built. There are no remains of windows, of font, or of anything else of the kind, save a little gable cross now marking a grave. The opening of the southern or south-eastern door also remains. Near this place is a holy well elegantly surrounded by Masonry. Up to a late period crowds used to assemble here on the Patron day, which was the Sunday after the 9th of .June.

7.- Kilcullen old church is about two-and-a-half miles east of Thomastown. It is about 25 feet long and 10 feet wide, and is very rudely built. It is in a mountainous locality, but commands a prospect of great extent and beauty. No traditions, no Patron day.

8. – Killeen, in Mountjuliet demesne, lies about two-and-a-half miles west of Thomastown. It has now totally disappeared, and its site is occupied by the monuments of the family of the Earls of Carrick. The name may signify the little church, or the place may have been called after Killian the martyr. No traditions, no memory of a Patron day. Near the site of this old church is a beautiful holy well.

9.- Killarney, “The church of the sloes,” (Joyce). It has not a stone upon a stone, nor any other vestige left. Captain Myhill, an officer of Cromwell, who lived in the townland of Killarney, was buried here. His sword, with a portion of the scabbard, was found in 1835. “Rogers, London, makers,” was marked on it.

10.–Teaumple Tehawn (we write it as it is pronounced) is a small church to the east of Thomastown, and on an elevation near Castle Grenan. It is a very ancient church, and appears to have been re-modelled by the Dens, Castellans of Grenan. There is a St. Tian; Feast 23rd Feb., Mart. Donegal. There is a tradition that on the occasion of the first Protesant being buried here, a commotion was created among the dead, who cried out to have his body removed from the holy place.

11.- Blessington, in Irish Lisnamanagh. The Lis i.e. “the house or fort of the monks”, is still extant. It is a circular rath of considerable extent, and is situated in a romantic locality. There are indistinct traditions of monks having been here. It is looked upon as a wonder that there are some hawthorns in the lis on which no thorns over grow. Some relics were found here about the year 1830. . I

12.- Kilmurry, i.e., Mary’s Church, was situated about one mile north of Thomastown. Not a vestige of it now remains. Even its site is not well known, although some very old people undertake to point it out. In the demesne of Kilmurry is a. field which is still called “the church field.” The mansion was at one time the residence of Chief Justice Bushe. •

13.- Tullaherin, with its fine round tower and fine old church, is too well known to need description. In the graveyard is a stone bearing an “Ogham description.” Patron, Saint Kieran ; Feast, 5th March. On the 5th March, 1800, there were seventy-five tents erected at Tullaherin, as we have heard from a, man who was there on that day.

14.- Kilfane, called from St. Phaan; Feast, 1st January, Mart. Donegal To the south of Kilfane House is a well with a very ancient cross. To the north is the Anglo-Norman Chureh of Kilfane, probably built by the Cantwells, owners of the land, the walls of this church are very strong, and an Anglo-Norman tower is built at the south side of the nave. Inside the church is an effigy in chain armour, elegantly sculptured, and in excellent preservation. The legs are crosswise, which shows that. the warrior was a Crusader. On the left arm is a shield bearing the arms of Cantvell. All the walls of the church are standing. It was used as a Protestant place of worship till 1835.

15 – Kilbline. Near the castle of that name is a ruined little church. It may have been dedicated St. Blaan, bishop, 10th August, Mart. Donegal. No legends or traditions.
16 – Skebul Brunnagh, now Brown’s Barn, is a very ancient, but greatly injured ruin. It is beautifully situated on the Nore, about two and a-half miles east of Thomastown. There is a St. Bran, 8th June, near Donegal, near Tallaght. No traditions.

17 – Kilmonage, near Kilminock, is very ancient. It was of a very small extent, and is now almost totally destroyed. Its patron may be presumed to have been St. Mohenog, the ‘h’ being mute, as is very common in Irish. We remember to have seen the above written Kilmohenog in some old parish register. This little ruin is situated about four miles south-east of Thomastown.

18-Poerswood is so called from a family of De La Poers, who lived in the townland. It is called in Irish Kilcornan. There is a St. Cornan, Jan. 6, near Donegal. This little church may have been a, private place of worship for the Castellans of Poerswood, as it is only a short distance from the place where their castle stood.

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Donaghmore Workhouse Laois

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Donaghmore Workhouse, Laois

today, a Museum.

On the day that we kidnapped my American friends we took them to the final venue, Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum.  Most of the Workhouse is now a Museum containing material collected over the years.

I have one photograph of Dorene Allen holding the lid of a pan.  That particular pan had been donated to the Workhouse/Museum by a lady after whom Dorene had been named.  The spelling of her first name is a bit different, but Dorene was named after Doreen Squires who had donated the pan.

When families entered the Workhouse they were broken up.  Very young children could stay with their mothers but when they were a few years old they were separated out to the children’s quarters.  What must it have been like to be in a building 2 minutes away from the one your Mammy was in and not be able to see her?  Donaghmore Workhouse is a very sad place as are all workhouses.

There is little to say about any of these photographs.  Once again, in some instances the light was not good for taking a photo.

The colours of equipment that you see in these photos are exactly as they were painted when they were created.

A lot of this equipment was upstairs in what was the Girls dormitory.  There are wooden panels lying down the centre of the floor and it was in this area that the straw for the girls to sleep on lay.

 

 

 

FOOD
Breakfast was timed for 9am which consisted of a half pint of milk and 8oz of bread per inmate.  Bread was supplied by H. Odlum in 4lb loaves – 6.5d for white and 7d for brown.

d. = 1 penny
s.= Shilling.  12 d = 1 shilling

The Inmates frequently complained about the poor quality of the milk, that it was often blue, thick and sour.

Milk was supplied at 7d per gallon.

Lunch consisted of 8oz of bread and soup. Potatoes were used for thickening this soup, when available. At nearly 7 shillings a barrel i.e. 20 stone, they were expensive.  Flour was also used as a potato substitute at a rate of 12 oz per gallon.

Meat was sometimes used – there were 5 different types.  Officers meat, Paupers meat, Coarse meat, Hospital meat, and Meat for Soup.

Coarse beef – 3d per pound
Sheeps head – 7d each
Cows head – 1 shilling and 9d each
Hocks of beef – 3d per pound.

On special days such as Christmas and Easter Sunday Paupers were given a tea breakfast and a meat dinner.

For the evening meal, stirabout was served. Sometimes it was made of Indian meal and rice, but usually made of Indian meal and oat meal.  It was made of 4lb of meal and 2lb of rice in ten gallon of water.

CLOTHING

Amongst the poorer people clothing amounted to little more than rags. Any decent clothes were given to the men at the fair.  Women scarcely ever wore shoes.

Suits were made for 5 shillings and 6d each and a local Tailor gave instructions for boys on how to repair clothes.

A Shoe maker was paid 7 shillings and 6d for making mens shoes, 5 shillings for women and 3 shillings 6d for children.

Oaten straw was used for puffing mattresses at 3 shillings and 6d per cuit.

EDUCATION

A school was in operation in Donaghmore from 1853.  A Mr. Tuck was the first Teacher appointed.  A Miss Bergin was appointed School Mistress in 1862 on a salary of £7 and 7 shillings per year.  She was highly regarded by the Inspectors of the time. She was given 4lbs of chalk and snuffer tray and was regarded as being highly efficient.

 

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Heritage tour in Laois. Kidnapped!

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Kidnap Day!!

Heritage Tour in Laois

I’m calling this a Heritage Tour in Laois because for the most part, it was a Heritage tour and we did things that our friends might not have managed to do by themselves.  They definitely would not have had the company of people who know the area.

My friend Sue McDonald Welles along with her friend Mary Connelly Pereira and Mary’s brother Philip were over here in Ireland on holiday, they were going to spend 3 days in Laois because Sue’s family are from Raheen.  This was the second time in the last few years that Sue and Mary have been over and I spent a few days with them the last time as well.

My friend Dorene Allen is this incredible cook so I asked Dorene if she would cook dinner for my friends and we’d have it in her house (which was my childhood family home).  Dorene agreed to this, then it dawned on me “Jane, these are Americans and Americans go around Ireland wondering where they will get ‘Irish’ food.  Why don’t you cook an Irish stew for them”  I asked Sue if they’d like Irish stew or Bacon & cabbage, the reply came back that they would like the stew.  When I told my brother this he informed me that Dorene and her children do not like Irish stew so, I found another recipe which had lamb cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce.

In the meantime, Dorene and I are talking about my American friends and their few days here and Dorene says “Why don’t we kidnap them on Wednesday and show them all kinds of stuff they’d never get to see on their own? – A Heritage Tour” To which I replied, great idea and asked Sue to keep Wed free because we were going to kidnap them.

The Heritage Tour kidnapping day went like this:

1. We collected the three – Sues, Mary and Phil

2. We took them to the kennels for the hunt ‘hounds’ – I was calling them dogs!!

3. We went to Morrissey’s Pub in Abbeyleix for a cup of coffee

4. After that off to see the hunt people gathering and taking off from Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

5. Followed by Alissa Blundells shop ‘Horse n Riders’ in Abbeyleix

6. Then to Bramleys or the Gallic Kitchen in Abbeyleix (Titanic Carpets had been produced
here

7. Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix

8. Lord’s Walk beside Church of Ireland

9. Down to Durrow and Bowe’s Foodhall for lunch

10 Up to the Castle Arms Hotel Durrow – Castle

11. Off to Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum

12 back to Sandymount house their Bed and breakfast for an hour break

13 Back to my family home in Rathdowney for dinner & a surprise.

 

I have no photos for the Gallic kitchen visit – at that point I was wrecked and just stayed in

Philip Sheppard was coming to dinner as well so I had asked him if he wanted to come earlyfor the surprise – he said yes.

We all got back to Rathdowney at 6.30p.m. where Dorene had everyone roll up their sleeves and she taught Sue, Mary, Phil, Philip & myself how to make brown bread.

Brown bread was supposed to go with dinner

Dinner consisted of Irish stew and a casserole of lamb cooked in red wine and tomatoes and
then a spinage lasagne which I had prepared for our vegetarian. Dorene did starter and dessert – she is an incredible cook.   As it turned out the American trio had a bit of both meat dishes.  The vegetarian stuck with the lasagne

They had an incredible day – I had an incredible day, Dorene and my brother Matthew had an incredible day

Almost forgot – over the course of the evening, Dorene and the children sang them songs

I am not going to load all the photos taken that day  to this page.  Most of the Hounds & Hunt went to a page created just with hounds and hunt.  Some of the photos taken there are not on that page so I include them here.  Most of the Donaghmore Workhouse photos will go to a Donaghmore Workhouse page.

Those pages will be linked to from this page.

From here – for the rest of this page, it is just going to be photos!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed our day overall.  My American friends have thanked us for a most incredible day and evening.  Philip has said similar as regards his evening out with us all.

Lead photo at top of page preparing to leave and go on Heritage tour not having a clue where they were going!!

The Hounds

Hunt gathering & leaving

If you are interested in seeing the rest of the Hounds & First Hunt Laois 2016 photos taken that day then please click the link.

Before the actual Hunt took off from the hotel we went to Mossirrey’s pub in Abbeyleix, a very famous place in it’s own right.  Years ago, and I am talking very many years ago this pub was only one story high.  There are photographs of it as a one story building in Heritage House Abbeyleix, although I don’t know if those photographs are available for public viewing or not.

Morrissey’s Pub, Abbeyleix

Out the door to the Hunt and then back onto Main street to

Horse N Riders

Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix & The Lord’s Walk (beside it)

Bowe’s Food Hall, Durrow 

and yes, I only have one photo from that day of the floor in the new bathroom of their extension.  A 2 cent floor!

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Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow 

You can find photographs of the Castle everywhere but not of the trees.  Isn’t the colour beautiful?
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The final venue of the day, the saddest place we were at.  I’ m only giving you a few photos here as the Workhouse (Museum) is going to get itself a full web page

 Donaghmore Workhouse


Everyone was exhausted at this time, it was about 5pm when we left the Workhouse.  I

dropped my American friends back to Sandymount House in Abbeyleix for an hours rest and
then got them back to our house in Rathdowney where we met Philip at the gate waiting to
go in (3 dogs in garden).  We got into the kitchen and Dorene had everyone roll up their
sleeves because she had a big bowl waiting – she taught us how to make brown bread to go

with our dinner!

Evening :)


While the bread was baking we had music

Finally the Dinner table
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Our guests left at 11.30 that night and I can only say that a wonderful day was had by all.

At the end of it all, I have to say that the Americans and everyone except our vegetarian all had portions of both the Irish stew and the wine stew AND the children ate every single bit!  It was great.

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