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Rathdowney Marriages 1769 to 1773

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish
Marriages 1769-1773

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish is an unusual one in that we have a parish register that goes back to 1769 for marriages.  Admittedly incomplete but very interesting to read.  The Parish Priest indicates the family relationship of some witnesses (it not all) to the couple being married.  Also, when the groom comes from a different parish this is also noted

A few names have been illegible there are also some names which are missing off the sides of the page and I have put can’t read in the columns for these entries.  The surnames of some of the witnesses can be read so for anyone who can’t find a marriage they are interested in they could go look at the witness surnames.  There are generally speaking always more than two witnesses.

Batt=Bartholomew ; Danl=Daniel ; Denns=Dennis ; Jams/Js=James ; Jerry=Jeremiah ; Jn=John ; Kyran=Kieran ; Michl=Michael ; Patt/Patk=Patrick ; Richd=Richard ; Thoms=Thomas ; Wm=William.
Betty=Elizabeth ; Bridgt=Bridget ; Catharine=Catherine ; Honner=Honoria/Honor ; Jenny=Jenifer/Jane ; Kate=Catherine or Kate ; Margt/Peggy=Margaret ; Nelly=Eleanor ; Winny=Winifred

Surnames : Fitzp = Fitzpatrick ; Fitzg=Fitzgerald ; Kiervick=Kerwick ; Clynch==Clinch ;

Rathdy= Rathdowney ; Dunaghmore=Donaghmore

Name GSurnameName BS BPlaceDateYear
Arthur??BridgtBoweRathdy07-Jan1771
?N..??HonnerCarrollDunaghmore Rathmore05-Feb1771
????KateMaherDunaghmore Rathmore27-Feb1772
????????????Rathdy Clonburn07-Feb1771
Thoms?DouenMargtFletcherRathsaran Park01-Mar1772
JsBerginCatharineBurkeRathdy, Barney parish20-Jun1769
DennsBerginElizabethCommerfordDunaghmore Raheendorenogue12-Feb1770
PattBerginMargtShallowSkirke 12-Feb1770
WmBergin??BrophyKiladowly25-Feb1770
MalachyBerginCatharineGaiggRadhty Lismorae29-Apr1771
DennsBerginJoaneGormanRathdy Errill21-Aug1772
JnBoodonMargtMaherSkirke Kilasmista 14-Feb1773
JnBourkeMaryFitzpkRathdy Dunacligan02-Mar1772
WmBoweMaryPhelanRathdy Ballybuggy08-Jan1772
ThadyBrophyAnneDelanyRathdy Ballybuggy8ber1st1772
JnBrophyCatharineFitzpkRathdy Clonburn29-Apr1773
BattCahillMaryGormanRathdy Bealedy13-Feb1772
DanielCahillBridgtDelanyRathsaran9ber26th1772
JnCahillNellyTracyRathdy Errill05-Feb1773
WmCampionCatharineFitzpkRathdy Eglish23-Jul1770
MalachyCampioncan't redcan't readSkirke Kilasmista8ber29th1773
Ma…can't readcan't readBrophyDunaghmore Rathmore9ber9th1773
RogerCarrollBettyBrennanRathdy Monninonra27-Apr1772
AnthonyCashenMaryBerginRathdy Clonmeen8ber4th1773
JamsCleerMargtHoyneRathdy Knockeel30-Apr1770
RogerClinchMaryCarrollRathdy Erill09-Jan1770
MichlClynchKateHenesyRathdy Erill07-Jan1772
PattColemanMaryMaherSkirke Kilasmista parish30-Jul1769
JamsCommonBettyHenesyRathdy Lisduff31-Jan1773
MarkCommonBettyKinshelaRathdy14-Feb1773
PattConner??PhelanDunaghmore01-Oct1770
JnConrahyMargt?????30-Oct1771
MarkCormickKateShallowDunaghmore Rathmore23-Jul1772
PattCrearyBettyDelanyRathdy, Eglish parish28-May1769
MichlDaly??CarrollRathdy Rossmore27-Feb1772
DarbyDavinHonnerQuiglyDunaghmore Raheenshera?9 Mar1772
WmDelanyBridgtFitzgdRathdy Ballybuggy11-Feb1771
JnDem(?s)yHonnerCommon Rathdy Eglish26-May1771
PattDonneRoseKellyRathdy Coulouly16-Jun1771
DanlDoranSarahHughesRathdy Bealedy03-Feb1773
JnDoranCatharineMahercan't read?Aprl 23rd1773
MichlDowlingMaryMaherSkirke23-Jul1770
JsDowlyMaryDormodySkirke30-Jul1772
JnDoyne (?Hoyne)AnneMulloneRathdy Monninonra11-Feb1771
WmDullahantyJulia???RyanRathdy Ballymullin30-Sep1769
ThomsDwyerMargtDunne??07-Oct1771
TimFarrellridgtFitzpkRathdy20-Jan1772
ThomsFitzgdJennyStapletonRathdy15-Aug1771
RichdFitzgdBettyMagillRathdy Harristown13-May1773
MartinFitzpkMaryBerginRathdy, Eglish parish17-Jun1769
DavidGlasconAnneFordRathdy7ber14th1773
ThomsGormanCatharineDunneRathdy Kilcoran 18-Feb1770
KyranGormanKateMcGrathDunaghmore Kiladowly8ber8th1772
JnGydrahHonnerPhelanRathdy Erill18-Feb1770
PattGydrahAnneDullehantyRathdy Knockacha10-Feb1772
JnHackettMargtRyanDunaghmore Raheenshera9ber 26th1772
JnHenesyMaryDouenRathdy Errill26-Apr1772
JnHickeyBridgetMaherRathdy Rossmore13-Aug1769
WmHoganJoaneKilmichaelSkirke Garren27-Feb1770
MichlKealyBridgtShallowRathdy Erill31-Aug1770
DanlKeefe????Barney13-Jul1772
WmKiervickMaryM……..anusRathdy9ber1772
JamsKynahanCatharineGormanRathdy Erill24-Jun1770
Name GLahyNellyHayseRathdy Lismorae09-Feb1772
DennsLalorAlliceFitzpkDunaghmore13-Aug1772
PattLaniganWinnyMcGrathRathdy Lismorae03-Mar1772
JnLoughman?BessKavanaghSkirke Liss20-Feb1770
JnLourySarahHo(?n)seyRathdy Shraduff17-May1773
DarbyMaherBettyRyanRathdy, Eglish parish18-May1769
PattMaherMaryPhelan??27-Feb1770
PattMaherMargtDelany???27-Feb1770
DennsMaherJoaneMaherRathdy Dunacligan16-Jun1773
JsManusMaryMulkeenRathdy Ballybuggy09-Feb1773
DanlMaraCatharineRyanRathdy Gintard8ber21st1773
JerryMcGrathM????Rathdy9ber15th1772
PattMentonNellyLalorRathdy Clonmeen18-Feb1773
WmdMihanMargtBrophyBarney06-Sep1771
CharlesMolloyCatharineDelanyRathdy18-Feb1770
LaurenceMooreJoane??Brien???can't readAprl1773
??MorrysyMaryDelanyDunaghmore Raheendorenogue11-Feb1770
RichdMul?kinAnne????..onburn16-Sep1771
KyranNealonCatharineKealyRathdy Shraduff05-Aug1770
PattPhelanMargtRafterDunaghmore Gurtnalee13-Sep1770
NicholasPhelanBridgtCrahRathdy07-May1772
DennsPhelanJudithFitzpkDunaghmore Gurtnalee08-Jun1773
LukePhelanMaryGormanRathdy Shraduff19-Jun1773
JnPhelanJoaneMaherRathdy Lisduff26-Aug1773
WmPurcellMargtFitzpkDunaghmore17-Oct1771
JamsQuinlanCatharine??Rathdy Ballybuggy17-Feb1772
PattRafterJoaneTracyDunaghmore Gurtnalee28-Jul1770
JamesReedMaryDorihan or HorihanRathdy Coulkerry24-Sep1769
JnReedMargtDunneRathdy Kilcoran 16-Sep1771
JnRyanMaryWhiteRathdy Monninonra21-Jul1771
JamsSanefortMaryHoyneRathdy Ballybuggy25-Feb1770
PattSullivanMaryConrahyRathdy Monninonra26-Oct1771
JnTynanMargtGorbyDunaghmore 20-Feb1770
MichlTynan??McDonaldBallymilish01-Jun1772
JnTynanHonnerBrophyDunaghmore Raheenphelan9ber24th1772
JsWatsonMaryBurkSkirke Harristown21-Feb1773
WmWhiteMargtFarrellRathdy17-Oct1771
PattWhiteAmastaceMaherRathdy Garryduff Castlefleming7ber7th1773
can't readcan't readDunaghmore Tullacommon9ber..1773
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Rathdowney EasyRiders Outing 2016

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EasyRiders Rathdowney Charity Cycle, 2016

Every year the Rathdowney EasyRiders cycle from Rathdowney to another place as a charity fundraiser.  This year, Martin McCormack asked me if I’d go in to town and take a few photos.  This charity cycle took place in March of last year, just a year ago and it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to get the photos online!

Mostly, the photos are just of the social interaction before the cycle took off.

2016, they cycled from Rathdowney to Portlaoise, then Athlone, Mullingar and finally to Cavan.  They motor bikes leading them they had at least one van, there were cars, supporters and from what I have heard all had a good time.

 

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Rathdowney. Baptism 1859

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish

Baptismal Index 1859

This is a baptismal index of the names of children baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney (Co. Laois/Queen’s Co.) during the year 1859

The following table of baptisms is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

The register is in English.  Place names are given.  My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the child. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters are
n.g.=Not given

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

I am currently transcribing all the Rathdowney parish records and decided to analyse these entries. There are 72 baptisms and when we look at the names of men and women we see that there are 23 female first names and 18 male first names.  These figures include the names of father and mother.  Of the total 72 baptisms there is only one child who was given two first names and that is Mary Jane Leahy.  The following table will give you an idea of which first names were the most common, or it will show you how little some names were considered.  The Index table follows this.

NameNo times
Abby1
Ann7
Anne3
Anty1
Bridget5
Bridgt8
Catherine3
Charles1
Daniel1
Danl1
Edward2
Eliza8
Ellen5
Esther1
Grace1
Honora2
James4
Jermh1
John9
Joseph7
Judith2
Judy2
Kate11
Margaret7
Margt3
Martha1
Martin1
Mary24
Mary Jane1
Michael1
Michl4
Pat1
Patrick2
Patt1
Sara1
Simon1
Thomas4
Timothy2
William2
Winny1
NameSurnameFatherMotherMaiden NamePlacenameDateYear
John?FermoyleJamesMaryBrowneErrill23-Jan1859
Mary?FiernyPAttWinnyLalorKileaw06-Feb1859
MargaretBerginMichl.MargtGra(?ce)Grogan20-Jan1859
MaryBerginEdwardMaryDelanyKileaw18-Sep1859
JohnBerginMichl.BridgtFinnB.Coolad04-Oct1859
MaryBoweKyranHonoraCarrollGrogan21-Nov1859
MaryBrayPattKateBrienBorahan30-Oct1859
JamesBrophyWilliamAnneBurkeEglish21-Feb1859
EdwardButlerMartinBridgetEganBallagh07-May1859
BridgetByrneTimothyElizaClancyBallagh06-Feb1859
KateByrneWilliamMaryNolanGrogan11-Jul1859
MichlCampionKyranAnnEganRathdy30-Sep1859
ElizaCareyWilliamMaryWhelanRathdy29-Jul1859
ThomasCarrollThomasMaryJulianTemplequain17-Jul1859
WilliamCarterMichaelKateDelanyRathdowney01-Aug1859
JosephColemanJohnKateDunneClonburn17-Jul1859
JohnConnellyEdwardJudyMaherRathdy31-Oct1859
JosephConroyJohnMaryScottR.Downey20-Jan1859
PatConroyMichl.HanoraMaraRathdy22-Jul1859
ThomasCostiganPatrickBridgetKavanaghC.kerry30-Apr1859
TimothyCostiganTimothyEllen(?F)anningC.kerry21-Jun1859
PatrickCostiganPatrickJudyClinchLyrouge03-Sep1859
ElizaCraghMartinAnn??FryRathdy02-Jun1859
JohnCraghPattAnnCreary or CredryRathdy05-Jun1859
MaryDavinWilliamSaraDowlingClonmeen15-Jan1859
JohnDavinMichl.MargtDelanyB.valla02-Mar1859
AnnDelanyPattKateKirwanCoolowly21-Mar1859
DanlDelanyDenisKateFitzpatkRa….06-Jul1859
MaryDelanyJohnMargaretDelanyRathdy20-Nov1859
ThomasDooleyPattEllenMaraRathdy19-Dec1859
JosephDoranPattMaryDoyleRathdy29-Jun1859
DanielDuiganJamesEllenMurphyLirouge14-Feb1859
GraceDunphyMichl.EllenGuiderC.kerry15-Jun1859
MaryGearyDanielCatherineCarrollRathdy09-Nov1859
PatrickGleesonPatrickMargaretCarrollErril21-Mar1859
JohnHeneryMichl.BridgtWhyteKileaw09-May1859
MartinHeneryMichl.BridgtWhyteKileaw09-May1859
JosephHenesyPhilipAntyWhiteheadRathdy16-Oct1859
AnnHiginsJohnAbbyCreary or CredryRathdy05-Jun1859
KyranHoyneJosephBridgetKeyH.town15-Feb1859
JosephKavanaghJohnJudithDoranRathdy31-Oct1859
JermhKellyJohnAnnDelanyB.Coolad15-May1859
SimonKellyWilliamElizaBrophyRathdy08-Sep1859
JosephKenahanDanlEstherDuiganPark11-Jun1859
JamesKingJohnJudithTracyClonmeen04-Dec1859
Mary JaneLeahyJohnMarthaWillsErril03-Apr1859
JohnLoughlinKyranCatherineWhelanClonmeen15-May1859
EllenLowryTimothyMarySullivanBor….03-Mar1859
PattMaguireEwdKateQuiglyGrogan12-Jun1859
BridgetMaherJohnElizaFitzpatrickC.fleming29-May1859
MaryMaherThomasElizaEd(?h)vokLisduff28-Aug1859
JohnMaherPattMaryHoolahanRathdy15-Nov1859
MargaretMaraPattMargtKellyRathdy19-Dec1859
MichlMooneyPattKateKilmartinKileaw23-Nov1859
TimothyMoresyAndrewKateDoolingC.Town18-Dec1859
ThomasMoylanJohnElizaDavyKileaw27-Nov1859
KateMulhallEdwardBridgtMahonyKileaw15-Aug1859
ElizaPetersMichaelMargaretHoyneB.Bugga27-Feb1859
CharlesPurcellJohnMaryLalorMoonamonra14-Feb1859
MichlRyanJohnMaryDowlingLirouge28-Aug1859
MarySheilTimothyBridgtMaraH.town27-Aug1859
JosephSkeanWilliamCatherineBerginRathdowney21-May1859
MichlSlatteryMartinMaryMoresyC.Town03-Oct1859
MargaretSlatteryMartinMaryMoresyC.Town03-Oct1859
JohnStensonMichl.BridgtGleesonRathdy01-Apr1859
MaryStensonMichl.BridgtGleesonRathdy01-Apr1859
MichaelSullivanJohnAnneGrahamBallagh31-Jul1859
EdwardTierneyMichaelAnneCormackRathdy25-Sep1859
JamesTiernyPhilipMaryGuilfoyleKileaw14-Jan1859
WilliamWalkerPattAnnColemanGloshaw28-Nov1859
JamesWhelanJohnBridgtWhelanLismora14-Aug1859
MargaretWhitePattKateFitzpatkB.Coolad16-Dec1859
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Rathdowney Baptismal Index 1880-1881

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish

Baptismal Index 1880-1881

This is a baptismal index of the names of children baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney (Co. Laois/Queen’s Co.) during the years 1880-1881

The following table of baptisms is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

The register is in English.  Place names are given.  My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the child. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters are.

n.g.= not given.

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

 

NameSurnameFatherMotherMaiden NameFromDateYear 
Margret(?K)eenanJohnBridgetBrophyRathdowney19-Oct1880
James??Bennet or ??PennetJohnElizaCarrollRathdowney19-Jun1880
James??GrogartyJamesBridgetMorisseyRathdowney02-Oct1880
Honoria??Herns or KernsJohnMaryClery??Monamondra06-May1880
AnnBartonJohnMaryRyanRathdowney13-Nov1880
BridgetBerginThos.JohannaHolohanB(ae)nry03-Jan1880
Mary AnnBerginPatrickMaryWalshRathdowney18-Aug1880
Mary AnnBrennanJamesMary(??Ho)ganRathdowney14-Nov1880
MichaelBrienMichaelElizaDempseyBorahan13-Jun1880
MargretBrophyRichardSarahRingwoodPark15-Feb1880
JohnButlerWilliamMaryButlerBallycoolid03-Jan1880
JohnC(?r)earyMichaelMaryHayesRathdowney07-Nov1880
PatrickCahillMichaelAnnRichardsRathdowney02-Jun1880
Michael JohnCampionCorneliusElizaDwyreErrill15-Mar1880
PhilipCampionJeremiahMaryMooreCoolkerry19-Jul1880
JosephCarrollThos.BridgetMeagherGlosha14-Mar1880
JohnCartyJohnMary AnnTis(?d)alRathdowney14-Apr1880
CatherineChamberlainHenryMaryFitzpatrickK……30-Jan1880
ThomasCleareyThos.CatherineMacavoyGlosha28-Jul1880
PatrickCostiganMichaelMargretBaananGrogan04-Jul1880
CatherineDaleyJamesMaryKere(?v)ickRathdowney30-Oct1880
JohnDarmodyJamesSarahFanningRathdowney09-May1880
Anna MaryDea(?re)yEdwardNoraFanning??Barney11-May1880
JamesDelahauntyThos.MargretQuigleyRathdowney26-Feb1880
JohanaDelahauntyWilliamMaryLeahy??Clonmeen08-Jun1880
JohnDoolingAndrewAnnDavinErrill31-Dec1880
MargretDunnePatrickMaryHentenRathdowney26-Jul1880
MaryDwyreJohnAnnMillsRathdowney29-Oct1880
JosephEustaceJamesJohanaBrien??Borohan15-May1880
JosephFanninPattMargretFitzgeraldRathdowney09-Dec1880
CatherineFitzpatrickWilliamMaryTynanBorahan22-Feb1880
JohnFitzpatrickPatrickMaryFitzpatrickCoolowley23-Aug1880
??HarryFletcherJohnElizaVicars??Roselee30-Jan1880
JeremiahFogartyJohnJuliaO'KeeffeClonm(??een)05-Jan1880
PatrickFogartyWilliamElizaHennesyRathdowney21-Jun1880
PatrickGlindonJohnJuliaSheilHarristown06-Jan1880
MarthaGradyJohnMaryFryRathdowney28-Sep1880
RobertGrattanRobertCatherineCunninghamRathdowney28-Mar1880
JohnGuylfoileJohnMary AnnPalmerErrill06-Nov1880
JohnH?uhanPattMaryBerminghamRathdowney21-Jun1880
PhilipHennesyJohnAnnSmythRathdowney18-Feb1880
CatherineHollandPatrickHonoriaMaherRathdowney04-Sep1880
MichaelHoyneWilliamMaryFitzpatrickCastlefleming12-Nov1880
KyranKellyJohnElizaHayesKnockile08-Aug1880
WilliamKellyPattElizaFogartyBallycoolid19-Sep1880
MargretL(?o)ngJohnMargretSlatteryGrogan03-Oct1880
AnnLoobyPattMaryRingwoodGlosha13-Mar1880
JamesLoughmanMichaelMaryGuilfoileRathdowney14-Jan1880
AnnMaherJohnBridgetGleesenDonomore11-Jul1880
JamesMaherMichaelBridgetGuilfoileRaheen03-Aug1880
RichardMaherJohnNannySheilRathdowney04-Nov1880
Mary AnnMcKennaJohnElizaCunniffRathdowney09-Nov1880
MargretMeehenMartinMargretNolan???10-Oct1880
PeterMigrathPatrickMaryWhelanRathdowney07-Jul1880
RobertMo(??on)eyJamesMargretLydenErrill30-May1880
FrancisMooneyPeterMaryCarly or CareyDonomore16-Apr1880
RodyMooreLaurenceNoraCostiganBorahin29-Apr1880
MichaelMoylanJohnElizaDeavyKileahan25-Nov1880
JohnMurreyJamesMargretWhelanRathdowney07-Jul1880
????AnnNolanPattMaryQuinlanRathdowneyFeb (can't read)1880
ThomasNolanJeremiahMargretHowardGlosha27-Nov1880
JohnO'NeilOwenFannyBowe(??Erkin)dale02-Apr1880
SaraghPalmerPatrickBridgetLoughmanErrill06-Sep1880
ThomasPurcillJohnMargretCallaghanErrill24-Aug1880
PatrickQuigleyDanielMaryBoilstonRathdowney07-Sep1880
CatherineQuigleyPeterMaryFitzpatrickErrill13-Nov1880
PatrickSt. GeorgeWilliamMargretClearRathdowney28-Nov1880
KieranStensonJohnMary AnnFletcherRathdowney06-Mar1880
EllenTynanEdwardJuliaTooleClonmeen04-Dec1880
MaryWallThos.MaryQuigleyDonomore17-Apr1880
WilliamWhe(?e)lerWilliamMargretMcNamaraRathdowney07-Feb1880
MaryWhelanThos.CatherineShielCoolfin21-Feb1880
HubertWhelanPatrickJuliaMaddenErrill06-May1880
MaryWhelanPatrickElizaSheilDonomore09-Jul1880
MaryWhiteWilliamMaryDoolenErrill08-Feb1880
JamesWhitePatrickCatherineMentenRathdowney02-Mar1880
JohanaWhiteJohnMaryDoolanErrill08-May1880
HarryBannonMichaelMaryBrophyErrill14-Jan1881
ElizaBerginPatrickCatherineFitzgerald(??He)alh01-Jan1881
JohnBrophyMichaelCatherineMeehanHarristown1881
Michael (??Martin)CampionPatrickMargretMaherBally….02-Feb1881
MichaelConroyDanielCatherineMooreRathdowney09-Jan1881
EdwardFitzpatrickEdwardJudyLoughmanKnockile20-Jan1881
AnistaciaHennesyMartinAnistaciaKeoughErrill29-Jan1881
??(Patr)ickLoughmanJohnAnnDermodyHarristownJan 1881
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Rathdowney Marriage Records 1866-71

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish,

Laois.
Index to names on Marriage Records 1866-1871

This is an index of the names of the people who were married in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney during the years 1866-1871.  The following table of marriages is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the Groom. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters might be. n.g=not given.

Rathy/Rathdy=Rathdowney ; Bala/Balla=Bally ; Lisnorra=Lismore ; B-bugga=Ballybuggy

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

 

 

NameSurnameB NameB SurnamPlacenameDateYear    
JohnDelanyAnnDaveyDerries30-Jan1866
EdwdBreenMaryBerryHarristown05-Feb1866
PeterCareyMaryDelanyBallagh05-Feb1866
MalachyLalorHonoraBrophyKnockile06-Feb1866
CharlesKellyJaneBoohanRathd'y08-Feb1866
JamesNaryMariaNolanRathd'y08-Feb1866
MichlCostiganMargtBaninGrogan11-Feb1866
JamesCollierEllenBerginCoolkerry12-Feb1866
FrankDockinSusanDelanyRathd'y12-Feb1866
KyranFitzpatrickMaryKeysMoonamonra12-Feb1866
JohnWalshJudithDowlingClonmeen12-Feb1866
CorneliusHeelyMaryConrahyBorahen13-Feb1866
EdwdFitzpatrickJohannaLoughmanKnockile22-Apr1866
ThosKeaneEllenCareyGragueavalla29-Apr1866
PeterMooneyMaryCostiganRathd'y01-May1866
WmBartonAnneBourkeRathd'y24-Sep1866
AndrewFitzpatrickBridgtDowlingErrill08-Nov1866
JamesFitzpatrickCathernMcNamaraBalacoolad26-Nov1866
JohnHayesMaryButlerClonmeen29-Nov1866
JohnLalorMaryLoughmanHarristown29-Nov1866
JerhRocheKateDaleyRathdowney29-Nov1866
PattPetersMargtCookeRathd'y07-Feb1867
HyacinthCampbellMaryGuilfoyleRathd'y08-Feb1867
JohnCassinGraceCostigan??11-Feb1867
ThomasWhelanCatherineKingClonmeen11-Feb1867
LaurenceMahonyAnneFitzPatrickKnockile14-Feb1867
MartinMoranMargtFitzpatrickBorahen21-Feb1867
EdwardPurcellKateMaherCoolkerry28-Feb1867
MichlClearyMaryDelanyRathd'y04-Mar1867
JohnWhelanMaryPrattBallagh11-May1867
PeterQuigleyMaryFitzPatrickCoolowly18-Jun1867
DanielCahilJudithKavanaghBarney29-Aug1867
PattLubyMaryRingwoodGloshue14-Oct1867
JosephMortonAnnWhelanGrogan28-Nov1867
MatthewClearElizaDawsonClonmeen13-Jan1868
WmHaydonBridgetDelanyRathd'y13-Jan1868
MichlBurkeSarahLoughmanHarristown20-Feb1868
JermhQuigleyBridgtDeaLism?oore20-Feb1868
DenisSheph?erdKateRyanErrill20-Feb1868
TomShielMaryBurdenPark24-Feb1868
DenisHoolahanHanoriaEganLismore25-Feb1868
EdwardKellyJudyMaherRathd'y25-Feb1868
JohnKeyOneyQuaidGrogan08-May1868
WilliamConroyMaryFitzPatrickErrill28-May1868
JohnMurphyElizaEllisKilemallo?wen28-May1868
JamesDunneAlliceDugganBarney07-Jul1868
MichlLeonardHonoraWhyteRathdowney14-Jul1868
MathewMaherJohannaMaherCoolkerry28-Jul1868
DenisTynanElizaQuinnLismorra20-Aug1868
ThomasHoganEllenBrooderRathdowney19-Sep1868
JohnDaly?Fany??MeehanRathdowney12-Jan1869
JosephBrayAnneCondrenRathdowney02-Feb1869
MalachyFitzpatrickBridgtDugganBarney02-Feb1869
MartinGahanMargtMaherKnockile08-Feb1869
JohnDunneJohannaRourkeRathdowney09-Feb1869
HenrySparlingEllenBirminghamRathdowney09-Feb1869
PattBerginKateFitzpatrickMoonamonra06-May1869
ThomasWallMaryQuigleyRathdowney08-May1869
FintanKeeganBridgtMarshallRathdowney11-May1869
JohnMantonMaryBriscoeRathdowney22-May1869
JamesMeehanJudyHaum?sillRathdowney05-Jul1869
PattFlaniganMaryGormanRathdowney01-Aug1869
JohnCantwellMarthaMcMahonRathd'y20-Sep1869
DanlConroyKateMooreRathd'yJan1869
JohnMullenMaryWhelanErrill13-Jan1870
EdwardLoughmanEllenLoughmanErrill01-Feb1870
PattCreaghMargtPetersHarristown10-Feb1870
JohnMaherEllenPhelanCoolkerry10-Feb1870
JamesBrophyMaryMurphyGlosha22-Feb1870
JohnGuilfoyleMaryannePalmerErrill22-Feb1870
JohnHoyneMargaretBreenBorahen22-Feb1870
DanielBerginKateGuilfoyleTemplequain23-Feb1870
JermhKilmartinKateDelanyCoolowly23-Feb1870
MichlBrophyElizaCarrollLis?moore or nora24-Feb1870
ThomasCrearyJudyDaveyDerries24-Feb1870
EdmondClearJudyBerginKilcoran28-Feb1870
EdmondComerfordMargtDempseyEglish28-Feb1870
JamesFitzgeraldMaryCliffordRathdowney28-Feb1870
ThomasCloonyKateMullalyRathd'y01-Mar1870
JohnKilmartinJudyTracyErrill01-Mar1870
ThomasClearyKateMcAvoyGlosha08-May1870
JohnStensonMaryFletcherRathd'y11-May1870
JohnHughesMaryMahonCappa?la??n20-Jun1870
JohnWhyteSarahWhyteErrill20-Jun1870
MichlDunphyMargtBoweRathdowney08-Jul1870
JohnCarthySarahWhelanRathd'y25-Jul1870
JohnPrattMaryMaherRathdowney18-Sep1870
PattDispardKateMa??nnsRathd'y10-Oct1870
MartinMeehanMargtNolanGrogan10-Jan1871
PattMoylanAnnMaherBallagh19-Jan1871
PattFitzpatrickMaryanneMooreRathdy29-Jan1871
MartinDunneEllenCostiganBorahen02-Feb1871
JohnGradyMary?FryRathdy07-Feb1871
JamesShielMaryCoalRathdy07-Feb1871
EdwardKirwanJudyMaherLisnoora14-Feb1871
PattMeehanMaryanneBirminghamRathdy16-Feb1871
MichlRyanKateKennyB-bugga19-Feb1871
William?WrineMargtKennedyErrill20-Feb1871
JohnComerfordKateWhelanBalacoolad20-Feb1871
PattConroyMaryGainenEglish20-Feb1871
PattFitzpatrickMaryFitzPatrickBalacoolad20-Feb1871
MixhlHoganEllenSippleCoolowly20-Feb1871
JohnWhelanOneyTynanClonmeen20-Feb1871
JohnDivinJaneNolanRathdy25-Apr1871
DenisLoughmanMargretCarrollTemplequain23-May1871
MichlHaydenMaryCreaghGrogan13-Jun1871
PattNolanMaryHarveyRathdy03-Jul1871
JohnFitzpatrickMaryMcGrathCoolkerry02-Nov1871
JohnD?uningMaryDaleyRathdy05-Nov1871

 

 

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Rathdowney, Laois. Baptisms 1854

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Rathdowney, Laois.  Baptismal Index 1854

The following table of Lixnaw marriages is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014/2 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.  This is an index of the names of the people who were baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney, during the year 1853.

This register is in English and there were a few converts baptised – the children of Daniel & Anne Ringwood, Sophia Evans and Robert ?Marvet.  Robert was 65.  One child was baptised at the ago of ten and the register says that the parents of the child are unknown.

I have the letters n.g. where no word was written for a name or a placename.  Question marks indicate that I had a problem reading the name and I am giving a best guess.  With the repeated entries placenames were spelled differently.  I keep to all spellings as I read them.

My list is sorted by the surname of the groom.  Please note that a section of the register was repeated from about August 1854.  For some of the entries which were put into the register a second time there was a different placename, for one of them I read the male surname incorrectly the first time.  Edward Dunn got married in 1912.  A few of these children were born out of marriage.

NameSurnameFatherM NameM SurnameFromDateYear
??JosephCoyne????JohnBiddyKeyn.g.??28 Nov1854
BiddyHoins??DanMaryLawlerRaheen19-Mar1854
PattJons??MickMaryRielyn.g.26-Feb1854
MaryKenedy??JamesAnneKenedyRathdowney20-Aug1854
ElizaKerawick??JamesBettyBrophyRathdowney19-Aug1854
PattKing??AntonyMaryKingBallycoulid26-Aug1854
JamesHanlon??JamesKittyKavanaghRathdowney27-Nov1853
MaryKeenan??PattEllenCurranB. Bugga10-Aug1854
RobertMarvet??n.g.n.g.n.g.n.g.08-Apr1854
MaryAnglesyCharlesMaryGreffanLisduff25-May1854
WilliamBerginJohnJaneBrittRathdowney15-Aug1854
MargaretBoweJohnMaryGavinGrogan25-Dec1854
RichardBrittJamesMaryBurdinPark03-Aug1854
MargaretBrophyMickMargaretTalbertcan't readJuly1854
BiddyBryanMickJoanneNealn.g.17-Jan1854
??Campion??JoanneRyanKnockile?March1854
MargaretCampionRodyPeggyDeavyClonmeen16-Mar1854
MickClearMartinEllenFanningRathdowney30-Jul1854
AndrewCoalmanJohnKittyDunnClonburn05-Jul1854
??PattCooganJohnAnneFitzpatrickBallycoulid??10 Sept1854
MaryCostiganJimEllenFanningCoolkerry05-Dec1853
ElizaCostiganPattEssyCor?corBorahen22-Jan1854
KittyCouralyWilliamElizaBoweRathdowney25-Feb1854
MickCrearyJohnKittyMulhi?rRathdowney18-Feb1854
EllenDeavyTomMaryMansellcan't read25-Jun1854
MaryDeavyMickJudy??BerginDerries 06-Jul1854
ElizaDeeganWilliamElizaNaggsErrill23-Sep1854
CatherineDelanyKyranMargaretDelanyHarristown09-Jul1854
BiddyDelanyJohnMaryBrophyHarristown03-Aug1854
AnneDelanyWilliamMaryDavyn.g.24-Aug1854
AnneDelanyWilliamMaryDeavyKileahan24-Aug1854
ThomasDelanyWillyMargaretMooreClonmeen13-Dec1854
EdwardDonnellyPattHonora??LivisonRathdowney26-Nov1854
WilliamDonovanGerMaryBerginErrill04-Mar1854
KittyDowlingMathewKittyPetersErrill06-Jun1854
DanielDowling??JudyTracyn.g.Dec1854
EdwardDunneMick?PeggyMahann.g.28-May1854
PattDunneMickMariaGleesonRathdowney30-Jul1854
MaryDunphyMichaelEllenGuiderCoolkerry21-Dec1854
SimonEllisSimonMaryDoronGraiguavalla20-Aug1854
SophiaEvansRichardEssyMcClearMoonamonra19-Jan1854
MaryFitzgeraldJohnMaryBreenRathdowney11-Jun1854
PattFitzpatrickDenisMaryMuldowneyCappalinan23-Apr1854
MaryGleesonPattMargaretCarrollErrill26-Feb1854
AnneGormanTomAnnePhilipsBallycoolid11-Dec1853
BiddyGormanKeiranBiddyn.g.Moonamonra15-Jun1854
JohnGrimesJohnMary??CurBoyesBorahen25-Mar1854
EllenHowleyJamesBiddyBrackenRathdowney20-Jul1854
JamesHu?ntGeorgeEllenTroyRathdowney30-Jul1854
KittyKavanaghJohnJuliaDorann.g.06-Jun1854
MaryKaysEdwardAnneMaloneLismore31-Aug1854
WinnyKearyWillyMaryPhelanGlosha04-May1854
BallybuggaKellyJohnPeggyBrophyBallybugga01-Dec1853
MickKellyWilliamBessBrophyRathdowney17-Dec1854
KittyKenneyMickHoneyLoughmanCappalinan09-Nov1854
PattKiganAntonyMaryKingBallacolad26-Aug1854
TimKinahenDanEssyDuiganLyrouge24-Jan1854
MaryKinahenTomBiddyBaconCappalinan28-Jan1854
ElizaKinahenJamesBettyBrophyRathsaran19-Aug1854
WilliamKirevanJohnBiddyTynan??Rohen19-Mar1854
PattLogan or HoganJohnAnneFitzpatrickBallacolad11-Sep1854
PeggyLoughlinKyranKittyPhelanCappalinan12-Feb1854
BettyLougnanMickMaryMa?llonRaheen02-Jul1854
PeggyLowryLeonardPeggyn.g.Rathdowney19-Mar1854
EllenMcDonalTimOnnyBarberRathdowney18-Feb1854
JohnMcKeyPattGraceKellyHarristown13-Apr1854
MaryMintonJamesAnneKenedyRathdowney20-Aug1854
ElizaMullinKyranMaryManganRathdowney11-Dec1854
JamesMurrayJamesMaryPratKileahan15-Jun1854
Francisn.g.n.g.n.g.n.g.Rathdowney01-Mar1854
ElizaNolanMickKittyBrophyRathdowney20-Jan1854
MickNowlanPattBettyPhelanKnockile07-Feb1854
JoannePerryJamesMaryMaraMoonamonra20-Nov1853
JosephPhelanMickAnnen.g.Bilady25-Jan1854
MaryPurcellJohnMaryLawlerMoonamonra21-Jun1854
JamesQuiglyPattMargaretDowlingRathdowney01-Jan1854
KittyQuinMickKittyDowlingReleara??20-Aug1854
KittyQuinMichaelKittyDowlingKileahan20-Aug1854
SamuelRingwoodWilliamSophiaRidgeErrill15-Jan1854
MaryRingwoodSamuelMaryFitzpkErrill01-Nov1854
MaryRowneyWilliamSophiaEvansCastle Fleming23-Apr1854
BiddyRusselJamesMaryLawlerRathdowney29-Jan1854
JudySlateryJohnJudyLawlerCastletown26-Dec1854
EdwardSparrowEdwardEllenKirwanRathdowney23-Aug1854
EdwardSparrowEdwardEllenKirwanRathdowney23-Aug1854
JosephStanlyRichardKittyMcGrathCastlefleming22-Jan1854
KittySullivanJohnAnneGrimesBallagh25-Sep1854
MaryWhiteJohnJudyB(??er)ginBallycou(??lid)20-May1854
JoanneWhiteJohnJudyB(??er)ginBallycou(??lid)20-May1854
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Live Christmas Crib, Rathdowney, Laois 2015

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Live Christmas Crib.  Stories behind the animals

There has been a live Christmas crib in Rathdowney for the last 15 years and behind most of the animals there is a story.

This Christmas Crib is taking in donations in support the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. People come and look at the animals, children feed them, some of the children (and even adults) sit up on the back of Jack the donkey.

The donkey Jack is 25 or 26 years old and he was orphaned when he was born. A little girl knew that the donkey was an orphan and persuaded her Dad that they would rescue the donkey. Jack was reared on a bottle and has come to live (on loan) with 3 other donkeys that Noel owns. Then we have another donkey Dusty, his name is Dusty because whenever you hit his back the dust rises up.  Dusty is the donkey who neighs very regularly in the crib.

Cloud

Cloud

Then, then we have Suki and Cloud.  Suki is the Mammy and Cloud the 10 week old baby.  Cloud is white even though her Mammy is black and her Daddy brown.  These two have never been kept in a pen before and it’s taken a few days now but Suki will take carrots from people.  She is very protective of Cloud and Cloud, Cloud is just beautiful and quiet and soft.

A few days ago the animal that I was calling the star of the show arrived.  Vera the Scottish Highland cow.  Vera came to live in Ireland 8 years ago and she is just beautiful.  I got some lovely photos of her just before she left her trailer and as she came into her stall part of the crib.  She is so quiet.

Bob the pony has been there since the first day that animals came in.  Poor old Bob his feet get itchy and you will hear him banging them on the ground to get rid of the itch.  Outside of that, what can I say about Bob.  He’s a dote if you know what a dote is.  He’s just there and his head is out of his stall most the time while he tries to communicate with everyone.  I think Bob belongs to Paddy Keyes.

Now we come to the real star.  Dustin the turkey.  Dustin was the turkey they had last year and a lady came and asked Noel not to kill Dustin.  Noel told her that if she made a donation to whatever charity they had last year then she could take the turkey home. She did and Dustin went home with her.  Noel wanted to know if she still had Dustin this year and so he telephoned her number (which he has listed in his phone as Mrs. Turkey).  Dustin came for a visit.  Yesterday two little children were in with their Granny and one of them turned round to me and said that the turkeys name is “Tinsel”.  It dawned on me that these had to be the children of the woman who had saved Dustin last year and I chatted away with them.  They wanted to know if they could bring Dustin home with them and I promised he would be home by Christmas.  I’ve been photographing Dustin for the last few days and I swear to God no matter how puffed up he seemed to be before he was bigger and fatter and more spread out when those two children were in.  He even talked to them gobbling away as they left.  Their Granny told me that Dustin follows them  around when they are out in the garden.  It was really very interesting to watch this interaction.
It took me a day to notice that the colour of his head changes.  They say it is white when he is calm and red when upset.


Next stall we have a sheep called Bubba. This sheep was one of triplets born to one mother. A sheep can only take care of two lambs so the farmer gave Bubba to a Nanny goat to suckle. The Nanny goat is called Kelly. Bubba follows Kelly around all the time and Kelly treats the sheep as if it is a baby goat!

Then we have a big Billy goat called Joe

A white Nanny goat called Snowy and her twin kids and then Jackie (or J.J.) the Shetland pony.

Finally, even though we know there were no reindeer at the Nativity, we had to have some reindeer at our live Christmas Crib because for children where would Christmas be without reindeer.  One of these reindeer has been named Rudolph!  It took 3 days and a lot of effort for these reindeer to get to Laois from Lapland, Noel picked them up last Friday and it took until Saturday night to get their ‘stable’ ready.  The stable is completely closed off in case any of them try to jump away on us!  The bottom of the panel has had holes placed in it to allow children see the reindeer.

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Rathsaran Gravestone Photographs, Co. Laois

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Rathsaran gravestone photographs, Laois

Church of Ireland,
Rathsaran,
Laois.

This church is in the Church of Ireland parish of Rathdowney. These photographs were taken between 2008 and 2009. This section is only the older section of the graveyard. The modern section has not been photographed.

We are giving you close up images of the gravestone photographs in some instances.  All gravestone photographs are reduced in size in order to allow us have copies of all photographs on this site.  We have a full photograph of each stone as well as the close ups.  From-Ireland.net charge 3 Euro to email you a copy of a photograph or set of photographs.

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The surnames which are on the gravestones are given as the names of the gravestones.  Each stone will have a number on it indicating the number of times that the first surname has been found on any stones., e.g. if a stone had the surname Lyons as the first surname on the stone then the stone becomes Lyons 1.  If I find another stone with the surname Lyons on it in a different plot then this becomes Lyons 2.  If there are other surnames on the stone then these surnames come after the number.
The letters a, b or others after a number indicate that there were a number of gravestones on one plot and these all belong together

One thing needs to be mentioned here, I transcribed by hand all the information on stones in Rathsaran back in the 1996-98 period.  I created word documents of this information and you will find these documents on this website at the following link. The wording on older stones here will be in that document if I was able to read them at that time.  Be sure to check the document.

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Marriage Records, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 1860-65

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Roman Catholic parish, Rathdowney, Laois.  Marriages 1860-1865

Spellings are exactly as I read them, some of you could possibly read them differently. Surname spellings are not exactly as they are today in some instances.Question marks indicate letters or words I had difficulty reading.

First names are shortened by Priest in register.  Nicknames/short names are as follows. Where I have the word ‘can’ in this list it means that the name can be one or other names listed or it can stand as it’s own name.  Anty=Anastasia; Betty=Elizabeth; Bridgt=Bridget, Cathr=Catherine, Con=Cornelious, Dan/Danl=Daniel, Ellen can = Helen, Jer/Jermh=Jeremiah, Kate can=Catherine, Kitty can = Catherine or Kathleen, Kyran=Kieran, Magt/Marg=Margaret, Pat/Patt=Patrick, Richd=Richard, Wm=William

Fr. Richard O’Keeffe was Parish Priest in 1860.
Jermiah Whelan and Mary Dongan marriage on 20 Dec 1861 should really be 1860.  It was a December entry and  just before the first January 1861 entry.  I think the Priest meant to write 1860 but because he was also adding entries for 1861 he got confused.

n.g. = Not given.
Records are sorted in this table by the surname of the man.

Roman Catholic parish Marriages 1860-65
Rathdowney,
Laois (Queen’s Co.)

NameSurnameNameSurnameTownlandDateYear
TimothyBarberMargtMcDonnellCoolkerry27-Feb1862
JohnBerginMaryClearn.g.01-Jul1860
PattBerginEllenMahern.g.19-Feb1860
MichlBerminghamMargaretHibbittsRathdowney20-May1861
ThomasBoweCatherineCookeRathdowney14-Jul1861
JohnBoweMargaretDavinGraiguavalla08-Feb1864
JohnBreenElizaBerginClonmeen08-Feb1864
JohnBrophyCatherineBerginHarristown28-Nov1861
ThomasBurkeBridgetWhiteErrill11-Feb1861
WilliamC(?ura)hanMaryBrennanRathdowney30-Jun1861
JohnCahilJaneFinnBarney17-Feb1863
PatrickCampionMaryFogartyGrogan12-Feb1863
JamesCantwellMaryDowlingClonmeen04-Mar1862
ThomasCarrollMaryPhelanCoolkerry11-Feb1861
PeterCassinMargtFitzPatrickR. Downey27-Feb1862
KyranColemanMaryPhelanBaledy31-Jan1861
PeterConnorsMargaretLalorClonmeen08-Feb1864
PattConroyMargtCostiganGragueavalla12-Jun1865
ThomasCorriganSarahWhelanRathd'y27-Feb1865
JohnCostiganBridgetBrienBallagh17-Feb1863
PattCostiganMaryDaveyDerries04-Feb1864
MartinCurranAnneLalorRathdowney08-Oct1865
NicholasDelanyAnnDowlingRathdowney07-Apr1864
DenisDelanyBridgetGuilfoyleKilehan31-May1862
MartinDelanyMaryMooreRathdowney02-Sep1861
MartinDillonMaryKeenanRathdowney27-Oct1863
AndrewDowlingJudithHennessyErrill11-Feb1861
JeremiahDoyleMargaretGuilfoyleTemplequain03-Mar1862
JamesDrennanCathrWhelanCoolkerry27-Jan1862
PatrickEganCatherineMcEvoyCoolkerry07-Feb1861
JamesFarrellJudithCampionHarristown19-Apr1863
WilliamFermoyleKittyLoughmanRaheen08-Feb1864
PatFitzgeraldCathrMooneyRathdowney29-Jun1862
DanlFitzpatrickMaryBreenClonmeen28-Feb1865
JohnFitzpatrickAnneCleareKnockile07-Feb1861
DanielFitzpatrickKateDelahuntyn.g.21-Feb1860
MichlFitzpatrickHonoriaLoughmanBarney09-Nov1863
DanlFitzpatrickBridgtMaherBarney26-May1864
MichlGoldenBridgetDa(?r)eyRathdowney05-Oct1862
JohnGormanEllenBirminghamRathdowney09-Feb1864
KyranGormanAnnDayLisminah04-Mar1862
MichaelHarneyBridgetKavanaghn.g.11-Jun1860
ConHeely??CathrQuinnKilehaw05-May1861
ThomasHoganEllenCudyhyRathdowney08-Jul1864
JamesHoolahanMaryDelanyGraiguavalla08-Aug1863
JohnHoolahanAntySmythGloshue13-Feb1865
ThomasKavanaghKateCahilRathd'y11-May1865
JohnKavanaghSarahKavanaghRathdowney11-Jan1863
Edward??KearneyMaryBrophyHarristown27-Feb1862
MichlKerrAnneQuaidGrogan17-Jan1865
MartinKeyMaryKellyKilemalawn23-Aug1863
JamesKeyesJudithM(?i)ylanBallagh26-Aug1862
RichdLahyMarySmythwick??Rathdowney18-Sep1865
DominickLeahyMaryMackErrill19-Nov1861
WilliamLongMaryFogartyClonmeen28-Feb1865
StephenLoughmanCathrMcKeanHarristown11-Feb1862
JohnMaherCathrCostiganGrogan25-Oct1860
JamesMaherCatherineTynanClonmeen03-Aug1865
JohnMantonCatherineKellyn.g.31-Jan1860
JerMaraMagtMcCleanBallagh13-Nov1862
JohnMcDonaldMaryCampionBallagh03-Jun1863
JimMcGrathCathrMaherCastlefleming07-Sep1862
MichaelMcNamaraMaryMorann.g.16-Feb1860
JamesMeehanMaryFitzPatrickBorahan12-Feb1861
JohnMintonMaryPhealinRathdowney07-Feb1860
JohnMooreH(?oner)GormanGraiguavalla22-Jan1863
ThomasNolanJudithCahilErrill03-May1864
JermhNolanMargaretHowardGloshue23-May1864
JohnPrattBridgtFitzPatrickGloshue08-May1865
JohnRingwoodBridgetCostiganR. Downey03-Mar1862
MartinRyanAnneLoughmanHarristown20-Jun1861
JamesRyanMaryShortalMoonamonra20-Oct1863
PatRyanMargtWhelanLis(?sminah)27-Feb1862
PattSmythCatherineHa?nnonRathdowney11-Jun1864
StephenSpearsAntyLeonardRathd'y29-May1865
WilliamStylesMaryKeenahanRathdowney29-Jul1865
JohnTobinMaryBerginErrill25-Feb1862
JohnTreacyMaryDavinGraiguavalla20-Feb1862
DanTynanBridgetSullivanGrogan03-Mar1862
JamesWhelanBettyAllyRathdowneyJuly1865
JeremiahWhelanMaryDonghanErrill01-Dec1861
WmWhelanMaryMaraR. Downey02-Mar1862
ThomasWhelanBridgtMcgrathCastleflemingJuly1865
ThomasWhyteAnnFlemmingRathdowney16-Nov1863
JamesWhyteRoseWhyteErrill28-Feb1865
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Rathdowney Church of Ireland, Co. Laois (Queen’s Co.)

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St. Andrew’s, Church of Ireland,
Rathdowney,
Co. Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Ireland.

According to Lewis Topographical Dictionary, (1837)”RATHDOWNEY, a post-town and parish, in the barony of UPPER OSSORY, QUEEN’S county, and province of LEINSTER, 15 miles (S. W.) from Maryborough, and 56 ¼ (S. W.) from Dublin, on the road to Templemore; containing 6654 inhabitants, of which number, 1214 are in the town. This town, in 1831, contained 211 houses, which are in general indifferently built and of neglected appearance; the streets are ill paved, and the place has few indications of prosperity. There are an extensive brewery and a boulting-mill.”

I’ve left in the bit about the Brewery as we moved to Rathdowney because of that.  Perry’s Brewery bought by M. J. Lyons & Sons, Ltd., around about 1968.  My father Matty Lyons and my mother Dr. Margaret Lyons moved us lock stock and barrell from Longford to Rathdowney.  My parents are now buried in another graveyard (Bordwell) around the corner from me and it’s actually a very peaceful graveyard and you can see the town of Rathdowney which is appropriate as my mother gave so much of her life to the people of that town.

Also from Lewis “The church, towards the erection of which the late Board of First Fruits granted a loan of £1000, in 1815, is a handsome edifice in the later English style, with a well proportioned spire.” 

These photographs were taken April 2014.

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