Category Archives: Cavan

Civil Parishes County Cavan

The Civil Parishes of Co. Cavan

Civil Parishes of Cavan – I wonder, how many know the names of civil parishes in Cavan? 

Cavan County has, or had 36 civil parishes.  She has 34 Roman Catholic Parishes.  She had 8 Poor Law Unions (these later became Civil Registration Districts).  For Co. Cavan the Church of Ireland Representative Body Library in Dublin has 39 sets of parish .

Civil Parishes of Co. Cavan
1.  Annageliff

2.  Annagh

3.  Bailieborough

4.  Ballintemple

5.  Ballymachugh

6.  Castlerahan

7.  Castleterra

8.  Crosserlough

9. Denn

10. Drumgoon

11. Drumlane

12. Drumlumman

13. Drumreilly

14. Drung

15. Enniskeen

16. Kilbride

17. Kildallen

18. Kildrumsherdan

19. Killashandra

20. Killinagh

21. Killinkere

22. Kilmore

23. Kinawley

24. Knockbride

25. Larah

26. Lavey

27. Loughan or Castlekeeran

28. Lurgan

29. Moybolgue

30. Mullagh

31. Munterconnaught

32. Scrabby

33. Shercock

34. Templeport

35. Tomregan

36. Urney

The ‘civil’ parish and the Roman Catholic parish are NOT the same group of townlands They are separate entities in relation to genealogical research.  Catholics can or could live in one civil parish and be members of a relgious parish with a different name.  Please consult the list of Roman Catholic parishes of Co. Carlow

Please remember some of these parish spellings might not be exactly as they are today.

‘Search Page’ the IrlAtlas Townland Search form. When you go to this page you will find a form into which you place names and then learn more about these places at the time of the 1851 census of Ireland.  You do not have to fill out every column of the form.

The web page to which you are being directed above is hosted by the Leitrim Roscommon Genealogy web site.  The book from which the list of placenames was created was based on the townlands listed in the Irish 1851 census and a man who we all knew as John Broderick a.k.a. Sean Ruad (R.I.P.) was responsible for having the whole book typed up by helpful individuals over a number of years.  This book the ‘General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes & Baronies of Ireland’, which was printed by Alexander Thom & Co. of Dublin, gives you the size of a townland, the barony that the townland was in, the name of the civil parish, and the name of the Poor Law Union. 

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Books About Co. Cavan

Each book is listed separately. The titles may be incomplete, but the full title can be obtained by searching the on-line library catalogues of Irish Universities using key words as presented here. With the full title and information on publisher and author, you may then be able to obtain a copy through inter-library loan.

MacDermot, C. V.. – Dublin : Geological Survey of Ireland, 1996
Geology of Sligo-Leitrim :a geological description of Sligo, Leitrim, and adjoining parts of Cavan, Fermanagh, Mayo and Roscommon, to accompany the bedrock geology 1:100,000 scale map series sheet 7, Sligo-Leitrim / C.V. MacDermot, C.B. Long and S.J. Harney /with contributions by K. Claringbold … (et al.)

Digges, J. G. – Fighting industries and financing emigration in Ireland – 1906 : How the Cavan and Leitrim Railway Extention was killed. These articles appeared in the “Irish Homestead” March 24 – June 9, 1906, and are republished by request.

The Midlands : Dublin : Albertine Kennedy Publishing.
The Midlands :Longford, Cavan, Laois, Westmeath, Roscommon, Monaghan, Offaly /edited by Leo Daly

Drumkilly : from Ardkill Mountain to Kilderry Hill / edited by Tom Sullivan. – [S.l.] : Drumkilly History Committee, 2001.

Dunne, P. J.. – County Cavan in old picture postcards / P.J. Dunne / with historical comment. – [Co. Cavan] : P.J. Dunne, 2000

Clogh Oughter : a medieval island castle in County Cavan / Conleth Manning. – Bray : Archaeology Ireland, 1999 folded sheet. – (Archaeology Ireland heritage guide ; no. 7).

Maguire, Chris, 1916-. – Bawnboy and Templeport : [history, heritage, folklore] / author, Chris Maguire – Bawnboy (Co. Cavan) : the author, 1999.

Ordnance survey memoirs of Ireland / edited by Angélique Day and Patrick McW. – Vol.40 : Counties of South Ulster : Cavan, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Slig. – Belfast : Institute of Irish Studies

McCaughey, Francis J.. – Arvagh : sources for a local history / by Francis J. McCaughey. – Arvagh : Arvagh Area Development Association, 1998.

Archaeological inventory of County Cavan / compiled by Patrick F. O’Donovan. – Dublin : Stationery Office, 1995.

Cavan : essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Raymond Gillesp. – Dublin : Irish Academic Press, 1995.

Ferris, Tom. – The Irish narrow gauge : a pictorial history / Tom Ferris. – From Cork to Cavan. – Leicester : Midland Publishing, 1993.

Portrait of a parish : Mullagh, Co. Cavan. – Mullagh, Co. Cavan : Mullagh Historical Committee, 1988

O’Neill, Kevin, 1949-. – Family and farm in pre-famine Ireland : the parish of Killashandra. – Madison, Wis.; London : University of Wisconsin Press, 1984.

The Kingdom of Glan / compiled by Margaret Fitzpatrick … [et al.]. – (Glangevlin, Co. Cavan) : Glangevlin Guild, 1983.

The heart of Breifne : traditions, ballads, legends and folklore from mid-Ca. – 1980. – Monaghan : Cumann Staire Leathrátha, 1980.

Ó Mórdha, Séamus P.. – Fiachra Mac Brádaigh : poet and scribe of central Cavan / by Séamas P. Ó Mór. – [Bailieborough] : [Cumann Staire Leathrátha], 1980. – (Heart of Breifne ; 1:3).

O’Reilly, J. J, 1898-. – The history of Breifne O’Reilly / by J. J. O’Reilly. – 1st ed. – New York : Vantage Press, 1976.

Flanagan, Patrick Joseph. – The Cavan & Leitrim Railway / by Patrick J. Flanagan. – Newton Abbot : (Devon) David & Charles, 1966

Cullen, Sara. – Books and authors of County Cavan : a bibliography and an essay / by Sara Cu. – [Cavan, Ire.] : Cavan County Council, 1965

Smyth, T. S. (Terence Stanislaus). – Municipal charters of the town of Cavan / by T.S. Smyth. – Dublin : Institute of Public Administration, 1962

. Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Fire at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Main Street, Cavan. – Dublin : Stationery Office, 1943

Smyth, T. S. (Terence Stanislaus). – The civic history of the town of Cavan. – [2d and enl. ed.]. – Dublin : Browne and Nolan, 1938.

Boyd, John. – Monaghan and Cavan Lunatic Asylum : description of the design submitted for. – Belfast : at the “Banner of Ulster” Office, 1863
Monaghan and Cavan Lunatic Asylum : description of the design submitted for the building /by John Boyd

Sketches of the highlands of Cavan and of Shirley Castle, in Farney,taken during the Irish Famine by a looker-on 1856.

Whitty, John Irwine, b. 1822?. – London; Dublin : published at the London and Dublin General Engineering, Geo, 1..
Report on the coal district of the northern part of the County of Dublin, … also, a geological report of the lands of Derreskit, near Killeshandra, County of Cavan
London;Dublin:published at the London and Dublin General Engineering, Geological, Survey and Valuation offices,1854

Maguire, Thomas, d. 1847. -. – Dublin : by R. Coyne, 1833
False weights and measures of the Protestant curate of Cavan examined and exposed /by the Rev. Thomas Maguire

Cavan Association for Promoting the Reformation. – Dublin : by J. Charles, 1827.
Report of the speeches delivered at the late Reformation Meeting held at Cavan, … 26th … January, 1827 /by … the Earl of Farnham, Henry Maxwell

Coote, Sir, Charles, 1765-1857. – Dublin : Graisberry and Campbell, 1802
Statistical survey of the County of Cavan : with observations on the means of improvement drawn up in the year 1801, for the consideration, and under the direction of The Dublin Society

A full and true account of the late brave action perform’d by the Inniskilling-men, at the town of Cavan – London : for E. Brown, 1690

James Callan: Victim of Zeal and Heroism

Born about 1825, son of Thomas (originally from Newry or north Co. Louth area) and Margaret (nee O’Reilly from Knockbride) Callan. He spent some of his youth (apparently with his parents) at the residence of Rev. Peter O’ Reilly, PP Drung, who was his Uncle. He as a younger brother of Rev. John Callan, ordained in Maynooth for Dromore Diocese in June 1838 and spent nearly all his pastoral life in Newark Diocese, New Jersey where he died in June 1879; he was Uncle of Rev. Edward O’Reilly from Corravilla, Knockbride, who died as PP of Upper Drumreilly in 1920; he was also related to Philip Callan MP for Louth in the 1870’s (word of mouth claims them to be brothers) . James callanmatriculated in Maynooth on 26th August 1844 and was ordained there for Kilmore on 25th May 1850. he served as curate possibly in Annagh for some time, definitely from 1851 in Killenagh (Catholic Directory 1852 incorrectly lists him as John). In 1852 – he obtained from Bishop Browne an ‘exeat’ from the Diocese to America. He went to his brother john in Newark and having served in South Amboy to 1854, he was Pastor of St. James, Newark (1854-61), St. John’s Patterson 1863-64). In February 1864 he went to California and began pastoral work in Santa Barbara. He met his death on September 5th 1864.

The steamer on which he was returning to Santa Barbara (from a retreat in san Francisco) caught fire when its boiler exploded. Many were killed outright and many more mortally injured by the scalding steam. Although he was uninjured, Fr. Callan literally ‘walked into the jaws of death’ to administer the sacraments to the dying. “during these ministrations he inhaled the live steam, but despite the agony he endured, he persisted in the work of heroic charity” After all this was over – he succumbed, “a victim of zeal and heroism”.

Emigration and Education Statistics, 1931, Co. Cavan

Extract from Thom’s Directory, 1931.

County Cavan is an inland county in the province of Ulster. It is bounded on the north by counties Fermanagh and Monaghan, on the east by Monaghan and Meath, on the south by Meath, Westmeath and Longford, and west by Longford and Leitrim. A long thin portion extends north west from the main body of the county. The extreme length from the north west of county Cavan near Lough Macnean to the south east near Kingscourt is 57 ½ miles, and its breadth from the south-west near Lough Kinale to the north east near Cootehill is 27 miles.


The name of the county is derived from the town of Cavan and means “”a hollow”” because of the situation of the town. The county was anciently called “”East Brefny”” or “”Brefny O’Reilly””, being the territory of the O’Reilly’s, and the county of Leitrim forming “”West Brefny”” or “”Brefny O’Rourke””. Croghan near Killeshandra, was the place where the O’Rourke’s were inaugurated Prince’s of Brefny. The plain around Ballymagauran, on the Leitrim boundary, was the ancient ‘Moy Slecht’ where the pagan Irish worshipped their chief God, ‘Crom-Cruach.’ The hilly country east and north of Balieborough was the ancient Slieve Gory


The county has or had a portion of the Connaught coal fields which extended into the north west near Lough Allen; coal was also found near King’s Court and Shercock; land near Swanlinbar produced iron ore; and lead and copper ores were found near Cootehill.

The chief mountain summits lie on the north-west side of the county, their height begin given in feet here. Cuilcagh (2,188) has its northern slope in county Fermanagh; to the south is Binbeg (1,774), north west lies Tiltinbane (1,949) on the boundary of Fermanagh, 2 miles west of Cuilcagh; near its base the river Shannon takes its rise. Separated from these by the valley of Glengavlin on it’s south west are Benbrack (1,648), and Slievenakilla (1,793). Four miles south east of Cavan rises Slieve Glah (1,057) and Bruce Hill (851). Three miles east of Balieborough is Carnasans (1,027) with the lakelet Loughanleagh (which was celebrated for it’s medicinal qualities) on it’s eastern slope.

The rivers are the Shannon, which flows from its source for seven miles until it reaches county Leitrim; next it runs 1½ miles on the boundary between Cavan and Leitrim; then enters Leitrim. The Owenmore joins the Shannon two miles below its source; the Owenayle joins the Shannon first before it enters Lough Allen; the Claddagh rises on the south eastern slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountain, enters Fermanagh, being joined at Swanlinbar by the Blackwater. The Woodford River rising in Leitrim in its course to Lough Erne forms the boundary between Fermanagh and Cavan. The Erne rising in Lough Gowna flows through the county to where it enters Upper Lough Erne. The Annalee flows west to Lough Oughter and is joined by Drommore River on the county boundary near Cootehill and later by the Bunnoe stream. The Blackwater rises east of Benbrack Mountain, and flows near the boundary with Leitrim into Garadice Lough. The Inny flowing through Loughs Sheelin and Kinale forms for some distance the boundary with Meath and Westmeath. The Meath Blackwater flows for about 3 miles through Cavan from its source into Lough Ramor; and the Moynalty River flowing from its source near Balieborough forms for 6 miles the boundary between Cavan and Meath.

There are many small lakes in the county, especially in the centre. There is Lough Oughter broken up by promontories, peninsulas and islands; on the southern boundary is Lough Sheelin, more than half of which belongs to Cavan and Lough Kinale of which half belongs to Cavan. Lough Gowna on the south western boundary belongs in part to this county. On the north western extremity are Upper and Lower Loughs Macnean; Upper Lough Erne touches on the north of the county but belongs to Fermanagh; Lough Ramor is near the south eastern border, Loughs Sillan, Tacker and Barnagrow are near Shercock; and Brackley Lough near Bawnboy.


There were 17,817 families in the county according to the 1926 Census for Ireland, the average number in each family being 4.2. The number of ‘inhabited houses’ was 19,038, with an average of 4.3 persons to each house. The Special Inmates of Public institutions are omitted from these figures.

There were in the county 14,230 ‘Occupiers’ or ‘Heads of Families’ who were in occupation of less than five rooms, this was 79.5% of the total for the whole county. Of these 344, or 1.9% occupied one room; 2,375 or 13.4% occupied two rooms; 3,636 or 20.4%, occupied three rooms; and 7,875 or 44.2% were in occupation of four rooms.

There were 169 tenements in the county, in which the room had only one occupant at that time; 139 cases where the room had two, three or four occupants; 30 cases in which there were five, six or seven occupants and five cases where the occupants of one room exceeded 7 in number, including one case where twelve persons occupied the same room.




Total Pop.
1821 38,821 40,131 78,952
1831 40,149 41,839 81,988
1841 42,428 43,800 86,228
1851 33,016 35,062 68,078
1861 28,139 28,998 57,137
1871 25,464 26,186 51,650
1881 23,078 23,490 46,568
1891 20,552 20,384 40,936
1901 19,009 18,739 37,748
1911 18,481 17,771 36,252
1926 17,802 16,702 34,476


In 1911, there were in the county 30,138 people aged 9 years and upwards; of these 26,972 or 89.4% could read and write; 970 or 3.2% could read only; and 2,241 or 7.4% were illiterate. As that census was the first for which the age for consideration had been raised from 5 years to 9 years, no comparison can be made with figures from earlier censuses. But – the percentage of those of five years and upwards who were unable to read and write in 1891 was 15.4%. By 1901 this figure was listed as 11.3% and in 1911 had fallen to 9.8%.

IRISH SPEAKING (1861-1911)

of people
1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911

Irish only
202 58 9 2 0 0

Irish & English
7,425 3,300 6,995 3,408 5,425 2,968

Irish Total
7,627 3,358 7,004 3,401 5,425 2,968
% of
4.9 2.4 5.4 3.0 5.6 3.3

RELIGIONS, 1871-1926(% of population)

1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1926

3,6 3.4 3.4 3.30 3.12 2.66

Church of Ireland
15.1 14.7 14.6 14.47 14.20 12.25

Roman Catholic
80.4 80.90 80.90 81.20 81.46 81.45

0.70 0.80 0.90 1.01 0.86 0.57

0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.36 0.37

EMIGRATION (1861-1911)

1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911
36,502 22,348 19,376 21,679 12,033 9,353

The Great Famine, Co. Cavan

Author: Rev. Terence P. Cunningham D.C.L.

Introduction: Published in Briefne Vol II. No. 8, 1965. Where there is a ?, no first name or title was listed.

Content: Adams ?
Alcock ?
Armstrong Alexander
Atkin ?
Babington J.J.
Bailey Major
Baker ?
Blackwell ?
Barron Mr.
Bates Robert
Beresford M.G.
Beresford Charles Rev.
Berry Th.
Berry Jas.
Berry Alex.
Bowen H.
Boyd Mrs.
Brady John, Mr.
Brady Patrick Rev.
Brady Thomas
Brady J.
Brady John
Brush Abraham
Caffrey P.
Clarkes Terence
Clarkes Thos.
Clemenger Mr.
Cochrane Th.
Collins Patk.
Coyle Matthew
Coyne Dr.
Dalton Mr.
Dixon Jos.
Dogherty John
Donahoe D.
Donahoe Matt.
Donegan Owen
Donegan O.
Donoghue Anthony
Donohoe P.
Donohoe Patk.
Drapes Thomas
Drapes Dr.
Duckworth Captain
Ellis Matthew
Erskine R.
Fife J.
Finlay James, Doctor
Finlay J.
Finlay Jas.
Fitzpatrick Dr.
Fleming Hans
Fleming Rev. Mr.
Foster Mr.
Foy Philip, Fr.
Gaffney Patk.
Galligan A.
Gannon Mr.
Gartland Mr. McEvoy
Godley Mr.
Gormley Mr.
Gray Michael
Grier Blaney
Hart Child
Hartley Thos.
Humphreys William
Kellet ?
Kells James
Kelly John
Kenny M.
Kiernan Francis Fr.
Kilbee H.T. , Mr.
Kilroy A.
Magee Anna
Maguire Hugh
Mayne Richard, Mr.
McAuley Jas. Mr.
McAuley James
McDonald Hugh
McDowel John, Mr.
McEvoy Patrick
McGauran James
McHugh John
McKernan Thomas
McKernan Kitty
Mckernan Anne
McLenahan Jas.
McQuaid Mathew Fr.
McQuaid Eugene, Fr.
Mease ?
Mee Henry
Mitchell Mrs.
Moneypenny W.S
Moore Sam
Moore W.A.
Morton Pierce
Morton J.J.
Mulligan ??
Murphy Thomas
Murray Apt.
Myles W.
Naylor John
Nesbitt Geo.
Nixon G.
Nossir Thos.
O\’Brien James
O\’Farrelly P.
O\’Reilly J.E.
O\’Reilly Patrick Rev.
O\’Reilly Charles Rev.
Rathborne Mr.
Rea Ed.
Reilly John
Reilly Jas. Mr.
Reilly Thos.
Reilly Ber.
Robinson Hercules
Rodgers John
Roe George
Rogers J.
Ross Thomas, Sir
Saunderson Col.
Scott Mr.
Shaw George
Sheridan Peter
Smith James
Smith Terence
Smith John
Smith Wm.
Stafford Ron
Stafford Thos.
Swanzey S.
Tatlow Mr.
Thompson T.H.
Thompson J.
Thompson Thos.
Tottenham Ponsonby
Trimmer Joshua
Veitch Thos.
Vernon J.E.
Wade ?
Wallace Zacchariah
Walsh Muns
Walsh Margaret
Willis Thomas, Dr.
Young Mrs.

Presbyterian (Seceders) Synod, 1833: Congregation Index

Presbyterian (Seceders) Synod, 1833: Name Index

1826 General Election, Name Index, Co. Cavan

This page features names of those involved in the 1826 General Election in Co. Cavan.

Surname & Name

Adams Benjamin, Rev
Adams Samuel, Rev.
Adams Charles James
Adams Richard
Adams Cosby
Adams Samuel, Rev.
Adams john
Armstrong James
Armstrong Mr.
Babington Michael
Bailie James
Barry Maxwell Col.
Barry Alexander
Barry Mrs. Charlotte Lumley
Beggan Pat
Bell Andrew
Bell Robert T., Rev
Bell William
Bell Richard
Benison Mr.
Beresford M.G. Rev.
Beresford George, Lord
Bligh Thomas
Booth R. Bell
Booth Andrew Bell
Booth G.T.
Boyle Maxwell J.
Boyle M.J. Esq.
Brady Peter
Brady Andrew
Brady Family
Brady John D.
Brady Bernard
Brady John
Burrowes Thomas, Major
Burrowes William
Burrowes William Esq
Clarke Ralph Bell
Clarke Edward, Mr.
Clarke Edward
Clements Theophilus Lucas
Clements Henry John
Connolly Owen
Coote Charles
Corr Patrick, Rev. PP
Cottingham Edward
Cottingham Henry, Rev.
Cottingham capt.
Crawford two brothrs
Cummins Mr.
Curran John Philpot
Curran Mr.
Curry Mr.
D’Arcy Thomas , Inspector General
Dawson Ralph
Dease Gerald
Denham Jospeh
Devine Bryan
Devine Robert
Dowell Bernard
Druitt Joseph, Rev
Egan Rev. Mr.
Elliot Joseph
Ensor George
Faris Francis Rev.
Farnham Lord
Fegan Edward
Finlay John
Finlay George
Fitzpatrick Thomas
Fitzpatrick Laurence
Fitzpatrick John
Fitzpatrick James
Fitzsimons John, Rev
Flood Terence
Forde William
Forde Mr.
Fox Francis, Rev
Fox Mr.
Glascock William, Mr.
Gore Sir Ralph Bart
Graham William
Graham William, Esq.
Grattan Henry
Gregory William
Halpin C. Dr.
Hamilton Margaret
Hare Edward, Mr.
Hare Edward
Hassard John
Hassard Francis
Hassard John Esq
Hewitt ???
Hodson Robert A.
Humphreys William
Humphreys William jun
Irwin William
Jones Caroline
Kiernan Patrick
Kiernan James
Knipe G.M.
Knipe George M. Esq
Law William Hugh
Lawless Jack
Little Francis
Litton Mr.
Lloyd Capt.
Lynch Judith
Lynch Edward
Magahern Margaret
Magrath Luke Esq.
Marshall Major
Masterson Michael, Mr.
Matchett Thomas
Maun Laurence, Rev.
Maxwell Henry
Maxwell H.
Maxwell Somerset R.
Maxwell Sarah Juliana, Hon.
Mayne John
McCabe Patrick, Rev. PP
McCabe Patrick, Mr
McCabe Richard
Mccabe Billy
Mccabe Denis
McCabe John
McCann George
McDermott Charles, Esq.
McDonald Hugh
McDonald Letitia
McDonnell Alick
McGovern James
McGrath Luke
McGuire Joseph
McGuire Patrick, Dr.
McManus T.
Mervyn Robert
Montgomery Nathaniel
Montgomery Richard
Moore Samuel
Moore John, Rev
Moorhead Richard
Mullen James
Mullen O.
Murphy Michael
Nesbitt Cosby
Nixon Humphrey S. Mr.
Nixon Humphrey Stewart
Nugent G.T.H.
Nugent Thomas
Nugent Christopher E.J.
Nugent C.E.J.
Nugent Oliver
Nugent John C.
O’Connor Hugh, Mr.
O’Reilly Patrick, Rev
O’Reilly James
O’Reilly Patrick, Rev. PP
O’Reilly Terence, Rev.
O’Reilly Terence
O’Reilly Thomas
O’Reilly William, Mr.
O’Reilly Charles, Esq.
O’Reilly Philip, Rev
O’Reilly Farrell, Dr.
O’Reilly John
O’Reilly Luke
O’Reilly Philip
O’Reilly William
O’Reilly Charles
O’Reilly John, Rev.
Palles Andrew C.
Philips Edward
Plunkett James
Pollock John, Rev
Pollock William
Postens Thomas
Pratt Joseph, Col.
Pratt Joseph
Pratt-Winter Anna Maria, Miss
Rafferty Bernard
Rathbourne William
Rathbourne Sophia
Reilly John
Reilly Thomas
Reilly Charles, Esq.
Reilly P.
Reilly Hugh
Reilly Michael, Mr.
Rourke Hugh
Sargent Robert, Rev.
Saunderson Alexander
Saunderson Francis, Rev
Saunderson Francis
Saunderson James Esq

Roman Catholic Parishes, 1836: Parish Index

This page features a list of over 1,300 record parishes from the Roman Catholic Parishes index of 1836.

Research Help: Irish Parish Records

Catholic Church Parish Records of Tuam, Co. Galway,

LDS film # 0926234,
Baptisms March 3, 1790 – July 2, 1804
Marriages Jan. 26, 1799 ? – March 6, 1832
Baptisms Oct 24, 1811 – Oct 5, 1829
Baptisms Nov 1, 1829 – April 12, 1845 (the baptisms for 1837 and 1838 are a bit mixed up – it looks like the pages may have been loose and gotten filmed out of order for last of 1837 first of 1838)
Handwriting and ink are pretty good with a few exceptions where the ink has faded.
Note from Laurie Baker : 06 January 2000 22:59
Co. Galway Parish Records: (& Co. Cavan – note from Carol Granville)
LDS Film 0989748
Diocese of Elphin – Parish of Roscommon and Kiltivan
Parochial Records 1860-1880

LDS Film 0989756
Diocese of Elphin
Parish of Ahascragh and Killosolon
Parochial Records – 1835-1881


Co. Cavan:

LDS Film 0926175
Diocese of Meath
Kingscourt/Enniskeen RC Church Records 1838-1880

The records are in English, however, in the earlier records the Christain names are in Latin, e.g., Maria Murphy.

The condition of the films was pretty much the same, great in some parts, poorly photographed in others, some pages were totally illegible.

In the records before mandatory civil registration, the handwritten records (taken from the Cavan film) looked like this:

Nov. 4, 1838
CATHERINE John Reily and Bridget Lynch(?) Sp: Jas. Reily and Anne

Nov. 25, 1838
CATHERINE Terence Reilly and Rose Haggerty(?) Sp: John Hag. and Mary Marin

Dec. 18, 1838
JAMES Owen Clarke and Catherine Reilly Sp:Owen O’Reilly and Rose McMahon

After civil registration, there was more information in the baptisms:

32. MARIA CLARKE Born: March 5, 1864
Jocabus Clarke and Margarita Berns (?) (Briens)
Res: Collops Bapt.: March 18, 1864
Sp: Margarita Berns

38. ROSA CARROLL Born: March 23, 1864
Thomas Carroll and Rose Reilly
Res: Collops Bapt.: March 27, 1864, by J. Maglore, Vicario
Sp: Joannes Lannon and Rose Lannon

45. CATHERINE CARROLL Born: April 16, 1864
Patricius Carroll and Anna Finnegan
Res: Corlea Bapt.: April 17, 1864
Sp: Patricius Finnegan and Rosa Early

The name of the priest who performed the baptisms was also included, as were the occasional notations such as when the person later married, legitimacy, etc. As I recall, this held true for the two Galway parish films.

Film # 1279253. Ballybricken &Bohermore Parishes
This film contains a wideassortment of items apparently from a private collection at PRONI, allvery interesting and valuable to anyone searching in Limerick. The
Parish Records Item to which I refer is the 2nd item on the list, and I
feel quite certain would not be found on a regular search for Church
The number of pages in this item on Ballybricken & Bohermore Parishes totals about 175, with each page containing, on the average, about 25 entries, for a total of well over 4000 names not counting the names of sponsors. >From 1802 on the name of the parish is entered with each entry, and later on there are additional comments such as “illegitimate”, “gratis”, or the amount of fee paid is shown. It is completely typewritten and easy to read.
Note from Ann Staines: January 06, 2000 10:16 PM


LDS film 1279227 items 9-11, description says 1830-1916 but it also included
records from 1820’s. In Latin, fairly legible registers of marriages,
deaths, births. Catholic Parish of Moate and Mount Temple covered parts of
the civil parishes of Kilcleagh in Westmeath, Kilmanaghan in Offaly, and
Ballyloughloe inWestmeath. It was formerly known as Kilcleagh and Ballyloughloe.
There are three chapels: St. Patricks in Moate, St. Kierans in Castledaly
and Corpus Christi in Mount Temple. Requires high magnification reader.

Note from Jim Claffee

LDS film 1279227 items 9-11, Kilmanaghan in Offaly
description says 1830-1916 but it also included
records from 1820’s. In Latin, fairly legible registers of marriages,
deaths, births.Catholic Parish of Moate and Mount Temple covered parts of
the civil parishes of Kilcleagh in Westmeath, Kilmanaghan in Offaly, and
Ballyloughloe in
Westmeath. It was formerly known as Kilcleagh and Ballyloughloe.
There are three chapels: St. Patricks in Moate, St. Kierans in Castledaly
and Corpus Christi in Mount Temple. Requires high magnification reader.

Film #926,091 – Registrations of Baptisms – Parish of Birr, King’s Co.

Quite illegible, due to the quality of the writing years: 1874 – 1879.
Most of the surnames were undecipherable, even with a magnifying glass.
Only the names of the child, parents and sponsors were recorded. No
addresses. The records were not organized, just sprawled across the pages.
The language was English.

Film #1279226 Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois
Parish of Cloghan & Banagher (St. Reynagh’s), King’s Co.

This film was much more readable. It contained Baptisms, marriages beginning in 1838 (I think) until at least 1904, and Confirmations right up until sometime in the 1950s.

T births had clearly defined columns forBaptismal date, given name(s), date of birth, parents’ names, sponsors and the priest’s signature. The years 1900 – 1904 were recorded in Latin and easy to read.

Marriages showed bride and groom, names of fathers, sponsors and priest.
Also in Latin, Addresses (at least the name of town) in some of the earlier years.

Note from Valerie

Title: Register transcripts, 1613-1860
Authors: Society of Friends. Mountmellick Monthly Meeting (Leix, Ireland)
Contains births, 1613-1860; marriages, 1650-1860; deaths/burials 1648-1860.
The Mountmellick registers are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd items on the film, but there are no title boards nor item numbers listed, and the registers are generally unlabeled.
Mountmellick Monthly Meeting was located in the civil parish of Ardea, county Leix. The city of Mountmellick was divided into two parishes: Ardea and Rosenallis.
Roman Catholic Parish Records:
Diocese Of Killaloe:
Baptisms: Jan 1st 1810-June 13th 1822,
Baptisms: June 17th 1822- July 31st 1832
Marriages: Feb 10th 1810- Aug 4th 1822
Marriages: April 30th 1823- Aug 4th 1832
National Library of Ireland Film No. Pos. 2479
LDS ref: BFA 0979696, Item 1

Baptisms: Aug 5th 1832- Dec 26th 1863
Baptisms: Jan 1st 1864- Dec 24th 1880
National Library of Ireland Film No. Pos. 2480
LDS ref: BFA 0979696, Item 1
Condition of film:
Number of pages:
Condition of Film:
Number of pages:

Marriages: Aug 14th 1832-Nov 27th 1842
Marriages: Jan 20th 1842- Nov 13th 1880
National Library of Ireland Film No. Pos. 2480

Diocese of Dublin:
Baptisms: Dec 7th 1779 – March 21st 1797
Baptisms: Sept 11th 1803-Aug 21st 1807
Baptisms: Aug 23rd 1807 – Nov 26th 1816
Baptisms Dec 10th 1821 – March 5th 1837
Baptisms: March 17th 1837 – Aug 14th 1853
Baptisms: Aug 21st 1853 – April 7th 1873
Baptisms: April 9th 1873 – Dec 31st 1880
National Library ref. Pos. 6479/80

Baptisms: 1753-1899:
Kildare HGS.

Marriages: Oct 18th 1779 – Nov 27th 1794
Marriages: Feb 21st 1787-June 11th 1796
Marriages: May 15th 1797 – July 19th 1830
Marriages: Apr 22nd 1826 – Dec 1st 1838
Marriages Jan 27th 1839 – Nov 26th 1863
Marriages Jan 25th 1864 – Oct 25th 1880
NLI Pos. 6479/80
KHGS: Marriages 1779-1899

Diocese of Ossory:
Durrow: Pos. 5013 (No mention made of Seitkyran as being a Laois parish in Grenham)
Grenham however, has this listed under Offaly. The names which appear are similar to those found in Laois films, it’s on a film which mostly has Durrow and Rathdowney.
The overall condition of the film is not too bad. Some placenames are legible.
First Parish on film:
St. Kyran (Seiykieran)
Baptisms: April 11th, 1830 – May 3rd 1857
Marriages: July 4th 1830-June 14th 1857.
Note: Baptisms 1830 – Writing not great but legible.

Second part of film:
Baptisms: June 19th 1857 – December 17th 1880
Marriages: July 9th 1857 – November 27th 1880
Note on film:
“This register is now used as a register of first communions and confirmations – these entries will be found after the Baptisms and marriages respectively. It also contains accounts of other events of Parochail importance”

The script in this section is nice and clear, childs name, sponsors , parents residence – Baptisms.
Marriages: – Nice script, faded though. Bride and Groom, sponsors and residencee in some instances. All in English.

Durrow Parish:
Baptisms: Jan 1st 1789 – March 30th 1792
Baptisms: Jan 2nd 1801 – Feb 28th 1805
(Also a modest transcript of those two sections)
Baptisms June 9th 1811 – Jan 27th 1820.

Marriages: July 29th 1811 – March 27th 1820

First page in terrible condition, ink faded, blotched, legible only in spots.
Jan 6th and 9th 1789 were partly legible – the rest of that year was almost faded completely. Other baptisms for that period were filled in from the transcript which was very clear and legible – written c. 1911
Note – very easy to confuse the letters P for B in this register. In places there are names which should be spelled with a B but which I was writing down initially with the P until I realised this and that it was the way the B was written at that time or by the person who kept the record. Flowery.

July 6th to 27th 1790, very difficult to read. I couldn’t manage it properly.

Durrow & Aughmacart:
Baptisms: May 19th 1822 – Feb 18th 1827
Marriages May 23rd 1822 – Sept 18th 1827
No note in Grenham of Aughmacart which is listed as an R.C. parish in Lewis, in Durrow district, but with a church in Cullohill.

Pages are nicely laid out, relatively quick to read through – 10-15 mins as opposed to 25 for other parish records. There are approximately 49 pages of records.

On the Baptismal records the mothers married name is given and not her maiden in many in the first few records at least

Durrow Parish:
Baptisms: May 26th 1832 – Feb 1st 1857
Marriages: July 17th 1832 – May 28th 1860.

No notes made on condition of register. About 20 mins to transcribe a page and there are approximately 264 pages.

March 1857 – 1880
Approximately 105 pages. 15 mins to transcribe one full page.

Marriages: June 9th 1861 – ?Nov 18th 1880.
First page lists groom name & surname where from, bride names and surname where from and witnesses – check!!

Pos. 4202 Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin
Ballydams Parish
Baptisms Feb 9th 1845 – June 14th 1874
Marriages: March 31st 1843 – April 25th 1874
(Modern transcript made in 1940)
Lovely neat script.
Baptisms: Child’s Name, Parents, place of Birth and sponsors names

Approximately 98 pages

Marriages: Hand writing not as neat, harder to read.
Date, parties involved, residence, impediment, sponsors
March 31st 1845 not 1843 as noted on title piece of paper.
Appriximately 39 pages

Ballyadams Parish:
Baptisms Jan 3rd 1820 – Feb 28th 1847
Marriages Jan 12th 1820 – November 24th 1853
Writing ‘squashed’, spidery, notebook small.

Approximately 69 pages.

Ballinakill Parish
Baptisms: April 1877 – Dec 20th 1880
Name, Surname, Parents, Placename, date, Witnesses. Some further notes re marriages etc.
Real register – headed columns. Writing ‘spidery’
Approximately 13 pages

Marriages May 22nd 1877 – nove 3rd 1880
Names, Where they were from date and Witnesses.
2 pages only.

Ballinakill, Ballyroan, Abbeyleix and Knocgordegur parishes
Marriages Nov 3rd 1820 – Nov 25th 1875
Baptisms: Dysert Galen Parish. Sept 29th 1872 – June 11th 1876
Approx 20 pages. Small notebook. ‘Squashed, spidery’ writing, difficult to read.

Ballenakill, Ballyroan, Abbeyleix, & Knocgorderger parishes.
Nov 4th 1820 – Sept 29th 1872
Terrible condition!!
Approx. 356 pages.

Ballynakill Parish
Baptisms Oct 14th 1794 – March 19th 1855
Jan 16th 1820 – May 26th 1820
Marriages Oct 27th 1794 – Feb 7th 1815
Jan 15th 1820 – July 78th 1820
Deaths Oct 30th 1794 – Feb 25th 1815
Unctions Oct 29th 1794 – Feb 28th 1807
The earlier register pages – from 1794 are all mixed up – deaths, unctions, marriages – Pages are small and further subdivided into two columns – marriages may be on one side of pae and then unctions or deaths on facing page. Bad condition – difficult to read, squashed spidery writing!!!

LDS Film # 883818

1. Carlisle, Cumberland England (St. Cuthbert), marriages, 1752-1862
2. Ryde, Hampshire England, marriages, 1719-1837
3. Shalden, Hampshire England, marriages, 1687-1836
4. Stabannan, Louth Ireland, marriages, 1698-1844
5. Drung, Cavan Ireland, marriages, 1751-1827
6. Doneraile, Cork Ireland, marriages, 1741-1880
7. Computer printout of Ecclesfield, Yorks. England
8. Rathkeale, Limerick Ireland, marriages, 1743-1845
9. Templemichael, Longford, Ireland, marriages, 1777-1819
10. Drogheda, Louth Ireland (Saint Peter), marriages, 1747-1772
11. Dundalk, Louth Ireland, marriages, 1750-1803
12. Donaghmore, Tyrone Ireland, marriages, 1741-1825
13. ?? (nothing listed here)
14. Kill St. Nicholas, Waterford Ireland, marriages, 1730-1861
15. Tallow, Waterford Ireland, marriages, 1776-1796
16. Mallow, Cork Ireland, marriages, 1776-1880
17. CastleIsland, Kerry Ireland, marriages, (Roman Catholic Church) 1822-1880
18. Currow, Kerry Ireland, marriages, (Roman Catholic Church), 1803-1880
19. Glen Flesk, Kerry Ireland, marriages, (Roman Catholic Church) 1831-1880
Anita in Philadelphia.

Clogher Diocese (R.C.)
Killeevan (Newbliss)
Baptisms: Jan 29th 1871-Dec 30th 1881

Marriages: Jan 29th 1871-Dec 30th 1881

All in Latin. Script is bad, books are in poor condition before filming.
Ink faded. Very difficult to read!
Bride and Grooms names; where they lived, their fathers names (in most
cases); the date, priests name; witnesses and where the witnesses lived.
P. 5577 National Library Dublin.

Each entry takes two pages, straight line across – about 18 pages of entries in all.

While the baptisms are supposed to have begun in 1871, I thought I saw a date of 1869

Clogher Diocese
Roslea Parish
Baptisms: Jan 6th 1862-Dec 26th 1880

Script is bad in the beginning and only a bit better later, ink is still ok, book was in bad condition before filming. Entries can be hard to read and some even more difficult because of repairs to book.
In Latin

First page:
MacKenna, Catherin, 5th Jan 1862.
Father: Patricius McKenna (or Mateus??)
Mother: Anna Fye
Sponsors: Patricius McKenna & Catherine McKenna
Jacob D????: Priest

Clearkin, Patricius, 6th Jan 1862
Father: Thomas Clearkin
Mother: Anna Murray
From: ?Grah????
Sponsors: Eugenius Clearkin, Rosa Mac ??Martin
Thomas Murphy: Priest

Eugenius Smyth, 7th Jan 1862
Father: ?Edward Smyth
Mother : Marguerite Smyth
From: Coordulage
Sponsors: Maria Smyth (one only)
Thomas Murphy: priest

?Quin, Teresa, 8th Jan 1862
Father: Hugo ?Quin
Mother: Catherine D????egan (might be Donegan)
From: ?? Mullinahinch
Sponsor: Anna Mac Coy
Thomas Murphy Priest

Jacobus King, 8th Jan 1862
Father: Jacobus King
Mother: Helena ?McEnany
Sponsors: Johannus McKenna
Maria Anna King

Bridgitta King, 9th Jan 1862
Father: Patricius Rooney
Bridgitta Biggan
From: Derry??ann
Sponsors: Michael Rooney
Maria Boyle

Patricius Murray, 12th Jan 1862
Father: Patricius Murray
Mother: Rosa McAloon
From: Gragharevin
Sponsors: Michael Murray
Bridgitta Murray

Anna McCaffrey, 16th Jan 1862
Father: Michael McCaffry
Mother: Anna Boyle
From: Annagolgra
Sponsors: Patricius McCaffry
Catherine ?Swift

Sara Anna Benson, 20th Jan 1862
Father: Gulielanus Benson
Mother: Marguerite ?Connolly
Sponsors: Jacobus McKenna
Maria ?Connolly

Rosa Quigly, 22nd Jan 1862
Father: Hugo Quigly
Mother: Maria Anna Martin
From: Derryh??
Sponsors: Patricius Carolan
Maria Carolan

Patricius Mullarky, Jan 21st 1862 (may be Killarky)
Father: Patricius Mullarky
Mother: Helena McGuinness
From: ?Bantoher
Sponsors: Johannes Martin
Elizabetha Mullarky

Patricius Short
Father: Giovanius Short
Mother: Elizabeth Smyth
From: D?????????
Sponsors: Johannus Smyth
Anna Smyth

Alicia McCormick, 28th Jan 1862
Father: Johannus McCormick
Mother: ?Elizabetha Brown
From: Derry???den
Sponsors: Jacobus Brennan
Helena Brennan

Edwardos Maguire, 31st Jan 1862
Father: Michael Maguire
Mother: Catherine ????
Sponsor: Bernardus ?Handy

Jacobus Doran, Jan 28th 1862
Father: Jacobus Doran
Mother: Elizabetha McMahon
Sponsor: Maria Smyth

Patricius Creighan, Feb 6th 1862
Father: Patricius Creighan
Mother: Helena Maguire
From: A??lee
Sponsors: Bernardus ?McElguin
Catherine ????

There are approximately 2000 entries in this register and the reading does not get easier!! Entries straight lines across on two pages. The above is an example of how many entries are found on any two pages.

Names found: (other names from the first pages on. Overall there is no really noticeable difference in the surnames from the early entries to the later ones – the name McAloon is spelled as McAloon in the early entries and seems to be McLoon in the later ones

Fole or Tole
Howley or Hewey
McClane or McClare