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Situated in the sunny southeast of Ireland, Co. Carlow's greatest claim to fame is its collection of dolmens, or megalithic portal tombs covered by capstones. In fact, the capstone of Brownshill Dolmen, located a few kilometres outside of Carlow Town, is meant to be the heaviest of its kind in Europe, weighing in at a massive 100 metric tonnes.

Brownshill Dolmen, co. Carlow

The county's unusual, point-ended shape is due largely to the fact that it is hemmed in on the east side by mountain ranges, namely the Wicklow Mountains in the northeast and the Blackstairs Mountains in the southeast. The Carlow Autumn Walking Festival, which is held in October, is a good option for hikers to test their legs in Carlow's scenic countryside, with a number of graded walks based on skill level that are led by local guides.

Borris, Co. Carlow

Co. Carlow is generally a pretty quiet place, keeping to its attractive villages and green countryside. The River Barrow flows right through Carlow Town, the county town, and provides locals and visitors with one of the most beautiful waterways in Ireland, including ample chances for boating, rowing and angling, including salmon fishing. Gardens also abound around Carlow, which hosts several garden events each year, including the Carlow Garden Festival in August. Meanwhile, the Carlow Garden Trail leads to the many gardens and parks around the county.

Fenniscourt Lock, River Barrow, Co. Carlow

Altamont Gardens, Co. Carlow

Co. Carlow has produced almost no famous people throughout history, owing to the fact that Carlow people have such easy-going and gentle lifestyles. One exception is the film actress Saoirse Ronan, who was born in New York City but was raised and still resides in Co. Carlow.

Bagenalstown is a village in the west of Co. Carlow built by an English lord in the 1700s, who wanted to create a version of the French Versailles in Ireland. The courthouse, the plans for which were mistakenly sent to Carlow instead of Cork, is modelled after the Parthenon in Athens.

Courthouse, Co. Carlow

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Cherilyn Carroll

Hello Gail Ryan, you wrote this to a Jenny Miller (no dates). "My great-grandfather Patrick Ryan and great-grandmother Bridget Treacy came from Borrisoleigh, and also emigrated to Queensland in ~1880. They got off the boat in Townsville, and spent their lives in Charters Towers. Perhaps we are related - Borrisoleigh is not a huge town!! My name is Cherilyn, my maiden name Cherilyn Ryan. My great-grandfather (Michael Ryan) was the twin brother of Patrick Ryan, your g-grandfather. My g-grandfather's name was Thomas Ryan and he married Anne Russell in June 1899 (or it may be 1880 - hard to tell), in Borrisoleigh, Tipperary. The town seems to be spelt differently sometimes - Borrisleigh. Sometime after that date in 1899/ 1880, the twin brothers, Thomas and Patrick, came to Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. I know my grandfather's side of the family, i.e. his parents Thomas and Anne Ryan, lived on a cattle property/ station at Calcium/ Reid River/ Toonpan/ Woodstock area - all tiny little places, more like localities really. My grandfather, and in turn my father were both born at Calcium. Woodstock is the largest village and does have a tiny school, but not even a pub! Those areas are not too far south of Townsville (now a city of 150,000 or so). Some of the Ryan's still live on that original property - there are four houses of Ryan's still remaining there. Personally, I don't know them. On my grandfather's (Michael Ryan's) birth certificate, his father Thomas Ryan's occupation is listed as lime-burner. I can't find anything that may relate to Thomas and Patrick's parents or siblings though, those who remained in Ireland, or Thomas and Patrick's dates of birth. I also can't find the date they emigrated to Australia. I was wondering if you had any information on them at all? Perhaps a photo of Thomas and Patrick together, I wonder if they were identical twins. Your g-grandparents, as far as I can tell, lived in and around Townsville all their lives, Charters Towers is quite a bit further away, well in those days of horse and cart anyway - 137km away. Gold was found in Charters Towers at one stage and perhaps they went off to the gold fields for a time. On your side of the family - I have a small "The Ryans - Family History" booklet regarding the offspring of Patrick and Bridget, formerly Tracy (spelt that way in the booklet). They had 9 children, and this particular booklet, it says, was "compiled for the Ryan Family Reunion, 27th September 1997". One of my father's aunts must have given it to me, and some of them must have kept in contact with their cousins - your side of the family. This booklet then goes on to name and give commentary on Patrick and Bridget's third born (May 1885 in Townsville), their son Thomas Patrick Ryan, who married an Alice Isabell MacDonald. It appears they had 12 children!! Your g-grandfather Patrick's occupation was listed as labourer when his son Thomas Patrick was born, according to the booklet. There are two photos in the booklet of your g-grandfather Patrick Ryan and his wife Bridget Ryan, no date on the photo though. There is also another photo of your grandfather (4 generations it says), dated 1939. Anyway, I was wondering if you could help me with any more history of on g-grandfather Thomas Ryan and his twin brother Patrick Ryan. As an aside, lime was found on that property at Calcium, also a large cattle station, and it was called the Ryan Lime Company. To this day, lime is still quarried there, but no longer owned by the Ryan's. The quarrying operation was sold decades ago and my grandfather and grandmother (Michael and Eileen Ryan) moved to Brisbane in the 1940's and built a number of shops and a small supermarket (there were no large ones back in the day) in an inner suburb of Brisbane (Queensland's capital). I have also travelled to Ireland in 1979 (and again in 2019, 40 years later). My boyfriend and I, now husband, went to see my grandfather's cousin in 1979, we were with an Irish mate in Nenagh, Tipperary (my boyfriend worked with him in London), whose mother knew my grandfather's cousin - a small world. They had a lovely home on a farm, a quite large double story house - sadly, I can't remember their names, but they lived quite close to Nenagh, where our mate came from. Anyway, this thread doesn't seem to have any dates or years on it, so hopefully I'm not writing this and it goes off into the never, never! Cheers.
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Ryan

Patrick Ryan married to Liza McAnnally 1860
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Debi Jones

My x 3 great grandfather was James Michael Ryan, born in Galway, Ireland abt 1819 (unsure of whether his birthplace is correct). He must have immigrated to Australia at some stage if he was born in Ireland (perhaps with parents). His father was Michael Ryan born abt 1797 in Ireland. His mother is believed to be Honora Shaulsy / Shanley / Brien (in some connected records) birthdate unknown. He married Sarah Ann Kennedy in Australia and then moved to Timaru New Zealand where he drowned in Saltwater Creek in 1867. I am unable to go back any further and would love to make some family connections and get more information about our ancestors, please contact Debi - debij.18@gmail.com
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Janine Woolnough

Hi, My paternal grandma was a Ryan, Margaret Ann Kathleen Ryan born in Collingwood, Victoria Australia in 1898. Her father my Great grandfather was James Michael Ryan born in Collingwood, Victoria Australia in 1858. His father my GG grandfather was Michael William Ryan born in Ireland in 1828, Tipperary. He was baptised in Drom and Inch, Diocese Cashel and Emly. I have a Gedmatch number if you would like it please contact me.
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Deborah F Clark

My 2x Great-grandfather. James A. Ryan was born in Thornback, Kilkenny, Ireland 9 Sep 1832 and died in Piatt Co., IL, USA 29 Dec 1900. He had a sister, Agnes, who died a spinster in Troyswood, Kilkenny, Ireland 05 Oct 1907. I am trying to find if he had other siblings. I believe his parents to have been William and Bridget Kirwick Ryan who both died in Ireland, but I am not positive where.
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Gail Ryan

Jenny Miller - my great-grandfather Patrick Ryan and great-grandmother Bridget Treacy came from Borrisoleigh, and also emigrated to Queensland in ~1880. They got off the boat in Townsville, and spent their lives in Charters Towers. Perhaps we are related - Borrisoleigh is not a huge town!!
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Ryan

You'll find a lot of famous Ryans here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_(surname)
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April Ryan

I'm a Ryan Daniel Joseph Ryan was my papa Daniel Joseph Ryan Jr I am all alone my family wanted blood money long story anyone my Nana Carney don't even know her name my gram was Lillian carney
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Ryan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Ryan William Henry Ryan 1860-1939 (son of my family's original emigrants Patrick Ryan, Tipperary and Margaret Brennan, unconfirmed) making William H. a first generation immigrant who served as a US Congressman for two terms 1901-1908, coinciding with the years during which Theodore Roosevelt was President of the US. He personally hosted the Native American Chief Geronimo during his visit to the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. [WHR is my father's great uncle and namesake and my father is one of the last living link to have known him. We have not been able to confirm the townlands of Patrick and Margaret. It has been a very stubborn brick wall. Any assistance/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! MRF]
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Don Ryan

My great grandfather Michael Ryan Raymond, was married to two Margaret Ryans (Moneen and Sean Eamon), with a total of seventeen children, the offspring of which includes large conclaves in Australia and USA. His grand father was also Michael Ryan (1764) married to Johanna Kilfoyle. They hailed from Foilnacanna in Upperchurch, but my g. grandfather moved to Glenough, and we still have a strong presence on the old ancestral lands. You can view the school attended by our family since it was established in 1856 by visiting Glenough Schoolhouse on Facebook. Regards, Don Ryan .
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Ryan

Patrick Ryan born 1811 Tipperary Married Margaret Boyle born 1817 Cashel area Ballypatrick
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Jenny Miller

My GGGrandfather Michael Ryan born in Upperchurch Married Mary Quinlan in Borrisoleigh parish church 13 th July 1856. Immigrated on “Windsor Castle” 23rd April from Plymouth to Rockhampton Australia with children. Patrick, Bernard,John, Michael, and Mary. Oldest Daughter Eliza remained in Nenagh married Thomas Lynch. Ryan family settled in Springsure in Central Queensland. Michael Sr died 10th July 1908 aged 84yrs.
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Ryan

Michael Patrick Ryan (my 3x great uncle) emigrated to Canada from Pallis, Donohill Tipperary with his father and siblings. He was my paternal grandmother Mary Susan Ryan's great uncle. Elected MP of Canada's first parliament. more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Patrick_Ryan
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Denise Le Noel

My 3rd great grandfather was Denis Ryan born 1825 in Tipperary. Emigrated to Australia with his mother Margaret D'Arcy in 1856, married Martha Manson in Victoria Australia in 1861 and he and his family emigrated to New Zealand. His father was either Patrick Ryan or Michael Ryan - this differs on two different certificates. My Ancestry tree is https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/tree/158399137/family/familyview and happy to provide a Gedmatch number if you would like to contact me. Regards. Denise
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Ryan

Great grandfather John Ryan from Limerick immigrated about 1850 to Essex County, Ontario Canada. Adopted by Langlois family. No other documentation or information available. Any help much appreciated. Bonnie Ryan Beaudry
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O'Malley

Our Ryan's come from Bottomstown, Murroe, Limerick. That is about all I know except my grandfather said the Ryan girls were known to be great beauties and his grandmother was Mary Ann Ryan O'Maley. If anyone can elaborate on the family, please let me know. Thank you and God Bless you.
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Ryan

Am an only child with little facts re my great grandparents. Patrick Ryan was killed in a railroad accident in Youngstown, Ohio in 1892. He left his wife, Ellen Muldowney from Kilkenny, per her obituary, and 3 almost adult grown children. John Patrick is my Great Grandfather and then Edward M and Mary. John P died in 1919, leaving my Grandma, Anna McVey, with 3 children under 6. John, William Grant and Mary. Dad is William (1912-1991). Any help would be appreciated. Some day, I hope to see photos. Rosemary
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Ryan name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Ryan story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup O2] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Ryan surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Ryan story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Ryan story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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ryan808

My great grandfather Matthew Ryan was married to Hattie Hookano in Hawaii sometime in the early 1900s. Our ancestry family tree can be found here trees.ancestry.comtree16268950familyfamilyview if you are related to me or know anything more about my family tree please feel free to contact me through ancestry.com.
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Doyle

Edward Francis Doyle February 27, 1822 in Tullow, Carlow, Ireland October 13, 1877 St Louis, Missouri
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emma doyle

hi im emma and i was born in illinois, and i'd like to know more about my last name! my grandfathers from wicklow but i dont remember where my grandmother is from.
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Elisabeth-Caroline Cumin

Bravo!
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Nouse4aname

I was born in Co. Wexford, Ireland. I grew up in a village surrounded by relatives before leaving Ireland to come to the USA. I have since married and settled down in VA. My grandfather was married to a Duggan, I believe they were both born on the Fort, which was washed away in a storm c.1920s.
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spdoyle

My family is not from Indiana but Kentucky. My ancestors lived in what is now Mammoth Cave National Park. I dont know why this sight locates my tribe in Indiana. Some of our people have traced our roots back to County Carlow, Ireland.
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ellenruby

Tell us about your Doyle clan Edoyle2005
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Edoyle2005

Anyone out there?
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BRENNAN

Michael Brennon…Roscommon - 1768. Married to Mary (Marion) Campbell.
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Rosie Brennan

Hello all. My father was a John Brennan b1907 in Dunmore, Co Kilkenny. I have been doing my family tree on and off for many years, always hitting brick walls due to the amount of Brennans in that area. My great uncle Martin is a mystery. He’s in the 1901/1911 census but after 1911 no trace of him at all. He was born 18/11/1879 - address given as Mothil parish of Muckalee, Co Kilkenny... Any connections out there... if so I would love to hear from you.
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Maureen (Brennan) Mross

looking for info on James and Ann Brennan. Born 1830's? May have been son Thomas, his son Thomas, my dad Richard, and me, Maureen. Ancestry says Lienster or Roscommon as ancestral places. Would appreciate any info! Thanks!
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Anne Brennan

Any Brennan with a relative from Waterford, Ireland, living there in the early - mid 1900s?
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Anne Brennan

My name is Ann Brennan my father was Harry brennan from maghera his father was Edward that's all I know any help would be grateful.
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Liam1000

Hello everyone, I and my two brothers live in Plymouth in Devon England and our parents are both deceased, when they were alive my grandparants were farmenrs and lived in the Hoath area in what is now Northern Dublin, we are all over 60, there are lots of relatives scattered around Dublin. My mothers name was Elizabeth Byrne and we have contact with some of her brothers and sisters.
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richard brennan

From whence came Sad beneath the shield?
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Nolan

Great Grandfather - Abraham Nolan Grandfather Herman - Joseph Nolan Father - Floyd Nolan Self - Joyce Nolan
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Nolan

James Nowlin 1765-1810 VA, NC; David Nowlin 1785-1830 NC, TN; James D Nowliin 1810-1844 NC, TN; Robert A Nolan 1841-1902 TN, FL; Edward A Nolan 1874-1948 TN, FL; Charles E Nolan Sr 1902-1975 IN, FL, TX; William K Nolan 1936- TX. Probably came from the James Nowlin line that came to US in 1700 from Ireland.
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Jan Pitts

My father's mother's last name was Nolan. Her name was Beulah Emaline Nolan and a lot of her near relatives lived in Alabama and Georgia in the United States. I have Irish lines in both my parents family tree.
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Colette

Nolan family aughrim. co Wicklow
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johnfheaden

my headen dna is M222----descending from the founders of Rath Aidhne now Ratheaden monastic site in co Carlow -----Rath Aidhne is from Eoghan Aidhne ??-------The Co Carlow OHeadens see Seamus Penders survey from 1659 ------now Hayden Heydon Headon Hedin or 12 other spellings were an ecclesastical family
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Fortune

Ellen Fortune who married a Michael Pyne and lived in Arklow county Wicklow Ireland. She was my grandma and had given birth to my dad, Jeremiah in 1906. She died around 1922 ish. She was born around 1880 ish. She is buried in an unmarked grave in the old part of Glasnevin Cemertry Dublin.
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Paul Kavanagh

I am Paul Kavanagh from Liverpool uk I’ve been trying to track My grandads relative. He passed in the 90s I only no he had Two brothers Eddie and Ronnie I’ve never met them my dad never speaks about his dad My grandad is Fredrick Kavanagh I don’t have any pictures And information on him but would be great if can trace them
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thomas kavanaugh

William kavanagh born about 1860 came to America in 1887 probably from Mayo or Donegal.
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Lori Walker

Sir Moroch lord van ballyleigh Kavanaugh is my 7th great grandfather how cool is that.
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Kavanagh

I never knew anyone famous but now I do. My Grandmother is a direct descendant of Donnchadh Mac-Art Mac-Murrough Kavanagh Koning Van Leinster Lord Van Garyhill. I had heard there was royalty but until I started doing research on the Cavanagh . This is totally awesome and my family and generations to come will be in aw of their history.
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Kavanagh

My Name Is Joshua Ryan Assanowicz I Am 26 Year Old Almost 27 By November 18 2020 And I Am Descendant Of Caomhanach Clan In Ireland ???????? And My Unlce Ernie Cavanah Have Are Kavanagh Coat Of Arms Tattoo On He Arms And My Unlce Ernie Cavanah Stay At Are Ancestors Kavanagh Castle In Ireland
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Kavanagh

My last name is Kavanagh, I live in Quebec and I speak French. My ancestor would have come to Montreal around 1760 and apparently came from Dublin Ireland. His name was James Cavanagh but as we spoke French he was called Jacques. The family name has been written in several ways: Cabanis, Cabanac, Cavanagh or Kavanagh. He would be the son of John Kavanagh and Mary Ann Cluny. He married on February 4, 1760 in St-Laurent (Montreal suburb) with Marie Catherine Gauthier who spoke only French. Our family has almost always lived around Montreal and on the north shore. I would like to know if anyone has any information about this James Cavanagh born around 1742 in Dublin and when and why he immigrated to Montreal.
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Paul Kavanagh

My Dad Edward Kavanagh of Dublin, I never met my grandad ( my dads dad) have you any information please?
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Elliot O Caomhanach

Funny you say it doesn't take an O fada. I have always put the O fada in because a teacher in my Irish primary school called me that. So that was it. I took that name O Caomhanach. Sounds so weird now without the O.
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Mike KINSELLA

Rose was one of many that settled in the area around Corning, Steuben, NY in the mid 1880's. She was a sister to Garrett & Elizabeth Kinsella. Some family ended up in Rochester, NY and others to Chicago area of Iii' Thanks
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Kinsella

Patrick Kinsella, footballer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Kinsella
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KINSELLA

Rosa "Rose" Kinsella was my grgrgranny.
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Sarah Boughton

My mother's maiden name was Kinsella, and she grew up in Dublin until she was moved to Bedford as a little girl. She spoke Gaellic fluently, as well as English, and the education board who visited her new school made her stand on a chair and demonstrate her strange and unfamiliar bilingualism to the assembled class. Unfortunately, her fellow - pupils resented this attention, and my mum was also seen as a traitor, due to Ireland's neutrality in the second world War. So she quickly discarded her Irish language and accent, although she still has lovely Irish mannerisms. My mum and her 9 siblings did well academically and went to grammar school and then many travelled the world. I have always loved the very pretty sounding name of my Irish family and thought it would be very interesting to discover more.
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Kinsella

Researching a Female Kinsella who married Richard Hassard Fermanagh or Cavan about 1820 -1850;
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Kinsella

garrett kinsella
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Sean William kinsella

My name is Sean kinsella my great grandfather William Walter kinsella landed in Boston around 1890 or 1891 if this is familiar to anyone and we are related I would like to find the rest of the family here in America.
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Michele Foster

Hi everyone - My grandfather was Thomas Patrick Kinsella from Cook Country IL. His father, Thomas Kinsella came to the US on 12/27/1882 on the ship Wyoming. His date of birth is 3/1/1862. And his father is Patrick Kinsella. Looking for relatives..... Michele
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Kinsella

My grandmother, Theresa A Kinsella, was married and with child when she came to America. She was married to Dennis Carrigan and we were told he died and is buried in Ireland. His family is located in Philadelphia PA. My family was kep in the dark about this until recently.
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Dean

I am the descendant of Martin Kinsella (convict) transported to Australia in 1924 on the Annie Amelia. Wife Ellen and daughter Catherine followed in 1933 on Caroline. Son Thomas was not mentioned and had been born in Wexford Ireland. Trying to find out what happened to Thomas. Jenny Hayes
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BOLGER

Hi, I just found this group and thought I'd join in the hope that I might further my family tree research and/or meet someone I may be related to. I was born a Bolger and am seeking any info on the Bolgers of Wexford. My great grandfather was Thomas Bolger (1862) possibly a sea captain, married Mary Murphy (1862). They had 7 children, John (1888), Dennis, my grandfather (1889), Joseph (1891), James (1892), Eliza (1894), Agnes (1898) and William (1899). I believe they may have lived on Michael street in Wexford around 1900. Dennis married Elizabeth Naomi Hall, Cambridgeshire, England and emigrated to Australia in the early 1920s, living mainly in the Port Adelaide area, with some years spent in Sydney, NSW. I'm keen to trace the Bolgers back further and am hoping someone on here may have a connection, so any info at all would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Connor Bonin

Hi my name is Connor Bonin, I live in Canada. my grandma came from a church in Dublin, who married a German man and created my father who made me. Her name was Catherine Gahan and her mother was unwed so she was sent to a magdelene asylum where Catherine was put up for adoption she was never adopted but she had a chance to go to the USA so she went, she lived on Pennsylvania for a while that came to Toronto Ontario Canada where she met my granddad
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Gahan

Patrick Gahan was born about 1825. He was tried in Dublin for theft of blankets and a sack and sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived in Australia in 1840, was granted a Ticket of Leave in 1845. In 1853 he married a young widow with one son. They had nine children.The name changed over the years to Gann.
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Kelly

Hi my name is Kelly Gahan I live in a place called rochfortbridge westmeath I'm 24 years old My family is well known in tyrrellspass westmeath My grand father my mother's father was born in tyrrellspass and moved to rochfortbridge with his wife My grandparents have both since passed away and I would love to know a little more about my surname and where it came from and to see if I'm related to many people. Thor, tyrrellspass & rochfortbridge are all places Ive been told about.. But please I'd love to know if we are related please let me know
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Maile

Annah Maile - Great Grandmother to my husband. We understand she originated from south of Israel or family moved there, then to South Africa
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Stephen Treacy

...this another Irish paradise for walkers and fishermen. Excellent kayaking too.
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