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Co. Kildare really doesn't get its due. Often overlooked because of its proximity to big brother, Dublin, bordering just to the east, Kildare is a haven of outdoor delights, especially horseback riding and fishing. There are also plenty of walking trails in Kildare, for the county is largely rural and mostly flat.

Horseriding in Athy, Co. Kildare

Most people associate Co. Kildare with horses, because it is home to three major Irish equestrian institutions: the Irish National Stud and the Punchestown (hunting) and Curragh (flat racing) Racecourses. But beyond this, few people take the time to really get to know Kildare’s quiet waterways and less trodden trails.

Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, Co. Kildare

Compared with other Irish counties, Kildare has had a pretty quiet, albeit influential history. Shired in the 1200s, the county was home to the FitzGerald family, which became the Earls of Kildare in 1316 after the county was incorporated into the Pale under English control.

Athy, Co. Kildare

St Brigid's Cathedral, Kildare Town Park, Co. Kildare

Thanks to its proximity to Dublin, Kildare is one of Ireland's most affluent counties, especially as commuting to the city has become common and many multinational corporations, like Intel and Hewlett Packard, have opened in here.

Castletown House, Co. Kildare

Kildare has also quietly been contributing numerous artists to the Irish music scene for years. Among them, crooner Damien Rice and folk singer Christy Moore, as well as drummer Graham Hopkins of The Frames and The Swell Season, while Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood owns a house near Clane. Another famous Kildare son, albeit not a musician, is polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton who was born in Kilkee, County Kildare on February 15, 1874. In 1884 his family moved to Sydenham in London.

Lullymore Peatland Heritage Railway, Co. Kildare

Kildare Town Heritage Centre offers a quaint view of life in medieval Kildare, while the South Kildare Heritage Trail traipses through the county’s rather upper-class history as part of the English Pale, including Kilkea Castle – built in 1180 and home to the Earl of Kildare – remains of a Franciscan abbey at Castledermot and, oddly enough, a 17th century Quaker settlement in Baltimore.

Sallins Grand Canal barge, Co. Kildare

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Dunn

Lawrence Harvey Dunn 02/02/1956-05/24/2012
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Rachel D Ruth

Looking for John Dunn (Sr.) born around 1808 in Ireland, married Ellen Coughlin (sp?)., then emigrated to US 1830's
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Jonathan Pope

My great grandmother Ellen Dunn was born in 1850 in Waterford County. She emigrated to New York in 1861. Is Dunn a common name in Waterford County. Is there anything I can do track her.... I'd like to know her family's story as it is part of my own. THere are ships records which could be her, and none of them show a parent accompanying an Ellen Dunn..... perhaps she came only with a sister Mary, or alone. I'm clueless about where to look next.... I'd appreciate any suggestions.
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Kerry Forbord

Horace Alan and Russel Dunn born in Philadelphia. parents believed to be from Kerry. Any leads to their parents?
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dunno1983

Hey to all dunns
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william smith

hope grandson of george dunn born 1866 england
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Randal Bowlen Jr

I’m trying to find my ancestral lineage. I don’t have any contact with my father’s family. I hope someone can help me out.
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marie luby

bolands of deerpark ballycumber offaly
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Bracken

My great uncle Bud Bracken in East Texas Big Thicket held the bear killing record.
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Jo-Anne Riolfo

Looking for info on James Bracken from County Fermanagh, Ireland. He married Margaret Bourke on 7 July 1866 in Clonbey, Tipperary, Ireland. He died on 27 July 1886 in Gortnakilly, Cork, Ireland at the age of 48
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BRACKEN

John Bracken
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Bracken

My ancestor was James Bracken who married Isabella Lunney and came to Australia in 1855. James cam from Drungague. I would very much like to find out about his ancestors. I know there is a possibility his relatives were also James; John; Cornelius; Farrell and Waldron but I can not find any verification for these relatives. They were also from Fermanagh. Can you help ? Thank you Christine Tuck
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Bracken

Hi Do you have any records of Brackens in the British Army in Ceylon - ideally in Kandy - around 1815-1830 - who might have had a child baptised there called Elizabeth Bracken who married a William Smith and had a daughter Sophia Emelia Brecken Smith and married Sybren Mathew Perera please? Probably the 83rd regiment (some variants of Bracken name and at least one of the soldiers - James Brackenbury - had a 'native woman' and they had children baptised in Kandy while he was serving there. One of the children was an Elizabeth but she died young. You can see the other names in the list at http://www.ceylondatabase.net/military.html Elizabeth Bracken in my family married William Smith and they had Sophia Emelia Brecken Smith who married Sybren Matthew Perera - they were parents of my great-great-grandmother. My great-grandfather through that line, Theodore Ambrose, married Clara Florence Taylor, who was also from a line with some Irish heritage, probably through 83rd regiment. The two families were close, acting as baptismal sponsors for each other from when my great-grandparents and their siblings were babies. People who knew my great-grandmother tell me she and the family were very proud of their Irish heritage. They were among the social elite of Kandy in their day and had good and prosperous lives but we know little of their Irish past, probably because the army moved on.
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Bracken

Peadar Bracken Easter rising .. great uncle
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Bracken

Andrew Bracken born 10 March 1822 Waterton, Westmeath Died 1910 Illinois married Mary McNamara born 17 March 1836 Dublin Died 1880 Illinois marraige 12 Feb 1850 Rochfortbridge, Meath
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Deborah Hennessy ni Gray

Looking for anyone who recognises Dora Sara Bracken originally from Carlow moved to Dublin and married Michael Nolan these are my grahdparents. My mum was Dora Teresa Nolan who married William Peter Gray from Meath my Dad. Mum was from Dublin dad Meath . They settled in Manchester I am one of four kids been youngest. Two sisters Breda Susan and one brother Liam.
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Bracken

Dora Sara Bracken borne around 1891 died around 1951
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KIm Jardine-Dickerson

Looking for Andrew Bracken (1822-1910, from Westmeath) married to Mary McNamara 1836-1880 from Dublin. They were married in Ireland 1850 came to US in 1852. Settled in Illinois.
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Bracken

My question relates to the surname Brancken, and your thoughts if this variant (my birth surname) is maybe a derivative of the Bracken surname? Our family has been wondering about this for years and would love to try and find our origin!
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Jo-Anne Chaves

Looking for info on Andrew Bracken of Watertown, co Westmeath Born 1820. He is my Great Grandfather. He married Mary Cochran. His father was Thomas Bracken married to Ann Hughes
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Jo-Anne Chaves

Looking for info on Andrew Bracken of Watertown, co Westmeath Born 1820. He is my Great Grandfather. He married Mary Cochran. His father was Thomas Bracken married to Ann Hughes
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Ruth

Toole family from Co. Wicklow in mid 1800s.
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Avryll Sixtus

Hi, I am trying to work out my Colgan forebears. My first Colgan record is Hugh Kelly who married Mary Colgan in Kilkeel (c) 1825, children were Patrick, MARY ANN and Catherine. Mary Ann married Michael Sloane in Carlisle in 1868, she gives her father as Hugh, Michael's father is Arthur, both labourers. There seem to be many Mary Colgans details of which I have downloaded and one even married a Hugh Kelly, with a son Patrick born (c) 1860. So there are two marriages between Hugh Kelly and Mary Colgan three decades apart. Also looking for any info on Arthur Sloane from Kilkeel who relocated to Carlisle I believe with son Michael born 1829 in Kilkeel
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Diana Ewers

IDK how famous my great great grandfather would be considered but he was a big deal in Atchinson, Kansas. He emigrated from County Offaly in 1843 according to U.S. Census records. Birth 5 Dec 1825 Kingston, County Offaly, Ireland Married Brigitta Langan 27 Jan 1858 Doniphan, Ireland and Died 13 Nov 1900 Shannon County, Atchison, Kansas, USA. He was one of the early settlers in Atchison, became County Treasurer, owned a very large farm and is subject of many Atchison Globe newspaper articles. He is in a local publication of founding fathers. I'm very proud of my Irish ancestry.
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ciaran colgan

looking for any COLGAN Aghulusky Co Mayo. 65 Colgans recorded in the area all related re 1900
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CIARAN OLGAN

looking for Colgans of Aghlusky Co Mayo Ireland
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Colgan name has a long history in Ireland, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The Colgan story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup D2] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Colgan surname origin is from the Cenél Conaill [R1b-L513, Subgroup D] who found the Dál Fiatach.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 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 Colgan story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, 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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Bermingham

My grandfather, Eugene Bermingham, was born on May 20, 1903 in Offaly County. He was baptized on May 21, 1903 in the Diocese of Meath. I know I have cousins in Ireland (grandpa's brothers/sisters), but I don't know who they are.
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Daniel morrin

We shine in the darkness
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FitzHenry

Enoch Fitzhenry
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Barbara

Hello, I am looking for any information about the Fitzhenry origin please. I have an ancestor that was Kathleen Fitzhenry, born around 1871 in Ireland, and died around 1913 in Birmingham, England. She married Joseph Bullivant. Would be very interesting to have any family information please. Thank you
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O'kelly

David okelly. Great uncle
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Stephen Treacy

...don't forget their Irish version of a 'US Outlet Store'...called Kildare Village. Well worth a day trip.
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Stephen Treacy

...Kildare is serious horse country! Lots of studs and horse racing meets. Enjoy!
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