Researching O’Learys of Dromtarriffe

I am coming to Ireland in April and am looking investigating some family history and visiting cemeteries.
I was looking for information on my grandfather’s family, the Leary/O’Leary family from the Dromtariffe Region. In particular, Cornelius Leary b.1831/1832, son of Cornelius Leary and Catherine O’Shea/Shea. Cornelius married Johanna Horgan and they came to Australia with Jeremiah and Catherine Leary in 1855.
I then came across a document titled From Dromagh to Sydney about the McMurtrie Family. My grandmother was a direct descendant of the family in this document. We never knew of a Irish connection.
I was hoping someone might be able to guide me in the direction of local cemeteries and records relating to theses two families?


Some Relevant Links

Marriage of CORNELIUS LEARY of NR and JOHANNA HORGAN of CURRAGRAIGE on 13 January 1855

Baptism of JOHANNA HORGAN of CURRASAG on 15 August 1833

Sarah-Jane’s own Ancestry tree for Cornelius


St. John’s Church Dromagh Graveyard
Dromtarriffe Old Graveyard
Dromagh Protestant Church Graveyard
Derrinagree Church Graveyard

Curragraige (home of Johanna Horgan) would be in the Kilcorney Area, with the following cemeteries.

Kilcorney Old Cemetery
Kilcorney Church Cemetery

Dromtarriffe Parish Records (from about 1833)
Dromtarriffe Parish Record Books (the original pages, but unindexed)
Civil Registration (from 1864). probably not useful here.

Griffith’s Valuation (1840s) found nothing useful for dromtarriffe though

5 thoughts on “Researching O’Learys of Dromtarriffe”

  1. Hi
    Edel here teaching in Dromagh National School, we have one of the roll books from the 1800’s I think, if you call into the school when you visit, we can check it out.
    Regards Edel
    School email: <email>
    Tel no. 02956067

  2. Hi Sarah Jane,

    I am the person who wrote that article and Edel Sheehan who has replied above was extremely helpful. In fact all of the people in the area was amazing. I would love to know how you are connected to this family??? I have done my dna and have matched with a McMurtri from America which is brilliant.

    My email is <email>

    Would love to hear from you.


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